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Rural Housing

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how much Scottish Homes invested in housing associations to provide rented housing in (i) rural areas of Scotland excluding the Islands areas and (ii) the Scottish Islands areas, in each year since 1992-93; and what proportion of Scottish Homes' total budget for rented housing for each of those years is represented by those figures; [54224]

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Mr. Macdonald: The information requested is a matter for Scottish Homes. I have asked the Chairman, Mr. John Ward, to write to the hon. and learned Member with the relevant information.

Cannabis

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in cases reported to the Procurator Fiscal or reported to the Children's Panel, where the principal drugs offence was possession of cannabis, how many persons in Scotland were (i) proceeded against at court and (ii) dealt with other than at court in (a) 1996 and (b) 1997. [54420]

Mr. McLeish: I shall write to the hon. and learned Member as soon as possible and arrange for a copy of the reply to be placed in the Library.

Unfit Homes

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will estimate the number of homes in Scotland which will be (i) unfit for human habitation, (ii) suffer from dampness or condensation and (iii) have lead piping in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000, (iii) 2000-01 and (iv) 2001-02 in each region of Scotland; and if he will make a statement. [54445]

Mr. Macdonald: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible and arrange for a copy of the reply to be placed in the Library.

Departmental Equipment

Mr. Welsh: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many (a) computers, (b) printers, (c) fax machines, (d) photocopiers, (e) telephones, (f) telephone answering machines, (g) filing cases, (h) office chairs and (i) office tables were disposed of by his Department in each year since 1995-96 surplus to requirements; how and to whom these items were disposed of; and how much was obtained through sales of such items in each year. [54461]

Mr. Dewar: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible and arrange for a copy of the reply to be placed in the Library.

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NORTHERN IRELAND

Departmental Vehicles

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list for (a) her Department and (b) bodies listed in the National Asset Register, how many vehicles are currently (i) owned and (ii) leased; if he will indicate their (A) fuel types and (B) engine cubic capacities; and how many vehicles are expected to fall due for replacement in each of the years (1) 1998-99, (2) 1999-2000 and (3) 2000-01. [49226]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of the vehicles due for replacement by (a) her Department and (b) bodies listed in the National Asset Register in (i) 1998-99, (ii) 1999-2000 and (iii) 2000-01 will be replaced by vehicles using (1) petrol, (2) diesel, (3) natural gas, (4) electric batteries and (5) other. [52613]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to her answer of 22 April 1998, Official Report, column 645, on departmental transport arrangements, what further changes she has made. [53988]

Mr. Paul Murphy: The Department is working towards the target announced in the White Paper "A New Deal for Transport", that all headquarters buildings and main buildings occupied by Executive Agencies and Government Offices should have transport plans by March 1999 and all other key buildings by March 2000. We have put in place an action plan for meeting this target and we are in the process of identifying the buildings for which transport plans will be prepared.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department expects to spend in each year from 1998-99 to 2000-01 on vehicle replacements. [54994]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.

Belfast Agreement

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if she will list the legislative provisions that are required to be enacted prior to the entry into force of the 10 April 1998 Agreement between the British and Irish Governments; if she will list the legislative measures required to implement provisions of the Multi-party Agreement; and what is the proposed timetable for consultation and publication of draft legislation. [48468]

Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 7 July 1998]: The House is today taking the Third Reading of the third and last of the Bills necessary for the implementation of the Belfast Agreement, the Northern Ireland Bill, on which we have had consultations both before and since introduction.

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Governments. This will include orders to implement any proposals for changes in the structure of the Northern Ireland Departments that may be agreed, and orders to provide the necessary statutory underpinning for the initial implementation bodies envisaged in the Strand Two section of the Belfast Agreement.

Community Policing

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment she has made of the level of expertise in community policing held by members of the Independent Commission on Policing in Northern Ireland from (a) South Africa, (b) New York and (c) Toronto. [52223]

Mr. Ingram: A careful assessment was conducted of the experience and expertise of the members of the Independent Commission on Policing. I am satisfied that they bring together a range of appropriate skills. These include a very high degree of expertise in policing, from both operational and academic perspectives, including community policing.

Information Technology

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much her Department spent on IT, itemising (a) personal computers, (b) main-frame, (c) mini-computers and (d) file servers in the last year for which figures are available. [52889]

Mr. Paul Murphy: I shall write to my right hon. Friend as soon as possible.

Terrorist Incidents

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many petrol bomb and arson attacks there have been over the last 12 months in the Ballymoney area; and which were assessed to be of (a) Loyalist and (b) Republican origin; [52767]

Mr. Ingram: I shall write to the hon. Gentleman as soon as possible.

Cycling

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of the employees of her Department and of the employees of each agency for which she is responsible cycle to work; and what measures she plans to increase that proportion. [52665]

Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 28 July 1998]: In the Northern Ireland Office and the Northern Ireland Departments it is estimated that between 1-2 per cent. of employees cycle to work. Measures to increase the proportion of employees cycling to work are being considered as part of the development of green transport plans for buildings occupied by the Department and its

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Agencies. The Northern Ireland Office also has provision for an interest free loan for any employee to purchase a bicycle for travel to work purposes.

Mr. Jenkin: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what parking facilities for cycles exist at each office or site for which her Department is responsible and for each agency for which he is responsible. [52664]

Mr. Paul Murphy [holding answer 28 July 1998]: I shall write to the hon. Member as soon as possible.


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