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Giant's Causeway

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress is being made in establishing a world class visitor centre at the Giant's Causeway in County Antrim. [103349]

Mr. Pearson: I have met with the key players involved in establishing a world class visitors centre at the Giants Causeway and a further round of follow-up meetings with officials in my Department has also been concluded.

Efforts are now being made to exploit the common ground that has emerged from these discussions. While both myself and my colleague the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure are finalising our thoughts on a way forward, it should be stressed that progress will be achieved only if the relevant parties work together and with Government to ensure that a world class solution is achieved.

IT Contracts

Mr. Sayeed: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list IT contracts in his Department above £50 million in each of the last 10 years; what the inception date for each system was; when it became fully functional; when it became fully debugged; and what the cost of over-runs has been. [99002]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Northern Ireland Office, during the last 10 years have not awarded any IT contracts above £50 million.

The Northern Ireland Administration, during the last 10 years, have not awarded any IT contracts above £50 million.

Job Sharing

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the extent of job sharing in his Department. [90863]

Mr. Paul Murphy: In the Northern Ireland Office 34 out of 1,596 full-time equivalent staff job share.

Job sharing is only one of a number of alternative and flexible working patterns that employees are welcome to take up. There are also, for example, 142 who work part-time.

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In the Northern Ireland Administration 276 out of the 26,300 permanent staff employed job share.

Job sharing is only one of a number of work-life balance options available to employees. Over 2,500 work part-time hours. Flexible working hours and alternative working patterns also operate.

As a major employer, the Northern Ireland Civil Service has for many years recognised the benefits that both individuals and the organisation can realise by enabling employees to have a flexible approach to their working day.

Ministerial Travel

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department was in 2002. [101543]

Jane Kennedy: The cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers, and (b) taxis for the Northern Ireland Office for the 2001–02 financial year was:

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the overseas trips made by himself and other members of his ministerial team in 2002; and what the (a) purpose and (b) cost was in each case. [101485]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The information for 2002–03 will be published as soon as possible after the end of the financial year.

Peace II

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding is available to each Northern Ireland Department in respect of Peace II; how much has been (a) distributed and (b) committed; for how much applications have been received but funding has not yet been committed; how much remains for which the process has not yet begun; and how much the Department will be unable to process before the deadline. [102564]

Mr. Pearson: Northern Ireland Departments are Implementing Bodies for some £152 million of the Peace II Programme. The information requested for this expenditure is set out in the following table. All Departments have indicated that the full amounts will be committed before the 31 December 2004 deadline.

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£ million

(A) Funding available(B) Distributed (spent)(C) Committed(D) Pending(E) Amount remaining(A-(C+D))

Police Service

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of each category of (a) officers and (b) staff left the Police Service in each of the past three years, broken down by perceived community origin and sex. [101064]

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Jane Kennedy: The number of police officers who have left the Police Service in the past three years, broken down into perceived community origin and gender, are shown in the following table. Data are also included in respect of civilian staff directly recruited into the police service but are only available for the past two years. Data for civilian staff do not include details of those staff currently or previously attached to the police service on secondment from the Northern Ireland Civil Service.

YearCB1Percentage CB1CB2Percentage CB2CB3Percentage CB3MalePercentage maleFemalePercentage femaleTotal
(a) Police officers
(b) Civilian staff

CB1—Perceived Protestant

CB2—Perceived Roman Catholic

CB3—Not determined

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) women and (b) members of the ethnic minorities have been recruited by the Police Service of Northern Ireland since the coming into operation of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000. [93668]

Mr. Browne: Since 4 November 2001, 196 women have been appointed to the Police Service, a figure which represents 32 per cent. of the total number of 613 recruits.

Only one member of an ethnic minority has been appointed since that time.

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people claiming links to (a) the UUP, (b) the SDLP, (c) the DUP, (d) Sinn Fein, (e) the Alliance Party, (f) the Northern Ireland Women's Coalition, (g) the PUP, (h) the UKUP and (i) other political groupings or independent political candidates (i) applied to sit on a District Police Partnership (DPP), (ii) were judged appointable to a DPP and (iii) were appointed to a DPP. [103343]

Jane Kennedy: All candidates for appointment as independent members of District Policing Partnerships were asked a political activity monitoring question, in line with the guide to public appointments. The information was not made available to the council or Policing Board panels. The Board panels considered anonymised lists of appointable candidates. The information requested is set out in the following table.

PartyApplicantsAppointable candidatesAppointments
Sinn Fein100
Other: British Labour111
Other: Conservative400
Other: Democratic Left111
Other: Independent19152
Other: Independent Unionist320
Other: Labour Coalition111
Other: Labour NI310
Other: New Labour100
Other: National Labour100
Other: Unionist, not specified200
Other: OUP210
Other: Socialist Party100
Other: UDP422
Other: Ulster Independent Voice100
Other: Ulster Unionist Assembly Party111
Other: Ulster Unionist Council220
Other: Workers Party432
Other: Yes Campaign110
Other: Ratepayers Association222

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Pre-School Provision

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many PEAGS places have been allocated to each nursery and playschool in the South Eastern Education and Library Board in each of the past five years. [102022]

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Jane Kennedy: The South Eastern Education and Library Board's Pre-School Education Advisory Group (PEAG) has allocated places to providers in the voluntary and private sectors since the start of the Pre-School Education Expansion Programme as follows:

Annahilt Pre-School Playgroup---1818
Ardglass Community Playgroup68101616
Ballybeen Women's Centre Playgroup, Dundonald99101010
Ballycrochan Playgroup, Gangor66102021
Ballygowan Community Playgroup610242424
Ballyholme Presbyterian Church Playgroup, Bangor-13111920
Ballykinler Community Playgroup--102418
Ballymacward Pre-School Playgroup, Lisburn1315151515
Ballymote Children's Centre, Downpatrick--13Withdrawn-
Ballywalter Playgroup---1213
Bangor Abbey Playgroup---1313
Bangor West Nursery Group510192118
Bees Nees Early Years Centre, Newtownards---1618
Bo-Peep Corner Playgroup, Bangor58152018
Bumbles Playgroup, Dundonald1010202020
Carrowdore Community Playgroup--102022
Carryduff Pre-School Playgroup826203445
Castle Playgoup, Lisburn9111810Withdrawn
Castlewellan Community Playgroup---1810
Cedar Children's Centre, Crossgar51021Changed to statutory nursery unit
Chatterbox Playgroup, Lisburn79102418
Chirpy Chicks Playgroup, Greyabbey-9101818
Chuckles Playgroup, Newtownards57101515
Cregagh Pre-School Playgroup, Belfast615151616
Crossgar Community Playgroup510171818
Dromara Playgroup1113202632
Dramaness PS Playgroup---1813
Drumaroad Cross Community Playgroup910101215
Drumbeg Playgroup----8
Dundrum Cross Community Playgroup-13162012
Dunmarry Community Playgroup--242424
Early Days Playgroup, Bangor55222422
Glencraig Playgroup, Craigavad612201817
Glenmore Community Playgroup, Lisburn81112Withdrawn-
Grove Community Playgroup, Lisburn551010Withdrawn
Happy Hours Playgroup, Bangor-911Withdrawn-
Hickory Dickory Dock, Castlewellan-51099
Kilcoo Playgroup---1218
Killough Playgroup--101616
Killyleagh Community Playgroup--101818
Kilmood Playgroup, Killinchy--112324
Kinders Day Care, Dunmurry--2826Withdrawn
Kircubbin Pre-School Playgroup---2632
Legacurry Playgroup, Lisburn---1417
Little Acorn's Playgroup, Bangor615143226
Little Doves Community Playgroup, Newtownards---1415
Little Flower Playgroup, Bangor813111512
Little Oaks Playgroup, Lisburn814152418
Little Owls Playgroup, Conlig891015Withdrawn
Little Sunbeams Playgroup, Saintfield---1216
Loughinisland Playgroup, Downpatrick-14142019
Community Playgroup, Dunmurry----12
Mount Oriel Playgoup, Belfast Mickey Mouse1818242318
Movilla Abbey Playgroup, Newtownards58122426
Nailery Creche, Crossgar3Withdrawn---
Naiscoil Dhun Padraig--101616
Naiscoil Uac Tar Tire, Castlewellan-7201010
Newcastle Pre-School Playgroup914102418
Oakwood Pre-School Playgroup, Dunmurry---1321
Paddington Corner, Bangor515131513
Play-away Childcare Centre, Newtownards---1416
Poppins Day Nursery, Moira--101616
Portaferry Playgroup1012102018
Rainbow Corner Playgroup, Moira---1515
Rathkeltair Cross Playgroup, Downpatrick-16161816
Redburn Playgroup, Holywood--102018
Roisin Ban, Dunmurry7Withdrawn---
Rumble's Playgroup, Lisburn1424192416
Saintfield Playgroup--10Withdrawn-
Saul Cross Community Playgroup, Downpatrick---1212
Scallywags Playgroup, Newtownards-13201518
Scoil Na Fuiseoige, Twinbrook 1212122418
St. Bernard's Playgroup, Belfast--152110
St. Comgall's Playgroup, Bangor 57101010
St. Finian's Playgroup, Newtownards---1718
St. Joseph's Playgroup, Carryduff---1010
St. Joseph's Playgroup, Crossgar-7152418
St. Mark's Playgroup, Twinbrook-13Withdrawn--
Strangford and District Playgroup, Downpatrick-111111Excluded
Sunshine Playgroup, Lisburn--201818
Teconnaught Playgroup, Crossgar516161818
The Shell Playgroup, Comber---1810
The Old Schoolhouse Nursery, Hillsborough7Withdrawn---
The Playcentre at Manor Court, Newtownards1415151826
Tiddliwinks Playgroup, Bangor-14112320
Tiny Toons Playgroup, Downpatrick610181812
Toddle-in Playgroup, Moneyreagh--151722

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