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1. Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and displayed in thousands. Some additional disclosure control has been applied.

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2. Registration date is derived from the date at which a NINo is maintained on the National Insurance Recording & Pay As You Earn System.

3. World Area of Origin Based on a client's nationality. The mapping for "world areas"' are based on the present day.

4. Data are not available prior to 2002.

5. Data are not yet available after September 2010.

6. Data are available on the department's tabulation tool at http://83.244.183.180/100pc/tabtool.html

7. Time Series - Year Of Registration Dates are based on an annual reporting period 1 April - 31 March.

Asked by Lord Laird

Lord Freud: The available information is in the table below. Information relating to self-employment National Insurance Number (NINo) registrations is not available; such information is required as part of the NINo allocation decision-making process, but is not held centrally on IT systems.



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Table 1:
NINo Registrations to Bulgarian and Romanian Adult Nationals entering the UK (Thousands). Time Series - Financial year Of Registration Date
TotalBulgariaRomania

Total

135.74

54.12

81.62

Jan-07 to Mar-07

3.69

1.43

2.26

2007/8

36.91

13.96

22.95

2008/9

39.94

15.99

23.95

2009/10

30.19

12.51

17.68

2010/11 (Not Complete)

25.01

10.23

14.78

Source: 100% extract from National Insurance Recording & Pay As You Earn System Notes:

1. Definitions and conventions: Figures are rounded to the nearest ten and displayed in thousands. Some additional disclosure control has been applied.

2. Registration date is derived from the date at which a NINo is maintained on the National Insurance Recording & Pay As You Earn System.

3. Most recent data is at December 2010.

4. Bulgaria and Romania both gained entry to the European Union in January 2007.

5. Time Series - Financial Year Of Registration Date Years are Financial based (1 Apr - 31 Mar).

6. Data are published at http://83.244.183.180/mgw/live/tabtool.html

Separate information relating to the number of Bulgarian and Romanian Nationals issued with accession worker cards and under which card categories has been provided by UK Borders Agency below:

Table 2:
Issuance to Bulgarian and Romanian nationals of accession worker cards, registration certificates, Sector Based Scheme (SBS) approvals and Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (SAWS) workcards by year of application.
Accession Worker CardsRegistration Certificates (including students, self-employed, highly skilled and those who cease to be subject to work authorisation after 12 months authorised employment)Sector Based SchemeSeasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme

Total Bulgarian and Romanian nationals

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

2007

4,100

32,430

1,405

8,060

2008

2,775

19,570

1,570

16,460

2009

2,095

21,480

775

20,180

2010

2,555

25,135

600

17,150

2011Q1

145

975

155

7,935

Total Bulgarian nationals

2007

1,810

10,145

1,160

5,640

2008

1,505

6,260

1,380

10,835

2009

915

6,820

705

12,420

2010

780

7,690

450

9,970

2011Q1

40

240

115

4,285

Total Romanian nationals

2007

2,295

22,285

245

2,420

2008

1,270

13,305

190

5,630

2009

1,185

14,660

70

7,760

2010

1,775

17,445

150

7,180

2011Q1

105

735

40

3,645



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Source: Control of Immigration: Quarterly Statistical Main Tables - Q1 2011 (January to March 2011)

Footnote:

1) Figures rounded to the nearest five and may not sum to the totals shown because of independent rounding.

2) Accession Cards are issued for A2 (Romanian and Bulgarian) nationals who are skilled workers. The Sectors Based Scheme allows A2 nationals to do low-skilled work in the food manufacturing sector. The scheme is quota based and the 2011 quota is set at 3,500. The Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme is also a quota-based scheme allowing farmers and growers in the United Kingdom to recruit low-skilled A2 nationals to undertake short-term agricultural work. The quota in 2010 and 2011 the quota is for 21,250 places.

Northern Ireland Office: Scientific Advisers

Question

Asked by Lord Willis of Knaresborough

Lord Shutt of Greetland: The Northern Ireland Office does not have a Departmental Chief Scientific Advisor.

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

Questions

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Baroness Garden of Frognal: The Government, along with Olympic venues outside of London, have been allocated 8,815 tickets for the Games-about 0.1 per cent of the 8.8 million available.



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The tickets will be used to promote economic growth, build international relations and reward young people taking part in the School Games. Some will be given to host towns and cities outside of London and others will be made available through a ballot for staff who have been heavily involved in delivering the Games (and paid for at cost by those staff members).

The allocations are:

paid for by the Government-3,750

school Games-450

business leaders and dignitaries-3,300;

paid for by staff working on the Games-3,000; and

paid for by the relevant host town or city-2,065.

Asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Baroness Garden of Frognal: No decisions have yet been taken on whether the Government will apply for Paralympic tickets.

Overseas Aid

Questions

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Baroness Verma: Details of UK official development assistance (ODA) are published on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Development Assistance Committee (OECD DAC) website (www.oecd.org/dac) and are available to download from their online database at http://stats.oecd.org/qwids/. The relevant figures are reproduced below.



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2005 £m% UK ODA2006 £m% UK ODA2007 £m% UK ODA2008 £m% UK ODA2009 £m% UK ODA

Total UK ODA

5926

6770

4921

6356

7223

Population policy and administrative management

2

<1

1

<1

3

<1

2

<1

0

<1

Reproductive health care

37

1

32

<1

53

1

111

2

78

1

Family Planning

12

<1

6

<1

1

<1

11

<1

n/a

STD control including HIV/AIDS

134

2

170

3

256

4

194

3

211

3

Personnel development for population and reproductive health

n/a

n/a

n/a

0

<1

0

<1

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Baroness Verma: Future UK official development assistance has not yet been allocated to this level of detail.

Asked by Baroness Tonge

Baroness Verma: The latest European Commission annual report on development assistance was produced in 2010, covering commitments and spending for 2009. The full report, which includes data on all regions, countries and sectors, is available in the library of the House and on the European Commission website at: http://ec.europa.eu/europeaid/multimedia/publications/publications/annual-reports/2010_en.htm

We expect the 2011 report, covering 2010 data, to be finalised in mid-2011 and available together with other documents and statistics on the European Commission website.

Asked by Baroness Tonge

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): The figures below are ENPI commitments by country, in millions, for the period 2007-2010.

South

Algeria €220 Egypt €558Israel €8Jordan €265Lebanon €187Libya €8Morocco €654 Palestine €632 Syria €130Tunisia €300

East

Armenia €98.4 Azerbaijan €92 Belarus €20Georgia €120.4 Moldova €209.72 Russia €120Ukraine €494

Multi-Country Programmes

Inter-Regional Programmes €260.8 Regional Programme-South €343.3 Regional Programme-East €223.5

Cross-border Co-operation Programmes

€277.1

Governance Facility and Neighbourhood Investment Fund

€400

Grand total €5,621.20

More data are available on the European Neighbourhood Policy website at http://ec.europa.eu/world/enp/funding_ en.htm

Pensions

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Sassoon): Table 1.0 of the Independent Public Service Pensions Commission's interim report, published on 7 October 2010, provides a breakdown of median and average pensions in payment for the largest public service pension schemes. As noted in my previous Answer, it does not show the average lengths of service associated with these payments. More detailed information may be available from departments that lead on individual public service pension schemes.

Individual public service pension schemes publish resource accounts compliant with international accounting standards, including disclosure of pension scheme liabilities.



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The commission's final report recommends establishing a framework that ensures independent oversight of the governance, administration and data transparency of public service pension schemes. The Government have accepted the recommendations of the commission as a basis for consultation with public sector workers, trade unions and others.

Public Sector: Terms and Conditions

Question

Asked by Lord Morris of Manchester

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: I have placed a copy of the table in the Library of the House and sent a copy to the Noble Lord.

Publications: Information and Press Officers Directory

Question

Asked by Lord Rogan

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Central Office of Information. I have asked the chief executive to reply to the noble Lord.

Letter from Graham Hooper, Joint Chief Executive for Central Office of Information, to Lord Rogan, dated 14 June 2011.

As chief executive of the Central Office of Information (COI), I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question HL9776 asking when the next edition of The White Book will be published.

The COI is currently collating information and will then produce a new edition of The White Book, formally known as the Information and Press Officers Directory, based on staffing returns as at June 2011. The intention is to update this bi-annually and make it available on subscription.

Religious Freedom

Question

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool



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The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): My noble friend has written to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs with a series of recommendations for how the Government should strengthen their policy to promote freedom of religion or belief overseas, including the ideas contained in this question. The Foreign Secretary will reply to my noble friend in due course. I will ensure that a copy of his response is placed in the Library of the house.

Sport: Cricket

Question

Asked by Lord Naseby

Baroness Garden of Frognal: Neither the Department for Culture, Media and Sport nor their sporting bodies, UK Sport and Sport England, provided any funding towards the staging of the first test match between England and Sri Lanka. As sport is a devolved matter, they have also contacted colleagues in the Welsh Government, who have advised that the Welsh Government did not provide any funding.

Sudan

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Baroness Verma: Our initial reporting from Kadugli suggests that violence has been carried out by both the Sudanese Armed Forces and the Sudan People's Liberation Army.

The latest unconfirmed reports from the UN that we have received indicate that about 53,000 people have fled fighting in Kadugli. Some of these displaced people have turned to UNMIS for refuge, and are now camping by their gates. The role of UNMIS is critical in the protection of these civilians, as such we welcome the additional deployment of a Bangladeshi battalion to enable UNMIS to carry out this role.

We are very concerned that the continuing violence will have a negative impact on the long-term security and humanitarian situation. Together with our international partners, we are supporting the AU-facilitated negotiations to resolve their differences. We are urgently pressing both parties to cease hostilities and seek a peaceful resolution to their differences.

Emergency humanitarian co-ordination meetings have taken place on a regular basis in Khartoum and Juba. At present, lack of access hinders a more accurate assessment.



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Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Howell of Guildford): We are greatly concerned at the violence in Abyei and South Kordofan, however the UK still expects to recognise the state of South Sudan on or after 9 July 2011.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Howell of Guildford: This issue forms a part of wider discussions on the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. We continue to urge both sides to come to an agreement on the long-term Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration process, cease hostilities immediately and return to the negotiating table. Michael Ryder, the UK Special Envoy to Sudan, visited Addis Ababa on 12 and 13 June, to participate in talks intended to find a negotiated solution.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Howell of Guildford: We are very concerned at reports that native Ngok Dinka have been driven out of their homes in Abyei since the Sudanese Armed Forces' (SAF) takeover of Abyei which began on 21 May. We have condemned this in the strongest terms and have called on the SAF to withdraw their troops immediately, in accordance with the Comprehensive Peace Agreement. However, we have not seen evidence that this constitutes a deliberate attempt at ethnic cleansing on the part of the Government in Khartoum. We believe that any lasting solution to the Abyei problem must make provision for both the settled Ngok Dinka population and the nomadic Misseriya.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool



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Lord Howell of Guildford: According to reports received from the UN sources, it is estimated that over 100,000 people have been displaced since the start of violence in Abyei on 21 May. At present, lack of access hinders a more accurate assessment. We are working with the United Nations to ensure that once security and access is achieved, assistance will quickly reach these displaced civilians.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Howell of Guildford: We are deeply concerned by the Sudanese Armed Forces' takeover of Abyei, and the recent violence in South Kordofan. It is clear that these events undermine the efforts to reach a successful conclusion to the African Union (AU) facilitated Comprehensive Peace Agreement negotiations.

Presidents Bashir and Kiir attended talks in Addis Ababa aimed at resolving the current situation. We continue to support the AU's efforts including through the presence of Michael Ryder, UK Special Envoy, in Addis Ababa.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Howell of Guildford: Many buildings in Southern Kordofan have been destroyed, and there are reports of people being targeted for their religious and ethnic backgrounds. Given the difficulty of independent access within the region we are not in a position to confirm the reported destruction of the cathedral.

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Howell of Guildford: We are very concerned at the latest reports of violence in South Kordofan, which include continued fighting in Kadugli and aerial bombardments in several locations across the State. Our latest information is that this bombing extends to contested areas at the north of Unity State. We call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and engage constructively in the African Union-facilitated talks in Addis Ababa.

Tote

Question

Asked by Viscount Astor



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Baroness Garden of Frognal: I refer my noble friend to the Written Ministerial Statement of 7 June (Official Report, col. WS7). The Government look forward to working closely with racing to discuss the detail and to design appropriate arrangements for the disbursement of the substantial share of the net proceeds of the Tote sale from which racing will benefit.

Tractors

Question

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): Directive 86/298/EEC of the European Parliament and Council concerns rear-mounted roll-over protection structures (ROPS) for "narrow-track" agricultural and forestry tractors. It specifies the technical requirements for the design and performance of such structures to protect the operator in the event of a roll-over incident.

As an alternative to complying with the directive, it is permissible to comply with an international (OECD) standard. This ensures the directive does not constitute a non-tariff barrier to trade. The Health and Safety Executive is not aware of any complaints about the directive in these respects from Japanese or any other manufacturers.

Unemployment

Question

Asked by Lord Sharkey

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Lord Freud): We are doing many things to support those that are unemployed, including implementing the Work Programme, which has recently gone live and will roll out around the country, including the Isle of Wight, through June.

The Work Programme will be the single biggest payment-by-results employment programme the United Kingdom has ever seen, providing personalised support to an expected 2.4 million claimants over the next five years to help them find and sustain employment.

Work Programme providers will not be required to deliver centrally specified support, which may be inappropriate for many claimants, but instead will be

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given the freedom to innovate and develop personalised support. In return for this freedom, they will be paid on the basis of the results they achieve.

For the Work Programme to be successful we need to tap into the experience, knowledge and specialist skills of local partners in order to deliver the personalised and localised services required in today's labour market. We expect prime providers to engage with local partners and work with a broad range of sub-contractors to deliver the tailored, targeted support that can help individuals from all claimant groups into work.

In addition to this, the support Jobcentre Plus advisers have available to offer is being bolstered with a series of Get Britain Working measures, for which Government are asking for the active engagement of employers, partners and claimants themselves in every community in Britain.

From April 2011 we have put in place a much more flexible and personalised approach to the way Jobcentre Plus delivers to claimants. Jobcentre Plus managers and advisers will have far more flexibility to judge which interventions will help its claimants, tailored to personal and local labour market needs.

We are also committed to supporting young people into work. In this year's Budget the Chancellor announced funding for up to 100,000 work experience placements over the next two years as part of our support for moving young people into the world of work and providing them with the experience that employers tell us is really important. We are also funding up to 40,000 additional apprenticeship places for young unemployed people over the life of this Parliament and plan to introduce an extension to Work Experience placements where employers want to offer a young person an apprenticeship to help smooth the transition for both the employer and the young person.

The Prime Minister recently announced an enhanced £60 million package of support including a £30 million Innovation Fund, provision of early access Work Programme places for vulnerable 18 year-olds, and additional support for 16 and 17 year-old jobseeker's allowance claimants.

We have also announced measures to improve and support vocational training including sector-based work academies and access to apprenticeships for vulnerable young people.

Water Management: Overseas

Question

Asked by Lord Hunt of Chesterton

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Henley): The Government will continue to implement the policy on the exchange of hydrological data and products agreed by the thirteenth World Meteorological Congress in 1999. There were no changes to that policy at the recent sixteenth congress.


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