Mr. Ingram: The Ministry of Defence does not use any single definition of a small firm with terms such as small firm" and SME" (Small and Medium sized Enterprise) being used interchangeably. In reporting data about business placed with SMEs we define an SME as a firm employing under 250 people.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 8 February 2006, Official Report, columns 12301231W, on child sex abuse, when a decision will be made on whether to move to the new database under consideration; what factors will be taken into account when deciding whether to move to a new database; how child sex abuse allegations will be tracked until a decision is made; and how the Police Service of Northern Ireland will collate clusters of allegations around particular individuals until a decision is made. 
In addition to the three databases I referred to in my answer to the hon. Gentleman of 8 February 2006, Official Report, columns 12301231W, which already provide effective monitoring of sex offenders, the PSNI is monitoring the development of a system of tracking vulnerable children and case management for CARE Teams. This is being progressed
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by the UK's Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), and the timing of its introduction is outside PSNI control. In the interim PSNI is considering introducing a system called CATSCase Administration and Tracking System, (a stand-alone computerised system developed by Capital One Bank), which is being used by approximately 13 other UK police forces. This system is still under evaluation.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to ensure that the co-ownership scheme that applies to first time house buyers has a maximum house valuation that is uniform across Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: The value limits which apply to the co-ownership scheme are linked to average house prices in the various district council areas thus ensuring that the scheme can react to price variations across Northern Ireland. The introduction of a uniform price limit for the whole of Northern Ireland would disadvantage those wishing to purchase homes in district council areas where house prices are above average.
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the extent is of data sharing on individuals between Government Departments and agencies in Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. 
Angela E. Smith: The Northern Ireland Office and the 11 NI Departments and their agencies within Northern Ireland share information with the Republic of Ireland. The nature of the information shared is largely on a case-by-case basis and covers a number of areas which I summarise as follows:
Information with the Republic of Ireland for the purposes of aiding enforcement and prosecution action in either or both jurisdictions in respect of illegal manufacturing, sale or supply of medical products.
Mr. Gregory Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether prisoners who participated in the early release scheme in 1998 were
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given financial assistance or incentive from the public purse (a) at the time of and (b) subsequent to their release. 
Mr. Woodward: At their time of release, prisoners were given a discharge grant in line with that given to all persons released from prison. There was no special provision for early release prisoners. Early release prisoners were also able to claim state benefits from their date of release.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many employees there are in the (a) maintained, (b) controlled, (c) integrated and (d) Irish language sectors of education in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: When the Prime Minister met the families of the Omagh Bombing victims in November last year, he assured them that the investigation into the atrocity was very much ongoing. This is still the case and the Government remain committed to ensuring that the truth is established.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average daily sum spent by the Prison Service in Northern Ireland on feeding (a) adult prisoners and (b) young offenders was in the last year for which figures are available.