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The table below details how many people were eligible for and received a non-consolidated variable pay award and the average and the maximum payment for a non-consolidated variable pay award, by Civil Service band, awarded under the Foreign and Commonwealth Office standard pay and performance management process for the past three years of published accounts. The years relate to when the payment was made. The performance year is the 12 months prior.



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2006-072007-082008-09
SCSNon-SCSSCSNon-SCSSCSNon-SCS

Number of staff eligible for performance-pay award 434

434

5,896

420

5,780

413

5,846

Number of staff who received a performance-pay award

331

4,573

343

4,528

283

4,423

Average value of performance-pay award

6,121

957

6,266

953

8,420

1,164

The maximum payment for a performance-pay award

25,500

4,665

15,000

2,500

20,000

3,315

In addition, an individual employed on a SCS non-standard form of contract, which links a higher than normal percentage of their pay to delivery-based objectives, received a non-consolidated award of £20,000 in 2007 for their performance in 2006-07 and £30,000 in 2008 for their performance in 2007-08.

Government: Office Equipment

Question

Asked by Lord Bates

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness Morgan of Drefelin): The average price of a 500-sheet ream of white A4 80gsm photocopier paper paid for by Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF) was £2.18 excluding VAT in the latest period available. Agencies and non-departmental public bodies have their own contractual arrangements for stationery which DCSF does not have access to and therefore cannot provide a response of their behalf.

The data have been provided by the department's supplier for stationery, Banner Business.

Health: Dentistry

Question

Asked by Earl Baldwin of Bewdley

Baroness Thornton: There is a close correlation. Since 2002, general anaesthetics for dental treatment have taken place only in a hospital setting. The following

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table compares levels of tooth decay with the number of finished consultant episodes where the main operation was a tooth extraction for children aged five and under in 2005-06 in the West Midlands, where the water is fluoridated, and in the north-west where only a very small proportion of the population drink fluoridated water. A few extractions may result from trauma, but the great majority are due to dental decay.

Strategic Health AuthorityNumber of ExtractionsDecayed, missing and filled teeth*

West Midlands

230

1.05

North West

1,433

3.01

Higher Education: Infonexus College

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Infonexus College London was accredited by the Accreditation Service for International Colleges, ASIC, on 31 July 2009.

Information pertaining to overseas students studying at individual colleges cannot be released as it is commercially sensitive and would also constitute a breach of our obligations under the Data Protection Act.

The UK Border Agency does not hold information on courses that Infonexus College London offers that would not be available to those students in their home countries.

Higher Education: Overseas Students

Question

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Fourteen sponsors of migrant students have been removed from the register of sponsors since 31 March 2009. Of these, six had no accreditation, one entered into liquidation and seven failed to meet their sponsor obligations.



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There were 14,838 institutions on the DIUS register of education and training providers when it closed on 31 March 2009. Information on the number of education and training providers who had been removed from this register is not available.

Immigration: Deportation

Questions

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The time taken to remove a failed asylum seeker varies greatly and so overall averages can be misleading.

The 2008 National Audit Office (NAO) report identified average times to remove different types of failed asylum seekers as: 79 days for those in the detained fast track; 250 days for removing forcibly those not detained throughout the period of their claim; and 300 days for voluntary returns.

Asked by Baroness Neville-Jones

Lord West of Spithead: The information requested is not centrally collated and could only be obtained by examination of individual case files which would incur a disproportionate cost.

Immigration: Detention Centres

Question

Asked by Lord Tebbit

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): Individuals held in immigration removal centres are free to leave the United Kingdom.

Mental Health

Question

Asked by Lord Jones of Cheltenham

Baroness Thornton:New Horizons: Ashared vision for mental health, published on 7 December 2009, outlined a cross-government programme of action with the twin aims of improving the mental health and well-being of the population and improving the quality

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and accessibility of services for people with poor mental health. It lists 120 different actions for government, the wider public sector and the professions.

New Horizons sets out the expectation that services to treat and care for people with mental health problems will be accessible to everyone who needs them. It highlights that people achieve the most effective recovery if their mental ill-health is identified, and treated, at an early stage. New Horizons has been developed in collaboration with strategic health authorities, is consistent with their regional visions for mental health, and does not set out to be prescriptive.

The Government published Keeping Children and Young People in Mind: The Government's full response to the independent review of CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services) on 7 January 2010.

The response sets out:

the Government's commitment for high-quality services that all children and young people will receive;a description of the effective services we expect all local areas to be working towards; anda package of support from the Government to help local areas deliver these effective services.

Mobile Phones: Prisoners

Question

Asked by Lord Kilclooney

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The number of mobile phones confiscated in each prison in 2009 was:

Maghaberry 26;

Magilligan 37; and

Hydebank Wood 6.

NHS: Strategic Service Partnerships

Question

Asked by Lord Warner

Baroness Thornton: How National Health Service organisations deliver priorities is set out in the NHS Operating Framework. The NHS Operating Framework for 2010-11 was published on 16 December 2009 and sets out the need for NHS organisations to work with local partners in delivering priorities and the challenges that need to be addressed following the Pre-Budget Report. A copy of the NHS Operating Framework for 2010-11 has already been placed in the Library.



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Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission: Taxis

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission paid £3,354 in respect of taxis for commissioners and staff in the period 1 January to 31 December 2009.

Northern Ireland: Human Rights Commission

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: I have nothing further to add to my Answer of 15 December 2009 (Official Report, col. WA 213).

Rwanda

Questions

Asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool

Lord Brett: Allegations of serious crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo since July 2002 are currently being investigated by the International Criminal Court (ICC). The Court is an independent, judicial institution and decisions on indictments and arrest warrants are a matter for the Prosecutor and the Pre-Trial Chamber. At this time, no warrant has been issued by the ICC for Laurent Nkunda.



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Asked by Lord Tebbit

Lord Brett: Further to the answer I gave in the House of Lords on 2 December 2009, and the written response I gave on 14 December (HL542), the 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kampala saw a review of the membership criteria and the condition of a "constitutional link" was replaced by a "close link" to an existing Commonwealth member state.

The UK has supported Rwanda's bid to join the Commonwealth from this time onwards. This matter has been discussed publicly since this time. It is not the practice to ratify such decisions made by the Commonwealth or member states in national parliaments-including that of the UK.


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