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The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): The British Government are not currently funding any programmes specifically focused on providing family planning services to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, family planning receives UK funding as part of our broader financing for the health sector. This is mostly channelled through NGO or UN programmes providing support at the level of health zones or hospitals, under either development or humanitarian budget lines. All implementing partners work as closely as possible with local health authorities and, as far as feasible under the circumstances, implement the Government's basic minimum package of services for each health facility. This package includes family planning services as part of the care available for mothers and infants.
The Department for International Development is also currently co-funding a comprehensive demographic and health survey in the DRC, which will provide up-to-date information on the availability, demand for and uptake of family planning services throughout the country. This should enable more effective planning and delivery of services in the future.
Whether the Northern Ireland draft planning policy statement of 16 March (PPS 14), Sustainable Development in the Countryside, defines any exception to the presumption against development in the countryside, particularly with regard to the needs of the severely mentally or physically handicapped. [HL550]
Lord Rooker: Draft PPS14 contains a number of policies that set out exceptions to the presumption against development. There is no exception in draft PPS14 to specifically meet the needs of persons with severe mental or physical impairment. However, Policy HOU 16 (House Extensions) of A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland has not been superseded by draft PPS14. This policy facilitates the provision of partially self-contained accommodation for elderly or dependent relatives as an alternative to a separate house in the countryside. It was felt that that was a more appropriate approach than building a new, separate dwelling.
Lord Rooker: The Department for Employment and Learning's Disablement Advisory Service provides services for people with dyslexia, including funding and support to meet their education and employment needs. Ongoing programmes and services enable those with dyslexia to find and keep employment. Colleges and universities are required to make their premises and courses available to students with dyslexia, who can claim the disabled students allowance. Technical aids and support workers are available to help them in their studies.
Whether the 20 per cent minimum random check on postal votes must include a 20 per cent sample in each contested ward or division at a particular election in a local authority; and, if not, what advice or instructions will be given on how the wards to be sampled will be chosen and on the level of sampling in each. [HL542]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2006 require that, on each occasion that a postal voters ballot box containing returned postal
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Whether the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 would require all schools actively to promote homosexual civil partnerships to children from primary school age to the same degree that they teach the importance of marriage. [HL447]
Lord Rooker: No. It would be entirely within the spirit of the regulations for a printing shop run by a Christian to refuse to print fliers promoting gay sex, so long as that printer also refused to print fliers promoting heterosexual sex outside the realm of marriage.
Whether the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 would require a family-run bed and breakfast to let out a double room to a transsexual couple, even if the family consider it to be in the best interests of their children to refuse to allow such a situation in their own home.[HL449]
Whether the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 would make it illegal for a heterosexual police officer, fire fighter or member of the Armed Forces to refuse to join a Gay Pride event promoting the homosexual way of life.[HL450]
Whether they have received representations from Coherent and Cohesive Voice, a network of Christian leaders about the Equality Act (Sexual Orientation) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 (SI 2006/439); and, if so, when; how many representations have been received; and in what form.[HL451]
What involvement they have had with the 41st annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Northern Ireland at the Smithsonian; whether they were involved in the decision regarding selection of items for the exhibition; and, if so, what consultations were carried out prior to the selection. [HL406]
Lord Rooker: Northern Ireland is participating in the 41st Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the invitation of the Smithsonian Institution. DCAL co-ordinates the NI Government's involvement in the Smithsonian Folklife Festival. The decision as to festival participants is the Smithsonian Insitutions. The Smithsonian is being guided in its research on possible festival content by a broadly constituted, Northern Ireland-based curatorial group, made up of representatives from more than 35 different cultural and arts organisations from the public and voluntary sector. To date, more than 400 recommendations have been made to the Smithsonian by the curatorial group and others. Detailed research into festival content, based on their suggestions, is presently under way. No one has yet been formally invited to participate. An announcement on participants is expected in February 2007. Further information may be found on the websites www.folklife.si.edu and www.rediscoverni.com.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Over the past 12 months, 17 UK registered vessels have been exported to Norway and other European Union member states. Data broken down by dates and country of destination can be found in the table below.
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Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 8 November (WA 183), whether they will re-examine the information provided in the Answer that a fisheries patrol boat was on duty on Lough Neagh on 12, 21 and 30 May and 13 and 27 October 2006; and why fisheries patrol boats' logs indicate that this was not the case. [HL163]
Lord Rooker: I am now advised by the chief executive of the FCB that shore patrols only were carried out on 12, 21, 30 May and 13 June and that these were wrongly recorded as boat patrols. I am also advised that a patrol did take place on 27 June but that the boat log was incorrectly completed with the date of 28 June. The number of hours has also been amended to reflect the actual time spent on the lough. The original response detailed the time spent by crew on all duties associated with each boat patrol (refuelling, boat checks, etc.). A revised table is attached for consideration. I apologise to the noble Lord that the previous information was incorrect.
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