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International Development

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Crawley: DfID is currently developing detailed plans for allocating its budget over the three-year period 2008-09 to 2010-11 following the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review announced in October. Individual programme allocations will not be finalised until March 2008.

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Northern Ireland: Human Rights Forum

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: It is not our policy to disclose publicly the identity of individuals considered in such a process. In respect of the noble Lord's question about himself, my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland will write to him with the information requested. If the noble Lord, Lord Maginnis, wishes to make a similar inquiry in respect of himself then the Secretary of State would be happy to write to him also.

Police: Flanagan Report

Lord Mawhinney asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Sir Ronnie Flanagan consulted widely with senior stakeholders in policing before arriving at his final decisions on the contents of his report.

Regulatory Reform

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera): Information on which regulations have been simplified or removed since May 2005 is provided in a report entitled Delivering Simplification Plans which was deposited in the House of Lords Library on 11 December 2007. The report shows that 288 measures were made to reform regulations between May 2005 and December 2007. The 288 measures deliver a total of £1.5 billion of regulatory savings across the private, public and third sectors. A year-by-year analysis of the savings delivered by these measures is provided in the report.

The report gives a summary of the significant measures that have been introduced to date, but full details of each measure and when it was introduced can be found in departmental simplification plans online at

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Scotland: First Minister

The Earl of Mar and Kellie asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Davidson of Glen Clova): The Scotland Act 1998 provides for the Scottish Parliament to nominate one of its members for appointment as First Minister by Her Majesty. The Government have no intention to review these arrangements.

St Helena: Airport

Lord Jones of Cheltenham asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Crawley: We are currently evaluating bids submitted by two contractors to build an airport on St Helena and we will in due course be able to disseminate more specific information.

Warm Front

Baroness Scott of Needham Market asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Warm Front is subject to twice-yearly performance reviews by Defra's independent quality assessors.

These assessors also provide ad hoc reviews of individual elements of Warm Front operations, as required.

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