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Census Data

Mr. Foulkes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the 1991 census data will be available on the basis of the new parliamentary constituencies in Northern Ireland. [16458]

Sir John Wheeler: On current plans, 1991 census data population counts for the new parliamentary constituencies will be available in September 1996.

Public Bodies

Dr. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which of the executive non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department publish (a) annual reports, (b) annual accounts, (c) the minutes of meetings, (d) the agendas of meetings and (e) a register of members' interests, indicating in each case if this is (i) under a statutory requirement or (ii) voluntary. [16827]

Sir John Wheeler: The information requested is as follows:

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Department of Agriculture

Name of bodyPublish annual reportPublish annual accountsPublish minutes of meetingsPublish agendas of meetingsPublish register of members' interest
Livestock and Meat CommissionYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Agricultural Wages BoardYes (S)(15)NoNoNoNo
Agricultural Resource InstituteYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Foyle Fisheries CommissionYes (S)Yes (V)NoNoNo
Fishery Harbour AuthorityYes (V)Yes (V)NoNoNo
Fisheries Conservancy BoardYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo

Notes:

S = Statutory requirements

V = Voluntary.

(15) Report is published biannually.


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Department of Economic Development

Name of bodyPublish annual reportPublish annual accountsPublish minutes of meetingsPublish agendas of meetingsPublish register of members' interest
Construction Industry Training BoardYes (S)Yes (S) NoNoNo
Enterprise UlsterYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Equal Opportunities CommissionYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo(16)
Fair Employment CommissionYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo(16)
General Consumer Council for Northern IrelandYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Labour Relations AgencyYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo(16)
Local Enterprise Development UnitYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoYes (S)
Northern Ireland Commissioner for the Rights of Trade Union MembersYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Commissioner for the Protection Against Unlawful Industrial ActionYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Tourist BoardYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo(16)
Ulster Sheltered Employment Ltd.Yes (S)Yes (S)NoNoYes (S)

Notes:

(16) Maintain a Register of Members' interests, voluntarily, which are open for inspection at their offices upon request.

S = Statutory requirements.


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Department of Education

Name of bodyPublish annual reportPublish annual accountsPublish minutes of meetingsPublish agendas of meetingsPublish register of members' interest
Arts Council of Northern IrelandYes (S)Yes (S) NoNoNo
Council for Catholic Maintained SchoolsNoYes (S)NoNoNo
Trustees of the Ulster Folk and Transport MuseumYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Trustees of the Ulster MuseumYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Staff Commission for Education and Library BoardsYes (V)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Belfast Education and Library BoardYes (V)Yes (S)Yes (V)NoNO
North-Eastern Education and Library BoardYes (V)Yes (S)Yes (V)NoNo
South-Eastern Education and Library BoardYes (V)Yes (S)Yes (V)NoNo
Southern Education and Library BoardYes (V)Yes (S)Yes (V)NoNo
Western Education Library BoardYes (V)Yes (S)Yes (V)NoNo
Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum Examinations and AssessmentNoYes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Museums CouncilYes (V)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Sports Council for Northern IrelandYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Youth Council for Northern IrelandYes (V)Yes (S)NoNoNo

Notes

S = Statutory requirements.

V = Voluntary.


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Department of the Environment (Northern Ireland)

Name of bodyPublish annual reportPublish annual accountsPublish minutes of meetingsPublish agendas of meetingsPublish register of members' interest
Fire Authority for Northern IrelandYes (S)Yes (S) NoNoNo
Laganside CorporationYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Housing ExecutiveYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Transport Holding CompanyYes (S)Yes (S)NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Local Government Officers' Staff CommissionYes (V)Yes (V)NoNoNo

S = Statutory requirements.

V = Voluntary.

Department of Finance and Personnel

The Department does not sponsor any executive non-departmental public bodies.


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Department of Health and Social Security

Name of bodyPublish annual reportPublish annual accountsPublish minutes of meetingsPublish agendas of meetingsPublish register of members' interest
National Board for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting for Northern IrelandYes (S)Yes (S) NoNoNo
Northern Ireland Council for Postgraduate Medical and Dental EducationNoNoNoNoNo
Mental Health Commission for Northern IrelandYes (S)(18)Yes (S)NoNoNo

S = Statutory requirements.

V = Voluntary.

(17) Report is published biannually.

(18) Report is published biennially.

(19) Maintain a Register of Members' interests, voluntarily, which are open for inspection at their offices upon request.


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Promotional Events

Mr. Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how expenditure by the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland on promotional events will be funded. [18073]

Mr. Moss: During the year 1995-96, the Department of the Environment for Northern Ireland has undertaken the lead role in funding work promoting the image of Northern Ireland, including certain events geared to that objective. Recently, the Department has concluded that the legislation under which this policy was hitherto considered to give vires to work implemented does not in fact support funding for every element of the programme, and hence some expenditure has been incurred without legislative cover. Parliamentary approval for the extra-statutory elements of the programme is being sought in a supplementary estimate for the environmental and other services vote (Department of the Environment, vote 4). Pending that approval, urgently needed expenditure will be met by repayable advances from the civil contingencies fund. As I wish this valuable work to continue, I am reviewing arrangements for implementing the programme and also examining the possibility of seeking Parliament's approval of new legislation which would specifically authorise such expenditure.

Rate Collection Agency

Mr. Nigel Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement about the future of the Rate Collection Agency. [18074]

Mr. Moss: Following the announcement on 22 June 1995 about the outcome of the Evaluation and Review of the agency, the revised framework document setting out the policy and resources framework within which the agency will operate, pending the market test of its functions, has now been approved. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.

NNEB Courses

Mr. Mallon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many students at further education colleges studying Nursery Nurses Education Board courses have had a reduction in their grants in the current academic year; [16264]

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Mr. Ancram [holding answer 26 February 1996]: Some 56 students studying National Nursery Examination Board courses at further education colleges have had a reduction in their grants in the current academic year. On 20 February, my Department approved an amendment to the discretionary awards arrangements which will enable education and library boards to pay full grant to these students. I am not aware of any problems in relation to the funding of these courses at colleges.

Wheelchairs

Mr. Tom Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what expenditure has been incurred by health authorities in Northern Ireland for the purchase of electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs in each of the last three years. [17012]

Mr. Moss [holding answer 26 February 1996]: None.

Mr. Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been provided with electrically powered indoor wheelchairs by health authorities in each of the last three years. [17017]

Mr. Moss [holding answer 26 February 1996]: The numbers of people provided with such wheelchairs is as follows:


Mr. Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what is the most recent figure available for the cost of providing an individual with an electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchair; [17014]

Mr. Moss [holding answers 26 February 1996]: The cost would depend on individual circumstances and the type of chair supplied.

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Mr. Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what expenditure has been incurred by health authorities for the purchase of electrically powered indoor wheelchairs in each of the last three years. [171891]

Mr. Moss [holding answer 26 February 1996]: The information requested is as follows


Mr. Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been provided with electrically powered indoor/outdoor wheelchairs by health authorities in each of the last three years. [17194]

Mr. Moss [holding answer 26 February 1996]: None.


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