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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Part-Time RUC Reserve resigned as a result of intimidation or other terrorist activity during the Troubles. 
Mr. Pearson: Information held on the PSNI Human Resources system indicates that nine members of the Part-Time Reserve left the service giving the reason as Threatened". However, this figure cannot be regarded as definitive as specific reasons for leaving are not always provided.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the fine imposed by the
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Government on Sinn Fein/IRA in April 2004 has been paid since the first report of the Independent Monitoring Commission. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: Following the first report by the Independent Monitoring Commission, I directed that Sinn Fein should not receive the financial assistance payable to Northern Ireland political parties for 12months from 29 April. No such payments have been made to Sinn Fein, In the light of the IMC's report on the Northern bank robbery, I have directed that Sinn Fein will not receive financial assistance for a further 12months, from 29 April 2005.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made in identifying the source of the leak within the Police Service Northern Ireland or the Police Ombudsman's office to the Press Association in December 2004 in relation to the case communicated to him on 31 January. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were made by departmental civil servants regarding the conduct of special advisers between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004. 
Mr. Gardiner: Eligible teachers have been able to progress to UPS 2 with effect from 1 September 2003 following agreement between the teacher unions and employers to a Performance Review and Staff Development Scheme (PRSD) and implementation plan in November 2004. All applications received for UPS 2 progression have now been paid but there remains a possibility that a relatively small number of teachers have still to make an application. It is therefore not possible to provide a final total cost of teachers progressing to point 2 of the Upper Pay Scale but it is expected to be in the region of £21 million to £22 million.
Mr. Trimble: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what support the Government is making available to assist the (a) Saville Row textile company and (b) Northern Ireland textile industry; and what discussions have taken place regarding these matters. 
Mr. Gardiner: The right hon. Gentleman will receive a response to this question as soon as possible. However, I apologise that it has not been possible to provide this information before Prorogation. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of unallocated departmental spending in (a) 200506, (b) 200607, and (c) 200708; and if he will make a statement. 
|Unallocated departmental spending (£000)|
As a result of the outcome of the Spending Review 2004, the Department has decided, in agreement with HM Treasury, to hold no unallocated provision in the years 200607 and 200708 in order to maximise funding available to its directorates, agencies and NDPBs.
Angela Smith: In the Northern Ireland Waste Management Strategy, the waste management hierarchy gives top priority to prevention and second priority to recoverywith a preference for re-use and material recovery insofar as they are the best environmental options. Disposal of waste is very much a last option.
Landfill is the only disposal option currently available in Northern Ireland. However, the recent Best Practicable Environmental Option" exercise to identify waste management solutions for Northern Ireland highlighted the need for thermal treatment by 2013. In addition, a range of other physical treatment options to recover and reuse material have been identified as an alternative to disposal.
District councils continue to work towards increased recycling, and the Department of the Environment supports them in their roll-out of separate kerbside collections of recyclable and compostable material, thereby reducing the quantity of waste going for disposal.
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Angela Smith: In 2002, 251,600 tonnes (40 per cent. of the total) of commercial and industrial waste were sent to landfill. A survey of commercial and industrial waste arisings in 2004 is planned for this year.
Angela Smith: The Landfill Directive sets targets for the reduction in the landfilling of Biodegradable Municipal Waste and performance against these targets is assessed through an annual performance report submitted to the Department of the Environment by each of the three regional Waste Management Groups.
Good progress is being made and this has been reinforced by the Landfill Allowance Scheme (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2004 which will set yearly landfill limits for each district council to ensure that Northern Ireland meets these targets.
Maria Eagle: Local authorities are responsible for providing financial help with the costs of staying in a care home, including the cost of personal care. Attendance allowance is not payable to residents who receive any local authority help with their care home costs, but it can be paid to those who meet all their care home costs themselves, or receive only free nursing care.
Direct payment increases choice, reduces fraud and assures a safe, convenient, more modern and efficient way of paying benefits. It increases financial inclusion, and allows people to make savings on many of their bills by paying by direct debit. It also reduces waste in social security administrative costs and protects vulnerable customers.
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