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Toomebridge Bypass

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I have asked the chief executive of Roads Service to write to the noble Lord in response to this Question. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Northern Ireland: Police Overtime

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The figures requested are shown in the table below.

£000

YearPolice overtimeCivilian overtimeTotal overtime
2002–0371,7275,19476,921
2001–0254,7144,52559,239
2000–0146,5014,57651,077
1999–200047,8374,57952,416
1998–9961,4394,67866,117
1997–9864,9254,58869,513
1996–9768,6304,53073,160
1995–9651,0904,33055,420
1994–9567,4704,16071,630


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UN Convention Against Torture: Optional Protocol

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether the United Kingdom will ratify the Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (OPCAT).[HL4311]

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): I am pleased to be able to announce that the UK has taken a significant step towards ratification of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT). On 8 September, my honourable friend, Mr Rammell laid before Parliament an Explanatory Memorandum, which explains how the UK meets the provisions of the protocol.

We hope that the ratification process can be completed with the United Nations by the end of this year. This will make the UK one of the very first UN member states to have ratified the Optional Protocol. We signed the protocol on 26 June, becoming one of only 6 countries worldwide to have done so.

The UK is committed to the fight against torture. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's anti-torture initiative, launched in 1998, continues to provide a focus for us on this issue. The follow-up to our ratification of the OPCAT will be an important part of the current phase of the initiative. We will undertake a lobbying campaign urging other countries to sign, ratify and implement both the Convention Against Torture and the Optional Protocol.

European Union: Forthcoming Council Business

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union from September 2003 to March 2004.[HL4312]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: The forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union from September 2003 to March 2004 is as follows:

European Calendar: September 2003–March 2004

DateLocationEvent
September 2003
3–5ViterboTelecommunications (Ministerial)
4–5BeneventoInformal Youth Affairs (Ministerial Informal)
5–6Riva del GardaGymnich (Informal Foreign)
5–6MilanInformal Health Ministerial
12–13StresaECOFIN (Informal Council)
12–13RomeJustice & Internal Affairs (Informal Council)
14–15SyracuseInformal Audio-Visual Telecoms and Culture Ministerial
20–23TaorminaInformal Agriculture Council
22–23BrusselsCompetition (Internal Market, Industry & Research)
25–26LuccaInformal Children's Affairs
26–27EriceCommunity Regional Cohesion Policy (Ministerial Informal)
29–30BrusselsGeneral Affairs & External Relations Council (GAERC)
29–30BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
23–25CernobbioInformal Terrestrial Digital
25CataniaInformal Internal Market/Industry Ministerial
27BrusselsEnvironment Council
October
2–3BrusselsJustice & Internal Affairs
3–4RomeDefence (Ministerial Informal)
7BrusselsECOFIN
9–10BrusselsTransport, Telecom & Energy Council
13–14BrusselsGeneral Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
13–14BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
16–17BrusselsEuropean Council
20–21BrusselsEmployment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
24–25BrusselsEducation, Youth & Culture Council
27–28BrusselsJustice & Internal Affairs (Informal Council)
27BrusselsEnvironment Council
November
4BrusselsECOFIN
6BrusselsJustice & Internal Affairs (Informal Council)
6–7CataniaEuropean Conference on Employment
17–18BrusselsGeneral Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
17–18BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
18MilanEuropean Conference on Immigration & Labour Market
24–25BrusselsECOFIN
24–25BrusselsEducation, Youth & Culture Council
27–28BrusselsJustice & Internal Affairs (Informal Council)
December
1–2RomeEuromed Meeting
1–2BrusselsEmployment, Social Policy Health and Consumer Affairs Council
1–3RomeInformal Public Administration Ministerial
4–5BrusselsTransport, Telecom & Energy Council
5–7RomeClosing Conference for the European Year of the Disabled
8–9BrusselsGeneral Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
12–13BrusselsEuropean Council
15–17BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
16BrusselsECOFIN
22BrusselsEnvironment Council
January 2004
8BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
16–17BrusselsEmployment & Social Policy (Ministerial Informal)
16–17Ireland (venue tbc)Informal Employment and Social Policy
19BrusselsEurogroup
20BrusselsECOFIN
22–23Ireland (venue tbc)Justice & Home Affairs (Ministerial Informal)
26–27BrusselsGeneral Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC)
February
10BrusselsECOFIN
19BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs (Ministerial Informal)
23–24BrusselsGeneral Affairs & External Relations (GAERC)
23–24BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs (Ministerial Informal)
26BrusselsEducation, Youth & Culture Council
March
4–5BrusselsEmployment, Social Policy, Health & Consumer Affairs (Ministerial)
8–9BrusselsTransport, Telecom & Energy Council
9BrusselsECOFIN
11BrusselsCompetitiveness Council
22–23BrusselsGeneral Affairs & External Relations (GAERC)
22–23BrusselsAgriculture & Fisheries Council
25–26BrusselsEuropean Council
31BrusselsJustice & Home Affairs (Ministerial Informal)

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Wilton Park: Annual Report

Lord Acton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will publish the Wilton Park annual report and accounts for 2002–03. [HL4313]

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: Wilton Park is an academically independent executive agency of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Its annual report and accounts for 2002–03 were laid before the House on 17 July 2003.

Wilton Park's performance against agreed targets for the financial year 2002–03, which work from framework targets for cost recovery, quality of conference programmes and standards of service, and the targets for the current year are shown below.

2002–03 Target2002–03 Performance2003–04 Target
Total income£3,314,000£3,591,000£3,372,000
Excellent rating for programmes56.75757
Excellent rating for administration8987.489

Public Collections: Licensing

Lord Davies of Coity asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What proposals they have for a new licensing scheme for public collections.[HL4355]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): I am today placing in the Library of this House copies of a consulation document on proposals for a new licensing scheme for public

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collections for charitable, philanthropic and benevolent purposes.

This consultation builds on the package of measures set out in our response to the Strategy Unit review of charity law and regulation, published on 16 July, and proposes the setting up of a new, updated and unified local authority licensing scheme for public collections to replace the present complex, outdated and fragmented legislation. The aim is to modernise the law, creating a fair and cost-effecive system of licensing which facilitates responsible fund raising but deters bogus collections and prevents nuisance to the public. We want to enable a wide range of organisations to be more effective and innovative, while maintaining the high levels of public trust and confidence which are vital to the continued success of the sector.


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