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IRA

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: My right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has had discussions with representatives of Sinn Fein about a wide range of subjects. He believes that all paramilitary structures from Northern Ireland's past have no place in the future of Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to my Written Answer given on 3 March (Official Report, col. WA 157). At the end of March 2008, expenditure from the transport and travel subsistence budget was £46,085.77.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answer of 19 March (Official Report, col. WA 30). It is not policy or practice to disclose personal details on the skills and experience of individual officials.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: No curriculum vitae was requested from or presented by Mr Chris Sidoti at the time of his appointment.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: “Hotel/overnight accommodation” refers to Mr Sidoti's overnight hotel costs when in Northern Ireland. “Flights” refers to his travel to work in Northern Ireland. “Allowances” refers to Mr Sidoti's daily allowance of £25 per diem and “Misc travel costs” refers to train and bus fares.

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Section 69 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 set out the functions of the Northern Ireland Humans Rights Commission and tasked it, at Section 69(2), with making recommendations to Government on improving its own effectiveness.

Following public consultation on recommendations made by the Commission, the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 extended new powers to the Commission, which gave it:

the power to access places of detention as part of its investigations (from 1 August 2007);the power to compel evidence as part of its investigations (from 1 August 2007); andthe power to rely on the European Convention on Human Rights when instituting legal proceedings in its own name (from 24 May 2007).

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No agreement has been made for the Government to fund the work of a joint committee with the Irish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: As the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission remains independent of Government, the noble Lord may wish to write to the commission directly on this matter.

Northern Ireland: Youth Justice Agency

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The cost per year since its creation of the Northern Ireland Youth Justice Agency is as follows:

2003-04

£12,850,000

2004-05

£14,581,000

2005-06

£19,513,000

2006-07

£26,087,000

2007-08

£22,214,000 (forecast)

Northern Rock

Baroness Noakes asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The guarantee arrangements in respect of Northern Rock have been reported to Parliament as an unquantifiable contingent liability, for reasons of commercial confidentiality and the inherent uncertainty in forecasting future market conditions. However, it should be noted that the guarantee arrangements remain secured against the unencumbered assets of the company, and there would only be an actual liability for the Treasury in the unlikely event of a significant deterioration in the value of those assets. In that event, the liability would only be equal to the shortfall in the assets.

Older People: Training

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): We are committed to ensuring equal opportunities for all learners, and that learning serves the needs of the whole community, including older people both within and outside the workforce. Our strategy for World Class Skills and

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our reforms of wider adult learning are designed to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to improve their skills, prospects and quality of life.

The funding settlement announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review represents the biggest ever Government investment in skills. Of the £3 billion we are investing in each of the next three years in adult skills participation, we will invest some £1.5 billion annually in learning below level 2, to help the low-skilled and workless to learn, progress and achieve sustainable employment.

Our targets cover workers and learners of all ages and backgrounds, and our reforms balance skills and economic prosperity with fairness and inclusion. We will support individuals, including older people, into sustainable employment and progression in work and skills. We will give greater opportunity and choice to individuals over their training through skills accounts backed up by a new universal adult careers service which will promote personal advancement.

We are working with employers through Train to Gain and the skills pledge to meet skill needs and to ensure that all employees have the basic skills, including literacy and numeracy and level 2 skills, to sustain and progress in employment. We are increasing funding for Train to Gain from £440 million in 2007-08 to over £900 million in 2010-11.

We will continue to prioritise funds towards programmes that improve skills but we recognise too the need to protect courses that do not necessarily lead to qualifications and progression but which do offer a wide range of personal, family, social, health and community benefits. We have safeguarded funding for Personal and Community Development Learning (PCDL) at £210 million per annum through to 2010-11. This figure has been constant since the introduction of PCDL in 2005-06.

In January we announced a wide-ranging consultation on informal adult learning with the publication of Informal Adult Learning—shaping the way ahead. The consultation will gather proposals for securing modern, attractive, inclusive and joined-up informal adult learning opportunities which make effective use of public resources.

Police: Northern Ireland

Lord Alderdice asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: North/South policing issues are discussed with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on a regular basis. The Government are currently considering how best to enhance the legal framework governing co-operation between the PSNI and An Garda Siochana.

Republic of Ireland: Human Rights

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No such representations have taken place in relation to this specific issue.

Security Forces: Londonderry

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The following table shows that 102 members of the security forces have been murdered in Londonderry since 1969. Details regarding convictions for such cases are not recorded.



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Number of Security Force Members Murdered in Londonderry Since 1969
Date of MurderType of Security Force Personnel

1

10-Aug-71

Army

2

14-Sep-71

Army

3

11-Oct-71

Army

4

16-Oct-71

Army

5

27-Oct-71

Army

6

27-Oct-71

Army

7

9-Nov-71

Army

8

29-Dec-71

Army

9

27-Jan-72

RUC

10

27-Jan-72

RUC

11

30-Jan-72

Army

12

16-Feb-72

UDR P/T

13

4-Mar-72

UDR

14

20-Mar-72

Army

15

10-Apr-72

Army

16

10-Apr-72

Army

17

16-Apr-72

Army

18

16-Apr-72

Army

19

21-May-72

Army

20

9-Jun-72

UDR

21

11-Jun-72

Army

22

21-Jun-72

Army

23

26-Jun-72

Army

24

11-Jul-72

Army

25

25-Aug-72

Army

26

27-Aug-72

Army

27

15-Sep-72

Army

28

18-Sep-72

Army

29

26-Sep-72

Army

30

28-Oct-72

Army

31

28-Nov-72

Army

32

20-Dec-72

UDR

33

24-Dec-72

Army

34

14-Jan-73

RUC

35

14-Jan-73

RUC

36

3-Mar-73

UDR

37

11-Apr-73

Army

38

27-Apr-73

Army

39

28-Apr-73

Army

40

2-May-73

Army

41

21-Jun-73

Army

42

3-Oct-73

Army

43

25-Nov-73

Army

44

25-Nov-73

Army

45

21-Jan-74

Army

46

30-Jan-74

RUCR P/T

47

17-Mar-74

Army

48

14-Apr-74

Army

49

23-Oct-74

Army

50

10-May-75

RUC

51

10-Oct-75

Army

52

25-Nov-75

UDR P/T

53

18-Dec-75

Army

54

18-Dec-75

Army

55

17-Jan-76

Army

56

2-Jun-76

RUCR P/T

57

3-Jul-76

Army

58

21-Jul-76

Army

59

7-Nov-76

UDR

60

18-Nov-76

UDR P/T

61

11-Dec-76

Army

62

27-Jan-77

RUC

63

23-Feb-77

UDR P/T

64

6-Apr-77

UDR P/T

65

15-Apr-77

Army

66

28-Feb-78

RUC

67

16-Jun-78

RUCR P/T

68

11-Aug-78

Army

69

14-Feb-79

Army

70

20-May-79

RUCR P/T

71

19-Jul-80

Army

72

11-Nov-80

Army

73

20-Jan-81

Army

74

10-Feb-81

UDR P/T

75

28-Mar-82

RUC

76

1-Apr-82

Army

77

1-Apr-82

Army

78

27-Apr-82

UDR P/T

79

4-May-82

RUC

80

24-May-82

Army

81

11-Jun-82

RUC

82

5-Oct-82

RUCR P/T

83

18-Jan-83

RUCR P/T

84

15-Oct-83

Army

85

28-Oct-83

RUC

86

23-Apr-84

Army

87

22-Sep-85

Army

88

18-Nov-85

UDR

89

23-Mar-87

RUC

90

23-Mar-87

RUC

91

23-Apr-87

RUC

92

21-Mar-88

RUC

93

22-Feb-89

Army

94

8-Mar-89

Army

95

8-Mar-89

Army

96

24-Oct-90

Army

97

24-Oct-90

Army

98

24-Oct-90

Army

99

24-Oct-90

Army

100

24-Oct-90

Army

101

23-Jan-93

RUC

102

20-Apr-94

RUC


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