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The final decision on the alignment of the coastal access route and margin will be taken by the Secretary of State following consideration of Natural England's

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coastal access report and any representations made on the report in accordance with regulations made under Section 292 55E of the Bill.

Modernising Scientific Careers

Question

Asked by Earl Howe

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The first version of the document published on the department's website on 25 November contained two printing errors. This version was therefore withdrawn on 28 November and replaced on the website with a second version on 5 December. A further printing error was then corrected and a third correct final version was published on 10 December and has since been produced in hard copy.

During the period between 28 November and 5 December we took the opportunity to review the document and made some plain English and grammatical changes.

A copy of that document has already been placed in the Library. Tables detailing all of the changes made from the first version to the final version have also been placed in the Library.

In view of the delay in publishing the final version of the document, the consultation period has been extended from 27 February—as shown in the final version of the document—to 6 March 2009.

National Probation Service: Discrimination

Question

Asked by Lord Ouseley

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Behaviour constituting discrimination or harassment will not be tolerated in the National Offender Management Service and, depending on the individual circumstances of the case, could fall under the category of gross misconduct which would invariably lead to dismissal.

The National Offender Management Service has taken formal disciplinary action against its directly employed staff in cases where their actions have been proven to be discriminatory in nature.



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In respect of probation boards and trusts they are bodies corporate and responsible for the employment of their staff. Allegations of discriminatory behaviour are investigated thoroughly and dealt with in accordance with the local disciplinary regulations.

National Security

Question

Asked by The Earl of Northesk

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): There is an ongoing investigation and it is not possible to comment.

NHS: Staff

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): A breakdown by gender of people working in the National Health Service as of 30 September 2007 is given in the table below.

TotalMaleFemaleUnknown

General Practitioners (Excluding GP Registrars and GP Retainers)

33,364

19,018 (58%)1

14,346 (42%)1

N/A

Medical and Dental Staff (All Specialities and Grades)

94,638

57,365 (61%)1

37,273 (39%)1

N/A

All Qualified Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting Staff

376,737

37,039 (10.9%)2

303,820 (89.1%)2

35,878



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Northern Ireland Assembly: Policing and Justice

Question

Asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Both the Police Service of Northern Ireland's Historical Enquiries Team (HET) and the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland carry out reviews/investigations of historic incidents. Both are expected to come within the legislative competence of the Northern Ireland Assembly as part of the devolution of policing and justice. The resourcing of the HET is additional to the core PSNI budget and the resourcing of the police ombudsman historical enquiries is additional to the ombudsman's core budget.

Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): Relevant trade unions were consulted about the policies which determine the bonus schemes. Trade unions have no role in the approval process for the payment of bonuses to individual officials.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland office has produced a code of practice and a guidance document in relation to the award of non-consolidated bonuses for staff at grades D2 to A. The operation of the special bonus scheme mirrors that of the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) and details are to be found in chapter 25 of the NICS staff handbook.

I have arranged for copies of these documents to be placed in the Library of the House.



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Northern Ireland Parades Commission

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: In accordance with Schedule 1 of the Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (as amended), the Secretary of State may pay to the chairman and other members of the commission such remuneration and allowances as he may determine. To ensure propriety the Secretary of State has regularly reviewed the remuneration packages of the chairman and members since the establishment of the commission in 1997.

The reduction in remuneration of the commission members and the increase in the chairman's remuneration brought the members in line with other similar bodies.

Olympic Games 2012

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Asked by Lord Corbett of Castle Vale

Lord Davies of Oldham: The venues for the 2012 Games were selected by the bid committee in 2004 taking into account the technical requirements of each international federation and the guidelines for bidding cities provided by the IOC. There were no tenders.

KPMG was commissioned by the ODA last year to test and challenge the plans for a number of 2012 temporary venues, including the shooting and equestrian events. In December, the Olympic Board published the findings of the KPMG report. It endorsed the recommendation that the equestrian events should be at Greenwich and agreed that further work to assess the venue for shooting should be carried out by the ODA and LOCOG. This work is on going.

The London Organising Committee's tender process for the temporary installations and overlay to support the delivery and operation of these venues is scheduled to begin later this year.

Olympic Games 2012: Safety and Security

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Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Secretary of State for the Home Department and the Home Office have overall responsibility for the Olympic safety and security programme. Day-to-day responsibility for the design phase of the programme rests with Admiral the Lord West of Spithead.

Following the design phase of the Olympic safety and security programme the programme will transition to an implementation phase which will take forward the security activities and planning necessary to deliver a safe and secure 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In broad terms this work will involve protecting Olympic venues, events and supporting infrastructure; preparing for any disruptive challenges; identifying and disrupting security threats; planning and resourcing security for the Games; and engaging with domestic and international security partners. Departmental and Ministerial responsibilities during the implementation phase will be unchanged.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord West of Spithead: The Olympic safety and security programme is already under way with planning and design work in progress and significant activity taking place at the Olympic Park in Stratford.

The Olympic safety and security strategy will be presented to the Cabinet sub-committee on National Security, International Relations and Development (Protective Security and Resilience) in February 2009 and following this the programme will transition into an implementation phase. This will last until the summer of 2012 when the operation to secure the Games will take place.

The programme is scheduled for completion on 31 March 2013 to allow time after the end of the Games to undertake the International Olympic Committee's lessons learned process and implement the changes necessary to reduce security to the levels required in a legacy environment.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord West of Spithead: A draft costed security plan was delivered to Home Office Ministers in November 2008.



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Police: Groups

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Grant in aid approval for the financial year 2008-09 is £100,000 for the British Association for Women in Policing (BAWP) and £45,000 for the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP).

Police: Menezes Inquest

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Asked by Lord Dykes

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The case was a complex one raising important issues about the way in which operational policing is carried out. Those are primarily matters for the police service, with assistance from the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), to ensure that the lessons are learnt and applied across all forces. The Home Office is also considering those issues carefully with the police service and the health and safety executive.

The police service, together with our security services, remains in the forefront of the fight against terrorism and retains the Home Office's full confidence.

Police: Northern Ireland

Questions

Asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: This is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply to the noble Lord directly, and I will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.


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