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Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill: Clause 1 — Aggravated supply of controlled drug (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: May I clarify, for my peace of mind, one point that bothers me? We are considering clause 1 on aggravated supply of controlled drugs. Is my interpretation of that clause correct that if a defendant is able to argue successfully that a location is not "in the vicinity" of school premises, that affects sentencing only? In view of the wide interpretation that the Minister has given, and her...

Orders of the Day — Drugs Bill: Clause 20 — Anti-social behaviour orders: intervention Orders (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister rightly pointed to the success of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003, which enables police forces in England and Wales to close down crack houses. May I draw to the hon. Lady's attention the fact that none of the 2003 Act extended to Northern Ireland? Will she give a commitment to look again at the needs of Northern Ireland in the absence of an Assembly? Given the activities of...

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Charity Laws (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in bringing forward changes to charity laws in Northern Ireland following the recommendations of the Independent Monitoring Commission's report of November 2004.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Royal Ulster Constabulary (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the part-time RUC reserve were required to transfer to either the full-time reserve or the regular police service as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the troubles.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Royal Ulster Constabulary (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the part-time RUC reserve were forced to move home as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the troubles.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Police Ombudsman (22 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions he has held meetings with the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Decommissioning (23 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: Since the de Chastelain commission has already cost nearly £4 million and achieved scarcely anything, can the Minister honestly stand at the Dispatch Box and tell the House that it has been money well spent?

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: I am most grateful to the Minister for taking such an early intervention. The whole purpose of the electoral fraud legislation passed by this House in 2002 was to put in place additional identifiers to stamp out the serious problem of electoral fraud. What is the point of putting back on to the register electors who failed to comply with the requirement to provide the proper identifiers?

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister is being most generous in giving way again. If an elector has changed address, how will the chief electoral officer check the accuracy of the identifiers?

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: The Minister is gracious in taking so many interventions, which I greatly appreciate. On the question whether any of the 81,000 names go back on the register, will he clarify one particular issue? When the properly registered electors were first included on the register, it was in connection with a particular address. That is part of the identification scheme. If, in the interim, someone...

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: I suggest to the hon. Gentleman that one of the significant reasons why people do not register every year is that there is an education problem here. The Electoral Commission and the chief electoral officer need to advertise more clearly especially to older voters who enjoy voting and vote regularly that a change has taken place and they are now expected to register every year. That is the...

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: There is one issue that must be addressed. I hope that the hon. Gentleman—and, certainly, the Minister—will do so. The terms in which the Bill has been drafted will restore only those previously properly registered on the electoral register. That is fine, but there is a key duty on the chief electoral officer and all public authorities to promote equality of opportunity under section 75...

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point. As a matter of interest, is he aware of whether any representations on that have been made to the chief electoral officer by the Police Federation for Northern Ireland?

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: Will the Minister take this opportunity to address the issue we raised about section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998? How does the Bill promote equality of opportunity between first-time younger voters and older voters who are already on the register?

Orders of the Day — Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill [Lords] (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: I am grateful to the Minister for taking a second intervention on this important point. The Bill includes the imprint that it is compatible with the European convention on human rights—quite right, too; that is what we expect. The Minister will be well aware that under the convention the United Kingdom has an obligation to ensure free elections with no discrimination on any ground whatever....

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Decommissioning Commission (24 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of the Independent International Decommissioning Commission has been in each year since it was established.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Anti-social Behaviour Orders (25 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in Northern Ireland since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Defence: Army Prosecuting Authority (28 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) if he will make a statement on (a) the remit and (b) the powers of the Army Prosecuting Authority in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) the rest of the United Kingdom; (2) what the membership is of the Army Prosecuting Authority; and if he will make a statement; (3) how many times the Army Prosecuting Authority has met since its coming into...

Written Answers — Defence: Northern Ireland (28 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what figures the Government uses as representing the total number of service personnel who have died in the troubles in Northern Ireland (a) on active duty, (b) through suicide and (c) through accidents.

Written Answers — Northern Ireland: Vehicle Recovery Scheme (28 Feb 2005)

Sylvia Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles have been recovered in each police district command unit as part of the Managed Vehicle Recovery and Storage Scheme in each year since its introduction.


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