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2004-05
Working Days Lost% of Working Days Available

DWP

1,702,691

5.05

Jobcentre Plus

1,046,315

5

The Pension Service

225,570

4.91

Disability and Carers Service

51,514

2.79

Child Support Agency

179,058

6.34

Others, including corporate and shared services

200,233

5.67

2003-04
Working Days Lost% of Working Days Available

DWP

1,779,944

5.07

Jobcentre Plus

1,109,325

5.10

The Pension Service

245,944

4.76

Child Support Agency

187,113

6.44

Others, including corporate and shared services

237,563

4.50

Housing: Home Information Packs

Lord Bradley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): There are no circumstances in which the fee for a home information pack may be paid to an estate agent in advance of surveys for the pack being undertaken, as the HIP does not include a survey.

Indonesia: Religious Minorities

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): I refer the noble Lord to my responses to previous Questions tabled in this House about the Ahmadiyya community in Indonesia: on 19 May Official Report, col. WA 165, 19 June, col. WA 190 and 23 June, col. WA209.



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My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Meg Munn, welcomed the opportunity to discuss this matter with the noble Lord and representatives of the UK Ahmadiyya Association on 8 July. As she set out at the meeting, the UK is concerned about the treatment of the Ahmaddiya community in Indonesia and has raised its concerns with the Indonesian authorities several times over recent weeks, including with the Indonesian ambassador on 3 June.

The UK also raised the treatment of the Ahmadiyya community in Indonesia at the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia in Geneva on 9 April. We believe that Indonesia participated positively in its review and made a number of important commitments to improve human rights in the country. Indonesia reiterated these commitments at the adoption of its Universal Periodic Review report on 9 June. These commitments form part of our ongoing dialogue with Indonesia both bilaterally and through the EU. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and look for further opportunities to raise the issue of respect for religious freedoms with the Indonesian authorities.

Infrastructure

The Duke of Montrose asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (Baroness Andrews): The proposal to create an Infrastructure Planning Commission was set out in the White Paper Planning for a Sustainable Future, published on 21 May 2007, and forms part of the Planning Bill currently before the House. We intend that the Infrastructure Planning Commission will take decisions on nationally significant transport, energy, water, waste and waste water projects in England; we also intend it to take decisions on nationally significant infrastructure projects where these have not been devolved, such as:

certain energy and harbour projects in Wales; andcross-border oil and gas pipelines in Scotland.

The Government carried out a national consultation on the proposals in the White Paper, inviting comments by 17 August 2007. By 31 August, around 32,100 responses had been received. Of these, approximately 31,000 were in general terms and mostly part of campaigns organised by non-governmental organisations. The remaining 1,100 were more detailed and came from businesses or business representative groups, government bodies including the local government sector, professionals and academics including the planning community, environmental and community groups and members of the public.



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On 27 November the Government published their response to the consultation and, alongside this, two detailed background papers. Background paper A sets out an analysis of the consultation responses, and background paper B summarised other comments received and provided a list of respondents. All these documents are available online at the following address: www.communities.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planning/planningpolicyimplementation/reformplanningsystem/planningwhitepaper.

The information on the geographical location of those responding could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

Internet: Copyright

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, as amended, sets out the boundaries of copyright law in the UK, which includes the exclusive rights that copyright owners have in relation to the works that they create. It is a matter for the courts to determine the application of that framework in relation to particular circumstances.

Internet: Deep Packet Inspection

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Baroness Vadera): The Government have received no direct advice from the Information Commissioner on these issues. However, on the matter of Phorm, the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) made a statement on 3 March that it was in discussion with Phorm about the nature of its service and the way it uses information about internet service provider customers. BT intends to run a trial using Phorm's service involving around 10,000 broadband users in the near future. The ICO has discussed the trial with the relevant parties, and BT has made it clear that, unless customers positively opt in to the trial, their web browsing will not be monitored for subsequent delivery of advertisements. The ICO will maintain close contact with Phorm and BT throughout the trial. It is important that people's privacy is protected, and the ICO, Phorm and BT are all committed to ensuring that any use of Phorm is compatible with the relevant privacy legislation.



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Internet: Unencrypted Material

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Government have made no such assessment. The UK Intellectual Property Office is part of the Government, and its position on intellectual property matters reflects the Government’s views.

The publishing of material in an unencrypted form on the web has no impact on the question whether copyright subsists in a work, or on the ownership of any copyright. The copyright situation with regard to any particular piece of published material will depend on the circumstances surrounding that item, including any permission that may have been given by the copyright owner.

Israel and Palestine: Gaza

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) is conducting an investigation into the incident on 16 April in Gaza, which resulted in the deaths of several Palestinians, including a Reuters cameraman. Our embassy in Tel Aviv has raised the incident with the relevant Israeli authorities on several occasions. We are unlikely to be in a position to comment further before the results of the IDF investigation are available.

Northern Ireland Office: Budget

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: I refer the noble Lord to my previous Answer on 16 June 2008, Official Report, col. WA 136.



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Northern Ireland Office: Questions for Written Answer

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Of the 382 Questions received by the Northern Ireland Office since 1 January, 193 have been answered within 14 days. This represents 51 per cent of the total.

These figures cover Questions tabled up to and including 11 July.

Northern Ireland Office: Staffing

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The following table shows details of staff employed within the Northern Ireland Office and what their grades are. For comparison purposes, the figures have been taken for April of each year.

GRADE2008200720062005

SCS

46

50

47

50

A

194

185

186

168

B1

289

265

215

201

B2

228

256

269

268

C

460

447

457

462

Dl

569

587

569

489

D2

271

260

330

265

Indust.

31

29

9

6

Total

2088

2079

2082

1909


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