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21. Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the number of politically related incidents of violence involving weapons, indicating the organisations and individuals responsible, in the last three months. 
|By Loyalists||By Republicans|
|Number of deaths as a result of the security situation||||1|
|Number of shooting incidents||42||31|
|Number of bombing incidents||51||10|
|Number of casualties as a result of paramilitary- style assaults||24||12|
|Number of casualties as a result of paramilitary- style shootings||21||12|
1. Includes all deaths due to the security situation.
2. The following types of incidents are included: shots fired by terrorists; shots fired by the security forces; paramilitary-style attacks involving shootings; shots heard (and later confirmed); other violent incidents where shots are fired (e.g. armed robberies).
3. An individual bombing incident may involve one or more explosive devices. Incidents recorded include explosions and defusings. Incidents involving hoax devices, petrol bombings or incendiaries are excluded.
There have been some tremendous operations against smuggling. Since 1 April 2001 over 63 million smuggled cigarettes have been seized by Customs in Northern Ireland. The latest available figures show that deliveries
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of legal oils products to Northern Ireland have risen by seven per cent. in the last 12 months, the first time in five years.
However, the Government believe that oils related fraud remains at an unacceptably high level and is considering options for further initiatives to counter road fuel duty evasion and the associated problems in Northern Ireland.
Oils related fraud continues to be a major problem, although there is evidence that the position has stabilized and slightly improved. The latest available figures show that deliveries of legal product to Northern Ireland have risen by seven per cent. in the last 12 months, for the first time in five years.
There were some major operational successes in the previous year. In December, a major multi-agency cross border operation, in which PSNI played an important role, was undertaken during which 31 premises were searched. Nine people were charged in connection with the evasion of road fuel excise duty and money laundering offences.
Jane Kennedy: The Northern Ireland Prison Service has provided 98 per cent. of staff with equality awareness briefings. The remaining 2 per cent. is made up of staff on long-term sick/maternity leave or career breaks and are not available to receive such training.
Dr. John Reid: The Electoral Office is currently exploring options available for the design and form of the electoral identity card. The Chief Electoral Officer intends to advertise for prospective contractors by early August.
A question will be included on this year's annual canvass form asking electors if they require an electoral identity card. This will enable the CEO to target his efforts and resources towards those people who require one. The card will be issued after the publication of the new electoral register on 1 December this year.
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29. Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the progress made with community safety awareness seminars held in preparation for a draft community strategy. 
Dr. John Reid: Nine awareness seminars took place between October 2001 and April 2002. Seminars were offered to all council areas and 22 participated. A total of 262 individuals attended representing statutory, voluntary and community organisations. The discussion at the seminars provided a valuable contribution to the development of the draft Community Safety Strategy.
Jane Kennedy: Together with the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Policing Board, we are laying the foundations of a new beginning to policing. There have been significant structural changes: we have a Policing Board with nationalist participation and broad powers to hold police to account. And there has been an excellent cross-community response to recruitment under new 50:50 provisions with 35 per cent. of applications coming from Catholics and around 350 new recruits now in training. There have also been other major changes: policing with the community is now the statutory core function of the Police Service; a major programme of action is under way to focus policing in Northern Ireland on a human rights based approach.
Looking ahead, the process of establishing District Policing Partnerships has been launched, which will increase accountability at the local level and bring the police still closer to the community they serve.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport what the annual running cost to public funds of Clarence House was in the last five years; and if she will make a statement. 
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employees there were in each of the past seven years in each national museum; and how many of these were over the normal age of retirement. 
Dr. Howells: The number of full-time and part-time employees at the museums and galleries sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport is set out in the table below, other than for the Tate Gallery, National Museum of Science and Industry and National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside. My right hon. and noble Friend the Ministers for the Arts will write to the hon. Member as soon as this information is available, placing copies of her letter in the Libraries of both Houses. Information on the number of staff over the normal retirement age could be made available only at disproportionate cost.
|Year||Number of full-time staff||Number of part-time staff|
|Victoria and Albert Museum|
|National Maritime Museum|
|Horniman Museum and Gardens|
|Imperial War Museum|
|Museum of Science and Industry Manchester|
|Sir John Soane's Museum|
|Museum of London|
|National Portrait Gallery|
|Tyne and Wear Museums|
||National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
(8) Staff includes part-time staff.
(9) My right hon. and noble Friend the Minister for the Arts will write to the hon. Member as soon as the information is available.
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