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Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: We are aware of no information that would support the seeking of compensation from the Irish Government.

Iraq

Question

Asked by Lord Monson

Lord Brett: The number of Christians in Iraq has declined since 2003. Some have been targeted and killed by religious extremists; others became refugees as a result of a deteriorating security situation and sought help in the neighbouring countries of Jordan and Syria; some have emigrated further afield, and some have relocated elsewhere in Iraq. Improvements in the security situation in Iraq have allowed many Christians to return to their homes; however further improvements are needed.



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The Government of Iraq have condemned violence against Christians and have advocated tolerance. The Iraqi constitution guarantees the rights and freedoms of minorities and the UK continues to press the Iraqi Government to ensure these freedoms are observed. We are supporting the international agencies which provide assistance to all the vulnerable groups in Iraq, including those displaced internally and those now in neighbouring countries-both to Christians and other minorities. Our contribution amounted to £16 million in 2008-09.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office and our missions in Baghdad are in regular contact with Christian leaders in Iraq.

National Insurance

Questions

Asked by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Government do not issue temporary national insurance numbers.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord McKenzie of Luton: The available information is in the following tables.

National insurance number registrations issued to nationals of each of the countries acceded to the European Union in May 2004: to March 2009

Republic of Estonia

9,830

Czech Republic

53,620

Slovak Republic

121,330

Hungary

52,610

Republic of Latvia

49,970

Republic of Lithuania

107,030

Poland

797,650

Republic of Slovenia

2,910

Malta

2,940

Cyprus

5,370

National insurance number registrations issued to nationals of each of the countries acceded to the European Union in January 2007: to March 2009

Bulgaria

31,380

Romania

49,170



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Northern Ireland Office: Bonuses

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: There have been two revisions to the non-consolidated performance payment system for staff below Senior Civil Service, in the past two years. In 2007-08 the proportion of staff eligible to receive a payment was increased from 15 per cent to 20 per cent and in 2008-09 the proportion of staff at grades D1 and D2 who were eligible to receive a payment was increased from 20 per cent to 40 per cent.

The payment pot was maintained at 0.54 per cent, thus the increase in the proportion of staff eligible to receive a payment was accompanied by a reduction in the individual amounts awarded. No further changes are planned.

Northern Ireland Office: Staff

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Non-consolidated performance payments were made to Northern Ireland Office staff, below Senior Civil Service, in the current year rewarding performance throughout the 2008-09 reporting year. Approximately 28 per cent of staff received non-consolidated performance payments, totalling £599,048.50.

Under a separate scheme special performance payments were awarded to staff in Grades A to D2 in the year 2008-09. Approximately 46 per cent of staff received these payments, totalling £260,865.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has a media monitoring service, covering both print and broadcast media, for Ministers, senior officials and other staff as appropriate.

It also provides a service for the devolved Administration and a range of external bodies.



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Outlets monitored cover news and current affairs programmes, both television and radio, which report or comment on the peace and political process, the work of the department or departments in the devolved Administration. Stations covered include BBC, UTV, RTE, Channel 4, Sky News, the Parliament Channel and CNN.

An early morning digest of the local and national papers on issues of relevance is also circulated and cuttings placed on the department's intranet, which are accessible to all staff.

Other services include transcripts, hourly news updates, news digests from the local morning, lunch and evening news programmes as well as a Belfast Telegraph digest.

A digest of relevant articles from the Provincial press is also produced.

It is not possible to provide an exact figure on the number of staff who receive the service because transcripts are requested on demand.

Norway: Trade

Questions

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

The Minister for Trade and Investment (Lord Davies of Abersoch): The UK's trade with Norway for the past three years for which figures are available is as follows:

UK Norway Trade in Goods 2004-08
Millions of Pounds
PeriodImportsExportsBalanceTotal Trade

2006

14,791

2,174

-12,617

16,965

2007

14,595

2,750

-11,845

17,345

2008

20,646

2,755

-17,891

23,401

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

Lord Davies of Abersoch: Trade between Norway and the European Union in the last three years for which figures are available has increased as follows:

European Union, Trade with Norway
Millions of Euro
PeriodImportsExportsBalanceTrade

2006

79,161

38,473

-40,687

117,634

2007

76,620

43,538

-33,083

120,158

2008

92,036

43,700

-48,335

135,736



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Older People: Retirement

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): There are no plans at present to store or transfer any information on individuals being input into the One Stop Shop website. The data will be cleared at the end of each session. In the event of any future modifications to the site which allow for the storing of individual information, all data security procedures will be explored and relevant security legislation complied with.

Pensions

Questions

Asked by Baroness Hollis of Heigham

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The information requested is given in the table below:

Table showing the estimated number and proportion of men and women pensioners in receipt of SERPS or S2P in years 2020, 2030, 2040 and 2050

2020203020402050

Men

Number

4,900,000

5,800,000

6,600,000

6,600,000

Percentage

Around 90%

Around 90%

Over 90%

Around 95%

Women

Number

5,000,000

6,700,000

8,200,000

8,400,000

Percentage

Around 75%

Around 90%

Around 95%

Around 95%


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