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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what proportion of his Departments total spending on technical assistance for all-country programmes was paid in consultancy fees to individuals, firms or companies based outside the recipient country in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Thomas: Information on the proportion of DFID expenditure on technical assistance for country programmes which was paid in consultancy fees to individuals, firms or companies based outside the recipient country is not available directly from central systems. Collation of this information would incur disproportionate cost.
Mr. Thomas: In my capacity as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development I met with my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) and 20 representatives from the Tamil community in July 2006. Issues discussed included Tsunami relief, the peace process and DFIDs programme of assistance.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation applications were (a) rejected and (b) accepted by the Compensation Agency in each of the last six years; and how much was paid out by the Agency in compensation over the same period broken down by type. 
|Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1977|
|Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 1988|
|Criminal Injuries (Compensation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002|
|Terrorism Act 2000|
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) instructions are issued to staff in his Department and (b) technical procedures are in place to shut down computers at night. 
Paul Goggins: Northern Ireland Office staff are requested to minimise energy waste by turning of their computers and monitors at the end of each working day. There are no technical procedures in place to shut down computers at night.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) originally estimated, (b) most recently estimated and (c) outturn cost was of the five largest information technology contracts agreed by his Department with outside suppliers over the last five years. 
Paul Goggins: The following tables cover the NIO Core Department, agencies, the legal offices (Public Prosecution Service and Crown Solicitors Office) and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry (BSI). It does not cover the Northern Ireland Departments, the police or other independent bodies.
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(2 ) CausewayThe increased estimated costs in relation to the Causeway Programme resulted primarily from delays in implementation due to resourcing difficulties within the Criminal Justice Organisations and the additional complexity of amending these systems. A revised Programme Plan and updated Business case was approved by the NIO in January 2007 to reflect the impact of maintaining programme support, development and implementation resources for a longer period than anticipated.
|Bloody Sunday Inquiry|
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Mr. Hain: Ministers and civil servants meet many people, including union representatives as part of the process of policy development and advice. To provide specific details of such meetings would require a manual trawl of ministerial diaries and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were assigned to the forces Drug Squad in each of the last three years, broken down by grade; and what financial resources were allocated to tackling illegal drugs in Northern Ireland over the same period. 
Paul Goggins: The operational deployment of officers is a matter for the Chief Constable. To provide information on the number of officers deployed could have adverse security or operational implications.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were caught smuggling drugs into each prison establishment in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and what penalty was imposed in each case in which all legal proceedings are complete. 
Paul Goggins: In 2004, there were 46 occasions when people were caught smuggling drugs into a prison establishment. 25 resulted in the visitor being banned for a period from visiting the establishment and 21 resulted in the imposition of closed visits conditions. In 2005 there were 24 such occasions. 12 resulted in a ban and 12 in closed visits conditions.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the Governments policy is on the use of (a) the Ulster flag, (b) the Cross of St. Patrick, (c) the Union flag, (d) the European
Union flag and (e) the Irish Republic flag on government buildings in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hain: The Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000 regulates the flying of the Union flag from Government buildings on specified days in Northern Ireland. It also permits the European flag to be flown, in conjunction with the Union Flag, on Europe Day at Government buildings that have more than one flagpole.
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