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Mr. Hanson: Defining poverty as households whose income is less than 60 per cent. of the median household income, the reports on households below average income in Northern Ireland indicate that there were 101,000 children in poverty in 2004-05 compared with 108,000 in 2003-04 and 113,000 in 2002-03, the only years for which data is available. Copies of these reports will be placed in the House of Commons Library.
The Government are committed to eradicating child poverty throughout the UK by 2020. In line with this, we have set targets to reduce by half in Northern Ireland the number of children living in poverty between 1998-99 and 2010-11 on the way to eradicating child poverty by 2020.
To that end, Government target significant resources at tackling child poverty in Northern Ireland. For example, working tax credit and child tax credit both provide financial assistance for working families on low incomes. In addition, working tax credits also provide help for child care benefiting around 11,000 families with an average of around £58 per week.
In addition, the Government are placing significant emphasis on initiatives that focus on the early years of life, such as Sure Start and Book Start and the Pre-School Education Expansion programme. Building on these initiatives, the Northern Ireland Priorities and Budget 2006-08, launched on 14 December 2005, established two new ring-fenced priority funding packagesthe Children and Young People and Skills and Science Funds.
The Children and Young People's Fund announced in March 2006 and the Skills and Science Fund announced in February 2006 and worth around £100 million and £35 million respectively over the next two years, will play an important role in giving children the best start in life and tackling child poverty.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on advertising by (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last three years. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whom is conducting the recently announced review of senior Northern Ireland civil servants travelling expenses; what the terms of reference of the review are; what stage the review has reached; what discussions the review team have had with senior civil servants as part of the review. 
The Department of Finance and Personnel has been conducting a routine policy review of the Travel and Subsistence policy for all NI civil servants in the 11 Departments, as set out in the Travel and Subsistence Part of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Staff handbook, with the following terms of reference:
to examine the existing regulations and make recommendations for improvements in the Staff Handbook to ensure a consistency of approach by Departments. The review will also consider the various existing mileage, subsistence and removal rates and determine where there is a need to update these.
Following consultation with the 11 NI Government Departments each of the four chapters of the Travel and Subsistence Part of the NICS Staff Handbook have now been re-drafted and, in accordance with normal industrial relations practice, will be issued to the civil service unions for consultation in the near future. There have been no discussions with senior civil servants as part of the review.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been medically retired in (a) each department in Northern Ireland and (b) the Northern Ireland Office in each of the last five years. 
Maria Eagle: The announcement of commencement of work at Global Point is dependent on the findings of the Public Inquiry into the draft Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan (BMAP). The Plan is a material consideration in determining current planning applications for Global Point. No decision has yet been reached in respect of the proposals.
The Department of the Environment has formally written to the Planning Appeals Commission (PAC) requesting a Public Inquiry into BMAP. Following acceptance of the request the organisational arrangements for the Public Inquiry will become the responsibility of the PAC.
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