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Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales how many people were employed in his Departments press office in each of the last five years; and how much it cost to run the office, including utilities and other expenses, in each year. 
Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on numbers of (a) sunbed salons and (b) unsupervised sunbed salons in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons
Commission how many (a) mobile telephones, (b) personal digital assistants and (c) laptop computers issued to House of Commons staff were reported (i) lost, (ii) missing and (iii) stolen in each year since 2001. 
Nick Harvey: Records held on lost, missing or stolen mobile telephones, personal digital assistants and laptop computers are not differentiated between owners, i.e. Members or Members staff or House of Commons staff, nor between those issued by the House of Commons Service and those owned personally by Members or others. Lost and missing items are not separately recorded.
|(a) Lost or missing|
|(1)( )17 laptop computers purchased by PCD were stolen from the back door of 7 Millbank in 2005 but these items had not at that time been allocated to Parliamentary users.|
Nick Harvey: The total resource cost of running the former Department of Finance and Administration for the year ended 31 March 2007 was £9,045,000. This figure includes a significant level of corporate expenditure which is not directly attributable to the direct costs of running the Department. Some of the larger corporate items during 2006-07 included contracts management (£1,084,000), specialist advice (£1,023,000) and child care vouchers (£229,000).
To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons
Commission pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Horsham of 28 January 2007, Official Report, column 3W, on political activities, how many and what percentage of staff working in the House are politically restricted. 
Nick Harvey: Staff in catering, craft, cleaning and Vote Office porter roles are politically unrestricted. These members of staff represent 20.1 per cent. (395) of the House of Commons service. The other 79.9 per cent. (1,573) of staff are not necessarily politically restricted, but must obtain permission from their Departmental Establishment Officer (DEO) to take part in any political activity. Of these, 0.1 per cent. have requested and been granted permission for specific political activities. Staff in the Senior Commons Structure (SCS), staff in regular direct contact with Members in support of the business of the House and its committees, and those who provide information, briefing or advice to Members will not normally be given permission to take part in political activity. There are 86 SCS staff (4.4 per cent.), but it is not readily possible to identify the numbers of staff in the other categories.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission which (a) rooms, (b) furniture and (c) telephone facilities are allocated to recognised trades unions on the parliamentary estate for their exclusive use. 
Nick Harvey: The recognised trade unions in the House have exclusive use of three rooms on the parliamentary estate. Two rooms are located in 2 The Abbey Garden and one in Portcullis House. In 2 The Abbey Garden, one room is furnished with a standard desk, a small meeting table and chairs, a filing cupboard and a bookcase. The office has computer equipment, two telephones and a fax facility. The second room is furnished with a large table and chairs, and has a telephone and modem facilities. The room in Portcullis House is furnished with a desk and meeting chairs. It has computer equipment, a fax machine, a small photocopier, a shredder and one telephone line.
Nick Harvey: The following trade unions have recognition agreements with the House administration: PDA, Prospect, Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) and the General Municipal and Boilermakers Union (GMB).
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to inform relatives of victims who have been murdered when a convicted
murderer is released from prison in Northern Ireland. 
Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Prison Services Prisoner Release Victim Information Scheme provides for close family members, who have registered under the scheme, to receive details about the release of individuals convicted of murdering their relatives.
Paul Goggins: As any estimate about the number of illegally-held weapons in Northern Ireland would be based on intelligence, it is the long-standing policy of the Government not to comment upon such matters.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what consideration is given to (a) imprisonable and (b) non-imprisonable driving offences when determining an application for a firearms licence in Northern Ireland; 
Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland has advised that applications for firearms certificates are assessed on a case by case basis and all relevant information, including criminal convictions, is taken into consideration in determining whether an applicant is a fit person to possess firearms within the meaning of Articles 5 and 63 (Prohibited Persons) of the Firearms (NI) Order 2004 and Appendix 2 of the Guidance on Northern Ireland Firearms Controls.
Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland has advised that all applications for firearms certificates are subject to the provisions of the Firearms (NI) Order 2004 and with reference to the Guidance on Northern Ireland Firearms Controls as published by the Northern Ireland Office.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of levels of organised crime in Northern Ireland; and what steps he plans to take to tackle this problem. 
Paul Goggins: The Organised Crime Task Force Annual Report and Threat Assessment for 2006-07 highlights a range of threats from organised criminal gangs in Northern Ireland. Key threats include drugs, criminal finance, public sector fraud, intellectual property crime and paramilitary involvement in organised crime.
The Organised Crime Task Force has had significant successes in tackling organised crime and continues to work to improve our effectiveness in disrupting the criminals and raising public awareness of the impact of organised crime and the role everyone can play in tackling it.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers there are in the Police Service of Northern Ireland, broken down by (a) sex and (b) religious belief. 
|Regular officers as at 1 February 2008|
|(1) The PSNI currently meets statutory monitoring obligations in line with the Fair Employment and Treatment Order (NT) 1998, the Fair Employment (Monitoring) Regulations (NI) 1999 and the Police (NI) Act 2000, by monitoring community background. The PSNI holds data on members who are members of the Roman Catholic community, the Protestant community and on those who belong to neither community. The PSNI does not currently monitor beyond these categories.|
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