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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of growth of total industrial production in Northern Ireland was in 2004; and what his estimate is of such growth in 2005. 
|Number of jobs|
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland what progress has been made on the implementation of the Government's Money Advice strategy for Northern Ireland; how much has been allocated so far; and what criteria were used to determine the recipients. 
Angela E. Smith:
Following consultation with key stakeholders, a pilot money advice project is being delivered in 200405 and 200506 by Advice NI and Citizens Advice. The Department has allocated £550,000 of funding to the pilot project. Over £231,000 of the budget available has been drawn down to date. The locations of the specialist advice posts that are being
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funded are based on the evidence of unmet need identified by external independent consultants, and advice from Advice NI and Citizens Advice.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time taken by the Planning Appeals Commission to process planning appeals in Northern Ireland was in the last five years for which figures are available. 
Angela E. Smith: The Planning Appeals Commission is a tribunal non-departmental public body, and the Chief Commissioner (John Warke) has written to the hon. Lady in the following terms. A copy of the annual report mentioned in the letter is available in the Library.
The Commission does not maintain details of the average time taken to process planning appeals and it would not be possible to obtain this information for the periods requested without disproportionate cost. The Commission does record details of the median times taken and the percentage of appeals decided within published target times.
|Formal hearings percentage within 30 weeks||||63.6||26.3||53.3||42.1|
|Informal hearings percentage within 27 weeks||||89.4||87.3||74.9||80.1|
|Written representation percentage within 24 weeks||94.4||96.1||86.4||94.2||86.3|
|All appeals median time (weeks)||21||21||23||21||23|
|Formal hearing median time (weeks)||22||28||38||30||34|
|Informal hearing median time (weeks)||||22||25||24||24|
|Written representations with accompanied site visit median time (weeks)||18||20||22||20||22|
|Written representations with no accompanied site visit median time (weeks)|
|Percentage change in yearly intake||+6.8||+34.8||-12.5||+50.3||+50.6|
|Appeals withdrawn or not accepted||38||43||46||37||50|
|Appeals in hand at year's end||103||154||158||208||376|
I would be happy to provide any further information you require arising out of this response or to meet with you to discuss the matter if that would be more suitable. I have enclosed a copy of the Commissions' Annual Report for the year ending March 2004 which I hope you will find of interest.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the conclusions of the Equality Impact Assessment are on the impact of reforming domestic rates into a capital value system on (a) Protestant and (b) middle class areas. 
Angela E. Smith: The Equality Impact Assessment concluded, on the basis of the evidence available, that Protestants are likely to face a higher property tax liability than average under a discrete capital value system. However, taking into account all relevant factors, including ability to pay, such an impact is not considered to be an inappropriate one.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps Invest Northern Ireland is taking to attract inward investment for the former TK-ECC factory site; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith:
The former TK-ECC factory site is privately owned and Invest NI continues to work with the owners and their agents to market the property in line with the existing employment/industrial use for which it is currently zoned.
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Despite a very competitive global marketplace, Invest NI's international sales and marketing strategy continues to aggressively promote all areas of Northern Ireland as attractive and viable locations for new inward investment opportunities. Invest NI encourages potential investors to consider areas throughout Northern Ireland, including Dundonald, capable of sustaining the project in question. Ultimately it is the promoter of the project, and not Invest NI, that makes the final decision as to where the project will be established, although Invest NI's Local Offices Network works closely with key stakeholders to ensure that detailed information on sub-regional sales propositions is available to all potential investors.