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Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when consultants will be appointed by his Department to make recommendations on the upgrading of the A2, Carrickfergus Belfast Road at Jordanstown and Green Island. [224481]

Mr. Spellar: The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.
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Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin to Mr. Beggs, dated 6 April 2005:

Aircraft Charters

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money his Department has spent on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years. [213720]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Northern Ireland Office (excluding its Agencies and NDPBs) has spent the following on chartering aircraft in each of the past five years:

Andersonstown News Group

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money the Andersonstown News Group has received from (a) the Northern Ireland Office, (b) departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies within the Northern Ireland Civil Service and (c) Invest Northern Ireland since May 1997; how many applications remain to be determined; and if he will make a statement. [208674]

Mr. Gardiner: The information requested is as follows:

(a) The Northern Ireland Office has not provided funding to the ANG.

(b) and (c) I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given on 11 February 2005, Official Report, column 1016W. Details of funding provided to ANG for the period 1 April 1999 to 31 December 2004 are included in that response (information prior to 1 April 1999 is not readily available). Funding for ANG is listed under the company names of Andersonstown News and Preas an Phobail Ltd.
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There are no current ANG applications for funding remaining to be determined. However, DCAL, via Foras na Gaeilge, has agreed to provide funding of £21,250 in respect of the six months ending June 2005.

Departmental Budget/Expenditure

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the planned (a) capital and (b) resource budget for his Department is for 2011–12. [223437]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given by my hon. Friend the Financial Secretary on 4 April 2005, Official Report, column 1170W.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department spent on lawyers in each year since 1997; how many (a) actions, (b) settlements and (c) court cases there were in each year; and what the costs were of each settlement. [206455]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The information requested by the hon. Member is not readily available and to do so would be at disproportionate cost.

Electoral Register

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list by constituency the numbers of eligible voters who failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass. [215158]

Mr. Spellar: The following table lists by constituency the number of eligible electors who failed to re-register following the annual canvass and so did not appear on the register published on 1 December 2004.
Belfast East4,028
Belfast North5,440
Belfast South4,986
Belfast West5,509
East Antrim4,240
East Londonderry3,480
Fermanagh/South Tyrone3,887
Lagan Valley4,198
Mid Ulster3,464
North Antrim3,667
North Down4,023
Newry and Armagh4,387
South Antrim5,345
South Down4,653
Upper Bann4,611
West Tyrone4,420

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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the reasons why eligible voters failed to re-register in the 2004 annual canvass; and if he will make a statement. [215159]

Mr. Spellar: The Northern Ireland Office has not conducted detailed research in this area. However, I understand that the Electoral Commission will be continuing to monitor the levels of registration and the reasons regarding why eligible voters failed to register.

Electoral Registration Bill

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from (a) political parties, (b) the Electoral Commission and (c) the Northern Ireland Electoral Office about the Electoral Registration (Northern Ireland) Bill. [215254]

Mr. Spellar: The Government consulted with the Northern Ireland political parties last November. None of the parties opposed introducing the measures in the Bill. Both the Electoral Commission and the Chief Electoral Officer were consulted about the measures contained in the Bill.

Invest Northern Ireland

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been spent in each of the last three years on offering assistance to representatives of companies in Northern Ireland at the invitation of Invest Northern Ireland, broken down by constituency. [213972]

Mr. Gardiner: The following table provides information relating to offers made to clients by parliamentary constituency area during the three years up to end March 2004. Included is the total amount of planned investment to which these offers contributed. Invest NI's information is provided for the years 2002–03 and 2003–04. Information for 2001–02 is based on funding provided by two of Invest NI's legacy agencies—the Industrial Development Board and the Local Enterprise Development Unit.
Parliamentary constituency areaNumber of offersAssistance (£)Investment(28) (£)Number of offersAssistance (£)Investment(28) (£)
Belfast East465,760,10229,021,415582,103,0258,512,108
Belfast North585,670,98114,380,030457,565,19120,071,672
Belfast South785,780,64733,336,60613715,943,86838,581,673
Belfast West294,978,85526,254,575474,154,12716,518,873
East Antrim461,633,32211,499,761666,249,25421,210,100
East Londonderry442,006,2916,984,996594,168,04213,950,428
Fermanagh and South Tyrone704,660,40628,325,773695,720,67722,971,162
Lagan Valley641,385,3377,418,796541,462,7386,682,614
Mid Ulster1113,596,18418,695,8731434,056,81920,082,706
Newry and Armagh982,460,10814,561,864846,258,09822,320,265
North Antrim682,261,79912,919,845722,387,96414,215,617
North Down43960,8394,989,873441,347,0256,467,355
South Antrim727,033,90276,712,2548622,877,977142,862,810
South Down635,417,18620,525,114702,439,96012,649,429
Upper Bann675,061,36026,992,7907816,626,27573,276,818
West Tyrone524,348,70831,648,319524,786,84320,172,661
Yet to be determined(29)000000
Grand total1,12470,523,829395,505,0741,320124,711,793575,459,974

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Parliamentary constituency areaNumber of offersAssistance (£)Investment(28) (£)
Belfast East15315,781,51959,561,789
Belfast North1114,491,13624,863,957
Belfast South26825,744,481106,565,647
Belfast West968,083,96326,637,704
East Antrim1753,895,61112,601,313
East Londonderry1165,515,63210,952,580
Fermanagh and South Tyrone2114,330,33116,063,338
Lagan Valley1891,701,2555,865,880
Mid Ulster3185,610,09025,338,036
Newry and Armagh1882,126,1898,466,145
North Antrim1945,261,23531,305,993
North Down975,051,23615,224,274
South Antrim2164,533,95315,122,204
South Down1601,244,8254,201,426
Upper Bann2406,995,35931,978,233
West Tyrone1947,314,50535,664,802
Yet to be determined(29)2240,0004,769,000
Grand total3,281117,153,988467,890,578

(28) Investment totals include assistance offered.
(29) "Yet to be determined" relates to offers made to businesses which have not as yet determined a precise location.

An additional £21,211,335 was offered in 2002–03 that could not be allocated by area.

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