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Lord Williams of Mostyn: The target is for an average annual 10 per cent growth in enrolments in integrated schools in response to parental demand. In pursuit of this target, we fund the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education to develop proposals for new integrated schools and it is expected that the department will provide funding of £467,000 in the next financial year to the council. In addition, some £3.5 million has been provided to the Integrated Education Fund to support the development of the sector.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Translink has advised that there are five temporary speed restrictions currently in place on the Belfast to Dublin railway line, between Belfast and the border. One is related to vandalism and one to settlement caused by badger activity. The remaining three are in place for operational reasons including maintenance work.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Department of Education (Northern Ireland) has approved admission and enrolment numbers of 100 and 650 respectively for the Royal School, Armagh. It is a matter for the school to determine the number of places it sets aside for boarders within these approved numbers subject to the provisions of the Secondary School (Admissions Criteria) Regulations (NI) 1997. These permit a school with a boarding department to give priority to boarding pupils without regard to transfer procedure grades but only to the extent of not exceeding the number of pupils enrolled in a school's boarding department on 21 September 1990 or 2 October 1997, whichever is the greater. Any increase in the number of boarders will restrict the number of day pupils at the school.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: It emerged following publication of the proposals that they did not constitute the basis of a fully acceptable way forward. The positions of the parties on the detail of these proposals are a matter for them.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): Under the terms of the Civil Service Code, members of the Home Civil Service owe their loyalty to the administration in which they serve.
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