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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the ban on smoking in public places in Northern Ireland in the first five years of operation. 
The introduction of smoke-free legislation will protect children, employees and the public in general from the increased health risks associated with exposure to second hand smoke such as lung cancer, ischaemic heart disease, stroke, asthma and
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other circulatory and respiratory diseases. Experience elsewhere suggests that comprehensive controls also help reduce smoking prevalence.
The draft smoke-free legislation will be issued for public consultation early in the new year and will be accompanied by a draft Regulatory Impact Assessment, which will address both the health and economic implications of tobacco control measures.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the special advisers in post in his Department, broken down by pay band; and what the total budgeted cost to his Department of special advisers is for 200506. 
Mr. Woodward: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. For the most recent information I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister on 21 July 2005, Official Report, columns 15862WS.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions the (a) Operational Command Unit and (b) District Command Unit have used speed detection devices on the Upper Newtownards Road in each of the last six months. 
|Date dismissed||Reason for dismissal||Number|
|6 October 2000||Misconduct||1|
|27 August 2004||Inefficiencypoor performance||1|
|27 August 2004||Misconduct||1|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 24 October 2005, Official Report, column 120W, on stinger devices, how many stinger type devices there are in each police district in Northern Ireland. 
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|Newry and Mourne||6|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will re-introduce an intermediary telephone helpline for recognised advisory services to contact the Regional Inland Revenue Office in Belfast in relation to tax credit inquiries from Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Peter Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many cases of under-age
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drinking the Police Service of Northern Ireland have brought to local councils in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years; 
(2) how many times the Police Service of Northern Ireland have brought cases regarding the breach of drinking by-laws to each of the local government authorities in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hain: The Chief Constable has advised me that to obtain such information would require a manual trawl of records in each of the 29 District Command Units and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many attacks were recorded on the stretch of road from Newtownards Road, Bridge End area to Westbourne Church (a) on vehicles and (b) on pedestrians in each of the past 12 months; and what the perceived (i) religious and (ii) political affiliations were of (A) the victims and (B) the attackers; 
(2) how many attacks have been recorded on the stretch of road from Mount Pottinger Corner to Central Station in Belfast (a) on vehicles and (b) on pedestrians in each of the past 12 months; and what the perceived (i) religious and (ii) political affiliations were of (A) the victims and (B) the attackers. 
To ascertain the number vehicles subject to criminal damage and persons subject to assault in tightly defined geographical areas such as those listed in the questions would require the services of a police analyst. To have an analyst undertake this research would extract them from their prioritised work in East Belfast DCU, incurring disproportionate cost to answer the question.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) how many court sessions took place at Chorley magistrates court in each of the last three years; 
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The Government established the new organisation of Her Majesty's Courts Service on 1 April 2005 to administer all Magistrates, County and Crown Courts. This will allow increased flexibility of sitting across all courts. Under this Government targets have been established to bring more offenders to justice and a Criminal Case Management Framework has been introduced to ensure cases are properly prepared and to reduce unnecessary delay.
The number of magistrates sitting at Chorley magistrates court is 74. The average number of sittings was 32.16 (during the period 1 January 2004 until 31 December 2004) the weighted caseload was 18,324.25.
The Advisory Committee for this area will meet on 12 December 2005, to discuss the likely requirements in 200607 for Chorley, Ormskirk and South Ribble Local Justice Areas. A major press and radio campaign was launched on 12 September 2005. Out of a total of 108 completed application forms received to date nine are for Chorley.
There has been significant investment in Chorley magistrates court in the last two years and it forms an integral part of the future plans for the area. Her Majesty's Court Service Area Director for Lancashire is consulting on a possible merger of the three local benches but has confirmed that this would not affect the future of any of the courts at Chorley, Leyland, or Ormskirk under present business needs.
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