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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) temporary and (b) casual staff are employed by the Northern Ireland Child Support Agency; what proportion this figure represents of all staff employed; and if he will make a statement. 
Four of these staff provide child support services to Northern Ireland, 11 provide child support services to
Great Britain and two provide support to their colleagues who work in front line operations.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will review the neutrality of civil service uniform insignia used in Northern Ireland; and if he will seek the advice of the Equality Commission on the matter. 
Mr. Hanson: The design of the uniform worn by security guards and certain other staff has been reviewed as the need has arisen to replace parts of the uniform, and some changes have been made. The aim has been to modernise the uniform and to make it less formal, particularly in response to the improved security situation and the greater access by the public to areas such as the Stormont Estate and Hillsborough Castle. There are plans to look at other aspects of their uniform, including insignia, and in line with normal NICS practice this would involve consultation with the Equality Commission.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was to each Government Department in the Province of sending Christmas cards in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hanson: The costs incurred by the 11 Departments of the NI Administration and the Northern Ireland Office on the purchase and distribution of Christmas cards in the period 1 April 2001 to 31 March 2006 are set out in the following table.
|(1) Postage costs are not available for these Departments.|
Costs for staff time or any notional charges are not included in these figures.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) pre-testing and (b) other research has been carried out on the proposed diesel emission test to be introduced in Northern Ireland. 
David Cairns: The Driver Vehicle Testing Agencys equipment was purchased in 2001 as part of a PFI contract for all MOT testing equipment. Prior to finalising this contract, extensive research and trials were conducted to ensure the equipment could meet the needs of the agency and conduct a quality test fully compliant with legislation. This equipment is the same as that currently used in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.
Following procurement, further trials of the diesel test equipment took place in Cookstown DVTA test centre, and from this time Larne DVTA centre has offered the diesel emission test to customers on a voluntary basis.
DVTA is heavily committed to research and development, and liaises with many testing organisations worldwide to ensure best practice testing is being maintained in Northern Ireland. These experiences and advice received from other organisations that have been conducting this test for many years served to inform DVTAs research on this matter.
However, DVTA has held meetings with representative bodies from the motor industry, including the Freight Transport Association, the Road Haulage Association and the Retail Motor Industry Federation. These meetings included demonstrations of the testing process and a chance for the industry to ask questions about the test and be given more information.
Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths from healthcare-
acquired infections there were within each health trust in the Province in each month of the last three years. 
Mr. Hanson: It is not possible to give reliable figures on the number of deaths involving hospital-acquired infections from routinely collected mortality data, as information on whether the infection was acquired in hospital or elsewhere may not be available to the doctor certifying the death.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he intends to bring the mileage allowance paid to members of the Northern Ireland Assembly into line with that paid to hon. Members of this House. 
Mr. Hain: This matter is currently under consideration and I hope to make an announcement shortly. I will write to the hon. Member informing him of the outcome and will arrange for a copy of my letter to be placed in the Library of the House and sent to the Speaker of the Assembly.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the change in (a) numbers and (b) percentages of those employees classified as (i) Protestants, (ii) Roman Catholics and (iii) non-determined in the (A) Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, (B) Northern Ireland Housing Executive, (C) Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland and (D) general service grades of the Northern Ireland Civil Service between 1999 and 2006. 
Mr. Hanson: Information on the perceived community background of staff in the specified organisations is set out in the following table. The figures are given at 1 January 1999 and 2006 (except for the Equality Commission which only came into being on 1 October 1999) and include permanent staff but exclude those on career breaks.
|(1) Figures given at 1 January 2000 and 1 January 2006.|
(2) Includes staff in the Child Support Agency.
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