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Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Chancellor (Lord Mackay of Clashfern): Not at all.

Irish Republic EC Funding: UK Contribution

Lord Stoddart of Swindon asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Department of Social Security (Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish): According to the Court of Auditors' Report on 1994, the net financial benefit to the Irish Republic from the EC was 1,752 million ecu (some £1,360 million) in that year.

There is no widely recognised methodology which produces a simple answer to the second part of this Question. On the assumptions, however, that member states contribute to all expenditure categories according to their share of Community revenue, and the Community funding and expenditure are, as far as possible, scored to the budget to which they relate, the proportion of the Irish Republic's net receipt since 1994 financed by UK taxpayers was some 6 per cent. This is a somewhat smaller percentage share than in the two previous years, when the share was in the range 13-14 per cent., due to the substantial underspending in 1994 affecting the UK's relative share of contributions with respect to the other contributing member states.

Armed Forces: Ethnic Minority Recruitment and Promotion

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Earl Howe): We already employ a range of measures to recruit more ethnic minorities to the

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Armed Forces. These include better representation of ethnic minority Service personnel in recruiting literature and advertisements, advertising in the ethnic minority press, production of brochures in ethnic minority languages for the benefit of parents, and development of personal contacts between the three Service Directorates of Recruiting and local ethnic minority communities. An independent consultant is currently conducting a review of our equal opportunities policies. Promotion in the Armed Forces is solely on merit, regardless of ethnic origin. The Armed Forces are subject to the Race Relations Act 1976, and are fully committed to a policy of non-discrimination on grounds of ethnic origin.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the Ministry of Defence will make an assessment of the attitudes of members of the Armed Forces towards the recruitment and promotion of members of ethnic minorities.

Earl Howe: No.

Paramilitaries: Resettlement

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the resettlement of former paramilitaries is on their agenda for discussion with the Government of Ireland.

Viscount Long: No.

Prisoners Convicted of Terrorism: Release During IRA Ceasefire

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list by name those prisoners convicted of terrorist offences who were released from Her Majesty's prisons during the period of the IRA ceasefire, showing in respect of each the date and nature of the offence, the date of conviction and the length of original sentence and the date of release.

Viscount Long: Responsibility for the subject of the question has been delegated to the Northern Ireland Prison Service under its Chief Executive, Mr. Alan Shannon. I have asked him to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Marlesford from the Chief Executive of the Northern Ireland Prison Service, Mr. A. D. Shannon, dated 14th March 1996.

I have been asked to reply to the parliamentary Question you tabled relating to the numbers of prisoners convicted of terrorist offences who were released from Her Majesty's prisons during the period of the IRA ceasefire.

Since September 1994 more than 2,000 prisoners have been released from prisons in Northern Ireland and the information you are seeking could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. In any case, it is not our policy to release details about individuals.



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