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The Deputy Prime Minister: The latest available figures are taken at 31 December 2005, for which I refer the hon. Member to the answers given on 26 June 2006, Official Report, column 127W by the Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government My hon. Friend the Member for Basildon (Angela E. Smith).
The Deputy Prime Minister: I have not attended any training courses in the past 12 months, but rely on my 10 years seafaring experience, five years experience as a union official, 36 years experience as a Member of Parliament and nine years as a Minister in the Cabinet to help me fulfil my role to the best of my ability.
The Deputy Prime Minister: New Ministers are offered an induction course following general elections or substantial reshuffles. These are run by the National School of Government in conjunction with the Cabinet Office and Her Majesty's Treasury. I also rely on my 10 years' seafaring experience, five years experience as a union official, 36 years' experience as a Member of Parliament and nine years as a Minister in the Cabinet to help me fulfil my role to the best of my ability.
I am fully committed to the principles of diversity. Since coming into Government in 1997, we have brought in the Civil Partnership Act 2004, Disability Discrimination Act 2005 and the Equality Act 2006, as well as the Work and Families Bill which is currently before the House. All of these measures are actively helping to promote diversity throughout our society.
Sir Paul Beresford: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister how many (a) domestic and (b) foreign trips on official business he has undertaken since May; how much each trip has cost; and how many officials accompanied him on each trip. 
Since 1999, the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year and total costs of all ministerial overseas travel. The list for the current year will be published at the appropriate time. In addition, I have made three official visits within the United Kingdom since May 2006. Expenditure including all trips will be accounted for in the Department's annual report and accounts in the usual way.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2006, Official Report, column 1385W, on his ministerial office and staff, when he expects the administrative support arrangements to be finalised; if he will place in the Library the details of these arrangements when finalised, together with cost of the changes; and if he will make a statement. 
The Deputy Prime Minister: I am being supported in my duties by a private office and a small secretariat, as well as officials from the Cabinet Office and other Government Departments as relevant to my role. Staffing and expenditure will be accounted for in the usual way.
The Deputy Prime Minister: The position remains as in the answer given to the hon. Member by the then hon. Member for Shipley (Christopher Leslie) on 28 March 2003, Official Report, column 484W. The total cost came to £40.
The maintenance of Dorneywood is a matter for the Dorneywood Trust, whose accounts are filed with the Charity Commission as is required. There is no cost to the public purse for the maintenance of Dorneywood.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how the principles set out in A Shared Future were applied in (a) the Children and Young People Funding Package and (b) the rationalisation plans recently agreed by the South Eastern Education and Library Board. 
(a) The principles of A Shared Future were applied in C&YPFP projects by: encouraging cross-sectoral clustering through extended schools; extending pre-school education; youth outreach to marginalized groups; and through cross-sectoral and cross-community arrangements in child protection.
(b) The rationalisation plans recently published by the SEELB, identify how the SEELB intends to manage its estate taking account of falling pupil numbers. The SEELB needs to develop these plans and any change in the provision of the schools involved will require the publication of a development proposal. As part of this process, the SEELB will be expected to take into account the principles set out in a shared future.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Education in Northern Ireland has commissioned opinion research to ascertain the views of the people of Northern Ireland on academic selection; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: In May and June of 2002, a number of questions were included in the Northern Ireland Omnibus Survey to ascertain public opinion on the key recommendations of the Post Primary Review Body (the Burns Report), as part of the multi-stranded consultation exercise. These recommendations included ending the Transfer Test; ending academic selection, the development of a Pupil Profile for all pupils, common admissions criteria for all schools and the development of collegiates. The findings of the research were published in October 2002 and are available on the Department of Education's website at www.deni.gov.uk. Responses to the main questions asked were as follows:
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Education in Northern Ireland has carried out an assessment of the findings of opinion research studies carried out by external organisations into the views of the people of Northern Ireland on academic selection as a criteria for admission to post-primary schools. 
The Department of Education has not carried out an assessment of the findings of opinion research studies on academic selection carried out by
external organisations. A number of consultation exercises have been carried out during the review of post-primary education to give the public and interested organisations the opportunity to make their views known and the range of views expressed is taken into account by the Government when making decisions.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many charities bank accounts are under investigation in Northern Ireland for possible money laundering linked to paramilitary organisations. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 7 February 2006, Official Report, column 1146W, on children (Strangford), if he will break down the number by electoral ward. 
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