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Mr. Hanson: The Unauthorised Encampments (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 includes provisions aimed at combating unauthorised encampments. However, as indicated during the debate into the legislation, I intend to defer bringing the substantive provisions of the order into effect until I am satisfied that an adequate number of transit sites is operational in Northern Ireland, I anticipate that five sites will be operational in 2006, I am reviewing the situation with the Housing Executive with a view to enabling the necessary provisions as soon as possible once the sites are operational.
You recently tabled a Parliamentary Question asking the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the rationalisation process in the Water Service (1434). I have been asked to reply as this issue fails within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
A key part of the Government's Water Reform agenda is the need to reduce costs and improve efficiency in order to minimize charges to customers. Water Service has been set a target of £43 million reductions in operating costs by April 2009. By March 2005, £12 million of that had been delivered.
In order to meet these targets, the size of the workforce is reducing and will reduce further. To date all reductions have been made by natural wastage. The Minister has made it clear that all possible steps will be taken to avoid compulsory redundancy.
Water Service Management are looking at all areas of expenditure to reduce costs. These include examining the number of offices and depots required in future. No decisions have yet been reached in. this area. Any changes resulting from the review would
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) actions and (b) activities to be funded by the children and young people's funding package announced in Budget and Priorities 2006 to 2008, indicating (i) the amounts attached to each and (ii) the planned delivery mechanisms. 
Angela E. Smith: It is intended that the package, which will initially be targeted on disadvantaged areas, will support the development of innovative approaches to delivering early years' and pre-school education and other provision for the 04s, After School Activities and Youth provision, strengthened child protection arrangements, development of inter-agency co-operation and collaboration and improved educational provision and support for Looked After Children and Young People. Details of the actions, activities, associated allocations and delivery mechanisms for the funding package have not yet been determined and these will be agreed by the Secretary of State before the final Budget announcement in December.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when charities lost exemption from competition rules on exchange of information; what mechanism was used to make the change; for what reasons it was made; and how it was communicated to (a) Parliament, (b) charities and (c) the general public. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Since coming into force in March 2000, the Competition Act 1998 has applied to all undertakings. This includes charities where they are carrying out economic activities. The Competition Act 1998 represented a major strengthening of UK competition law and was the subject of extensive public consultation. In particular the aims of the Bill were outlined in detail in the August 1997 consultation document A prohibition approach to anti-competitive agreements and abuse of dominant position". The draft Bill was debated fully in Parliament.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what assessment he has made of (a) the quality and (b) the number of (i) solar hot water, (ii) biomass, (iii) wind, (iv) ground source heat pump and (v) hydro projects supported by the Clear Skies grant programme since 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) The quality of projects supported under the Clear Skies programme has been maintained through establishing an approved installer and products list. Quality is also maintained by having an independent selection panel for community projects.
Malcolm Wicks: The Department has supported photovoltaics since 2002 through the £31 million Major Photovoltaics Demonstration Programme. We plan to continue its support for photovoltaics and other building scale renewables through a low carbon buildings programme, which is currently under development. The new programme will have a budget of £30 million over three years. It will start in April 2006 subject to EU state aids clearance.
Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Clwyd, South of 5 May 2004, 15 June 2004, 26 July 2004 and 22 March 2005 relating to his constituent Mr. Arthur Roberts. 
Due to a number of administrative errors these letters were overlooked. Please accept my apologies for the very poor handling of your constituent's concerns. Your letters are now being urgently processed and you will receive a response shortly.
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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if he will list the criminal offences created in legislation sponsored by his Department between the end of the 200304 session and the end of April 2005, broken down by Act. 
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