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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of external lighting of Parliament Buildings for the most recent period for which figures are available in each of the last five years. 
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 6 March 2007, Official Report, column 1883W, on the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, if he will meet the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland to discuss her definition of collusion as used in her recent report. 
Paul Goggins: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland has no plans to meet the Police Ombudsman to discuss specifically her definition of collusion as used in her recent report. However, broad issues arising from the Police Ombudsmans report have been discussed in meetings including the Ombudsman and Ministers.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the authorities at (a) the Port of Belfast and (b) the Port of Larne on their future plans for development; and what meetings he has had with representatives from these ports in each of the past five years. 
David Cairns: During the period of direct rule from October 2002, Ministers with responsibility for ports and harbours in Northern Ireland have met with the respective ports on the following occasions:
28 May 2003
26 July 2004
27 March 2006
27 June 2006
26 August 2006
11 December 2006
12 February 2007
14 January 2003
13 January 2004
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the likely impact on trade at the Ports of Belfast, Larne and Warrenpoint of the proposed ports development on the east coast of the Irish Republic; and what discussions he has had with the Government of the Republic of Ireland on these developments. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of levels of drug use in Northern Irelands prisons; and what steps he is taking to prevent drug use in prisons. 
Paul Goggins: The Prison Service collates monthly statistics from each of the establishments broken down by drug types and quantities found. A quarterly report is presented to the management board analysing the trend over the previous three months. Figures outlining the number of voluntary drug tests and the pass and failure rate are also provided.
Prevention methods used by the Prison Service include the searching of visitors and inmates, the use of passive drag dogs, deployment of specialist equipment
and trained staff, the use of CCTV in all areas and the collation of intelligence in liaison with other Criminal Justice Agencies.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the pay award to nurses and other public sector workers for 2007-08; and what assessment he has made of the effect of this announcement on the (a) morale and (b) productivity of public sector workers in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: I am discussing the application of the recent Pay Review Body settlements with ministerial colleagues in HM Treasury. Where comparable, the settlements, including those for nurses and other health professionals, will apply in Northern Ireland. The Pay Review Body pay awards should ensure that the public sector can recruit, retain and motivate suitable staff. The Government have achieved a great deal in recent years with significantly increased investment in public services, with the NHS being the main beneficiary. This in turn has led to greatly increased pay for front line staff, fully recognising the hard work they undertake and service they offer on a daily basis. On balance, the latest pay award ensures that key front line workers continue to be fairly rewarded while maintaining the wider need for overall awards that help maintain our current UK economic success.
While Northern Ireland health care workers are not formally covered by the Pay Review Bodies this will change in 2008-09 when these staff groups are incorporated formally into the pay review body process. A productivity working group has been established in Northern Ireland following the independent Appleby Review. This group will continue to monitor and assess productivity levels in the local health sector.
Maria Eagle: The Department has taken pro-active steps to tackle bullying through development and publication of guidance. Furthermore, the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 2003, which came into operation on 1 April 2003, places a duty on all grant-aided schools to have an anti-bullying policy and to draw up measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils. Inspections of pastoral care arrangements in schools include an assessment of anti-bullying measures and if improvements can be made schools are advised at the time.
In 2004 the Department in partnership with voluntary organisations, including Save the Children, established an Anti-bullying Forum to enable a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to tackling bullying in schools. The Forum enables members to
share models of best practice and disseminate information, to develop and co-ordinate joint initiatives and to ensure that schools and organisations working with children and young people are able to develop appropriate strategies to prevent and deal with bullying behaviours.
From early 2006 the Department has been funding a coordinator post attached to the NI Anti-Bullying Forum. She is currently involved in developing a regional anti-bullying strategy based on good practice here and elsewhere and in developing a support network for schools. In addition she will be researching best practice solutions to emerging problems such as cyber-bullying.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of bullying were recorded in schools in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years. 
A research report on the scale and nature of bullying in schools, commissioned by the Department, will be published later this year. That will allow for a comparison with a similar study published in 2002 and the identification of any change.
Completion of the works to Three Mile Water Viaduct as the final part of the Bleach Green to Whitehead Re-lay Project (£500,000)
Improvements to signalling systems (although most of the £915,000 spend will be in 2010/11)
Works to sea defences (£300,000)
Bridge strike protection at Carrickfergus (£150,000)
Plans have also been approved to improve facilities and disabled access across the whole railway network at a cost of £17 million. All of the stations and halts on the Larne line will benefit from this project.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists in Northern Ireland should have completed the Statutory Off Road Notice during 2006, but did not; and how many of these were subsequently prosecuted. 
Statutory Off Road Notification (SORN) was introduced in Northern Ireland in December 2002. However, the offence of failing to make a SORN declaration was superseded in December 2003 by the introduction of continuous registration which created the new offence of being the keeper of an unlicensed vehicle; a vehicle being unlicensed if neither a current licence nor a Statutory
Off Road Notification is in force. Accordingly, there are no longer any prosecutions specifically for failing to make a Statutory Off Road Notification. During 2006, action was taken against 12,837 motorists for being the keeper of an unlicensed vehicle, resulting in the payment of over £538,000 in penalties.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with the upgrading of (a) the A8 Belfast to Larne Road and (b) the A72 Belfast to Carrickfergus Road; and if he will make a statement. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a parliamentary question regarding what progress has been made with the upgrading of (a) the A8 Belfast to Larne Road and (b) the A72 Belfast to Carrickfergus Road; and if he will make a statement. As this issue falls within my responsibility as chief executive of Roads Service, I have been asked to reply.
Roads Service completed a package of major improvements on the A8 Belfast to Larne road in 2005 at a cost of some £13.3 million. With the completion of these works, which included a significant number of safety improvements, approximately 43 per cent. of the road between Sandyknowes (M2) and Larne is now of dual or motorway standard. Current traffic volumes on the remaining single carriageway section, between Ballynure and Kilwaughter do not merit the provision of a dual carriageway standard road at this time and it is the Department's view that the recent improvements provide a high level of service on this road.
However, you will be aware that on 31 July 2006, the Minister for Regional Development David Cairns MP, published the Consultation Document Expanding the strategic road improvement programme 2015. This included a proposed £10 million improvement scheme at the M2/A8 (M) Sandyknowes Junction. Roads Service has received some 80 responses to the document including a number in support of further upgrading of the A8. All responses are currently being considered and it is hoped that an announcement of the final proposals "will be made later this year.
You also enquired about progress on upgrading the A72 Belfast to Carrickfergus Road. I presume you meant the A2 Belfast to Carrickfergus Road.
I can advise that a proposed road improvement scheme on the A2 at Greenisland is included in Roads Service's major works preparation pool. The preparation pool comprises the highest priority major works schemes which are being designed and taken through the necessary statutory procedures with a view to progressing to construction within the next five years.
Following assessment of alternative route options, a preferred route has been selected and a preliminary design has been completed. The Department has prepared a Notice of Intention to Make a Direction Order, a Notice of Intention to make a Vesting Order, and an Environmental Statement, which we plan to publish in March 2007. A public exhibition will be held to coincide with the publication of these documents and there will be a formal period for public comment/objection to the Department's proposals which, depending on the outcome, may result in a public inquiry being required.
Subject to the successful completion of the statutory procedures and funding being available, Roads Service would hope to commence construction in 2008-09.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost to the public purse was of the road gritting programme in Northern Ireland between 1 November and 31 January in each of the last four years. 
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