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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the merits of using the video-link equipment available in prisons to record interviews between policeand imprisoned witnesses in historical sex abuse cases. 
Ms Blears: No assessment has been made of video-link equipment available in prisons for recording interviews between police and imprisoned witnesses in historical sex abuse cases. The Association of Chief Police Officers working group currently reviewing guidance to police officers conducting such investigations advise that any equipment meeting the 'Evidence Gathering By Camera Standards' set out in Home Office 'Achieving Best Evidence' can be used for interviews. In practice, where it is decided that an interview will be recorded, the police are likely to use accredited portable equipment or to take the prisoner to a dedicated site.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the cost of bringing in a system of counting in and out visitors to the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
The five-year immigration strategy that we announced on 7 February contained details of our plans through e-Borders to introduce an electronic system of counting in and out visitors to UK. The costs of this system, which we have not yet procured, are commercial in confidence.
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David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Mr. Phil Flynn since 1998. 
David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions have taken place between Northern Ireland government departments and agencies and Harcourt Developments since 1998. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: A number of Northern Ireland departments and agencies have had discussions with Harcourt Developments in relation to the development of sites at a number of locations. Records indicate that the Northern Ireland Office has had no discussions with the company.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding the Housing Executive has provided in each year since 2001 to assist local communities and residents groups in each Northern Ireland constituency; and what criteria are used to determine the allocation of funding. 
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|Newry and Armagh||16,000||27,000||19,000|||
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in how many crimes in Northern Ireland knives were used in each year since 1997; and how many were committed by teenagers in each year. 
Mr. Pearson: The statistics are not available in the format requested. Figures for the period from 1 April 2001 are set out in the following table. Statistics regarding the number of teenage perpetrators are not readily available. To provide this information would require a manual trawl of records and would incur disproportionate cost.
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|Offences against the|
|Offences against the|
|Other notifiable offences||2||2||7||0|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the newspaper and broadcasting companies in Northern Ireland that have received grants from public funds or from Invest Northern Ireland since May 1997, stating in each case the Department or other body responsible for the grant, the purpose for which the grant was made and the sum of money involved. 
Mr. Pearson: In respect of organised criminality by paramilitary organisations, the Government's response is led through the Organised Crime Task Force (OCTF). It produces an annual Threat Assessment which informs the strategic priority setting of the Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA). Expert Groups, involving both the LEAs and the Private Sector, work to develop measures and techniques to reduce the opportunities for organised criminality.
In 2004, the first Cross Border Organised Crime Assessment was launched by both An Garda Siochana and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. This and the level of joint operational activity are tangible evidence of the effective co-operation occurring across the border.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many vehicles have been recovered in each police district command unit as part of the Managed Vehicle Recovery and Storage Scheme in each year since its introduction. 
The scheme uses a mapping system which is based upon deploying the nearest available recovery contractor to any given location and does not take account of District Command Unit boundaries therefore the figures are not available in the format requested.