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Mr. Pearson: The number of confirmed cases of BSE recorded in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years is detailed in the following table. The table provides a breakdown of the number of cases identified through normal statutory reporting of BSE suspects (passive surveillance) and those cases identified as a result of the surveillance testing programmes (active surveillance) in operation in Northern Ireland.
|Passive surveillance||Active surveillance||Number of BSE cases|
|2005 (At 18 March 2005)||1||6||7|
David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public compensation has been paid in the last 30 years to families of (a) the regular Army, (b) full-time and part-time UDR and RIR, (c) RUC and full-time and part-time reserve, (d) the Northern Ireland Prison Service, (e) the Northern Ireland fire service and (f) the ambulance service who have been killed or injured by acts of terrorism. 
This is an operational responsibility of the Compensation Agency. The chief executive has
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advised me that the information requested is not available and because of the normal file destruction policy a partial answer could be compiled only at a disproportionate cost.
Joan Ruddock: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for how many areas of special scientific interest (ASSI) in Northern Ireland conservation objectives have been prepared in accordance with the requirements set out in guidance issued by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee in 2003 on Common Standards Monitoring for Sites of Special Scientific Interest and ASSIs; and when he expects conservation objectives to be completed for all ASSIs in Northern Ireland. 
Of the 220 ASSIs presently designated as of 24 March 2005, 214 sites already have conservation objectives. It is planned to complete conservation objectives for the remaining six sites in 200506.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the administration costs of (a) the North/South Ministerial Council Joint Secretariat and (b) each of the cross-border bodies have been in each year since their formation; and what the outturn against planned expenditure was in each of these years. 
|Foyle, Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission||836,305||933,784||973,974||1,107,360||1,131,655|
|The Trade and Business Development Body||537,988||961,286||1,349,746||l,530,941||1,631,431|
|Special EU Programmes Body||525,105||736,305||1,122,472||1,284,631||(79)|
|The North/South Language Body(80)||l,389,299||1,516,584||1,780,976||2,061,449||2,322,893|
|The Food Safety Promotion Board||l65,000||504,000||749,000||1,236,000||1,357,000|
|Tourism Ireland Limited||n/a||101,456||7,400,230||8,608,667||8,922,000|
|Foyle Carlingford and Irish Lights Commission|
|The Trade and Business Development Body|
|Special EU Programmes Body|
|The North/South Language Body4|
|The Food Safety Promotion Board|
|Tourism Ireland Limited|
|Budget||n/a||No budget set||7,864,000||8,453,000||9,058,000|
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements the South Eastern Education and Library Board made to educate a child at a private school as a consequence of a false sexual abuse allegation by the pupil against a teacher; whether a grant was paid to (a) the family and (b) a school; what the consequences were for the teacher who was falsely accused; whether the Department of Education or the Board have taken steps to rehabilitate the teacher; whether he will be paid compensation; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gardiner: In the case to which the hon. Member refers, the teacher concerned pleaded guilty to assault of a pupil but not, I understand, a sexual assault. I am told by the South Eastern Education Board that, having considered a range of options and looked at what was in the best interests of the child, the decision was taken to secure a place in a privately operated school. The Board is paying the fees for the pupil's attendance at the school.
While the teacher will not receive compensation, I can assure the hon. Member that his rehabilitation was a major consideration and that the Terms of Settlement of this dispute contain a section relating specifically to the teacher and his needs.
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As a matter of principle I acknowledge the need to protect teachers from false allegations made against them. While we must of course listen to children and give primacy to their needs and welfare, the position of teachers also needs to be given due consideration in any investigative process. I am very much aware of the hugely damaging and lasting effect that false allegations can have on a teacher's professional and personal life. Our procedures must recognise teachers' rights to be heard, and to be protected against false allegations.
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