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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which areas are being targeted by the Government taskforce established to assess the needs of those areas; and which civil and elected representatives have been consulted by the taskforce in each of these areas. 
Mr. Hanson: The Taskforce to Address the Needs of Protestant Working Class Communities did not target any specific areas but rather Protestant communities across Northern Ireland as a whole. The Taskforce Report was published on 4 April 2006 and is available at www.dsdni.gov.uk.
As Minister with responsibility for Social Development I undertook a series of consultations on the Taskforce Report and have completed fifty meetings with civic and elected representatives of the Protestant community as part of this process.
Angela E. Smith: Under the Welfare of Animals Act (Northern Ireland) 1972 all animals are protected from unnecessary cruelty or suffering, though there are no specific provisions on the welfare of racing greyhounds.
Angela E. Smith: The Valuation and Lands Agency maintains a database of house sales, which covers the period from mid-2002 to present. Prior to mid-2002 this data was not recorded in a way that permits statistical analysis, except at disproportionate cost.
|2002 (2nd half)||97,067|
Angela E. Smith: Statistics have not yet been developed to enable the production of reliable regional inflation rates within the UK. However, research by the Office of National Statistics indicated that the cost of living in Northern Ireland, during 2004, was approximately three to five per cent. below the UK average.
Angela E. Smith: InterTradeIreland's business plan is subject to scrutiny by the two Sponsor Departments (North and South) on an annual basis; and its annual accounts are examined separately and certified by the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland and the Irish Comptroller and Auditor General.
Angela E. Smith: The amount of land held by Invest Northern Ireland which is available for industrial use in each of Northern Ireland's constituencies is as follows. These figures do not include 1,885 acres (763 ha) of land held by Invest NI that is currently in industrial use.
|Parliamentary constituency||Land available for industrial use|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||97.5||39.5|
|Newry and Armagh||9.9||4.0|
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to ensure a panel of barristers is available to the Northern Ireland Administration to provide legal advice. 
Angela E. Smith: Three panels of junior counsel and one of senior counsel were appointed by the Attorney General in April 2004 after consultation with the Secretary of State to support the work of Senior and Junior Crown Counsel in providing advice to and representation for both the Northern Ireland departments and the Whitehall departments operating in Northern Ireland. The appointments were made following an open competition and selection by a board comprising representatives of the devolved and Westminster administrations, with two independent members.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which organisations or companies have been employed by his Department on measuring public opinion in each of the last three years; and how much has been spent in each case. 
The following organisations and companies have been employed on measuring public opinion during the last three years; the Northern Ireland Statistics & Research Agency; Queen's University Belfast; University of Central Lancashire & University
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of Manchester; Independent Research Solutions; Gallup Europe; Anderson Spratt Group; A V Browne; and Millward Brown.
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Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many planning refusal notices have been issued in each district council area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; 
|Newry and Mourne||163||1,851||112||1,551||135||1,722|
|Newry and Mourne||213||1,732||483||1,733|
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many valid planning applications have been received by the divisional planning office in (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning approvals have been received by the Divisional Planning Office in (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time taken to process a planning application from application to approval is in the (a) Downpatrick and (b) Craigavon Divisional Planning Office. 
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