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The table excludes possible extensions by three Departments, as they could provide the information only at disproportionate cost.

Environmental Governance

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made in the review of environmental governance in Northern Ireland; when he expects the review to be completed; and if he will make a statement. [108157]


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David Cairns: The independent panel carrying out the review of environmental governance published an interim report of its findings on 29 September 2006 and, following further research and public consultation, will publish its final report by the end of March 2007.

Mains Water Supply

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications for connection to mains water supply for new rural properties were submitted in each year from (a) 1 April 2000 to 31 March 2006 and (b) 1 April 2006 to 30 October 2006; how many of these applications have been (i) approved and (ii) rejected; and how many are outstanding. [105094]

David Cairns: The Chief Executive of Water Service (Mrs. Katherine Bryan) has written to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Mrs. Katharine Bryan, dated 11 December 2006:

Number of applications

2000-01

10,280

2001-02

11,825

2002-03

11,915

2003-04

11,542

2004-05

11,596

2005-06

11,784


Applications Number Percentage

Received

6,687

Approved

6,181

92.00

Refused

132

1.97

Incomplete

218

3.26

Pending

147

2.20



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Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long it takes on average to process an application for a connection to mains water supply for a new property in a rural area. [105093]

David Cairns: The Chief Executive of Water Service (Mrs. Katharine Bryan) has written to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Mrs. Katharine Bryan, dated 11 December 2006:

Outreach Support

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the waiting time for children with dyslexia to receive outreach support from Beechlawn Specific Learning Difficulties Service. [107799]

Maria Eagle: Education and Library Boards (ELBs) assess and make provision for pupils on an individual basis, in line with the code of practice on the assessment of Special Educational Needs (SEN) and the supplement to it. This includes the provision of appropriate outreach support for pupils who do not have a statement of SEN.

When such support is oversubscribed it is proper that boards establish criteria for those pupils referred for outreach support. Beechlawn Specific Learning Difficulties Service, which can support 34 pupils over the course of an academic year, is consistently oversubscribed. The South Eastern Education and Library Board applies seven criteria for support, viz:


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The chief executive of the SEELB has confirmed that in 2006-07 pupils meeting criteria one to five are receiving support. Pupils meeting criteria six to seven are on the waiting list for 2007.

Terrorism

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps his Department is taking to educate the population of Northern Ireland about the threat of terrorism. [107414]

Paul Goggins: The Home Office leads on UK threat levels and on International Terrorism. Its open source website and that of the Security Service provide threat advice for the whole of the UK. In NI, the Independent Monitoring Commission reports regularly on the threat of Irish terrorism, and both Ministers and the Chief Constable make regular public statements.


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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

British Waterways

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the budget for British Waterways was in each of the last 20 years in (a) cash and (b) real terms. [107636]

Barry Gardiner: The following tables show the grant in aid paid by the Government to British Waterways between the financial years of 1987-88 and 2006-07.

Pre-devolution
£ million
Total government funding
Financial year Actual cash grant Grant in real terms at today's prices

1987-88

35.2

67.3

1988-89

36.8

65.8

1989-90

38.8

64.7

1990-91

48.9

75.6

1991-92

50.0

72.9

1992-93

51.1

72.1

1993-94

49.3

67.8

1994-95

48.9

66.3

1995-96

49.8

65.5

1996-97

51.0

64.9

1997-98

51.9

64.2

1998-99

53.6

64.6

1999-2000

59.0

69.7

2000-01

64.9

75.7


Post devolution
£ million
DEFRA Scottish Executive Total government funding
Financial year Actual cash grant Grant in real terms at today's prices Actual cash grant Grant in real terms at today's prices Actual cash grant Grant in real terms at today's prices

2001-02

61.4

69.9

8.6

9.8

70.1

79.8

2002-03

71.6

79.1

9.5

10.5

81.1

89.6

2003-04

76.6

82.2

14.5

15.6

91.1

97.7

2004-05

59.1

61.7

13.0

13.6

72.1

75.3

2005-06

62.6

64.1

12.0

12.3

74.6

76.4

2006-07

55.5

55.5

10.9

10.9

66.4

66.4


Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when he will reply to the letter of 1 November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. L.F. Sebastien. [107993]

Barry Gardiner: I apologise for the delay. A reply was sent on 7 December 2006.

Crop Spraying

Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the total cost was of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution’s report “Crop Spraying and the Health of Residents and Bystanders”. [106992]

Ian Pearson: DEFRA does not hold this information. The cost of the report would be a matter for the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.


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