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A copy of the Commission's impact assessment on its 27 May 2009 communication European Financial Supervision was deposited in both Houses on 28 May 2009.

EU: Fraud and Financial Mismanagement

Question

Asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government have no current plans for a debate on this annual White Paper, which is the twenty-ninth in its series.

Financial Services Authority

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): This is a matter for the Financial Services Authority (FSA), which is independent from the Government. The noble Lord's inquiry has been passed to the FSA, which will write directly to him on this subject.



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Health: Botox

Question

Asked by Lord Jopling

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): HM Revenue and Customs is responsible for the collection of data on imports of goods into the United Kingdom. It is not possible to identify the quantity of botulinum toxin products imported into the UK from the data held.

Incitement to Disaffection

Questions

Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): As I indicated during debate at Lords Committee stage of the Coroners and Justice Bill (Official Report, 9/7/09, col. 850), the Government intend to bring forward amendments at Report to abolish the common law offences of sedition and seditious libel. We have considered whether, as a consequence of that decision, the immediate repeal without replacement of the offences under the Incitement to Disaffection Act 1934 and Section 3 of the Aliens Restriction (Amendment) Act 1919 could also be justified. But we need to consider more fully than the Bill timetable will allow whether the abolition of those offences would leave a gap in the law.

Licensing: Live Music

Questions

Asked by Lord Clement-Jones

Lord Davies of Oldham: We do not hold all of the information that has been requested. Since the implementation of the Licensing Act 2003, DCMS has been collecting Alcohol, Entertainment and Late Night Refreshment statistics for England and Wales on an annual basis by financial year from licensing authorities. The statistical collection identifies how many premises have permission, in the form of a premises licence or club premises certificate, to put on regulated entertainment, including live music. However, it is not known how many different types of premises (e.g. student unions) have obtained an appropriate permission to cover live performances of music. In some cases, a premises may decide to put on an event by giving a temporary event notice.

The latest statistical bulletin reports there were an estimated 195,500 premises licences and 17,500 club premises certificates as at 31 March 2008 in England and Wales. These include an estimated 80,500 premises licences with live music provisions and an estimated 10,900 club premises certificates with live music provisions.

There are no centrally collected data on the number of new applications granted solely for the performance of live music.

Migrant Workers: Bulgarians and Romanians

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): A new quarterly National Statistics series on "National Insurance Number allocations to adult overseas nationals entering the UK", including Bulgarian and Romanian nationals, was published by the Department for Work and Pensions from August 2008.

These National Statistics replaced the previously published management information on National Insurance Numbers allocated to accession nationals

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which were removed from the UK Border Agency report on Bulgarian and Romanian Accession Statistics from August 2008.

Quarterly National Statistics on National Insurance Number Allocations to all adult overseas nationals entering the UK are available via the DWP website: http://research.dwp.gov.uk/asd/tabtool.asp.

Information on the number of National Insurance Numbers that have been allocated to (a) Bulgarians, and (b) Romanians, since those countries' accessions to the European Union, is in the table below.

Number of National Insurance Numbers allocated from January 2007 to December 2008
Bulgaria (Thousands)Romania(Thousands)

Jan-07 to Mar-07

1.43

2.26

Apr-07 to Jun-07

2.96

5.53

Jul-07 to Sep-07

5.05

6.27

Oct-07 to Dec-07

2.81

5.11

Jan-08 to Mar-08

3.14

6.05

Apr-08 to Jun-08

4.42

6.73

Jul-08 to Sep-08

5.87

6.76

Oct-08 to Dec-08

2.46

3.9

Notes:

1. Definitions and conventions: Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and displayed in thousands. Some additional disclosure control has been applied.

2. Registration date is derived from the date at which a National Insurance Number is maintained on the National Insurance Recording System.

3. Bulgaria and Romania both gained entry to the European Union in January 2007.

4. This information is available on the DWP website at http://research.dwp.gov.ukiasd/

Source:

1. 100% extract from National Insurance Recording System.

Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The number of Romanian and Bulgarian nationals who registered with HM Revenue & Customs as self-employed in the period 1 January 2007 to 30 June 2009 inclusive, where their address is recorded as being in Northern Ireland or Great Britain, is shown in the table below.

The figures are estimates based on a sample scan of HM Revenue & Customs' National Insurance Recording System.

Great BritainNorthern Ireland

Romanian

26,500

400

Bulgarian

15,000

250



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National Lottery: Big Lottery Fund

Question

Asked by Lord Jones

Lord Davies of Oldham: The Big Lottery Fund has made no awards to brass bands in Wales.

National Offender Management Service

Question

Asked by Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): NOMS HQ administration costs (as used in the Supply Estimates and MoJ resource accounts) in 2008-09 were £74 million; or £151 million if public sector prisons' administration costs are included. This is 1.7 per cent or 3.1 per cent respectively of the total NOMS resource expenditure.

The total resource expenditure of the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) HQ is as follows:

2008-09

£1,193m

2007-08

£1,114m

2006-07

£954m

2005-06

£863m

2004-05

£212m

The figures are as recorded in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) Departmental Annual Report 2008-09 except for the 2008-09 figure, which was an estimate and is as per the MOJ annual accounts.

The major component of this expenditure relates to services which transferred from HM Prison Service and from the National Probation Directorate and are either front-line services, such as electronic monitoring and prisoner escort service, or in support of front-line services, such as prison property maintenance. Although this expenditure is managed at NOMS HQ, it is not simply the head office function. For example, the following table provides an analysis of the £1,193m expenditure in 2008-09:

£ million

Prison and Probation Property

570

Electronic Monitoring

93

Prisoner Escort Service (includes Operation Safeguard)

162

Payments to Probation Trusts

112

Other Programme expenditure

182

Administration Costs expenditure

74

Total resource expenditure

1,193



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The £570 million expenditure on Prison and Probation Property relates to costs associated with the custodial and the probation estate including: capital charges; estate management including major maintenance; and, where applicable, rent, rates, insurance and utilities.

Electronic Monitoring (i.e. tagging of prisoners on licence or people on bail) and prisoner escort services are outsourced national contracts managed centrally. Payments to Probation Trusts are the allocation by NOMS of the funding for their running costs. Other programme expenditure includes other expenditure related to front-line services, for example: grants and payments to the third sector (e.g. for voluntary Approved Premises); payment to the Department of Health for drug treatment; and IT support. Administration costs cover the central NOMS functions of finance, HR, policy making, NOMS board, etc.

Care should be taken in comparing figures over time. The components of NOMS headquarters have changed over time as a result of changes in the management of certain functions. For example, from 1 April 2008 NOMS became an agency and certain services transferred to the Ministry of Justice centre; at the same time, some expenditure which had previously been included in HM Prison Service and so classified as public prisons now falls into NOMS headquarters.

The above annual expenditure figures include expenditure on the regional offender managers' (ROM) offices.

Parking Fines

Questions

Asked by Lord Lucas

The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Department for Transport does not hold such information. Local authorities, rather than the Government, are responsible for ensuring that their own activities are compliant with the relevant legislation.

Asked by Lord Lucas


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