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The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn): The work of the review of arrangements for security vetting in Northern Ireland, to which I have referred in response to successive Questions on this subject by the noble Lord, includes examination of the extent and the appropriate levels and frequency of security vetting both at entry and beyond in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. The information necessary to answer this Question is not held centrally and could be obtained only by a date-specific review across all of the Northern Ireland departments, at a disproportionate cost.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Details of the set-up costs for each of the North/South implementation bodies are provided below. The costs represent expenditure in relation to the period December 1999 to 31 December 2000.
|North/South implementation body||Set-up costs in first year of operation £|
|The Foyle, Carlingford and|
|Irish Lights Commission||Nil|
|The Trade and Business|
|The Special EU Programmes|
|The North/South Language|
|The Food Safety Promotion|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The North/South Ministerial Council (NSMC) Joint Secretariat (North) set-up costs were £144,852. The costs represent expenditure in relation to the period December 1999 to 31 December 2000.
|2001 £||2002 £|
|Travel and entertainment||24,413||23,015|
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Details of grades of staff and salary bands, effective from 1 April 2002, relevant to staff currently employed in the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat (North) are as set out in the table below.
|effective 1 April 2002|
|Executive officer 2||13,18119,012|
|Executive officer 1||15,51222,832|
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The budgeted figures were £20 million and £20 million respectively. The total value of awards made was £27.8 million for freight facilities grants and £28.7 million for track access grants.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The Strategic Rail Authority's strategic plan provides a budget of £20 million for freight facilities grants and £20 million for track access grants for each of the two years 200304 and 200405.
|Freight Facilities Grants||£16.7 million||£4.1 million|
|Track Access Grants||£17.9 million||£2.0 million|
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: Staff numbers for the Strategic Rail Authority, the Office of the Rail Regulator and Health and Safety Executive (Railways) are contained in the relevant organisation's annual reports. Copies of such reports are routinely placed in the Library of the House. Figures for Railway Safety as a private company are not collated centrally.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: An eyesight correction code is currently displayed on the driving licence where a driver declares that glasses or corrective lenses are required to meet the eyesight standards. This alerts the police to the need to check, when they stop vehicles at the roadside, that such drivers are wearing their glasses/corrective lenses. Any driver who is found not to be driving in accordance with the conditions set out on his/her licence will be liable to prosecution.
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