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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and other Ministers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have National Identity Cards; and, if so, on what dates they were enrolled on the National Identity Register. [HL1774]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and other Ministers in the Northern Ireland Office have National Identity Cards; and, if so, on what dates they were enrolled on the National Identity Register. [HL1775]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Scotland and other Ministers in the Scotland Office have National Identity Cards; and, if so, on what dates they were enrolled on the National Identity Register. [HL1778]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the Secretary of State for Wales and other Ministers in the Wales Office have National Identity Cards; and, if so, on what dates they were enrolled on the National Identity Register. [HL1779]
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the publicity material recently issued by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission to secure implementation of its advice on a Bill of Rights is accurate in stating that the Bill of Rights Forum recommended a Bill of Rights. [HL1761]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: The NI Human Rights Commission recently published newspaper inserts explaining its advice to Government on a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland. The publicity material stated that the forum recommended that a Bill of Rights,
This refers to the five principles agreed by the Bill of Rights Forum at its second meeting on 4 April 2007. The full quotation can be found at page 7 of the Bill of Rights Forum report. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and can be found at www.billofrightsforum.org.
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the system of void sealing and certifying construction work on the 2012 Olympic Park to reduce the risks from concealed devices is subject to independent verification; and whether such precautions are being carried out at all other venues involved in the Games where construction work has commenced or will commence before 2012. [HL1814]
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) is committed to delivering a safe and secure Olympic Park and venues for the London 2012 Games. Within the venues and infrastructure that the ODA is delivering, potential voids have been identified during the design stage and, where possible, designed out. The ODA also has in place a void certification procedure and certifying regime which have been established in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police. All contractors are required to adhere to this policy, which also includes an independent assessment and verification.
Based upon the principles of the ODA's approach, LOCOG is developing a void certification policy for the temporary venues it is responsible for. Furthermore, LOCOG-in partnership with law enforcement agencies-aims to implement these same principles during overlay development at existing venues in order to minimise the search requirement immediately prior to the Games.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the Institute for Public Policy Research report, The social value of community pubs; and whether they plan to introduce a new class of business rate relief for centres of community life, as recommended by the report. [HL1984]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): The Institute for Public Policy Research report, published in March 2009, raised a number of points about community pubs. Many of these points were subsequently covered in the Government's official response to the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group Community Pub Inquiry published in May 2009.
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Department for Transport routinely publishes details of contracted base franchise payments and receipts for individual franchises when they are let. Details are set out on our website at www.dft.gov.uk.
Since April 2009, a number of train operating companies have been receiving revenue support payments, as per the franchise agreements. These payments have yet to be finalised for this financial year and are commercially sensitive.
The Secretary of State for Transport (Lord Adonis): The Department for Transport routinely publishes details of contracted base franchise payments and receipts for individual franchise when they are let. Details for the west coast main line franchise is set out on our website and can be found at http://www. dft.gov.uk/pgr/rail/passenger/franchises/westcoastfranchiseagreement.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of schools in the state sector have (a) set a benchmark of between 50 per cent and 90 per cent of pupils who should continue to study a foreign language until the end of Key Stage 4, (b) set a benchmark of below 50 per cent, (c) set no benchmark at all, and (d) complied with the benchmark they set; and of those who complied, how many were in the 50 to 90 per cent category. [HL1744]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Baroness
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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery.
Statistics on persons proceeded against for offences under the Immigration Acts 1971 to 2006 in England and Wales by offence description are provided by the Ministry of Justice and are published annually. Information for 2004 to 2008 has been published in table 3.4 of the Control of Immigration: Statistics, United Kingdom-2008 publication which are available from the Library of the House and from the Home Office's Research, Development and Statistics website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration-asylum-stats.html.
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