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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) properties and (b) gardens have been bought by the Roads Service in the Shandon Park area of East Belfast in each of the last 25 years; and on what date each site was (i) purchased, (ii) last maintained and (iii) completed; [52475]

(2) how much the Roads Service has spent purchasing property in the Shandon Park area of East Belfast in connection with the proposed link road between Ascot Park and Shandon Park. [52476]

David Cairns: The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin, dated 20 February 2006:

School Governor Training

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much each education and library board in Northern Ireland has spent on school governor training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) staff costs, (b) facility hire, (c) refreshments and (d) other expenses; [74383]

(2) how much each education and library board expects to spend in 2006-07 on training for school governors. [74384]

Maria Eagle: Records for all five education and library boards are only available for the four financial years 2002-03 to 2005-06. Figures for the Western Board will be forwarded when they become available on 12 June. Details of the actual expenditure for the other boards for these years plus the 2006-07 anticipated expenditure figures are as follows:


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£
Financial year/ELB Staff costs Facility hire Refreshments Other expenses Total

2005-06

Belfast

30,000

650

0

1,000

31,650

North-eastern

41,468

851

(1)

1,970

44,289

South-eastern

22,574

1,075

360

1,949

25,958

Southern

20,500

1,900

(1)

3,042

25,442

Western

2004-05

Belfast

28,000

1,100

0

1,000

30,100

North-eastern

39,434

932

(1)

838

41,204

South-eastern

18,842

5,280

425

3,235

27,782

Southern

20,000

1,900

(1)

3,042

24,942

Western

2003-04

Belfast

27,000

1,050

0

1,000

29,050

North-eastern

40,984

1,694

(1)

3,024

45,702

South-eastern

18,093

4,250

350

2,718

25,411

Southern

19,500

1,900

(1)

3,042

24,442

Western

2002-03

Belfast

25,000

500

0

1,000

26,500

North-eastern

38,692

1,232

(1)

1,710

41,634

South-eastern

15,927

3,000

175

978

20,080

Southern

19,000

1,900

(1)

3,042

23,942

Western

(1) Included in facility hire.


2006-07 anticipated expenditure
Amount (£)

Belfast

26,650

North-Eastern

47,660

South-Eastern

27,371

Southern

29,550

Western

25,000


Sex Offenders

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 11 May 2006, Official Report, column 541W, on sex offenders, for what offences each of the people whose addresses are not known to the police were convicted; whether any of these people have been assessed as a danger to public safety; and whether they were subject to supervision and control orders at the time they moved from their last known residential address. [74314]

Mr. Hanson: Sex offender compliance with the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is high at around 97 per cent. in Northern Ireland. Notifications are recorded by the police on a live database and the number of unregistered offenders in breach of the requirements may therefore fluctuate on a daily basis. A search of the database to provide the information in reply to the hon. Gentleman's question showed that the number of offenders subject to the notification requirements and for whom the police did not have a current residential address has now reduced to 11. The offences for which these offenders had been convicted were as follows: three for rape; one attempted rape; two unlawful carnal knowledge; two indecent assault on a female; two making/possessing indecent images of children; one buggery. One person with a conviction for making/possessing indecent images of children was subject to probation supervision at the time they failed to comply with the notification requirements. Of the 11 offenders, four had been subject to a multi-agency risk assessment with no one being assessed as Category 3 High Risk i.e. someone whose sexual offending has been assessed as currently likely to lead them to seriously harm other people. PSNI pursue a policy of actively seeking to trace offenders who fail to comply with the notification requirements. This includes placing the offender's details on ViSOR and PNC to alert other UK police forces, checking with agencies such as social security to establish if the offender is claiming benefits etc, and providing full details to colleagues in An Garda Siochana who then complete similar checks for the offender in the Republic of Ireland.

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether discussions are planned between the Northern Ireland Office and the US consul’s office in Belfast in advance of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington DC during July 2007. [74422]

Maria Eagle: The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure co-ordinates arrangements on behalf of the Northern Ireland Government in respect of its planning for the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival and consequently has regular contact with staff of the US consulate.

Social Housing

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many social housing units are scheduled to be completed during 2006. [55789]

Mr. Hanson: The Department’s completion statistics are based on the completion of each contract. Houses are not therefore counted as each one individually completes. In a contract that will not complete until 2006-07, the individual houses completed in 2005-06 have not been scored.

Some 1,200 new homes are currently programmed for ‘contract completion’ in 2005-06.


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