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Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Report (Second Day) (Continued) (23 Mar 2009)

Lord Patel of Bradford: ...amendments concerns the proposed local authority economic assessment duty. I shall address Amendments 145 and 146 first. The Minister has put her name to the amendments, as the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, said. We have listened carefully to noble Lords' concerns that a Secretary of State power to direct an individual local authority to revise its assessment would give the Secretary of...

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Report (Second Day) (23 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I am grateful to the noble Baroness for her guidance. As one of the newer Members of your Lordships' House, I look to your Lordships for guidance. I am grateful that the Government have heeded our advice and I am delighted to support their amendment. Although the amendment does not go as far as we would like, the Bill is improved by its inclusion and we welcome that. We on these...

Local Government: Business Rates — Question (19 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I thank the Minister for referring to the small business rate relief, but is she aware that in the north-west, the south-east, the Midlands and even in London fewer than 50 per cent of small businesses that are entitled actually claim that relief? In some cases, it is 26 per cent. At a time when there is tremendous pressure on small businesses, does she accept that the Government...

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL]: Report (First Day) (17 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: My Lords, I raised my concerns about the duties and responsibilities potentially being placed on small and under-resourced authorities at Grand Committee. I cited the burdens that would be placed specifically on parish councils and the concerns about the placing of such burdens without clear affirmative action rather than by default. I am pleased that the noble Lord has taken away those...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Safeguarding Children and Development Unit (Project Violet) (17 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government in each of the years since the formation of the Safeguarding Children and Development Unit (Project Violet), what financial and human resources they have allocated to the unit; how many cases the unit has investigated; and what support the unit has provided to the Metropolitan Police and other United Kingdom police forces.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Imams (12 Mar 2009)

Lord Bach: I refer the noble Baroness to the Answer I gave to the noble Baroness, Lady Warsi, on 3 March (Official Report, col. WA 143).

Written Answers — House of Lords: Child Protection: Witchcraft (10 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 12 February (WA 217), how they intend to monitor the effectiveness of the guidance on Safeguarding Children from Abuse Linked to a Belief in Spirit Possession, published in May 2007.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (10 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government what financial and human resources they have provided to the Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service in each of the past five years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crime: Race-related (10 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many racially motivated crimes in England and Wales in each of the past five years (a) were recorded by the police, (b) resulted in a police caution, and (c) were prosecuted, broken down by police force.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Equality and Human Rights Commission (10 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government how much was spent by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in each year since its formation on (a) entertainment, and (b) consultants.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Audit Commission: Complaints (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many complaints the Audit Commission dealt with in each of the past five years regarding (a) parish councils, (b) district councils, (c) borough councils, (d) metropolitan borough councils, and (e) county councils; and of those complaints how many were (1) upheld, and (2) dismissed; and how much the Audit Commission charged each tier of local government to...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Faith Groups (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government how many faith-based advisory groups they have established in each of the past five years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Places of Religious Worship (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 12 February (WA 235), which faiths and denominations have met the criteria and are recognised by the Registrar General for the purposes of the Places of Worship Registration Act 1855; and how many places of worship of each faith and denomination have been registered.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government which groups have been funded under the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund in each of the past three years; and how much they have received.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Population (9 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government what was the prison population in England and Wales in each of the past five years, broken down by (a) ethnic origin, (b) religious affiliation, (c) gender, and (d) age.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Female Genital Mutilation (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of female genital mutilation in Britain. To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people have been (a) arrested, and (b) prosecuted for carrying out female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom in each of the past 10 years.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Terrorism: Finance (5 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 237—38), how the £2.7 million allocated by the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism for 2008—09 will be spent; and how its effectiveness will be monitored.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Extremism (3 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 237), what percentage of (a) prison staff, and (b) prison officers have received training aimed at preventing violent extremism and radicalisation.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Prisons: Muslim Chaplains (3 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Bach on 12 February (WA 238—40), of the 197 Muslim chaplains currently serving in prisons in England and Wales how many are employed (a) full-time, (b) part-time, and (c) on a sessional basis, broken down by the prisons they are serving in.

Written Answers — House of Lords: Housing: Black and Ethnic Minority Housing Associations (2 Mar 2009)

Baroness Warsi: To ask Her Majesty's Government further to the Written Answer by Baroness Andrews on 23 October 2008 (WA 124—25), what are the (a) ethnicities, and (b) faiths of the 65 Black and Minority Ethnic Housing Associations.


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