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Written Answers

Monday 5 February 2007

Addiction

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Department of Health and Social Services and Public Safety through the alcohol and drug strategies, and its funding for core health board addiction services, provides funding to a range of organisations and groups offering help and support to those with addictions. Additional funding is provided by the NIO Community Safety Unit (NIO) and the Housing Executive for Northern Ireland (NIHE). The figures for these three funding bodies are as follows.

Alcohol and Drug Strategies

2002-03

£4,167,214

2003-04

£4,271,394

2004-05

£5,383,056

2005-06

£5,517,633

2006-07

£6,367,240 (Projected)

Total Funding

£25,706,537

Health Boards

2002-03

£4,790,678

2003-04

£5,117,335

2004-05

£5,998,304

2005-06

£6, 618, 163

2006-07

£6,753,076 (Projected)

Total Funding

£29,277,556

NIO

2002-03

£323,072

2003-04

£508,620

2004-05

£557,309

2005-06

£494,492

2006-07

£448,000 (Projected)

Total Funding

£2,331,493

NIHE

2003-04

£3,105,970

2004-05

£3,260,283

2005-06

£4,104,499

2006-07

£3,866,825 (Projected)

Total Funding

£14,337,577



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Armed Forces: Service Police

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 25 January 2007 (Official Report, col. WA 252-54).

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Drayson: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 25 January 2007 (Official Report, col. WA 252-254).

Assisted Area Status

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Trade and Industry (Lord Truscott): The Government set out the criteria for consideration of inclusion on the United Kingdom's new assisted areas map in its response document published on 10 October 2006. In order to achieve the most effective targeting, assisted area coverage for the new map was built up from ward level, aggregated to zones of a minimum 100,000 population. The criteria therefore applied to zones not wards.

Detailed information on the criteria, together with ward analysis data, can be found on the DTI website at www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html.

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Truscott: The Government constructed the new assisted areas map by building it up from ward level, aggregated to zones of a minimum 100,000 population. The Government set out the new map in their government response document published on 10 October 2006. The document also contains a list of wards that qualified for assisted areas coverage. See www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Truscott: The Government set out the criteria for consideration of inclusion on the United Kingdom's new assisted areas map in their response document published on 10 October 2006. In order to achieve the most effective targeting, assisted area

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coverage for the new map was built up from ward level, aggregated to zones of a minimum 100,000 population. The criteria therefore applied to zones and not wards. See www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Truscott: The Government set out which wards qualify for assisted areas coverage on the new map in their government response document published on 10 October 2006 See www.dti.gov.uk/regional/assisted-areas/assisted-areas-review/page24618.html.

Children: UN Conventions

Lord Roberts of Llandudno asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Drayson): The United Kingdom ratified the optional protocol on 24 June 2003.

Civil Service: Performance Monitoring

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Numbers of staff who have been subject to formal procedures for poor performance in the Home Office and all its agencies except the Prison Service are set out in the table below. Information prior to 2005 is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

2005

15

2006

14

Information regarding the number of public sector Prison Service employees subject to disciplinary procedures for poor performance or incompetence in each year since 2001 is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.



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Note: Information for 2006 is for the period ending November 2006. Data for December 2006 have not yet been entered on the central database)

Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The Great Britain day visits survey of 2002-03 reported on general leisure trips, including those to the countryside in both England and Wales. The England leisure visits survey 2005 provides updated information for England. The reports of both surveys are available to the public via the Natural England website.

Information on how many first time or repeat visits have been made to the countryside were not collected as part of either survey.

Cyprus

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): The Government continue to review the legal position in respect of direct flights to Northern Cyprus. The UK does not intend to take action that would be in contravention of international law.

The UK and its EU partners remain committed to lifting the economic isolation of the Turkish Cypriots through targeted financial aid and trade liberalisation. We welcomed the decision by the EU last year to allocate €259 million for the economic development of Northern Cyprus. We continue to support the presidency's efforts to agree a direct trade regulation, which would fulfil the commitment made in April 2004 to allow Northern Cyprus to once again trade with the EU on preferential terms.

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:


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