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The majority of IT projects are relatively small and are developed in-house with minimum cost.
To compile information to support all projects would be at disproportionate cost. Therefore the information within the following table relates only to current approved IT projects which cost in excess of £1 million.
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many visits to his Department's website have been recorded from computers outside his Department and the parliamentary estate (a) since May 2007 and (b) in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Woodward: From information available the total number of visitors who visited the Northern Ireland Office website (www.nio.gov.uk), excluding those from the Northern Ireland Office, the Northern Ireland civil service and the parliamentary estate is shown in the following table.
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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) newspaper and (b) television advertisements his Department funded or part-funded in the last 12 months. [Official Report, 17 December 2008, Vol. 485, c. 8MC.] 
Mr. Woodward: In the last 12 months, the Northern Ireland Office funded 46 newspaper advertisements and one television advertisement. It also part-funded a further two television advertisements during this period.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many flights he has taken on official business in the last 12 months; and what steps he has taken to offset the carbon dioxide emissions of those flights. 
Mr. Woodward: As the hon. Member will be aware, to fulfil my duties as Secretary of State in Northern Ireland and fulfil Cabinet obligations, including my role on the National Economic Council, it is necessary for me to travel to and from Northern Ireland regularly and frequently, and often at short notice.
Since April 2006 emissions from central Government ministerial and official air travel has been offset through the Government Carbon Offsetting Fund. Departmental aviation emissions are calculated on an annual basis and subsequently offset through payments to the fund. The fund purchases certified emissions reduction credits from energy efficiency and renewable energy projects with sustainable development benefits, located in developing countries.
Mr. Woodward: As the hon. Member will be aware, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland my duties and meetings require me to be in Northern Ireland for a varying number of days each week. I travel to the Republic of Ireland to meet the Irish Government when necessary.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints about Police Service of Northern Ireland helicopter activity were recorded in each district command unit area in each of the last 12 months. 
Paul Goggins: Dealing with such complaints is the operational responsibility of the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. I have asked the chief executive to reply to the hon. Member directly, and will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.
Paul Goggins: On 18 December 2007 I published the comprehensive options appraisal for the future development of the adult male estate in Northern Ireland. Since then there have been a range of contacts between the Prison Service and elected representatives. Formal consultation will take place in the next phase of the Magilligan Prison redevelopment programme.
Separately, I commissioned the development of an overall strategy for the management of women offenders and the options for the provision of a new women's custodial facility. In April a consultative conference was held at Hillsborough Castle over four days involving a wide range of providers from the statutory and voluntary sectors, principally on the overall strategy for managing women. Further discussions were also held with all female offenders, Prison Service staff and internal providers of services.
The Prison Service is currently preparing a strategic outline business case for a new women's prison. This work, in conjunction with the strategy for the management of women offenders, will be issued for public consultation shortly.
Mr. Woodward: The Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP), which is responsible for recruitment to the Northern Ireland Civil Service, also facilitates the majority of recruitment to the Northern Ireland Office.
DFP has liaised with representatives from Northern Irelands ethnic communities to identify proactive measures to encourage more applications from these communities and remove barriers to their retention and progression within the civil service.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of 16 to 25 year old ex-prisoners in Northern Ireland reoffended within (a) 12 months and (b) three years of release from custody in the latest period for which figures are available. 
(a) During the calendar year 2005, there were 376 prisoners released from adult or juvenile custody in Northern Ireland who were aged 16 to 25 on the date they were given a custodial sentence. During the 12 months following the date of their release, 194 of these ex-prisoners committed a proven offence. This represents a one year reoffending rate of 51.6 per cent.
(b) During the calendar year 2003, there were 430 prisoners released from adult or juvenile custody in Northern Ireland who were aged 16 to 25 on the date they were given a custodial sentence. During the three years following the date of their release, 303 of these ex-prisoners committed a proven offence. This represents a three year reoffending rate of 70.5 per cent.
Mr. Woodward: The United States has played and continues to play a critical role in the political process, further progress towards the devolution of policing and justice and investment in Northern Ireland. Successive Secretaries of State have worked closely with the United States and have made regular visits to discuss policy. I continue this policy.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average cost of providing a place in a young offender institution in Northern Ireland was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Prison Service currently houses the young offender population together with the female population on a single site at Hydebank Wood. There are 261 young offender places and 74 female places. Costs are not captured below establishment level and so it would be difficult and unreliable to estimate the cost of providing a place for a single young offender. The delegated annual resource budget for Hydebank Wood is £23.95 million.
Mr. Prisk: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many Christmas functions (a) she, (b) officials from her Department and (c) officials from its executive agencies (i) hosted and (ii) attended in 2007-08; what the cost to the public purse was; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Khan: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State attended five Christmas functions in 2007-08. She also hosted one Christmas function at a cost of £250. The other information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Julia Goldsworthy: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 29 October 2008, Official Report, column 1139W, on departmental contracts, to which of her Department's programmes each contract relates. 
|Table of consultancy contracts let by programmeyear to end September 2008|
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