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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sexual assaults have been reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years; and how many people have been prosecuted. 
I am committed to supporting victims of sexual assaults in ways which help cases to be brought to court and prosecutions of offenders secured. This includes special measures in the courts to facilitate the way in which victims and witnesses who might otherwise feel intimidated give evidence.
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Table 1 provides the number of offences of rape, attempted rape and other sexual assaults recorded by the police. Data is provided for 199899 onwards. The reason for this is that the Home Office introduced revised counting rules for recording crime in April 1998 and figures produced since then belong to a different statistical series and are not comparable with those produced prior to April 1998.
|Financial year||Rape||Attempted rape||Indecent assault|
|Rape||Attempted rape(18)||Other sexual assaults(19)||Total|
Angela E. Smith: The Triennial Action Plan will be published before March 2006. This will give further impetus to A Shared Future, the policy and strategic framework for good relations in Northern Ireland.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the response of 17 October 2005, Official Report, column 750W, on the Sports Council, how many individuals have received funding from the Sports Council in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hanson: Under the Recreation and Youth Service (Northern Ireland Order) 1986 the Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) is statutorily responsible for the development of sport in NI including the distribution of public funding to individual sports.
Under the talented athlete programme they make funding available to individuals for talent development. The following table provides details of how many individuals have received funding under this programme in each of the last five years:
Northern Ireland related terrorism continues to pose a threat and dissident republican groups who have rejected the Good Friday agreement of April 1998 still aspire to mount attacks in Great Britain. The Government will never hesitate to issue a warning if it is the best way to protect any community or venue facing a specific and credible threat. Advice would be issued immediately if the public needed to take specific action. Public safety is our absolute priority.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) joint ventures, (b) discussions and (c) liaison there has been between the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and the Scottish Tourist Board in targeting visitors from the United States of America. 
Angela E. Smith:
Many informal links exist but the Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has no plans to have a formalised structure with VisitScotland. However, officials from the NITB meet on a regular
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basis throughout the year with a number of other UK tourism officials and this would involve colleagues from VisitScotland.
Angela E. Smith: The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) recognises the value of celebrations and festivals as drivers for tourism. Research confirms that events are an effective tool for changing perceptions and attracting visitors.
NITB featured the 12th of July festivities in its 2005 calendar of events for visitors, and has recently met the Orange Order on a number of occasions to identify what actions are required to enable the festivities to be promoted to tourists.
Angela E. Smith: The Northern Ireland Tourist Board has supported the local authorities of Ards, Armagh, Banbridge, Craigavon, Newry and Mourne, Down and North Down to establish a regional tourism partnership. This public/private sector partnership has produced a tourism strategy and action plan for the region which looks at regional development, marketing and visitor servicing priorities. The plan identifies activity tourism and natural assets as key regional strengths and the partnership includes details of the River Bann in its promotional materials. In addition the NITB website acts as an information point and electronic sign post to relevant information. The River Bann features on www.discovernorthernireland.com on three separate pages in the angling section. Each reference provides angling details for the Upper Bann and relevant contact details.
The Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure which owns the fishing rights on a stretch of the Upper Bann promotes the Public Angling Estate through its angling guides and angling website at www.dcal-fishingni.gov.uk Provided for the public in general this website targets tourist anglers providing them with travel and accommodation provider links. It enables tourist anglers to plan and arrange a fishing break in Northern Ireland from the comfort of their own home.
The Department also promotes the Public Angling Estate and angling in general within Northern Ireland by attending major angling game fairs and exhibitions throughout the island of Ireland, England and Europe.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what advice the Northern Ireland Office gave to the US consulate in Belfast in connection with the visa application for Rita O'Hare; 
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Mr. Hain: My Department has not given any advice to the United States consulate in respect of a visa application for Rita O'Hare. Decisions on applications for visas are solely a matter for the US Administration.
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