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The statutory functions of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are set out in Section 69 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 and provision for its funding in Schedule 7 to that Act. The Government have no reason to believe that the commission has exceeded its statutory remit and no plans to take any action in this respect.
To ask Her Majesty's Government why the Northern Ireland Office's efficiency gains forecast for its political directorate of £2.7 million were under target last year by £1.5 million; and what estimate has been made for future years. [HL3043]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The 2004 spending review committed the Northern Ireland Office to achieving a target of £90 million of efficiency gains by March 2008. By the end of 2007-08, £103.6 million of efficiency gains had been delivered by the department and, as part of the NIO CSR 2007 settlement, HM Treasury agreed that £11 million of this overachievement could be included as part of the department's CSR07 value-for-money target. At the request of HM Treasury, to ensure transparency around the figures, this overachievement was deducted from final published SR04 efficiency figures to ensure there is no double counting when the department publishes delivery against value-for-money programme targets.
The final efficiency gain amount for 2007-08 is less than the forecast figure that appeared in the department's efficiency technical note and the 2007 autumn performance report because these figures were not at the time reported net of overdelivery.
The SR04 efficiency programme concluded on 31 March 2008 and the department now reports efficiency against the CSR07 value-for-money programme, details of which can be found at www.nio.gov.uk.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many staff were employed by the Northern Ireland Office, excluding agencies, executive and non-departmental public bodies, on 1 January in each year since 1998. [HL2930]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The information requested is set out in the following table. For the period 1 January 1998 to 1 January 2002, the information is held in terms of full-time equivalent staffie, two-part time staff were counted as one full-time member of staff. Thereafter the information is held in terms of actual numbers of staff employed. The figures after 2002 also reflect the expansion of the Director of Public Prosecution's Office and the new Public Prosecution Service.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 April (WA 32) concerning allowances paid to staff of the Northern Ireland Office, why they answered the Question for Written Answer tabled on 18 December (HL 208) concerning danger money by outlining that 1,542 staff received an allowance in recognition of work in the law and order area, in the light of the answer which indicated they did not pay danger money.[HL3301]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 April (WA 32) concerning an allowance paid to staff in the Northern Ireland Office, why, and for how long, the revised environmental allowance was used.[HL3302]
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 28 April (WA 32) concerning the payment of allowances to staff in the Northern Ireland Office, why and for how long the revised environmental allowance was extended in 1991.[HL3304]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Office does not pay danger money. The Answer provided on 18 December (Official Report, col. WA 72) assumed that the reference in the Question to danger money was a reference to the revised environmental allowance.
In 1991 an environmental allowance was introduced for staff working in police stations and prisons. In 1992 a revised environmental allowance was introduced for all staff working in the law and order field. The revised environmental allowance is currently under review.
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: As the Belfast agreement makes clear, the rights contained in any Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland would reflect the particular circumstances of Northern Ireland. The question of a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for the United Kingdom is explored in the Green Paper published by my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Justice on 23 March 2009, entitled Rights and Responsibilities: Developing our Constitutional Framework (Cm7577).
To ask Her Majesty's Government what are the targets for transport of materials to and from the Stratford Olympic site by sustainable means by (a) water, and (b) rail, broken down into (1) bulk fill and waste, (2) concreting materials, (3) reinforcing bars, (4) steelwork, (5) building materials, and (6) prefabricated sections. [HL3395]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The target set by the ODA sustainability development strategy (2007) states that 50 per cent of construction materials (by weight) will be transported by sustainable means. This target is reflected in the planning obligations for the Olympic park.
Figures announced in April showed that the ODA is exceeding that target and achieving 57 per cent of construction material deliveries to the Olympic park site by rail alone. The dredging of the local waterwaysenabling further sustainable transportation of construction materialis now in progress, with the opening of Prescott Lock in early summer giving site access to barges of 350 tonnes load-bearing.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many loaded delivery trucks entered and left the Stratford Olympic site during each of the past 24 months; what are the forecast monthly numbers during the next two years; and what were the planned numbers. [HL3396]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The ODA has implemented rigorous monitoring systems since the start of the construction programme and has recorded the number of lorry movements to and from the Olympic park construction site from May 2007 to the end of April 2009 as 219,280. Detailed breakdowns of numbers on a month-to-month basis are not available, however, due to the significant additional resource requirement and disproportionate costs that this exercise would incur.
Lord Davies of Oldham: The ODA has self-imposed limits on hours of freight movement by road. Movements are limited to 0630 to 1830 Monday to Friday and between 0700 to 1400 on Saturday. The exception is for abnormal loads which are planned to come to site during the night. There are no limitations for rail and none for water other than tidal restrictions and prior agreement with British Waterways.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the proportion of materials delivered to or from the Stratford Olympic site up to the present compared with targets based on (a) tonne-miles, (b) value, and (c) weight. [HL3398]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) has not set targets in respect of tonne-miles, value, or weight of materials delivered to or from the Olympic park site. Separate to the above however, and as part of its sustainability development strategy, the ODA has set a target of 50 per cent delivery of materials (by weight) to the park site by sustainable means. Figures announced in April showed that the ODA is exceeding that target (see HL3395).
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Davies of Oldham on 23 April (WA 412) saying that the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) is the only body overseeing the entire Olympic project for the London Games in 2012, who charged the GOE with that role; and when its performance was last reviewed by the Olympic Board. [HL3424]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government Olympic Executive (GOE) is responsible to the Minister for the Olympics, who has lead responsibility for the 2012 Games within Government, which includes working with the wider Olympic family to ensure the success of the 2012 Games.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, having regard to the state of the public finances and the need to reduce public expenditure, they will reconsider their decisions to replace Trident submarines, build Titan prisons, and introduce identity cards.[HL3141]
The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government's position on Trident submarines, the building of prisons and identity cards has been set out by, respectively, the Secretaries of State for Defence and for Justice and the Home Secretary.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The Care Quality Commission (CQC), as regulator of social care, inspects care providers against statutory regulations and national minimum standards and has
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From 2010, the CQC will be introducing a new system of registration under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, which will give it additional powers designed to bring providers back into compliance where they are not providing acceptable levels of care. The full range of powers will be:a formal non-statutory caution;a new statutory warning notice, requiring improvement within a specified time; conditions that place restrictions on registration (for example, preventing the provider from running a particular service or preventing further admissions to a service);a new power to issue a fine in lieu of prosecution (penalty notice);a new power to suspend registration for a specific period;prosecution of organisations and/or individualsresulting in fines or, in extreme cases, imprisonment; and ultimatelycancellation of registration, which closes the service down.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Darzi of Denham): The regulation of adult social care is now the responsibility of the new independent regulator, the Care Quality Commission, which took over from the Commission for Social Care Inspection, the Healthcare Commission and the Mental Health Act Commission on 1 April 2009.
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The St Andrews agreement stated that the Government firmly believe in the need to enhance and develop the Ulster Scots language, heritage and culture and will support the incoming Executive in taking this forward. The administration and remit of the Ulster Scots Agency is a matter for the devolved Administration in Northern Ireland
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