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Democratic Republic of Congo: Family Planning

Lord Jones of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.



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Disabled People: Housing

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 However, Policy HOU 16 (House Extensions) of A Planning Strategy for Rural Northern Ireland has not been superseded by draft PPS14.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.

Dyslexia: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 student’s allowance. Technical aids and support workers are available to help them in their studies.

Elections: Postal Voting

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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votes is opened, the returning officer must set aside at least 20 per cent of the returned postal votes in the ballot box for checking the voters’ personal identifiers. As it is the practice of returning officers to have separate postal voters’ ballot boxes for the wards or divisions being contested, and to place returned postal votes into the relevant ballot box, this will ensure consistency in the level of checking, for each ward or division.

Equality: Sexual Orientation

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No. The regulations are not concerned with what is taught in schools. That is rightly a matter for the Department of Education, Northern Ireland.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No.



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Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: We have received no representations from this group.

Festivals: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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 Insitution’s. 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.

Fishing: Boats

Lord Dykes asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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Date of EventCountry of Export

22/11/2006

Denmark

31/8/2006

Ireland

14/8/2006

Ireland

13/7/2006

Ireland

16/6/2006

Norway

30/5/2006

Ireland

05/5/2006

Ireland

31/3/2006

Denmark

28/3/2006

Ireland

08/3/2006

The Netherlands

03/3/2006

Ireland

20/2/2006

Ireland

17/2/2006

Denmark

15/2/2006

Norway

01/2/2006

Ireland

30/1/2006

Ireland

16/1/2006

Ireland

Fishing: Lough Neagh

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Date of PatrolHours

4/5/06

3.5

7/5/06

6

8/5/06

6.5

9/5/06

6.5

27/6/06

6

30/6/06

8

1/7/06

6

3/10/06

5

Total

47.5



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Flags

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The table shows which national flags are flown on government buildings in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.

CountryNational flags flown on government buildings

(a) Scotland

The union flag and the Saltire

(b) Wales

The union flag and the Welsh dragon

(c) Northern Ireland

The union flag

(d) England

The union flag and the St George's flag


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