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Northern Ireland: Statutory Rules Report

Lord Blease asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The information requested is set out in the table below:

Reports of the Examiner of Statutory Rules over the last ten years

No.Date Published
34th ReportMid-June 1993
35th Report1 February 1994
36th Report31 August 1994
37th Report22nd March 1995
38th Report13 November 1995
39th Report7th June 1996
40th Report7th March 1997
41st Report17 November 1997
42nd Report19 June 1998
43rd Report18 December 1998

Lord Blease asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The information requested is set out in the table below:

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland made by Northern Ireland Departments during the last five years

Department19951996199719981999Total
Social Developments(1)--------55
Agriculture8177604757322
Culture, Arts and Leisure(1)--------11
Economic Development4049373244202
Education1331193214109
Environment190179190188174921
Finance and Personnel510205848
Health & Social Services103190147108126674
Total Statutory Rules4325364734124292,282

(1) New Departments established on 1 December 1999.


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Northern Ireland: Statutory Instruments

Lord Blease asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the total number of statutory instruments pertaining to each Northern Ireland Department made during the last five years for which figures are available.[HL2069]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The information requested is set out in the table below:

Statutory Instruments(1) pertaining to each Northern Ireland Department made during the last five years

Department19951996199719981999Total
Health & Social Services6651220
Environment6143216
Education2225--11
Agriculture1--------1
Finance & Personnel4755324
Economic Development2526318
Total Statutory Instruments212118201090

Notes:

These figures exclude Statutory Instruments made by the Northern Ireland Court Service and the Northern Ireland Office.

(1) Orders in Council made under Schedule 1 to the Northern Ireland Act 1974.


Electoral Commissioners: Recruitment

Baroness Howells of St Davids asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What previous political activity will make a person unsuitable to be appointed as an electoral commissioner.[HL2047]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): The recruitment process to find the Commissioners will begin shortly and applicants will be asked to declare any political activity within the last ten years. It will be for the selection panel to determine whether that activity has been such as to make the applicant unsuitable for consideration for appointment. For the Commission to perform effectively the functions given to it by Parliament, it must command wide confidence that it is entirely independent and non-partisan. Accordingly, Commissioners must not be, or perceived to be, associated with any political party.

We also think it is right that there should be statutory disqualifiers. I said during the Second Reading of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill that the Government intend to bring forward amendments to disqualify from appointment as Commissioners persons who have had substantial involvement in party politics.

The Government will be seeking to disqualify any person who within the last ten years has:


    held a relevant elective office as defined in paragraph 1(8) of Schedule 6 to the Bill;


    been an officer of a registered political party or one of its accounting units; or

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    appeared in the register of recordable donations maintained by the Commission.

Additionally, we will be proposing that no person shall be able to serve as Commissioner while a member of a political party. We shall also be seeking powers to allow for the automatic termination of appointment if a Commissioner:


    stands for a relevant elective office;


    takes up any office or employment with a registered political party (including accounting units), recognised third parties or permitted participants; or


    makes a recordable donation.

These additional measures will strengthen the independence of the Commission. The recruitment material sent to applicants will make clear the Government's intention to make these changes to the Bill.

Parliamentary Constituency Boundaries

Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When next the Parliamentary Boundaries Commission will review the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies; and what criteria will be applied to constituencies in Scotland and Wales. [HL1980]

Lord Bach: The Parliamentary Boundary Commission for England announced the commencement of its fifth general review on 17 February 2000. It is required to submit its report before 12 April 2007. Both the Parliamentary Boundary Commissions for Scotland and for Wales are required to submit their reports before December 2006, though no announcement of the commencement dates for their reviews has yet been made. The criteria applied to all these reviews are the Rules for Redistribution of Seats set out in Schedule 2 to the Parliamentary Constituencies Act 1986, as amended by the Scotland Act 1998.

Youth Offending Teams

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many youth offending team managers are (a) male or female; (b) white, black, Asian or from other ethnic groups; and (c) from social services, probation, police or from other professional backgrounds. [HL1996]

Lord Bach: There are 154 youth offending teams in place across England and Wales. 112 of the managers of the teams are male and 42 are female. Information is not currently available on their ethnicity. Information available to the Youth Justice Board suggests 89 of the managers have a social services background, 48 a probation service background and 17 another

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professional background, including police, education, health and voluntary sector.

Youth Offenders: Ethnic Monitoring

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What provisions for ethnic monitoring are currently in place for the new youth justice measures contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999; and[HL1997]

    What provisions for ethnic monitoring are in place for anti-social behaviour orders, child safety orders, parenting orders and local child curfews; and[HL1998]

    Whether there are any results yet available from ethnic monitoring of (a) anti-social behaviour orders; and (b) the new youth justice measures in the youth offending team pilot areas; if so, when will these be published; and in what form.[HL1999]

Lord Bach: Pilots of the final warning scheme, reparation order, action plan order, child safety order and parenting order under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 ran from 30 September 1998 to 31 March 2000. Monitoring information on the ethnicity of those dealt with under these new measures has been collected and will be contained in the final evaluation report on the pilots which we expect to publish in the summer. The ethnicity of those receiving referral orders under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 will be considered as part of the pilots of that measure which begin in the summer.

There are currently no central arrangements for monitoring the use of anti-social behaviour orders under the 1998 Act but such arrangements are under consideration. There are currently no local child curfew schemes in place under the 1998 Act.

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What provisions the Youth Justice Board has made for regular review and action upon the results of ethnic monitoring of the youth justice system; and whether this information will be included in its annual report.[HL2000]

Lord Bach: Over the coming year the Youth Justice Board will be working with local youth offending teams on ethnic monitoring of the operation of the youth justice system. This will enable the Board to report on the ethnicity of the staffing of youth offending teams, on racially aggravated offending committed by young people and on the treatment of young people from ethnic minorities within the youth justice system. The Board will also be working to identify and promote good practice in collating and using ethnic monitoring data within the youth justice system. It plans to publish during the summer guidance to help youth offending teams address race equality issues effectively. Progress with this work will be reflected in the Board's annual report.

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