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Forensic Science

John Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he has considered with a view to supporting and improving the operation of forensic science services in Northern Ireland. [137969]

Maria Eagle: Forensic science services in Northern Ireland are provided by Forensic Science Northern Ireland (FSNI)—an agency of the NIO delivering independent expert forensic analysis and advice to the criminal justice system. It is held to account for its operation and performance by a ministerial advisory board which reports directly to me. A major modernisation programme, initiated in 2005, has resulted in considerable changes and improvements to the agency's operations. In addition work has been commissioned to reassess the accommodation needs of the agency, with a view to facilitating the further modernisation and development of its services.

Political Parties: Finance

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether he plans to consult on the regulations to be adopted under the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006 on donations by Irish citizens to political parties in Northern Ireland. [132871]

Maria Eagle: The Government intend to lay the draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2007 before both Houses of Parliament as soon as practicable. The Electoral Commission have been consulted throughout the process of the drafting of the Order. The main political parties in Northern Ireland will be given advance sight of the draft Order before it is laid.

A formal consultation exercise was carried out in 2005 on the future of donations to political parties in Northern Ireland. This gave rise to the donations provisions contained in Part 3 of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006. This, along with the Political Parties Elections and Referendum Act 2000, is the parent Act which contains the enabling power under which the 2007 Order will be made.

Prisons: Drugs

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many mandatory drug tests were carried out in each prison establishment in Northern
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Ireland in each of the last six years; and in how many of those tests results were (a) positive, (b) negative and (c) inconclusive for the presence of banned substances. [136823]

Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Prison Service does not have a full programme of mandatory drug testing, although it is planned to change prison rules to enable this. However, there is currently extensive drug testing of prisoners on a voluntary basis, particularly as part of the progressive regime and earned privileges scheme, and also in relation to home leaves.

Results of voluntary drug tests are only available for the last five years and are set out in the following table. Tests are diagnosed either positive or negative.

Number of tests Number of positive Number of negative

2002

Maghaberry

853

84

633

Magilligan

726

8]

623

Hvdebank

1,280

124

1,156

2003

Maghaberry

310

64

186

Magilligan

690

103

166

Hydebank

2,040

166

1,874

2004

Maghaberry

821

251

566

Magilligan

1,344

130

1,204

Hydebank

2,680

225

2,453

2005

Maghaberry

1,175

383

757

Magilligan

1,344

163

976

Hydebank

2,603

704

2,073

2006

Maghaberry

1,510

419

962

Magilligan

1,381

139

1,053

Hydebank

1,678

134

1,544

Note:
At the end of each year there are always a number of test results outstanding.

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Prime Minister

Departments: Consultants

Mrs. May: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the outside (a) agencies and (b) consultancies which are undertaking work commissioned by Number 10; and what the (i) purpose and (ii) cost is of each commission. [138379]

The Prime Minister: For these purposes my Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the right hon. Member to the answer given to her by my right hon. Friend the Minister for the Cabinet Office (Hilary Armstrong) today.

Iraq: Peace Keeping Operations

Mr. Kilfoyle: To ask the Prime Minister (1) what conversations he had in April 2004 with President Bush concerning (a) Al-Jazeera radio station and (b) Fallujah; and if he will make a statement; [137904]

(2) what representations he made in April 2004 to the US Administration on US tactics in the assault on Fallujah; [137905]

(3) what representations he made in April 2004 to the US Administration on the effect on British troops of American tactics in the assault on Fallujah; [137906]

(4) what negotiations he had with President Bush and other members of the US Administration in April 2004 on the re-deployment of British troops outside south-eastern Iraq. [137907]

The Prime Minister: I have nothing further to add to the answers I gave the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan (Mr. Salmond) on 13 January 2005, Official Report, column 597W; and, the hon. Member for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr (Adam Price) on 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 23W.

Scotland

Departments: Manpower

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many staff funded by the public purse in his Office are classified as people without posts. [137673]

David Cairns: None.

Trade and Industry

Departments: Private Finance Initiative

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the total value of private finance initiative projects included in his Department’s balance sheet (a) is and (b) was in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137800]

Jim Fitzpatrick: Over the last five years, the Department’s PFI project for the redevelopment of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington was included in the
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Department’s balance sheet. The PFI contract was terminated in December 2004. The building is now owned outright by the Department and continues to appear on the balance sheet. The value of the building at termination was £86.3 million [the current value is £92.6 million]. The Department had one other PFI during the period—the provision of IT—services—which was and still is off the balance sheet.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what the value was of annual private finance initiative payments made by his Department from (a) capital and (b) revenue budgets in each of the last five years. [137801]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department of Trade and Industry had two private finance initiative projects during the period—the PFI project for the redevelopment of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) at Teddington, which was terminated in December 2004, and the provision of its IT services. Service payments for NPL PFI contract were met from a programme budget. Payments for IT services are met from the Department’s administration budget. The figures are as follows:

£ million
NPL IT Services

2001-02

7.1

35.2

2002-03

7.4

45.1

2003-04

9.9

52.5

2004-05

9.0

54.6

2005-06

?

52.5


Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what value of annual private finance initiative payments by his Department was classified as (a) identifiable and (b) non-identifiable in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137802]

Jim Fitzpatrick: All payments made under PFI are identifiable. Prior to a PFI contract being signed the profile of unitary charge payments is agreed between the contractor and the public sector, subject to the operation of the payment mechanism.

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what value of annual private finance initiative (PFI) payments was (a) to repay capital and (b) expenditure on other parts of each PFI contract in each of the last five years, broken down by project. [137803]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department had two PFI contracts during the period—the redevelopment of the National Physical Laboratory at Teddington which was terminated in December 2004 and the provision of IT services. In the case of the NPL contract, the Department accounted for the unitary fee payments as:


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£ million
Capital repayment Resource

2001-02

1.4

5.7

2002-03

2.4

5.0

2003-04

0.4

9.5

2004-05

0.3

8.7

2005-06


Departments: Telephones Services

Mark Lazarowicz: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many telephone helplines are sponsored by his Department with the prefix (a) 0870 and (b) 0845; and whether alternative geographic numbers are available in each case. [138488]

Jim Fitzpatrick: A number of “08” telephones services are administered by the department for public use. From central records the only information that can be provided on the Department’s use of 0870 and 0845 telephone numbers is listed below. Call volumes to these numbers, especially the 0870 numbers, are relatively low and the Department does not offer alternative geographic contact numbers;

(a)

(b)


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