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Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government published an action plan for financial capability on 7 July, which set out measures to equip people in the UK with the knowledge and skills to manage their finances, now and for the future. The action plan gave details of the £11.5 million My Money programme, starting from September this year, which will support personal finance education in the curriculum in England. The Government are contributing £6 million to a Money Guidance pathfinder, which is being delivered in partnership with the Financial Services Authority (FSA), which is contributing an additional £6 million. The pathfinder will launch in the north-west and north-east of England from early 2009. Money Guidance will offer adults of all ages easy-to-access, impartial information and guidance on financial matters. The Government are also working with the FSA on a one-stop-shop based on the FSA's Moneymadeclear website and consumer helpline, which will offer impartial information on money and signposts to sources of specialist advice. This will be established and promoted from late summer.
Further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Jonathan Shaw, on 11 June (Official Report, Commons, 273W) on the risks posed by neo-nicotinamide pesticides to the beekeeping industry, whether the field studies providing data supporting the conclusion that the level of risk is acceptable were conclusive; and, if not, whether they will fund further work on the issue, particularly on the effect of the products on bee health when present in compost and other products which are widely available in garden centres. [HL4637]
The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Rooker): Data submitted from the field studies referred to provided sufficient information to enable the Advisory Committee on Pesticides to recommend to Ministers that the risk from these products was acceptable. The incident in southern Germany in which bees were affected by the use of these products arose from a specific set of circumstances. I refer my noble friend to the Written Answer on 3 July (Official Report, Commons, cols. 1075-1076W). There is no evidence of any problems from those neo-nicotinoid products approved for home garden use or from the use of such products approved for horticultural use in garden centres. Defra will, of course, act immediately on any concrete evidence from incidents which occur in the UK.
Further to the Written Answers by Lord Tunnicliffe on 25 June (WA 259) and 24 June (WA 2367), whether a 24-hour, seven days a week response service to every area of Northern Ireland indicates
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Every PSNI district provides response police patrols to all areas, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, response patrols are complemented by other district and operational command unit resources such as neighbourhood policing, crime teams and tactical support units.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 25 June (WA 259), where the Police Service of Northern Ireland response service for Clogher Valley between 1.00 am and 8.00 am is based; how many times that response has been necessary during 2008; and what have been the response times. [HL4512]
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 24 June (WA 225), whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland will in future seek reports from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service of deliberate bin and fuel tank burning incidents in south Belfast; and how they propose to improve the arson clear-up rate in that area. [HL4562]
Lord Rooker: The Fire and Rescue Service and PSNI are members of the recently established Safer Belfast Group. This group has been set up to deal with various social issues including crime that impacts on the wider Belfast community. This forum will allow greater information-sharing throughout all the statutory agencies.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 6 May (WA 57) concerning levels of policing in Northern Ireland, when the review of police and staff in F district will be completed; and whether the review will be published. [HL4679]
Lord Rooker: Irish citizens who are registered on a United Kingdom electoral register can donate to political parties registered in Northern Ireland and/or Great Britain. In addition, Irish citizens who meet the eligibility requirements set out in Article 3 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2007 can donate to political parties registered in Northern Ireland.
British citizens living in Ireland, or anywhere else in the world, can donate to United Kingdom political parties if they are on a United Kingdom electoral register. British citizens living abroad can register on a United Kingdom electoral register as overseas electors if they meet the requirements set out in Section 2 of the Representation of the People Act 1985. Broadly speaking, to register as an overseas elector, a person must have been resident and registered to vote in the United Kingdom some time within the previous 15 years.
Further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 13 May (WA 130) concerning the population of the United Kingdom, why the UK Statistics Authority did not include the figures in the answer, rather than referring to a website. [HL3736]
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): Following the restructuring of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) from 1 April this year, specifications and standards for managing the different groups of prisoners will be set by the Director of Commissioning and Operational Policy (in consultation with the Youth Justice Board for young people under 18 years of age), and delivery to these specifications will be the responsibility of the NOMS chief operating officer.
Why Stephen Shaw, the Prison and Probation Ombudsman, has declined to conduct the Article 2 compliant inquiry into the treatment of SP while in Prison Service custody; who will now conduct that inquiry; and what is the expected timetable; and [HL4540]
What facilities, arrangements and payment rates will be permitted so that SP can be fully represented in the Article 2 compliant inquiry into her treatment while in Prison Service custody; and [HL4541]
Whether the Article 2 compliant inquiry into the treatment of SP while in Prison Service custody will include in its terms of reference issues of child welfare as well as child protection; whether the chair of the inquiry will control the choice and interviewing of witnesses and any issues of disclosure; and whether the chair of the inquiry will be able to determine whether expert witnesses should be employed or instructed. [HL4542]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): We regret the curtailment of this investigation and will be exploring the reasons and related matters with the Prison and
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The Royal Air Force currently charters B737s, B757s, B767s and DC10s for troop movement. These aircraft are chartered through brokers Chapman Freeborn, Air Partner and XL Aviation.
When they last drew to the attention of other Governments Article 18 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the right to religious conversion; and which Governments these were. [HL4471]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Government condemn all instances of violence and discrimination against individuals and groups because of their faith or belief, wherever they happen or whatever the religion of the individual or group concerned. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) officials regularly discuss human rights issues with other Governments, including on issues of religious freedom and religious conversion, bilaterally and through international organisations. We have raised individual cases bilaterally and with our EU partners recently in Jordan, Egypt, Iran and Indonesia.
FCO officials recently discussed the issue of persecution on the grounds of apostasy with Christian Solidarity Worldwide. Our officials met with Ziya Meral from Christian Solidarity Worldwide, author of the report
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