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Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 15 December 2004 (Official Report, col. WA 86) regarding the production of documents by the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Administration, why departments do not have information on the cost of commissioning and producing their documents, particularly more expensive "glossy" documents; and what steps are being taken to control such expenditure. [HL696]
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.
|200405 (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.
Whether there will be sufficient places in integrated schools in Northern Ireland by September 2005 to satisfy all parental requests; and, if not, what shortage of places there will be in (a) primary schools; and (b) secondary schools. [HL1362]
Baroness Amos: The total number of places available in the integrated sector in the 200506 school year for year one pupils is 1,179 and 1,920 for year eight pupils. Information on applications for 200506 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.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 10 February (WA 126) concerning incorrect information given to the Northern Ireland Assembly, whether it is normal practice for a Minister to apologise to the appropriate institution for such misinformation. [HL1403]
How many canvassers are employed by the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland in connection with the annual canvass of electors; what are their duties; and what is the cost of this operation. [HL1455]
where contact with a member of the household was achieved, to explain the registration process, to provide new or additional forms to accommodate changes to the information for that household on the then current register, and to obtain a signature as proof of delivery;
How many of the 83,000 voters missing from the electoral register in Northern Ireland have been successfully visited by canvassers in order to ascertain if they still wish to register; whether the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland has put in place pilot trawls to establish reasons for non-registration; and, if so, what the results have been. [HL1456]
What monitoring systems exist to assess the efficiency and cost effectiveness of the Department for International Development-funded reconstruction projects in Montserrat; and what measures are in place to ensure that awards of contracts and grants meet the requirements of the code of practice for the United Kingdom and Montserratian Ministers and public officials. [HL1382]
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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What will be the United Kingdom's contribution to the International Development Association over the next three years; what percentage increases this will represent; and how this compares with other donors. [HL1528]
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:
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