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Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The number of boys on remand in Lisnevin Juvenile Justice Centre in each of the last three years was as follows:

NoAverage Time
199719938 days
199823126 days
199920223 days

The maximum and minimum periods of detention for those given Training School Orders or Juvenile Justice Centre Orders was as follows:


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MinimumMaximum
19972 years--
19982 years--
19996 months24 months

n.b. The Training School Order was fixed at 2 years.


Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many hours per week of education have been provided for those detained at Lisnevin Training School, Northern Ireland, in each of the last three years; whether education is provided throughout the year, or only during school terms; whether training is available in addition to education; and, if so, for how many hours per week.[HL3291]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: During each of the last three years, 25 hours per week of education has been provided at Lisnevin Juvenile Justice Centre. The academic year totals 190 days (the same number of days as education is provided in State schools) and is divided into four terms.

Education is provided throughout the year, with a four-week break during the summer, and shorter breaks at Christmas, Easter and Halloween.

Vocational training such as woodwork and horticulture is provided for a total of six hours--that is, three hours each week for each subject and is included in the 25 hours' educational provision.

Millennium Dome: Allocation of Sale Proceeds

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What sum will be allocated from the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome site for the repayment of monies made available by the Millennium Commission above the original grant of £399 million; and what sum will be paid to English Partnerships.[HL3586]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: No monies from the sale of the Millennium Dome will be allocated to the Millennium Commission. Any operating surplus from the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) will be returned to the Millennium Commission. I refer the noble Baroness to the answer I gave the noble Lord, Lord Tomlinson, on 27 July 2000.

Leaked Memoranda

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the recent publication of memoranda between the Prime Minister, other Ministers,

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    officials and political advisers has prejudiced national security; and what is the security classification of those memoranda.[HL3666]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The leak of any document written by the Prime Minister is a cause for concern. These particular papers did not carry a security classification and their publication did not prejudice national security.

Task Forces

Baroness Gale asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the six-monthly update of information on task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews established since 2 May 1997.[HL3732]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I have placed in the Library of the House lists containing updated details about those live task forces, ad hoc advisory groups and reviews established between 2 May 1997 and 30 April 2000. The lists also contain details about those bodies that have been wound up since 1 November 1999.

Departmental Cars

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What criteria are taken into acount when purchasing cars for Government Departments by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.[HL3658]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Responsibility for these matters has been delegated under the terms of the Framework Document to the Government Car and Despatch Agency. I have asked its Chief Executive, Mr Nick Matheson, to write to the noble Lord.

Letter to Lord Hoyle from the Chief Executive of the Government Car and Despatch Agency, Mr Nick Matheson

Lord Falconer of Thoroton, Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, has asked me in my capacity as the Chief Executive responsible for the Government Car and Despatch Agency to reply to your parliamentary Question about the criteria for purchasing cars for the Government Car Service.

In establishing whether a particular car is suitable for use by the Government Car Service I have to be satisfied that it is going to be safe, reliable and comfortable. Its running costs must not be excessive, the vehicle receives full technical support from the manufacturer and the car will have a reasonable residual value when it is ready for disposal. Trim levels must be comfortable without being extravagant to meet guidelines set by the Prime Minister. But I also

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pay particular attention to passenger accessibility, particularly as the car is often fully occupied. Ministers have to be able to work effectively whilst travelling, and be able to get in and out of the car easily.

In addition to vehicles supplied by the Government Car Service for use by Ministers, government departments may purchase vehicles for their own purposes.

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What criteria are used when purchasing cars for use by:


    (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office;


    (b) the Department of Social Security;


    (c) the Department of Health;


    (d) the Department for Education and Employment;


    (e) the Lord Chancellor's Office;


    (f) the Northern Ireland Office;


    (g) the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions;


    (h) the Ministry of Defence;


    (i) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;


    (j) the Home Office;


    (k) the Department of Trade and Industry.[HL3659]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Vehicles are purchased in line with the Government's policy of securing value for money for the taxpayer. Value for money is the optimum combination of whole life costs and quality (or fitness for purpose) to meet the user's requirement. Criteria to be taken into account are essentially economic and will include quality, aesthetics, delivery, maintenance, management, operating and disposal costs as well as initial price.

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NMEC: Annual Report and Financial Statement

Baroness Massey of Darwen asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will make available to the House the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 31 December 1999 of the New Millennium Experience Company.[HL3523]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Copies of the New Millennium Experience Company's Annual Report and Financial Statement for the period ended 31 December 1999 were placed in the Libraries of the House on 21 July 2000.

Lord Hoyle asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 29 June (WA 96) on the type and make of cars used by the Northern Ireland Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Northern Ireland Office by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and who has the use of these cars.[HL3165]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer of 24 July 2000 (col. WA 16.)

Northern Ireland: Terrorist Beatings

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the dates and locations of known punishment beatings undertaken by terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland between 1 January and 30 June 2000; and how this total compares with the same period in 1999.[HL3245]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: The attached table shows the number of paramilitary-style shootings and assaults during the periods 1 January to 30 June 1999 and 2000. We do not keep separate figures on the locations but by far the largest number take place in the Greater Belfast area.

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Casualties as a Result of Paramilitary Style Attacks 1 January to 30 June 1999 and 2000

2000 (to 30 June) 1999 (to 30 June)
Shootings Assaults Shootings Assaults
LoyRepLoyRepLoyRepLoyRep
January3--91651712
February4--4361135
March11684--4112
April69372234
May95684471
June63645586
Total3923362723215930

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Peers' Free Postage

Lord Marlesford asked the Chairman of Committees:

    Whether the House of Lords is entitled to decide whether or not peers should be allowed to use franked envelopes, similar to those provided for

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    members of the House of Commons, for correspondence on parliamentary business.[HL3456]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Boston of Faversham): No. Expenditure by Members of the House incurred on parliamentary business may be recovered within limits set by resolutions of the House.

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Responsibility for tabling these resolutions lies with the Government and they are moved by the Leader of the House. Changes to the Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme proposed by the Government have usually followed recommendations made by the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB).

The cost of postage arising from correspondence in connection with parliamentary business is one of the items which Lords may claim under the Secretarial Allowance. The SSRB have, in the past, taken into account the cost of postage when recommending the maximum sum which may be claimed for this allowance.


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