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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Department for Communities and Local Government is committed to valuing diversity
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Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 27 February (WA 124) concerning British passports, in each of the past 10 years, how many Irish citizens applied for British citizenship under Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981; and how many of those were successful. [HL2383]
|Intake from Irish Nationals for Section 6 of the British Nationality Act 1981|
|Source: Local Management Information|
|* Incomplete Data Set. Statistics can only be obtained from October 2001.|
|(1) Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5|
|(2) Figures relate to those people still showing their Nationality as Irish. If following the grant of their British citizenship, they have sponsored someone else these people will not be included above.|
|(3) The intake figures above relate to the years shown. The grants reflect how many of each years intake have been decided, and are not necessarily granted in the year shown.|
|(4) The information has been provided from local management information and is not a national statistic. As such, it should be treated as provisional and therefore subject to change.|
The Pension Bill reforms will ensure clear incentives from employer contributions and tax relief, providing a pound for pound matching contribution and extending access to pension saving to millions of people for the first time.
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): The Government are considering carefully the issue of single use carrier bags and will present policy proposals in due course.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The police may, as part of their investigation of a crime, ask a participant in an intelligence-led screen, a victim, a witness or some other person who has had legitimate access to a crime scene to give a DNA sample voluntarily so that their DNA profile can be eliminated from those profiles found at the crime scene. Such samples are known as volunteer samples.
Volunteer samples may be taken only with the person's written consent to giving a DNA sample in order to assist the police investigation. The resulting DNA profile is then compared in the forensic laboratory with the DNA material recovered from the crime scene. Volunteer subject sample profiles are added to the National DNA Database (NDNAD) only where
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There are no plans to issue any general invitation to the public to provide DNA samples voluntarily. Inviting members of the public to give DNA where there is no reason to do so in connection with a particular investigation is not likely to be a cost-effective use of police and NDNAD resources. If a member of the public offers to provide the police with a DNA sample voluntarily without any connection to a particular investigation, it would be a matter for the chief officer of the police force concerned to consider whether to accept this offer in the light of the particular circumstances of the case.
Lord West of Spithead: As at 31 January 2008, the National DNA Database (NDNAD) held 44 profiles from individuals under the age of 10, from all United Kingdom police forces (including England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Channel Islands). In England and Wales, a child under the age of 10 is below the age of criminal responsibility and therefore a DNA sample can be taken only with the consent of a parent or guardian. If police think a child under 10 might have committed a crime they might decide to take a DNA sample to establish whether they have done it or to eliminate them from investigations. A child under 10 might also have DNA taken to eliminate their profile because they were a victim or present at the crime scene.
Whether Mr Eesa (Dhiren) Barot was attacked with boiling oil and water at HM Prison Frankland on or around 6 July 2007; if so, what medical treatment he received; what is his present state of health; and whether anyone has been disciplined on account of this attack. [HL2364]
Whether they have recently reviewed the charging regime in national record offices and its impact on those conducting research; and whether this adds to the administrative tasks undertaken by record office staff. [HL2114]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The present charges at the National Archives commenced on 1 April 2005 and are listed in the Public Record Office (Fees) Regulations (S.I. 2005/471). Charges at local authority record offices are a matter for the local authority concerned. We have seen no evidence of the impact of charging regimes.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Jones of Birmingham on 29 January (WA 1112) on regulators: criminal prosecution, what were the categories of offences for which the prosecutions were brought. [HL2153]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera): Prosecutions for offences under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1949 and 2006 (WT Acts), the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive (R&TTE), the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations (EMC), Coastal Station Radio (CSR) and Citizens Band (CB) brought by the Office of Communications (Ofcom) in the past three years were as follows:
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 29 January (WA 112) on regulators: criminal prosecution, what was the offence for which the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission brought the prosecution. [HL2156]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The offence was the demolition of a grade II listed building known as Greenside, Wentworth, Surrey, without listed building consent, contrary to Section 9(1) of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990.
What is their response to the reported comments of the Lord Mayor of London that City professionals with high income and assets should seek to avoid paying United Kingdom taxes through the exercise of non-domicile status privileges. [HL2226]
The remittance basis of taxation does not represent a form of tax avoidance. Rather, it offers an alternative basis of taxation that helps to make the UK an attractive destination for international talent and investment. The Government's reforms will retain these special rules, while ensuring that they operate more fairly.
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