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Offshore Wind Power

Mr. Gareth R. Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to promote onshore to offshore wind energy in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [113684]

Mr. Ingram [holding answer 9 March 2000]: The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment and the Department of Public Enterprise, Dublin, have jointly commissioned a study into the potential for off-shore wind energy around the island of Ireland. The study report is expected shortly and, in the light of its recommendations, consideration will be given to how best to develop the potential of this renewable technology.

Integrated Education

Mr. John D. Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics are enrolled at each of the integrated primary schools and at each of the integrated secondary schools in Northern Ireland. [113687]

Mr. George Howarth [holding answer 14 March 2000]: The figures requested are:

Integrated primary schools

School nameRoman CatholicProtestant
Forge Integrated Primary School105102
Hazelwood Integrated Primary School184119
Cranmore Integrated Primary School5853
Enniskillen Integrated Primary School10569
Omagh Integrated Primary School9053
Oakgrove Integrated Primary School195147
Carhill Integrated Primary School1729
Rathenraw Integrated Primary School6233
Mill Strand Integrated Primary School7270
Braidside Integrated Primary School84115
Corran Integrated Primary School6133
Acorn Integrated Primary School59106
Spires Integrated Primary School3018
Hilden Integrated Primary School937
Kircubbin Integrated Primary School2248
Portaferry Integrated Primary School3324
Bangor Central Integrated Primary School22216
Annsborough Integrated Primary School414
All Children's Integrated Primary School11570
Loughview Integrated Primary School6862
Cedar Integrated Primary School5948
Oakwood Integrated Primary School5839
Kilbroney Integrated Primary School3523
Bridge Integrated Primary School189162
Portadown Integrated Primary School8765
Windmill Integrated Primary School7866
Saints and Scholars Integrated Primary School9155


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Integrated secondary school

School nameRoman CatholicProtestant
Hazelwood College364249
Malone Integrated College193162
Oakgrove Integrated College498241
Erne Integrated College226116
Drumragh College341169
Slemish Integrated College139183
North Coast Integrated College83178
Priory College25301
Fort Hill College48650
Down Academy34211
Lagan College336419
Shimna Integrated College243149
Strangford Integrated College75131
Brownlow College114215
New Bridge Integrated College248117
Armagh/South Tyrone Integrated College232141

Note:

Some pupils in these schools may be classified as neither Protestant nor Roman Catholic


LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Victim and Witness Support

Mr. Kidney: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department in how many (a) Crown courts and (b) magistrates courts there are (i) formal arrangements for (1) victim support and (2) witness support and (ii) separate waiting areas for prosecution and defence witnesses; and in each case what proportion of the totals these figures represent. [114339]

Jane Kennedy: There are "witness support" services, run by Victim Support, in all Crown court centres. In February 1999 the Home Secretary announced that additional money had been provided to enable Victim Support to extend its witness services into the magistrates courts. The target is for all magistrates courts (around 420) to have a witness service by 31 March 2002. Interim targets of 20 per cent. and 40 per cent. have been set for 31 March 2000 and 2001 respectively. It is expected that these targets will be met.

Separate waiting areas for prosecution and defence witnesses are provided in all new court buildings and where refurbishment takes place. Where it is not possible to provide separate rooms, special arrangements can be made through the court or witness service. Forty Crown court centres have separate waiting areas for prosecution and defence witnesses out of a total of 93 Crown court centres, including satellites. The information for magistrates courts is not readily available.

Public Bodies

Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department as of 1 April 1999, which of the executive and advisory non-departmental public bodies sponsored by his Department (a) were required to publish annual reports, (b) were required to publish annual accounts, (c) were subject to a full audit by the National Audit Office, (d) were under the jurisdiction of the Parliamentary Ombudsman or other ombudsmen, (e) had their own complaints procedure, (f) were required to observe the Code of Practice on Access to Government

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Information, (g) possessed a register of Members' interests, (h) allowed the public to inspect a register of Members' interests, (i) were subject to a public right to attend board meetings or committee meetings, (j) were obliged to release reports of meetings, (k) were subject to a public right to inspect agendas of meetings, (l) were subject to a public right to see minutes of meetings, (m) were required to hold public meetings, (n) (i) maintained an internet site (ii) were developing an internet site and (o) had been subject to a quinquennial review within the last year, including a continuing review. [114167]

Jane Kennedy: My officials are providing a detailed response to my hon. Friend's points to be submitted to the Public Administration Committee by the end of the month. I shall place a copy in the Library of the House.

Lord Chancellors

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many former Lord Chancellors have continued to sit as judges after they ceased to be Lord Chancellor; and if he will list the number of cases tried by them in each of the last 20 years. [112814]

Mr. Lock [holding answer 7 March 2000]: Since 1980, four former Lord Chancellors have sat judicially after leaving office:



    Lord Hailsham of St. Marylebone


    Lord Havers


    Lord Mackay of Clashfern.

The appeals heard are listed in the table.

Number of appeals heard by former Lord Chancellors 1980-2000

YearNumber of appeals heard
19801
19815
19828
19838
19849
19857
19862
19874
19888
19891
19900
19910
19920
19930
19940
19950
19960
19975
19981
19996
2000(19)4

(19) To date


Magistrates Courts (Safe Cells)

Mr. Bob Russell: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if it is his policy that all magistrates courts shall have safe cells installed; and if he will make a statement. [113732]

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Jane Kennedy [holding answer 13 March 2000]: Custody areas in magistrates courts are not used for holding individuals overnight. They do not reflect, therefore, the design requirements of HM Prison Service's improved standard cell or "safe cell".

HEALTH

Generic Drugs

Dr. Iddon: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when he plans to publish the Government's response to the Health Committee's First report of Session 1999-2000 on the Cost and Availability of Generic Drugs to the National Health Service (HC105). [115217]

Mr. Denham: The Government's response to the Health Committee's Report on the Cost and Availability of Generic Drugs to the National Health Service is published today and copies will be placed in the Library.

Care in the Community

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans he has to improve the quality of care in the community for people with learning disabilities; and if he will make a statement. [110799]

Mr. Hutton: Work is currently under way on developing a new national learning disability strategy. The strategy will look at a wide range of issues, including services for people with learning disabilities living in the community.

The National Health Service and local authorities have been asked to prepare Joint Investment Plans (JIPs) for people with learning disabilities from April 2001. The JIPs will provide a practical means for implementing the learning disability strategy and an excellent opportunity for the NHS and local authorities to consider how the flexibilities in the Health Act 1999 can best be used to improve outcomes for people with learning disabilities. Promoting independence and social inclusion are key themes of JIPs.


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