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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. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question asking when consultants will be appointed to make recommendations on the upgrading of the A2, Carrickfergus Belfast Road at Jordanstown and Green Island. . I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
However, this scheme is included in the Roads Service Preparation Pool, which is a list of road improvement schemes that are to be developed and taken through the Statutory Procedures with the expectation of progressing to construction within the next five years, subject to the availability of the necessary funds at that time.
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. 
(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.
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. 
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.
|Newry and Armagh||4,387|
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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. 
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 200203 and 200304. Information for 200102 is based on funding provided by two of Invest NI's legacy agenciesthe Industrial Development Board and the Local Enterprise Development Unit.
|Parliamentary constituency area||Number of offers||Assistance (£)||Investment(28) (£)||Number of offers||Assistance (£)||Investment(28) (£)|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||70||4,660,406||28,325,773||69||5,720,677||22,971,162|
|Newry and Armagh||98||2,460,108||14,561,864||84||6,258,098||22,320,265|
|Yet to be determined(29)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Parliamentary constituency area||Number of offers||Assistance (£)||Investment(28) (£)|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||211||4,330,331||16,063,338|
|Newry and Armagh||188||2,126,189||8,466,145|
|Yet to be determined(29)||2||240,000||4,769,000|
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