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4 Nov 2009 : Column WA55

Written Answers

Wednesday 4 November 2009

Armed Forces: Memorial

Question

Asked by Lord Marlesford

Lord Brett: Our high commissioner will represent the Government at the ceremony.

Communications Data

Question

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The available figures are published in the annual reports of the Interception of Communications Commissioner and the Chief Surveillance Commissioner (see table attached) copies of which are in the House Library.

Figures for communications data acquisition were published for the first time in the Interception Commissioner's report for 2005.

No further breakdown is given by the commissioners. The Home Office does not separately record this information.

Covert Investigatory Techniques Authorised Under RIPA

Directed surveillance

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

By law enforcement

not given

27,800

26,400

26,986

25,518

23,628

19,651

18,767

16,118

By other authorities

not given

not given

not given

6,398

6,110

6,924

12,494

9,535

9,894

Covert Human Intelligence Sources

2000/01

2001/02

2002/03

2003/04

2004/05

2005/06

2006/07

2007/08

2008/09

By law enforcement

Not given

5,400

5,900

5,907

4,980

4,559

4,373

4,498

4,278

By other authorities

Not given

not given

not given

273

308

437

429

204

234

Acquisition of Communications Data

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

1/1/05- 31/3/06

11/4/06-31/12/06

2007

2008

By all public authorities

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

not given

439,054

253,557

519,260

504,073

By local authorities

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

not given

not given

1,694

1,707

1,553

Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs: Regulations

Question

Asked by Baroness Byford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): Defra's 2009 simplification plan will be published in early December. It contains full details of savings already achieved or due to be delivered by May 2010.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Statutory Instruments

Question

Asked by Baroness Byford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The numbers of statutory instruments made, replaced, revoked and creating new regulations by Defra were as follows:



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PeriodMade1Revoked and replacedReplaced without revoking2Revoked without replacing3Entirely new regulation4

18 June 2007-31 December 20075

108

87

1

6

20

1 January 2008-31 December 2008

88

111

13

0

11

1 January 2009-31 October 2009

72

37

2

1

8

Totals

268

235

16

7

39

Education: Examination Bodies

Question

Asked by Lord Lucas

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The first biennial review from the Joint Advisory Committee for Qualifications Approval is expected to be published in early 2010. The review and its recommendations will be based on a combination of quantitative data on the qualifications offer and findings from qualitative research, mainly interviews, with awarding bodies and other sector bodies and stakeholders. These interviews were carried out with a guarantee of confidentiality to protect any commercially sensitive information and, where desired, anonymity of respondents. For this reason the interviews will not be published verbatim, but they will inform and be referred to in the review, which will be placed in the Libraries.

Education: Qualifications

Question

Asked by Lord Lucas

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Joint Advisory Committee for Qualifications Approval (JACQA) offers advice to the Secretary of State on whether accredited qualifications should be eligible for public funding in 14-19 learning. Its recommendations are made against the published criteria under Section 96 of the Learning and Skills Act 2000. These require, for example, that qualifications must be suitable for the age group and, at key stage 4, must fit with the national curriculum.


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