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Child Care

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funds have been added to the Northern Ireland budget as a result of the Chancellor's commitments to early years and child care funding. [224656]

Mr. Pearson: In accordance with the Treasury's Statement of Funding Policy, additional allocations to Northern Ireland are determined via the application of the Barnett formula to overall changes in planned total spending by UK departments.

Civil Servants

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants from his Department have (a) faced disciplinary proceedings as a result of allegations of theft, (b) been charged with theft and (c) been dismissed following theft allegations in each year since 1997. [206395]

Mr. Pearson: The information requested is set out in the following table.
Number of staff faced disciplinary proceedings following allegation of theftNumber of staff charged with theftNumber of staff dismissed following theft allegations

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The information in the table relates only to the Northern Ireland Office and not the 11 departments of the Northern Ireland Administration.

Construction Industry

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of apprentices entering the construction industry of the costs to businesses of premiums for insuring trainees. [224960]

Mr. Gardiner: It has not been possible to provide the information requested by the hon. Gentleman before Prorogation.

Decommissioning Commission

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the annual (a) salaries paid to and (b) allowances claimed by members of the Decommissioning Commission in each year since its formation. [219078]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I apologise for not being in a position to answer this question before Prorogation. However, I will respond to the hon. Lady in writing. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.

Cross-Border Implementation Bodies

Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget was for the Cross-Border Implementation Bodies for each of the last 10years; what percentage change has taken place in these budgets in each year; and what proportion of the budget of each was contributed by the Government in each year. [224601]

Mr. Pearson: The North/South Implementation Bodies were established on 2 December 1999 and details of the relevant budgets, annual percentage changes and the Northern Ireland share of the budgets for each year since then are provided in the following table.
North/south implementation bodies budgets(19)
Year ended 31 December
Foyle Carlingford and
Irish Lights Commission
Budget £ million2.93.854.
Percentage change339-23015
Percentage NI share172034505050
Waterways Ireland
Budget £ million11.318.8221.9922.6131.7034.16
Percentage change67173408
Percentage NI share121217353235
The Trade and Business Development Body
Budget £ million7.78.639.529.009.009.27
Percentage change1210-503
Percentage NI share403333333333
Special EU Programmes Body
Budget £ million2.01.21.752.022.022.195
Percentage change-40461509
Percentage NI share205050565656
The North/South Language Body
Budget £ million7.111.4211.9711.3314.614.7
Percentage change615-5291
Percentage NI share323131313131
The Food Safety Promotion Board
Budget £ million3.04.874.965.426.086.16
Percentage change6229121
Percentage NI share263030303030

(19)The budget figures quoted are the initial approved annual budgets and do not include any additional non-recurrent allocations that may have been agreed through the in-year monitoring process.
(20)Figures cover the period 2 December 1999 to 31 December 2000.

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Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. [202512]

Mr. Paul Murphy: This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of travel within the UK for the Department was in each year since 1997; and how much of this was spent on (a) hire cars, (b) helicopter hire, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence. [206472]

Mr. Spellar: Information is only available from 2001–02. Costs of (a) , (b) , (c) and (d) cannot be disaggregated from the overall totals.

Overall costs of travel to the Northern Ireland Office (excluding it's Agencies and NDPBs) are as follows.

Overall costs of overnight subsistence, which includes hotel accommodation are as follows.

This information relates to the Northern Ireland Office and does not include the 11 departments of the Northern Ireland administration.

Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas trips, and at what total cost, have been made by his Department in each year since 1997; and what the costs of (a) flights, (b) internal travel, (c) hotel accommodation and (d) subsistence were of each trip. [206658]

Mr. Paul Murphy: Information is not held in the format requested.
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Information relating to overseas travel by Ministers is published on an annual basis. Information for the period 2 May 1997 to 31 March 2004 is available in the Library of the House. Information for the financial year 2004–05 will be published as soon as possible at the end of the current financial year.

All official travel complied with the requirements of the Ministerial Code, Travel by Ministers and the Civil Service Management Code, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

Fixed Penalty Fines

David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many fixed penalty fines for driving offences have been issued in the last three years in the Province; and what revenue was raised from such fines in each year. [225017]

Mr. Paul Murphy: It has not been possible to answer the hon. Gentleman's question before Prorogation.

Human Rights Commission

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans there are to increase funding for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission. [220356]

Mr. Spellar: The baseline funding for the Commission is currently £1.3 million and will rise to £1.35 in the next financial year.

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