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Further information about healthcare entitlement is published on the UKBA website and this is being updated to reflect the latest position.

Immigration: Visa Applications

Lord Campbell-Savours: asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Visa categories that have the full right of appeal are considered by the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. Other categories that have a limited right of appeal fall under the remit of the Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance, who monitors a sample of applications. We also have internal procedures within the visa section to ensure consistency of decision-making.

Inquiries: Northern Ireland

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Robert Hamill inquiry, the Rosemary Nelson inquiry and the Billy Wright inquiry are independent public inquiries which have been established by the Government. Their terms of reference, announced on 16 November 2004 are:

The Robert Hamill Inquiry

To inquire into the death of Robert Hamill with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary facilitated his death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether

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any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of his death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.

The Rosemary Nelson Inquiry

To inquire into the death of Rosemary Nelson with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the Royal Ulster Constabulary, Northern Ireland Office, Army or other state agency facilitated her death or obstructed the investigation of it, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; whether the investigation of her death was carried out with due diligence; and to make recommendations.

The Billy Wright Inquiry

To inquire into the death of Billy Wright with a view to determining whether any wrongful act or omission by or within the prison authorities or other state agencies facilitated his death, or whether attempts were made to do so; whether any such act or omission was intentional or negligent; and to make recommendations.

The costs to the end of May 2008 of each independent public inquiry are:

the Robert Hamill inquiry: £15.62 million;the Rosemary Nelson inquiry: £27.39 million; andthe Billy Wright inquiry: £16.75 million.

The inquiries have not yet completed.

Local Government: Swimming Pools

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: Government are offering a £142 million package of revenue and capital to local authorities, designed to extend opportunities to swim and to maximise the health benefits of wider participation in swimming.

Costs and charges are not collected centrally, and vary greatly across the country. The best estimate of Department of Health and Department for Culture, Media and Sport analysts is that, for England, the fund will cover 75 per cent to 100 per cent of the costs to local authorities of providing free swimming to the over-60s, and provide a top-up to local authorities which wish to extend their provision further to under 16s.

Northern Ireland: Bill of Rights

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Rooker: The Northern Ireland office was responsible for paying national insurance contributions to the Inland Revenue for the chairman of the Bill of Rights Forum, who was informed of these arrangements.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Northern Ireland Office officials made an estimate of the working days required from the chair of the Bill of Rights Forum based on the planned duration of the forum's work and the terms of reference that were agreed by all members.

Olympic Games: Tug of War

Lord Addington asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government have held no discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the inclusion of tug-of-war as a discipline for future Olympic Games. Representations about the inclusion of new sports must be made to the IOC by the relevant international federation, which in this case would be the Tug of War International Federation.

Parades: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The increase in expenditure from 2005-06 to 2006-07 arose from the cost of installing a new server desktop hardware.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Professional advisers' services were provided by Stakeholder Communications, which provided media consultancy advice; Moore Stevens UK, which performed the internal audit for 2005-06; and HELM Consultancy, which prepared the commission's annual accounts for 2004-05. The selection processes for the

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above services were handled by the NIO. The services were monitored through the commission's audit committee.

Planning: Eco-towns

Lord Wade of Chorlton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The Government have identified the areas with potential to become eco-towns in the consultation document Eco-townsLiving a Greener Future, and these are listed below:

Pennbury, Leicestershire;Manby and Strubby, Lincolnshire;Curborough, Staffordshire;Middle Quinton;Bordon-Whitehill, Hampshire;Weston Otmoor, Oxfordshire;Ford, West Sussex;Imerys China Clay Community, Cornwall;Coltishall, Norfolk;Hanley Grange, Cambridgeshire;Marston Vale and New Marston, Bedfordshire;North East Elsenham, Essex;Rossington, Doncaster;Rushcliffe, Nottingham*; and Leeds City Region, Yorkshire*.

Copies of the consultation document are available in the House Library.

Police: Northern Ireland

Lord Morrow asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The chief constable has provided the following figures:

GenderCommunity Background
Financial YearMaleFemaleProtestantCatholicNot DeterminedTotal

2001-02

166

88

128

123

3

254

2002-03

284

116

203

196

1

400

2003-04

313

194

260

243

4

507

2004-05

280

171

221

224

6

451

2005-06

245

169

211

203

0

414

2006-07

304

123

206

216

5

427

2007-08

198

93

135

154

2

2911

Total

1790

954

1364

1359

21

2744



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