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Written Answers

Friday, 14th March 2003.

UK Citizens Resident in the Republic of Ireland

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have an estimate of how many United Kingdom citizens currently reside in the Republic of Ireland.[HL1988]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from the National Statistician, Len Cook, dated 14 March.

As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Question on the number of United Kingdom citizens currently residing in the Republic of Ireland (HL1988).

The most recent estimate of the number of UK citizens residing in the Republic of Ireland is 74,100. This estimate relates to April 2001, and is derived from the Quarterly National Household Survey conducted in the Republic of Ireland by the Irish Central Statistics Office.

Domestic Market Capitalisation of Manufacturing Companies and IT Services

Lord Roberts of Conwy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the current domestic market capitalisation of manufacturing companies in the United Kingdom; and what was the comparable figure in 1997; and[HL2013]

    What is the current domestic market capitalisation of (a) information technology hardware and (b) software and computer services in the United Kingdom; and what was the comparable figure in 1997.[HL2014]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The information on which to base an Answer is not available.

Full-time Equivalent Jobs

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the increase in the number of full-time equivalent jobs since 1997; how many of these are wholly or partly financed from national and local taxation and how many are in the private sector.[HL2044]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The increase in the total number of employee jobs in the economy since 1997 is 1,541,000. The increase in the total number of full-time employed is 846,000 and the increase in the total number of part-time employed is 695,000.

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No figures exist for the number of jobs wholly or partly financed from national and local taxation. Figures are available for jobs by public and private sector up to 2001 from Jobs in the public and private sectors, June 2002 issue of Economic Trends, ONS.

Between 1997 and 2001, the increase in the number of jobs in the private sector was 1,326,000 and in the public sector 215,000. This information could only be broken down into full-time and part-time at disproportionate cost. Figures on this basis for 2002 will be published in the June 2003 issue of ONS's Economic Trends.

Goods Made in Labour Camps in China

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they have evidence that goods made in labour camps in China are being imported to the United Kingdom; and, if so, what action they are taking to prevent such imports.[HL1926]

The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We have no such evidence.

Under the Foreign Prison Made Goods Act 1897, as amended, the import into the UK of goods made in any foreign prison or like establishment is prohibited.

Tibet

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the United Nations has considered requests for a referendum to ascertain the will of the people of Tibet as regards self-determination; if so, when; and with what result.[HL1928]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The UN has adopted three resolutions on Tibet, in 1959, 1961 and 1965. None of them called specifically for a referendum.

More recently, in 1991, a UN sub-commission adopted a resolution expressing concern at "continuing reports of violations of fundamental human rights and freedoms which threaten the distinct cultural, religious and national identity of the Tibetan people".

We are not aware of any outstanding request to the UN for a referendum on Tibet.

European Convention

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they consider it realistic for the European Convention to report to a European Union Summit in June 2003 and for the Intergovernmental Conference to reach decisions on the European constitution by the end of December 2003, in view of the complexity of the issues involved and the need to consult the accession states; and, if not, what timetable they would propose.[HL1998]

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Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Following an exchange of views on progress of the discussions, the Copenhagen European Council concluded that the convention will present the result of its work in time for the European Council in June 2003. The timing of the next Intergovernmental Conference has not yet been confirmed.

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they believe that the European Convention is giving sufficient weight to the need for subsidiarity and devolved decision-making, especially in an enlarged Union.[HL1999]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: There is widespread recognition in the convention of the importance of subsidiarity. Many endorse an early warning mechanism for national parliamentarians to monitor and enforce this principle more effectively.

Convention discussions broadly welcomed the ideas in the UK's paper to the convention on Europe and the Regions. Plenary discussions acknowledged the need for greater recognition of the role that many regions play in EU affairs.

These ideas are well reflected in the draft treaty articles and the draft protocol on subsidiarity and proportionality.

EU: Protection of Minorities

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the European Commission has and will continue to have an important role in protecting the

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    interests of the smaller member states and of other minorities.[HL2003]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The European Commission is independent of any particular member state or group of member states. As Guardian of the Treaties, it is responsible for safeguarding the interests of the Union as a whole. Concerning the protection of minorities, the Commission will continue to play an important role through its capacity to propose action under Article 13 TEC to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.

EU: Accession

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    After accession, how many people from each of the applicant nations will be employed by the European Union; and what will be their average salary.[HL2026]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: I cannot predict how many people from each of the applicant countries will be employed by the EU after their accession. The EU does not have quotas for employing staff of different nationalities. It employs staff solely on the basis of merit and suitability.

The following is a breakdown of the number of staff at each grade (top figure in cell) and their relative monthly salaries (bottom figure) within the Commission. Salaries are given in euros. Echelons are the individual pay steps within each grade.

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Echelons

Grade12345678Total No. of Staff
A11
11,940.71
8
12,575.01
7
13,209.31
14
13,843.61
11
14,477.91
20
15,112.21
61
A217
10,596.40
37
11,201.67
29
11,806.94
31
12,412.21
46
13,017.48
63
13,622.75
223
A336
8,775.74
58
9,305.18
79
9,834.62
103
10,364.06
111
10,893.50
101
11,422.94
49
11,952.38
117
12,481.82
654
A438
7,372.55
115
7,785.79
198
8,199.03
242
8,612.27
325
9,025.51
276
9,438.75
221
9,851.99
453
10,265.23
1,868
A5134
6,078.30
252
6,438.40
444
6,798.50
411
7,158.60
229
7,518.70
166
7,878.80
95
8,238.90
119
8,599.00
1,850
A6160
5,252.79
394
5,539.39
453
5,825.99
308
6,112.59
127
6,399.19
42
6,685.79
19
6,972.39
15
7,258.99
1,518
A7449
4,521.59
254
4,746.58
433
4,971.57
302
5,196.56
93
5,421.55
57
5,646.54
1,588
A8145
3,998.94
57
4,160.21
202
B19
5,252.79
34
5,539.39
72
5,825.99
143
6,112.59
137
6,399.19
102
6,685.79
82
6,972.39
229
7,258.99
808
B240
4,551.14
143
4,764.51
151
4,977.88
179
5,191.25
128
5,404.62
122
5,617.99
65
5,831.36
56
6,044.73
884
B347
3,817.46
192
3,994.88
232
4,172.30
244
4,349.72
184
4,527.14
102
4,704.56
54
4,881.98
37
5,059.40
1,092
B425
3,301.76
191
3,455.62
309
3,609.48
268
3,763.34
95
3,917.20
45
4,071.06
19
4,224.92
22
4,378.78
974
B5422
2,951.34
39
3,075.85
142
3,200.36
150
3,324.87
757
C11
3,367.66
5
3,503.46
15
3,639.26
59
3,775.06
209
3,910.86
222
4,046.66
198
4,182.46
910
4,318.26
1,619
C22,929.161
3,053.61
18
3,178.06
99
3,302.51
223
3,426.96
292
3,551.41
290
3,675.86
390
3,800.31
1,313
C36
2,732.35
33
2,838.97
181
2,945.59
364
3,052.21
344
3,158.83
241
3,265.45
128
3,372.07
123
3,478.69
1,420
C411
2,468.89
178
2,568.90
455
2,668.91
401
2,768.92
228
2,868.93
56
2,968.94
17
3,068.95
125
3,168.96
1,471
C5409
2,276.47
17
2,369.75
256
2,463.03
183
2,556.31
865
D11
2,572.75

2,685.24
1
2,797.73
13
2,910.22
33
3,022.71
50
3,135.20
111
3,247.69
253
3,360.18
462
D2
2,345.85
3
2,445.76
6
2,545.67
53
2,645.58
56
2,745.49
43
2,845.40
11
2,945.31
15
3,045.22
187
D323
2,183.37
1
2,276.82
16
2,370.27
50
2,463.72
22
2,557.17
7
2,650.62

2,744.07
1
2,837.52
120
L31
8,775.74
1
9,305.18
2
9,834.62
2
10,364.06
12
10,893.50
8
11,422.94
12
11,952.38
7
12,481.82
45
L42
7,372.55
12
7,785.79
20
8,199.03
53
8,612.27
98
9,025.51
91
9,438.75
95
9,851.99
157
10,265.23
528
L52
6,078.30
53
6,438.40
106
6,798.50
113
7,158.60
65
7,518.70
50
7,878.80
30
8,238.90
36
8,599.00
455
L673
5,252.79
84
5,539.39
116
5,825.99
77
6,112.59
23
6,399.19
4
6,685.79
2
6,972.39

7,258.99
379
L7105
4,521.59
105
4,746.58
84
4,971.57
43
5,196.56
20
5,421.55
3
5,646.54
360
L841
3,998.94
23
4,160.21
64
Total full and part time staff21,767

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