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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 24 March (WA 110) stating that the Crown Prosecution Service does not take into consideration gender, sexual orientation and ethnic origins in ensuring the most suitable candidate is appointed, whether that principle has been applied without exception and observed across the public service since 1997. [HL2666]
Lord Patel of Bradford: Recruitment into the Civil Service is based on the principle of selection on merit on the basis of fair and open competition. Recruitment to the wider public sector is not subject to regulation by the Civil Service Commissioners.
Lord Patel of Bradford: Her Majestys Government have a wide ranging set of measures in place to protect the United Kingdom from all forms of electronic attack including cyber-terrorism and cyber crime.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Directives 2006/24/EC (Data Retention) and 2002/58/EC (Privacy and Electronic Communications) concern data processing and data retention in the electronic communications sector and the elimination of obstacles to the internal market for electronic communications, and were therefore made on a first pillar basis established by the 1992 Maastricht treaty. The legal basis of 2006/24/EC (Data Retention) was upheld in the recent European Court of Justice case (C-301/06 Ireland v Parliament). It was the opinion of the European Court of Justice that all the normal tests for using Article 95 were met.
It is important to note the 2006 directive covers the retention of communications data and not access to it. In particular, recital 25 of the Data Retention directive
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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 26 February (WA 10708), how many staff work in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Shared Service Division providing back-office functions for animal health. [HL2742]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Shared Services Directorate provides back office services to a number of customers within the Defra network. As many staff provide services to more than one customer it is only possible to provide an estimate of the resource (based on volumes of transactions) providing back office function to the Animal Health Agency. This estimate for 2008/09 of 45.7 FTE (full-time equivalent) staff includes those in support areas such as business planning and communications, in addition to those in operational roles.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much money has been spent on procuring and developing government databases since 1997; how many databases have been planned since 1997; and how many of those have been implemented and maintained. [HL2642]
Lord Patel of Bradford: Each government department is responsible for the management of its own databases. The information requested is not held centrally and to do so would incur disproportionate cost.
Lord Patel of Bradford: Civil Service vacancies are advertised widely, including on the Civil Service website. Information on the total number of jobs currently advertised is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which information technology contracts with a value of £50 million or over have been entered into by the Scotland Office and its predecessor since 1997; and which of those have been completed to budget, to time and to specification. [HL2894]
The Advocate-General for Scotland (Lord Davidson of Glen Clova): The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. It shares an information technology system (SCOTS) with the Scottish Executive, who are responsible for the development, administration and maintenance of the system; consequently, the office does not directly enter into any IT contracts.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in (a) the north-west, (b) Greater Manchester, and (c) the City of Manchester, in each of the last five years; and [HL2701]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): Information on the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimers disease and dementia in the north-west, Greater Manchester and the city of Manchester, in each of the last five years, is not available in the format requested.
The national Quality and Outcomes Framework provides the number of people recorded on practice disease registers with a diagnosis of dementia, but does not distinguish between Alzheimer's disease and other possible forms of dementia. According to the publication Revisions to the General Medical Services Contract 2006/07, a copy of which has already been placed in the Library, Alzheimer's disease accounts for 50 to 75 per cent of cases of dementia, thus giving a crude indication of the number of people diagnosed with Alzheimers disease in the north-west, Greater Manchester and the city of Manchester.
The register count is only available for the last two releases of the framework, covering the periods 2006-07 and 2007-08. It also includes only those practices that have chosen to participate in the framework, as participation currently operates on a voluntary basis. Information is not available for all of the areas requested, as some are not health areas. Where this occurs, information has been supplied for the health areas that best fit those requested.
Lord Patel of Bradford: As the national technical authority for information assurance, CESG conducts research in a number of fields to ensure the relevance and quality of advice, guidance and services provided to Her Majestys Government. To this end, CESG has conducted technical evaluations of Deep Packet Inspection technologies. For reasons of commercial confidentiality it would not be appropriate to discuss the results of those evaluations in any detail.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The UK Border Agency looks to return to Iraq individuals from there who have no right to remain in the UK, including those who, if they have claimed international protection, have been found by the asylum decision-making and independent appeals system not to need such protection.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what differences in the sensitivity and utility of data in the national DNA database and the National Fingerprint Database account for the different rules for collection, storage and removal of personal data that apply to those databases. [HL2757]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The legal provisions governing the taking and retention of DNA samples and fingerprints for the national DNA database (NDNAD) and the national fingerprint database (IDENT1) are set out in the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE), as amended by the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 and the Criminal Justice Act 2003. They provide that both DNA and fingerprints may be taken from a person arrested for a recordable offence and retained indefinitely, including for persons who are not convicted of a crime.
Policy on the retention of DNA and fingerprint records is being reviewed in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of S and Marper. The Government are considering their response to the judgment in conjunction with the Council of Europes Committee of Ministers. A White Paper will be published later this year which will contain proposals on how we intend to implement the judgment.
In relation to the removal of records, under the provisions in PACE, the decision on whether to agree to a request from an individual to have their DNA profile, fingerprints and associated records removed from police databases lies with the chief officer of the force which took the DNA sample and fingerprint records.
In January 2006, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) issued guidance to chief officers on the consideration of applications for the removal of DNA samples, fingerprint records and Police National Computer records taken by forces in England and Wales. The ACPO guidelines make it clear that it is expected that DNA profiles and fingerprints which have been taken lawfully will be removed in exceptional cases only.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Secretary of State supported East Lancashire Hospitals National Health Service Trusts application to become an NHS foundation trust in September 2008. Monitor (the statutory name of which is the independent regulator of NHS foundation trusts), is now assessing the trust's application. Guidance on Monitors assessment process is set out in the document Applying for NHS Foundation Trust StatusGuide for Applicants (Monitor and the Department of Health, November 2008). A copy of this document has been placed in the Library.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have of the number of persons currently displaced by conflict in Swat and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan; and what contribution they have made to the United Nations Humanitarian Action Plan and other programmes to help those displaced. [HL2838]
Lord Tunnicliffe: The number of people displaced by conflict and insecurity from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and parts of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP), including Swat, has increased substantially during the last eight months. At the end of March 2009 the total number of internally displaced people registered in NWFP (including those from the FATA) was 547,000 (86,000 individuals in 11 formal camps and a further 461,000 outside camps).
The Department for International Development has so far committed £12 million (£6 million each to the UNin support of the humanitarian planand the International Committee for the Red Cross for the internally displaced). Our funds are being used to support urgent humanitarian interventions in shelter, social protection, water and sanitation, food and health sectors.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Patel of Bradford on 19 March (WA 82), what are the standard employer and employee contribution rates of the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme; and which departments are responsible for the other four largest public sector pension schemes. [HL2520]
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