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Access Funds

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number and value of access fund allocations made by education and library boards and higher education institutions since their introduction. [37211]

Mr. Ancram: The information requested is given in the table.

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Access fund allocations made by Higher Education Institutions and Education and Library Boards

1990-91 1991-92 1992-93 1993-94 1994-95
NumberExpenditureNumberExpenditureNumberExpenditureNumberExpenditureNumberExpenditure
£000£000£000£000£000
Institution/ BoardAcademic yearFinancial year(32)Academic yearFinancial year(32)Academic yearFinancial year(32)Academic yearFinancial year(32)Academic yearFinancial year(32)
Queen's University2,2301732,1961911,9641861,8822281,807229
University of Ulster1,1851501,5831511,2521521,5751931,727215
Stranmillis College6448128117189389
St. Mary's College15314269233502352155014
Belfast Board792415485135771608116188
North-Eastern Board2589335103521635914174
Southern Board672518255n/a(33)65357215391
South-Eastern Board3223794843381064711075
Western Board1752820959181623436821583

(32) Figures for universities and colleges relate to their financial year i.e. August to July while figures for boards relate to the Government financial year.

(33) The records are not available.


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Contracts

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will publish a list showing the number, nature and value of contracts award by his Department to Coopers and Lybrand, KPMG, Price Waterhouse, Ernst and Young, Deloitte and Touche, Arthur Andersen, Grant Thornton, BDO Stoy Hayward, Pannel Kerr Forster, and Robson Rhodes and their subsidiaries and associates, during 1995 and 1996. [37322]

Sir John Wheeler: The total value of contracts awarded by the Northern Ireland Office and the Departments of Economic Development, of Education, of the Environment and of Finance and Personnel to all the companies listed and their subsidiaries and associates in 1995-96 was £1,962,095. The information is not available in the form requested in the Departments of Agriculture and of Health and Social Services. However, these Departments paid £474,326 to these companies and their subsidiaries in 1995-96. The value of contracts awarded and payments made to individual companies cannot be provided for reasons of commercial confidentiality.

The total number and nature of contracts awarded in the Northern Ireland Office and the Departments of Agriculture, of Economic Development, of Education, of the Environment, and of Finance and Personnel are as follows:

CompanyNumberNature of contracts
Coopers and Lybrand53Management Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Information and Control systems
Evaluation Projects
Training
Project Research/Review
Investment Appraisal
Miscellaneous
KPMG9Management Consultancy
Projects
Surveys
Market Testing
Marketing
Price Waterhouse12Management Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Production Management
Ernst and Young7Financial Appraisal
Deloitte and Touche (including Touche Ross)23Management Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Evaluation Projects
Investment Appraisal
Market Testing
Miscellaneous
BDO Stoy Hayward4Management Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Market Testing
Pannel Kerr Forster1Prior Options Study

Information on the number of contracts awarded in the Department of Health and Social Services is not available. However, the nature of contracts awarded is as follows:


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CompanyNature of Contracts
Coopers and LybrandManagement Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Project Research
KPMGFinancial Consultancy
Price WaterhouseManagement Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Evaluation Projects
VFM study
Ernst and YoungFinancial Consultancy
Deloitte and Touche (including Touche Ross)Management Consultancy
Financial Consultancy
Evaluation Projects

Arthur Andersen, Grant Thornton and Robson Rhodes were not awarded any contracts.

Education (Expenditure)

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the current annual expenditure by (a) Department of Education and (b) each other education administrative body in Northern Ireland; and what percentage this constitutes of expenditure on education. [37219]

Mr. Ancram: The administrative and other running costs are as follows:

1996-97
£(000)
DENI16,047
Council for Catholic Maintained Schools1,450
Education and Library Board:
Belfast3,935
North-Eastern5,239
South-Eastern3,897
Southern4,312
Western3,775
NI Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment1,751
NI Council for Integrated Education378
Staff Commission for Education and Library Boards194
40,978

This represents 2.92 per cent. of overall expenditure on the relevant areas of education. The figures given are estimates for the 1996-97 financial year and those for the education and library boards exclude the costs of earmarked initiatives which formerly were included as part of headquarters administration costs and which in 1994-95 amounted to £4.1 million. The administrative costs of DENI relate not only to the services provided by the other bodies listed but to higher education, the museum service, the arts and sport.

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Non-fossil Fuel Obligation Order

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the next NFFO order is due to be published. [38619]

Mr. Ancram: Consideration of the composition of a second non-fossil fuel obligation order is nearing completion. An announcement is likely to follow within the next two weeks.

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Student Loans

Mr. Worthington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list student loan take-up rates in Northern Ireland since their introduction expressed by institution, sex, and age group. [37214]

Mr. Ancram: Available information is given in the table. Information by sex and age could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

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Student loan percentage take up rates by Institution

Institution1990-911991-921992-931993-941994-95
Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education1935.561.2578.3100
East Antrim Institute of Higher and Further Education(34)NilNilNilNil20
Fermanagh CollegeNilNil20540
Greenmount College of AgricultureNil6141024
Lisburn CollegeNilNilNilNil25
Loughrey College of Agriculture and Food Technology812303060
Newry and Kilkeel College of Further and Higher EducationNilNilNilNil70
North-Down and Ards Institute of Further and Higher Education6Nil25.032.5100
North-East Institute of Further and Higher Education(35)NilNilNilNil90
Northern Ireland Hotel and Catering College, Portrush2212.514.329.3
North-West Institute of Further and Higher Education22261214.619.2
Portadown College(36)816243020
Queen's University, Belfast22.83442.949.655
St. Mary's College, Belfast7.82435.744.649.9
Stranmillis College, Belfast7.610.614.120.425.6
University of Ulster21.330.637.137.854.8

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Sex Offenders

Mr. Robert McCartney: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the offences in Northern Ireland law which are analogous to those covered by the proposals on address registration in the Home Office consultation paper "Sentencing and Supervision of Sex Offenders"; how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of those offences over the last three years; of those how many received a custodial sentence; and of those so gaoled, how many were convicted of crimes which did not involve minors and an absence of consent. [36661]

Sir John Wheeler: I have placed in the Library a list of Northern Ireland sexual offences, analogous to those included at annexe A of the Home Office consultation paper "Sentencing and Supervision of Sex Offenders".

Details of persons in Northern Ireland convicted of such offences and sentenced to immediate custody are as follows:

Persons convicted of sex offences and those sentenced to immediate custody in Northern Ireland 1993 to 1995(34)

Total convicted of sex offencesTotal given immediate custody
199312565
199414761
199517977
Total451203

(34) The statistics relate to convictions where the sex offence was the principal offence.

Statistics are not collated on those convicted of crimes which do not involve minors and an absence of consent and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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