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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on educating children in the safe use of bicycles on roads in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by Westminster constituency. 
David Cairns: Education in the safe use of bicycles is included in school-based activities promoted and supported by the Department of the Environment's road safety education officers. Cycling proficiency training is the main focused safe cycling activity. The Department also provides funds to the Road Safety Council for cycling championships.
Information on expenditure is not held by Westminster constituency nor is grant broken down by area. The following table contains the expenditure on cycling proficiency from 2001-02 to 2005-06 by education and library board area and funding to the Road Safety Council for cycling championships from 2003-04 to 2005-06. It does not include costs for road safety education officers' time and travel.
|North Eastern Education and Library Board||Southern Education and Library Board||Western Education and Library Board||South Eastern Education and Library Board||Belfast Education and Library Board||RSC Cycling Grant||NI Total|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 3 May 2006, Official Report, column 1647W, on road tax, if he will break down the figures for detections by the number of detections in each of the areas of detection. 
However, it is a duty of the board of governors of a grant-aided school to safeguard and promote the welfare of its registered pupils and to determine measures to be taken at the school with a view to protecting pupils from abuse.
The education and library boards have a duty to provide training for school governors in their responsibilities and this includes child protection. In the interests of child protection the Department has decided that, from 1 September 2006, at least one governor on every school staff recruitment and selection interview panel should be trained in recruitment and selection including child protection issues. It is a matter for each board of governors to invite its members to self nominate for such training.
Maria Eagle: Complete records of the occupations of those who applied for school governors posts since May 2005 are not readily available. However, the Department has actively encouraged people with management skills e.g. business, financial and personnel management expertise, including those from within the business sector, to come forward to volunteer as school governors.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will update the information in table 5.2 of the Northern Ireland Annual Abstract of Statistics 2005 to show the figures for school performance in different parts of the United Kingdom in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06. 
| Notes: 1. The Northern Ireland figures exclude special and independent schools and pupils with statements of special educational needs. 2. A-level figures are expressed as a percentage of pupils in the final year of an A-level course in Northern Ireland; as a percentage of all 16 to 18-year-olds in schools entered for at least one A-level in summer of the academic year in England; and a percentage of all candidates entered for two or more A-levels in Wales. Sources: DE, DfES, National Assembly for Wales.|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were (a) suspended and (b) expelled from a school in Northern Ireland in the past school term, broken down by education board. 
Maria Eagle: The Department of Education does not hold information on suspensions and expulsions for the past school term. The Department gathers statistics on suspensions and expulsions on an annual basis from each of the education and library boards.
|Education and library board||Number of pupils suspended|
|Education and library board||Number of pupils expelled|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the level of remuneration will be announced for those persons returned to the shadow councils in Northern Ireland in 2008. 
David Cairns: Decisions on remuneration for councillors elected in the 2008 local government elections will be made when there is a clearer picture of the responsibilities of the shadow councils and the governance arrangements under which they will operate.
However, I expect shortly to receive the report from the Councillors Remuneration Working Group which was established last year and this will inform decisions on the scheme of remuneration for councillors in the current and future systems of local government. It is too early to say when these decisions will be announced.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the estimated percentage is of (a) under 16-year-olds, (b) 16 to 25-year-olds and (c) over 25-year-olds in Northern Ireland who are smokers, broken down by sex. 
Paul Goggins: The information is not routinely available for the precise age bands requested. Information relating to the percentages of smokers by age and sex, in Northern Ireland, is presented in the table for the following age groups: under 16-years-old, 16 to 24-years-old and 25+.
|Age group||Percentage smokers|
Young Persons Behaviour and attitude Survey 2003 (NISRA)for those aged under 16.
Continuous Household Survey 2004-05 (NISRA). CHSfor those aged 16+.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Sports Council for Northern Ireland has received from (a) the Exchequer and (b) the Lottery in each of the last five years. 
|Exchequer and lottery funding received by Sports Council for Northern Ireland|
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