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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken by Translink to advertise to senior citizens in receipt of the smart pass for free travel that there is a requirement to renew every five years. 
David Cairns: Responsibility for advertising all aspects of the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme rests with the Department for Regional Development. In January 2007, the Department will launch an advertising campaign in newspaper and other media outlets, highlighting the need for customers to renew their SmartPass before the expiry date printed on the front of their cards. In addition, all customers will be contacted by post three months before the expiry of their SmartPass, detailing the steps they need to take to obtain a replacement.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) which of his Departments databases are (a) wholly and (b) partly operated by external organisations or individuals; and which organisations and individuals own those databases; 
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Mr. Hanson: Representations to the Government on the domestic rating reforms in the past 12 months have included responses to a consultation on the draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, as well as to other more targeted consultations on individual aspects of the reforms. In addition, the Government have met with political parties, other Government agencies, local government organisations, representatives of the community and voluntary sector, and other stakeholders to discuss the reforms.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the co-efficient values given to each of the property attributes for window glazing are in the Valuation and Lands Agency's calibrated Multiple Regression formula used in the domestic rates revaluation in Northern Ireland. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what proportion of domestic properties in Northern Ireland are classified by the Valuation and Lands Agency with property attribute codes of (a) SG-Wood, (b) SG-PVC, (c) SG-Metal, (d) DG-Wood, (e) DG-PVC and (f) DG-Metal. 
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the membership is of the Prison Sentence Review Commission monitoring the early release scheme created by the Belfast Agreement. 
Mr. Hanson: There are 10 Sentence Review Commissioners; two joint chairmen and eight other members. Their details are given in the Commissioners Annual Report for 2006, a copy of which is available in the Library, and are also available on their website www.sentencereview.org.uk.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on entertainment and hospitality by each Government Department in the Province in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Hanson: The information requested is not held centrally and therefore it has not been possible to provide a full response in this parliamentary session. However, the hon. Member for Upper Bann (David Simpson) asked a similar question relating to the cost of hospitality in each Northern Ireland Department in each of the last five years. I refer the hon. Lady to the reply I gave on 13 September 2006, Official Report, column 2397W.
Mr. Hain: We cannot provide the information in the format requested by the hon. Member as to do so would be at disproportionate cost. The information requested is captured under hospitality, which includes food, alcohol and other related costs.
Expenditure incurred on hospitality by the Northern Ireland Office includes accommodation and hospitality for members of the royal family, visiting dignitaries and heads of state, and also hospitality for the representatives of business, voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland attending the annual garden party at Hillsborough Castle, as well as limited hospitality for staff working out of office hours in accordance with established procedures.
All expenditure of official hospitality is made in accordance with published departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety, based on principles set out in Government accounting. The level of hospitality must be defined, and a broad outline of cost and numbers attending must be provided on all occasions before authorisation. Expenditure should be kept as low as possible, compatible with the occasion and the standing of guests.
A necessary pre-condition for any entertainment or hospitality to be financed from Northern Ireland Office funds is that it will be in the direct interests of the Northern Ireland Office. While one cannot always guarantee that the benefit will be achieved, that must be both the intention and the reasonable expectation.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how much has been spent by the Equality Commission in each year since its formation in providing legal assistance and support to plaintiffs in respect of (a) sex discrimination and (b) religious discrimination; and what the average amount spent was on each category in each year; 
(2) in how many cases financial assistance and support were given by the Equality Commission to plaintiffs pursuing (a) sex discrimination cases and (b) religious discrimination cases where the case was subsequently abandoned by the Equality Commission in each year since its formation; and how much was spent on each category of case in each year; 
(3) in which cases relating to (a) sex discrimination and (b) religious discrimination the Equality
Commission spent more than £50,000 in each year since its formation. 
Mr. Hanson: The Equality Commission, as reported in its annual reports, spent the following amounts on legal fees in respect of its duty to provide assistance to complainants and potential complainants. The amounts exclude staff costs.
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The Equality Commission operates an enforcement policy for the provision of advice and assistance to complainants. Such assistance is subject to review. On review the Equality Commission may withdraw assistance because information gathered suggests that the case is unlikely to be successful, because the complainant no longer wishes to pursue proceedings or the case does not fall within the strategic objectives of the Commissions policy on assistance.
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It should be noted that an individual may complain under more than one ground of discrimination. Where there are a number of grounds including sex discrimination, these are included with the figure for sex discrimination. Where there are a number of grounds including religious and political opinion discrimination, these are included with the figure for religious and political opinion discrimination. Where both sex and religion and political opinion discrimination are mentioned these cases are included in both; those covering both encompass :
15 cases in 2002-03
4 cases in 2003-04
3 cases in 2004-05
Gathering the information in relation to the costs associated with the discontinued cases will require further analysis and the Chief Executive of the Equality Commission will respond directly to the hon. Member and a copy of the letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
One case which was heard in the Court of Appeal NItotal spend: £71,769.28.
One case which was heard in the Court of Appeal NItotal spend: £117,251.04
One case which was heard in the House of Lordstotal spend: £168,267.05
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