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There are 949 free ATMs in Northern Ireland. All basic bank account holders and many current account holders can also withdraw cash over-the-counter at the Post Office and 'cash-back' is now widely available in supermarkets and shops.
The latest LINK figures for October 2005 show that there are 418 surcharging ATMs in Northern Ireland. However, as we set out in our response to the Treasury Select Committee on Cash Machine Charges, most surcharging ATMs in the UK are new machines, in locations where previously there was no ATM.
The following table sets out the number of civil service posts in each of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments, and their agencies, lost from 1 January 2005 to 30 September 2005 (latest figures held) as part of the above staff reductions.
The figures do not relate to any reductions outside the Fit for Purpose exercise ie those in business areas that are funded externally from the NI Budget and those lost as a result of restructuring such as those related to the creation of the Water Service GoCo.
|Department||Funded posts lost|
|Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD)||160|
|Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL)||12.5|
|Employment and Learning (DEL)||17.3|
|Enterprise, Training and Investment (DETI)||21|
|Finance and Personnel (DFP)||137|
|Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS)||23|
|Regional Development (DRD)||102|
|Social Development DSD)||267|
|Office of First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)(23)||-1|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidelines exist for civil servants in Northern Ireland who receive client advice from a
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firm at a time when they might also be in a position to decide service contracts in which the same firm might have an interest. 
Angela E. Smith: No specific guidelines exist for civil servants in Northern Ireland who receive client advice from a firm at a time when they might also be in a position to decide service contracts in which the same firm might have an interest.
All civil servants in Northern Ireland are, however, subject to Northern Ireland Government Accounting Guidance which among other issues sets out the general principles which apply to the acquisition of public works, supplies and services.
One of the key principles is Integrity" which addresses the issues of anti-corruption or collusion with suppliers and ensures that ethical standards of conduct are not compromised. Other relevant principles are transparency and fair dealing.
Under Northern Ireland Procurement Policy, procurement is undertaken by professionals within Centres of Procurement Expertise who oversee and manage the procurement process to ensure its compliance with regulations and the 12 guiding principles.
Angela E. Smith: The annual electricity bills for a typical domestic customer, small to medium enterprise customer (SME) and large industrial customer, supplied by Northern Ireland Electricity in each of the last five years, are shown in the following table.
|Small to medium enterprise||1,560||1,560||1,560||1,644||1,770|
The annual bills for the SME and large industrial customers are indicative only because a proportion of those customers purchase their electricity from other suppliers in the competitive market for which full cost details are not publicly available.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the equality impact assessment (EQIA) of the policy for outsourcing Electronic Human Resources services; when a final EQIA document is to be published; how many drafts he has seen; and what other advice his Department has sought on the EQIA from (a) inside and (b) outside Government. 
An EQIA Consultation Document was circulated for consultation between August and October 2004. Views were sought from the following groups: NICS and NIO HR staff (via questionnaires and focus groups), NICS and NIO staff in general, the general public and around 110 Section 75 groups. Three of the Section 75 groups responded to the Consultation exercise: Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA), Equality
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Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) and Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Rehabilitation of Offenders (NIACRO).
Advice was sought from our independent legal advisors and DSO in relation to employment law issues and issues in relation to redeployment. Advice was also sought from OFMDFM in respect of the need to conduct an eHR EQIA and also the EQIA process followed by the eHR Programme. An independent consultant was appointed by the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) to assist in carrying out the Equality Impact Assessment.
Angela E. Smith: The Chief Commissioner post of the Equality Commission is paid an annual salary of £70,000 based on a full-time appointment. The Deputy Chief Commissioner serves for one day per week and receives an annual allowance of £10,000. The other Commissioners each serve for two days per month and receive an annual allowance of £5,000 each.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many schoolchildren in Northern Ireland are (a) eligible for free school meals and (b) in receipt of free school meals, broken down by (i) constituency and (ii) council area. 
Angela E. Smith: A breakdown of the information requested at (a) is not available. However, the number of pupils whose entitlement to free school meals has been established following an application to their education and library board are as follows:
|Parliamentary constituency||Pupils entitled to free school meals|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||3,406|
|Newry and Armagh||5,016|
|Northern Ireland Total||63,144|
|District council area||Pupils entitled to free school meals|
|Newry and Mourne||4,544|
|Northern Ireland Total||63,144|
Information relating to the number of schoolchildren in receipt of free school meals is not available in the format requested. However, at October 2004 the number of such pupils in each education and library board area was:
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost was of a school meal in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by education and library board. 
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