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National Firearms Licensing Management System

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The National Firearms Certificate Holders Register as required under Section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) (No.2) Act 1997 has been supplied by PITO and resides on the Police National Computer (PNC). The means to populate this register is being handled by means of the National Firearms Licensing Management System. The contract to provide this system was awarded to Anite Public Sector. The total value of all work carried out to date including the cost of the contracted work amounts to £5.6m. The live (Beta) pilot of the National Firearms Licensing Management System has now been rescheduled to commence on Monday 14 November 2005 for the Metropolitan Police Service and on Monday 21 November 2005 for the Lancashire Constabulary. The first of these pilots will be observed by Essex Police and the second by Greater Manchester Police.

North/South Language Body

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Yes.

Northern Ireland Assembly: Staff Annual Bonus

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: An Assembly premium of £1,000 per annum was awarded to all Assembly Secretariat staff with effect from 30 May 2000. This premium continues to be paid to 256 Secretariat staff and is pensionable.

Northern Ireland Civil Service: Sick Leave

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Lord Rooker: Managing attendance is a key priority within Northern Ireland departments and there is a comprehensive range of policies and procedures in place, aimed at helping and supporting staff throughout their illness. These include access to professional help and support while absent from work, and assistance with rehabilitation and any reasonable adjustments to ease a return to work. Considerable importance is also placed on trying to prevent staff going off ill by offering a range of health promotion activities and advice, and encouraging a work life balance.

Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: At present there are 19 permanent staff employed in the Office of the Commissioner for Children and Young People for Northern Ireland. Due to the relatively small number employed in the organisation, information on religion and gender has been grouped to protect the anonymity of individuals. The grades within the organisation are equivalent to Northern Ireland Civil Service grades.
Group 1: One Grade 3, Grade 5, Grade 6 and two Grade 7s.


Total number of staff5
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic2
Protestant3
Neither0
Gender
Male2
Female3
Disability2



Group 2: Three Deputy Principals, four Staff Officers,
three EOIs, three EOIIs, four AOs and four AAs.

Total number of staff14
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic3
Protestant10
Neither1
Gender
Male3
Female11
Disability2


At this stage, the commissioner's projected annual budget is £1,897,000 for each of the following financial years —2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08.
 
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Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Funding of Festivals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: Two applications for funding were received by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for activities associated with the annual 12th July in 2005. In both cases, the amount of funding requested by the applicant was approved. Funding of £22,650 was allocated to the Belfast County Grand Lodge to engage the services of a consultant to co-ordinate the Better Twelfth initiative, and a further £5,515 was also allocated to the Belfast County Grand Lodge to co-ordinate a 12th July art competition for schools

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The information is as follows.
FestivalApplication and Business Case receivedLetter of Offer Issued
West Belfast20 June 2005None to date
Gtr New Lodge29 June 200526 July 2005
Ardoyne20 June 200529 July 2005


Copies of these documents will be placed in the Library.

Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: Organisation of Festivals

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: The information is as follows.
20012002200320042005
ConsultantsNILNIL£51,780.53NILNIL
One Day ConsultationsNILNIL£1,640NILNIL

Northern Ireland Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure: West Belfast Festival

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: No such letter has been issued.

Northern Ireland Equality Commission

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Rooker: A total of 137 are employed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. Thirty-two per cent of the staff are male and 68 per cent. female. The following table provides the gender breakdown in relation to each grade.
Staffing numbers by grade as at 18 October 2005


Gender
GradeMaleFemaleTotal
Grade 5-11
Grade 6123
Grade 7-33
Deputy Principal12921
Staff Officer173754
Executive Officer 151116
Executive Officer 2/PS044
Administrative Officer42428
Administrative Assistant516
Industrial (Cleaner)-11
Total4493137


Regulation 16 of the Fair Employment (Monitoring) Regulations NI 1999 prevents disclosure of the religion of the commission's workforce to the level of detail requested by the noble Lord. The overall breakdown however is that 36 per cent of the workforce are Protestant and 58 per cent are Roman Catholic. Six per cent have been classified as "non-determined".

The commission's annual budget between 1999 and 2005 is as follows.
YearBudget (£s)
1999–20002,823,426
2000–016,116,000
2001–027,359,000
2002–037,512,000
2003–047,024,000
2004–056,779,490
2005–067,137,000


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