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received by his Department between 20 June and 20 July were replied to (a) in under 15, (b) in under 20, (c) in under 30, (d) in under 40 and (e) in over 40 working days; 
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three sessions of Parliament. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Police Reserve are stationed at each police station; and what percentage this represents of the total number of officers posted at these respective stations. 
Jane Kennedy: There are no plans to introduce the Airwave system of communications to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. However, the Police Service of Northern Ireland is planning to procure its own digital trunked radio system in partnership with other emergency services in Northern Ireland.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many emblems were (a) produced and (b) published for consultation as the new badge for the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 
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Jane Kennedy: The Secretary of State commissioned a number of designers to come forward with a range of proposals. The process involved the development of a number of design concepts and themes. In all about seven different themes were explored.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will place the minutes of the Northern Ireland Police Authority in the public domain; what measures he has taken to ensure meetings of the PSNI Policing Board are open to the public; and how reports of Policing Board meetings will be published. 
Paragraph 19 of Schedule 1 to the Police (Northern Ireland) Act requires the Policing Board to hold at least 10 public meetings each year. The first public board meeting was held on 7 November at the board's headquarters in Belfast.
Jane Kennedy: The recruitment agent is contracted to run two recruitment competitions, with the costs spread across both competitions. It is not therefore possible to quantify the cost per applicant in the first competition alone.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were used to identify the wards in Northern Ireland in which stamp duty will no longer be paid on properties up to the value of £150,000. 
Jane Kennedy: We continue to monitor the activities of all paramilitary groups who are on ceasefire. The loyalist UDA/UFF, and the LVF, were specified on 23 October, and a threat remains from disaffected elements within loyalism who continue with their campaign to disrupt the peace process. The ceasefires of
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the main republican paramilitary groups are believed to be holding though there is a significant threat from dissident republicans. Community tensions remain high throughout Northern Ireland, but more particularly, within interface areas in north Belfast where there have been ongoing sectarian attacks carried out by rival factions on both sides of the community.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to her answer of 14 November 2001, Official Report, column 776W, if she will outline the conclusions reached at the CARICOM meeting held in St. Lucia in November regarding future HIV/AIDS prevention and mitigation programmes in (a) the Turks and Caicos, (b) the UK Virgin Islands, (c) Montserrat, (d) Anguilla and (e) US Virgin Islands of the Caribbean. 
Clare Short: The CARICOM meeting held in St. Lucia last month focused on the revision of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS to take account of the outcome of the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and the Nassau Declaration of the CARICOM Heads of Government meeting in July this year. It also discussed the need to develop an appropriate structure to co-ordinate the implementation of the Regional Strategic Plan. DFID has offered support to the CARICOM Secretariat in both of these areas. The St. Lucia meeting did not specifically discuss country level programmes.
We are currently funding a £516,000 project with the Caribbean Regional Epidemiological Centre (CAREC) to strengthen HIV/AIDS/STD case management, support the development of behavioural, communications and information interventions for vulnerable groups, strengthen the management of national AIDS programmes and improve epidemiological surveillance in the UK Caribbean Overseas Territories. Montserrat, Anguilla, the British Virgin Island and the Turks and Caicos Islands are the primary beneficiaries of this project. The CAREC programme forms a key component of the Caribbean Regional Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS and a £1.7 million extension of our support, taking it to 2005, is currently being developed in collaboration with CAREC.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate she has made of the number of deaths from malnutrition in Zimbabwe in 2001; and if she will make a statement. 
Clare Short: According to a national survey carried out by the Ministry of Health in 2000, 29 per cent. of children aged six months to six years were chronically malnourished. However, the situation is deteriorating. A recent World Food Programme assessment concluded that due to the combined effects of the highest incidence rate of HIV/AIDS in the world (35 per cent. of the population are infected), the deteriorating economic situation and reduction in food production, approximately 35 per cent. of the population, or about 700,000 people, now have inadequate income to procure sufficient food to meet
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Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by her Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three Sessions of Parliament. 
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