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Personal Finance

The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.



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Pesticides

Lord Rea asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Police: Northern Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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

The information cannot be released in the format requested, as this level of detail could be of use to criminals.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: As of 27 June 2008, a total of 33 police officers were suspended on full pay. Of these, 23 are former members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

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

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.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The information cannot be released in the format requested, as this level of detail could be of use to criminals.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The review in F district is expected to be completed by late summer 2008, and the results of the consultation will be made public.

The review recommendations will be brought to a meeting of the Northern Ireland Policing Board in the autumn.



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Political Parties: Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Population

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The information requested is set out in the table below:

Population of the UK (in millions)

1951

50.3

1961

52.8

1981

56.4

2001

59.1

2011

62.8

2021

67.2

Prisons

Lord Ramsbotham asked Her Majesty's Government:



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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.

Prisons: SP Inquiry

Lord Carlile of Berriew asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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Probation Ombudsman. Meanwhile, we are giving urgent consideration as to who will conduct a renewed investigation, its processes and expected timetable. In doing so, we will be taking into account the views of representatives of SP and the prospective investigator once identified. The investigation commissioned will meet the state's Article 2 investigative obligations, including in respect of independence, family participation and funding for legal representation.

Public Prosecution Service

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The Public Prosecution Service (PPS) employed 101 legally trained staff as at 31 March 2005.

RAF: Transport Aircraft

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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.

Religious Freedom

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

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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No Place like Home, on 30 May and 24 June. Christian Solidarity Worldwide has agreed to keep the FCO informed of instances where apostates have suffered human rights abuses.


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