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Election Candidates: Copies of Electoral Register

Lord Greaves asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Yes. Candidates at elections to all these bodies and offices are entitled to receive a copy of the relevant electoral register for electoral purposes before submitting their nomination papers. My department is not responsible for the law relating to elections to the Scottish Parliament, but I understand that candidates for these elections are also so entitled.

Irish Government: Respect for Traditions

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): This is a matter for the Irish Government. The Department of Foreign Affairs at Iveagh House, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2 has responsibility for the above subject. I apologise for the delay in answering this Question.

Northern Ireland Act 2000: Legal Opinions

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Yes. However, the Secretary of State does not propose to do so, having regard to the convention that Ministers do not ask to see advice given to a previous administration.

Irish Language Agency

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: The deputy chief executive, Director of Education Services of the Irish Language Agency, will be in charge of the agency's Belfast office commencing on 17 February.

The relevant departments are the sponsor departments, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure and Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (formerly Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands) and the finance

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departments, Department of Finance and Personnel and Department of Finance.

The sponsor departments recommended the grading and pay range for the post on 20 March 2002, and after consultation with officials in the two finance departments the grading and pay range were agreed on 10 April 2002.

The North/South Ministerial Council on 15 April 2002 approved the recruitment process and, subject to the approval of finance ministers, the grading and pay range for the post. That part of the board of the North/South Language Body with responsibility for the Irish Language Agency on 29 April 2002 authorised the chief executive to implement the recruitment process approved by NSMC for the appointment of the deputy chief executive, Director of Education Services.

Finance ministers' approval for the grading and pay range for the post was received on 23 September 2002.



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