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The NIO keeps the cost of travel on official business under regular review.

Northern Ireland Office: Trade Unions

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: Currently, facility time for trade union representatives is delegated to local line management and details are not held centrally. However, the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) will be recording facility time centrally from 1 January 2010.



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Northern Ireland Parades Commission

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): The amount of money spent by the Parades Commission on public relations and media activity for the years 2005 to 2009 is detailed in the following table.

Year

Spend (£)

2009

51,828

2008

68,231

2007

77,339

2006

59,296

2005

60,998

Northern Ireland: Atlantic Philanthropies

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Office has received no formal requests from the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to access external funding from Atlantic Philanthropies since July 2009. If the commission wishes to formulate proposals for external funding, that is a matter for the commission and the noble Lord may wish to write to it directly.

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Questions

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Accounting Officer of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission holds delegated responsibility for considering value for money in the commission's operations. The Northern Ireland Office, as sponsor department, conducts a detailed review of all funding as part of the Government Spending Review cycle with HM Treasury. During the course of each financial year, it reviews use of allocated

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funding through monthly management accounts, twice yearly in-year monitoring rounds, regular review meetings, consideration of business cases and through departmental efficiency exercises.

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: All ministerial and official letters between the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) during October and November 2009 will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses. These include:

letter from NIO official (name redacted) to NIHRC chief executive, dated 2 October 2009 in relation to the review of healthcare provision for detainees in police custody suites;letter from Monica McWilliams to Paul Goggins, dated 7 October 2009 on supervised activity orders;letter from NIO official to Monica McWilliams, dated 30 October 2009 informing of the commencement of a public consultation on the review of the PSNI temporary recruitment provisions;letter from Paul Goggins to Monica McWilliams, dated 3 November 2009 on fine default and supervised activity orders;letter from Monica McWilliams to Paul Goggins, dated 12 November 2009 regarding mental capacity and mental health legislation for Northern Ireland;letter of acknowledgement from Paul Goggins' Private Office (official's name redacted) to Monica McWilliams, dated 18 November 2009; letter from NIO official to Monica McWilliams, dated 30 November 2009 regarding the Causeway Criminal Justice System.letter from the Secretary of State to Monica McWilliams, dated 30 November 2009 informing of the launch of the public consultation on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland: Next Steps; andinvitation from the Secretary of State to Monica McWilliams, dated 30 November 2009.

Northern Ireland: Media

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has not issued any guidance to television producers in Northern Ireland about local news coverage.



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Ofcom

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Communications Consumer Panel is a body independent of the regulator, Ofcom. As the panel held its first meeting on 23 February 2004, April 2004 - March 2005 is the first full year for which records are available.

Members of the Communications Consumer Panel

Member

Date of Appointment

Date of reappointment

Date of reappointment

Current term of service

Anna Bradley, Chair

10/01/2008

-

-

3 years

Fiona Ballantyne, Member for Scotland

12/02/2004

10/02/2007

28/10/2008

3 years

Maureen Edmondson, Member for Northern Ireland

28/10/2008

-

-

3 years

Kim Brook, Member for Wales

28/10/2008

-

-

2 years

Roger Darlington, Member for England

12/02/2004

10/02/2007

28/10/2008

3 years

Louisa Bolch, Member

28/10/2008

-

-

2 years

Colin Browne, Member

28/10/2008

-

-

3 years

Leen Petré, Member

28/10/2008

-

-

2 years

Damian Tambini, Member

28/10/2008

-

-

3 years

Bob Warner, Member

28/10/2008

-

-

3 years

Salaries and expenses: April '04 - March '09

Financial Year

Total salaries: Panel

Total salaries: support team

Total expenses

April '08 - March '09

£194,300

£151,800

£34,600

April '07 - March '08

£220,900

£202,600

£38,600

April '06 - March 07

£217,500

£201,100

£37,600

April '05 - March'06

£202,300

£161,000

£27,800

April '04 - March'05

£195,600

£151,000

£31,900

Offshore Exploration (Petroleum and Gas Storage and Unloading) (Model Clauses) Regulations 2009

Question

Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The instrument sets out the model clauses to be incorporated into the non-exclusive licences that allow exploration of the UK's offshore area, whether for native hydrocarbons or for opportunities for gas storage. Besides incorporating those clauses, any such licence will also have a schedule that specifies the annual rental payment, and the model clause that the noble Lord asks about is referring to that schedule. The instrument does not include licence schedules but I can inform the noble Lord that the rate will be £2,000 p.a.

Palestine

Question

Asked by Baroness Tonge

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The Office of the Quartet Representative continues to work closely with the Palestinian Authority and the Government of Israel to facilitate the creation of industrial parks in the West Bank, at Tarqumiya, the Jenin Industrial Park, the Jericho Agro-Industrial Park and the Bethlehem Industrial Park. The international community is committed to advancing these projects to attract further foreign investment, create jobs and promote overall economic growth.



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Asked by Baroness Tonge

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: The Office of the Quartet Representative (OQR) reports to the Quartet on the progress of its work. Quartet Representative to the Middle East, Tony Blair, and my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs are in regular contact. There have been significant improvements in the flow of traffic in areas of the West Bank, mainly in urban areas. Some key checkpoints, critical to improving the economy, have been removed, opened or had their opening hours extended. Nablus in particular has benefitted.


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