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Animal Liberation Groups:Incidents and Arrests

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The numbers of incidents and arrests reported by police forces were:


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Most of these involved public order offences and/or minor criminal damage but a small number were more serious.

Use of incendiary devices361512106
Arson (without device)142058

It is not possible to provide authoritative information on criminal proceedings.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has arranged for all police intelligence to be collated, assessed and disseminated by a National Public Order Intelligence Unit and, in addition, the appointment by ACPO of a national co-ordinator ensures a free flow of information between forces and consistency of approach in combating serious criminal activities of extremists.

Channel Islands and Isle of Man: Lieutenant Governors

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether anyone other than a military person or a diplomat has been appointed as a Lieutenant Governor of any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man; and, if so, when and where. [HL2610]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Until 1947, when the garrisons were withdrawn, the offices of Lieutenant Governor in Jersey and Guernsey were military ones and their salaries and other emoluments were paid by the War Office. Since then, those appointed as Lieutenant Governors have all been senior retired officers of the armed forces. In the Isle of Man, since 1945 the Lieutenant Governors have been either retired officers of the armed forces or members, or retired members, of the Colonial Service or the Diplomatic Service.

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22 May (WA 59), whether the salaries of the Lieutenant Governors of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are tax free.[HL2611]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Yes, the salaries of the Lieutenant Governors of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are tax free.

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why it is necessary to have a Lieutenant Governor for Jersey and one for Guernsey.[HL2612]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Jersey and Guernsey are separate jurisdictions, with their own legislatures, legal systems and judiciaries. It would not be appropriate to have a single Lieutenant Governor for the two bailiwicks.

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Security Service Directors: Publication of Memoirs

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is their advice to former directors general of the Security Service about publishing their memoirs. [HL2621]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: Crown Servants, both serving and past, are under a duty of confidentiality regarding the information they obtain during the course of their service. The procedure for former members of the security and intelligence agencies requires that they obtain clearance before publishing anything relating to the work of the agencies.

Voluntary Sector: Criminal Record Checks

Lord Weatherill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans they have for revising the original cost of criminal record checks on volunteers under Part V of the Police Act 1997; and what is the likely cost per annum to individuals; and[HL2627]

    What research they have undertaken to examine the financial impact of criminal record checks on the voluntary sector; and whether the report will be published.[HL2628]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: We are implementing Part V through the establishment of the Criminal Records Bureau. When the bureau comes into operation it will be expected to recover its costs through charges for the certificates that it will issue, on application, to individuals. It will be for employers and organisations to decide whether to reimburse the cost. Until the bureau's operating costs have been determined it will not be possible to fix the charges. We have made clear our determination to keep the cost as low as possible.

Before we introduce regulations which will set the price of certificates, we shall carry out a regulatory impact assessment, in consultation with bodies affected by the fees to be charged by the bureau, including representative of voluntary and volunteering organisations. This will provide a thorough and up-to-date assessment of the implications. We shall make the results available.

Criminal Justice System: Situation of Victims

Lord Christopher asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What measures they are taking to improve the position of victims in the criminal justice system.[HL2663]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: My right honourable friend the Home Secretary will be announcing tomorrow his plans to give victims and their relatives a greater say in the criminal justice process.

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Access to Government Information: Training of Civil Servants

Lord Lucas asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much training has been provided by the Civil Service College to civil servants at the request of departments where they were working on the implications and practice of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information since the inception of that code.[HL2527]

The Minister of State, Cabinet Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): Since 1994, 137 civil servants have attended a one-day course at the Civil Service College on this subject. This topic is also covered as an integral part of a number of other college courses.

Translink Corporate Plan

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they received the current Translink Corporate Plan for 2000 to 2003; and why it has not yet been published.[HL2555]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The Department for Regional Development received a corporate and business plan for the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company and Translink for the period 2000 to 2003 on 29 February 2000.

Any decision to publish the plan is a matter for the companies.

Northern Ireland Railways: Safety

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the £183 million required to bring Northern Ireland Railways up to safety standards would be reduced by £70 million by the leasing of new rolling stock; and given that the £80 million required for track work would attract a 75 per cent European grant, what would be the actual cost to the Government per year over the next 10 years of funding the safety requirement.[HL2556]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: If the cost of leasing trains were 10 per cent more than the cost of outright purchase, the annual cost of funding the new trains

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recommended in the Strategic Safety Review of Northern Ireland Railways would be about £8 million per annum for a 10-year lease period, discounting any residual value. This compares to a capital expenditure profile in the review of £6.5 million, £14.3 million, £20.9 million, £1.2 million and £5 million in the first five years and £24.4 million in total in the following five years. Negotiations are currently in progress with the European Commission about European funding for the period 2000-06. It is too early to say what funding would be available for railway infrastructure in Northern Ireland.

Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the members of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission will be announced.[HL2639]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I am pleased to announce that the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission (AEBC) is being launched today with Professor Malcolm Grant, Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, as chair.

The commission will provide the Government with independent strategic advice on biotechnology issues that have an impact on agriculture and the environment, including ethical and acceptability issues. It will report to the Minister for the Cabinet Office and to my colleagues in the devolved administrations. Its members have a breadth of backgrounds and skills ranging from experience of consumer and green issues to farming, science, ethics and industry. A complete list of the members and the commission's terms of reference have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

RAF Recruitment

Lord Marsh asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the shortfall in Royal Air Force recruitment in each of the last five years.[HL2383]

The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): The shortfall in RAF recruiting over the last five years is as follows:

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YearAirman targetAirman achievementAirman shortfallOfficer & airman aircrew targetOfficer & airman aircrew achievementOfficer & airman aircrew shortfall
1995-962,2842,114 (92.5%)170530487 (91.9%)43
1996-972,6502,324 (87.7%)326633533 (87.4%)80
1997-983,6003,232 (89.8%)368833723 (86.8%)110
1998-993,7283,682 (98.8%)46894778 (87.02%)116
1999-2000*3,6173,568 (98.7%)491,022928 (90.8%)94

* 1999-2000 still to be ratified.

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