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Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nights he has stayed in hotels on official business in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Great Britain and (d) the United States of America in the last 12 months. 
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Details of overseas visits, including the United States, are published annually by the Cabinet Office.
Paul Goggins: The total budget for the Historical Enquiries Team project for 2010-11 is £7.2 million. The budget is split between HET PSNI, the Office of the Police Ombudsman NI, the Public Prosecution Service and Forensic Science NI. Future budgets will form part of the next spending review.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 10 December 2009, Official Report, column 532W, on Irish language, what steps his Department takes to assist Irish language users in using Irish when dealing with his Department. 
Paul Goggins: In line with the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages the Northern Ireland Office has adopted a Code of Courtesy for the Irish language which is available to staff as guidance when dealing with Irish language users.
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Office has an in-house media monitoring service to meet the needs of Ministers and senior officials within the Department. It also provides its media monitoring services to Ministers and officials in the devolved Administration and a number of external public sector stakeholders.
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Currently there are four members of staff employed in the Media Monitoring Unit and a further five typists to transcribe media monitoring requests. Staffing numbers have fluctuated over this period. I have provided the average salary costs for each team.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland crossed the border into the Irish Republic in March 2010 and stopped cars there; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: I have huge sympathy for investors in the Presbyterian Mutual Society whose investments are at risk following the entry of the Society into administration. The Prime Minister set up the Presbyterian Mutual Society Working Group in July 2009. That group, on which I sit alongside Treasury Ministers and Ministers from the Northern Ireland Executive, continues to try and find a solution to mitigate members' losses, and to consider all proposals which could responsibly help those affected by the failure of the PMS.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what meetings he has had with (a) HM Treasury, (b) the Northern Ireland Executive and (c) the Presbyterian Church in Ireland on the Presbyterian Mutual Society in the last 12 months; 
Mr. Woodward: The Prime Minister and I have held a number of meetings in recent months with the First and Deputy First Minister to discuss the Presbyterian Mutual Society. Additionally, as well as the meetings of the PMS Working Group created by the Prime Minister, I have had a number of separate discussions with Treasury Ministers and with Ministers representing the Northern Ireland Executive to discuss the matter over the last 12 months. Colleagues on the Ministerial Working Group have met with groups of PMS investors, and I have met separately with a delegation from the Presbyterian Church, as have Treasury Ministers.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days staff of his Department spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such activity in that year. 
Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) has one full-time member of staff seconded as a full-time trade union official for the Northern Ireland Public Service Alliance (NIPSA). This official is provided with full-time administrative support. The cost of running this office in 2008-09, including staff costs, was £65,669.09.
Other members of staff throughout the Department are allowed facility time on an ad-hoc basis representing, NIPSA, First Division Association and the Public and Commercial Service Union. Facility time for trade union representatives is delegated to local Line Management. We do not hold central records of facility time for 2009. Central recording of facility time was introduced on 1 January 2010.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how much funding his Department has allocated to the (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation and (b) United Nations Population Fund in each year since 1997; 
(2) whether his Department places restrictions on the use of funds allocated by it to the (a) International Planned Parenthood Federation and (b) United Nations Population Fund; what guidance his Department has issued to each such organisation in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to family planning in China since October 2009; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what recent discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with the United States Administration on its decision to (i) reinstate the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund and (ii) rescind the Mexico City policy; and if he will make a statement. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the Optic Research and Incubation Centre at St. Asaph Business Park in the last seven years. 
The Department for Innovation and Skills, has made no assessment of the effectiveness of the Optic Technium at St. Asaph, which we believe is owned by the Welsh Assembly Government and funded by European Objective 1.
Ms Diana R. Johnson: Becta's resource funding for the current financial year (2010-11) is £65,751,000. This amount is for Becta's resource and revenue costs only and takes into account any expected efficiency savings. It does not cover capital costs such as capital spending on the national Home Access programme.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what estimate he made of the number of childminders in (a) England and (b) each London borough in each quarter of each year from 2005 to 2009. 
Dawn Primarolo [holding answer 6 April 2010]: Ofsted have collected information on the number of registered child care providers and registered child care places available to children under eight years of age on a quarterly basis from March 2003.
Hilary Armstrong: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what progress has been made on the pilots in two areas of the country on introducing pedagogy in working with children in care. 
Dawn Primarolo: The social pedagogy pilots are progressing well. All the children's homes have been recruited, including those homes which will not recruit pedagogues and will therefore provide a comparison. The final recruitment round for social pedagogues has also just finished. The pilots are providing some good examples of creative work with children and young people and learning is emerging about the importance of a shared daily life within the home and the opportunities which that offers for relationship building through group activities. The evaluation contract has been awarded to the Universities of Bristol and York and will report in 2012.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families what formula is used to decide the amount of funding provided to local authorities for children taken into care by social services; and if he will make a statement. 
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