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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines are issued by education boards to assist teachers on how to prevent and report child abuse; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department's publication1999/10 'Pastoral Care in Schools: Child Protection' contains comprehensive and wide-ranging advice and guidance for schools on all aspects of child protection, including the action to be taken to enable cases of suspected abuse to be properly considered and pursued. It was drawn up in conjunction with representatives from the Department, the five Education and Library Boards, the Council for Catholic and Maintained Schools and the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. Education and Library Boards base their child protection training of designated/deputy designated child protection teachers, new Principals/teachers and Boards of Governors on the advice contained in this publication which is available on the Department's website at www.deni.gov.uk/teachers/circulars/dcl999102.pdf.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of non-payment by parents of child support are pending adjudication in the Province; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many parents in the Province have been found to be avoiding paying the correct amount of child support since the establishment of the Child Support Agency. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the Government's plans for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, with particular reference to the implications for Northern Ireland. 
The Government's plans for further reform of the CFP are set out in Securing the Benefits", the joint UK response to the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report on the future of the fishing industry in the UK. This sets out our priorities to:
A discussion of how to improve the annual fisheries decision making process was held at the meeting of the Council of Fisheries Ministers in Luxembourg on 24 October. This focused on possible changes to the fishing year to allow more time for consideration of Commission proposals for fishing quotas which are normally published in December, and on ways of bringing forward discussion on related issues. The Commission is working on an Action Plan for simplification of the CFP which is on the agenda for the December meeting of the Fisheries Council.
Northern Ireland officials and stakeholders have been involved in the various groups that played a key role in drawing up Securing the Benefits, and will be involved in on-going follow-up work, including simplification, regulation, and environmental issues.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the reasons why the Department for Education and Skills believes that it would not be in the public interest to disclose the minutes and discussion papers of the Costello Working Group. 
Angela E. Smith: After consideration and discussion with the Information Commissioner, the minutes of the meetings of the Post-Primary Review Working Group were disclosed and are available on the Department's website (www.deni.gov.uk).
Elements of the papers prepared for discussion by the group were incorporated in the disclosed minutes. The Department of Education is currently considering whether the disclosure of the remaining elements of those papers would compromise members of future expert groups being able to have a free and frank exchange of views and provide advice to assist in the formulation of policy free from disclosure. I will write to the hon. Gentleman when that consideration has been completed.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research has been undertaken to ensure best value in encouraging growth in the credit union and community banking sector in Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith: As part of its current three-year Corporate Plan, the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment is committed to exploring new ways to encourage the further development of the Credit Union sector in Northern Ireland.
On the back of this, DETI expects to make new statutory rules later this year which will enable the credit union movement to develop its potential and play a fuller role in Northern Ireland's social economy.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with the dairy industry on pricing of dairy products in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith:
I have not had any discussions with the dairy industry on the pricing of dairy products. This is a purely commercial matter in which Government cannot get involved, as long as competition rules are respected. However, following the recent reform of the Common Agricultural Policy it is vital that the Northern Ireland dairy industry embraces change. It is therefore encouraging to note that the industry is being proactive
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to the challenges which it faces, by seeking to improve efficiency and increase the production of high added-value products. This combined with collaboration between the various parts of the food chain is a good road map to ensure the future sustainability of the dairy industry.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in the (i) 200506 and (ii) 200607 financial years. 
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were in receipt of a disability vehicle due to receiving the high rate mobility disability living allowance in each of the last five years, broken down by district area. 
Mr. Hanson: The Motability Scheme is administered by Motability, an independent UK-wide charity. The following table provides details of the number of people in Northern Ireland who obtained a motability vehicle in each of the last five years. It is not possible to provide such information by geographical area, as this information is held only on a Northern Ireland wide basis.
1 April to 31 March
|Number of customers who availed of the Motability Scheme|
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