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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to extend the Decent Homes Scheme to Northern Ireland; what research has been undertaken by his Department to ascertain how many homes in Northern Ireland fall below the Decent Homes Scheme standard; and if he will make a statement. 
The 2004 Interim House Condition Survey showed that approximately 32,000 social households failed to meet the Decent Homes Standard, a reduction of 27,000 from the 2001 House Condition Survey. It is anticipated that the 2006 Housing Condition Survey will show a farther reduction.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Home Office in relation to the operation of the national identity card scheme in Northern Ireland; and what estimate he has made of the resources needed to operate the scheme in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hain: I have not made any assessment of the likely cost of implementing the scheme in Northern Ireland because the cost of issuing ID cards along with passports is, as an excepted matter, a matter for my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. The Northern Ireland Office and the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister are represented at official level on interdepartmental groups convened by the Home Office to look at identity issues and, in particular, the role of ID cards. The decision about whether, and if so how, ID cards are to be used in the provisions of services in Northern Ireland will be a matter for a future Northern Ireland Executive following restoration.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on which dates in the last month he (a) attended his Departments offices (i) in London and (ii) in Belfast, (b) dealt with departmental business (i) in the House and (ii) elsewhere and (c) undertook other engagements in his official capacity. 
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