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Waterways Ireland Headquarters

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: It was agreed at the North-South Ministerial Council plenary meeting in December 1999 that Waterways Ireland's headquarters should be located in Enniskillen.

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Subsequently, with the agreement of the North/South Ministerial Council, Waterways Ireland invited design proposals for the construction of a new headquarters building. The estimated cost of the building is £8 million. Any decision to proceed with this project will be a matter for devolved Ministers when devolution is restored.

Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit Core Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Who was awarded funding from the Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit core funding for victims and survivor groups administered by the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council as announced on 19 March; and how much was each award.[HL2298]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Table 1 below provides details of the groups which were awarded funding under the core funding scheme 2003–05.

Groups were notified of their awards by the Community Relations Council on 19 March and have 28 days within which to seek a review if they feel they have grounds for doing so. The figures provided may be subject to change as a result of any such review. Janice

Victims' Groups' Core Funding 2003–05: Table 1
Successful Applications

NoGroup NameAward £
1Aisling Centre50,407
2Ashton Centre52,797
3Ballymurphy Women's Centre41,239
4C.A.L.M.S.79,237
5Contact Youth55,065
6Corpus Christi Services77,844
7Cunamh99,705
8Derry Well Women50,960
9DPOA1,000
10F.A.C.T.48,536
11F.A.I.R.93,255
12F.O.D.D.46,531
13Firinne75,602
14H.A.V.E.N.49,838
15ICPD41,934
16Koram Centre86,246
17Lenadoon Community Counselling Project51,409
18Lifeline12,500
19Lifeways Psychotherapy/Counselling Centre63,025
20M.A.S.T.26,438
21Make Your Mark51,836
22New Life Counselling Service33,930
23Nexus Institute22,392
24NI Music Therapy Trust29,284
25NOVA Project160,417
26Regimental Association of UDR55,552
27Relatives For Justice155,758
28S.A.V.E.R./N.A.V.E.R.79,968
29S.E. Fermanagh Foundation81,000
30Shankill Stress and Trauma Group115,154
31South Down Action for Healing Wounds78,100
32Springhill Community House61,576
33Streetbeat Youth Project58,040
34Survivors of Trauma86,714
35Tara Centre84,137
36The Cross Group8,345
37The ELY Centre79,253
38The Wider Circle51,054
39United Services Club Victims Survivors Gp45,951
40VAST79,778
41WAVE Trauma Centre, Armagh85,684
42WAVE Trauma Centre, Ballymoney58,780
43WAVE Trauma Centre, Belfast81,594
44WAVE Trauma Centre, Omagh76,122
45WAVE Trauma Centre, Londonderry/Derry72,936
46West Tyrone Voice104,505
47 & 48Decisions deferred

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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How much was paid to the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council by the Northern Ireland Office Victims Liaison Unit for administrating the core funding for victims and survivors groups' scheme for each year since formation.[HL2299]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: In October 2002, following an open tendering process, the Community Relations Council (CRC) was appointed to administer the core funding scheme 2003–05. To date, the CRC has been paid £32,850 administration costs.

Northern Ireland: Planning

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many planning applications have been refused by the Planning Appeals Commission in Northern Ireland since the publication of Planning Policy Statement 7 in draft on the basis of over-development or adverse impact on the surrounding character of an area where the application did not relate to an area of townscape character or conservation area.[HL2300]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have been advised by the Chief Commissioner of the Planning Appeals Commission that the commission does not collate information on this basis. To provide it would result in disproportionate costs being incurred. John B

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What is the percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment which were overturned at the subsequent planning appeal each year from 1990 to 1996; and in what percentage of Article 33 appeals the Planning Appeals Commission position differed from the department's position in each year from 1990 to date.[HL2301]

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Lord Williams of Mostyn: The percentage of planning decisions by the Northern Ireland Department of the Environment overturned at the subsequent planning appeal under Article 32 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 for each financial year from 1990 to 1996 is as follows:

YearTotal DecisionsNumber of AppealsNumber of Appeals Upheld% of Total Decisions overturned% of Appeals Upheld
1990–9117,659390820.4621
1991–9217,148389930.5424
1992–9318,336317830.4526
1993–9416,845250690.4128
1994–9518,403269640.3524
1995–9617,983250830.4633
1996–9718,495217850.4639

Article 33 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 refers to the right of the applicant to an appeal "in default of a planning decision". When there is an appeal of non-determination of any application for consent under Article 33 or other equivalent statutory provision, this has the effect of transferring jurisdiction on the determination of the application from the department to the Planning Appeals Commission, which is required to deal with the appeal as though planning permission had been refused. In these circumstances, the department will present its view to the commission as to the outcome of the application, but this is a recommendation only and is not formally recorded on the Planning Service statistical database.

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Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What protection a building of local importance has in Northern Ireland if it is deemed by the Environment and Heritage Service to be unworthy of protection through listing and is not in an area of townscape character or conservation area; and, if none, what impact this lack of protection has on townscapes, given the current policy in the regional development strategy for increased development within settlements.[HL2302]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Statutory protection currently extends only to buildings listed as being of special architectural or historic interest under Article 42 of the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991 and buildings located within a conservation area designated under Article 50 of the same order.

It is intended when the relevant provisions of the Planning (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 are brought into operation later this year to control the demolition of buildings within areas of townscape character.

These provisions also allow for the making of direction orders which would extend demolition control to other buildings. While no decision has been made regarding the further extension of demolition control, the position will be kept under review.

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The regional development strategy promotes a drive to provide more housing within existing urban areas. However, in considering the impact of such development on existing residential townscapes, current policy advises that planning permission will not be granted where it would result in damage to the local character, environmental quality or residential amenity of such areas. bern

Committee on Standards in Public Life:Ninth Report

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they expect to receive the ninth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.[HL2485]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Prime Minister announced today that the ninth report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, entitled Defining the Boundaries within the Executive: Ministers, Special Advisers and the permanent Civil Service, has been published by the committee. Copies are available in the Vote Office and the Libraries.

Iraq: Humanitarian Obligations

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the guidance given to civil servants and members of the coalition armed forces about their obligations under international and domestic humanitarian law during the military conflict in Iraq.[HL2374]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): I refer the noble Lord to the Answer I gave on 3 April 2003 (WA 148) in terms of the guidance issued to British civil servants and service personnel.

I am not in a position to publish the guidance issued to civil servants and members of coalition armed forces from other countries. That is a matter for their governments. I have no doubt, however, that our coalition partners fully understand their obligations to work within the framework of international law.


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