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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in considering their foreign policy towards the Republic of Ireland, they monitor the steps taken by the government of the Republic of Ireland in implementing the Belfast agreement as it concerns human rights in the Republic of Ireland. [HL5938]
Lord Brett: The promotion of democracy and human rights underpins everything that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office does and is essential in the delivery of its four strategic goals: combating terrorism, prevention and resolution of conflict, promoting a high growth, low-carbon global economy and strengthening institutions such as the UN, EU and the Commonwealth.
There is no formal mechanism in the Belfast agreement for monitoring the progress of each Government other than the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference. Human rights issues have been discussed within this forum, both at ministerial and official level.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to their report Building a Society for All Ages (page 18), whether they will fund the total cost of rolling out the Financial Skills for Life programme to all those Citizens Advice Bureau offices which do not currently use it, or whether it will occur as part of the Citizens Advice Bureau operational plan in 2009-10 and 2010-11. [HL5829]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): A number of projects within the Financial Skills for Life Programme have been funded by various government departments in the past, some of which are still continuing. However the most substantial funding has always been provided by the private financial sector, with Prudential plc as the programme's key partner.
The rolling out of the Financial Skills for Life Programme to all Citizens Advice Bureau offices is included as an objective in the Citizens Advice Service Strategy 2008-2011 under the objective to "work with partners in government, the financial services industry and elsewhere to ensure that our national financial capability work continues to expand and that all bureaux are involved".
To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Greek Cypriot Government about mobile telephones and internet services across the Green Line between the southern and northern sections of Cyprus. [HL5911]
Lord Brett: The Government continue to discuss this issue and other possible confidence-building measures with both communities. The separate telecommunications systems that exist on either side of the Green Line inhibit cost-effective communication between north and south. The Government would welcome any initiatives that would enhance communication between the two communities.
Lord Brett: The Government have not assessed the population of the south of Cyprus. However, according to the most recent Republic of Cyprus census, undertaken in 2001, 618,455 Greek Cypriots and 17,459 Greek nationals lived in southern Cyprus. The census can be found on the internet at the website address below:
Lord Brett: The Government have not assessed this information. However, according to figures provided by the Republic of Cyprus and published in the European Commission's Green Line report at http://ec.europa. eu/enlargement/pdf/turkish_cypriot_community/glr_ report_en.pdf, 730,310 Greek Cypriots crossed from the south to the north of Cyprus and 1,287,126 Turkish Cypriots crossed from the north to the south of Cyprus during the period 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009.
The same source reports that a further 739,097 non-Cypriot EU citizens and third-country nationals crossed the line during this period. These figures do not include border crossings within the UK's sovereign base areas, for which data are not collected.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of cross-Green Line trade from (a) Northern Cyprus into Greek Cypriot southern Cyprus, and (b) southern Cyprus into Turkish Cypriot Northern Cyprus. [HL5915]
Lord Brett: The Government do not collect any information on the volume or value of cross-Green Line trade in Cyprus. However, according to figures provided by the Republic of Cyprus and published in the European Commission's Green Line report, the total value of goods that crossed the Green Line was €6,111,030 from 1 May 2008 to 30 April 2009, compared to €4,473,408 for the previous reporting period.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will maintain their commitment under the Treaty of Guarantee for Cyprus following the conclusions of the settlement talks by the two Cypriot community leaders. [HL5916]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the British High Commission in Cyprus is located in the Greek Cypriot administered sector of the island; and how many times the present High Commissioner has visited the Turkish Cypriot administered sector of the island. [HL5910]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have had discussions with the Government of Cyprus about whether some Greek Cypriots have agreed compensation for property in Northern Cyprus which they vacated in 1974, and which authority funded the compensation. [HL5912]
Lord Brett: The Government are aware of the establishment of the Turkish Cypriot "immovable properties commission" and its payment of compensation but we do not recognise it as a competent authority. The Government have not discussed this matter with the Government of Cyprus, and maintain that only a comprehensive Cyprus settlement can fully address the complicated issue of property.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Answer by Lord Myners on 27 October (Official Report, House of Lords, col. 1096) stating that "the EU is a positive contributor to job creation in the UK", how many such jobs were created in each of the years 1997-98 to 2008-09. [HL6073]
The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): This information is not available and could only be obtained at a disproportionate cost. However, there are clear indications that "the EU is a positive contributor to job creation in the UK". For instance, approximately a third of all new jobs created in the UK from inward investments originate from the EU.
To ask Her Majesty's Government which initiatives by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its agencies were advertised in each of the past five years; how much was spent on each; and which used the services of the Central Office of Information. [HL5508]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The range of initiatives and associated costs since 04-05 on which Defra has advertised are given below:
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