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What were the arrangements to pay the national insurance and income tax of the former chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, Sir Alistair Graham; and whether his earnings were declared to the HM Revenue and Customs. [HL3919]
Lord Rooker: Sir Alistair Graham, as chairman of the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, was on secondment from Leeds Training and Enterprise Council. All remuneration in respect of his appointment to the parades commission was paid directly to his employers. Matters relating to tax and national insurance were therefore the responsibility of Leeds Training and Enterprise Council.
Lord Rooker: In accordance with Schedule 1, paragraph 2(1) the chairman and members of the parades commission are appointed by the Secretary of State. The appointment process is regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 11 June (WA 106) under what circumstances Ministers decide to answer Questions indirectly in the Official Report; who takes that decision; and when the practice started. [HL4210]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 19 May (WA 172), how many man hours have been expended to validate the data from locally held management information in order to answer the Written Question tabled by Baroness Valentine on 24 January. [HL3902]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The number of man hours expended to answer the Written Question tabled on 24 January by Baroness Valentine was not recorded and is therefore not available.
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): A search of the records indicates that the longest time taken to reply to a Lords Question for Written Answer during the present Parliament is 22 weeks and two days. This was in response to two Questions tabled by Lord Lester of Herne Hill on Monday 5 June 2006 (HL 6054 and 6055), which were answered on Wednesday 8 November 2006.
Directors' remuneration is a matter for companies, their shareholders and remuneration committees. The Financial Reporting Councils combined code on corporate governance states that remuneration committees should, within legal constraints, avoid rewarding poor performance and tailor their approach accordingly in individual early termination cases. The Government support this.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The UK, along with the other international guarantors to the comprehensive peace agreement (CPA), supports the work of the Assessment and Evaluation Commission (AEC) which is mandated to monitor the implementation of the CPA, including elections in 2009. Together with the AEC, we are pressing both the Government of Sudan and the Government of Southern Sudan for rapid passage of the electoral law and appointment of the National Election Commission to keep CPA implementation on track.
What assistance they are giving to the prosecutor, Luis Moreno-Ocampo, regarding Ahmad Harun, Sudan's Minister of State for Humanitarian Affairs, and Ali Kushayb, a Janjaweed commander, following the issuing of arrest warrants by the International Criminal Court against them on charges of war crimes. [HL4130]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is carrying out an independent investigation into Harun and Kushayb. It would not be appropriate to comment on this ongoing investigation or to give details of any assistance that the UK may have provided. However, as a strong supporter of the ICC, the UK is ready to respond to any request for assistance from the prosecutor relating to this investigation.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Sanctions Committee will consider shortly Mrs Agnes Reeves-Taylor's request for de-listing at the UN, although no specific date has yet been set for this meeting. Based on the information we currently possess, we do not intend to object to Mrs Reeves-Taylor's request. However, you should be aware that if another member state does object she will remain on the list.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3 June (WA 50) concerning speed limits on road vehicles, whether the Answer took account of environmental issues and the contribution of speeding to road deaths. [HL4093]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Vehicle construction standards are set Europe-wide. Speed limiters for heavy trucks and large passenger vehicles were introduced throughout the EU because their accident involvement on most high-speed roads is greater than that for cars, and the consequences of such accidents tend to be severe.
Restricting car and light van top speeds would not address inappropriate speed on other roadsfor example, in 30 mph areaswhere the accident rate is higher than that of motorways. This is tackled through road-safety publicity, emphasising the role of speed and how accidents occurring at higher speeds are more likely to kill. Enforcement measures such as safety cameras and road engineering measures such as traffic calming also play a key part.
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