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Belfast Agreement

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what amendments he expects will need to be proposed to the Belfast Agreement as a consequence of the adoption of the 'Proposals by the British and Irish Governments for a Comprehensive Agreement.' [206890]

Mr. Paul Murphy: As I said in this House on 9 December, the Agreement was not set in stone when first signed and it was clearly always the intention that certain elements would be open to change; the commitment to review and report on its operation, which was written into the Agreement itself, would have made no sense otherwise. Equally, certain fundamental aspects of the Agreement have always been regarded by the Governments and the other parties who supported it as fundamental, and not open to change.

We do not envisage any textual amendment of the Agreement at all. But, as the hon. Lady will have seen, our proposals would involve a number of changes in the way the Agreement operates.

Children's Fund

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the impact of the Children's Fund on service development in the Province. [202598]

Mr. Pearson: The Children's Fund has provided time-bounded service development funding through both the statutory and the voluntary and community sectors. Two statutory rounds of funding, one in April 2001 and the other in June 2002, provided a total of £20.5 million in support of 26 projects. A further allocation of some £17 million was announced on 5 March 2003 to the voluntary and community sector funding 101 projects over three years commencing 1 April 2003.

While there will be no new funding via the Children's Fund, £15 million has been allocated in the recent Budget for a Capital Modernisation Fund to which children's organisations will be able to apply for support.

Civil Servants

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees of the Department of (a) Education, (b) Social Development, (c) Regional Development, (d) Culture Arts and Leisure, (e) Environment, (f) the First and Deputy First Minister, (g) Education and Learning, (h) Health,
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Personal Social Services and Safety, (i) Enterprise, Trade and Investment, (j) Agriculture and Rural Development and (k) Finance and Personnel have been subject to disciplinary proceedings in the last 12 months; and what the total workforce is of each Department. [208699]

Mr. Pearson: During the last 12 months (January to December 2004), a total of 325 members of staff working in the Departments listed were subject to disciplinary proceedings. The breakdown for each Department, which includes staff working in executive agencies, together with the total workforce for each, is as follows:
Number of staff subject to disciplinary proceedings (January-December 2004)Total staff in post at 1 October 2004
(a) Education1688
(b) Social Development2248,239
(c) Regional Development244,851
(d) Culture, Arts and Leisure1454
(e) Environment42,640
(f) Office of the First Minister and
Deputy First Minister
(g) Employment and Learning111,802
(h) Health, Social Services and Public
(i) Enterprise, Trade and Investment2757
(j) Agriculture and Rural Development204,251
(k) Finance and Personnel33,041

Londonderry Airport

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he will announce his decision on the funding requests from Londonderry city council regarding Londonderry airport. [210343]

Mr. Spellar: I hope that an announcement can be made soon. Issues relating to the economic benefits to the northwest of investment in the airport, options for governance of the airport and state aid are still being considered.

Ministerial Engagements

Mr. Gummer: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the ministerial engagements (a) out of London and (b) in London that he has cancelled since 1 January 2004. [209215]

Mr. Murphy: There is no record kept of cancelled engagements in Northern Ireland Office Minister's diaries. When engagements have had to be cancelled, wherever possible we try to re-instate them at a later date. All engagements are subject to ministerial and parliamentary business.

Parliamentary Questions

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what target his Department sets for the maximum acceptable time to respond in full to a parliamentary question; and what percentage of
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answers given by his Department failed to meet this target in each parliamentary session from 1997–98 to 2003–04. [202558]

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many written questions for his Department were unanswered when Parliament prorogued; and how many of the unanswered questions were tabled in each of the previous months of the 2003–04 session. [201556]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I refer to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Ribble Valley (Mr. Evans) on 30 November 2004, Official Report, column 62W.

Information is not held in the format requested. While it is not always possible, the Northern Ireland Office, including the 11 Departments of the Northern Ireland Administration, aims to answer all ordinary written questions within one working week and all named day questions on the day named for answer. An average of 75 per cent. of questions were answered on time in the 2003–04 session. Information is not readily available for the 1997–98 session.

Water Industry

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the condition of Northern Ireland's water infrastructure; and what the main cause was of the failure of that infrastructure to meet EU Directive standards. [208414]

Mr. Spellar: The information is as follows:

Letter from Mrs. Katharine Bryan to Mr. Eddie McGrady, dated 20 January 2005:

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