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Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill

Alan Simpson: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when he will publish in full the responses to the consultation on the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill. [58722]

Mr. Jim Murphy: Responses to the consultation document, A Bill for Better Regulation", were published on the Better Regulation Executive website on 6 March 2006. Copies of the consultation responses, with the exception of the consultees who requested that their responses be kept confidential, can be found at:

Copies have also been placed in the Library.

NORTHERN IRELAND

A26

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of vehicles per day using the A26 between the Lodge Road roundabout, Coleraine and the exit to Ballymena was in the last period for which figures are available. [59524]

Mr. Woodward: The chief executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.
 
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Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin dated 21 March 2006:


LocationAverage daily flow
A26 Ballymena to Ballymoney—north of M219,220
A26 Ballymena to Ballymoney—south-east of
Ballymoney
14,430
A26 Ballymoney bypass16,590
A26 south-east of Coleraine ring road15,770

Civil Service (Meetings)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 27 February 2006, Official Report, column 362W, on civil service (meetings), on how many occasions the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has met in the last three years (a) the Presbyterian Church, (b) the Roman Catholic Church, (c) the Church of Ireland, (d) the Methodist Church, (e) the Baptist Union of Ireland, (f) the Free Presbyterian Church, (g) the Elim Pentecostal Church, (h) the Reformed Presbyterian Church, (i) the Congregational Union of Ireland, (j) the Evangelical Alliance, (k) ECONI and (l) the Caleb Foundation. [58282]

Angela E. Smith: The current Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service has formally met with representatives of the Presbyterian Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church on four occasions during 2005 and 2006 at a forum established at the request of those Churches. He has met with the Director of ECONI twice at his request. He also has had a wide range of meetings on specific projects and issues with individuals who would be members of these denominations but were not representing those denominations, almost always at their request. He will be happy to meet with any of the bodies listed, if asked by them.

Coastal Erosion

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) which statutory bodies in Northern Ireland are responsible for dealing with the consequences of coastal erosion; [59608]
 
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(2) what statutory bodies in Northern Ireland are responsible for dealing with the consequences of coastal erosion. [59877]

Angela E. Smith: Northern Ireland does not have any legislation specifically related to coastal erosion. Essential works within the sphere of interest of various Government Departments continue to be dealt with under the Bateman Formula.

The Bateman Formula is a historic inter-departmental agreement detailing the procedure for executing essential coastal protection works. Within this formula cost beneficial works, to protect essential infrastructure may be undertaken by the Department or Authority responsible for the asset at risk. DARD Rivers Agency undertakes essential cost beneficial works that do not fall within the functional area of other Departments or Agencies.

Concessionary Travel

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many senior citizens have taken up the offer of free travel on public transport in Northern Ireland since its inception. [59521]

Mr. Woodward: Translink has provided the following figures detailing the number of new Senior SmartPasses issued since their introduction in May 2002 and the number used at least once.

Cruelty to Animals

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many animals have had to be destroyed in Northern Ireland following acts of cruelty in each of the last five years. [57907]

Angela E. Smith: The Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 allows an Officer of the Police Service for Northern Ireland (PSNI) to have an animal slaughtered without the permission of the owner, provided a veterinary surgeon certifies that it is so diseased or severely injured, or in such a physical condition, that it would be cruel to keep it alive. The PSNI does not retain statistical information on the number of animals destroyed.

Records from 2001 to 2005 kept in respect of farm animals slaughtered by, or involving, officials from the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development are detailed as follows. This information does not differentiate between animals that were destroyed as a result of cruelty and those that were destroyed in order to avoid unnecessary suffering.
Animals destroyed by DARD in Northern Ireland under the Welfare of Animals (Northern Ireland) Act 1972

20012002200320042005
Cattle13216262932
Sheep4051621201727
Pigs211
Total(4)5371801464760


(4)This figure includes animals that were destroyed during the foot and mouth disease outbreak when animal welfare issues arose as a result of movement restrictions and difficulties in getting feed to animals



 
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Electoral Register

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the adult population in Northern Ireland entitled to be on the electoral register is on that register. [57966]

Mr. Hanson: The percentage of the adult population in Northern Ireland entitled to be on the electoral register is estimated to be 91.1 per cent. This is based on the projected voting age population mid-year estimate for 2004 of 1,272,838. The 1 March 2006 register has a total of 1,159,858 electors.

Employment Statistics

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of people who began self-employment in each Northern Ireland constituency in 2005. [59820]

Mr. Hanson: Estimates from the autumn 2005 labour force survey (LFS) show that of the 122,000 self-employed persons in Northern Ireland, 6,000 1 had commenced their business in 2005. It is not possible to provide such estimates at constituency area level from the LFS.

However for information, the following table details the number of offers of assistance provided through the Northern Ireland Start a Business Programme in each parliamentary constituency area during the calendar year 2005.


Parliamentary constituency areaOffers of assistance
Belfast East94
Belfast North104
Belfast South136
Belfast West105
East Antrim166
East Londonderry205
Fermanagh and South Tyrone281
Foyle301
Lagan Valley181
Mid Ulster299
Newry and Armagh212
North Antrim197
North Down137
South Antrim147
South Down273
Strangford180
Upper Bann225
West Tyrone183
Total3,426


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