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RUC Reserve

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the time scale is for the proposed disbandment of the full-time RUC Reserve. [159866]

Mr. Ingram: The process of phasing out the full-time Reserve will not begin before the first recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland complete their training early in 2002. The precise timing will depend on the prevailing security situation and policing requirements.

RUC Officers (Psychiatric Illnesses)

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many past and present members of the RUC have submitted claims against the Chief Constable for the effects of (a) post-traumatic stress disorder and (b) other psychiatric illnesses; how many claims have been settled to date; and at what cost. [159550]

Mr. Ingram: Up to 30 April 2001, there have been 625 claims against the Chief Constable for the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and two claims for other psychiatric illnesses. These claims are still being investigated.

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Offences against Children

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many convictions for offences against children aged under-18 years there were, broken down by sentence type in (a) 1999-2000 and (b) 2000-01. [159848]

Mr. Ingram: This information is currently unavailable.

Police Injuries

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers in Northern Ireland have been injured on duty in each of the last 24 months, indicating in each case if the injuries were (a) accidental and (b) the result of assault by (i) Republican, (ii) Loyalist, and (iii) other persons. [159470]

Mr. Ingram: The table shows the number of police officers in the Royal Ulster Constabulary injured on duty over the period 1 April 1999 to 28 February 2001 (the latest date for which information is available). Information on whether injuries were accidental or the result of Republican, Loyalist or other assault is not readily available and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost. However, a breakdown has been provided on injuries as a result of the security situation.

Number of RUC officers injured on duty--1 April 1999 to 28 February 2001

Security situationTotal
1999
April13159
May59213
June33221
July36210
August85244
September25179
October12189
November21217
December20246
2000
January16197
February13178
March23211
April8192
May19198
June32224
July198359
August15146
September36158
October31155
November27139
December2890
2001
January1972
February1736
Total7864,233

Mr. Neil Mulholland

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in what capacity Mr. Neil Mulholland is employed by the Northern Ireland Office; when his employment began; and when his contract of employment is due to expire. [159921]

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Dr. Reid: Mr. Neil Mulholland has been employed as a Senior Information Officer since 20 May 1996. As a permanent employee his normal retirement date would be at age 60.

Strand Road RUC Station

Mr. William Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what information he has as to the identity of the organisation responsible for the (a) recent attack on the Strand Road RUC Station in Londonderry and (b) the death of Mr. C. O'Kane at Currynerin, Londonderry. [159471]

Mr. Ingram: In both cases Royal Ulster Constabulary investigations are on-going. There is no information or intelligence available to identify a specific organisation/s as being responsible and no organisation/s has claimed responsibility.

Vehicle Theft

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cars have been stolen in each district policing area in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years; and how many vehicles were recovered within seven days and reported as having been stolen for joy-riding or similar purposes. [160289]

Mr. Ingram: It is only possible to provide the number of recorded offences of theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicles over the past three years. Due to a change in Home Office counting rules, figures prior to 1998 are not comparable. Information on recovery times and the reason for thefts is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Notifiable offences of theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicles 1998-99 to 2000-01

RUC Division1998-991999-20002000-01
A2,0182,2502,785
B1,7982,0402,074
D1,8001,7111,839
E823888936
G531637665
H485527485
J471608547
K251254243
L312330294
N472368343
O379280353
P375303242
Total9,71510,19610,806

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons have been arrested for stealing cars in each Northern Ireland police district in each of the past five years; and how many have been (a) successfully prosecuted and (b) sentenced to a non-custodial sentence. [160290]

Mr. Ingram: The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

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Special Advisers

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of employing special advisers in his Department from 1997 to date. [160052]

Mr. Ingram: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my right hon. Friend the Minister

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for the Cabinet Office on 1 May 2001, Official Report, column 607W.

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many special advisers worked in his Department from 1997 to date. [160033]

Mr. Ingram: Since 3 May 1997, no more than two special advisers have been in post at any one time.