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National Statistics: Foreign Workers

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The data source used to answer the Parliamentary Questions on foreign national workers was the Labour Force Survey, which is prepared by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in line with the national statistics code of practice.



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The national statistics code of practice requires each department to publish and maintain a statement describing how it applies the standards set out in the protocols. DWP's compliance statement is published on the website at www.dwp.gov.uk/asd/compliance _statement.pdf.

North Korea: Nuclear Programme

Lord Alton of Liverpool asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): We are encouraged by the conclusion of the first phase of the Initial Actions Plan agreed by the participants in the six-party talks (6PT) on 13 February 2007, which involved the shutting down and sealing of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's (DPRK) nuclear reactor at Yongbyon. The second phase will be implemented through steps agreed at the 6PT on 3 October. It commits the DPRK to provide, by the end of the year, a complete and correct declaration of all its nuclear programmes and to disable the core nuclear facilities at Yongbyon. We call on the DPRK to meet these and future 6PT obligations.

Personal Remittances

Lord Lamont of Lerwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Registrar General, to Lord Lamont of Lerwick, dated 19 November 2007.

As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your question asking what is the estimate of personal remittances to and from the United Kingdom in each of the last five years; and whether it is possible to break this figure down by region. (HL 212)

ONS does not publish separate estimates for flows of personal remittances. Estimates of personal remittance flows to and from the United Kingdom are included in the UK Balance of Payments “Pink Book”, table 5.1, within the published series for other receipts of and payments by households and non-profit institutions serving households (NPISH).

There are components produced at a lower level than these published data, which broadly represent

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cross-border household to household transfers, and are therefore close, in concept, to personal remittances. However these estimates are highly uncertain which is why they are not published separately on a regular basis.

ONS has estimated that remittances comprise at least 75 per cent of the series published in the Pink Book for total payments and receipts by households and NPISH. The estimates for each of the five years are in the table below. However it should be stressed that these estimates are highly uncertain.

Remittances (£ billion)20022003200420052006

To the UK

£2.4

£2.4

£2.3

£2.3

£2.4

From the UK

£2.9

£3.2

£3.5

£3.7

£3.9

I have assumed that when asking about breakdown by region you are referring to a geographical breakdown by the main regions of the world. The ONS does not produce this type of breakdown of personal remittance to and from the United Kingdom.

Pre-Budget Report

Baroness Byford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The estimated total of £52 million of asset disposals over the CSR07 period relates to surplus or under-utilised land and property. The valuation is a target and applies to the wider Defra network, not just to the core department. It should be noted, however, that estimates of future sale proceeds are subject to fluctuations in the property market and cannot be guaranteed.

For reasons of commercial sensitivity it is not possible to itemise each asset currently planned for disposal. However, the largest anticipated sale is that of Defra-owned land and buildings at Guildford, which we expect to account for approximately one-third of the income from asset disposals over the period 2007-08 to 2010-11.

Prisoners: Life Sentence Judicial Reviews

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The information is not held centrally by the pre-release section in the National Offender Management Service, nor is it recorded by the Prison Service. The information could be collected only at disproportionate cost by examination of a substantial number of individual case records.

Single Euro Payments Area

Lord Harrison asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA) is an industry-led initiative, intended to make cross-border euro payments cheaper and more efficient. Some UK banks intend to offer SEPA-compliant products from 28 January 2008. This may benefit small and medium enterprises which transact business across borders. The Government would expect the banks to communicate information about SEPA to their customers in the usual way.

Turkey: Kurds

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): While Turkey has made important steps in recent years to improve the rights of minorities, the European Commission's November 2007 annual report on Turkey's progress towards accession emphasises the continued need to address the serious economic and social problems of the south-east, and make further progress on fundamental rights. We endorse this view and continue to encourage the Turkish Government to pursue a comprehensive policy to resolve outstanding issues in the region.



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We respect the territorial integrity of Turkey and have no plans to assist the development of regional autonomy for Kurds in eastern Turkey. However, we welcome the opportunities offered by the increased number of Kurdish representatives in the Turkish Parliament, and are urging the Turkish Government to take advantage of the possibilities for dialogue.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Malloch-Brown: The UK regards both this Kurdish Human Rights Project study and the 2006 update report written by Lucy Claridge and Catriona Vine as providing detailed insights into the challenges faced by internally displaced Kurds in Turkey and notes the suggestions for future progress.

The European Court of Human Rights has concluded that the Turkish law on compensation for damage arising from terror provides an adequate means of redress for those internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were forced to evacuate their homes during the 1990s. But it is widely accepted that the broader IDP problem can only be solved in the context of further progress on human rights reform and the socio-economic development of south-eastern Turkey, including the end of terrorist violence and the stabilisation of the security situation.

The November 2007 European Commission annual report on Turkey's progress towards accession made it clear that “Turkey continues to sufficiently fulfil the Copenhagen political criteria”, but also states that “there remains a need for Turkey to address the serious economic and social problems of the South East”. We fully endorse this view and continue to press the Turkish Government to pursue a comprehensive strategy of reforms to resolve outstanding issues in the region. Enhancing fundamental rights and freedoms is an important part of Turkey's EU reform process.

The UK engages with many organisations working to promote human rights reform in Turkey and will continue to work with EU colleagues in support of further progress.


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