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House of Lords: Political Affiliations of Hereditary Members

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The breakdown of the political affiliation of the current 91 hereditary Members of the House of Lords is as follows:



    Cross-Benches 33


    Liberal Democrat 5


    Labour 3

Afghanistan: UK Support for British and Afghan NGOs

The Earl of Sandwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Which British and Afghan non-governmental organisations they have supported in Afghanistan since November 2001.[HL5130]

Baroness Amos: To date, DfID has funded 65 humanitarian and development programmes through British and Afghan NGOs at a cost of approximately £17 million. Fifteen British NGOs have been involved including Christian Aid, Merlin, the Halo Trust, British Red Cross, AfghanAid, Ockenden International and Islamic Relief. The Afghan Development Association, AREA (Agency for Rehabilitation and Energy Conservation in Afghanistan) and Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance are among the seven Afghan NGOs funded.

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Teachers: Training for Driving School Minibuses

Lord Faulkner of Worcester asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will fund the cost of training, testing and supply cover for teachers who need to be trained to drive school minibuses in order to ensure that they are trained to a sufficiently high standard to transport school children safely.[HL4986]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): Local education authorities and schools may already use their general funds for training teachers to drive school minibuses. The Government have no plans to provide earmarked funding specifically for such purposes. We are seeking to identify the most appropriate and cost-effective minibus driver training schemes that would help ensure the continued safe transport of pupils by school staff on educational visits.

SchlumbergerSema

The Countess of Mar asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What services SchlumbergerSema provides for the Law Officers' Department.[HL4913]

The Attorney General (Lord Goldsmith): SchlumbergerSema provides a disaster recovery site for the Crown Prosecution Service. This is under a three-year contract awarded following a competitive tender exercise. This is the only service to the Crown Prosecution Service provided by SchlumbergerSema.

SchlumbergerSema does not provide any services for the Serious Fraud Office, Treasury Solicitor's Department, or HM CPS Inspectorate for which I am responsible. bjc

Religiously Aggravated Offences: Prosecutions

Lord Dholakia asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many faith-related incidents were prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales in the most recent years for which statistics are available.[HL4995]

Lord Goldsmith: Information held centrally by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) about prosecution decisions relating to religiously aggravated offences shows that since 14 December 2001, when the provisions of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 came into effect, and 28 October 2003 when records were last updated, the police have submitted 57 cases involving one or more defendants and involving at least one allegation of a religiously aggravated offence to the CPS.

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In three cases, the police requested advice from the CPS before any changes were instituted. In each of these three cases, the CPS advised that there was insufficient evidence for charges of any nature to be instituted. Of the remaining 54 cases, the following outcomes have been recorded: in 24 cases, there was a conviction on at least one religiously aggravated charge; in three cases, there was a conviction on the basic, non-aggravated offence only; in five cases, there was an acquittal after trial; in two cases, the defendants agreed to be bound over, in six cases, the CPS discontinued proceedings. An outcome is awaited in 14 cases.

The quoted figures are collated centrally by CPS Policy Directorate based on reports received from the areas.

Departments of State: Staff in London and the South East

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many staff the following departments (or the total of those parts of their predecessor departments within the same functions) employed in 1997 and 1992 (a) in London and (b) in the rest of South-East England: Culture, Media and Sport; Customs and Excise; Education and Skills; Work and Pensions; Health; Trade and Industry; Home Office; Constitutional Affairs; and the Office for National Statistics.[HL4600]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: The figures are shown in the table below. The tables represent the data reported to the Mandate database for the two time points, 1 April 1992 and 1 April 1997, and are based on the full-time equivalence for the number of permanent staff in each department. The Mandate database consists of staffing data collected electronically from departments and agencies. The figures shown are the overall figures for departments including any departmental agencies.

There have been many changes in departmental responsibilities since 1992 a list of which, ranging from 1985 to April 2002, can be found at www.civil-service.gov.uk/statistics. Huw

Full Time Equivalents

1 April 1997
Current Department Name Equivalent Department NameLondonRest of South East
Permant Non-Industrial Staff
Customs and ExciseCustoms and Excise4,2105,950
HealthHealth2,45010
Trade and IndustryTrade and Industry4,420580
Home OfficeHome Office11,5108,600
Constitutional AffairsLord Chancellor's Dept4,340870
Office of National StatisticsOffice of National Statistics750680
Education and SkillsEducation and Employment10,390110
Works and PensionsSocial Security10,5406,170
Culture, Media and SportNational Heritage3400
Permanent Industrial Staff
Home OfficeHome Office280540
Works and PensionsSocial Security00

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Full Time Equivalents

1 April 1992
Current Department Name Equivalent Department NameLondonRest of South East
Permanent Non-Industrial Staff
Customs and ExciseCustoms and Excise6,5407,730
HealthHealth3,69090
Trade and IndustryTrade and Industry6,450530
Home OfficeHome Office12,8408,290
Constitutional AffairsLord Chancellor's Dept4,2901,420
Office of National StatisticsOffice Population Census and Surveys550850
Central Statistical Office3640
Education and SkillsEducation and Science1,480120
Employment Department Group9,6705,470
Works and PensionsSocial Security10,5206,340
Culture Media and SportNo Department
Permanent Industrial Staff
Home OfficeHome Office190590
Works and PensionsSocial Security3010

Notes:

1. All numbers rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Employment Department Group was abolished on 5 July 1995. The majority of staff joined what became the Department for Education and Employment.

3. Culture, Media and Sport was formed in 1998 from National Heritage, which itself was newly created on 3 July 1992, using staff transferred from several departments.

4. The Office Population Census and Surveys and Central Statistical Office merged to form the Office of National Statistics on 1 April 1996.

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Civil Service: Permanent Staff

Lord Patten asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Taking the 512,400 civil servants employed in the year to April 2003 as the baseline, by what numbers they expect the size of the permanent Civil Service to rise in each of the years (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06.[HL4972]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): Forecast staffing numbers are 529,500 in 2003–04; 525,200 in 2004–05; and 519,400 in 2005–06.

ISAs and PEPs: Taxation Changes from 5 April 2004

Lord Taylor of Warwick asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why they are ceasing the 10 per cent tax relief on stocks and shares ISAs from April 2004 when they are seeking to encourage savings. [HL5078]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: The removal of the ISA and PEP payable tax credit is part of a package of reforms of the corporation tax system announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his July 1997 Budget.

This package included reductions in the rate of main corporation tax and small companies tax.

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After 5 April 2004, PEP and ISA investors will still pay no income tax on their investment returns or capital gains tax on any long-term capital appreciation.


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