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Written Answers

Wednesday, 10th September 2003.

House of Lords: Peers' Reimbursement Allowance Scheme

Lord Jenkin of Roding asked the Chairman of Committees:

    What are the new limits for the subsistence and secretarial elements of the Peers' reimbursement allowance scheme from 1 August 2003. [HL4390]

The Chairman of Committees (Lord Brabazon of Tara): The resolution of the House of 20 July 1994 provided for the limits of the subsistence and secretarial allowances to be uprated annually on 1 August in line with the increase in the retail prices index over the previous 12 months to July.

Accordingly, the limits within which Lords may be reimbursed expenses incurred were increased with effect from 1 August 2003 and are as follows:

£
Overnight subsistence128.00
Day subsistence64.00
Office costs53.50
Office costs for non-sitting periods2,140 a year

Northern Ireland: ECJ Cases

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will consider intervening in any cases in the European Court of Justice involving Article 4 of Directive 2000/78/EC after 2 December 2000; and whether they accept the principle of increasing sectarian control as an exemption to the principles of equality and fairness. [HL3140]

The Lord President of the Council (Lord Williams of Mostyn): I understand the noble Lord has discussed the terms of this Question with officials in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister.

I understand the noble Lord has received a satisfactory explanation to his Question.

Northern Ireland: Paediatric Renal Isotope Scans

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 25 June (WA 21) concerning waiting lists in Northern Ireland since 1 January, whether all possible facilities for paediatric renal isotope scans have been in use; and, if not, why. [HL3668]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The paediatric renal isotope scanning facilities at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children have not been in use due to

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prioritisation of resources at the hospital. However, arrangements have been in place to provide children with the renal isotope scanning service at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Additional funding has now been made available to allow the operation of all facilities.

Peace II Funding

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 17 June (WA 88) concerning Peace II implementing bodies, which are the 47 bodies; on what basis they are selected; and by whom. [HL3827]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Within Northern Ireland, the 47 Peace II Implementing Bodies are made up of: the Special EU Programmes Body; 8 government departments; 12 intermediary funding bodies; and 26 local strategy partnerships. A full list of the 47 implementing bodies in Northern Ireland is attached below.

In accordance with the horizontal principles written into the Peace II Operational Programme the implementing bodies selected were those which are best placed to deliver the objectives of the programme by virtue of their scale, expertise or the nature of their activities.

The role of the Special EU Programmes Body and government departments as implementing bodies was established through a consultative process with local partners in the development of the programme. The 12 intermediary funding bodies (IFBs) were selected by an open competitive tendering process. Local strategy partnerships are situated in each of the 26 district council areas and each partnership was subject to local agreement between the four social partners, local government and the main statutory agencies operating at the local level. List of the 47 Implementing Bodies in Northern Ireland 1. The Special EU Programmes Body Government Departments (8) 2. Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) 3. Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) 4. Department of Social Development (DSD) 5. Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) 6. Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) 7. Department of Education (DE) 8. Office of the First Minister/Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) 9. Department of Employment and Learning (DEL)

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Intermediary Funding Bodies (12) 10. Northern Ireland and Pre-school Playgroups Association (NIPPA) 11. Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust (now—Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (CFNI)) 12. Southern Education and Library Board (SELB) 13. Training for Women Network (TWN) 14. PROTEUS 15. Playboard 16. Education Guidance Service for Adults 17. Rural Development Council (RDC) 18. Community Relations Council (CRC) 19. Co-operation Ireland 20. Combat Poverty Agency (CPA) 21. Area Development Management (ADM) Local Strategy Partnerships (26) 22. Antrim Local Strategy Partnership 23. Ards Local Strategy Partnership 24. Armagh Local Strategy Partnership 25. Ballymena Local Strategy Partnership 26. Ballymoney Local Strategy Partnership 27. Banbridge Local Strategy Partnership 28. Belfast Local Strategy Partnership 29. Carrickfergus Local Strategy Partnership 30. Castlereagh Local Strategy Partnership 31. Coleraine Local Strategy Partnership 32. Cookstown Local Strategy Partnership 33. Craigavon Local Strategy Partnership 34. Derry Local Strategy Partnership 35. Down Local Strategy Partnership 36. Fermanagh Local Strategy Partnership 37. Larne Local Strategy Partnership 38. Limavady Local Strategy Partnership 39. Lisburn Local Strategy Partnership 40. Magherafelt Local Strategy Partnership 41. Moyle Local Strategy Partnership 42. Newry & Mourne Local Strategy Partnership 43. Newtownabbey Local Strategy Partnership 44. North Down Local Strategy Partnership 45. Omagh Local Strategy Partnership 46. South Tyrone Local Strategy Partnership 47. Strabane Local Strategy Partnership

North/South Language Body

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 11 June (WA 44) concerning the

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    North/South Language Body, whether the "Financial Memorandum" referred to applies in the Irish Republic.[HL3829]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Yes.

Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answers by the Lord Privy Seal on 3 June (WA 138–39) and the Lord President on 30 June (WA 52) concerning proportionality of funding for 2003, whether the procedure followed was that set out on 5 December 2002 and entitled Ministerial Decision-Making Interim Procedures; and whether it was consistent with the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP of 19 December 2002 and with the Written Answer of the Lord Privy Seal on 14 January (WA 28); and, if so, on what date were the working party meeting and the consultations on the cross-community basis and with the Ulster Scots Agency.[HL3847]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The procedure followed for decisions taken in relation to the budgets for the North/South implementation bodies as set out in my Answer of 16 June 2003 (WA 77) was consistent with the letter from the Northern Ireland Secretary of State to David Trimble MP and with my Answer of 14 January 2003 (WA 28). Papers relating to the budgets for the North/South implementation bodies were forwarded to the special advisers in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister on 6 February 2003.

Implementation of the interim procedures is an administrative matter for officials in the relevant departments and on this occasion there was no working party meeting or consultation with the agency.

Ulster-Scots Agency

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord President on 7 July (WA 6) concerning the Ulster-Scots Agency, whether they can confirm that no action was taken by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure concerning movement of funds from one financial year to the next as a result of the minutes of 2 November 2001 of the Ulster-Scots Agency.[HL3912]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I refer the noble Lord to the answer given on 7 July 2003 (WA 6), which describes the action taken by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on 25 October 2001 and 11 February 2002.

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Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will make available on a website and in the Library of the House the minutes of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Implementation Body.[HL3930]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) has advised that restricted versions of the minutes of board meetings, excluding staffing or other confidential issues, will be provided regularly on the Loughs Agency's website (www.loughs-agency.org). This will commence with the minutes of the 17th meeting of the FCILC board (held on 21 May) which will be made available before the end of July 2003.

Cross-Border Implementation Bodies: Provision of Cars for Chief Executives

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why it was considered necessary to provide cars for two of the chief executives of Cross-Border implementation bodies and not the other chief executives.[HL3931]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The provision of a leased car was part of the remuneration package agreed with the prospective chief executive of the Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) before his appointment to the post.

The board of the Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission (FCILC) approved the purchase of a vehicle for the use of the chief executive of the Loughs Agency. The chairman of the board of the FCILC has advised that the board considers the use of the vehicle by the chief executive to be appropriate and cost-effective.

The other chief executives of North/South implementation bodies are compensated for the travelling and other expenses they occur in performing their official duties.


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