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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The consultants were not paid on an approximate basis; rather, the figures provided in response to the noble Lord’s Question were rounded and were therefore referred to as “approximately”. This is standard accounting practice.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The chairman was appointed to the Parades Commission on 1 January 2006 after an appointments process that began on 25 July 2005. The appointments process was regulated by the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments. In accordance with Schedule 1, paragraph 2(1), the chairman of the Parades Commission is appointed by the Secretary of State.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: It would not be appropriate to provide the names of individuals.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: It would not be appropriate to provide the names of individual monitors.

People Trafficking: OperationPentameter 2

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Of the 528 arrests made under Operation Pentameter II, we would anticipate

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that a number would be prosecuted for human trafficking or related offences. Decisions on prosecutions rest with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), however, and it is not for the Government to predict the outcomes of CPS deliberations.

The results of Pentameter II are currently being analysed in depth by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre in order to inform future work to combat this crime.

Planning: Eco-towns

Lord Taylor of Holbeach asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): Neither of the two locations mentioned met the demanding criteria for eco-towns as published by this department in the eco-towns prospectus of 23 July 2007. Summaries of the assessment of all the eco-town submissions can be found on the department website at: www.communities. gov.uk/publications/housing/Eco-townsassessment summaries.

Police: Northern Ireland

Lord Browne of Belmont asked Her Majesty’s Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The following table sets out the average attendance at public meetings convened by district policing partnerships (DPPs) in Northern Ireland for 2007-08. Each DPP held six public meetings. The figures for Belfast DPP represent the average attendance at 18 public meetings, as it also includes public meetings held by its four sub-groups. The figures for Limavady DPP represent the average attendance, which also includes two themed meetings on car projects attended by 300 at each meeting.



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DPPTotal attendanceAverage

Antrim

114

19

Ards

82

14

Armagh

32

5

Ballymena

80

13

Ballymoney

121

20

Banbridge

125

21

Belfast DPP

613

34

Carrickfergus

34

6

Castlereagh

204

34

Coleraine

69

12

Cookstown

68

11

Craigavon

84

14

Derry

256

43

Down

152

25

Dungannon and South Tyrone

89

15

Fermanagh

35

6

Larne

90

15

Limavady

648

108

Lisburn

387

65

Magherafelt

50

8

Moyle

34

6

Newry and Mourne

235

39

Newtownabbey

70

12

North Down

225

38

Omagh*

58

-

Strabane

292

49

* Due to a change in DPP manager, the figures for attendance were recorded only for one meeting.

The figures for 2007-08 show a 46 per cent increase from 2006-07 in the numbers of members of the public attending DPP meetings. With effect from 1 April 2008, a standard approach to collating information on attendance has been adopted as part of the revised DPP effectiveness framework. (These are revised figures and are not entirely the same as those originally published in the Daily Hansard)

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Tunnicliffe: The chief constable has provided the following answer:

Schools: Statements of Educational Need

Lord Bradley asked Her Majesty’s Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Lord Adonis): A statement of special educational needs (SEN) is prepared following a statutory assessment of the child’s needs. Information on the cost of carrying out statutory assessments is not collected centrally.

The average length of time to prepare a statement is also not collected centrally. However, the Audit Commission monitors the proportion of draft statements issued within 18 weeks of a request for statutory assessment as best value performance indicator (BVPI) 43.



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The indicator values for the 10 local authorities of Greater Manchester from 2006-07 (the most recent year for which figures have been published) are given in the table below.

Local authorityPercentage of draft statements issued within 18 weeks excluding statutory exceptions to the time limits (BVPI43a)Percentage of draft statements issued within 18 weeks including statutory exceptions to the time limits (BVPI43b)

Bolton

100.0

72.2

Bury

100.0

100.0

Manchester City

100.0

100.0

Oldham

100.0

97.9

Rochdale

100.0

100.0

Salford

97.1

91.0

Stockport

85.4

50.4

Tameside

100.0

96.6

Trafford

92.4

75.8

Wigan

100.0

84.3


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