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Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of (a) the performance of each council in Northern Ireland in waste management and (b) whether they are on course to meet their recycling targets. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department reviews the annual performance reports submitted by the three district council waste management groups. The annual performance reports for 200405 will be reviewed and reported on in December 2005. This review will include an assessment of whether the district councils are on course to meet their targets. It is anticipated that not all district councils will meet the 25 per cent. recycling target for household waste in 200506. However, it is expected that most district councils will achieve a rate of at least 20 per cent. recycling of household waste.
Angela E. Smith: Statistics on instances of employees in local government who have been victims of offences of violence at work are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.