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Written Answers

Monday, 13th January 2003.

North/South Language Implementation Body

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 27 November (HL137) concerning funding of the Language Implementation Body, whether the financial year of Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch is the calendar year; whether the £304,826 underspend listed for 2001 was made available to Tha Boord in 2002; whether it is still available; and, if not, why.[HL306]

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The financial year of Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch is the calendar year.

The under-spend for 2001 was not made available to Tha Boord in 2002.

The government financial year runs from 1 April to 31 March. In accordance with best practice, funding is not paid to the North/South Language Implementation Body in advance of demonstrated need in line with objectives in approved business plans. Any under-spend of funds remaining at 31 March is surrendered to the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP).

Northern Ireland Policing Board

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many meetings of the Northern Ireland Policing Board have been held since 1 January 2002; and how many of these board meetings have been attended by each member of the board.[HL546]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: There were 13 meetings of the Northern Ireland Policing Board held during the period 1 January 2002 to 19 December 2002.

The number of these board meetings attended by each member is as follows:

Professor Desmond Rea13
Mr Denis Bradley13
Mr Alex Attwood13
Viscount Brookeborough12
Mr Joe Byrne12
Mr Fred Cobain13
Mr Ivan Davis*2
Mr Brian Dougherty12
Mr Sam Foster**10
Mr Barry Gilligan12
Mr William Hay13
Mr Tom Kelly9
Lord Kilclooney9
Mr James Leslie*2
Mrs Pauline McCabe12
Mr Alan McFarland**11
Mr Eddie McGrady10
Mrs Rosaleen Moore12
Mr Ian Paisley Jnr13
Mr Suneil Sharma7
Mr Sammy Wilson13

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Mr Foster** and Mr McFarland** replaced Mr Davis* and Mr Leslie* as Ulster Unionist Party (UUP) political nominees in February 2002.

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What have been (a) the total salary and (b) the total expenses and allowances paid to each member of the Northern Ireland Policing Board since the 1 November 2001; and whether the independent members of the board requested an increase in salaries and allowances.[HL547]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: While the level of remuneration available to policing board members is set by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, details of the actual remuneration paid to members over a given period of time is a matter for the Northern Ireland Policing Board. My honourable friend the Minister of State for Northern Ireland has written to the chief executive of the Policing Board for Northern Ireland asking that he respond direct to the noble Lord with the information requested.

Regarding the noble Lord's second point, the Government have undertaken a review of the levels of remuneration currently offered to policing board members in light of the board's first year in existence. Both political nominees and independent members of the policing board are being afforded the opportunity to contribute to this review.

Northern Ireland: District Policing Partnerships

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many persons in each district council area applied to be independent members of the proposed district policing partnerships; and what percentage of the applicants in each council area were Roman Catholics.[HL5481]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The detail of how many persons in each district council area applied to be independent members of the proposed district policing partnerships and the percentage of the applicants in each council area that are Roman Catholics are provided in the table below.

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Breakdown by council area at 18.10.02

Council areaRCProtestantNeitherUndisclosedTotal% RC
Antrim1125303928
Ards859737710
Armagh835014418
Ballymena1168508413
Ballymoney525103116
Banbridge1533315229
Belfast5212322320026
Carrickfergus433224110
Castlereagh843435814
Coleraine1552817620
Cookstown823003126
Craigavon943105317
Derry2437316537
Down2330405740
Dungannon625213418
Fermanagh1741516427
Larne626103318
Limavady1026203826
Lisburn1361958815
Magherafelt921003030
Moyle811102040
Newry2616004262
Newtownabbey651326210
North Down11651018713
Omagh1427404531
Strabane820012928
Total335101910026148023

(N.B. details provided by the Northern Ireland Policing Board)


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Police Service of Northern Ireland

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many persons applied for the civilian posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland; how many were (a) Roman Catholic and (b) non-Roman Catholic; and how many Roman Catholics and non-Roman Catholics were appointed.[HL549]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Since 4 November 2001, 23 competitions have been run for civilian support staff posts in the Police Service of Northern Ireland; the 50:50 recruitment arrangements, effected by Section 46(5) of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000, did not apply to the majority of these.

These competitions attracted a total of 2,876 applicants, comprising 674 Roman Catholics and 2,202 non-Roman Catholics. To date they have resulted in 70 appointments, comprising 31 Roman Catholics and 39 non-Roman Catholics, and further appointments are expected.

British Irish Agreement Bill 2002

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the British Irish Agreement Bill 2002 in the Republic of Ireland has been discussed in intergovernmental talks since 14 October.[HL558]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Yes. The exchange of letters which gave rise to the Bill was negotiated between the British and Irish Governments. The communique following the meeting of the British Irish Intergovernmental Conference on 18 December, and

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the statement of clarification relating to exchange, have been placed in the Library.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider that the claim of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to "be independent from every organisation" in its annual report for 2002 is consistent with the number of members who are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice appointed to the Commission in 1995.[HL560]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission wrote to the noble Lord on 29 March 2001 answering the same points which he has raised in another Parliamentary Question (HL530). I would like to refer the noble Lord to the answer provided in Brice Dickson's letter.

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In what cases and on what dates the Parliamentary Commissioner for Complaints has made findings of maladministration regarding the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.[HL629]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration has not made any findings of maladministration regarding the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. In one case the commissioner declined to investigate a complaint but regarded a consolatory payment of £50 a reasonable

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redress because of the commission's delay in responding to the complainant's correspondence.

Stormont Estate: Gate Lodge

Lord Kilclooney asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What was the last time the gate lodge at the main entrance to the Stormont Estate was occupied; and what proposals there are to attract new occupants. [HL602]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Prince of Wales Avenue Gate Lodge was last occupied in 1983. It is now planned to use the building as accommodation for the Stormont Estate Rangers and an information point for members of the public. It is expected that this facility will be open for use in early 2003.

Foyle Valley Railway Museum

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17 December (WA100) concerning unique narrow gauge railway artefacts, what steps are being taken to ensure that no vandalism is caused to the railway stock.[HL864]

Lord Williams of Mostyn : The Foyle Valley Railway Museum is presently closed while Derry City Council reviews its viability.

Security measures for the building have not diminished since the building's closure to the public. Additional security lighting has been installed, the council has retained the full-time caretaker and a council employee carries out nightly out-of-hours inspections of the building.


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