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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: In May 2003, the Government issued a document entitled Proposals in Relation to On the Runs (OTRs). This document set out how the British Government planned to resolve the issue of "on the runs" identified at Weston Park. The document also says that the Irish Government would address similar cases in their jurisdiction. These proposals were published at the same time as the joint declaration following the talks at Hillsborough, but did not form a constituent part of that declaration.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Discussions at Weston Park involved a variety of participants from the British and Irish Governments and the Northern Ireland political parties. A number of issues were discussed in that context and the letter to party leaders of 1 August 2001 set out the Governments' proposals on a way forward.
 
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Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: In May 2003, the Government published a document entitled, Proposals in Relation to On the Runs (OTRs). The document stated that legislation would be brought forward to address the issue of OTRs, but was clear that this would be "within a context of acts of completion". The Government believe that the 28 July statement was intended to express acts of completion and introduced the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill on 9 November 2005.

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The British and Irish Governments recognised the need to address the issue of "on the runs" at Weston Park and this was recorded in the letter to party leaders of 1 August 2001. Detailed proposals were published in May 2003. These referred to the question of appearance in a special tribunal. The proposals also made clear that the tribunal would sentence those convicted and that those individuals would be released immediately on licence. Both the 2001 letter and 2003 proposals were made public.

Northern Ireland: Criminal Asset Seizures

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The law enforcement agencies in Northern Ireland are having a significant impact on those engaged in criminal activity and last year restrained or confiscated assets totalling almost £12 million. Information of assets seized is not in a format that enables me to answer this specific Question and would require a manual trawl of records at disproportionate cost.

Northern Ireland: Definition of "Ex-prisoner"

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): It is commonly accepted that the term ex-prisoner refers to someone who has formerly been detained in a prison establishment.

Northern Ireland: Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): DCAL's cultural policy allocation was established for the budget year 2004–05. I have included a table below which details the cultural policy allocation expenditure in 2004–05 and the spend to date for 2005–06. Copies of the business cases for each group funded will be placed in the Library of the House.
 
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GroupDate of fundingPurpose of fundingAmount funded

Grand Orange Lodge of IrelandApril 2004– March 2005Costs of education officer and associated project costs£30,346
British Deaf Association (NI)April 2004– March 2005Pilot scheme of BSL tutor training£4,600
Hands That TalkApril 2004– March 2005Provision of manuals CD ROMs and other learning materials, to assist NVQ Level 1 students of Irish sign language (ISL)£12,600
Iomairt Cholm ChilleApril 2004– March 2005Recurrent programme costs (previously funded by another programme)£180,000
Different DrumsApril 2004– March 2005Drumbase project£4,500
Grand Orange Lodge of IrelandApril 2005– March 2006Education officer£10,516
(Note: full funding
not released to date)
Different DrumsApril 2005– March 2006Drumbase project£4,398
Maiden City FestivalApril 2005– March 2006Maiden City Festival August 2005 (previously funded by another programme)£50,000
Belfast County Grand Orange LodgeApril 2005– March 2006Better Twelfth initiative consultant and art competition£17,365
(Note: full funding not
released to date)
Belfast Institute of Further and Higher EducationApril 2005– March 2006Touring costs of "Darkie" play£4,000
Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf PeopleApril 2005– March 2006Interpreting and communication costs for Sign Fair event£2,000
(Note: full funding not
released to date)
British Deaf AssociationApril 2005– March 2006Pilot scheme of BSL tutor training£2,000
Hands That TalkApril 2005– March 2006Printing of ISL dictionary£1,750
(Note: full funding not
released to date)
Ulster-Scots AcademyApril 2005– March 2006Ulster-Scots Academy£71,898
(Note: full funding not
released to date)
Northern Ireland Film and Television CommissionApril 2005– March 2006Irish Language Broadcast Fund£1,551,825
(Note: full funding not
released to date)
Iomairt Cholm ChilleApril 2005– March 2006Recurrent running costs (previously funded by another programme)£115,000
(Note: full funding not
released to date)

 
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Northern Ireland: Festivals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): None of the Ulster-Scots Agency's business cases submitted to the sponsoring departments for the years in question mentioned its intention to support a specific Ulster-Scots festival.


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