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Sir Sydney Chapman: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how much of the additional floor space required to accommodate the new jobs that the Government plan to realise in the Thames Gateway between 2003 and 2016 has received planning permission. 
The Office of the Deputy Prime Minister does hold data on the total amount of existing commercial and industrial floor space. Across local authority districts in the Thames Gateway, this figure was 24.8 million m 2 in 2004.
Keith Hill: Data on the number of dwellings within planning permissions granted by local authorities are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Housing delivery is, however, monitored by returns on housing completions from local authorities to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and to the Regional Planning Bodies.
The Legal Services Commission is a non-departmental public body, funded by the Department of Constitutional Affairs and responsible for providing civil legal aid in England and Wales. The commission provides funding to the Community Law Partnership, a legal practice based in Birmingham, in order to provide a national helpline for Gypsies and Travellers. The Legal Services Commission advise that this service costs around £50,000 a year. One of the objectives of the commission is to help those who are socially excluded. Travellers fall within this group.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland regarding the implications of the recent Trinity College Dublin decision to place a cap on the maximum number of students taking certain courses who come through the Northern Ireland and UK A-Level entry system. 
Mr. Gardiner: There have been no discussions with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on this issue. My officials have had discussions with Trinity College Dublin about the changes to their entry requirements and the effects these might have on Northern Ireland domiciled students.
David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of police officers that would be required in the Province if there were to be (a) a full-scale return to terrorism by republican and so-called loyalist terrorist organisations, (b) general observance of a ceasefire by republican and so-called loyalist terrorists but widespread criminality and (c) a total cessation of terrorist and criminal activities by all terrorist organisations. 
The report of the Independent Commission on Policing, released in September 1999, recommended that the security situation prevailing at that time required the police service to employ 7,500 regular officers.
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This was accepted by the Government and the police service. The current established strength of the PSNI is 7,500 regular officers. They continue to be supported by full-time reserve officers. The chief constable recently decided to reduce the number of such officers to 680 by 200708. He believes that this level of resource, combined with 7,500 regular officers, will be sufficient for him to deliver an effective policing service to the people of Northern Ireland in the current environment.
A decision on how large the Police Service of Northern Ireland would need to be to cater for an improved or worsened security and policing environment would be based on operational assessment, and subject to consideration by the chief constable, Government and the Policing Board.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the cost of the enhanced early retirement scheme for civil servants in his Department and its agencies, for each year from 199798 to 200304 and what the estimated cost will be in each year from 200405 to 200708; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure by his Department on external consultants was in (a) 199697 and (b) 200304; and what the estimated cost of employing external consultants will be in (i) 200405, (ii) 200506, (iii) 200607 and (iv) 200708. 
Mr. Gardiner: The Department for Employment and Learning has not directly issued any guidelines to the universities on whistle-blowing. A Guide for Members of Higher Education Governing Bodies in the UK" issued in November 2004 by the Higher Education Funding Council for England on behalf of the Committee of University Chairmen (CUC) includes guidance specifically on whistle-blowing. The three Higher Education Funding Councils in Great Britain and the Department all contributed to the preparation of the CUC Guide.
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