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Sport: Governing Bodies

Lord Higgins asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: There are no plans to relocate either UK Sport or Sport England.

Lord Higgins asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: We have no plans to amalgamate UK Sport and Sport England. UK Sport is responsible for delivering success in high-performance sport and developing elite athletes, and Sport England is responsible for encouraging greater participation in community sport.

St Andrews Agreement

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Information on the cost implications of implementing an Irish language Act is being compiled for the purposes of a consultation paper, which the Government plan to publish before Christmas.



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Taxation: Corporation Tax

Lord Rana asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: Decisions about corporation tax are taken as part of the Budget process.

Lord Rana asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The Government will examine the ERINI report with interest.

Water Service: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The chief executive of the Water Service, Mrs Katharine Bryan, has written to the noble Lord in response to this Question.

Letter from Mrs Katharine Bryan to Lord Laird

You recently asked Her Majesty's Government a Parliamentary Question about why recruitment advertisements were placed in the Belfast Telegraph on 17 November for the reorganised Water Service in Northern Ireland before the outcome of a current judicial review was known (HL206). As this issue falls within my responsibility as chief executive of the Water Service, I have been asked to reply.

The outcome of the judicial review on the water reform legislation would have had no effect on the need for the posts advertised in the Belfast Telegraph on 17 November 2006. These posts are considered crucial to the delivery by the Water Service of the improved efficiency and cost reductions required under the water reform agenda. The successful applicants will assist the Water Service in providing a value-for-money service, which will ensure that charges to customers are kept to a minimum.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: The strategic business plan for Northern Ireland Water Limited has not yet been agreed.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The legal costs to the Department for Regional Development arising as a result of the application for judicial review brought by the General Consumer Council for Northern Ireland have been estimated at £125,000.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The estimate of £85 million to £90 million which would be lost in 2007-08 was based on the latest available estimate of the revenue to be recovered directly from customers through the new charges.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland wrote to the Committee on the Programme for Government on 28 November advising that he did not accept its recommendation for a deferral in the passage of the draft water and sewerage services legislation. He has advised the committee of the fundamental importance of water reform to the Government’s ongoing radical programme of investment and reform of Northern Ireland's public services, and of the Government’s intention to proceed with plans to introduce the new arrangements, including domestic water and sewerage charges, from 1 April 2007.

Water Supply: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: There will be no further consultation on the draft Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006. This was laid on 9 October 2006.



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Works of Art

Lord Janner of Braunstone asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Davies of Oldham: The proposals in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill granting protection to cultural objects on loan have now been introduced into the House of Lords and will be subject to the usual parliamentary scrutiny. The Government will listen very carefully to all points made in the debates on these provisions and will consider whether they will achieve an appropriate balance between the interests of British museums and galleries and the interests of claimants to stolen property.


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