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Child Protection Services

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the governance arrangements are for child protection services between trusts, boards and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland. [16599]

Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety provides legislation, policy and procedural guidance to enable Boards and Trusts to safeguard children and promote their welfare. The Department is responsible for ensuring that Boards and Trusts have established satisfactory arrangements for the discharge of all child protection functions under the Children (NI) Order 1995 and other relevant legislation and guidance. The Department ensures this through a range of accountability, reporting and monitoring mechanisms.

Boards are responsible for planning to meet child protection needs within their areas through the Children's Services Planning process and for commissioning from Trusts the full range of child protection services. Each Board has an Area Child Protection Committee overseeing child protection arrangements throughout the Board area. Each Board is responsible for ensuring that Trusts have proper arrangements in place to fulfil all relevant child protection functions under the Children Order, which the Board has delegated to them. Boards have the authority to monitor, evaluate and inspect services directly and to require Trusts to provide them with information on any matter related to the discharge of relevant child protection functions.
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Trusts are responsible in law for the discharge of all relevant child protection functions delegated to them by Boards. They are accountable to Boards and through them to the Department for ensuring that child protection services are provided in accordance with the arrangements set out in the Boards' Schemes for Delegation of Statutory Functions and to any standards prescribed under the authority of the Schemes.

Computer Crime

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of computer (a) hacking, (b) fraud and (c) theft his Department recorded in each year since 2001–02; and for each year, on how many occasions computer systems have been illegally accessed by computer hackers (i) within and (ii)outside his Department. [7189]

Angela E. Smith: The following number of cases have been recorded in the 11 Departments of the Northern Ireland administration and their agencies and the Northern Ireland Office for the three years ending 31 March 2004:
Number of cases
(a) Computer hacking5312
(b) Computer fraud000
(c) Computer theft944
(i) Illegal accesses by computer
hackers within his Department
(ii) Illegal accesses by computer
hackers outside his Department

Figures for 2004–05 are currently being finalised and details will be provided as soon as they are available.


Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) names and (b) numbers of management consultants employed by his Department in each of the last three years. [14240]

Angela E. Smith: I have placed in the Library, information on the names and numbers of management consultants employed by the 11 Departments of the Northern Ireland administration and the Northern Ireland Office excluding agencies and non-departmental bodies in each of the last three years.


Mr. Davidson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to his Department. [15448]

Angela E. Smith: Information on contractors based in other EU member states that are providing services to Northern Ireland Departments is not held centrally and could be obtained only from individual Departments at disproportionate cost. However, the annual statutory EU Statistical Survey on the award of public sector contracts shows that the following contractors from
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other EU member states were awarded EU regulated contracts by Northern Ireland Departments during the period 1 January 2004 to 31 March 2005:

Republic of Ireland:


Councils (Employees/Assets)

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time people are employed in each of the 26 councils within Northern Ireland. [15189]

Angela E. Smith: The most up-to-date record of district council staff numbers is set out in the following table.
District councilFull-time employeesPart-time employees(73)
Dungannon and South Tyrone8036
Newry and Mourne36732
North Down301152

(73)Part-time denotes anyone working fewer than 30 hours per week, including job sharers.

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) estimated cost and (b) insurance value of the assets held by each district council in Northern Ireland are. [14507]

Angela E. Smith: The estimated cost or insurance value of individual district councils' assets are not held by the Department of the Environment. However, councils' assets are professionally valued every five years and the most up-to-date figures available, which have been extracted from councils' 2003–04 accounts, are reflected in the following table.
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District councilTotal fixed assets at 31 March 2005
Dungannon and South Tyrone21,177,496
Newry & Mourne52,595,245
North Down70,761,938

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Departmental Land

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what land his Department (a) is offering for sale, lease-back or similar disposal and (b) plans to offer in the next 12 months; and what the (i)location, (ii) size and (iii) best estimate of value is in each case. [14529]

Angela E. Smith: : It is not possible to provide the information requested in respect of the next 12 calendar months. However, as departmental property strategies are closely aligned with overall financial planning, details of the land proposed for disposal by the Northern Ireland Office, the eleven Departments of the Northern Ireland Administration and their agencies during the current financial year are given in the following table:
Address Size
Value (£)
Randalstown Road (plot A Castle Road), Antrim4.35Acresn/k
23 Steeple Road, Antrim0.26Acres44,000
77 Riverside, Pigeon Hill, Antrim2.76Acres825,000
Birchill Road/Ballygore Road, Antrim—plots 15 and 1627.49Acres2,530,000
Nursery Park, Antrim0.62Acres137,500
Land at Caulside—58A New Lodge Road, Antrim1.13Acres5,500
Culnafeigh Green, Antrim0.04Acres22,000
Land adjacent to St. Judes, 4 Ballycraigy Road, Muckamore0.03Acres1,000
Plot B Castle Road, Antrim—Cyc le Lane to Roads Service2.02Acres5,150
Riverside Walkway, Antrim40.82Acres(74)1
The Steeple, Antrim0.039Acres1,000
Land at junction of Belfast Road/Fountain Hill, Antrim1.14Acres(74)1
Bridge Street, BallymenaHouse60,000
Land at Tullygarley—Dunluce Park, Ballymena4.9Acres50,000
18 Antrim Road, Ballymena0.16Acres8,000
Land at Ballee Road West, Ballymena0.83Acres50,000
Larne Road, Ballymena0.56Acres(74)1
Woodside Road, Ballymena1.371Acres80,000
Laneway at Old Antrim Road, Ballymena0.68Acres20,000
Charlestown Road/New Charlestown Road, Portadown30Acres1,800,000
Lands adjacent to Drumgor Park, Craigavon1.072Acresn/k
Portadown Road, 1 Ballynamoney Lane, Lurgan13.76Acres4,000,000
Lands at Ballinacor, Portadown4.98Acres40,000
Encroachment of lands at Upper Ramone/Bocombra, Portadown (540 sq m)0.133Acres(74)1
Cycleway at Pinebank, Craigavon0.320Acres900
Lands adjacent. to 70 Silverwood Road, Lurgan9.67Acres300,000
Lands at Eastway, Craigavon13.5Acres450,000
Lands adjacent to 81 Kernan Gardens, Portadown0.066Acres1,000
Land at Franklyn Park, Lurgan3. 32Acres175,000
Encroachment of land adjacent to Franklyn Park, Lurgan (53 sq m)0.013Acres(74)1
Lands adjacent to Seagoe Cemetery, Seagoe Road, Portadown0.462Acresn/k
Lands at Drumgask, Craigavon6.8Acres15,000
Craigavon Balancing Lakes—none available(74)
B2 Silverwood Junction, Lurgan0.810Acres(74)
Plot 4, Rodgers Quay, Carrickfergus70,000
Lonsdale Road, Armagh(74)
Car Park, Coleraine2,500,000
Linenhall Street, Ballymoney0.13Hectaresn/k
Land at rear of 17a Market Street, Lurgann/k
Slater's Cross, Belleek(74)
Car Park at Cliff Road, Belleek60,000
Upper North Street, Carrickfergus25,000
Former Railway Track, Coalisland
Site A4.39Acres16,000
Site C2.53Acresn/k
Union Place, Dungannon
Site 30.0034Hectares250
Site 50.0038Hectares250
Site 80.0475Hectares1,000
Sites 9 and 100.0306Hectares700
11 Market Square, Dungannon0.0026Hectares250
Eden Street, Enniskillen0.007Hectares80,000
Land adjacent to Durham Street/Durham Court, Belfast0.067Hectares70,000
124–138 Peters Hill, Belfast0.060Hectares99,750
357–361 Donegall Road, Belfast0.03Hectares168,000
339–343 Donegall Road, Belfast0.22Hectares625,000
183–191 Beersbridge Road, Belfast0.020Hectares152,250
211–217 Beersbridge Road, Belfast0.020Hectares78,750
155–157 Newtownards/Ards Road, Tower Street, Belfast0.0984Hectares36,750
68–72 Newtownards Road, Belfast0.19Hectares420,000
2A Adam Street, Belfast0.02205Hectares76,125
118–120 Antrim Road, Belfast0.040Hectares199,500
127 Ballygomartin Road, Belfast0.0694Hectares31,500
181 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast0.0107Hectares8,400
126–130 Sandy Row and 39–49 Albion Street, Belfast0.355Hectares767,500
Land at Lenamore, Londonderry0.369Hectares275,000
Former Donard Special Care School, Banbridge1.0Acre250,000
Lands at Muckamore Abbey Hospital33Acres240,000
5 Annadale Avenue, Belfast0.32Acres600,000
216 Belmont Road, Belfast0.48Acres800,000
Former Glenside Special Care School, Strabane0.49Acres250,000
Lands at Antrim Hospital, Antrim3.16Acres1,100,000
Lands at Riverview Road, Omagh11. 20Acres25,000
Lands at Drumakilly Road, Omagh4.75Acres3,300,000
Desertcreat Farm, Cookstown105Hectares2,000,000
53 Mandeville Avenue, Lisburn0.200Hectares70,000
Tandragee Gate Lodge0.225Hectares90,000
White Water Cottage0.053Hectares6,000
20 Mullyburtian Road, Lisnaskea0.133Hectares60,000
22 Mullyburtian Road, Lisnaskea0.08Hectares65,000
86 Alderwood Road, Mullaghfad0.06Hectares40,000
Craigmore Cam. County Londonderry0.01Hectares200
Slievagh, Portglenone0.140Hectares530
Gortatole, Marlbank, County Fermanagh110Hectares350
Cloghmore, Spring Grove, County Fermanagh0.37Hectares3,500
Shanmullagh, Riversdale, County Fermanagh0.024Hectares4,000
Knockmult, Springwell, County Londonderry0.242Hectares3,500
Drumawillin, Ballycastle2.30Hectares6,000
Tullyhogue Fort, Cookstown20.5Hectares405,000
House at Glenwherry, BallymenaHectares76,000
Land at Lough Melvin0.15Hectares15,000
East Belfast (garden land)0.013Hectares750
Far Railway Paddock, Hillsborough Estate1.600Hectaresn/k

1.Where £1 nominal is quoted, the circumstances are typically that the ongoing management costs of or obligation of ownership extinguish any value.
2.Some properties have yet to be valued and the entries for these are marked as n/k (not known).
3.Estimates of value are necessarily provisional in nature. They will be subject to ongoing review so that any changes in circumstances, for instance to planning approvals, can be taken into account prior to disposal.
4.Departments are obliged to keep their property holdings under continual review. Therefore, although the list of properties for disposal is accurate as regards current plans, it may be subject to future amendment.

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