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Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much VAT on the road fuel element of car allowances was reclaimed in each year since 1997 up to the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Rosie Cooper: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will set out with statistical evidence relating as closely as possible to West Lancashire constituency the effects in West Lancashire of changes to his Department's policies since 1997. 
The Government have put in place a broad programme of both macroeconomic and microeconomic reform since our election in 1997 designed to improve the economic performance of all parts of the UK. Since these policies were implemented, the economic performance of the West Lancashire constituency has improved considerably. For example, since May 1997, claimant unemployment in West
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Lancashire has fallen by 35 per cent., while both long-term youth and adult unemployment have fallen by over 75 per cent.
The Neighbourhood Statistics Service provides a wide range of statistical information at parliamentary constituency level, taken from the 2001 Census and other sources. This service is available on the National Statistics website at http://neighbourhood.statistics. gov.uk./.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) additional resources have been allocated to and (b) measures have been put in place by Altnagelvin Hospital Trust to meet increased need arising from the closure of the accident and emergency department at Tyrone county hospital. 
In anticipation of increased attendances at Altnagelvin an additional £750,000 was allocated for the creation of a new acute medical unit and to fund the structural changes made to the A&E department at Altnagelvin.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people receive carers allowance in each (a) parliamentary constituency and(b) council district in Northern Ireland; and how many received the allowance in each of the last three years. 
|Parliamentary constituency||Numbers receiving carers allowance|
|Fermanagh And South Tyrone||1,614|
|Newry And Armagh||2,354|
|Council district||Numbers receiving carers allowance|
|Newry and Mourne||2,302|
|Numbers receiving carers allowance|
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have applied for carers allowance in the last 12 months; how many of those applicants are awaiting a decision; what the target length of time is that applicants should wait for a decision; what the average length of time applicants waited for a decision in the latest period for which figures are available is; what the target length of time is that applicants should wait for notification ofdecisions once taken; and for what average length of time applicants waited for such notification in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the consultation process on the installation of CCTV in West Belfast will be completed; what the reasons are for the time taken for the consultation process; and why East, South and North Belfast did not have an equivalent consultation processes. 
Mr. Woodward: In some cases, where urgent response to disorder was necessary, consultation in respect of a number of CCTV cameras was limited. In other cases, community based consultation has taken place with both community and political representatives.
It has not been possible to identify the nature of the West Belfast CCTV consultation referred to in the question. The most recent CCTV scheme was announced in 2004, when the then Minister of State announced £2 million funding for the development of CCTV systems across Northern Ireland. In that case, interested parties have been invited to make an application to Government for funding to establish new CCTV systems in town centres across Northern Ireland. The closing date for applications has been extended to the 14 April 2006 and an order of merit" list will be drawn up and published thereafter.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding whether there are plans to provide additional signage indicating vehicle height restrictions for Craigavon Bridge in Derry.
You will be aware that an incident occurred on 11 April 2006, in which an articulated lorry became lodged on the lower deck of the Craigavon Bridge. Our local officials have checked both the structure of the bridge and the adequacy of the signage and I can advise that damage to the bridge was slight, and that the signage for the lower deck, which was up-graded a few years ago, exceeds the required standard.
I should explain that Roads Service is required to sign all bridges with headroom less than 16'6" in order to warn drivers of high-sided vehicles of a potential hazard ahead. Accordingly, prominent triangular warning signs advising of a height restriction of 14'3" (4.3m) have been erected both on the lower deck of Craigavon Bridge and at several locations on the immediate approaches. Further prominent signage advising that the lower deck of the bridge is unsuitable for large vehicles" has been included on advance signage at the wider approaches to the bridge.
As you will understand, it is the responsibility for drivers of high-sided lorries to know the height and width of their vehicle and to take notice of both advanced signage and of warning signs in the immediate vicinity of a low structure. You may be interested to know that the Ordnance Survey, in association with Roads Service and Northern Ireland Railways, has produced a map, which has been widely advertised, showing all the low structures across Northern Ireland.
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