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Written Answers

Thursday 5 November 2009

Belfast Agreement

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Citizens Advice Bureaux

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

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".



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Cyprus

Questions

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

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.

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

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:

http://www.pio.gov.cy/mof/cystat/statistics.nsf/All/805CB6E0CF012914C2257122003F3A84/$file/MAIN%20RESULTS-EN.xls?OpenElement.

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

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.

Asked by Lord Kilclooney



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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.

http://ec.europa.eu/enlargement/pdf/turkish _cypriot_community/glr_report_en.pdf.

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

Lord Brett: The Government will be happy to discuss this issue at the appropriate stage of the negotiations. We are confident that our position will not be an obstacle to a solution.

Cyprus: British High Commission

Question

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

Lord Brett: Our High Commission has offices on both sides of the UN Green Line. Our High Commissioner frequently visits the north of the island and has regular contact with Turkish Cypriots.

Cyprus: Property

Question

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

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.



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EU: Employment

Question

Asked by Baroness Noakes

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.

Government Initiatives: Advertising

Question

Asked by Lord Newby

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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FMD Exercise 2004-05

£4,145

Passports for Horses 2004-05

£46,719

Miscellaneous 2004-05

£91,679

Classified Recruitment 2004-05

£12,003

Total

£154,546

Miscellaneous 2005-06

£75,030

Climate Change Branded Statement 2005-06

£661,120

Environment Direct 2005-06

£221,337

Total

£957,487

Climate Change 2006-07

£627,216

One Planet Living 2006-07

£459,659

Environment Direct 2006-07

£89,773

Illegal Meats Ethnic 2006-07

£38,582

Miscellaneous 2006-07

£9,601

Total

£1,224,832

Climate Change-Citizen and Public Engagement Project 2007-08

£4,491,921

Miscellaneous 2007-08

£115,777

Communications (Pre-Registration Stage) 2007-08

£127,660

Climate Challenge 2007-08

£650,307

Animal Disease Prevention Campaign 2007-08

£40,000

Defra WATO Announcement Ad 2007-08

£14,372

Eco-labelling 2007-08

£12,989

Catering 2007-08

£6,976

Nature Magazine Insertion 2007-08

£6,630

Sheep and Goats Identification 2007-08

£3,460

Greener Living Pages 2007-08

£8,684

Act on CO2 Jan-March 2007-08 **

£695,497

Total

£6,174,273

Act on CO2 2008-09 **

£12,185,373

Resource Efficiency 2008-09

£521,584

Reach Communications 2008-09

£137,949

Miscellaneous 2008-09

£38,905

DEFRA WATO 2008-09

£14,671

Eco-Labelling 2008-09

£9,245

Defra Conservation Volunteering 2008-09

£12,200

Total

£12,919,926

All campaign advertising was placed through COI to make use of its bulk buying discounts.

Figures for Defra agencies are not held centrally and could only be collated at disproportionate cost.

IRA


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