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Boundary Commission

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) when the revised recommendations of the Northern Ireland Boundary Commission will be published; [74347]

(2) when a final decision will be taken on the new boundaries for Northern Ireland Westminster parliamentary constituencies. [74346]

Mr. Hanson: The Parliamentary Boundary Commission for Northern Ireland announced their revised recommendations on 18 May 2006.

They must consider all representations on the revised recommendations received within one month of their publication. Further to this, they will submit their final recommendations to the Secretary of State who must then lay these (with or without modifications) before Parliament for approval.

The Commission must submit their final report to the Secretary of State by June 2007.

Firearms

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many licensed firearms there were in Northern Ireland in (a) 1995 and (b) 2005. [74211]

Paul Goggins: It has not been possible to provide information for the same date in each of the two years specified in the question but the Chief Constable informs me that there were 134,027 firearms held on certificate at 31 December 1995 and 144,554 firearms held on certificate at 12 May 2005. The 12 May figure represents a reduction of 6,934 since the Firearms (NI) Order came into force in January 2005.

Foreign Prisoners

Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will break down the number of foreign national prisoners detained in Northern Ireland by country of origin. [75221]

Paul Goggins: The number of prisoners detained in Northern Ireland Prison Service custody on 1 June who had declared themselves to be foreign nationals (excluding Irish citizens), was 28, with the following breakdown:


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Number

Lithuania

5

China

4

Poland

4

Nigeria

2

Portugal

2

South Africa

2

Italy

2

Canada

1

France

1

Belgium

1

Algeria

1

Latvia

1

Egypt

1

East Timor

1


Former Prisons

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the former site of (a) HMP Maze and (b) HMP Crumlin Road, Belfast; and what planning permissions have been sought. [74718]

Mr. Hanson: The Masterplan for the Maze/Long Kesh site was published on 30 May 2006. This shows the vision for development on the site. No planning permissions have as yet been sought. A copy of the Masterplan has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The development of the Crumlin Road Gaol and Girdwood sites will be taken forward on an integrated basis through a master planning approach. This will be subject to full public consultation. Listed building consent and planning approval was granted in March 2004 for the demolition of non-listed buildings and other works at the Gaol. Planning permission for the installation of CCTV cameras at Girdwood was granted in February 2006. Planning applications were submitted in March 2006 for repair and restoration works to the Gaol.

Incorrect Criminal Records

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residents of Northern Ireland are known to have been incorrectly attributed with criminal records. [74344]

Paul Goggins: It is not possible to provide the information requested as this information is not collected.

Joyriding

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many convictions for joyriding there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many of these convictions were of repeat offenders; and how many resulted in custodial sentences in each case [74980]

(2) what average length of prison sentences was given to those convicted of joyriding in Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available. [74981]


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Mr. Hanson: The Criminal Justice (No. 2)(Northern Ireland) Order 2004 provided for the creation of two new offences within section 172 of the Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 1981, to tackle ‘joyriding’. These offences are aggravated vehicle-taking (section 172A) and aggravated vehicle-taking causing death or grievous bodily injury (section 172B). Aggravated vehicle-taking is defined as ‘a vehicle being taken without consent, which is then driven dangerously or causes an accident which results in injury, damage to property or damage to the vehicle’.

Statistics relating to these new offences are not yet available; however, the number of convictions for ‘taking a motor vehicle without owner consent' (section 172 of Road Traffic (NI) Order 1981) and the number subsequently sentenced to immediate custody are provided below. Due to limitations within current data systems it is not possible to readily determine the number who are repeat offenders.

Data are collated on a principal offence rule, thus only the most serious offence with which an offender is charged is included.

Table 1: Number of convictions for ‘taking a motor vehicle without owner’s consent’ and the number sentenced to immediate custody 1999-2003

Number of convictions

Number sentenced to immediate custody

1999

294

94

2000

328

58

2001

348

50

2002

300

43

2003

351

64


The average length of prison sentence in 2003 for ‘taking a motor vehicle without owner consent’ (section 172 of Road Traffic (NI) Order 1981) was three and a half months.

Learning Disabilities

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve services for those with a learning disability in the 19 plus age range. [74655]

Paul Goggins: The inter-departmental ‘Transitions Report’, was produced by the Department of Education, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety and the Department of Employment and Learning in March 2006, setting out over 20 actions and targets to improve the transition process. Key actions include proposals to provide appropriate age-related placements in adult day care centres and the enhancement of further education and training provision.

Ministerial Travel

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of departmental Ministers’ travel to and from Northern Ireland on official business in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [74689]


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Mr. Hain: All ministerial travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in the ‘Ministerial Code’ and ‘Travel by Ministers’, copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.

The following table provides the total Ministers and Secretary of State air fare expenditure for the financial years 2003-04 to 2005-06.

Airfares (£)

2003-04

623,770

2004-05

574,172

2005-06

562,401


Moy Park Group

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) financial and (b) other support has been provided to the Moy Park Group for each of its Northern Ireland plants by (i) the Department for Enterprise, Trade and Investment, (ii) the Department for Employment and Learning and (iii) Invest Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [73511]

Maria Eagle: Over the past five years financial support of £10,973,752 has been given to Moy Park Group through Invest NL. The plants benefiting from the assistance are located in Craigavon, Dungannon, Moira and Lisnaskea. Within the timescale for the response a separate analysis of grant that each plant has drawn down is not possible. Support has been offered through a variety of direct grant programmes: selective financial assistance, Compete research and development, networking, business improvement in addition to marketing assistance.

The Department for Employment and Learning supports employers who are expanding their workforce or creating new jobs by providing job brokering services and suitable training programmes where appropriate. The Department has a very close working relationship with the Moy Park Group, which has a high turnover of staff, and services the majority of its vacancies. One company within the Moy Park Group, Feme Foods, employed one employee under the new deal employment options for which the company received a total of £1,950.

National Stadium

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated cost is of the new road layout for a national stadium site at the former HMP Maze site in Lisburn. [74719]

Mr. Hanson: The Masterplan published on 30 May recommends that if development goes ahead at the Maze/LongKesh site surrounding infrastructure should be upgraded. A detailed assessment of transport requirements including road infrastructure will be commissioned shortly. This work will show the cost of any improved road networks


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Paediatric Cardiology

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children are awaiting an initial paediatric cardiology assessment in the Province. [74628]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not held centrally and will take some time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member with the relevant information as soon as it becomes available and place a copy in the Library.

Planning Appeals

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications from each
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district council in the Province submitted to the Planning Appeals Commission have been (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful in each of the last three years. [74324]

Mr. Hanson: The Planning Appeals Commission is a tribunal non-departmental public body, and I understand that the chief commissioner has written to the hon. Member in the following terms:

2003-04 2004-05 2005-06
District council Allowed Dismissed Allowed Dismissed Allowed Dismissed

Antrim

7

18

15

23

27

36

Ards

17

12

22

19

19

13

Armagh

1

0

1

6

8

6

Ballymena

2

8

10

15

17

28

Ballymoney

4

1

8

2

5

11

Banbridge

2

4

10

13

7

9

Belfast

19

8

20

19

32

27

Carrickfergus

1

1

3

6

5

2

Castlereagh

5

12

6

9

4

3

Coleraine

16

13

27

12

24

28

Cookstown

3

2

1

1

3

Craigavon

4

1

3

10

8

9

Derry

12

5

13

15

17

16

Down

39

12

22

14

6

15

Dungannon

1

5

3

3

0

12

Fermanagh

11

16

6

7

12

15

Larne

3

8

8

1

2

Limavady

3

4

5

3

7

12

Lisburn

16

19

19

24

12

15

Magherafelt

15

18

7

20

1

12

Moyle

2

5

3

6

3

Newry and Mourne

6

11

10

14

14

20

Newtownabbey

1

3

5

7

4

3

North Down

11

4

10

11

14

5

Omagh

1

4

1

8

5

2

Strabane

2

7

4

3

4

12


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