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Post Office Card Account

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many payments of each social security benefit are paid by the Social Security Agency into (a) Post Office Card Accounts and (b) bank accounts. [97101]

Mr. Hanson: The latest figures (September 2006) for the information requested is shown in the following table:


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Direct payments September 2006
Benefit description Bank/building society account Post office card account

Retirement Pensions

329,089

411,216

Carer's Allowance

58,556

53,022

Job Seekers Allowance

35,476

13,701

Training Allowance

5,183

1,256

Disability Living Allowance

109,200

78,635

Income Support

281,717

365,173

Incapacity Benefit

116,090

81,706

Attendance Allowance

60,426

129,540

Social Fund

4,209

3,335

Industrial Injuries Benefit

19,894

15,618


Public Bodies

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent on the recruitment process for the (a) Chief Executive, (b) Chair and (c) non-executive board members of (i) Northern Ireland Water Ltd and (ii) Ofreg; and how much has been allocated to the remuneration and incentive package for each post in each organisation. [97225]

David Cairns: The information is as follows:

(i) The recruitment process for the water service chief executive and non-executive board members(1 )cost:

The remuneration for these positions is as follows;

(ii) The recruitment process for the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation (known as Ofreg) cost:

The remuneration for each post is:

Public Housing

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the potential effect of new build public housing on the waiting times for public housing in (a) Belfast and (b) Northern Ireland of members of each community background. [97402]


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Mr. Hanson: All social housing including new build is allocated on the basis of greatest housing need and in accordance with the Common Selection Scheme which was equality proofed and subject to detailed consultation.

It would not be legal for the Housing Executive under the Fair Employment and Treatment Order (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2003, to allocate housing on any other basis than need.

The Social Housing Development Programme attempts to meet housing need but is constrained in some areas by the lack of suitable development land.

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will set targets and a timetable for the elimination of the differential in public housing waiting times between the two communities in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Belfast. [97631]

Mr. Hanson: It would be impracticable to set targets or a time scale for the elimination of the differentials in public housing between the two communities. All allocations by the housing executive and registered housing associations are made on the basis of need as determined by the points awarded under the Common Selection Scheme which was equality proofed and subject to detailed consultation. In some areas demand is greater than supply, while in others, the opposite is true and allocations cannot therefore be made within prescribed time scales.

Research being undertaken by the Affordability Review Group will however include the issue of stabilising low and high demand areas to see what, if anything, can be done.

Racially Motivated Crime

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been convicted of racially-motivated crimes in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years, broken down by (a) district command unit and (b) council district. [95012]

Mr. Hanson: At present background information in relation to the commission of an offence is not included in the court sentencing data, and it is not therefore possible to produce information on convictions for crimes with a racially motivated background. I anticipate however that such information will become available with the development of the Causeway information system.

Roads Service

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total expenditure by the Roads Service on roads maintenance in Northern Ireland was in each of the last five years, broken down by district council area. [97632]

David Cairns: The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has written to the hon. Lady in response to this question.


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Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin, dated 30 October 2006:


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Annex 1: Roads Service maintenance expenditure from 2001-02 to 2005-06
£000
District council 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Antrim

3,571

3,863

4,976

3,913

4,217

Ballymena

4,350

4,011

5,354

5,020

5,493

Carrickfergus

1,846

1,646

1,536

1,325

2,548

Larne

1,907

2,205

2,432

2,316

2,632

Magherafelt

2,107

2,668

3,449

3,029

3,424

Belfast

13,496

14,517

14,895

15,123

14,914

Castlereagh

2,519

2,183

2,327

2,178

3,251

Newtownabbey

3,011

3,607

3,513

3,676

2,548

Ballymoney

1,986

2,590

2,768

2,442

2,410

Coleraine

3,723

3,740

5,167

3,960

3,327

Limavady

2,331

2,636

3,555

3,156

2,847

Londonderry

5, 745

7,290

6,067

5,655

5,324

Moyle

1,114

1,448

1,808

1,835

2,111

Armagh

4,359

4,542

5,482

5,863

4,756

Banbridge

2,813

3,586

4,008

3,690

4,491

Craigavon

4,050

4,991

5,258

5,380

4,135

Newry and Mourne

5,456

5,256

7,069

7,567

7,376

Ards

3,087

3,216

3,547

3,661

6,181

Down

4,366

4,641

5,089

5,042

3,476

Lisburn

5,141

6,225

7,081

7,369

6,375

North Down

2,695

4,068

4,002

2,409

4,247

Cookstown

2,328

2,600

3,282

3,026

2,605

Dungannon

4,384

4,985

7,038

5,397

5,395

Fermanagh

4,911

5,822

7,461

6,809

6,142

Omagh

5,291

5,779

7,048

6,173

6,004

Strabane

4,044

4,357

4,829

5,312

4,758

Overall total

100,631

112,472

129,041

121,326

120,987


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