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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many freedom of information requests have been received by each of the Northern
Ireland Departments in the two most recent years for which figures are available; and how many of these were made by members of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. 
Mr. Hanson: The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister publishes statistics on the performance of the 11 Northern Ireland Departments on a quarterly basis. Similarly, figures for the Northern Ireland Office are included in the Department for Constitutional Affairs quarterly update for Whitehall Departments. The total number of requests received by each Department in 2005 and between 1 January 2006 and 31 March 2006 are set out in the following table. Figures for the second quarter of 2006, 1 April 2006 to 30 June 2006, should be available towards the end of August.
|Number of Requests Received( 1)|
|Department||2005||1 January to 31 March, 2006|
|(1) Figures include requests made under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. (2) DCAL figures includes requests made to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the cost to public funds in Northern Ireland of the disposal of toxic acid waste from illegal fuel-washing; and if he will make a statement. 
David Cairns: The Environment and Heritage Service of the Department of the Environment has been advised by district councils that they had incurred approximately £115,000 in cleaning up toxic waste between 2003 and early 2006, a significant proportion of which arose from illegal fuel washing.
Maria Eagle: The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) is responsible for the development of Sport in Northern Ireland including the distribution of exchequer funding to individual sports. The SCNI has awarded exchequer funding to the GAA as follows:
In addition the Department of Finance and personnel (DFP), Department of Education (DE), Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI), Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Department of Social Development (DSD) have provided funding to the Gaelic Athletic Association in each of the last five years. The following tables outline the funding that has been provided by each of these Departments:
|GAA||Sports including GAA activities|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) printing, (b) advertising, (c) consultants, (d) legal, (e) public relation and promotional, (f) concerts and events and (g) graphic design costs were incurred relating to the Good Friday Agreement Referendum in 1998. 
Mr. Hain: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is unable to provide a breakdown of the various costs relating to the Good Friday Agreement Referendum in 1998, as requested by the hon. Member, because they were not recorded in this way. However, from our records the total cost of holding the Northern Ireland Good Friday Agreement Referendum was £1,450,000.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many grant applications for home improvements were made in each housing executive district in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of these were successful. 
Mr. Hanson: The information cannot be given in the format requested as private sector grants statistics are mostly recorded by local council area. The following table sets out the information in that form for the financial year 2005-06.
The approval figures provided represent the successful conclusion to the application process in the 2005-06 financial year. Some applications such as those for home repairs assistance grants will have commenced in that year while others will have started in previous years. Approvals for repairs grants and grants for houses in multiple occupation which are for landlords are not included.
Some of the preliminary enquiries received last year will be unsuccessful because initial inspection will deem the property to be fit for human habitation while in other instances the applicant will decide not to proceed.
|District Council Area||Preliminary Enquiry Forms Received||Grant Applications Approved|
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