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Rwanda

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether any people suspected of participation in the Rwandan genocide have been detained in England and Wales in the last six months. [105827]

Joan Ryan: No one in England and Wales has been detained in the last six months on charges concerning the genocide which took place in Rwanda. But no one fleeing international justice should expect to find safe haven here.

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with Rwandan authorities on the potential for extradition to Rwanda of people suspected of participation in the Rwandan genocide. [105828]

Joan Ryan: As a matter of general policy, it would not be appropriate to comment on whether discussions of this kind have taken place with a foreign state.

Terrorist Briefings

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on which alleged terrorist cases involving (a) Muslims and (b) non-Muslims his Department has briefed the media in the last 12 months. [104239]


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Mr. McNulty: The Home Office does not collate information on religion in regards to alleged terrorist cases.

The Home Office Press Office routinely briefs media on issues related to terrorism.

Northern Ireland

Anti-Poverty Strategy

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence he has had with pressure groups and charities in each of the last five years on his Department’s anti-poverty strategy; [107624]

(2) what (a) meetings and (b) correspondence he has had with representatives of the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network on the development of his Department’s anti-poverty strategy in each of the last five years; [107690]

(3) how many people with experience of living in poverty are involved in the development of his Department’s anti-poverty strategy; and if he will take steps to increase this figure. [107691]

Mr. Hanson: During the development of “Lifetime Opportunities”, the Government’s Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Strategy for Northern Ireland, which was launched by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State on 13 November 2006. My officials met and corresponded with a range of pressure groups and charities from the voluntary and community sector including the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network (NIAPN).

During the two extensive periods of public consultation which were held during 2004 and 2005, NIAPN on behalf of the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, co-ordinated a number of province wide workshops which provided individuals, groups and representatives from areas experiencing poverty and social exclusion with an opportunity to comment on proposals for an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Northern Ireland. In addition to providing written reports on each of the workshops NIPAN also submitted two formal consultation responses.

One of the commitments provided in “Lifetime Opportunities” is the establishment of a ministerially led Forum which will oversee progress made against the strategy’s objectives goals and targets. It is anticipated the Forum will include representatives from charities and groups from the voluntary and community sector representing the interests of individuals experiencing poverty and social exclusion.

The Forum will be asked to advise on effective ways of engaging with those experiencing poverty as part of this process.

Fuel Poverty

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to tackle fuel poverty in Northern Ireland; what recent
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assessment he has made of the level of fuel poverty in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [107628]

Mr. Hanson: The Fuel Poverty Strategy which was launched in 2004 set out the Government’s plans to eradicate fuel poverty in all vulnerable and social households by 2010 and in all other households by 2016. Since then over £150 million has been spent on a range of programmes to address energy inefficiency in homes and increase benefit awareness, particularly of vulnerable people who rely on benefits. The 2004 Interim House Condition Survey, which was announced earlier this year, indicated that since the last House Condition Survey in 2001 the number of fuel poor households has reduced from 203,000 to 153,500.

I have placed a copy of the latest annual progress report published in July 2006 in the Library of the House.

George Bruce Kelso

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what period NHS dental services were being provided at 14 The Square, Portaferry. [103482]

Paul Goggins: Mr. Kelso applied to open a new dental surgery at 14, The Square, Portaferry on 25 May 1995. The premises were inspected and approved by the Eastern Health and Social Services Board on 29 June 1995. Mr. Kelso withdrew from the Dental List at this address with effect from 31 January 2001.

High Hedges

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made by his Department in introducing measures to address the problem of nuisance high hedges in Northern Ireland; and why no legislation has been introduced since the conclusion of his Department’s consultation on this matter in October 2005. [107021]

David Cairns: In the absence of a place in the legislative programme, no further progress has been made since the consultation in 2005 and no legislation could be brought forward. The Department does intend to progress legislation when the programme permits.

Homelessness

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were registered as homeless in each Housing Executive district in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [107629]

Mr. Hanson: Those registered as homeless are full duty applicants: persons who are homeless, in priority need (i.e. people with families, young persons at risk of sexual or financial exploitation, single parents and vulnerable members of society) and not intentionally homeless. For the financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06 the numbers registered as homeless are as follows:


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Housing Executive district 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Belfast1

212

278

164

177

284

Be!fast2

284

296

314

344

430

Belfast3

207

212

171

204

229

Belfast4

223

259

205

251

278

Belfast5

116

116

136

164

251

Belfast6

412

562

492

440

512

Belfast7

216

275

422

363

512

Housing Advice Centre

468

524

475

400

389

Bangor

312

428

379

401

423

Newtownards

317

425

376

384

395

Castlereagh

227

243

317

312

338

Lisburn

404

538

502

456

533

Lisburn (Dairyfarm)

101

144

125

162

280

Downpatrick

266

331

318

296

286

Banbridge

113

121

137

134

156

Newry

227

266

347

354

418

Armagh

96

111

104

111

121

Brownlow

77

100

84

122

136

Portadown

83

81

82

120

114

Dungannon

152

159

150

200

274

Fermanagh

121

158

231

219

260

Ballymena

336

298

383

369

487

Antrim

274

329

381

256

324

Newtownabbeyl

191

216

187

157

202

Newtownabbey2

173

172

171

212

252

Carrickfergus

171

209

175

179

180

Lame

127

145

142

160

134

Moyle

35

37

33

45

58

Ballymoney

60

64

114

111

155

Coleraine

164

260

276

290

269

Waterloo Place

316

339

282

222

244

Waterside

239

216

197

181

191

Collon Terrace

237

282

244

219

237

Limavady

88

87

92

122

112

Magherafelt

124

111

172

129

91

Strabane

85

69

116

99

85

Omagh

57

56

46

41

44

Cookstown

63

63

52

64

65

N. Ireland

7,374

8,580

8,594

8,470

9,749


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