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Home Accidents

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will assess the merits of developing guidance for the teaching of home accident prevention to school-aged children in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [28398]

Angela E. Smith: As part of the support programme for the introduction of the revised curriculum, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA) is currently piloting primary and post-primary Personal Development guidance materials for teachers, which includes guidance on teaching home accident prevention. Within the present curriculum, pupils are taught about the subject through the Health Education Cross-Curricular Theme. In addition, my Department provides funding annually to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents towards the cost of delivering accident prevention programmes in schools.

Live Cattle Exports

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs were of checking the welfare during transport of live cattle being exported to the Republic of Ireland from Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available. [28316]

Angela E. Smith: The export of live cattle from the UK was banned by the EU in March 1996 due to fears about the risk to human health from BSE in cattle.

Data on pre-1996 checks was held by the Department of Agriculture for Northern Ireland on a computer based record system, which was replaced by the Animal and Public Health Information System in 1998. Data
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from the old system was retained for a 5 year period but was then deleted. There is therefore no data available on welfare checks prior to March 1996.

Londonderry Inquiry

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the public inquiry led by Lord Saville into the events in Londonderry in January 1972 to announce its findings. [27392]

Mr. Hanson: The independent Bloody Sunday inquiry has informed me that they are now engaged in compiling their final report. Due to the vast amount of evidence that must be considered this is a very time consuming process and it is difficult at this stage to be precise about when the report will be presented to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to date has been of the Saville Inquiry; and if he will list legal firms which have received payments from his Department in connection with it. [27973]

Mr. Hanson: On the figures available at the end of October 2005 the total cash spend of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry was £163 million.

On the basis of the records currently available the following legal firms and counsel have received payment from the Northern Ireland Office in respect of their involvement with the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Counsel for the Inquiry

Solicitors employed for the taking of witness statements

Senior Counsel representing Interested Parties

Junior Counsel representing Interested Parties

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Solicitors representing Interested Parties

Solicitor representing NICRA

Senior Counsel representing the NIQ

Solicitor representing the NIQ

Legal representatives for other witnesses:

Senior Counsel representing Witnesses

Junior Counsel representing witnesses

Solicitors representing Witnesses

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