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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the use of video identification in place of identity parades in Northern Ireland. 
The Government see considerable merit in the use of video identification technology, which has already proved very successful in England and Wales. It will significantly enhance the effectiveness of the current identification procedures and remove many of the operational difficulties experienced by the PSNI in arranging live identification parades. Its introduction in Northern Ireland will benefit all those involved in the Criminal Justice system, including the Police Service, the Prosecution Service, the legal profession, suspects and witnesses.
You recently asked a Parliamentary Question asking what steps are being taken to identify which households in Northern Ireland are not connected to mains water or sewerage (5741). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
Around 99% of households are connected to the public water supply and around 83% are served by public sewers. We do not currently hold comprehensive records of all households connected to mains water or sewerage services and are therefore not aware of the details of those households not connected. Water Service
However, in preparation for the proposed introduction of domestic charging a comprehensive Customer Database is being developed. This process includes liaison with other government agencies and available data is matched with our water and sewerage infrastructure records. This is a significant task and we are going to considerable lengths to ensure maximum accuracy in the data which will be required to support future customer services.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to improve water quality at the Northern Ireland beaches where water quality failed to meet the mandatory European Community standard. 
The failure to meet mandatory standards was due mainly to the wet weather during the summer period Studies have shown there is a direct correlation between bathing water compliance levels and the frequency and intensity of rainfall during the bathing season. Heavier rainfall leads to an increase in the number of spills from combined sewer overflows and an increase in agricultural run-off.
To address the sewerage problems, Water Service has commenced construction of a new wastewater treatment works to serve the North Coast. It is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2007. The works will treat all wastewater from Portrush, Portstewart, Coleraine, Castlerock and Articlave. This should result in an overall improvement in the bathing water quality in the North Coast area.
Water Service plans to construct a new wastewater treatment works at Donaghadee to treat the wastewater from Bangor, Donaghadee and Millisle. The project is schedule for completion in December 2007. In addition, a number of Drainage Area Studies in the North Down area, have been completed and have identified approximately £13 million of networks improvements. Major programmes of work to implement the necessary improvements will be implemented on a phased basis
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from 2006. Completion of this investment will result in an overall improvement in the bathing water quality in the area.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether health and safety procedures at water service installations have been reviewed since the fatal accident at Carnmoney, County Londonderry on 2 June. 
Following the events of 2 June, an independent inquiry by the Health and Safety Executive (NI) is under way. Water Service is liaising closely with them as their investigation proceeds and will, of course, take immediate action to implement any actions, should they be recommended as a result of this investigation.
In the meantime, Water Service has completed a precautionary inspection at all other 18 similar installations across Northern Ireland, which are essential for the maintenance of drinking water quality and is satisfied that the health and safety procedures are robust. I am assured that it is safe for the installations to continue operating.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken to penalise health service bodies who remain non-compliant with the European Working Time Directive, as applied in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: Health and Personal Social Services employers would be liable under Health and Safety Legislation if they breach the European Working Time Directive requirements. This liability may take the form of financial penalties. The Department has been working with Health and Personal Social Services employers to ensure that they do all they can to avoid being subject to penalties.