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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what collaboration there has been between the Government and the Commonwealth in support of countries affected by the tsunami. 
Mr. Thomas: The Commonwealth Secretariat has, on behalf of Commonwealth countries, sent a relief co-ordinator and specialist doctors to the Maldives, co-ordinating directly with the affected Governments.
DFID seeks to co-ordinate its activities with all donors, including Commonwealth countries, as the best way to ensure that there is no overlap and activities meet identified needs.
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Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Leader of the House if he will list the former hon. Members who left Parliament in 2005 who have since been appointed to public bodies by his Department, broken down by party; and who was responsible for making each appointment. 
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which body is responsible for the issuing of arms movement certificates; how many have been issued; and what criteria are applied in deciding whether such a certificate should be issued. 
Mr. Woodward: The Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD) issue arms movement certificates", as described in the decommissioning scheme within the meaning of section 1 of the Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act of 1997, in connection with the decommissioning process.
Until such time as the IICD are satisfied that their mandate has been fulfilled and, as their report of 26 September 2005 stated, the arms of loyalist paramilitary groups, as well as other paramilitary organisations, remain to be addressed, it would not be appropriate for them to release the numbers of arms movement certificates or any date involved during the decommissioning process. It would not therefore be appropriate to comment at this time.
Mr. Woodward: Each hospital in Belfast delivers security by means of in-house staff employed on Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) contracts. Hospitals, which employ external security firms to undertake specific functions, are listed as follows:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 372W on business rates, what consultation his Department carried out with (a) businesses in Northern Ireland and
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(b) Invest NI on the impact of the Government's Northern Ireland business rates proposals, prior to their announcement. 
Angela E. Smith: The decision to phase out industrial derating, as part of the review of rating policy, was subject to a full and rigorous public consultation process initiated by the NI Executive in May 2002.
Four political parties, 13 district councils, three Assembly Committees and a range of business organisations responded to that consultation and most of these commented upon the issue of industrial derating. In addition two of the Assembly Committees, Finance and Personnel Committee and Enterprise, Trade and Investment, which were in favour of removing the exemption, took evidence on the issue and this was duly submitted.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel applied the public interest test to Derry City council's application under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for release of the Equality Impact Assessment for the Northern Ireland Civil Service e-HR programme. 
Angela E. Smith: In applying the public interest test, the Department decided in conformity with Section 22 of the Freedom of Information Act, not to disclose the EQIA because it intends to publish the EQIA, and expects to do so within the next three months in line with the arrangements set out in the Department's equality scheme. In addition, the draft EQIA remains a working document and to release it now would inhibit the development of the draft and the orderly administration of the process.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Northern Ireland Community Relations Council awarded in (a) core funding and (b) project funding to (i) the Irish School of Ecumenics, (ii) the Northern Ireland Inter Faith Forum, (iii) Roman Catholic groups and (iv) mainstream evangelical organisations in each of the last 15 years. 
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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Community Relations Council has awarded to Evangelical Contribution on Northern Ireland in (a) core funding and (b) project funding in each of the last 15 years. 
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether a Minister in his Department is planned to be nominated to take responsibility for liaison with the Office for Disability Issues; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: There are no plans to nominate a Minister in Northern Ireland to liaise with the Office for Disability Issues. Officials in the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister will liaise with ODI officials as appropriate. Ministers in Northern Ireland will be involved as necessary taking into account the work of the Interdepartmental Group on Promoting Social Inclusion for Disabled People in Northern Ireland.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the initial activity undertaken by his Department in response to those recommendations in the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People" where lead responsibility was assigned to all Government Departments. 
Angela E. Smith:
The Prime Minister's Strategy Unit report Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People" only applies to Government Departments in England, and to Wales and Scotland where the recommendation relates to reserved rather than devolved matters. However, in reporting progress against priorities, it will include progress in Northern Ireland in line with the objectives set in the Improving the Life Chances" report.
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While Improving the Life Chances" is a GB strategy, work is being progressed in Northern Ireland by the Promoting Social Inclusion Inderdepartmental Working Group on Disability. In November 2004, the then Minister with responsibility for disability issues in Northern Ireland, established the Group. It is chaired by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) and is made up of representatives from voluntary, community and statutory organisations alongside trade unions, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and all Northern Ireland Departments. The Minister asked the Group to produce recommendations on what Government can do to promote greater inclusion of people with disabilities in the economic and social life of Northern Ireland and is due to report during 2006.
This work in Northern Ireland will take account of Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People". OFMDFM officials are liaising with officials in the recently formed Office for Disability Issues to ensure co-ordination of actions.
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