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Police Service of Northern Ireland

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Roman Catholics and (b) Protestants qualified for the merit pool of suitably qualified candidates on each recruitment exercise for new constables by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, but were not appointed. [19186]

Mr. Woodward: I am advised that in the last three years the merit pool breakdown has been as follows:
Merit pool
Not appointed
CampaignMonth/YearCatholicNon-CatholicCatholicNon-Catholic
5March 2003281760(22)131(22)610
6September 2003211656(22)61(22)506
7March 2004180578(22)47(22)445
8September 2004308807(22)198(22)697
9March 2005(23)
10September 2005(23)


(22) Appointments are still being made from competitions five through to eight and these figures are based upon the projected number of final appointments.
(23) Pool not yet formed.


In total, competitions five through to eight have seen 3,781 candidates who have been classified as suitably qualified. It is projected that only 1,086 appointments will be made from these competitions, and as such it is inevitable that a large number of qualified candidates (an estimated 2,695) will be rejected.

The vast majority of these candidates, however, will be affected in absolutely no way by the 50:50 measures. It is estimated only 288 will actually be rejected because of these temporary provisions. The remaining number will be rejected regardless of the 50/50 provisions and simply because demand to join PSNI is so high.

With non-Catholics representing a higher proportion of applications, it is inevitable that there will be a higher proportion of non-Catholics who reach the pool of suitably qualified applicants, and are not then appointed.

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what was the cost of Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment exercises for each of the last three years. [19187]


 
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Mr. Woodward: I am advised that the figures spent on regular police trainee recruitment has been as follows:
Financial yearAnnual cost (£)
2002–033,794,761
2003–044,553,610
2004–055,071,988

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many recruitment exercises have been carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for new constables in each of the last three years. [19188]

Mr. Woodward: I am advised that there have been a total of six campaigns administered in the last three years. A total of 10 have taken place since March 2001.

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new Police Service of Northern Ireland constables were appointed in each of the last three years for which figures are available. [19189]

Mr. Woodward: I am advised that the following numbers have been appointed over the last three years:
Financial yearNumber appointed
2002–03414
2003–04528
2004–05531

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the size of the merit pool was for recruitment exercises carried out by the Police Service of Northern Ireland for new constables in each of the last three years. [19330]

Mr. Woodward: I am advised that the following numbers have reached the merit pool of suitably qualified candidates:
Month/yearCampaignMerit pool: total
March 200351,041
September 20036867
March 20047758
September 200481,115




Note:
Competitions nine and 10 are ongoing, with merit pools yet to be formed.



Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many regular Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) full-time reserve and (b) part-time reserve officers are on (i) long term sick leave and (ii) short term sick leave within East Belfast. [19575]

Mr. Woodward: As of the 19 October 2005, East Belfast DCU recorded the following sick absence details for regular, full-time reserve and part-time reserve officers:


 
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Police Stations (Closures)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the police stations on closure lists in each district in Northern Ireland. [19531]

Mr. Woodward: The following stations have been approved for closure by the Chief Constable and the Policing Board:
DCUStation
BanbridgeDromore
ColeraineCastlerock
CookstownMoneymore
DownCastlewellan
Dungannon and South TyroneCaledon
Ballygawley
Moy
FermanaghBallinamallard
Derrygonnelly
Kinawley
Lisbellaw
Rosslea
Tempo
Newry and MourneArdglass
StrabanePlumbridge

Primary Schools

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils attended (a) state controlled, (b) Catholic maintained and (c) integrated primary schools in Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years. [19943]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested is as follows:
Pupils(24) in primary schools (25) in Northern Ireland

Controlled schoolsCatholic maintained schoolsIntegrated(26) schools
1995–9689,21489,2132,965
1996–9789,07788,0723,512
1997–9887,96986,3453,809
1998–9986,15784,2134,669
1999–200084,71082,0035,006
2000–0183,52980,0595,159
2001–0282,52178,7425,379
2002–0380,98177,2335,557
2003–0479,18376,0346,012
2004–0577,79974,8496,392


(24) Figures relate to pupils in year 1—year 7 only.
(25) Data for pupils at 'other maintained' primary schools and at preparatory departments of voluntary grammar schools have been excluded.
(26) Includes both controlled integrated schools and grant maintained integrated schools.


Public Bodies (Appointments)

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestant, (b) Roman Catholic and (c) non-determined appointees there have been to (i) the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland, (ii) general service grades of the Civil Service in Northern Ireland and (iii) the
 
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Northern Ireland Housing Executive in the last 12 months; and what percentage of appointees this represents in each case. [18497]

Angela E. Smith: Protestants and men are currently under-represented in positions in the administrative grades of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. To encourage applications from these groups advertisements for general service positions have included the following welcoming statement:


 
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As part of current outreach measures, Recruitment Service attends careers events throughout Northern Ireland to encourage young people to consider a career in the Northern Ireland Civil Service. Officials from Department of Finance and Personnel have also met careers teachers from a predominantly Protestant catchment area in an initiative to ensure that careers in NICS are perceived in a positive way by young Protestant school leavers and that applications received are representative of the entire community.

The following tables provide details of appointments for the year 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005.
Northern Ireland Civil Service

Protestant
Roman Catholic
Non-determined
General service gradesNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentageTotal
Permanent661448255590.61,495
Temporary1614519053.541355




Note:
(These are overall figures for NICS and include appointments to the Child Support Agency.)




Child Support Agency

Protestant
Roman Catholic
Non-determined
General service gradesNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentageTotal
Permanent8036.51386310.4219
Temporary1538.52256.42539




Note:
(These appointments, included in the table above, are identified as appointments to the Child Support Agency.)




Northern Ireland Housing Executive

Protestant
Roman Catholic
Non-determined
General service gradesNumberPercentageNumberPercentageNumberPercentageTotal
Appointees11939.314547.83912.9303


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