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Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what input (a) his Department and (b) its (i) agencies and (ii) non-departmental public bodies had into the Hampton Review and its report, Reducing Administrative Burdens: Effective Inspection and Enforcement. 
Mr. Hain: As the agreement reached in St. Andrews last week made clear, we want to see the support for policing and the rule of law extend to every part of the community. This includes endorsing fully the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the criminal justice system, actively encouraging everyone in the community to co-operate fully with the PSNI in tackling crime in all areas and actively supporting all the policing and criminal justice institutions, including the Policing Board. The political parties of Northern Irelandincluding Sinn Feinhave until 10 November 2006 to confirm their endorsement of the St. Andrews agreement. Based on intensive negotiations at St. Andrews, we believe that all parties should be able to endorse it and to implement it in good faith, building on the trust and confidence necessary for a stable and lasting settlement.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of school bullying in Northern Ireland have been referred to the Department of Education in the last 12 months, broken down by education and library board; and what measures the Department has taken (a) to resolve each case and (b) to reduce the number of incidents of school bullying in Northern Ireland. 
Maria Eagle: The Department of Education does not collect the information requested. The Department recognises that bullying, in whatever form and for whatever reason, has no place in schools. The Department has taken proactive steps to tackle bullying through development and publication of guidance. Further, the Education and Libraries (NI) Order 2003, which came into operation on 1 April 2003, places a duty on all grant-aided schools to have an anti-bullying policy and to draw up measures to prevent all forms of bullying among pupils.
In 2004 the Department in partnership with voluntary organisations, including Save the Children, established an anti-bullying forum to enable a collaborative and co-ordinated approach to tackling bullying in schools. The Forum enables members to share models of best practice, disseminate information, to develop and co-ordinate joint initiatives to ensure that schools and organisations working with children and young people are able to develop appropriate strategies to prevent and deal with bullying behaviours.
In addition, information about the scale and nature of bullying in Northern Ireland schools is contained in a research report published in October 2002. A research briefing summary is available on the Departments website at www.deni.gov.uk/rb8_2002.pdf. The Department has
commissioned updated research into bullying, in all its forms, and the results are expected to be ready for publication by mid 2007.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were (a) suspended and (b) permanently excluded from school in Northern Ireland for bullying in each of the last three years. 
Maria Eagle: From the 2002-03 school year, statistics on the reasons for suspension have been gathered annually from each education and library board and relate to the number of individual suspensions not to the number of pupils suspended. The following table details the number of suspensions for bullying of another pupil in the 2002-03 to 2004-05 school years:
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Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what recent discussions he has had with the leaders of (a) the Muslim community in Wales and (b) the Commission for Racial Equality in Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
During the summer I met representatives from the Bangladeshi community in Cardiff, together with the High Commissioner. Earlier in the year my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary met a visiting
group of Muslim women at the House of Commons, led by the Chief Executive of the All-Wales Saheli Association.
Taking their concerns forward, I have regular discussions with Department of Trade and Industry Ministers and am also a member of the Cabinet Committee, MISC 33, which is considering the post office network.
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the not to exceed in-service date at main gate was for (a) Swiftsure and Trafalgar Class Update (Final Phase), (b) Sting Ray Life Extension and Capability Upgrade, (c) Brimstone, (d) Nimrod MRA4, (e) Astute, (f) Airborne Stand Off Radar, (g) A400M, (h) Beyond Visual Range Air to Air Missile, (i) T45 Destroyer, (j) Typhoon ASTA, (k) Future Joint Combat Aircraft, (l) Support Vehicle, (m) Skynet, (n) Next Generation Light Air Armour Weapon, (o) CIP-ComBAT, DBL Infrastructure, Platform ELSA, (p) Apache Bowman
Connectivity, (q) C Vehicle capability and (r) M-TADS; and what the not to exceed cost at main gate was for the demonstration and manufacture phase of each project, broken down into (i) indirect departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (ii) direct DEL and (iii) capital DEL. 
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what his assessment is of the current fighting capacity of the Taliban; and what his latest estimate is of the number of Taliban fighters. 
Des Browne: The Taliban are currently able to threaten Afghan and international security forces in parts of eastern and southern Afghanistan by means of improvised explosive devices, suicide bombers and small-scale ambushes. They have not been able to hold territory in the face of offensive action by Afghan and international security forces.
Insurgent activity has been less marked in other areas, though suicide bombs have been used in Kabul and occasionally elsewhere in the North and West. The Taliban have also been active in the thinly-populated provinces of Nimruz and Farah in south-west Afghanistan. Violent incidents have been on the rise in northern Afghanistan, albeit from a very low base. Much of the violence in northern and western Afghanistan is in any case criminal-related rather than directed against the international presence.
Estimating Taliban numbers is difficult, but we do know that they are thought to be comprised of a mixture of full-time fighters and a larger number of recruits generated locally within Afghanistan, motivated by a range of factors, including money.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent discussions he has had with the Afghan Government on a comprehensive policy for the treatment of individuals detained during fighting in Afghanistan. 
Mr. Ingram: UK troops are in Afghanistan as part of the NATO-led international security assistance force mission (ISAF). NATO policy is that individuals detained by ISAF forces should be transferred to the Afghan authorities at the first opportunity and within 96 hours, or released.
On 23 April 2006, the UK agreed a memorandum of understanding with the Afghan Government which will cover transfer of detainees to the Afghan authorities following detention by UK forces, and which includes undertakings from the Afghans that they will respect international obligations.
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 17 October 2006]: For operational security reasons, it is MODs policy not to disclose information on specific military equipment employed on particular operations. The information requested is not, in any event, held centrally.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what risk assessment has been made of the ability of Pinzgauer Vector armoured vehicles to give adequate protection to the driver in the event of running over (a) a mine and (b) an improvised explosive device, with particular reference to the cone of destruction; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: To safeguard our own and allied troops, we do not comment on the detail of our vehicles protection levels. However, the need to provide enhanced protection against the threats currently faced in Iraq and Afghanistan, including mines and improvised explosive devices, was a factor in the decision to procure rapidly a suite of protected patrol vehicles, including an additional 106 Pinzgauer Vector vehicles, which would give commanders a range of options dependent on the operational circumstances.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the cost of operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in the 2006-07 financial year are being charged to the Treasury Reserve on a (i) marginal and (ii) full cost basis. 
Des Browne [holding answer 12 October 2006]: The Ministry of Defence identifies the costs of operations, in both Iraq and Afghanistan, in terms of the net additional (marginal) costs it has incurred. The costs that the Department would have incurred regardless of the operation taking place, such as wages other than operational allowances, are not included. Savings on activities that have not occurred because of the operationtraining exercises for exampleare taken into account in arriving at the net figures.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what income, measured on an accrual basis, was received by his Department, excluding entities within the (a) Whole of Government Accounts boundary and (b) Central Government Accounts boundary, for financial years 1999-2000 to 2005-06. 
Mr. Ingram: Information in the form requested is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Income from external customers (defined as excluding other government departments, trading funds and QinetiQ prior to its flotation on the London Stock Exchange) is disclosed in the published Departmental Resource Accounts, copies of which are available in the Library of the House. The following table summarises the income received from external customers in each of the last seven financial years:
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