|Costs (£ million)
|Child support reforms
Mr. Hanson: The number of staff (measured as whole-time equivalent) who have worked for the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland on Northern Ireland business in each of the last five years is as follows:
|Number of staff
In the financial year 1998-99 the Northern Ireland Customer Services section devolved responsibility for customer complaints to individual teams. Problems in the uniformity of recording complaints resulted in the data not presenting a true reflection of the numbers received.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will keep a separate total for the annual amount spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes in each Department in Northern Ireland, including his Office. 
Mr. Hanson: There are no plans to separately record expenditure on alcohol at this time. However, all Departments separately monitor spend on hospitality generally in accordance with principles set out by HM Treasury and in line with the practicality of financial coding.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what incentives are available to encourage members of staff in (a) each Northern Ireland Department and (b) the Northern Ireland
Office to use public transport for travelling to and from work. 
David Cairns: Government policy is to encourage the use of sustainable travel and Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office may offer advances of salary to assist staff with the purchase of season tickets.
Translink, through its Corporate Commuter Initiative, encourages both public and private sector employees to use public transport to and from their workplace. Under this initiative, Translink has worked with the Department for Social Development, the Department for Employment and Learning and the Department for Culture Arts and Leisure providing assistance to staff such as personalised transport plans.
The Travelwise Scheme operated by Roads Service, provides advice to all Northern Ireland Government Departments on workplace travel plans and encourages sustainable travel, including the greater use of public transport.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what rate per mile is paid for travel carried out by domiciliary care workers in each of the Northern Ireland health and social services trusts. 
Paul Goggins: The actual rate of travel for HPSS employees is a matter for the employer to decide and up-to-date information on the rates in payment is not held centrally. It will take some time to collate this information and I will write to the hon. Member as soon as it is available and place a copy in the Library.
|Mileage rates paid to domiciliary care workers
Domiciliary care workers (now referred to as intensive homecare workers) receive regular users allowance or standard rates depending on the mileage completed and the engine size of the car. The majority of homehelp staff are paid at public transport rate; however, there are three homehelps who receive a regular user allowance in light of special duties carried out.
Standard rates or regular user depending on the mileage completed and the engine size of the car. Or if the individual satisfies certain criteria he/she may apply for a leased car. The mileage rate for a leased car is 13.4 pence per mile.
Regular user allowance is paid to employees who are designated by their employer as an essential car user (but it is uneconomic or not possible to offer a leased car) and where in the course of their employment they are required to travel either:
1. An average of more than 3,500 miles a year; or
2. An average of at least 1,250 miles a year and uses their car on average three days a week or spend 50 per cent. of their time on travel; or
3. An average of at least 1,000 miles a year and use their car on average four days a week.
|Up to 1000cc
|1001cc to 1500cc
Standard rate is paid to employees who use their own vehicle for official business but do not satisfy the criterion for a regular user.
|Up to 1000cc
|1001cc to 1500cc
Public transport mileage rate is payable at 23p per mile where the employer deems that standard or regular user rates do not apply.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the European Evidence Warrant on cross border crime; and if he will make a statement. 
Investigators and prosecutors require an effective system that delivers the evidence they require within a reasonable time. This is essential to combat terrorism and other serious, organised crime which involves an international element.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the Historical Inquiry Teams (HIT) budget has been set aside to investigate the murder of Robert and Thomas Dobson in Moy on 16 May 1976; and if he will make a
statement on the HITs investigation into this case. 
Paul Goggins: The Government have committed a total of £34 million, over six years, to the Unresolved Deaths project. Of this amount, the Historical Inquiry Team (HIT) has been allocated £24.2 million to review unresolved deaths relating to the security situation in Northern Ireland from 1968 to April 1998, and assist in bringing resolution for the families of victims affected by these deaths.
The HIT have confirmed that the deaths of Robert and Thomas Dobson will come within their remit. Of the funding provided to the HIT, there is no set amount allocated for each case. Spend on individual cases will not be known until the review of such cases is taken forward, as this depends on what work is required to be done and if any new evidential opportunities exist.
|Heart bypass operations in Northern Ireland
Hospital In-patients System.