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Civil Service

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of people were recruited in Northern Ireland into the (a) senior civil service and (b) administrative officer, temporary administrative officer, administrative assistant and temporary administrative assistant grades over the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by perceived religious affiliation expressed in (i) numerical and (ii) percentage terms. [59363]

Angela E. Smith: Recruitment figures for appointments to the Northern Ireland civil service in the categories and in the years specified are contained in the tables. These figures represent the appointments made by both the Department of Finance and Personnel's Recruitment Service and by Departments individually.
Senior civil service

Community background
(numbers)
Community background
(percentage)
PRCNDPRCND
2000–0196252.9435.2911.77
2001–02123080200
2002–03114168.75256.25
2003–041214144.4451.853.71
2004–05147066.6733.330
Total5834462.5633.094.35









 
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Permanent—administrative officer

Community background
(numbers)
Community background
(percentage)
PRCNDPRCND
2000–011,0471.3122443.9455.051.01
2001–02392419647.9851.290.73
2002–03000000
2003–047279131244.0155.260.73
2004–05294282150.9548.880.17
Total2,4602,9264346.7252.620.66

Permanent—administrative assistant

Community background
(numbers)
Community background
(percentage)
PRCNDPRCND
2000–013104521240.0558.401.55
2001–026017522443.6554.611.74
2002–03243312443.4755.810.72
2003–04000000
2004–05180166251.7347.700.57
Total1,3341,6824244.7254.131.15

Temporary—administrative officer

Community background
(numbers)
Community background
(percentage)
PRCNDPRCND
2000–01000000
2001–02000000
2002–0300200100
2003–04000000
2004–05000000
Total00200100









 
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Temporary—administrative assistant

Community background
(numbers)
Community background
(percentage)
PRCNDPRCND
2000–0124339223427.9645.1126.93
2001–025147264340.0656.593.35
2002–035427872839.94582.06
2003–042794691836.4261.232.35
2004–053234291242.2856.151.57
Total1,9012,80333537.3355.427.25








 
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The following figures, for which there is no perceived religious breakdown readily available, relate to appointments made by the Department of the Environment, within the categories indicated, in the 2004–05 year. All other appointment details for the Department of the Environment have been included in the summary figures above.
Community background (numbers)
Community background (percentage)
CompetitionTotalPRCNDPRCND
Temporary administrative assistant46
Temporary administrative officer48
Total964739850419

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many civil servants in Northern Ireland receive (a) the minimum wage and (b) up to £1per hour more than the minimum wage. [61389]

Angela E. Smith: All members of the Northern Ireland civil service are paid above the national minimum wage. 4,785 Northern Ireland civil servants receive a wage up to £1 more than the national minimum wage of £5.05 per hour.

Coastal Protection Schemes

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what projects were undertaken by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to coastal protection schemes related to tourism or harbours in each of the last five years. [60457]

Angela E. Smith: The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (DETI) is responsible for coastal protection works associated with schemes relating to tourism in Northern Ireland. DETI has not carried out any such works in the last five years.

The improvement, maintenance or management of a harbour, which might include coastal protection measures, is the responsibility of designated harbour authorities.

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which department is responsible for coastal protection schemes (a) where there is a (i)road and (ii) promenade interest and (b) related to (A) tourism and (B) harbours. [60458]

Angela E. Smith: Coastal protection schemes may include measures to combat erosion and also construction and maintenance of defences against tidal flooding.

1. The Departments responsible for coastal protection schemes dealing with erosion threatening the specified interests are:

2. DARD, Rivers Agency is responsible for maintenance of designated sea defences providing protection against tidal flooding.

Cross-border Bodies

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the membership of each cross-border body set up under the Belfast Agreement. [57953]

Angela E. Smith: Four of the North/South Implementation Bodies and Tourism Ireland Limited have Boards.

The names of all the Board members were provided in a Northern Ireland Office press release of 19 December 2005, covering the extension of their term of office. A copy of this press release has been placed in the Libraries of the House and can also be found at http://www.nio.gov.uk/media-detail.htm?newsID=12661.

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the political affiliation is of members of each cross-border body set up under the Belfast Agreement. [58057]

Angela E. Smith: We do not know the political affiliations of the members of the boards of cross-border bodies.

Deprivation Taskforce

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects to be in a position to announce the outcome of the taskforce he established to bring forward proposals to deal with deprivation and educational under-achievement in Unionist areas. [61629]

Mr. Hanson: The Taskforce to Address the Needs of Protestant Working Class Areas reported to me as Minister with responsibility for social development, in late 2005. Since that time, I have personally undertaken extensive consultation with civil and elected representatives of the Protestant community in order to test the conclusions of the taskforce in the community.
 
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I am currently working closely with the senior civil service officials to finalise a positive agenda for action on tackling disadvantage, with a particular emphasis on Protestant working class communities. A Government announcement on this issue will take place in early April. A delivery team, lead by Nigel Hamilton, head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service, has been appointed to drive forward this important work.


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