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Asked by Lord Dykes

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI), which manages the Government's shareholdings in financial institutions on a commercial and arm’s-length basis, has been overseeing the remuneration conditions attached to subscribing to the Government's recapitalisation fund, and the Treasury's Asset Protection Scheme. UKFI has worked to ensure management incentivisation based on long-term, sustainable performance and no rewards for failure, in order to protect the interest of the taxpayer as a shareholder.

With the agreement of UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI), Sir Philip Hampton, the new chairman of RBS, has appointed a senior independent QC to

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carry out a full legal investigation of the issues relating to Sir Fred Goodwin's pension. This investigation is ongoing.

Asked by Lord Morris of Aberavon

Lord Myners: The Government were not involved in negotiating and did not approve or sign off Sir Fred Goodwin's pension or the basis of his departure from the company. This was a matter for the directors of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

UK Financial Investments Limited (UKFI) has agreed with the banks in which the Government have investments that they will assure themselves that all payouts to former directors were no more than legally necessary.

With the agreement of UKFI, Sir Philip Hampton, the new chairman of RBS, has appointed a senior independent QC to carry out a full legal investigation of the issues relating to Sir Fred Goodwin's pension. This investigation is ongoing.

Police: Databases

Question

Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The National DNA Database (NDNAD) is a continually changing database, so it is not possible to give the total number of profiles held on it at the end of each year retrospectively. However, the table gives the number of subject profiles added to the NDNAD by English and Welsh forces in each year since its inception. The numbers cannot be added together to give the total number of subject profiles on the NDNAD, as some profiles will have been removed throughout each year.

It should be noted that the number of subject profiles held on the NDNAD is not the same as the number of individuals with a profile on the database. As it is possible for a profile to be loaded onto the NDNAD on more than one occasion, some profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates. This can occur, for example, if the person provided different names, or different versions of their name, on separate arrests, or because profiles are upgraded. The estimated replication rate for the NDNAD is currently 13.5 per cent.

At 30 March 2009, there were 5,258,779 subject profiles on the NDNAD held by England and Wales forces. Taking the estimated replication rate into account, this represents an estimated 4,548,844 individuals.



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Police: Northern Ireland

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

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

Police: Television Interviews

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): There are no plans to restrict or prohibit the giving of television interviews by police officers while driving a police car on a public road and the decision to give such interviews is a matter for each individual force. Police drivers, like all drivers, have a legal responsibility to have proper control of their vehicles at all times and failure to do so can result in prosecution.

Pollution: Airborne Particles

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Asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The substance of the UK government response to the recent Letter of Formal Notice is that, following public consultation, the UK Government expect to submit shortly their application to use the additional time available under directive 2008/50/EC to meet the PM10 limit value for eight UK zones/agglomerations where exceedences since 2005 have been reported to the European Commission, and remain following permissible adjustments. The UK Government have responded within the two-month deadline set by the European Commission in its Letter of Formal Notice.



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Post Office: Banking

Question

Asked by Lord Barnett

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): As set out in my Written Answer to the noble Lord, Lord Lawson of Blaby, on 11 March 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 261), some savings accounts at the Post Office are provided through a joint venture with the Bank of Ireland Group. These are mainly instant access accounts, cash ISAs and fixed-term deposits. Those deposits are covered up to a level of €100,000 by the Irish deposit guarantee scheme, under the terms of the Deposit Guarantee Schemes Directive.

In addition to the protection of the Irish Deposit Guarantee Scheme, the Irish Government announced on 30 September 2008 that they would guarantee certain deposits with Irish banks, including all retail deposits, until 29 September 2010. Other Post Office savings accounts are provided by FSA-authorised firms and are guaranteed under the rules of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme. Depositors have been informed about the guarantee arrangements.

Prisoners: Compensation

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): No compensation has been nor will be paid to prisoners for their early release. However, compensation could be paid to prisoners on early release for matters unrelated to that release itself, e.g. for personal injury.

Prisoners: Suicide

Question

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Any death in custody is a tragic event. The Government are committed to learning from such events and reducing the number of self-inflicted deaths in prison custody. The National Offender Management Service has a broad, integrated and evidence-based prisoner suicide prevention and self-harm management strategy that seeks to reduce the distress of all those in prison. This encompasses a wide spectrum

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of prison and Department of Health work around such issues as mental health, substance misuse and resettlement. Any prisoner identified as at risk of suicide or self-harm is cared for using the Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork (ACCT) procedures.

The three tables below detail the requested numbers of self-inflicted deaths by broad ethnicity and recorded religion group, for the calendar years 2006 to 2008.

2006
Recorded Religion groupAsianBlackMixedOtherWhiteTotalReligion

Buddhist

2

2

3%

Christian

3

27

30

45%

Muslim

1

1

1%

No Religion

1

2

26

30

45%

Other

1

1

2

3%

Not recorded

2

3%

Total

3

5

0

1

56

67

100%

Ethnicity %

4%

7%

0%

1%

87%

100%

2007
Recorded Religion groupAsianBlackMixedOtherWhiteTotalReligion

Buddhist

1

1

1%

Christian

4

1

40

45

49%

Muslim

4

2

3

9

10%

No Religion

4

2

21

27

29%

Other

1

1

2

2%

Not recorded

1

7

8

9%

Total

6

11

1

2

72

92

100%

Ethnicity %

7%

12%

1%

2%

78%

100%

2008
Recorded Religion groupAsianBlackMixedOtherWhiteTotalReligion

Buddhist

2

2

3%

Christian

23

24

40%

Muslim

3

1

1

1

6

10%

No Religion

1

1

14

16

27%

Other

3

5%

Not recorded

9

9

15%

Total

7

1

2

1

49

60

100%

Ethnicity %

12%

2%

3%

2%

82%

100%


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