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Company Licences

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list for (a) small and medium-sized enterprises and (b) larger companies (i) all licences and permits issued by her Department and its agencies to companies permitting them to carry out their business, (ii) the cost of each such licence or permit in (A) 1997-98 and (B) 1999-2000 and (iii) the current number of companies which are in receipt of each such licence or permit. [76856]

Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 16 March 1999]: This information has been placed in the Library of the House of Commons.

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Paramilitary Violence

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if she will list for the week ended Saturday 6 March the number of (a) punishment beatings and (b) punishment shootings which took place in Northern Ireland indicating how many in each category were committed by (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups; [77109]

Mr. Ingram: During the period 28 February to 6 March 1999, there were no shooting incidents reported. There were 3 bombing incidents.

The number of casualties as a result of paramilitary- style attacks during the same period were as illustrated:

By Loyalist GroupsBy Republican Groups
Assaults22
Shootings00
Total22

Notes:

1. Figures may be subject to minor amendment in the light of further information becoming available.

2. The bombings cannot as yet be attributed to any grouping.


Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if she will list for the week ended Saturday 13 March the number of violent incidents involving paramilitary groups which took place in Northern Ireland, indicating how many involved (i) Loyalist and (ii) Republican groups; [77318]

Mr. Ingram: The numbers of security incidents during the period 7 March-13 March 1999 are shown:



The numbers of casualties as a result of paramilitary- style attacks during the period are as follows:

LoyalistRepublican
Assaultsnil1
Shootingsnil3
Totalnil4

Note:

1. Figures may be subject to minor amendment in the light of further information becoming available.

2. The bombing cannot as yet be attributed to a grouping.


Police Complaints

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what are the main stages in an investigation conducted by the Complaints and Discipline

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Department of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; what is the average time taken to complete each stage; and how many complaints have been processed and completed over each of the last three years; [78164]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answers I gave him on 15 February 1999, Official Report, columns 475-76.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what are, in each of the last four years for which figures are available, the principal items of expenditure contributing to the total annual budget of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints; and how many staff were employed and at what salary grades. [78169]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the last four years' reports of the Independent Commission for Police Complaints which provide Statements of Accounts giving the information requested.


Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what were, in each of the last four years for which figures are available, the principal items of expenditure contributing to the total annual budget of the Complaints and Discipline Department of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; and how many officers and staff were employed in that Department, and at what salary grades. [78163]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 25 February 1999, Official Report, column 360.

Independent Police Ombudsman

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions she had with the Chief Constable of the RUC before deciding not to appoint either of the two short-listed candidates as the new Independent Police Ombudsman. [77630]

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Mr. Ingram: None. The Secretary of State and I interviewed two candidates and, while we found them to be of a high standard, we felt that they did not sufficiently meet the requirements we had set for this extremely sensitive and important post.

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if the Chief Constable of the RUC has a veto on the appointment of the Independent Police Ombudsman. [77631]

Mr. Ingram: No.

Northern Ireland Police Authority

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many press releases were issued by the Northern Ireland Police Authority between 10 February 1998 and 31 December 1998; and how many of these notices were posted on the Police Authority Internet web site. [78160]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 15 February 1999, Official Report, column 477.

Terrorist Organisations

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will update the answer of 2 November 1998, Official Report, columns 363-64, on terrorist organisations, (a) to indicate the profile of the politically motivated prison population in Northern Ireland by location, status and perceived affiliation and (b) to indicate the estimate of prisoner releases for each perceived affiliation projected for each quarter up to 30 September 2000. [78159]

Mr. Ingram: The information is as follows:

Table A shows the perceived paramilitary affiliations of prisoners at HMP Maze.

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Table A

Number
Loyalists
UVF42
LVF17
UDA53
Total112
Republican
PIRA85
INLA23
Total108

Information is held in relation to the perceived paramilitary association of prisoners, where applicable, for management purposes. With the exception of HMP Maze where links are more clearly defined, this information is based on a combination of factors including the offence, sympathies and associates. No information is held on the political affiliations of any prisoners. For clarification, I would confirm that these figures include prisoners currently on temporary release from prison.

Table B shows a total of 77 prisoners whose cases have been deemed to meet the requirements of the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 by the Sentence Review Commission and who have been given Substantive Determinations with release dates up to end September 2000. It includes only those prisoners whose perceived affiliation is to organisations which have not been specified under Section 3 of the 1998 Act. This is drawn from information received by the Secretary of State as at 5 February 1999 from the Sentence Review Commissioners to whom prisoners apply for early release. The 1998 Act also provides that, if circumstances permit, prisoners with release dates falling after the second anniversary of the coming into force of that Act (on 28 July 1998) who have served two years or more in prison will be released on that anniversary. Those prisoners are not shown in Table B.

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Table B

1999 2000
Perceived affiliationQuarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Quarter 4Quarter 1Quarter 2Quarter 3Total
INLA00010001
Loyalist00101002
LVF01102004
NT00000011
PIRA082980633
Rep Sym01000001
Republican10000001
RHC01000001
UDA147213119
UFF00201003
UVF041303011
Total2191415136877

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