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Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 26 May (WA 133) and 29 June (WA 13) concerning the non-disclosure of details about discussions of the Ulster-Scots Agency's budget for 2004, why it is not possible to prove that discussions took place and the nature of such discussions. [HL3627]
The Lord President of the Council (Baroness Amos): The noble Lord is aware that discussions took place regarding the Ulster-Scots Agency budget. My answer of 26 May 2004 (WA 133) explains why it is not possible to place in the public domain documents, the disclosure of which would be contrary to the Code of Practice on Access on Government Information.
How many electors, representing what percentage of the electorate, were registered to vote by post for elections to the United Kingdom Parliament in each constituency in Northern Ireland at the latest date for which figures are available. [HL3960]
Baroness Amos: The number of postal ballot papers issued, as a percentage of the electorate, for the 2001 general election, is detailed below. The number of actual postal ballot papers received before the close of poll equate to an overall average of approximately 85 per cent of those papers issued.
|Constituency||Postal papers issued||% of Eligible Electorate|
|Fermanagh & South Tyrone||4,668||7.00|
|Newry & Armagh||2,604||3.59|
Baroness Amos: The Government remain convinced that the best solution can be achieved at a local level. The Government continue to encourage those with influence to seek a peaceful resolution to the Drumcree dispute.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (Baroness Hollis of Heigham): The Government are currently reviewing the allocation for HSC. This will be announced in due course.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): I refer the noble Lord to the Statement the Lord Filkin made to the House on 6 May 2004, Official Report col. WS 70 which, apart from a further £20,000 paid to Cable and Wireless for hosting the inquiry website, is the final cost of the inquiry.
Further to the Written Statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 22 July (WS 43), what was the reason for the delay in publishing the outcome of their review of international human rights instruments from December 2003 when final points were resolved at a meeting of departmental representatives. [HL4068]
Baroness Ashton of Upholland: The review of international human rights instruments had implications for a number of government departments and agencies. A meeting of officials from those departments with an interest in the review took place on 4 December 2003. At the meeting, officials agreed to put a range of options to Ministers. These options
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had to be carefully considered by the Ministers involved and, following ministerial consultation, the final outcomes of the review were agreed and published in July.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport (Lord McIntosh of Haringey): As far as HM Treasury is aware the European Commission has not proposed a register of bank accounts.
The Commission published its proposal for the third Money Laundering Directive on 30 June 2004. Article 28 makes clear that EU credit and financial institutions must be able to respond fully and rapidly to requests by the relevant authorities for information on their business relations with natural and legal persons. However, the Explanatory Memorandum to the proposal explicitly states that "the Commission is not at this stage proposing a mandatory register of bank accounts in all Member States"; it is left to each member state to decide how to achieve the objective of Article 28.
Letter from the Director of Macroeconomics and Labour Market at the Office for National Statistics, Colin Mowl, dated 15 September 2004.
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking for the current one-year and five-year survival rates for lung cancer and breast cancer, and asking how these survival rates compare with each of the years 19962003. I am replying in his absence. (HL4102)
The latest available survival statistics for lung cancer and breast cancer are for adult patients (aged 1599 years) in England and Wales diagnosed during 199699 and followed up to 31 December 2001. These statistics are not published for individual years.
|Patient group||No of patients 3||One-year Survival (%)||Five-year|
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