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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 5 November (WA 78), how many National Insurance numbers have been issued to European Union nationals and how many to non-European Union nationals in each of the last five years; and to nationals of which countries more than 1,000 National Insurance numbers per year have been issued. [HL138]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The available information has been placed in the Library.
Lord McKenzie of Luton: The department undertakes rigorous checks on the identity of all adult national insurance number applicants and only when it is satisfied with the identity of an individual will a number be allocated.
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4. The figure for 2007 is disproportionately high as it reflects an IT problem which occurred during the transfer of National Insurance Number accounts from the former Departmental Central Index to the improved Customer Information System. The problem was immediately rectified. The figure for 2007 (excluding these IT problem cases) is 562.
In addition to the above table, a further 25 national insurance numbers were identified as having been incorrectly issued to individuals who did not satisfy
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The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): The UK fully supported the development of NATO's cyber defence policy, endorsed at the Bucharest summit in 2008, to enhance the protection of its critical communication and information systems against disruption through attack or illegal access. The policy includes provision of assistance to individual allies if requested. The UK has long been an advocate of the need for NATO's transformation to be a continual process to ensure that the alliance has the right capabilities and structures to meet current, emerging and enduring challenges to its security, including cyber defence. We have, therefore, also urged allies to consider NATO's role in tackling new threats, such as cyber attack, as part of the process of updating its strategic concept.
Full details of directors' remuneration payable in 2009 were announced in Northern Rock's 2008 annual report, available from Northern Rock's website at http://companyinfo.northernrock.co.uk/investorRelations/corporateReports.asp.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many allegations of torture of British citizens in Pakistan when General Pervez Musharraf was Chief of the Pakistan Army have been made to them; and what representations they have made to the Government of Pakistan about such allegations. [HL288]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): Former General Musharraf was Chief of Army Staff from October 1998 to November 2007. From consular records we are aware of 11 British nationals who have alleged that they were either tortured or mistreated while in Pakistani custody during that period. However, there are constraints on our ability to search records of past consular cases, and this figure should not therefore be taken as definitive.
When appropriate and with the permission of the individual involved we can raise, and have raised, reports of mistreatment of British nationals in detention in Pakistan at a senior level with the Pakistani authorities, as, for example, my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary did in September. As part of our bilateral relationship, the UK and Pakistan conduct a Joint Judicial Co-operation Working Group. This group aims to establish a formal mechanism committing both parties to facilitate promptly requests for access to their own nationals who are being held by the other country's authorities.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 6 November (WA 97-8), from where the £1 billion provided for benefits and pensions from the 2.5 per cent increase in the basic state pension comes. [HL106]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The basic state pension is paid out of the National Insurance Fund. Benefits paid from the National Insurance Fund are part of annually managed expenditure, and any changes in benefit rates are accounted for in the Government's annually managed expenditure forecasts.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many persons have been arrested by the Royal Navy on suspicion of piracy; how many have been released; and how many transferred to Kenyan jurisdiction for trial. [HL81]
The Minister for International Defence and Security (Baroness Taylor of Bolton): To date, eight suspected Somali pirates have been detained by the Royal Navy and transferred to Kenya for prosecution. A further 53 suspected pirates have been encountered during boarding operations. However, following detailed analysis of all physical evidence and witness statements, all suspects were released as it was assessed that there was insufficient evidence to be reasonably confident that a successful prosecution could be undertaken in either Kenya or (more recently) Seychelles. The subsequent destruction of any pirate equipment and weapons serves as a disruption measure and prevents their future use.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Various land-based activities operate in public sector prisons providing employment places for up to 2,000 prisoners at any one time. This work provides opportunities for them to learn new skills and achieve sector-related qualifications valued by prospective employers.
Market and amenity gardening takes place in more than 100 public prisons. Where it is possible and/or appropriate to do so, food production takes place in more than 70 prisons under both protective cropping and in open conditions.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Government have no plans to make the School Food Trust a statutory body. It is a company limited by guarantee and a charity.
To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 9 July (WA 172-3), what is the recommended proportion of initial teacher training that is concerned with enabling teachers to select appropriate educational resources; what support is in place to help teachers, especially newly qualified teachers, gain value for money in their selection of educational resources; and whether they take into account teachers' ability to assess what materials most effectively support their teaching. [HL271]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The Government do not prescribe proportions of time to be spent on individual activities within initial teacher training (ITT). The Secretary of State has laid down the qualified teacher status (QTS) standards against which training providers must develop the design and delivery of their courses to enable trainees to demonstrate that they can meet the standards.
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School leadership has a strong focus on helping teachers with value for money considerations in the selection and deployment of resources. This is typically devolved to departmental level in secondary schools, and within curriculum areas in the primary phase where middle leaders are expected to monitor value for money closely. There is a wide range of high quality resource material currently freely available to schools, including through the Teacher Training Resource Bank, Behaviour4learning, Multiverse, the Special Educational Needs portal and the subject resource networks.
Resources are also available through the national strategies, Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA), specialist schools and academies trust, the exam boards and all of the curriculum and subject associations.
In addition, there is a vast range of commercially available print and online materials available to schools. Through their subject training in ITT teachers will be taught how to discriminate and to make effective use of resources to support their teaching.
The Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) makes available to trainers and teachers a wide range of resources to support their professional development and their classroom practice through subject resource networks, links with the QCDA and the national strategies. The agency has developed a web-based database of professional development opportunities for the whole children's workforce in schools.
The TDA also provides online guidance to schools to support the effective impact evaluation of professional development. A review of the guidance is currently underway and the TDA is working closely with interested bodies on that.
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): Further to my Answer of 29 June 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 23) the MV "Canna" did not hold a valid passenger certificate between 1 and 11 September 2008.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much financial support was provided to local authorities for sports provision by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport for each of the years 1997 to 2008. [HL481]
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