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To ask Her Majesty's Government in respect of the wording of rule 52.8(13) of the Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 (SI 2005/384), what legislation sets out and authorises a person to charge the proper costs and charges of the execution of the warrant. [HL2442]
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).
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80,000 unsuitable people have had offers of employment which involved working with children and vulnerable adults withdrawn on the basis of information contained on their disclosure.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.
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.
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 201), how much of the unallocated provision in the Department for International Development's budget for 200708 was spent by the end of the year. [HL2232]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 201), what are the sporting activities linked to the London Olympic Games; in which countries the £650,000 to support the International Inspiration programme will be used; and which projects it will fund; and [HL2233]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer to HL1589 by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 201), why activities to increase participant interest in developing countries are being administered by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport. [HL2234]
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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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 programmes 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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 202), what was the proportion contributed by the Department for International Development, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence in the conflict prevention pool for 200008; and what sums were transferred between
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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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 202), whether Returns and Repatriation count as Overseas Development Aid; whether the Department for International Development has funded any of this in previous years; and, if not, whose budget it came from. [HL2312]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 203), what funds were transferred from the Ministry of Defence or the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Department for International Development in (a) 200809, and (b) 200708; whether any transfers are planned for 200910; and what funds were transferred from the Department for International Development to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence during those periods. [HL2313]
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
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Tunnicliffe on 9 March (WA 203), by how much the United Kingdom's Overseas Development Allowance GNI ratio will change; what it was in 2008; what it is projected to be in (a) 2009 and (b) 2010; and what it will be now. [HL2314]
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.
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 Developments (DfID) website at: http://consultation. dfid.gov.uk/
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the forthcoming White Paper on aid and development will support working partnerships between schools, universities, professional bodies, trade unions, local communities and other parts of civil society in the United Kingdom and similar bodies in developing countries. [HL2010]
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/.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many applications for the education maintenance allowance for the current school year remain unprocessed; what steps they are taking to clear the backlog; and when it will be completed. [HL2518]
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord President (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon) on 9 March (WA 204), what was the full cost of bringing Mr Ian Withers to court. [HL2084]
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.
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.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which regions or cities they estimate have the largest concentration of illegal weapons; and in which regions or cities they believe illegal weapons to be most readily available to buy. [HL2544]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made estimates of the cost of purchasing (a) an illegal handgun, (b) an illegal rifle, and (c) an illegal submachine gun in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what those estimates are. [HL2545]
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