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Parliamentary Questions

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. [49877]

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.
Number
Answered on day named270
Answered after day named242
Transfers14

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. [49891]

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.
Parliamentary questions

Number
Within 14 days2,835
After between 14 and 28 days355
After between 28 days and two months66
After in excess of 2 months324
Transfers89
Withdrawals15

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.

Poverty

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. [49390]


 
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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 2002–03 and 2003–04 to enable analysis. The figures presented in the tables are the most up to date currently held by Northern Ireland Government.
Table 1: Number and percentage of children in relative poverty by local government district for 2002–03 and 2003–04 combined

Relative poverty before
housing costs
Relative poverty after
housing costs
Local
government
district
NumberPercentageNumberPercentage
Ards1,700131,90015
Armagh1,30092,00014
Ballymena4,400234,80025
Banbridge2,400172,40017
Belfast14,7002615,20027
Castlereagh2,100143,50023
Coleraine6,500376,30036
Craigavon7,100247,10024
Derry9,200329,10032
Downpatrick2,500123,90019
Dungannon3,100204,90032
Fermanagh4,300235,20028
Lisburn3,400154,10018
Newry and Mourne4,700254,90026
Newtownabbey1,90074,70018
North Down2,900144,20021
Cookstown and Magherafelt(57)5,200386,60048
Larne and Moyle(57)3,300353,10033
Omagh and Strabane(57)6,600308,40038
Other(58)7,400187,80019
All95,0022110,50025


(57) Local government districts combined due to sample size requirements.
(58) Remaining local government districts (of Antrim, Ballymoney, Carrickfergus, and Limavady) combined due to small sample sizes.
Source:
Households Below Average Income 2002–03 and 2003–04 Department for Social Development.



Table 2: Number and percentage of children in relative poverty by parliamentary constituency for 2002–03 and 2003–04 combined

Relative poverty before
housing costs
Relative poverty after
housing costs
Parliamentary constituencyNumberConstituencyNumberConstituency
Belfast East3,500234,20029
Belfast North5,300295,20028
Belfast South2,100172,90024
Belfast West5,900246,90028
East Antrim2,900163,70020
East Londonderry8,000307,60029
Fermanagh and South Tyrone7,100229,50030
Foyle9,200329,20032
Lagan Valley2,900133,30015
Mid Ulster5,600347,30044
Newry and Armagh4,500205,60025
North Antrim8,000248,50025
North Down2,800134,20020
South Antrim4,800146,50020
South Down5,600177,00022
Strangford2,400122,60013
Upper Bann8,000217,90021
West Tyrone6,600308,50038
All95,00022110,50025



Source:
Households Below Average Income 2002–03 and 2003–04 Department for Social Development.



 
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Renewable Energy

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. [52514]

Angela E. Smith: In 2005 £149,697 of public funding was spent in Northern Ireland on research into wave power.
 
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