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The Department collates information for public letters and ministerial correspondence for the annual departmental report, as part of the six national standards for central Government which were introduced to the Department and its executive agencies from April 1997.
The first two standards are to answer (1) letters from the general public and (2) ministerial correspondence quickly and clearly, within a departmental target of 15 working days. Performance for the period 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006 was as follows:
|Number of letters received||Percentage in target|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in (i) his Department and (ii) each agency of the Department in each year since 1997-98; how much is planned to be spent for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hain: The Northern Ireland Office does not hold the information centrally on involuntary and voluntary exit schemes since 1997and could provide the information only at a disproportionate cost. There is no planned spend for involuntary exit schemes in 2007-08. Voluntary exit scheme costs are generally met as a result of staff not being replaced and are infrequent.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many dogs classified as dangerous under the relevant dangerous dogs legislation were signed over for humane destruction in Northern Ireland in each district council area in each of the past six months, broken down by breed of dog involved. 
David Cairns: Local councils provide statistical information to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), with respect to enforcement of the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 (as amended). The information is provided on a quarterly basis and includes the number of dogs destroyed under the legislation.
The number of dogs handed in for humane destruction from March 2006 is detailed in the following table. From the information provided to DARD by local councils, it is understood that the dogs involved were all pit bull types. As these figures are incomplete and do not include details for all councils for the last quarter of 2006, I will write directly to the hon. Member with the complete data as soon as they become available.
|Prohibited dogs handed in to local councils for humane destruction|
|Council||31 June 2006||31 September 2006||31 December 2006||Total|
|(1) Figures for final quarter of 2006 are not yet available.|
Figures supplied to DARD by district councils.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1258W, on domestic wastes, if he will name the suppliers that the three district councils used to insert microchips in the bins. 
David Cairns: The three district councils in Northern Ireland which have claimed grant from the Waste Management Grant Scheme against the costs of bin chipping are: Craigavon, Newtownabbey and North Down.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 27 February 2007, Official Report, column 1258W, on domestic wastes, on what date funding was given for the installation of microchips in the bins. 
NewtownabbeyMarch 2006 and May 2006; and
North DownOctober 2006
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what drugs seizures took place in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last three years, broken down by drug type seized. 
|January to December 2004|
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