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Jane Kennedy: In response to the Equal Opportunities Commission Task Force "Just Pay" report, the Government have committed Departments and agencies to review their pay systems by April 2003 and prepare action plans to close any equal pay gaps.
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Jane Kennedy: The Northern Ireland Office comply with the Northern Ireland civil service policy on the payment of relocation expenses to staff laid down in the Northern Ireland Civil Service Staff Handbook, Travel and Subsistence section, Chapters 3 and 4.
Reasonable expenses are reimbursed to Home civil service staff who permanently transfer in accordance with the terms of the Civil Service Management Code and the Northern Ireland Office Terms and Conditions.
Dr. John Reid: PSA target 6 states "Continued protection for the community by ensuring that no high risk prisoner escapes and that the number of prison escapes does not exceed three per 1,000 prisoners".
99.7 per cent. security for medium and low risk prisoners.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the target is for reducing sickness absence by police officers and civilians in 200102; and if he estimates it will be met. 
Dr. John Reid: The targets for the financial year 200102 for police and civilian staff are 16 days and 12 days respectively. It is unlikely that those targets will be met as the average sickness absences for the year to date are 22.27 days and 14.78 days respectively.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times Ministers in his Department have travelled abroad at taxpayers' expense since March 2001; what countries they visited; and what the total cost of each visit was. 
Jane Kennedy: Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all overseas visits undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. On an annual basis, the Government have
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also published the cost of all Ministers' visits overseas. Details of travel undertaken during the period during 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2002 will be published in a similar form to previous years as soon as possible after the end of the current financial year. Copies of the lists will be placed in the Libraries of the House. The 1999 list contained information on all such visits undertaken from 2 May 1997 to 31 March 1999.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of running the Department's press office was in (a) 199697 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available. 
(2) To date. Full year estimate £1,970,599.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people employed by the non- departmental public bodies for which he is responsible under the New Deal for Young People in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised employment for more than 13 weeks and (b) returned to jobseekers' allowance or other benefits. 
Dr. John Reid: I have agreed that the executive agency status of the Compensation Agency should be continued until 31 March 2004. My decision follows the completion of Stage 1 of a quinquennial review which examined the past performance of the agency and other organisational
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his answer of 4 March 2002, Official Report, column 57W, regarding the cost of empty properties, if his Department has owned properties in the last four years that have been empty. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost in 200102 was of the pay increase to staff in his Department, agencies and the non- departmental public bodies for which he is responsible; and what the cost of the forthcoming increase will be in 200203. 
Mr. Quentin Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings he and his officials have held with their Irish counterparts since July 2001 to discuss the smuggling of petroleum products into Northern Ireland. 
Jane Kennedy: We have not had a meeting with our Irish counterparts but my officials have held three meetings to discuss a range of security issues including organised crime. At one of these meetings fuel smuggling was an agenda item followed by on-going bilateral contacts between officials. Customs officials have also met with their counterparts.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff left the service of her Department and its agencies in the year ended 31 March 2001; how many left before attaining the formal retirement age of 60 years; and in respect of how many her Department and its agencies assumed responsibilities for making payments until retirement age. 
Mrs. Liddell: During the year ended 31 March 2001, 21 staff who had not attained the formal retirement age of 60 left the service of my Department. Those staff either returned to their parent Departments following their loan period or chose to resign. No staff left on early retirement or early severance.
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