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Irish Agency

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I refer the noble Lord to my Answer on 6 November 2002 (WA 120) (HL6243).

The sponsor departments (Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs) approved the paper on 18 September 2002.

The finance departments informed the sponsor departments on 2 October 2002 of their approval, subject to certain amendments. The amended paper was approved by the North/South Ministerial Council on 9 October 2002.

Northern Ireland Planning Service

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Department of the Environment's Planning Service has seven conservation officers. These are spread by division as follows:

Number
Ballymena1
Belfast2
Downpatrick1
Londonderry/Coleraine2
Omagh/Enniskillen1

Waterways Ireland: Equality Scheme

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Waterways Ireland consulted the other North/South implementation bodies by letter dated 30 June 2000 enclosing a draft equality scheme for comment. No responses were received.

Lord Chancellor's Pension Scheme

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The capital value of a pension can be estimated in various ways. The figures stated in my Answer to the noble Lord, Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, on 28 January (WA 142) can be taken as indicative of the current capital value of the Lord Chancellor's pension arrangements.

Senior Salaries Review Body

Baroness Goudie asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The 2003 report of the review body on senior salaries, which makes recommendations about the pay of the senior Civil Service, senior military personnel and the judiciary, was published on 6 February 2003. Copies have been placed in the Vote Office and the Libraries of the House.

The main recommendations of the review body are:



    an across-the-board settlement of 2.75 per cent for the judiciary, in addition to 4.4 per cent which they will receive as the second and final stage of their 2002 award. The Lord Chief Justice will

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    receive a further £10,000 in addition to this to redress slippage which has occured over recent years between his post (as the senior full-time serving judge) and that of the Cabinet Secretary (as Head of the Civil Service).


    an increase from 1 April 2003 of 2.25 per cent in the value of all points on the incremental pay scales for senior military officers.

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The Government have decided to accept these recommendations. Their cost will be met within existing departmental expenditure limits.

Pay increases for Members of Parliament and Ministers are linked automatically to the increase in pay bands for the senior civil service. Their pay entitlement will therefore increase from 1 April 2003 by 2.25 per cent.



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