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Lord West of Spithead: The figures in the table below show the number of subject profiles added to the National DNA database (NDNAD) from DNA samples taken by UK police for the years 2007-08 and 2008-09, a projected figure for the year 2009-10 and an estimated figure for the year 2010-11.
The number of subject profiles added to the NDNAD is not the same as the number of DNA samples (tests) taken. Some subject samples taken by the police may not result in a subject profile being loaded onto the NDNAD produce due to the sample being damaged or to a processing failure or the police confirming that the individual already has a profile on the database. Data on the number of DNA samples taken by the police are not available.
The number of subject profiles added to the NDNAD is not the same as the number of individuals added. A proportion of DNA profiles added to the NDNAD will be replicates, that is, a profile for a person has already been loaded (this may be because the person gave different names, or different versions of their name, on separate arrests, or because of upgrading of profiles). It is currently estimated that 13.8 per cent of subject profiles held on the NDNAD are replicates. The presence of these replicate profiles on the NDNAD does not impact on the effectiveness and integrity of the database.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the capabilities and intent of (a) foreign intelligence agencies, and (b) foreign law enforcement agencies to gain unauthorised access to the National Identity Register; and whether they have assessed whether such agencies will have the capabilities and intent to gain unauthorised access to it in the future. [HL198]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): We are constantly assessing the security of the National Identity Service, taking advice from a number of services, including CESG, and acting accordingly to mitigate any assessed risk.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the land in each National Park and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is under the ownership, tenancy or other system of management of the National Trust. [HL191]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): This information is not held centrally. I would suggest the noble Lord contact the National Trust which may have such information on its land recorded.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): There are no proposals at present to reduce the number of posts in the political directorate. However, headcount is kept under review across the department.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): Following extensive consultation with Her Majesty's Treasury (HMT) and the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit (PMDU) the Northern Ireland Office's three-year CSR07 Departmental Strategic Objectives (DSOs) were set by the Northern Ireland Office's departmental board and approved by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.
DSOs are monitored quarterly by the departmental board and at least every six months by the department's HMT spending team. Performance against the DSOs is reported in the department's autumn performance report and the annual departmental report.
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): Much of the information requested constitutes personal data which if released would breach the first principle of the Data Protection Act 1998, namely the fair and lawful processing of personal data. As none of the conditions in Schedule 2 to the Data Protection Act are met to authorise fair and lawful disclosure, the information requested is not available for release.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 12 November (WA 225-6) concerning funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, who carried out the research referred to which established background information on the organisation; and whether they will place copies of the research in the Library of the House. [HL12]
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): As stated in my answer of 12 November (Official Report, cols. WA225-6) background information was gathered to inform the Secretary of State's decision. This information covered Atlantic Philanthropies' purpose and aims, criteria for funding, corporate governance arrangements, financial information and existing funding relationships. All of this information is publicly available on the Atlantic Philanthropies website: www.atlanticphilanthropies.org.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all correspondence they had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the second two weeks of September 2009. [HL10]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: All ministerial and official letters between the Northern Ireland Office (NIO) and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) in the second two weeks of September 2009 will be placed in the Library of the House.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how the Public Prosecution Service for Northern Ireland has proceeded with the cases of those who allegedly broke windows in the houses of Romanians and the City Church in University Avenue, south Belfast; and whether the decisions on how to proceed were assessed against standards of equality. [HL215]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: This is an operational matter for the Acting Director of Public Prosecutions. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 2 November 2009 (WA 23), what will be the proportion of men and women pensioners entitled to a full basic state pension to the nearest five per cent for all of the proportions requested. [HL145]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): Table showing the estimated proportion of men and women pensioners entitled to a full basic state pension in years 2020, 2030, 2040 and 2050.
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The UK has continued to monitor the progress of criminal justice proceedings in Kenya relating to the eight pirates captured by HMS "Cumberland" in November 2008. The office of the Kenyan Director of Public Prosecutions has recently informed UK representatives in Nairobi that their prosecution case is drawing to a close, and the eight defendants will then have the opportunity of presenting their defence case to the single charge against them relating to their alleged piratical attack on the merchant ship MV "Powerful".
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 November (WA 101), whether they accept that port estate owners have limited ability to positively influence erratic electricity usage of port tenants in absolute terms for (a) flour mills, (b) cement batching plants, (c) pipe coating companies, and (d) other high electricity users.[HL23]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): The Government do not accept this suggestion. The introduction of the CRC energy efficiency scheme on
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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 November (WA 101), why they have offered no advice on the reputational liability caused by erratic tenant electricity use which may alter carbon reduction commitment league table positions; and whether they will do so. [HL24]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: There are no plans to issue advice on this matter. The carbon reduction commitment energy efficiency scheme will incentivise participants to take up cost-effective energy efficiency measures which are currently not being implemented. Following extensive consultation, the Government have chosen a regulatory mechanism which gives choice to participants rather than setting out a single solution mandated by the Government. It will therefore be for scheme participants, rather than the Government, to identify how to meet the opportunities of the CRC scheme. Where landlords choose to remain responsible for the electricity supplies to tenants, they will also be responsible for the associated emissions under the CRC energy efficiency scheme. They will therefore need to consider, together with their tenants, what steps they can take to improve their performance.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6 November (WA 101), whether they will delay or amend the carbon reduction commitment energy efficiency scheme until the United Kingdom port operators' comments on the scheme are addressed. [HL25]
Lord Hunt of Kings Heath: The CRC energy efficiency scheme will begin on 1 April 2010, on the basis of the final policy as set out in the government response to the consultation on the draft order to implement the carbon reduction commitment published on 7 October 2009. This was the third consultation on the scheme. The Government have taken all representations received fully into account including those from port operators.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are assisting Brazil's plans to conserve the Amazon rainforest; and whether they will encourage international support for re-using degraded former forest land. [HL185]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The UK Government are supporting the efforts of the Brazilian Government to reduce deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.
The Government have a high-level dialogue on sustainable development with the Brazilian Government and national stakeholders to promote action on commonly identified sustainable development challenges including deforestation.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs supports projects through its international sustainable development fund. These include projects to strengthen environmental law enforcement; to contribute to a fair and sustainable landholding regularisation in the Brazilian Amazon; and support to strengthen technical and legal expertise at state level. Further work is supported to develop solutions which reduce deforestation due to cattle raising expansion and for developing a methodology for assessing the financial contribution of the Brazilian system of protected areas for the national economy.
The Department for International Development is contributing through multilateral organisations in the region to promote environmental sustainability in Brazil and is providing support to civil society organisations involved in forest management.
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