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A more detailed breakdown of these figures by category is not available.

Asked by Lord Lucas

Lord Bach: The relevant primary legislation is Part III of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980, the necessary implication of which is that proper costs associated with the execution of the warrant are chargeable. There is also common law authority that such costs may be added (Cook v Plaskett(1882) 47 JP 265).

Criminal Records Bureau

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Asked by Lord Vinson



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Analysis from independent research conducted by Ipsos MORI between 2004 and 2007 indicates that the CRB is making a real difference to the protection of children and vulnerable adults; 80,000 unsuitable people have had offers of employment which involved working with children and vulnerable adults withdrawn on the basis of information contained on their disclosure. Many more unsuitable people are thought to be deterred from applying to work with children as a result of the requirement for a CRB check.

This analysis also demonstrates that users of the Criminal Records Bureau's (CRB) service feel that the information provided on disclosures is useful when making recruitment decisions. More than eight out of 10 customers (83 per cent) say CRB checks improves their ability to protect children and the vulnerable adults and nearly nine out of 10 customers (88 per cent) say CRB checks improves their confidence in their recruitment decisions.

Almost three in four members (72 per cent) of the general public think that the CRB is making a difference to the protection of children and vulnerable adults in this country. Over the past three years, as public awareness of the CRB increases, there has also been a reduction of around seven percentage points in the number of people worried about children and vulnerable adults becoming a victim of crime by those caring for them.

The research shows that customer satisfaction levels are at an all-time high, reflecting the year-on-year improvements made by the CRB.

Asked by Lord Vinson

Lord West of Spithead: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) recognises that there are individuals who move frequently between short-term appointments and may not wish to apply for a fresh CRB check each time they seek a new position, especially if this occurs very frequently.

The CRB advises that organisations can accept a previously issued disclosure at their own risk but make the limitations and risks of doing so very clear. This information can be found on the CRB website at www.crb.gov.uk.

There are good reasons why a disclosure that is issued for one position may not be suitable for other positions, including:

disclosures are primarily designed to be used by an organisation at the point of recruitment for a particular position, whether as an employee or a volunteer;conviction or other relevant information can be recorded against an individual at any point after a disclosure is issued; and

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the disclosure process may also include a search to establish whether an individual is subject to a direction under Section 142 of the Education Act 2002, the Protection of Children Act and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoCA and PoVA) lists.

Legislation governing these lists, as set by the Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Department of Health, requires fresh checks of the lists for certain positions involving work with children and vulnerable adults, regardless of any previous existing checks. This may limit the ability for recruiting organisations to accept previously issued disclosures.

It is ultimately for each recruiting organisation and not the CRB to decide whether a fresh disclosure should be applied for. The recruiting organisation, using a range of pre-recruitment checks, is best placed to assess whether disclosure is required for a specific position, bearing in mind their legal and other responsibilities. The overriding consideration must always be the safety of those whom the disclosure service is designed to protect.

Department for International Development: DEL

Questions

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: The Department for International Development's Resource DEL departmental unallocated provision (DUP) for 2007-08 was fully allocated to programmes by the end of the year. The underspend against total resource DEL for 2007-08 was £85,191,000, representing 1.9 per cent of the resource DEL budget of £4,563,685,000.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Davies of Oldham: International Inspiration is delivered in partnership by UK Sport, British Council and UNICEF UK with the support of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, the British Olympic Foundation

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and the British Paralympic Association. International Inspiration was launched by the Prime Minister in January 2008.

So far £23.79 million has been committed to the International Inspiration programme. This includes a commitment from the British Council to match fund future income up to a total of £10.46 million. Funding has also been committed by DCMS (£0.28 million), DfID (£7.4 million), the Premier League (£4.2 million) and UNICEF UK (£1.45 million). Of this, £7.8 million is attributable to programme costs since the start of the programme in October 2007. In addition, UK Sport is committing in the region of £2.1 million as value in kind over the lifetime of the programme to 2013-14.

The Department for International Development has provided £1.65 million funding for the financial year 2008-09 as part of its overall contribution of £7.4 million to the International Inspiration programme. The Government Olympic Executive, part of the Department for Culture Media and Sport, is responsible for the programme.

The countries supported by the programme in 2008-09 were Azerbaijan, Brazil, India, Palau and Zambia. The programme will be rolled out to five further countries, Bangladesh, Ghana, Jordan, Mozambique and Trinidad and Tobago, starting in 2009-10.

The projects supported by this funding will help children and young people in developing countries take part in high quality PE and sport through:

training for teachers, teacher trainers, sport coaches, community coaches, activists, volunteers, officials and young leaders to deliver high-quality and inclusive PE, sport and play activities linked to development of life skills for children and young people in schools and communities;support for grassroots sport and play programmes aimed at increasing participation and addressing social and community development issues such as HIV/AIDS education and girls’ empowerment;engagement with policy-makers and key sport, education and social development officials in each country in a dialogue on the benefits of PE, sport and play as a tool to deliver existing youth, development and education policies.

The programme’s outcomes are intended to help support the achievement of millennium development goals, specifically those in primary education, the promotion of gender equality and empowering equality and achieving health objectives, in particular towards combating HIV and AIDS. International Inspiration seeks to support poverty reduction strategies in countries where sport has been identified as a key driver to help to achieve millennium development goals.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: Details of transfers undertaken in the Spring Supplementary Estimates (SSEs) 2007-08 relating to the conflict pools are available in the published SSEs of the respective departments.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: Most of the projects funded by the Returns and Reintegration Fund do not count as Official Development Assistance (ODA).

The Returns and Reintegration Fund was launched in April 2008 to which the Department for International Development contributed a total of £5 million in 2008-09.

Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: The following budget transfers took place from/to the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to/from the Department for International Development (DfID) during

(a) 2008-09

from MoD to DfID—£1,970,000;

from FCO to DfID—£1,654,000;

from DfID to MoD—£47,807,000; and

from DfID to FCO—£37,413,000.

(b) 2007-08

from MoD to DfID—nil;

from FCO to DfID—£18,180,000;

from DfID to MoD—£29,292,000; and

from DfID to FCO—£12,423,000.

Some transfers are planned for 2009-10 from DfID to the FCO and MoD to allocate funds for the Conflict Prevention Pool; the final amounts are not yet known.



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Asked by Baroness Northover

Lord Tunnicliffe: The budget transfers to other government departments in the Department for International Development's Spring Supplementary Estimate 2008-09 will reduce the United Kingdom's official development assistance to GNI ratio (ODA/GNI) by a maximum of 0.002 per cent. The ODA/GNI ratio in 2008 was 0.43 per cent, and was projected in the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007 to be 0.48 per cent in 2009 and 0.56 per cent in 2010.

Development Aid

Questions

Asked by Lord Judd

Lord Tunnicliffe: The public consultation document for the forthcoming White Paper on international development sets out a range of issues that the Government are seeking to consider. These include matters relating to conflict sensitivity. This document is available on the Department for International Development’s (DfID) website at: http://consultation. dfid.gov.uk/

Asked by Lord Judd

Lord Tunnicliffe: The public consultation document for the forthcoming White Paper on international development sets out a range of issues that the Government are seeking to consider. These include those relating to civil society.

The public consultation document is available on the Department for International Development's (DfID) website at http://consultation.dfid.gov.uk/.

Drugs: Khat

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): No such assessment has been undertaken.



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Education Maintenance Allowance

Question

Asked by Lord Krebs

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) which operates the education maintenance allowance (EMA) for the Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF). The LSC's acting chief executive, Geoff Russell, will write to the noble Lord with the information requested and a copy of his reply will be placed in the House Library.

Electoral Register: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

The Attorney-General (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The Public Prosecution Service handles a large number of cases in the magistrates' court each year. For the year 2007-08, the number was 30,571. Each case will involve work by both administrative and legal staff, and the cost of individual cases can be calculated only in general terms. Given that this was a straightforward matter and just one of the many cases on the list prosecuted by the Public Prosecutor at Larne Magistrates’ Court that day, the estimate of the cost to the Public Prosecution Service would be less than £50.

Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme

Question

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform & Cabinet Office (Baroness Vadera): Decisions concerning the terms and conditions and policy of loans remain commercial decisions for banks and building societies. Under the enterprise finance guarantee an additional premium of 2 per cent is payable although the Government have announced a 25 per cent discount for this year only giving an additional premium rate of 1.5 per cent.



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Firearms

Questions

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): We do not hold this information.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones


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