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Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 24 February (WA 218) concerning the appointment of the Director of Marketing and Communications for Waterways Ireland, who set the criteria for the appointment; and on what basis it was approved by the appropriate departments and by the North/South Ministerial Council. [HL1622]
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): Further to my Answer on 24 February 2005 (Official Report, col. WA 218), the criteria were set by Waterways Ireland alone in line with its general requirements for posts at that level.
In the North/South Ministerial Council report of a meeting on 26 June 2002 (WI 1(02)6), whether the listed total of seven seconded staff included the Director of Marketing and Communications; and, if not, which category the appointment is in. [HL1779]
Baroness Amos: The Waterways Ireland staffing report (WI 1(02)6) to the North/South Ministerial Council meeting of 26 June 2002 cites the Director of Marketing and Communications as one of four directors who have taken up their posts. Within the report he was included in the category of designated and transferred staff and so was not included in the seven seconded staff also listed in the said report.
On what basis female officers in the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) are currently entitled to 13 weeks paid maternity leave when their civilian colleagues within the PSNI are entitled to 18 weeks; and what assessment they have made of the Police Federation of Northern Ireland's direction to address this anomaly. [HL1705]
Baroness Amos: The pay and conditions of service of police officers are negotiated on a UK-wide basis by the Police Negotiating Board (PNB). The Police Federation of Northern Ireland is represented on the PNB and any changes that it may propose to paid maternity leave would be taken forward through the PNB negotiating process.
|(a) total amount of employees' contributions||12,332||61,856||43,205||33,785||28,715|
|(b) total amount of employers' contributions||92,305||74,740||56,774||30,405||52,822|
|(c) the schemes' total income from contributions and net transfers||102,825||139,892||105,496||73,732||87,146|
|(d) the schemes' total expenditure on paying members' pensions and benefits||130,187||139,752||186,642||79,534||101,165|
|(e) the difference between income (c) and expenditure (d)||27,362||140||81,146||5,802||14,019|
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 13 January (WA 74), (a) which are the various authorities that hold information on the religious breakdown of teachers employed in schools; (b) in what form such authorities collect and collate this information; (c) how the Equality Commission can make the required assessment of the effect of teachers' exemption from fair employment law if the necessary statistics are unavailable; and (d) what is the estimated cost of collecting and collating this information. [HL1775]
Baroness Amos: In response to previous Questions, I stated that the Department of Education in Northern Ireland does not hold statistical information on the religious breakdown of teachers employed in schools. Furthermore, I stated that the various employing authorities that are responsible for employing teachers hold this information.
I have now been advised that this latter piece of information was factually incorrect for which I apologise. The department does not hold any statistical information regarding the religious breakdown of teachers, nor is it aware of any other bodies which do.
I am informed that the Equality Commission obtained the information it required for its report, The Exception of Teachers from the Fair Employment & Treatment (NI) Order 1998 by selecting a 10 per cent sample of schools, in each management category and educational level, within each of the five education and library boards. Further information of how the commission conducted the investigation can be obtained from its website www.equalityni.org.
How many new car parking spaces have been made available on the Stormont estate since 1998; and at which locations; what number of further spaces are being considered; and whether they will avoid turning further parkland into free car parking spaces and return temporary office sites to parkland after moving staff to Belfast city centre accommodation. [HL1776]
Baroness Amos: A total of 116 new car park spaces have been made available on the Stormont estate since 1998. Of these, 12 were created on a derelict site at the Massey Avenue entrance, to accommodate cars belonging to the ministerial carpool. A further 45 spaces were created at Block B Castle Buildings for departments' use, on a redundant builder's compound site. The creation of a new play park in the estate, for use by the general public, required the development of
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59 car park spaces. Any further developments on the estate, including the provision of car parking, will be dependent on the implementation of the workplace 2010 accommodation review.
How information about the consultation process for the replacement of the 11-plus examination in Northern Ireland can be obtained; and how they will ensure that the response represents the entire population. [HL1833]
Baroness Amos: Requests for a copy of the consultation document and response booklet can be made to the department by telephone, in writing, by fax and by e-mail. The document can also be viewed and downloaded from the Department of Education website, and responses to the consultation can be made on-line.
A leaflet has been issued to parents of school-age children through schools, providing details of the consultation and how they can respond. Advertisements giving similar details were also placed in the three main newspapers.
The department is encouraging everyone to respond to this important issue and all responses will be considered before decisions are taken. Over 17,000 copies of the consultation document and response booklet have been issued to date.
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