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Climate Change

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps the Government are taking in Northern Ireland to tackle climate change. [30192]

Angela E. Smith: I would refer the hon. Member to the reply I have given to his question on actions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (PQ 05/2441 refers). In addition to these measures, work is under way to ensure that Northern Ireland prepares for the impacts of climate change.

The Department of the Environment (DOE) has recently commissioned the Scotland and Northern Ireland Forum for Environmental Research (SNIFFER) to provide an updated report on the implications of climate change for Northern Ireland, incorporating a risk assessment approach and recommended adaptation strategies for key impacts. This study is due to be completed by the end of 2006.

DOE's Environment and Heritage Service has issued guidance to public bodies on climate change impacts in Northern Ireland, with information on how it might impact across sectors and on the delivery of key public services.

The Department is also working in partnership with key stakeholders on the development of a Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland which is due to be published along with the first of a series of implementation plans in 2006. Climate Change and Energy has been identified as one of the six priority areas for action within the emerging strategy.

Community Restorative Justice

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether (a) direct and (b) indirect public funding has been allocated to Community Restorative Justice schemes in Northern Ireland. [31235]

Mr. Hanson: No funding has been given to community-based restorative justice schemes by the Northern Ireland Office. We are undertaking a
 
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thorough search of all 11 Northern Ireland Departments and associated public bodies to ascertain if money has been given for non-criminal justice related work which will take some time. I will write to the hon. Gentleman when the information is available and place a copy in the Library.

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he treats the Northern Ireland Police Board as a stakeholder in respect of the development of Community Restorative Justice schemes in Northern Ireland. [31236]

Mr. Hanson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland does regard the Northern Ireland Policing Board to be a key stakeholder in respect of the development of community-based restorative justice schemes in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre about the work of community restorative justice organisations in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [29544]

Mr. Hanson: No direct representations have been received from the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Centre about the work of community-based restorative justice organisations in Northern Ireland.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of community restorative justice projects in Northern Ireland in dealing with cases of (a) alleged rape and (b) alleged domestic violence. [29545]

Mr. Hanson: The Government have recognised that community-based restorative justice programmes can have a part to play in helping to secure a normal society and is willing, in principle, to support their involvement with low level criminal cases. We would not consider any sexual or domestic violence offences to be low level, and the guidelines currently being formulated do not therefore envisage that any such offence will be referred to community-based schemes.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the applications for public funding that have been submitted by community restorative justice organisations in Northern Ireland giving in each case (a) the name of the organisation, (b) the date of application, (c) the sum of money applied for and (d) the expected time scale for a decision; and if he will make a statement. [29546]

Mr. Hanson: I will write to the hon. Gentleman and place a copy in the Library.

Councils

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics were employed in each council in Northern Ireland in each of the past four years. [30130]


 
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Angela E. Smith: An analysis of the employees of each district council, reflecting community background, is set out in the following table. Statistics for 2001, 2002 and
 
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2003 have been taken from the Equality Commission's 2003 Monitoring Report. The 2004 figures have not yet been published.
2001
2002
P(6)RC(7)ND(8)TotalP(6)RC(7)ND(8)Total
Antrim177707254191789278
Ards31855193923305324407
Armagh1621141277135118253
Ballymena21149142742155214281
Ballymoney951911125961621133
Banbridge141403184143414188
Belfast1,4328531242,4091,3878331072,327
Carrickfergus15811201891621421197
Castlereagh39829584854133163507
Coleraine20659202852126225299
Cookstown93913187101903194
Craigavon2461591241726217113446
Derry1193951252613542610571
Down74189242877421121306
Dungannon1311221426714813216296
Fermanagh10114182501041396249
Larne112395156113397159
Limavady7851713680548142
Lisburn34178214403548324461
Magherafelt839117491106197
Moyle346412110327012114
Newry513365392503425397
Newtownabbey3424419405402559466
North Down35636394313714339453
Omagh1252582941212625637419
Strabane56100215858992159
Total5,6403,4934899,6225,7853,6145009,899

2003
P(6)RC(7)ND(8)Total
Antrim190828280
Ards3396326428
Armagh139115254
Ballymena2315215298
Ballymoney901912121
Banbridge155394198
Belfast1,4558681062,429
Carrickfergus1721321206
Castlereagh4644351558
Coleraine2277420321
Cookstown112923207
Craigavon25816511434
Derry13744312592
Down7621919314
Dungannon15013818306
Fermanagh1011394244
Larne110395154
Limavady80537140
Lisburn3528519456
Magherafelt9996195
Moyle337511119
Newry563436405
Newtownabbey434578499
North Down4044845497
Omagh13627034440
Strabane591073169
Total6,0593,73746810,264


(6) Protestant
(7) Roman Catholic
(8) Non-denominational


Criminal Injuries Compensation

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation claims have been made to his Department under the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002; how many payments have been made in each year of the operation of the scheme; and what the total value of claims was in each year. [25218]


 
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Mr. Hanson: Between 1 May 2002 and 31 October 2005 the Compensation Agency had received a total of 26,308 claims, under the Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002. To this date 1603 claims have been withdrawn, 18,153 claims have been assessed and payment has been made in 4,379 claims. The total value of payments is £20,216,884.00 and the following annual breakdown applies:
Total number of
claims receiving payment
Total value (£)
2002–03375,000.00
2003–045683,277,784.00
2004–051,8818,281,291.00
2005–06 (to 31 October 2005)1,9278,582,809.00


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