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Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: The cost-benefit analysis in respect of the advertising strategy was carried out by Consensia on the basis of number of applicants. The analysis was undertaken as part of the agreed contract management arrangements and there was no specific cost to the Chief Constable.

Lord Rogan asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide a breakdown of the advertising costs of (a) the first and (b) the second recruitment competitions to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and [HL1873]

    How much money was spent advertising (a) the first and (b) the second recruitment competitions to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in (i) Northern Ireland; (ii) Great Britain; (iii) the Republic of Ireland; and (iv) outside the British Isles. [HL1874]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The cost of advertising in each recruitment competition by geographical area was as follows:

First Competition £ Second Competition £
Northern Ireland241,840126,575
Great Britain46,73015,600
Republic of Ireland31,96470,175
Outside British Isles7,6208,602

All figures are exclusive of VAT.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 5 December (WA 139), whether the Answer means that the Northern Ireland Office did not conduct, or commission, an independent study of the relationship between symbols and recruitment before it chose to accept the Patten report on policing. [HL1973]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Patten report was itself an independent study on policing which based its findings on meetings with a wide range of interested parties and members of the public. As the report itself makes clear, more than 10,000 people attended the public meetings the commission held over 60 days. In addition, the commission appointed consultants to undertake an extensive public attitude survey: this survey used a random sample of over 1,000 adults in Northern Ireland. The commission also took account of attitude surveys carried out on behalf of others such as the Police Authority.

The Northern Ireland Office did not itself conduct or commission a further survey of the relationship between symbols and recruitment.

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Devolved Administrations: Memorandum of Understanding

Lord Merlyn-Rees asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What plans there are to publish a revised edition of the memorandum of understanding between the UK Government and the devolved administrations. [HL2106]

The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): We are publishing today, as Cm 5240, a revised edition of the memorandum of understanding and supplementary agreements between the UK Government, Scottish Ministers, the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Executive Committee. Copies of this document have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and will be made available on the Cabinet Office website shortly.

Scottish Salmon Farms

Lord Mason of Barnsley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What has been the output of the Scottish salmon farms in each of the last five years; and [HL1821]

    Whether they have been in consultation with the Salmon and Trout Association for information from their surveys regarding mass escapes from Scottish fish farms; and whether it has been established that interbreeding has taken place between the farmed and wild salmon; and [HL1823]

    How many salmon farms have been found to be using toxic chemicals in the production of salmon; and what is their latest assessment of the environmental damage caused by pollution from salmon farming; and [HL1836]

    To what extent sea lice are damaging the Scottish salmon farming industry; what new strategies have been introduced to combat this predation; and, whether, and to what extent, Invermectin is being used as a control agent; and [HL1837]

    What is the present method of treating effluent from fish farms; what tonnage is dealt with annually; and how effective present methods are proving to be; and [HL1838]

    What are the names of the foreign and United Kingdom companies which are in ownership of the Scottish fish farming industry, giving in each case their percentage share of the industry; and [HL1839]

    Whether salmon anaemia has been totally eradicated in all the salmon farms in Scotland; what lessons have been learnt since the last outbreak; and what, if any, extra precautions have been taken to safeguard salmon stocks; and [GL1840]

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    In connection with salmon anaemia in Scotland, how many fish health inspectors are now employed; and how regularly inspections are made; and [HL1841]

    Whether they will provide a list of the organic salmon fish farms in Scotland; and what is the total annual production of these farms. [HL1883]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: These are matters for the Scottish Executive and the noble Lord may wish to write to them about the issues involved.

Wales: Children's Society Service

Lord Carlile of Berriew asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have any proposals to replace services and the funding of services run by the Children's Society in Wales following the recently announced decision of the Children's Society to cease functioning in Wales.[HL1347]

Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: It is for the National Assembly for Wales to take the lead in resolving this problem.

Jane Hutt, Assembly Minister for Health and Social Services, has asked Children in Wales to convene a task force to secure the continuation of as many as possible of the services currently provided by the society.

The task force is being chaired by Christine Walby, a trustee of Children in Wales and Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales, Swansea. Local authorities, voluntary organisations, the Church in Wales and staff groups are all represented on the task force, which is expected to report early in the new year.

Houses of Parliament: Energy Consumption

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked the Chairman of Committees:

    What was the energy consumption of the Houses of Parliament in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2000.[HL1756]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Tordoff): The size of the parliamentary estate has increased substantially in recent years, and this is reflected in increased energy consumption. Consumption is calculated each financial, rather than each calendar, year. Figures for the last five completed years are given below:

    1996–97: 45.4 million KWhrs

    1997–98: 47.4 million KWhrs

    1998–99: 49.7 million KWhrs

    1999–2000: 50.1 million KWhrs

    2000–01: 55 million KWhrs

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