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The costs of the NDNAD in 2008-09 were £4,290,500 (this includes both capital and running costs; it is not possible to separate the two).

Asked by Lord Moonie

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.

National Identity Register

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Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

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.



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National Trust

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Asked by Lord Jopling

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.

Northern Ireland Office: Political Directorate

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Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Northern Ireland Office: Strategy

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Asked by Lord Laird

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.



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Northern Ireland Office: Taxis

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Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Northern Ireland: Atlantic Philanthropies

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Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

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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) in the second two weeks of September 2009 will be placed in the Library of the House.



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These include:

letter dated 14 September 2009 from Paul Goggins to the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) regarding the draft legislative programme; andletter dated 21 September 2009 from the NIO to the NIHRC at official level, in relation to external funding and the issue of pension provision for commissioners. Copies of this letter have already been placed in the Library of the House.

Northern Ireland: Racism

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Asked by Lord Laird

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.

Passports

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Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The current legislation on the conduct of elections permits the use of passports to meet identification requirements at elections in Northern Ireland.

The Government have not issued any instructions about the use of passports to the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland within the past five years.

Pensions

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Asked by Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

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.



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2020203020402050

Men with entitlement to a full basic State Pension

90%

95%

95%

95%

Women with entitlement to a full basic State Pension

65%

85%

95%

95%

Pirates: Kenya

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Asked by Lord Tebbit

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".

Ports: Electricity

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Asked by Lord Berkeley

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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1 April 2010 will clearly assign responsibility for reporting energy usage to one party and will encourage all landlords to work with their tenants, to influence use of energy on their property and to explore how a tenant's energy consumption can be reduced. Any energy use emissions from the processes mentioned that are covered by a climate change agreement will be exempt from CRC.

Asked by Lord Berkeley

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.

Asked by Lord Berkeley

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.

Rainforests

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Asked by Lord Hylton



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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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