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Mr. Gregory Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what change there has been in the
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numbers of unemployed benefit claimants in the past 12 months in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies. 
Angela E. Smith: Unemployment levels from the claimant count in each of the Northern Ireland parliamentary constituencies at December 2004 and December 2005, and the change in levels, are provided in the following table.
|Parliamentary constituency||December 2004||December 2005||Change in levels December 2004-December 2005|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||1,459||1,329||-130|
|Newry and Armagh||1,716||1,388||-328|
Mr. Woodward: In December 1998, the LVF decommissioned what the IICD described as a small but significant" quantity of arms. Since then, the IICD has not reported any decommissioning by Loyalist groups.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in numbers of (a) males and (b) females in part-time employment in East Londonderry constituency has been in each of the last five years. 
Angela E. Smith: Estimates of the number of employee jobs below Northern Ireland level are only available from the Census of Employment on a biennial basis and the most up to date figures relate to September 2003. Estimates of the number of part-time e in the East Londonderry parliamentary constituency area for September 1999, September 2001 and September 2003 can be so presents the change in the number of male and female part-time employee jobs between each census.
|(a) Male part-time employee jobs||(b) Female part- time employee jobs|
|September 1999-September 2001||145||486|
|September 2001-September 2003||238||508|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions there were in 2005 of establishments in Northern Ireland serving hot food in contravention of food safety standards. 
The Food Standards Agency collects data on district council enforcement activities in relation to food hygiene on a financial yearly basis. The most recent available data relates to the period 1 April 200431 March 2005.
District council returns for the period 1 April 200531 March 2006 are required to be submitted to the Food Standards Agency by 31 May 2006. Collated data on this period will be available after this date.
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Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much financial support the Government will be providing for the special Olympics Ireland games taking place in Belfast in 2006. 
Mr. Hanson: Government are considering financial support to the special Olympic Ireland games taking place in Belfast in 2006 and discussions with the organisers about the details are continuing. A formal announcement will be issued on completion.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) primary schools in Northern Ireland and (b) children attending them were affected by the decisions of education and library boards to withdraw school crossing patrol services within the past 12 months. 
Angela E. Smith: Education and Library Boards have withdrawn school crossing patrols at 80 primary schools across Northern Ireland in the last 12 months. The decision to withdraw patrols is one that is taken very carefully, and only in cases where a review using the agreed local authority road safety officers' association guidelines has determined that underlying hazards have either declined significantly, or disappeared completely.
It is not possible to provide information regarding the number of pupils affected by the withdrawal of the crossing patrols as not every pupil attending the schools will have been affected by the change. Some schools have more than one crossing patrol point, or indeed more than one entrance; in other cases, the crossing patrol was not located at the school gates. 44 of the patrols removed were lunchtime patrols which few pupils used.
Daniel Kawczynski: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Government are taking to reduce the time appellants wait for a hearing in the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal. 
Bridget Prentice: The commencement of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) on 4 April 2005, together with changes to the lodging arrangements for asylum appeals, has had a significant impact on the time between the lodging of an asylum appeal and the service of the Immigration Judge's decision.
Information for the period April to September 2005, indicates that asylum appeals, arising from a decision served on or after 4 April 2005, took on average 6 weeks from receipt of the appeal by the AIT to a decision by an Immigration Judge. This does not include the 28 days provided for the Home Office to serve the decision on the appellant and their representative in accordance with procedure rules.
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Additionally, the AIT is currently working closely with UKvisas and the Home Office to introduce further improvements to the entry clearance appeals process aiming to reduce the overall time an appellant waits from first application to their appeal being heard by an average of seven weeks.
Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many job advertisements were placed by her Department (a) in total, (b) in print newspapers and magazines and (c) on a recruitment website in each year since 1997; and at what (i) total and (ii) average cost in each case. 
The Department ensures that job vacancies are advertised in a wide range of publications, including those targeted at minority communities where it is appropriate. Details of vacancies are placed on the Civil Service Recruitment Website, which was launched in December 2002 as the site of first choice for central Government recruitment. There is no advertising cost associated with this facility.
Ms Harman: The joint Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee's March 2005 report Electoral Registration" included evidence on the accuracy of the electoral register.
This assessment followed Electoral Commission's report Understanding Electoral Registration", published in September 2005, which estimated that around 3.5 million people in England and Wales were eligible to be on the register at their main residence but were missing from it in 2000.
My Department is currently working with a number of partners to promote awareness of electoral registration in London where the issue of under-registration is most acute. The Department also considers the issue of the accuracy of electoral registers in relation to the development of policies to prevent and detect electoral fraud.
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