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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Leader of the House (1)how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months were answered (a) within 14 days, (b) after 14 to 28 days, (c) after 28 days to two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) how many parliamentary questions tabled in the last 12 months for answer by him on a named day (a) were transferred and (b) received a substantive answer (i) on the day named and (ii) after the day named. 
Departments should ensure that Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the date specified, and should endeavour to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of being tabled.
I expect Departments to act promptly in transferring questions. It is a discourtesy to the House and to hon. Members if they are not notified of the transfer within two sitting days of it appearing in the Notice Paper. However, an oral question should be transferred within 24 hours of it appearing in the Notice Paper and not on the day for answer.
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Meg Munn: Recently I met Baroness Prosser, Chair, Women and Work Commission and have met Commissioners including employers and trades unionists. Their report, due shortly, will provide a blueprint to close the gender pay gap. I look forward to discussing this with all the key stakeholders.
Meg Munn: The Government have been working with providers of business support to ensure that women can access the women-friendly advice they need. Our key partners are the regional development agencies who are fully committed to incorporating women-friendly business support into mainstream provision. The Task Force on Women's Enterprise will be operational by spring 2006 and will work to increase the number of women entrepreneurs.
Meg Munn: The Government have been working with partners within the business support arena to improve understanding of the support requirements of women entrepreneurs. In Merseyside our key partner the North West Development Agency has developed a clear plan to address the needs of women entrepreneurs.
The Government's Age Partnership Group's 'Be Ready' campaign, publicises the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations. It targets employers, providing information on the draft regulations and age diversity.
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Meg Munn: Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has recently developed guidance for teachers which includes units of work covering relationships and healthy friendships. This provides the scope for schools to explore domestic violence and is supported by the Department's publication Does Sex Make A Difference" which includes domestic violence lesson plans.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about what plans there are to upgrade the A6 Derry to Dungiven Road. As this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service I have been asked to reply.
The Secretary of State announced on 13 December 2005 that a £250 million scheme to dual the A6 between Londonderry and Dungiven was being added to Roads Service's Major Road Works Forward Planning Schedule. The 30km of dualling, including a dual carriageway bypass of Dungiven, will be the biggest single road scheme ever built in Northern Ireland.
It is hoped that the scheme will commence on site in the latter half of the Regional Strategic Transport Network Transport Plan 2015 period, subject to the availability of finance, and the completion of the relevant statutory procedures and economic appraisals.
Roads Service commissioned consultants in April 2005 to identify a corridor for the future dualling of the A6 between Castledawson and Londonderry. It is envisaged that this study will be completed in spring 2006 and will be taken forward through the development of the A6 Derry to Dungiven section.
Angela E. Smith:
No estimate has been made of the average percentage increase in salary for Northern Ireland civil servants in 2006. The 2006 settlement date is 1 August and consideration of the 2006 pay award is at a very early stage.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions have taken place with (a) Loyalist paramilitaries and (b) Unionist political parties on the decommissioning of weapons; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Ministers and officials meet representatives of the Progressive Unionist Party and the Ulster Political Research Group on a regular basis. Among the matters discussed is how they can help the organisations they are associated with to make the transition from conflict to peace. This includes the need for full and verifiable decommissioning.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the items of departmental property worth over £100 that have been reported as (a) lost and (b) broken in the last 12 months. 
Pay and performance management for the senior civil service is based on a framework set by the Cabinet Office. This includes a mixture of consolidated base pay awards and non-consolidated bonuses both of which are linked to individual performance and delivery.
The NIO has delegation for pay and performance management for staff below the senior civil service. All staff with satisfactory performance receive a consolidated increase and exceptional performance is rewarded through the use of non-consolidated bonuses.
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