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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the case for the creation of a permanent memorial in the village of Bessbrook, County Armagh to recognise the service and sacrifice of the military in the South Armagh area following the closure of the Bessbrook Mill base. 
Paul Goggins: The Government recognise the service and sacrifices made by the military in South Armagh which has made a substantial contribution to the progress that has taken place in NI. Ministers have agreed to consider how best this should be recognised and I will write to the hon. Lady once this has been completed.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners were released from each prison in Northern Ireland before completing their full sentences in each month since January. 
Paul Goggins: I am not aware that any prisoner has, since January, been formally discharged from Northern Ireland prisons before completing their sentences. However, with my agreement one prisoner was temporarily released under the prison rules to enable transfer to Cheswold Park hospital, England, to receive specialised treatment, prior to completing his full sentence.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was paid to prisoners in Northern Ireland who were imprisoned for scheduled offences connected to a paramilitary organisation in each year since 1998. 
Paul Goggins: Prior to November 2000, prisoners were paid for being employed within the prison regime amounting to approximately £10 per week. Those listed as not employed received a basic payment of £4. In November 2000, the progressive and earned privileges scheme (PREPS) system was introduced, which is a three-tier regime designed to encourage prisoners to improve their behaviour and engage in constructive activity. Under this system, payments are currently made as follows:
Basic regime level£6
Standard regime levelup to £11
Enhanced regimeup to £20.
David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999. Since that date, the Office has not spent any money with recruitment agencies for permanent staff; the costs for temporary staff are in the following table.
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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the answer of 17 July 2007, Official Report, column 188W, on Dover House: official hospitality, how many receptions held at Dover House in each of the last five years were organised and funded by (a) trade unions, (b) charities, (c) businesses and (d) other types of organisation; and what income his Department received from charges for the use of facilities for receptions in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what procedure the Government uses to notify the Scottish Parliament of its desire for a Sewel motion to be considered by the Parliament; and what involvement the Scottish Executive has in the process. 
David Cairns: In line with Devolution Guidance Note 10, it is for the Scottish Executive to indicate the views of the Scottish Parliament in relation to a provision or provisions in UK Bills that trigger the Sewel Convention and to take whatever steps are appropriate to ascertain that view. I expect these arrangements to continue.
Bob Spink: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the customs arrangements were for the Tour de France UK leg in terms of drugs and medicines being (a) brought in and (b) taken out of the UK by teams. 
Jane Kennedy: The organisers and competitors in the Tour de France and their associated personnel were subject to the normal regulatory and anti-smuggling controls both at entry into and departure from the UK.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many (a) men and (b) women were in work in (i) City of York parliamentary constituency, (ii) City of York Council area and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber in (A) May 1997 and (B) each year since. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your Parliamentary Question asking how many (a) men and (b) women were in work in (i) City of York parliamentary constituency, (ii) City of York Council area and (iii) Yorkshire and the Humber in (A) May 1997 and (B) each year since. (152205)
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles employment statistics for local areas from the annual local area Labour Force Survey (LFS) and the Annual Population Survey (APS) following International Labour Organisation (ILO) definitions.
Table 1, attached, shows the number of men and women, aged 16 and over, resident in the City of York constituency, who were in employment, for the 12 months ending in February for 1997 to 2004 from the local area LFS and for the 12 months ending in March for 2005 and 2006, from the APS. Corresponding headline employment rates, for persons of working age (males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59), are also provided. The working-age employment rates allow changes to be seen in the context of changing population numbers. Table 2 shows corresponding data for the City of York Unitary Authority and Table 3 for Yorkshire and the Humber.
As these estimates are for a subset of the population in small geographical areas, they are based on small sample sizes, and are therefore subject to large margins of uncertainty. In this case, for the City of York constituency and the City of York Unitary Authority, the sample sizes are not sufficient to give an accurate estimate of even the direction of the change over the period.
|Table 1: Employment by sex; City of York parliamentary constituency|
|12 months ending||Level( 1)||Rate( 2 ) (percentage)||Level( 1)||Rate( 2) (percentage)||Level( 1)||Rate( 2) (percentage)|
|(1) Persons aged 16 and over.|
(2) Persons of working age - males aged 16 to 64 and females aged 16 to 59.
1. Estimates are subject to sampling variability.
2. Changes in the estimates over time should be treated with particular caution.
Annual local area Labour Force Survey; Annual Population Survey.
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