Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the oral answer of 16 November 2005, Official Report, column 964, what the evidential basis is for his statement that (a) the administrative costs of the Child Support Agency (CSA) outweighed the money it took in 1997 and (b) in the majority of CSA cases the child concerned is not the product of either a married or stable relationship. 
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the Child Support Agency's (CSA) Annual report and accounts for the financial years 199596 and 199697. Copies of this are available in the Library of the House.
In addition, results from a national survey of CSA clients (Wikely N et al, 2001) (carried out in 1999 prior to the recent reforms) allow comparative analysis of the characteristics of compliant and non-compliant non-resident parents. Previously married and cohabiting non-resident parents were, respectively, five and three times more likely to comply with the CSA than those in less stable relationships.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Prime Minister whether members of the Number 10 Social Office have accompanied the spouse of the Prime Minister on (a) official and (b) unofficial engagements (i) in the UK and (ii) overseas. 
Robert Key: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what relationship the General Synod of the Church of England has with (a) the Forces Synodical Council and (b) the Army Archdeaconry Synod; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) The Forces Synodical Council has an enhanced representation on General Synod from this year and can now appoint up to seven members of the General Synod (not more than one bishop, not more than four persons who are in holy orders elected or chosen from among service chaplains and not more than four elected or chosen lay people). In the present Synod the Council has appointed one bishop and elected three service chaplains and three lay people.
Mr. Kemp: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission what the total annual expenditure for the Electoral Commission was in each year for which figures are available. 
|Outturn expenditure (£ million)|
Angela E. Smith: We are committed to driving up performance in schools in Northern Ireland by taking forward a wide range of initiatives aimed at raising standards, tackling under achievement and targeting funding at those areas of greatest social need.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects that a decision will be taken on whether Brooklands Primary School will be in a position to replace the school patrol-crossing man; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: The South-Eastern Education and Library Board has agreed to the employment of a temporary School Crossing patrol at Brooklands Primary School until such time as a further review of the patrol point can be undertaken, using the regionally agreed assessment criteria. The Board has also undertaken to initiate discussions urgently with the school, and other agencies, to seek ways of improving road safety generally in the vicinity of the school entrance.
Angela E. Smith: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, was the guest speaker at the Politics Society of Bangor Grammar School on 8 November. He has recently visited a number of schools in order to gain first hand experience of the Northern Ireland education system.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the requirement for school building repairs in the North Eastern education and library board area. 
Angela E. Smith:
The chief executive of the north Eastern education and library board (NEELB) has advised me that at 31 March 2005 there was a backlog of £37 million maintenance for the schools in the
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NEELB area. The Board anticipates that £1.5 million will be spent on response maintenance for the controlled and maintained schools in the 200506 financial year.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding is available to primary schools in Northern Ireland in 200506 in respect of (a) Head and Clerical, (b) Professional and other, (c) Primary School Allowances, (d) Delegated Schools Standards Grant, or equivalent, (e) All Revenue Standards Fund Allocation, or equivalent, (f) Devolved EIC Grant allocation, or equivalent and (g) Devolved Capital Standards Fund allocation, or equivalent. 
|Northern Ireland total||67,022|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) school and (b) library facilities are planned for closure in each of the education boards in Northern Ireland. 
|Education and Library Board area||School/s|
|North-Eastern||St. Louis PS/St. Joseph's PS/||Amalgamation (into 2 new schools)|
|All Saints PS/St. Mary's PS. Ballymena|
|Kilcoan PS/Mullaghdubh PS, Islandmagee||Amalgamation|
|Southern||Annaghmore PS/Tullyroan PS||Amalgamation|
|Western||Burnfoot PS/Dungiven PS/Largy PS||Amalgamation|
|Coranny PS/Cornagague PS, Roslea||Amalgamation|
|Limegrove/Glasvey Special Schools||Amalgamation|
|South-Eastern||Charley Memorial PS /Lambeg PS /Hillhall PS/Drumbo PS||Amalgamation|
|Holywood PS/Redburn PS||Amalgamation|
In addition, there are two current development proposals for amalgamations in the North Eastern Education and Library Board area involving two post-primary schools and three special schools on which decisions have not yet been taken.
|Education and Library Board Area||School/s||Proposed date of Amalgamation|
|North-Eastern||St. Malachy's High School, Antrim and St. Olcan's High School, Randalstown||1 September 2006in new school on St. Olcan's site.|
|North-Eastern||Beechgrove, Dunfane and Loughan Special Schools||Amalgamation in a new school on the former site of Ballymena Boy's and Girls' Schools, on a date that will be determined by the completion of a new building|
At the present date, the North Eastern Education and Library Board is reviewing the future of three branch libraries. This issue will be discussed at the Board's library committee meeting in December. Currently no decisions have been made by any of the other Boards about further library closures.
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