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Margaret Beckett: The UK representative on the Joint Committee to Transfer Security Responsibility
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represents the views of the Government in working with the Iraqis and coalition partners to oversee the process of transferring lead responsibility for security in each Iraqi province from coalition forces to the Iraqi authorities.

Mr. Hague: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what criteria were developed to guide the transfer of security responsibility in Iraq as agreed by the Joint Committee to Transfer Security Responsibility. [78822]

Margaret Beckett: The criteria set out by the Joint Committee to Transfer Security Responsibility are based on four categories:

Israel

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs pursuant to the answer of 4 May 2006, Official Report, column 1806W, on Israel, if she will make strong representations to the Israeli Government concerning its failure to provide a reply in relation to the treatment of the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton within the two weeks stipulated. [77624]

Margaret Beckett: My Department has been in regular contact with the Israeli embassy on this issue. I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 13 June 2006.

Mr. Kent Taylor

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if she will approach the Qatari authorities formally about Mr. Kent Taylor, who has been unable to leave Qatar since 2001; [79551]

(2) when she last raised the case of Mr. Kent Taylor with the Qatari authorities; and if she will make a statement. [79552]

Dr. Howells: We have concerns about the length of time it is taking to resolve this case. Although my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary has no plans to approach the Qatari authorities about this issue, our ambassador in Doha has raised these concerns with the Qatari authorities, most recently with the Qatari Foreign Minister on 19 June.


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Northern Ireland

A5

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Roads Service has spent on improving the A5 between Derry and Aughnacloy in each of the last five years; how much is planned to be spent in each of the next three years; and what joint plans the Roads Service and the Department for Transport in the Republic of Ireland have to upgrade the A5/N2 Derry to Dublin road. [79977]

David Cairns: The acting chief executive of Roads Service (Mr. Geoff Allister) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Mr. Geoff Allister, dated 27 June 2006:

Financial year Amount (£000)

2001-02

5,642

2002-03

7,509

2003-04

3,738

2004-05

3,892

2005-06

5,917



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Caravans

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new caravan parks have been opened in Northern Ireland in the last three year period, broken down by local authority area; and what estimate he has made of the contribution to local economies from caravaners. [78497]

David Cairns: Table A shows the number of caravan parks by council area that have been granted planning approval in the last three years. Unfortunately, the Planning Service is unable to provide information on the number of caravan parks opened in Northern Ireland as details are not held on the number of approvals that have subsequently been implemented.

Table A: Number of caravan parks granted planning approval between 1 April 2003 and 31 March 2006
District council area Number

Antrim

1

Ards

3

Banbridge

1

Coleraine

2

Down

4

Fermanagh

3

Moyle

2

Newry and Mourne

2

Total

18


In 2005 an estimated £3.6 million was generated from out-of-state visitors (i.e. visitors from overseas and ROI but excluding domestic) to Northern Ireland choosing to stay in the caravan and camping sector. In 2004 domestic holidaymakers spent £11.3 million during holidays staying in static caravans, and £1.3 million during holidays in touring caravans (these data are currently unavailable for 2005). Annual breakdowns are provided in Tables B and C as follows.

Table B: Estimated spend for out-of-state visitors staying in caravans/camping
Spend (£ million)

2005

3.6

2004

3.3

2003

3.0


Table C: Estimated spend for domestic holidaymakers staying in towed and static caravans
Spend (£ million)
Towed caravans Static caravans (owned and not owned)

2005

n/a

n/a

2004

1.3

11.3

2003

3.2

13.0

n/a = not available.

Criminal Injuries Compensation

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total amount paid to victims of crime in Northern Ireland by way of criminal injuries compensation was in each of the last five years. [79999]


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Mr. Hain: The Compensation Agency has operational responsibility for the administration of two statutory criminal injury compensation schemes: The Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988 (the 1988 order scheme) and the Criminal Injuries Compensation (Northern Ireland) Order 2002 (the tariff scheme).

The following table shows the overall total amount of criminal injuries compensation paid in the last five years broken down by scheme.

£
1988 Order 2002 Order (Tariff) Total

2001-02

50,469,842.36

0.00

50,469,842.36

2002-03

52,113,863.08

75,000.00

52,188,863.08

2003-04

46,625,939.74

3,277,783.99

49,903,723.73

2004-05

33,123,066.77

8,281,290.66

41,404,357.43

2005-06

23,773,880.57

15,207,312.92

38,981,193.49

Totals

206,106,592.52

26,841,387.57

232,947,980.09


Dental Services

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's preferred ratio is of dentists per head of population in Northern Ireland; and what the ratio was in the last period for which figures are available. [80106]

Paul Goggins: There is no target ratio for dentists per head of population. The aim is to ensure an adequate level of dental provision both in terms of availability and accessibility. In Northern Ireland at November 2004 there were 43 general dental practitioners per 100,000 population. This compares to 37 general dental practitioners per 100,000 population in England, Scotland and Wales. Population figures for 2005 are not yet available.

I am satisfied with the current level of dental provision both in terms of availability and accessibility. Nevertheless, I fully recognise that the General Dental Service, through which the vast majority of our primary dental care is delivered, is in need of reorganisation in order to continue to provide a quality service to patients, address the oral health needs of the population and provide a rewarding career for dental professionals.

In order to achieve this, a new 10-year primary dental care strategy will be published shortly.

Departmental Expenditure

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) laptops and (b) mobile phones have been bought by each Department under his authority in each of the last eight years; and what the cost was of each category of equipment in each year. [78743]

Mr. Hanson: Due to the detailed nature of the question the answer is laid out in tabular form. Note that some Departments do not have complete records of laptops purchased over the period in question. A similar situation affects the records of mobile phones purchased, and for some Departments the cost of mobile handsets was subsumed in the cost of service contracts.


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OFMDFM
Financial year Number of laptops purchased Cost (£) Number of mobile phones purchased Cost (£)

1998-99

(1)

1

(2)

1999-2000

55

94,479

9

(2)

2000-01

102

173,665

13

(2)

2001-02

156

260,017

19

(2)

2002-03

171

283,208

17

(2)

2003-04

35

46,366

25

(2)

2004-05

57

74,991

67

(2)

2005-06

31

36,992

51

(2)


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