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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines his Department issues to Education and Library Boards regarding the provision of English as an additional language support. 
Angela E. Smith: Under Article 6 of the Education and Libraries (Northern Ireland Order) 1986, Education and Library Boards are required to afford for all pupils opportunities for education offering such variety of instruction and training as may be desirable in view of their different ages, abilities and aptitudes, including practical instruction and training appropriate to their respective needs.
The Department is in the early stages of developing a policy for EAL. Equality issues will be considered during the development of the policy and full and meaningful consultation will take place with all interested parties throughout the development process.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Department has spent promoting equality and diversity in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
Angela E. Smith:
Promoting equality and diversity are fundamental principles underpinning the functions of each of the 11 Departments in the Northern Ireland administration and the Northern Ireland Office (NIO), and are mainstreamed into departmental processes and decision making. It would not therefore be possible to apportion costs to these activities with any degree of accuracy. However, we estimate that in the 11 Departments of the Northern Ireland administration
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and NIO there were approximately 135 full-time equivalent (FTE) officials involved wholly or mainly in promoting equality and diversity at a total cost of approximately £4.3 million. The corresponding figure for NIO shows that there were approximately eight FTE officials at a cost of approximately £305,000.
In addition, the budget for the Equality Directorate of the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister for delivery of services relating to equality, diversity and good relations the last year was approximately £29 million, including funding for the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, the Community Relations Council and the office of the Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People. The Department for Culture Arts and Leisure had a programme budget relating to diversity of £5.3 million last year.
Mr. Woodward: There has been very significant investment in the Pre-school Expansion programme, the Sure Start programme and a range of other child care provisions throughout Northern Ireland. Further investment is required to ensure that every child has the best start in life and this will be a priority in future budget allocations.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many bankruptcies of farmers in Northern Ireland there were in each of the last 15 years; what percentage of the total number of farmers this represented in each year; and what the percentage change in bankruptcies was in each year. 
in year ending
|Number of farm businesses(76)||Number of bankruptcy orders made(77)||Percentage of bankruptcies to farm businesses||Percentage change in bankruptcies|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flags have been removed by Police Service Northern Ireland officers in each police district in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Woodward: The PSNI have confirmed that verifiable statistics regarding the removal of flags by the PSNI are not currently available. The PSNI have advised that they have written to the Policing Board on this matter and await a response.
Mr. Hanson: The Housing Executive has now written to all district councils in Northern Ireland asking them to submit applications for 'Town Centre Living Initiative Areas' by the end of September 2005. It is anticipated that up to five new areas will be declared each year and the first of these is expected to be announced early in 2006.
|Food (including school meals)||40|
|Clothing and footwear||18|
|End of year||Amount (£)|
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