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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many secondary schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland have been identified as having classrooms and other public areas containing asbestos; and what steps he is taking to ensure it is removed. 
The following table shows the number of secondary schools in each board area where asbestos in classrooms and other public areas has been identified to date. The programme of surveys has yet to be completed in the Belfast and the North-Eastern education and library boards. board
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|Board||Number of schools where asbestos has been identified||Number of schools that still have to be surveyed|
The Department of Education made £4.5 million available in 200304 to enable boards to carry out surveys of all schools and prepare for the introduction of the new asbestos regulations. In addition, £3.8 million has been allocated in the 200405 financial year towards removal, decontamination work or repair/remedial work, where this is necessary. It is only necessary to remove the asbestos if it in poor condition or at risk of being disturbed, otherwise the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) advice is to leave it in place and manage the risk.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will list the attributable interviews that his Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004; 
(2) if he will list the attributable (a) articles and (b) contributions that his Department's special advisers made to (i) newspapers, (ii) journals, (iii) books and (iv) other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers, since May 1997. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Special advisers hold meetings with a wide range of external representatives in their official capacity. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the "Code of Conduct for Special Advisers".
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total travel costs to his Department have been for (a) Ministers, (b) Special Advisers and (c) what the travel costs for officials in all NI Departments and their Agencies including the NIO each year since 1997. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The travel costs for the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), including its Agencies but not its NDPBs, analysed by Ministers and Special Advisers is only available from 200001. The costs are as follows.
|(b) Special Advisers||37,101||22,656||27,762||1,822|
|Total travel cost||1,282,613||1,074,160||875,188||843,999|
For travel costs for officials in all NI Departments and their Agencies, including the NIO, I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable) on 8 September 2004, Official Report, column 1322W.
The increase in Minister's travel costs from 200102 to 200203 result from an increase in the number of NIO Ministers due to the suspension of the devolved administration and the re-introduction of Direct Rule.