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Sport: Funding

Lord Pendry asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: I understand that the signatories to the sports broadcasting voluntary code, which was established in 1996 by the Central Council of Physical Recreation, reaffirmed their commitment to the code in September 2005. However, to date, the Government have not received any public declarations from the signatories.

Trade: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): Businesses participate in trade missions to promote their products and services in the international marketplace through building and developing relationships with existing and potential partners.

The visit to India led by the Taoiseach attracted much coverage in business and other circles and the representatives from Northern Ireland who attended reported that the mission was of significant benefit in furthering their respective interests. A number of business deals were agreed and it is a matter for companies to determine when to announce details of their commercial agreements.
 
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Universities: Science Research Funding

Lord Rana asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF) commenced in 2002 and has operated in three tranches. Allocations are made on a formula basis; half the allocation is based on institutions' quality-related (QR) research income and the other half on total research income received by the institution.

Since 2002, Queen's University has been allocated £32.2 million and the University of Ulster £17.6 million.

The Office of Science and Technology (OST) has provided funding of £33.7 million and the department has supplemented this with a further £16.1 million.

Waste Management: Belfast Hills

Lord Rana asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): My department has no current plans to develop such a specific strategy for the Belfast Hills. My department already focuses its enforcement action on areas with a history of illegal dumping or where particular harm may result from fly-tipping.

Zoos

Lord Fearn asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Bach): The Zoo Licensing Act 1981 (as amended) is a devolved piece of legislation. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs therefore holds details of licensed zoos which are located only in England. The department's zoos database indicates that there are at present 230 licensed zoos in England.

Defra publishes details of the zoos operating in England and their licensing authorities on its website at www.defra.gov.uk/wildlife-countryside/gwd/zoo.htm£zoolist.



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