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To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord McKenzie of Luton on 6 July (WA 116), whether they will place in the Library of the House all bid documents relevant to the three years of funding for the Sufi Muslim Council. [HL428]
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 to place the Sufi Muslim Council's bid documents in the Library of the House as these documents contain personal information and information relating to competition for funding.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what instructions they will issue to the judiciary in Northern Ireland about sentencing policy for those found guilty in road traffic cases which involve a death. [HL451]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Court of Appeal delivers guideline judgments on sentencing practice in Northern Ireland which support sentencers in determining the most appropriate sentence and encourage consistency in sentencing. Judges may also have regard to published sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, where appropriate. In addition, the Judicial Studies Board of Northern Ireland publishes significant decided cases on its website (www.jsbni.com).
The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their assessment of hostilities in eastern Congo, the role played by the Rwandan Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda, the estimated number of fatalities and dispersed people, and measures to address the underlying causes of conflict in the African Great Lakes region. [HL472]
The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): The UK is deeply concerned about ongoing hostilities in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The Kimia II military operation, launched early in 2009, has provided mixed results. Limited progress has been made against Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), for instance reducing FDLR control of major regions,
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The downside to the activities of Kimia II has been the significant humanitarian costs, as the FDLR has carried out reprisals against civilian populations. According to a report by Human Rights Watch this month, 1400 civilians have been killed in military operations this year.
The UK has been promoting a comprehensive approach to ending the conflict in eastern DRC. This approach has included non-military activity, such as providing support to the UN DDRRR process (for example, through providing communications equipment). We continue to lobby the Governments of DRC and Rwanda to implement the peace process fully. We are encouraged by-and fully supportive of-the recent rapprochement between DRC and Rwanda, and see this as an important step towards tackling the instability in the Kivus.
The UK has also been active in addressing the underlying causes of instability in the region, including action against the illegal trading of minerals. Our development programmes in the region aim to support national reconciliation, tackle poverty, build economic prosperity and foster respect for human rights.
To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people are employed by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills for the purposes of countering extremism, violent extremism and terrorism in institutions of higher education. [HL686]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (Lord Young of Norwood Green): The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) works closely with colleagues across the whole of Government on delivering the counter-terrorism strategy including colleagues within Government Office for Science based within BIS. There are two full-time equivalent civil servants in BIS working specifically on preventing violent extremism in further and higher education institutions.
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