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|Northern Ireland Civic Forum(1)|
Includes cost of salaries, administration, meetings, members' expenses, printing of reports and researchers.
The civic forum has provided input to the following issues being taken forward by Northern Ireland departments: the review of post-primary education; promoting social inclusion: consultation on future priorities; draft bill of rights; a commissioner for children for Northern Ireland; investing in health; draft programme for government 200102; draft programme for government 200203; review of community relations policy; task force on employability and long-term unemployed; victims strategy; and a response to the review of the Parades Commission.
The civic forum also published two reports: The regional strategy for promoting social inclusion was published in June 2002; and the report entitled Can do BetterEducational Disadvantage in the context of life long learning was launched in September 2002.
Whether there is any provision in the legislation implementing the Belfast agreement by which the Eire Government can unilaterally take decisions on behalf of Cross-Border Bodies and of the United Kingdom Government.[HL562]
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Baroness Amos: Budget recommendations for 2004 have been agreed for four of the six North/South Implementation Bodies. Details of the amounts requested in the 2004 business plans, the amounts recommended and the percentage change from the 2003 budget are set out in the table below. The budget recommendations will be considered in the context of the respective spending review processes north and south.
|North/South Implementation Body||Amount Requested in Business Plan (£m)||Amount recommended (£m)||% Change from 2003 Budget|
|Special EU Programmes Body||2.02||2.02||0.0|
|Food Safety Promotion Board||6.08||6.08||+12.0|
Another way to involve the public in scrutiny of suitable Bills is through pre-legislative scrutiny committees. The Government have published, or announced plans to publish, 10 draft Bills this Session in order to give Parliament the opportunity to conduct pre-legislative scrutiny.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): Currently, two inspectors from Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate work in conjunction with Buildings Division to develop fire safety standards in buildings.
Lord Rooker: The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister plans to continue, in developing the fire aspects of building regulations policy, the effective involvement of all relevant stakeholders including the fire service bodies and Her Majesty's Fire Service Inspectorate and the relevant divisions of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister will seek the advice of the statutory Building Regulations Advisory Committee and consult the recently established Practitioners' Forum and Business and Community Safety Forum for the Fire and Rescue Service.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): Around 1,760 Service personnel have been aeromedically evacuated with non-combatant injuries from Iraq since 19 March 2003. Of these, around 280 are either reserve or territorial forces. The following table breaks this down into injury type:
|Injury Type||Percentage of Total Evacuation Number|
|Ear, Nose, Throat||2.0|
|Dental and Maxillo-Facial||1.0|
Lord Bach: The value of the Ministry of Defence's assets is set out each year in its annual report and accounts. The most recent information is set out in the annual report and accounts for 200203 (HC 1125 of 30 October 2003), Schedule 3 (page 93) of which provides balance sheet values at 31 March 2003. Supporting information on how asset values are derived is provided in notes 1.10 to 1.36 to the accounts on pages 98 to 102.
The primary costs to the department of holding its assets for that year comprised the notional cost of capital charge, depreciation charged in year on tangible fixed assets and amortisation charged in year on intangible assets. Details are set out at Schedule 2 to the accounts on page 92 and notes 7 and 8 on pages 110 and 111.
Surpluses and shortfalls in the detailed allocation of resources to particular programmes or budgetary areas identified in the first six months of the financial year were remedied through the department's winter supplementary estimates (HC 15 of 27 November 2003). Further adjustments will be made as necessary in spring supplementary estimates.
Copies of both publications are available in the Library of the House. Both include a table describing the cash consequences of resource provision voted by Parliament (Schedule 1 on pages 8889 of the accounts, and the resource to cash reconciliation on page 208 of the winter supplementary estimates).
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