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Carryduff Police Station

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many calls were received at Carryduff police station from members of the public in the last three years; and how many responses there were to them over the same period. [37107]

Jane Kennedy: The Chief Constable has advised me that it is not possible to answer the aspect of how many calls were received as there is a central telephone switchboard in the Greater Belfast area to which members of the public would seek assistance in the first instance, i.e. 02890 650222.

Similarly, emergency telephone calls to the 999 system again go to a central control room. While Carryduff police station does have a number of its own, statistics are not collated as to how many calls are made to it.

The number of incidents receiving a response from Carryduff police station are as follows.

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Number
19994,298
20004,506
20014,494

Child Abuse (Cross-Border Policing)

Ms Shipley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on cross-border policing, with particular reference to child abusers. [43691]

Jane Kennedy: The operational CARE units within the PSNI liaise closely with their counterparts in the Sexual Offences Unit in Dublin and with the various Garda Commanders along the border. The risks posed by sex offenders, when being assessed by the Multi-Agency Sex Offender Risk Management Groups in Northern Ireland, take cognisance of those who have moved from the Republic of Ireland into the NI jurisdiction and indeed invite representation both from the Probation in NI and the Garda. The Intelligence Bureau, PSNI, is working on protocols for information sharing on a variety of subjects including child sex offenders and child abusers.

Last year the PSNI organised a conference in Belfast on the subject of cross-border information and intelligence sharing about sex offenders and child abusers. The conference was attended by representatives of the Department of Justice in the ROI, the Scottish Prison Service, the NI Prison Service, PSNI, and the NIO. The conference provided an opportunity for networking that has continued post conference.

999 Emergency Calls

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in what circumstances 999 emergency calls may be diverted to police stations in England, Wales and Scotland; what assessment he has made of the PSNI's response to emergency calls originating in North Belfast on 24 December 2001; and what steps have been taken to ensure year-round response readiness. [41235]

Jane Kennedy: All 999 calls to the police made by the public are initially answered at BT or Cable and Wireless emergency call centres in Great Britain. Those 999 calls for PSNI are passed to Belfast Regional Control or rural control rooms. The PSNI do not pass calls to police stations on the mainland.

With regard to 24 December 2001, which was a normal working day for PSNI, normal policing levels were maintained within North Belfast District Command Unit throughout the whole day. The list of 999 calls received at Belfast Regional Control has been examined and the police response on each occasion was found to be timely and accurate.

HOUSE OF COMMONS COMMISSION

Staff Numbers

Sandra Gidley: To ask the hon. Member for Roxburgh and Berwickshire, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many staff there were in

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the House of Commons broken down by (a) salary grade, (b) ethnic background and (c) sex in each of the last five years. [47986]

Mr. Kirkwood [holding answer 10 April 2002]: The Commission currently employs 1,717 individual members of staff (including part timers). Of these, 1,446—over 84 per cent.—have completed monitoring forms. The tables show the figures for each category of staff, broken down by pay band, ethnic background and sex. The figures are for individual staff in post as at 31 March in each year.

Ethnic monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2002

Pay bandWhiteAsian/ OtherBlackNot stated
Senior Commons Service76(6)(6)5
A161(6)(6)18
B2516539
C23913832
D265101999
E3852311
Refreshment Pay Group173257053
Works Pay Group46(6)514

Gender monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2002

Pay bandMaleFemale
Senior Commons Service6815
A9388
B159142
C129163
D198195
E1067
Refreshment Pay Group185136
Works Pay Group69(6)

Ethnic monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2001

Pay bandWhiteAsian/ OtherBlackNot stated
Senior Commons Service78(6)(6)2
A165(6)(6)6
B2597(6)23
C24713726
D261121652
E405196
Refreshment Pay Group180237448
Works Pay Group46(6)515

Gender monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2001

Pay bandMale Female
Senior Commons Service6715
A9182
B158135
C136157
D172169
E1060
Refreshment Pay Group187138
Works Pay Group70(6)

Ethnic monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2000

Pay bandWhiteAsian/ OtherBlackNot stated
Senior Commons Service78(6)(6)3
A169(6)(6)7
B2578(6)21
C24411717
D252111254
E39(6)185
Refreshment Pay Group141166060
Works Pay Group48(6)516


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Gender monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 2000

Pay bandMaleFemale
Senior Commons Service6716
A9682
B153137
C126153
D160169
E757
Refreshment Pay Group153124
Works Pay Group73(6)

Ethnic monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 1999

Pay bandWhiteAsian/ OtherBlackNot stated
Senior Commons Service80(6)(6)3
A169(6)(6)6
B2597(6)19
C24310820
D22181263
E43(6)176
Refreshment Pay Group144185672
Works Pay Group535516

Gender monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 1999

Pay bandMaleFemale
Senior Commons Service6916
A9185
B152137
C120161
D147157
E1157
Refreshment Pay Group159131
Works Pay Group79(6)

Ethnic monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 1998

Pay bandWhiteAsian/ OtherBlackNot stated
Senior Commons Service80(6)(6)4
A167(6)(6)5
B2498(6)20
C2389720
D204151151
E5091613
Refreshment Pay Group14465273
Works Pay Group61(6)617

Gender monitoring by pay band as at 31 March 1998

Pay band MaleFemale
Senior Commons Service7115
A8984
B152128
C122152
D21132
E7160
Refreshment Pay Group155129
Works Pay Group88(6)

(6) Indicates numbers of fewer than five in a particular category; in such cases, detailed figures are not given to prevent individuals being readily identified.



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