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Departmental Surveys

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent by his Department on staff surveys in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; and which companies were contracted to carry out the surveys. [287562]

Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Office did not carry out any staff surveys in either 2007 or 2008.

Departmental Work Experience

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many work placements his Department provided to (a) school pupils, (b) university students and (c) graduates in each of the last five years. [287477]


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Paul Goggins: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 14 May 2009, Official Report, column 876W.

Festivals and Special Occasions

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on marking (a) St Patrick's Day and (b) the Twelfth in each of the last five years. [287680]

Paul Goggins: The Department has not incurred any spend in the past five years on marking either St. Patrick's Day or the Twelfth.

Fuels: Smuggling

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were convicted of offences relating to (a) fuel smuggling and (b) fuel laundering in the last 12 months. [287489]

Paul Goggins: The most up to date details for oils fraud prosecutions were published in Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs autumn performance report 2008. In the period 2007-08 there were three convictions in Northern Ireland for hydrocarbon oil offences. The HMRC autumn performance report does not differentiate between types of hydrocarbon oils offences.

Northern Ireland Information Service: Manpower

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed in his Department's Northern Ireland Information Service. [286425]

Mr. Woodward: There are 29.5 people employed in Northern Ireland Information Service (NIIS). NIIS conduct all press office work on behalf of the Northern Ireland Office including an in-house media monitoring service for Ministers, senior officials in the Northern Ireland Civil Service and a range of external stakeholders.

Staff within Information Service also have responsibility for any premises related issues that concern Block B, Castle Buildings.

Northern Ireland Policing Board: Irish Language

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the public attended the most recent meeting of the Policing Board held in Irish. [287656]

Paul Goggins: That is an operational matter for the Northern Ireland Policing Board, which is independent of Government. The hon. Gentleman may wish to write to the Chief Executive of the Policing Board.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost has been of holding meetings of the Policing Board in Irish. [287657]

Paul Goggins: That is an operational matter for the Northern Ireland Policing Board, which is independent of Government. The hon. Gentleman may wish to write to the Chief Executive of the Policing Board.


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Orange Order

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Orange Order. [287487]

Paul Goggins: Ministers regularly engage with a range of organisations including the Orange Order. The last meeting held with representatives of the order was in April 2009.

Organised Crime

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with reference to the cases referred to in the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF) Report 2009 where assets were recovered, what the names were of the persons losing assets; what the alleged criminality was in each case; which OCTF agency led each action; what the monetary value of assets recovered was in each case; on what date action was started in the courts to recover the assets in each case; how each case was concluded; what the overall monetary value was of the assets originally frozen in each case; and how much the person concerned was permitted to retain in each case. [287677]

Paul Goggins: The information requested has to be collated from a number of OCTF partner agencies. I will therefore write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the monetary value of assets recovered from organised crime in Northern Ireland was in each of the last five years. [286872]

Paul Goggins: I will write to the hon. Member as soon as possible with the information requested.

Parades

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the number of people who (a) marched at, (b) were spectators at and (c) protested against the parades which took place in Northern Ireland on 12 July 2009. [287880]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not available.

Police Service of Northern Ireland

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what his estimate is of the cost of policing the 12 July events in 2009; [287534]

(2) how many (a) uninsured and (b) untaxed vehicles were (i) involved in an accident and (ii) used in a crime in Northern Ireland in the last five years; [287535]

(3) how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland spent on offsetting its carbon dioxide emissions in each of the last five years; [287564]

(4) how many pieces of body armour the Police Service of Northern Ireland owns; and how many such pieces were (a) purchased and (b) reported (i) lost and (ii) stolen in each month of the last five years; [287565]


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(5) what the average Police Service of Northern Ireland response time to an emergency call was in each of the policing districts in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available; [287566]

(6) how many armoured Land Rovers are (a) in operation and (b) in reserve with the Police Service of Northern Ireland; [287568]

(7) what percentage of emergency calls to the Police Service of Northern Ireland were centrally cleared before a response team was sent out in the last 12 months; [287569]

(8) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland firearms have been reported (a) stolen and (b) lost in each month of the last five years; [287585]

(9) how many tonnes of fertiliser the Police Service of Northern Ireland seized in the last 12 months; [287586]

(10) how many (a) armoured and (b) unarmoured vehicles the Police Service of Northern Ireland operates; [287609]

(11) for how many days Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) helicopters and (b) fixed-wing aircraft have been out of service for maintenance and repairs in the last 12 months; [287610]

(12) how many (a) helicopters and (b) fixed-wing aircraft the Police Service of Northern Ireland operates; [287611]

(13) how many times the Police Service of Northern Ireland has hired (a) helicopters and (b) aircraft in the last two years; and at what cost; [287612]

(14) what damage Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) helicopters and (b) fixed-wing aircraft have sustained from criminal activity in the last 12 months; [287614]

(15) what the cost of licensing a personal protection weapon is; [287618]

(16) how many personal protection weapon applications there were in each month of the last five years; [287620]

(17) for what average length of time personal protection weapons were held in the latest period for which figures are available; [287621]

(18) how many personal protection weapons were (a) lost and (b) stolen in each month of the last five years; [287622]

(19) how many personal protection weapons applications were refused in each month of the last five years; [287624]

(20) how many personal protection weapons were issued in each month of the last five years; [287625]

(21) how many officers are based in the Police Service of Northern Ireland headquarters; [287627]

(22) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers are based in each of the policing districts in Northern Ireland; [287628]

(23) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland warrant cards have been reported stolen or missing in the last 12 months; [287635]

(24) how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland have received specialist training in (a) serious public disorder and (b) counter-terrorist activities; [287639]


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(25) how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time Police Service of Northern Ireland officers there are of each rank; [287640]

(26) how many recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 2004 had previous policing experience; [287647]

(27) how many recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland of each (a) religion and (b) country of residence there were in each month of the last two years; [287648]

(28) what plans there are to introduce mounted police in Northern Ireland; [287649]

(29) what discussions he has had on proposals to introduce mounted police in Northern Ireland; [287651]

(30) which duties accounted for the highest proportion of overtime accrued by Police Service of Northern Ireland officers in the last 12 months; [287652]

(31) how much was spent on overtime for Police Service of Northern Ireland officers for (a) counter-terrorism duties and (b) other duties in each of the last five years; [287653]

(32) what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland budget was spent on overtime in 2008-09; [287654]

(33) how many incidents of (a) violence and (b) other crime were reported against ambulance personnel whilst on duty in Northern Ireland in each month of the last five years; [287660]

(34) how many incidents of (a) violent and (b) other crime were reported against fire service personnel whilst on duty in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; [287661]

(35) how many officers recruited to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the last 12 months can speak (a) Irish and (b) Ulster Scots; [287664]

(36) how much the Police Service of Northern Ireland spent on translating documents into (a) Irish and (b) Ulster Scots in the last 12 months; [287665]

(37) how many people are employed in the personal protection weapon licensing department; [287669]

(38) what the average (a) length of time and (b) cost was for processing a personal protection weapon application in the latest period for which figures are available; [287670]

(39) how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers have been sent out alone on the beat in the last 12 months; [287984]

(40) how many new recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland since 2004 have had criminal convictions of each type. [288690]

Paul Goggins: These are operational matters for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the hon. Member, and copies of his letters will be placed in the Library of the House.

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Aircraft

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what arrangements are in place for the Army and the RAF to provide aerial support to the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and how many times in the last two years such support has been provided. [287613]


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Paul Goggins: Military support is available to the Police Service of Northern Ireland under the Military Assistance to the Civil Power arrangements.

The number of times that the support has been requested in the last two years is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the hon. Gentleman, and will arrange for a copy of the letter to be placed in the Library of the House.

Police Service of Northern Ireland: Reserve Forces

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pieces of correspondence he has received in the last 12 months (a) in favour of and (b) against maintaining the level of the police full-time reserve. [287606]

Paul Goggins: As the information requested is not held in the format requested, to answer this question would incur disproportionate costs.

Political Directorate: Manpower

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in his Department's political directorate at the latest date for which figures are available. [286426]

Paul Goggins: On 1 July 2009 there were 124 people employed in the political directorate of the Northern Ireland Office.

The political directorate provides parliamentary and private office support to Ministers as well as policy support for the NI political process and other issues including elections, human rights and public inquiries. In preparation for the completion of devolution, the directorate, which will form the core of the future NIO, has also taken management responsibility for relevant corporate services.

Public Opinion

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on (a) opinion polling, (b) focus groups and (c) other forms of market research in each of the last five years; what surveys were commissioned; and what the purpose was of each. [287561]

Paul Goggins: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply given to the hon. Member for Hemel Hempstead (Mike Penning) on 27 March 2009, Official Report, columns 782-84W.

Security Guards: Licensing

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times companies have been notified of the refusal of an application they have made for a security licence in each of the last five years. [287643]

Paul Goggins: The numbers of companies notified of the refusal of a licence are as follows:


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Number of licences refused

2004

0

2005

0

2006

0

2007

0

2008

5


Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many security companies have been licensed in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [287645]

Paul Goggins: The number of companies licensed are as follows:

Number of companies licensed

2004

92

2005

101

2006

95

2007

115

2008

132


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