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Mr. Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will mark next year's International Year of Volunteers by spending a day working as a volunteer. [137434]

Mr. Mandelson: The Government fully support the aims of the International Year of Volunteers and in April of this year I volunteered for a day at Hartlepool hospice.

Mr. Sam Marshall

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received concerning the death of Mr. Sam Marshall in Lurgan; and when he expects an inquest to be held into his death. [134882]

Mr. Ingram: This matter was raised by the Irish Government through the British Irish Secretariat. The listing of any inquest is a matter for the Coroner. In respect of the death of Mr. Marshall I understand that consideration is presently being given to the arrangements for a pre-inquest hearing.

Prisoner Releases

Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners released following the Good Friday Agreement are no longer resident at a permanent address which is known to the authorities. [138189]

Mr. Ingram: The only licence conditions imposed on a prisoner given early release is that they do not become a supporter of a specified organisation, do not become concerned in the commission, preparation, or instigation of acts of terrorism connected with the affairs of Northern Ireland; and, in the case of a life sentence prisoner, do not

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become a danger to the public. There is no requirement to provide the authorities with a permanent address. Irrespective of residence, arrangements are in place to ensure that the Secretary of State is notified when an individual breaches the terms of his licence.

Sentence Review Applications

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many fugitives from justice who have previously been convicted of terrorist-related offences have made an application to the Sentences Review Commission; and if he will list their names. [138101]

Mr. Ingram: To date, no fugitives from justice who have previously been convicted of terrorist-related offences have made an application to the Sentence Review Commissioners.

Dalai Lama (Belfast Visit)

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) uniformed and (b) plain clothes RUC officers were present during the visit of the Dalai Lama to the Springfield road, Belfast. [136036]

Mr. Ingram: During the visit of the Dalai Lama to the Springfield road, Belfast, on Thursday 19 October 2000, 119 uniformed police officers and 12 plain clothes officers were present.

Bomb Scares

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many bomb scares have there been in town centres in each police division in Northern Ireland in each week since 1 April; and, of these, how many were (a) Republican-inspired and (b) Loyalist-inspired. [136040]

Mr. Ingram: The table shows the number of hoax bombing incidents recorded in Northern Ireland during the period 1 April to 27 October 2000. These are incidents where an Army Technical Officer (ATO) was in attendance. It is not possible to define a town centre and so the table gives the location of each recorded incident. It is also not possible to give attributions for hoax bombings.

1-7 AprilNil
8-14 AprilDromore Road, Hillsborough
15-21 April20 Abbeyhill Drive, Bangor
University Avenue, Belfast
Adelaide Street, Belfast
22-28 AprilSerpentine Road, Greencastle
43 Ballyhampton Road, Larne
29 April-5 MayDrumsurn Road, Limavady
Paradise Walk, Templepatrick
6-12 MayFortwilliam, Group Lane, Belfast
13-19 MayJunction Workman Avenue/Forth Parade, Woodvale, Belfast
Junction Linen Hall/Clarence Street, Belfast
20-26 MayDevon Square, Rathenraw, Antrim
27 May-2 June1A Fanad Walk, Larne
3-9 JuneBalmoral, Black's Road, Belfast
10-16 JuneNil
17-23 JuneNil
24-30 JuneNil
1-7 JulyGortnasore Road, Dungannon
Edenmore Park, Limavady
McClure Street, Sandy Row, Belfast
8-14 July103 Whitehorn Brae, Dromara, Banbridge
Garrison Place, Charlemount, Moy
105 Whitehorn Drive, Dromara
M1, Derryadd Bridge, County Armagh
19 Spring Lane, Greyabbey
Fortwilliam Roundabout, Newtownabbey
Kilmore Orange Hall, Moira
Orange Hall, Moira Road, Magheralin
Milltown Road, Dungannon
St. Comgall's Church of Ireland, Church Lane, Newtownbutler
Broadway Tower, Belfast
Orange Hall, Whitewell Road, Greencastle
Flax Street, Belfast
Mayogall Road, Bellaghy
15-21 JulySorting Office, Stormont Castle
4A Mill Road, Clady
22-28 July184 Ballyutoag Road, Clady
Mountainview Place, Belfast
29 July-4 August13 Elizabeth Avenue, Larne
5-11 AugustNil
12-18 AugustNil
19-25 August12 Barra Drive, Ballymena
26 August-1 SeptemberWillow Bank Terrace, Stranocum, Ballymoney
Levan Road, Lurgan
2-8 SeptemberNil
9-15 SeptemberNil
16-22 SeptemberNil
23-29 SeptemberNew Street, Newry
30 September-6 OctoberPublic House, Perry Street, Dungannon
7-13 OctoberNil
14-20 OctoberNil
21-27 October57A Kilkeel Road, Annalong

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Police Force

Mr. Opik: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made of trends in Catholic applications to the police force in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement; [137328]

Mr. Ingram: The following table provides the information requested, by recruitment competition from 1995. Under the terms of section 31 of the Fair Employment (Northern Ireland) Act 1989 (now Article 55 of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998) this matter is continuously under review and requires the Royal Ulster Constabulary to identify under-representation and establish appropriate affirmative action to address any imbalances. The Royal Ulster Constabulary fully recognises the benefits and the need to be more representative of the communities it serves and its goal is to reflect the composition of those communities. The Government are committed to taking all appropriate steps as are necessary, in line with the recommendations contained in the Report of the Independent Commission on Policing for Northern Ireland, to bring about an increase in full cross-community representation within the police service.

Applications to RUC by community background since 1995

CompC 19951,4494671422,05870.4122.696.90
CompD 19951,7744381882,40073.9218.257.83
CompE 19961,5713691552,09574.9917.617.40
CompF 19962,0544062692,72975.2714.889.86
CompG 19972,1734122122,79777.6914.737.58
CompH 19982,1344312602,82575.5415.269.20
CompI 19982,3127502973,35968.8322.338.84
Full-time RUC Reserve
CompB 19951,0422821301,45471.6619.398.94
CompC 19961,0752551011,43175.1217.827.06
CompD 19971,1551841351,47478.3612.489.16
CompE 19976121065577379.1713.717.12
CompF 19971,1321971281,45777.6913.528.79


CB1--Perceived to be Protestant

CB2--Perceived to be Roman Catholic


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Payroll Administration

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions what estimate he has made of the costs of payroll administration in his Department and associated agencies and non-departmental bodies in the last 12 months for which figures are available. [135993]

Ms Beverley Hughes [holding answer 1 November 2000]: The estimated payroll administration costs for DETR and its agencies for 2000-01 is £2.2 million.

Payroll administration of non-departmental public bodies is decentralised so the above information could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

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