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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the numbers and percentages are of the total of Protestants, Roman Catholics and those who are not identified as from either religious background who (a) applied for positions, (b) were regarded as suitably qualified for and (c) appointed as police officers in Northern Ireland under the 50/50 recruitment policy. 
With the large number of applications to join the Police Service, the number of qualified candidates is far in excess of the finite number of posts available. This means that qualified candidates of all religious traditions will sadly experience the disappointment of an unsuccessful application.
There are in addition, some candidates who lose out as a result of the implementation of the 50/50 recruitment policy, which seeks to rectify an acute historical imbalance in the composition of the police service.
I think the members of all Political Parties should welcome the fact that increasing numbers of our young people, from both traditions, wish to join the PSNI. This reflects their ever growing reputation.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's policy on the funding of community restorative justice projects in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: It is open to community restorative justice projects to seek funding from whatever sources may be available to support their community-based programmes and to satisfy the relevant grant criteria.
The Criminal Justice Review acknowledged that, subject to conditional safeguards, such schemes could also have a role to play in dealing with the types of low level crime which commonly concern local communities. My officials have therefore been working with the key criminal justice agencies and the representatives of the community restorative justice schemes on the development of guidelines to support the management of appropriate referrals from the statutory agencies for a community restorative solution. Once these guidelines have been agreed it is proposed to establish a pilot scheme to test the mechanisms in a practical environment.
Information on the total number of attendances at sexual health clinics is not collected centrally according to age and gender. Information is, however, available on the number of initial contacts with genito-urinary medicine clinics each year, broken down by age and gender, in respect of persons with various sexually transmitted infections. This
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information is shown for the financial years ending March 2001, March 2002, March 2003, March 2004 and March 2005 in the following tables.
|Initial contacts||Under 15||15||1619||Total|
|1 April 200031 March 2001|
|1 April 200131 March 2002|
|1 April 200231 March 2003|
|1 April 200331 March 2004|
|1 April 200431 March 2005|
Angela E. Smith: The Department of the Environment, through the Environment and Heritage Service (EHS) has responsibility for enforcing a number of waste management regulations. These regulations place a legal responsibility on waste tyre producers to ensure that they transport and dispose of their tyres legally. EHS has provided advice and guidance for tyre producers and the public with regard to the safe disposal of tyres. EHS has met with companies and tyre associations to promote awareness and encourage them and their members to apply appropriate disposal routes for waste tyres. EHS is in regular contact with the vehicle dismantling sector to explain the need to comply with the higher environmental standards and advise them of the requirement to remove and safely dispose of waste tyres.