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Lord Dean of Harptree asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Prime Minister and the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life meet from time to time to discuss a number of issues. They last met on 10 January this year when the noble Lord, Lord Neill, presented the Prime Minister with his committee's sixth report. During the meeting the noble Lord, Lord Neill, discussed with the Prime Minister options for the committee's future work programme along with other issues.

Lord Dean of Harptree asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Committee's budget for the year 2000-01 is £535,000, which includes £310,000 staff costs. There are eight Civil

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Service posts attached to the Committee on Standards in Public Life. The table below gives the salary bands of the current posts.

£42,755 to£30,750 to£20,000 to£12,820 to£10,500 to
£67,163£47,150£30,750£17,425£14,350
Two staffOne staffOne staffThree staffOne staff
membersmembermembermembersmember

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many representations were received by the Committee on Standards in Public Life expressing concern about the effectiveness of the register of interests of peers established under the Griffiths report; and how many of those representations came from (a) Members of the House of Lords; (b) Members of Parliament; (c) journalists; (d) political parties; and (e) members of the public.[HL2248]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The committee makes publicly available all evidence received and summary information on written representations. Since its inception in 1994 the committee has received ad hoc representations on a range of issues, including issues relating to the House of Lords. But to extract and compile the information in the form requested would entail excessive cost.

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life informed (a) the Leader of the House; (b) the Leader of the Opposition; (c) the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Peers; (d) the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers; and (e) the Prime Minister of his intention to conduct an inquiry into the House of Lords.[HL2449]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: The noble Lord, Lord Neill, met the Prime Minister on 10 January to present his committee's sixth report. During the meeting other issues were also discussed, including options for the committee's future work programme. The noble Lord, Lord Neill, suggested a review of standards of conduct in the House of Lords as a possible area for its next study. He wrote to me as the Leader of the House on 22 February informing me of his intention to conduct an inquiry into the House of Lords. He informed the Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the Liberal Democrat Peers and the Convenor of the Cross-Bench Peers by letter on 8 March.

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many members of staff of the Committee on Standards in Public Life have been seconded from Civil Service departments; and from what departments they have been seconded.[HL2250]

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Baroness Jay of Paddington: The Committee on Standards in Public Life is provided by the Cabinet Office with a secretariat of eight civil service posts. Currently two staff are on loan from the Lord Chancellor's Department and one from the Inland Revenue.

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether any members of staff of the Committee on Standards in Public Life have made political donations over the last 10 years.[HL2251]

Baroness Jay of Paddington: Civil servants are not required to inform the Government of any political donations they make as private individuals.

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Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order

Lord Selkirk of Douglas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which Secretaries of State were involved in the decision to remove some 5,000 square miles off the east coast of Scotland from the territorial jurisdiction of the Scottish courts by means of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1126) laid before the House in draft on 8 March 1999.[HL2267]

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale: Information about internal ministerial exchanges is not normally disclosed under exemption 2 of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.

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