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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on compensation for victims of crime where the perpetrator of the crime is a member of the same household as the victim. 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many minority liaison officers working with victims of crime are employed by the police and other institutions and agencies in the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland. 
Other criminal justice agencies do not appoint Minority Liaison Officers, but continue to offer support to victims of crime within the criminal justice system. Support may include the provision of interpreters when required and special measures as provided for by the Criminal Evidence ( Northern Ireland) Order 1999.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have been involved in policing operations outside Northern Ireland in each year since its formation; what the nature of the operations involved was; and how long each operation lasted. 
Jane Kennedy: The information is not readily available in the format requested and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The table sets out the number of officers seconded outside Northern Ireland since 3 November 2001.
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The PSNI have deployed officers to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, East Timor and Iraq. Officers deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina were seconded to the International Police Task force (IPTF). The role of the IPTF is to monitor, advise and train police officers belonging to the Republic Srpska and Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina police forces. A similar monitoring role was undertaken by officers deployed to East Timor.
Officers deployed to Kosovo are seconded to the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK). The role of UNMIK is to maintain civil laws and orders with executive police powers. Officers perform border police duties at international border crossings also advise and assist in maintenance of public security and order.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will make a statement on the difficulties experienced in ensuring that enough staff were available at polling stations during the Assembly elections in November 2003; 
Mr. Spellar: Difficulties were experienced in the recruitment of polling station staff for the recent Assembly elections. These difficulties arose in part because of the time of year. However, due to the efforts of the Electoral Office, which included using civil servants as polling station staff, it was possible to fill all positions and enable the elections to be conducted successfully.
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The administration of elections is a matter for the Chief Electoral Officer. However, the Government will continue to work closely with the CEO in his planning to ensure that polling stations are correctly staffed.
Mr. Spellar: The Northern Ireland Housing Executive has a Community Safety Strategy in place through which it can take action against perpetrators of racial harassment and intimidation. Until recently such action, which normally would have entailed steps to repossess property, was only possible in situations where the perpetrator was a Housing Executive tenant. With the introduction of the Housing (NI) Order 2003, the Housing Executive now has enhanced powers not only in terms of the action it can take against Housing Executive tenants but also through the use of injunctions to address race hate crimes occurring within its estates irrespective of the tenure of the perpetrator. The Housing Executive also assists victims of racial attacks through the provision of temporary accommodation pending enquiries into the circumstances pertaining to any individual case and permanent rehousing, where appropriate. It will also take measures to protect the properties and belongings of victims, if requested to do so.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for assistance from victims of race hate crime were received in the last 12 months by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; how many victims were rehoused; and what instructions have been circulated to local offices. 
Mr. Spellar: During the 12-month period from 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2003 a total of 30 cases from ethnic minority backgrounds presented to the Housing Executive as homeless on grounds of intimidation. Of the 30 cases, 17 were accepted as homeless as a result of intimidation and eligible for housing assistance. The remaining 13 applicants either abandoned their application or were ineligible for assistance under immigration or homeless legislation. While no specific guidance has been issued to staff in respect of racial discrimination, they have been provided with written guidance and training to deal with housing and homeless applications to ensure that all incidents, whether racial, terrorist or sectarian intimidation, are treated with the same degree of urgency and sensitivity.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of rheumatoid arthritis sufferers in Northern Ireland who will commence (a) Enbrel and (b) Remicade treatment in 2004; and what the figures were in 2003. 
Angela Smith: In 2003, nine patients commenced treatment on Enbrel and 16 patients commenced treatment on Remicade. I announced on 13 January that we would provide additional resources for such anti-TNF drugs for 200405. Decisions have yet to be
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Mr. Pearson: Mortality statistics for 2003 have not been fully collated and therefore the latest available data relate to 2002. In 2002, there were 162 deaths registered in Northern Ireland due to "suicide and self-inflicted injury" and 21 deaths due to "undetermined injury whether accidentally or purposefully inflicted".
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review the criteria used by Roads Service Northern Ireland to decide on areas to be included in traffic calming schemes. 
Most of the expenditure during this period related to electoral registration information.
Mr. Peter Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what systems are in place to ensure economies of scale in advertising purchasing between the Scottish Executive and his Department. 
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