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National Security

Questions

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Baroness Crawley: The Ministerial Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development (NSID), and its sub-committees, exist to consider issues relating to national security, and the Government's international, European and international development policies. Details of these committees' membership and terms of reference are available in the Libraries of the House.

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, including the number of meetings held and topics discussed, is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Baroness Royall of Blaisdon): I refer the noble Baroness to the Written Ministerial Statement made by my right honourable friend the Prime Minister on 21 July 2009 (col. 132WS) announcing the formation of a sub-committee on Afghanistan and Pakistan of the Ministerial Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development. The Written Ministerial Statement also includes the composition and terms of reference.

Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, including the number of meetings held and topics discussed, is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The sub-committee on Intelligence of the Ministerial Committee on National Security, International Relations and Development was formed in July 2009.



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Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet committees, including the number of meetings held and topics discussed, is generally not disclosed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion.

Office of Cyber Security: Cyber Security Operations Centre

Question

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Baroness Crawley: The Office of Cyber Security (OCS) is allocated £130,000 funding for FY 09-10, while the Cyber Security Operations Centre (CSOC) has not been allocated a budget for this fiscal year. OCS and CSOC staff costs are being borne by parent departments, with IT set-up costs being borne by a combination of the Cabinet Office (OCS) and GCHQ (CSOC), as host organisation, as well as contributing agencies. The OCS is predicted to have 18 personnel allocated by early 2010. CSOC expects to have a staff of 19 by 10 March (the centre's initial operating capability-or IOC-date).

Olympic Games 2010: Budgets

Question

Asked by The Earl of Caithness

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): The public sector funding provision for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is £9.325 billion made up of contributions of £5.975 billion from the Government, £2.175 billion from the National Lottery and the £1.175 billion from the Greater London Authority and the London Development Agency. A number of other government programmes will be inspired by, or linked thematically to, the 2012 Games. Many of these will help to fulfil the five promises in the Government's legacy action plan for London 2012.

Expenditure in these areas falls to be met from the budgets of the relevant departments.

Olympic Games 2010

Question

Asked by Lord Moynihan



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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): As of 21 October 2009, GOE employed 92.5 full-time equivalents, including agency and interim staff.

Five officials from the Government Olympic Executive (GOE) will participate in the Vancouver organisers' official observer programme to study at first-hand Vancouver's experience in staging an Olympic Games and to learn lessons for London 2012. My right honourable friend, the Minister for the Olympics will also attend, together with her private secretary and a press officer. It is planned that two officials will join observer programme sessions run during the Paralympic Games.

We estimate that the costs of GOE officials' participation will be approximately £30,000-a reflection of Vancouver's distance from the UK and hotel prices in Vancouver during Games-time.

Parliamentary Constituencies

Question

Asked by Lord Grocott

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The cost of the last general review of parliamentary constituencies in each part of the UK was approximately as follows:

England

£10.8 million

Northern Ireland

£1.2 million

Scotland

£957,120

Wales

£649,498

UK total

£13,606,618

Passports

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The number of passports issued from the Belfast office since 2001 for each calendar year is shown below:

2001-216,599;2002-248,479;2003-174,327;2004-296,601;2005-361,099;2006-354,688;2007-380,455; and2008-348,900.

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People Trafficking

Question

Asked by Lord Sheikh

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking which the Government ratified in December last year commits the UK to provision of safe sheltered accommodation for all those trafficked persons who need it.

The Government have consequently invested £4 million into specialist support services for victims of human trafficking over the next two years.

This includes an investment of £3.7 million into the Poppy project to expand and improve the services that are available to victims who have been trafficked into the sex industry and domestic servitude. The additional investment will see an expansion of supported accommodation, with refuge places for victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation and domestic servitude in London, Sheffield and Cardiff. The investment will also fund a new national co-ordinator who will help set best practice standards and work with areas to raise awareness with local agencies and funding commissioners. There will also be an increase in advocacy workers to help provide one-to-one tailored support and the community outreach team will also be extended with two link workers based within the UK Human Trafficking Centre to work in partnership with the police, the UK Border Agency and other partners to help with victim identification and onward referral into support.

Additionally, £300,000 is being invested into the UK Human Trafficking Centre to develop flexible support services for victims of labour trafficking.

Prisoners

Question

Asked by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The table below gives the numbers of prisoners held in all prison establishments from 1998 to 2009 (latest available). The figures are taken from the published table 2.1 in Prison Statistics England and Wales 1998-2002; table 7.1 in Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2003-08; and table 1 in the Population in Custody June 2009.

As data are not available at 31 May for all years, figures as at 30 June have been supplied.



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Prison Population in England and Wales 1998-2009
Figures as at 30 June

1998

65,727

1999

64,529

2000

65,194

2001

66,403

2002

71,218

2003

73,657

2004

74,488

2005

76,190

2006

77,982

2007

79,734

2008

83,194

2009

83,454

These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems which, as with any large-scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.

Prisons: Grendon

Question

Asked by Lord Judd

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): HMP Grendon is one of a number of establishments within the prison system that provide a therapeutic community-based regime for those offenders who are assessed as having a medium or high risk of harm and those diagnosed with a personality disorder. Given the current economic climate, NOMS is required to look at ways of reducing overall cost and improving efficiency. This applies to all prison establishments including HMP Grendon.

NOMS and the director of offender management for the region are working closely with HMP Grendon to maintain the standards needed to deliver their therapeutic based programme. The Royal College of Psychiatrists' Community of Communities programme also has a robust accreditation scheme for therapeutic communities, including Grendon, which provides assurance to NOMS, regulators and the public that the programmes are of an acceptable quality and that quality and safety standards have been met. In addition, HMP Grendon is at the heart of the NOMS South- East region project for improving staff-prisoner interaction, which is already having a positive impact in other prisons across the region.

Spain: Property

Questions

Asked by Lord Burnett

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead): Although the Government have no authority in matters relating to Spanish domestic legislation, whether national, regional or local, we understand the difficulties and distress caused to some British citizens by property-related issues in Spain, of which the petition is further good evidence.

We are in regular contact with the central and local governments in Spain on this issue and raise our concerns with interlocutors at every appropriate opportunity. Most recently, my honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Office affairs, Chris Bryant, raised property issues with the Spanish Minister of State for Territorial Policy during his visit to Madrid in September 2009 and will do so again when he visits this month.

Asked by Lord Burnett

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: Although the Government have no authority relating to Spanish domestic legislation, whether national, regional or local, we are in regular contact with the central and local governments in Spain on this issue and take the opportunity to raise our concerns with interlocutors at every appropriate opportunity. We have expressed our view to the Spanish Government that compensation should be in line with the true value of the property (before prices were depressed by the act or threat of expropriation), but internal property laws are the exclusive remit of each member state.

Asked by Lord Burnett

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead: We constantly monitor the situation regarding property rights in Spain as they affect both Spanish and other citizens including those from the UK. My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Chris Bryant, has had several conversations with Spanish authorities on this matter and will continue to raise it.


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