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Royal Highland Fusiliers

Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many self-harm incidents have been recorded among members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers (a) at Fort George Barracks, Inverness and (b) on overseas duty in Cyprus in the past two years. [25296]

Mr. Touhig: The Ministry of Defence does not have centrally-held data of self-harm within the Services.

Medical records are confidential and not all individuals seek medical assistance. Thus not all cases of self-harm are reported, although those that are reported to the chain of command are investigated.

No incidents of self-harm were investigated among members of the Royal Highland Fusiliers at Fort George: three incidents have been investigated in Cyprus during the period 31 October 2003 to 31 October 2005.

Shipbuilding

Mr. Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of fabrication work on the vessels (a) Largs Bay and (b) Lyme Bay has been carried out overseas. [32069]

Mr. Ingram: I refer my hon. Friend to my noble Friend (Lord Bach) the then Defence Procurement Minister's letter of 26 July 2002 (reference D/MIN (DP)WB/1/1). Ship fabrication work undertaken overseas constitutes less than 0.5 per cent. of the overall contract value. Since my noble Friend's letter no other fabrication work has been placed overseas.
 
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Type-23 Frigates

Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans he has for a successor to the Type-23 frigates. [33051]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 30 November 2005]: The future surface combatant project is looking at how the capability currently provided by the Type 22 and Type23 frigates will be delivered after the end of their service lives. This project is still in its concept phase and no decisions have been taken.

NORTHERN IRELAND

Civil Servants

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees have been dismissed by each of the Northern Ireland Departments in each of the past five years. [30191]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The following table reflects the number of dismissalson grounds of inefficiency (capability and/or attendance) and discipline (conduct) from Northern Ireland Departments, including their agencies. Agencies have been included to give a more representative picture of the number of dismissals.
DEDCALDARDDETIDFPOFM DFMDSDDELDHSSPSDRDDOE
200111521011129
200221152203535
2003112212268676
200421154004644175
200521132604133123
Total83701210215919155014

Additionally, the Northern Ireland Office dismissed two employees in 2004.

Departmental Estate

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland which buildings and sites used by his Department and related agencies (a) have ceased to be used in the last year and (b) will be closed under current plans for relocation. [31731]

Mr. Hain: The property portfolio of the Northern Ireland Office and its agencies has not reduced in the last year. The Youth Justice Agency's Juvenile Justice Centre in Rathgael is planned for closure in the 2006–07 fiscal year, and will be relocated to a different area of the current site. The FSNI currently occupies part of a PSNI site and has long-term plans to relocate from its current location. The PSNI would continue to use the site and neither the site or the buildings would be closed due to this future relocation.

NIO staff in two rented buildings will be transferred to a building leased from DFP within the Stormont Estate.

Departmental Staff

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new staff started employment in the (a) Office of the First and Deputy First Minister, (b) Department for Social Development, (c) Department of Education, (d) Department of the Environment, (e) Department for Agriculture and Rural Development and (f) Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety during 2004; and how many of these were (i) Protestant and (ii) Roman Catholic. [31076]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The following table provides details of appointments for the year 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 and includesindustrial and non-industrial, permanent and temporary.
 
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Department
including Agencies
New staff (Catholic)New staff (Protestant)Non determined
OFMDFM450
DSD65941814
DE34592
DOE22817929
DARD26624831
DHSSPS55761

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff in his Department are registered as being disabled, broken down by grade; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last five years for which figures are available. [33064]

Mr. Woodward: The following table details the number of staff in the Northern Ireland Office, broken down by grade, who have advised the Department that they have a disability.
Number

April
Grade20012002200320042005
SCS11122
Grade A66776
Grade B148121212
Grade B2776810
Grade C810131616
Grade D11111151720
Grade D247101113
Total4150647379

Enumeration Districts

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the enumeration districts which were in the top five per cent. measured by (a) reduction in population and (b) change of population in the last (i) 10, (ii) 20 and (iii) 30 years for which information is available. [32483]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The boundaries of enumeration districts, the area within which each census enumerator delivers census forms, are specific to each census reflecting changes in ward boundaries over time. It is not possible to track population changes at enumeration district level directly from available census outputs.

Unsolved Murders

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Police Service of Northern Ireland about the potential impact the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill will have on continued investigations into unsolved murder cases in Northern Ireland. [32809]


 
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Mr. Hain: NIO Officials have been in discussion with the PSNI on the scheme provided for by the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill, including its interaction with the operation of the PSNI Historic Enquiries Team (MET). The HET have also been briefed on the scheme. The scheme that the Bill provides for has been designed to take the HET Review into account.

Valuation and Lands Agency

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost to the Valuation and Lands Agency is of conducting the domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland. [30706]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The Valuation and Lands Agency's running costs are made up of salary costs, general administrative expenditure, capital costs and charges levied on a notional basis by other Government Departments and agencies for services provided. On this basis the cost to the Valuation and Lands Agency of carrying out the revaluation is estimated at £11 million.

This estimate does not include any costs associated with the handling of contacts or challenges in the post-publication period.

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance the Valuation and Lands Agency has issued to its staff on the personal safety of inspectors conducting a valuation of a property in Northern Ireland. [30709]

Mr. Hanson: In the absence of my hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith), I have been asked to reply.

The Valuation and Lands Agency provides information and training relating to the personal safety to all staff who may need to carry out property inspections.

Regular risk assessments are carried out in respect of staff working in the field. These assessments are carried out by trained risk assessors and the outcomes and recommendations are incorporated into guidance and policy.

In May 2005 the agency issued an updated (draft) Health and Safety in the Field Policy document to staff, incorporating best practice guidance from a number of sources, including the Suzie Lamplugh Trust. This policy was formally adopted in October 2005, following final consultations with trade union side.


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