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PFI/PPP Contracts

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many contracts his Department had with (a) Barclays, (b) the Royal Bank of Scotland, (c) UBS Warburg and (d) the Bank of Scotland for advice on private finance initiative and public private partnership contracts in each financial year since 2001–02; and what fees were paid in each case. [186691]

Mr. Pearson: None of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments nor the Northern Ireland Office have entered into contracts with any of the institutions identified.

Public Bodies

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many positions on public bodies in Northern Ireland are occupied by persons aged under 25 years. [184938]

Mr. Paul Murphy: At the 16 July 2004, 16 persons aged under 25 held ministerial appointments to the Boards of public and other governing bodies in Northern Ireland.

Other information on appointments to bodies sponsored by Northern Ireland's 11 Government Departments can be found in the Public Appointments Annual Report for 2002–03. Information on appointments made by the Northern Ireland Office during the same period can be found in Appendix F of the NIO Departmental Report for 2004. Copies of both reports are available from the Library of the House and can be found on the internet at: www.ofmdfmni. gov.uk/publicappointments and www.nio.gov.uk/pdf/deptreport2004.pdf

Rail Network

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent on (a) maintaining and (b) upgrading the rail network between Belfast and the border with the Irish Republic in each of the past five years. [185114]

Mr. Spellar: Public money spent on maintaining and upgrading the rail network between Belfast and the border with the Irish Republic in each of the past five years is as follows:
Infrastructure maintenance—Cross-border line

£000
1999–2000668
2000–01691
2001–02696
2002–03720
2003–04725
Total3,500

This includes work carried out on the track, level crossings, bridges/embankments and buildings/stations.
Upgrading cross-border line

£000
1999–20005,150
2000–01l,175
2001–022,800
2002–032,552
2003–045,700
Total17,377

 
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This includes work carried out on resignalling at Lurgan, the City junction to Central relay, fencing, conversion to full barrier and the installation of CCTV at Moira and Trummery accommodation crossings and the upgrading of Belfast Central station.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money from Northern Ireland Departments has been spent on (a) maintaining and (b) improving the Enterprise rail service between Belfast and Dublin in each of the past five years. [185115]

Mr. Spellar: Public money spent on maintaining and improving the Enterprise rail service between Belfast and Dublin in each of the last five years is as follows:
£000
1999–2000523
2000–01786
2001–02932
2002–031,006
2003–041,200
Total4,447

Within this, around £1.9 million was spent on routine maintenance of the rolling stock and around £2.5 million on the refurbishment of Enterprise carriages. Translink classify the latter as planned maintenance.

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 15 July 2004, Official Report, column 1329W, on the Railway Review Group, if he will list the officials from (a) the Department for Regional Development, (b) the Department of Finance and Personnel and (c) Translink who are members of the Railway Review Group. [186305]

Mr. Spellar: Listed as follows are the officials from the Department for Regional Development, Department of Finance and Personnel, Translink and the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company who are members of Railways Review Group.
Members of Railways Review Group

Official
(a)Doreen Brown (Department for Regional Development)—Joint Chairperson
David Sterling (Department for Regional Development)
Brian White (Department for Regional Development)
Michael Pollock (Department for Regional Development)
Garry McKenna (Department for Regional Development)
(b)Michael Brennan (Department of Finance and Personnel)
(c)Keith Moffatt (Translink)—Joint Chairperson
Jim Aiken (Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company)
Stephen Armstrong (Translink)
Clive Bradberry (Translink)
Mal McGreevy (Translink)









 
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Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the Department of Transport's New Approach to Transport Appraisal; and whether future investment decisions relating to Northern Ireland's railways network will be considered in the light of this report. [186855]

Mr. Spellar: The New Approach to Transport Appraisal is applied to all transport projects as set out in the "Guidance on Methodology for Multi Modal Studies" and this is fully consistent with the Treasury "Green Book-Appraisal and Evaluation in Central Government" which is used to inform investment decisions in Northern Ireland.

Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed in the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast in (a) clinical and medical, (b) secretarial and administrative, (c) ancillary and cleaning, (d) security and (e) catering positions; and what percentage in each category are non-Roman Catholics. [186989]

Angela Smith: The information requested is as follows. Clinical staff are those who provide a direct service to patients. Therefore, clinical staff within this trust include the following terms and conditions groups: nursing, midwifery and health visiting, professional and technical, medical and dental. It was impossible to break down the figures for ancillary and cleaning, security and catering as requested so information has been provided as detailed. Cleaning and security staff are employed by the Royal Group of Hospitals HSS and are included in the figures for operatives.
(a) Table 1: Number of clinical staff positions in the Royal Group of Hospitals HSS 1 Trust as at 23 July 2004 and percentage in each category that are non-Roman Catholics

GroupHeadcountWTE 2Percentage of staff non-Roman Catholic
Nursing, midwifery and health
visiting staff
2,7612,291.9546.12
Professional and technical Staff864770.3155.56
Medical staff675635.7366.81
Dental staff4326.5283.72


(70) Health and Social Services
(71) Whole time equivalent



(b) Table 2: Number of administration and clerical positions in the Royal Group of Hospitals HSS 1 Trust as at 23 July 2004 and percentage that are non-Roman Catholics

GroupHeadcountWTE 2Percentage of staff non-Roman Catholic
Administration and clerical staff1,090970.527.80


(72) Health and Social Services
(73) Whole time equivalent





 
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(c), (d) and (e) Table 3: Number of ancillary and general positions in the Royal Group of Hospitals HSS 1 Trust as at 23 July 2004 and percentage that are non-Roman Catholics

GradesHeadcountWTE 2Percentage of staff non-Roman Catholic
Operative715485.074.2
Catering assistant155109.007.1
Cook2724.5918.52
Other grades2624.7826.90


(74) Health and Social Services
(75) Whole time equivalent


Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to ensure equality of opportunity for employment at the Royal Group of Hospitals, Belfast. [186990]

Angela Smith: The Royal Group of Hospitals carry out a three yearly review of their employment composition and practices in accordance with Article 55 of the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998. The last review, carried out in 2002, was submitted to the Equality Commission, which is the body with responsibility to ensure compliance with the legislation. All job vacancies are advertised widely and the advert includes a statement welcoming applicants from groups which are currently under represented in the work force. The Royal Group of Hospitals also promotes equality of opportunity for all groups covered under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.


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