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Best Practice Scheme

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 23 October 2006, Official Report, columns 1544-5W, on the best practice scheme, what steps he is taking to encourage more staff in (a) each Department in Northern Ireland, including the Northern Ireland Office and (b) the voluntary and community sectors to participate in the Northern Ireland best practice scheme. [98001]

Mr. Hanson: Staff in all Northern Ireland Departments, including the Northern Ireland Office are invited to attend all best practice events. Some of these are targeted at staff at particular grades or working in specific areas. While attendance at events is free, numbers are limited by available space with some events allowing for greater numbers than others.

The scheme is actively supported by the Northern Ireland Civil Service Permanent Secretaries Group and Permanent Secretaries lead events and encourage staff to attend and feel empowered to apply the learning.

Voluntary and community sector organisations have been invited to participate in learning activities through the Chief Executive’s Forum, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action (NICVA) and the Association of Chief Officers of Voluntary Organisations (ACOVO).

Departmental Expenditure

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff were employed in the Department of Agriculture in Northern Ireland in each Northern Ireland county in each of the last three years. [97692]

David Cairns: The information requested is not routinely collected or available in the format.

However I can advise, from current information available, based on location at which staff are headquartered, the number of staff employed in each Northern Ireland county is as follows as at 26 October 2006:

County Staff numbers

Antrim

492

Armagh

207

Down

1449

Fermanagh

258

Londonderry/Derry

420

Tyrone

500


Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the administrative costs of running the Department of Agriculture headquarters at Dundonald House were in the last year for which figures are available; and what the staffing levels at that location were in each of the last five years. [97693]

David Cairns: The information requested is not routinely collected or available in the format requested.

However I can advise that current staffing levels for Dundonald House and estimated administrative costs as of 26 October 2006 are as follows:

District Command Units

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of police officers was in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the last two years. [96438]
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Paul Goggins: I have been advised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland of the following details in respect of the number of police officers deployed across each district command unit over the last two years.

Regular FTR PTR
District command unit 2005( 1) 2006( 1) 2005( 1) 2006( 1) 2005( 1) 2006( 1)

Antrim

142

139

39

28

17

14

Ards

142

138

29

13

69

56

Armagh

128

124

37

27

16

13

Ballymena

147

151

14

10

32

29

Ballymoney

68

66

9

6

5

5

Banbridge

99

98

12

8

35

28

Belfast East

209

191

85

51

60

55

Belfast North

343

317

71

49

67

54

Belfast South

393

368

53

33

72

67

Belfast West

233

209

82

57

0

0

Carrickfergus

76

75

25

17

28

28

Castlereagh

118

114

42

32

41

28

Coleraine

150

166

23

12

48

57

Cookstown

90

89

14

5

3

2

Craigavon

191

192

27

26

27

26

Down

161

152

35

18

25

21

Dungannon

142

132

28

23

7

6

Fermanagh

161

155

44

29

21

19

Foyle

253

259

50

54

7

5

Larne

69

68

11

8

17

12

Limavady

82

90

14

14

4 j

4

Lisburn

242

243

41

37

110

98

Magherafelt

97

89

22

6

4

4

Moyle

37

37

7

3

3

2

Newry and Mourne

206

199

45

59

4

3

Newtownabbey

161

163

22

16

72

67

North Down

143

145

34

20

36

32

Omagh

123

126

25

9

19

18

Strabane

118

109

32

16

16

15

Total

4,524

4,404

972

686

865

768

(1) As at October each year.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what method the Police Service of Northern Ireland uses to record average response times across its district command units. [96439]

Paul Goggins: I have been advised by the Police Service of Northern Ireland that average response times to calls are not routinely recorded.


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