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4 CID-staff mainly employed in plain clothes or supporting those employed in plain clothes for the investigation of crime. Staff who predominantly investigate crime or support the investigation of crime and who are not shown under other specific squad headings. Does not include members of a squad

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set up on an ad-hoc basis to deal with a temporary or local problem. These should be included under their normal category. Includes officers formerly recorded as CID/Aides/Trainee Investigators, ie includes officers temporarily seconded to CID but not those on short attachments for familiarisation or assessment purposes. Includes staff who are predominantly employed on administrative, clerical or other support duties on behalf of general CID, asset confiscation, burglary, drugs, fraud, stolen vehicles, vice or other permanent CID squads. Including those officers/staff in supporting roles.

5 CID-Specialist Crime Unit-includes any specialist squads or units, analysts or administrative assistants employed not specifically mentioned elsewhere eg robbery, major crime units.

6 Firearms/explosives-staff who are predominantly employed in the processing of applications and in making enquiries for firearm and shotgun certificates, renewals, rejections, appeals and firearms surrendered to police custody, or in connection with the licensing and security of explosives stores.

7 There is another function: Firearms-tactical-staff who are predominantly employed in the use of firearms either as tactical advisors, trainers or in the provision of firearms support to operational incidents. Officers employed in armed response vehicles should only be included if they are mainly employed within the force firearms unit as described above: officers employed in armed response vehicles but not employed within the force firearms unit should be shown within their regular deployment category. The data isn't provided as it is a restricted function. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2005, Home Office have to provide members of the public with these data when requested.

Police: Retirement

Question

Asked by Lord Condon

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): The requested information is not collected centrally.

Railways: Chiltern Railways

Question

Asked by Lord Bradshaw

Earl Attlee: The work involved in drawing up and circulating this notice has been carried out by civil servants within the department, including legal advisers, as part of their normal duties. As staff time is not normally recorded against individual tasks, this information is not available in the form requested.



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Republic of Ireland: Voting Rights

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord McNally): The Representation of the People Act 1918 provided that only British subjects could register as electors. In 1918 the whole of Ireland was a part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. The term "British subject" then included any person who owed allegiance to the Crown, regardless of the Crown territory in which he or she was born. In general terms, this included citizens who became Commonwealth citizens.

Following the Government of Ireland Act 1920 and the consequent partition of the island of Ireland, the then Irish Free State remained part of the Commonwealth and so Irish citizens, like the citizens of other Commonwealth countries, were able to vote when resident in the United Kingdom.

Following the declaration of a Republic of Ireland, the Ireland Act 1949 recognised that the state had "ceased to be part ... of His Majesty's dominions" and so was no longer part of the Commonwealth. However, the Act also stipulates that the Republic of Ireland is "not a foreign country for the purposes of any law" in the United Kingdom and its territories.

The Ireland Act 1949 therefore has the effect that citizens of the Republic of Ireland are not to be treated as "aliens", and preserved their voting rights.

The entitlement of Irish citizens to vote is currently set out in the Representation of the People Act 1983. Section 4(l)(c) and (3)(c) of the Act provide that citizens of the Republic of Ireland are entitled to register as parliamentary and local government electors provided that they fulfil the age and residence requirements and are not subject to any other legal incapacity.

This position reflects the historical ties which exist between Ireland and the United Kingdom. Since 1985 British citizens resident in the Republic of Ireland have been entitled to vote in elections to the Dàil.

Rights of Way

Question

Asked by Lord Bradshaw

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Browning): This is an operational matter for the police.



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Roads: Brown Signs

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Earl Attlee: Following the publication of the Government's tourism policy in March 2011, a cross-departmental working group will consider the approach to brown signing on the strategic network that best reflects the needs of drivers and helps the tourism industry at the same time. The working group met for the first time on 16 May 2011.

Roads: M1 Fire

Question

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Earl Attlee: Following the fire in a scrap yard underneath the M1 southern section on 15 April, the Secretary of State for Transport has tasked the Highways Agency and Network Rail with preparing a report on potential sources of risk to strategic transport networks from activities below roads and railways, or on adjacent sites. As well as identifying sources and categories of risk, the report will detail the options currently available for managing those risks, identify any gaps and make recommendations. The review team is due to report to the Secretary of State at the end of May and the results will be used to inform decisions on what future actions may be necessary.

Schools: Private Schools

Question

Asked by Lord Willis of Knaresborough

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Schools (Lord Hill of Oareford): The available information on the number of registered independent schools in England for 1997-2010 is shown in the table. Data for 2011 are not yet available.



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Number of independent (1) schools as at January each year: 1997 to 2010 England
YearNumber of independent schools

1997

2,248

1998

2,221

1999

2,209

2000

2,185

2001

2,185

2002

2,184

2003

2,154

2004

2,295

2005

2,240

2006

2,247

2007

2,253

2008

2,288

2009

2,306

2010

2,327

Source: School Census

(1) Includes independent schools with one or more pupils aged 5-19. Excludes schools that were registered at the time of the census but had no pupils at that time.

Sudan

Question

Asked by The Earl of Sandwich

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): UK funding has contributed to the development of legal and regulatory frameworks for private sector development, better access to financial services for small businesses, grants to women's groups that support small-scale businesses and farming, and an improved road network. Most UK funding is channelled through the South Sudan Multi-Donor Trust Fund, managed by the World Bank. The EU provides no support to this area.

Syria

Question

Asked by Lord Chidgey

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The safety of British nationals remains our paramount concern. That is why the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague), decided to amend our travel advice for Syria to advise British nationals who have no pressing need to remain in the country to leave now by commercial means. This advice is reviewed on a daily basis.



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Our embassy in Damascus, and the consular wardens around the country are in regular contact with the British community to provide updates and consular advice where needed. Our ambassador and consular team have also travelled throughout Syria to meet and advise British residents. Foreign and Commonwealth Office consular and political teams remain in daily contact with our ambassador and embassy staff and we continue to review and update our contingency plans.

Warm Front Scheme

Questions

Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change (Lord Marland): All households assessed as being eligible remain so.

Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon



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Lord Marland: The changes made to the eligibility for the Warm Front scheme aim to improve the cost-effectiveness of the scheme by ensuring that it is better targeted to help low-income, fuel-poor households to receive free or subsidised heating and insulation measures. The scheme now determines applications using eligibility criteria based on a combination of income-related benefits that mirror those used to determine the cold weather payment, alongside a thermal efficiency test.

Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord Marland: The Warm Front scheme assisted 127,930 households in 2010-11.

Asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon

Lord Marland: Warm Front is expected to provide assistance to approximately 47,000 households in 2011-12 and 45,000 in 2012-13.


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