|Previous Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The PSNI presently have four fixed safety cameras in operation, all of which are located in the greater Belfast area. It also has eight mobile speed detection cameras, which are a regional resource and are deployed at identified sites across Northern Ireland where there is a history of injury collisions and evidence of speeding.
The PSNI is committed to ensuring the safety of Northern Ireland roads for all sections of the community and as a result of the success of the introduction of the fixed safety cameras in the Belfast area, it has purchased and commenced the installation of a new style of fixed camera system, which measures motorists' average speed over greater distances, at two locations on the A1 road to the north and south of Newry city.
10 May 2006 : Column WA135
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The requested information is not available. However, 1 per cent of children at schools in Northern Ireland in 200506 are recorded as being dyslexic.
Whether they will recall the Northern Ireland Assembly or its Education Committee to consider the current proposals to reform post-primary education in response to concerns expressed over the restructuring. [HL4632]
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): The Government recognise that direct rule is second best and will continue to work toward restoration at the earliest opportunity. However, the Government believe that it is inappropriate to allow this to affect the implementation of vital social reforms.
The review of post-primary education has been going on for more than five years. There has been extensive consultation on the key elements of the reform package and we must proceed to implement the changes and end the uncertainty for pupils and parents.
Whether they have assessed how much carbon emission and electricity would be saved if Network Rail and London Underground Limited were to replace steel conductor rail with aluminium equivalent. [HL5422]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): We received a very large response to the consultationaround 4,500 submissions. They have all been read and analysed and a summary is being prepared which will be published in due course. We will consider how and when to establish the firearms advisory committee once we have determined how we want to proceed with the review of firearms controls. The last meeting of the Firearms Consultative Committee was held on 14 January 2004.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): Gabon, along with the UK and all great ape range states, is a partner to the UN environment programme/UN educational, scientific and cultural organisation great apes survival project partnership. This project aims to bring worldwide attention to the great ape crisis, raise funds for conservation and develop a global strategy for conserving great ape populations.
We welcome the establishment of 13 national parks throughout Gabon but are concerned about the treatment of captive great apes and other wild animals in Gabon and would encourage the Government to ensure conditions are improved.
How many complaints were made during 2003 to 2005 involving allegations of racism or inappropriate behaviour against staff at immigration reception and detention centres; and what was the nature of each complaint. [HL5470]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The total number of complaints of racism and inappropriate behaviour made against all contracted staff, including those employed in reception and removal centres can be found in the Complaints Audit Committee reports on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate website. However, information on the nature of each allegation made against reception and removal centre employees is not readily available except on examination of Immigration and Nationality Directorate case files at disproportionate cost.
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): At their meeting in Belfast on 6 March 2006 with the board chairperson and chief executive of Foras na Gaeilge, British and Irish Ministers agreed in principle, subject to the approval of the North/South Ministerial Council, that 30 Foras na Gaeilge staff posts should be located in Gweedore, County Donegal. The board of Foras na Gaeilge is to bring forward further proposals relating to the precise sections and functions to be located there.
Whether the Comptroller and Auditor-General for Northern Ireland and the Audit Commission have been asked to examine the financial feasibility of current proposals to create seven councils in a re-structuring of local government in Northern Ireland; and, if so, what were the results of this examination. [HL5382]
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Rooker): No such request has been made. It is not the function of the Comptroller and Auditor-General for Northern Ireland nor the Local Government Auditor (who is responsible for local government audit in Northern Ireland) to comment on or be involved in policy development.
|Next Section||Back to Table of Contents||Lords Hansard Home Page|