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Written Answers

Monday, 7 March 2005.

Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Administration: Documents

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): The Northern Ireland Office has spent the following on "publication" in each of the past three years. However, identifying how much of the expenditure was on "glossy" documents is not possible as records of the specific type or format of publication produced are not held.
£
2001–02290,572
2002–03323,101
2003–04331,297
2004–05 (up to Dec 2004)204,634


The annual accounts of the 11 departments of the NI Administration do not identify expenditure on "publications" as an individual activity. Such spending is accounted for under a variety of headings such as advertising, public awareness campaigns, consultations or is incorporated into general day-to-day administration.

When producing a document, especially for public use, consideration is given to the intended audience. Issues such as aesthetics and quality are therefore taken into consideration.

Northern Ireland: Integrated Schools

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The total number of places available in the integrated sector in the 2005–06 school year for year one pupils is 1,179 and 1,920 for year eight pupils. Information on applications for 2005–06 is not available.
 
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The admission process in the primary sector is currently under way and parents will be notified of primary school placements on 8 April. The post primary admissions process will commence on 16 March and parents will be notified of post primary placements on 27 May.

Northern Ireland and Eire: Co-operation in Education

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave on 24 February 2005 (Official Report, col. WA 224)

Northern Ireland Assembly

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: Any such apology would be a matter for the Minister concerned and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Northern Ireland: Electoral Register

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: In 2004 930 canvassers were employed by the Electoral Office for Northern Ireland. Their duties were:

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The cost of this operation in 2004 was £829,000.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: This issue is an operational matter and is, therefore, the responsibility of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland. He will be writing to the noble Lord in due course.

A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Montserrat

Lord Morris of Manchester asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: All DfID-funded projects in Montserrat are carefully appraised during preparation, and regularly monitored during implementation by DfID staff and appropriate independent experts. These include a full-time engineering sector manager, who is based in Montserrat. DfID internal audit systems are also applied as appropriate. The procurement practices of DfID and the government of Montserrat are regularly reviewed to ensure effectiveness and value for money. For example, the government of Montserrat's practices were recently assessed by independent specialists as part of a wider review of Montserrat's budget system; and the European Commission has examined them as part of its process of administering allocations to Montserrat from the European Development Fund.
 
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International Development Association

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The United Kingdom will be contributing £1,430 million to the fourteenth replenishment of the International Development Association (IDA 14). This represents a 59 per cent increase over our contribution to IDA 13 (equivalent to a 83 per cent increase in terms of special drawing rights, the currency basket in which IDA replenishments are denominated). The increase will give the UK a 13.18 per cent share in the total replenishment. Shares for other major G7 donors are as follows:
Per cent
USA13.78
Japan12.24
Germany8.23
France7.11

In addition, the UK has set aside a further £250 million over the IDA 14 period to support the World Bank in scaling up its development assistance to meet the Millennium Development Goals.


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