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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in each of the last three years; and what process his Department used to select each contractor. 
Angela E. Smith: The award of contracts for all construction and refurbishment work by Northern Ireland Departments and their agencies is compliant with public procurement policy and EU Procurement Directives.
The names of the companies and the procedure used in each contract, with a de minimis value of £25,000, are set out as follows.
|April 2002 to March 2003|
|Adair Bros||Competitive tender|
|Annvale Construction||Competitive tender|
|Bi Electrical Services||Competitive tender|
|Bradley Construction||Competitive tender|
|Greenline NI Ltd.||OGC framework|
|Henry Bros. Magherafelt Ltd. x 2||Competitive tender|
|Heron Brothers||Competitive tender|
|Irwin Metalcraft||Single tender action|
|J. and G. Engineering||Competitive tender|
|J. D. McGeown Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|J. H. Turkington and Sons||Competitive tender|
|Kone (NI) Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|Litton Group||Competitive tender|
|Lorne Electric||Competitive tender|
|Maurice Stevenson Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|O'Hare and McGovern x 3||Competitive tender|
|Otis Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|Rotary Services||Competitive tender|
|Sharpe Mechanical Services x 2||Competitive tender|
|T. and A. Kernoghan||Competitive tender|
|The McAvoy Grp.||Competitive tender|
|OGC Framework||Competitive tender|
|The Saville Group Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|Vaughan Engineering||Competitive tender|
|Vis Security Solutions||Competitive tender|
|WC Glazing Contractors||Competitive tender|
|William Dowling||Competitive tender|
|April 2003March 2004|
|Bradley Construction||Single action tender|
|David Patton and Sons NI||Competitive tender|
|Gilbert-Ash NI Ltd. x 3||Competitive tender|
|H. and J. Martin Ltd. x 3||Competitive tender|
|Henry Bros. M'felt Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|Litton Group||Competitive tender|
|Mascott Construction||Competitive tender|
|McLaughlin and Harvey x 2||Competitive tender|
|O'Hare and McGovern||Competitive tender|
|Portview Construction and McLaughlin and Harvey||Competitive tender|
|Radiocontact Ltd.||Competitive tender|
|Sharpe Mechanical Services||Competitive tender|
|The McAvoy Group||Single action tender|
|Vaughan Engineering x 3||Competitive tender|
|Vis Security Solutions x 2||Competitive tender|
|April 2004October 2005|
|Cleary Contracting||Competitive tender|
|Fin Engineering||Single tender action|
|H. and J. Martin Ltd. x 4||Competitive tender|
|Henry Bros.||Competitive tender|
|Sharpe Mechanical Services||Single tender action|
|Tectrol Ltd.||Single tender action|
|Vale Gardenhouses Ltd.||Competitive tender|
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people there are in Northern Ireland who have been identified as suffering from malnourishment. 
Mr. Woodward: Information is not available on the number of people in Northern Ireland who have been identified as suffering from malnourishment. However, information is available on the number of admissions to hospital where malnourishment has been diagnosed.
The following table provides figures on the number of admissions to hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of malnourishment for each of the last five years for which figures are available. It should be noted that any individual could have been admitted to hospital more than once over the course of a year or over a number of years and would therefore be counted more than once in the table.
|Number of admissions(9) to hospital with malnourishment|
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been claiming disability living allowance in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of people in Northern Ireland who have been claiming disability living allowance in each of the past five years.
|Number of people|
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the community care funding allocated to Down Lisburn Health Trust. 
Mr. Woodward: The Department allocates resources to Health and Social Services Boards. It is then the responsibility of each board to determine how it will allocate these resources to local areas and to specific programmes. The Department has not assessed the situation for community care separately, but based on the latest information on planned expenditure for the population of the Down Lisburn locality as a proportion of Northern Ireland expenditure, the level of funding, having adjusted for differences in need, is around the NI average.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to introduce an economic development strategy for Northern Ireland; and what assessment he has made of regional disparities in (a) investment, (b) job creation and (c) wealth in Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith:
Delivering the Economic Vision will require concerted action from both the public and private sectors on our stated economic prioritiesthe four productivity drivers of innovation, skills, enterprise and infrastructure. For its part Government will produce a Regional Economic Strategy that will set out the policy framework for delivering the Economic Vision. The strategy will also form our response to Government policy to progress against targets on regionally balanced economic growth across the UK.
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The Northern Ireland strategy is currently being drafted by DFP in collaboration with the other Government departments. The first draft will shortly be circulated to Ministers for consideration and will then issue for wider discussion.
Regional economic disparities within the UK, and Northern Ireland, are being analysed and illustrated within the evolving strategy. Particular attention is being paid to those disparities that impact on the four productivity drivers and the employment rate. With this in mind the current activities of government are also being analysed to gauge the extent to which they effectively contribute to promoting the four productivity drivers.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been economically inactive in each year since 2000. 
Angela E. Smith: The following table shows the number of people in NI classified as economically inactive in each July-September period since 2000. The table gives the number of economically inactive for both the population aged 16 and over and the population of working age.
16 plus population
|Working age population (1659/64)(10)|
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in each of the Education and Library Boards in each of the last three years. 
Angela E. Smith: The information provided in the table below is in respect of staff employed in each of the five Education and Library Boards for the last three years. The figures are taken from the Education and Library Boards Annual Statistical Returns to the Department and relate to non-teaching school based and non-school based staff in each board. Figures are in respect of permanent and temporary staff in post at 30 September for each year.
|BELB||1,413||2,322||1,534||3,664||(11)2,434 (FTE)||Included in FTE figure|
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