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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible under the new deal for young people in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised employment for more than 13 weeks and (b) returned to jobseekers' allowance or other benefits. 
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland whether her Department enforces a maximum retirement age for most staff; and whether it has a policy of not considering applications for employment by persons over a particular age. 
Mrs. Liddell [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The expected retirement age for staff below the senior civil service is 60 years. Beyond this, staff can be retained on a year-by-year basis if they meet certain criteria. This policy is currently under review. In considering applications for employment my Department does not discriminate on grounds of age.
Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to her answer of 8 May 2002, Official Report, column 202W, on unpaid advisers, if she will list the steps that were taken to ensure no conflicts of interest arose as a result of this appointment. 
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Advocate-General how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible under the new deal for young people in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised employment for more than 13 weeks and (b) returned to jobseekers' allowance or other benefits. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Advocate-General (1) how much has been spent by her Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years; 
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Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rape and sexual assault incidents were recorded in each year since 1993; and how many arrests and how many successful prosecutions were recorded in these years. 
Jane Kennedy: The PSNI record criminal offences in terms of clearance rates as opposed to arrests. The following table indicates the number of sexual offences recorded in Northern Ireland 1993 to 200001.
|Total sexual offences||Percentage cleared||Rape/ attempted rape offences||Percentage cleared|
(19) As recorded under revised Home Office counting rules
|Rape||Assault with intent to rape||Indecent assault||Total||Rape||Assault with intent to rape||Indecent assault||Total|
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) stinger and (b) similar devices used for the rapid arrest of a speeding vehicle have been purchased by the police in the past five years; and on how many occasions the occupants of stopped vehicles have been (i) arrested and (ii) successfully prosecuted. 
(20) This figure includes publicity costs for the General Election, which explains the difference between the two years.
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Full-time equivalent staff numbers in the Northern Ireland Office, for 199798 and April 2002, including civil servants, special advisers and prison governor and uniformed prison officer grades, are as follows:
In addition, the Home Office has draft codes of practice that set out the special safeguards relating to the use of juveniles. Although in draft form, they are widely available and have been used for some time.
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