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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of gun-related crime there were in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years. 
Paul Goggins: The chief constable has provided the following table of offences recorded by the police in Northern Ireland over the last three years in which a firearm was involved. The term firearm includes handguns, shotguns, rifles, imitation firearms, BB guns and air guns.
The figures for 2006 are provisional and liable to revision.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on fees paid to (a) the Crown Solicitor and (b) counsel for the Northern Ireland Policing Board in defending two applications to the Fair Employment Tribunal by Mr. Chris Ryder; and what estimate has been made of the additional costs likely to be incurred in referring this matter to the Court of Appeal. 
Paul Goggins: I have been informed by the Northern Ireland Policing Board that to date the Crown Solicitors Office have not billed the Policing Board for any work undertaken in respect of these cases.
I have also been informed that the estimated cost of an appeal to the Court of Appeal is approximately £8,500. This includes Crown Solicitors costs and that of counsel.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the occasions on which he has met the Police Service of Northern Ireland chief constable in each of the past three years. 
Paul Goggins: Since his appointment on 6 May 2005, the Secretary of State has met the chief constable on 29 occasions as follows:
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons were (a) arrested on suspicion of, (b) charged with, (c) prosecuted for and (d) convicted of escaping from lawful custody in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: The PSNI have advised that information is not collated in the precise format requested. Information relating to parts (a) and (b) cannot be broken down and is therefore provided as an amalgamated figure in the following table.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sexual assaults were recorded in each police district command unit area in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and what training and support was provided to police officers in Northern Ireland in dealing with such cases. 
Paul Goggins: 'Sexual assault' is not a specific offence and therefore data under this heading is not recorded by PSNI. The following table details statistics relating to the number of all Recorded Sexual Offences by District Command Unit during the last five years.
|Sexual Offences( 1) recorded by District Command Unit for 2002 to 2006|
|District Command Unit||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006( 2)|
|(1) Sexual offence statistics comprise the following offencesrape, attempted rape, unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl under 14 years, unlawful carnal knowledge of a girl over 14 years but under 17 years, indecent assaults (on female, female child, male and male child), indecency between males, indecent exposure, indecent conduct towards a child and other sexual offences. (2) Please note that figures for 2006 are provisional and are liable to revision. Source: Central Statistics Unit, PSNI|
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