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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Presenting Officers are either Higher Executive Officers or Chief Immigration Officers and meet the normal criteria for membership of those grades. As part of the Home Office staff appraisal process, each Presenting Officer is continuously assessed against an individual agreed set of performance standards which takes into account the contribution made towards unit targets.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The following table sets out the data collected on requests for information in the area of immigration made under the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information. This information was collected and published in the three annual reports on Access to Government Information for 1995, 1996 and 1997.
|Number of requests||Number granted||Number refused|
|Number of requests:||1|
|Reason for refusal:||Information requested was in a category of information specified in the code as exempt from the commitment to provide information.|
|Number of requests:||3|
|Reason for refusal:||Information originated from the Security Service, which is not within the scope of the code.|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The duty to make such a statement is contained in Clause 19 of the Human Rights Bill [H.L.]. We have not yet decided when Clause 19 or the other provisions of the Bill should be brought into force.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have arranged for copies of the annual reports for the Association of Chief Police Officers for each year from 1992 to 1997 to be placed in the Library. The annual report for 1998 is not yet available.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Despite a less than disproportionate cost of providing copies of invoices for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) for 1996-97, it would be neither appropriate nor practical to place in the Library copies of invoices for administrative expenses incurred by ACPO and processed through the Home Office's Business and Accounting Strategic Systems. This expenditure is subject to parliamentary approval and audit, as is all Government expenditure.
Whether it is possible for citizens to give an input to the Independent Commission on the Voting System at the Commission's office in Clive House; and what general literature is available to the public in the office of the Independent Commission on the Voting System on its remit and other relevant matters; and[HL2711]
Whether the fact that an appointment is needed to visit the office of the Independent Commission on the Voting System to make a general inquiry is compatible with their policies of openness, transparency and accountability.[HL2714]
In accordance with the practice in most government buildings, access is restricted. Members of the public are not permitted free access to all parts of the building. Members of the Independent Commission's secretariat are, however, available to receive submissions at Clive House during normal working hours.
Apart from the public meetings what attempts did the Independent Commission on the Voting System make to obtain the views of the public on questions of electoral reform.[HL2713]
Lord Williams of Mostyn: I understand from the commission that advertisements inviting the submission of evidence were placed in The Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Sun, Mirror, Western Mail, Belfast Telegraph, Irish News, Belfast Newsletter, Scotsman and Glasgow Herald.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Two members of the Commission, Sir John Chilcot and Mr. David Lipsey, serve on the Constitution Unit's Advisory Committee. The Advisory Committee is purely advisory and is not responsible for the Constitution Unit's financial arrangements.
Prior to the 1997 general election, Baroness Gould of Potternewton served on the Commission on the Conduct of Referendums which was established jointly by the Constitution Unit and the Electoral Reform Society.
The noble Lord, Lord Jenkins, was a trustee of the Pilgrim Trust, which made a grant of £15,000 to the Constitution Unit in 1995. Mr. David Lipsey is on leave of absence from his post as political editor of the Economist, which has supported the Constitution Unit's web site with a grant of £3,000.
The Minister of State, Department of Health (Baroness Jay of Paddington): The clinical indicators which are to be published later in the year will include death rate information by both trust and health authority. This will enable a comparison of "like with like" catchment areas. From this it is possible to make more meaningful interpretation of death rate variations due to factors other than casemix and catchment area.
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