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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on (a) the North/South Language Body and (b) the Ulster-Scots Agency in each year since its formation. 
Maria Eagle: The amount of funding from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure for the North/South Language Body and the Ulster-Scots Agency each year since its formation is shown in the following table.
|North South language body||Ulster-Scots Agency|
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by the (a) North/South Language Body and (b) Ulster- Scots Agency; and what the source of the funding for these posts is. 
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget of the (a) North/South Language Body and (b) Ulster-Scots Agency was in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07. 
Mr. Hanson: While there has been no formal assessment of the extent of data sharing across Northern Ireland's Departments and agencies to date, it is recognised that there is a need for Northern Ireland Departments and agencies to share data where it is necessary to carry out the normal business of the Department.
Indeed, there are already some pockets of data-sharing excellence in areas as diverse as the Causeway programme, a joint enterprise within the criminal justice system where electronically shared information is improving business process and performance, and the Northern Ireland Mapping Agreement which supplies the Ordnance Survey Northern Ireland product range, including the Pointer database, to all NICS Departments, agencies and non-departmental public bodies, including local councils.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding he plans to provide for the Ulster Orchestra in 2007-08; and how much funding was provided in each of the last five years. 
Maria Eagle: Funding provided by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to the Ulster Orchestra in each of the last five years including the planned allocation for 2007-08 is shown in the following table.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to introduce measures in Northern Ireland of equivalent effect to the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007. 
David Cairns: I am presently considering whether equivalent regulations to the Town and Country Planning (Control of Advertisements) (England) Regulations 2007 should be introduced in Northern Ireland. However, given the imminent return to a devolved Administration in May, the decision on whether to introduce such measures would be a matter for the Northern Ireland Executive.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many enforcement officers (a) are employed by the planning division in Northern Ireland and (b) were employed in each of the last five years. 
David Cairns: The Department of the Environments Planning Service currently employs 45 enforcement officers. The number of enforcement officers employed in the previous three years is shown in the following table. Prior to 2004, a separate staff complement for enforcement officers was not maintained as enforcement staff were counted as part of the overall divisional development control staff complement.
|As at March each year||Number of enforcement officers|
The total staff complement for enforcement is 57. The Planning Service intends to appoint additional staff in the near future to increase the current total to the full complement following a recent recruitment and promotion exercise.
Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the budget (a) is for the planning division for enforcement officers for the 2006-07 financial year and (b) was in the 2005-06 financial year. 
David Cairns: While the Planning Service does not hold budgets for costs at this level, actual expenditure for enforcement officers for the (a) 2006-07 financial year is estimated to be £1.53 million and (b) 2005-06 financial year was £1.38 million.
Mr. Hanson: The Commission secured an increase in complement to 21 full-time commissioners, from 17, in August 2006, and continues to utilise panel commissioners who are paid on a fee by case basis and has put forward a business case for a further increase in resources.
In an attempt to ensure that further increases in delays to the determination of appeals are minimised, the Commission has advised the Department of the Environment that it will likely have to constrain its involvement in progressing examinations or inquiries and has limited the Department to referring no more than two of these to run concurrently.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what details were passed to his Department by the Northern Ireland Police Fund regarding the dismissal of Mr. Desmond Clayton; 
(2) whether details of severance packages paid to members of staff at the Northern Ireland Police Fund are among the issues his Department discusses with the
Fund as part of standard corporate governance arrangements. 
Paul Goggins: As part of the standard corporate governance arrangements regular meetings are held and correspondence exchanged on a range of issues relating to the business of the Northern Ireland Police Fund.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions were held with the Northern Ireland Pharmaceutical Contractors Committee before reducing the negotiated fee for multiple dispensed prescription items. 
The Department recently withdrew its letter of 26 January 2007 and reinstated the rate of all fees to their former levels for 2006-07, pending the outcome of ongoing negotiations with the PCC. The February clawback will be reversed and repaid in pharmacies in the March monthly payment.
Recent discussions with PCC have led to meaningful progress towards resolution of multiple dispensing and medicines management issues which are part of ongoing negotiations on the new pharmacy contract.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people from (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) the Republic of Ireland and (e) overseas were held in each Northern Ireland prison in each of the last six years. 
Paul Goggins: The following table has been compiled from the address given by the prisoner at the time of committal. To break down those classified as GB into individual countries would involve a disproportionate cost. The figures listed are from the last six years for which statistics are available. It is not currently possible to differentiate between overseas prisoners and those from Northern Ireland of no fixed address. However, since July 2006 foreign nationals have been recorded separately.
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|Address||Magilligan||Hydebank Wood (YOC)||Maghaberry (male)||Hydebank Wood (female)||Total|
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