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David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland 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. 
Mr. Hain: From 1 January 2005 to 21 December 2005 the Northern Ireland Office received 526 parliamentary questions tabled for answer on a named day. The information requested is contained in the following table.
|Answered on day named||270|
|Answered after day named||242|
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many ordinary written parliamentary questions tabled for answer by him in the last 12 months have been answered (a) within 14 days, (b) between 14 and 28 days, (c) between 28 days and two months and (d) in excess of two months after the date of tabling; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hain: From 1 January 2005 to 21 December 2005 the Northern Ireland Office received 3,684 parliamentary questions from Members of the House of Commons. Written answers were provided within the following time scales.
|Within 14 days||2,835|
|After between 14 and 28 days||355|
|After between 28 days and two months||66|
|After in excess of 2 months||324|
Of the 324 questions that were answered 'After in excess of 2 months' 130 were tabled in July prior to the summer recess. It was therefore not possible to provide the hon. Member with an answer until the House returned in October.
Departments aim to ensure that Members receive a substantive response to their named day question on the named day and to endeavour to answer ordinary written questions within a working week of being tabled. Unfortunately, this is not always possible but my Department makes every effort to achieve these time scales.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children living in the province are estimated to be living in poverty, broken down by (a) Northern Ireland local government district and (b) parliamentary constituency. 
Angela E. Smith: The following tables show the numbers and percentages of children in Northern Ireland living in relative income poverty before housing costs and after housing costs across (a) local government districts (table 1) and (b) parliamentary constituencies (table 2). Due to small sample sizes in individual years, it was necessary to combine data for the years 200203 and 200304 to enable analysis. The figures presented in the tables are the most up to date currently held by Northern Ireland Government.
|Relative poverty before|
|Relative poverty after|
|Newry and Mourne||4,700||25||4,900||26|
|Cookstown and Magherafelt(57)||5,200||38||6,600||48|
|Larne and Moyle(57)||3,300||35||3,100||33|
|Omagh and Strabane(57)||6,600||30||8,400||38|
|Relative poverty before|
|Relative poverty after|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||7,100||22||9,500||30|
|Newry and Armagh||4,500||20||5,600||25|
3. Data was sourced from Households Below Average Income Northern Ireland (HBAI NI). The HBAI NI is based on information collected from the Family Resources Survey (FRS). The FRS was first run in NI in 200203.
6. Income before housing costs (BHC) includes the following main components: usual net earnings from employment; profit or loss from self-employment (losses are treated as a negative income); all Social security benefits (including housing benefit, social fund, maternity, funeral and community care grants but excluding social fund loans) and tax credits; income from occupational and private pensions; investment income; maintenance payments, if a person receives them directly; income from educational grants and scholarships (including, for students, top up loans and parental contributions); the cash value of certain forms of income in kind (free school meals, free welfare milk, free school milk and free TV licence for those aged 75 and over).
7. Income is net of the following items: income tax payments; national insurance contributions; domestic rates (this includes water and sewerage charges for Northern Ireland); contributions to occupational pension schemes (including all additional voluntary contributions (AVCs) to occupational pension schemes, and any contributions to personal pensions); all maintenance and child support payments, which are deducted from the income of the person making the payment and parental contributions to students living away from home.
8. Income After Housing Costs (AHC) is derived by deducting a measure of housing costs from BHC income measure. Housing costs include the following: rent (gross of housing benefit); domestic rates; mortgage interest payments (net of tax relief); structural insurance premiums (for owner occupiers); ground rent and service charges.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding was spent during 2005 in Northern Ireland on research into renewable energy provided by wave power. 
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