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Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: In 2003, Ministers responded at short notice to requests for emergency financial assistance from five festivals that were facing a shortfall in funding as a result of the expiry of support from both government and commercial sources. Departments had to find moneys from existing budgets to partially fund this shortfall.
Capped shortfall funding in 2004 was provided only to those festivals that successfully made a case to Ministers in 2003, and has only continued pending agreement on new arrangements for funding community festivals. The total amount of shortfall funding provided in 2004 was £374,000: it is estimated that festivals in Northern Ireland access over £2 million a year from a range of public sector funding sources.
In 2004 and 2005, organisers wishing to apply for additional assistance have had to provide detailed business information justifying the need and rationale for funding and the anticipated outputs and benefits.
There are 137 Housing Executive and 20 Housing Association dwellings in Ballywalter. The Housing Executive has identified a need for an additional 10 units and Housing Associations are trying to identify a suitable site with a view to having a scheme included in the development programme for 200809. A multi element and environmental improvement scheme for seven Housing Executive bungalows in the Well Road/Well Close area is planned to commence in March 2006. Bathrooms in the Corinthian Housing Association Stump Road scheme are due to be refurbished in 2006.
There are 12 Housing Executive dwellings in Ballyhalbert. The Housing Executive has identified a need for five additional properties and a scheme has been programmed for Rural Housing Association in 200607.
There are 85 Housing Executive dwellings in Portavogie. The Housing Executive has assessed that there is no real housing need in this area as allocations are generally sufficient to meet need. A multi-element and environmental improvement scheme for 30 bungalows in Greyabbey, Kircubbin, Portavogie, and Cloughey is planned to commence in February 2006.
An external cyclical maintenance scheme for 260 homes in Ballyhalbert, Ballywalter, Portavogie and Cloughey was completed at the end of 2004. A kitchen replacement scheme for 37 homes in Portavogie, Cloughey and Ballywalter was completed in May 2005.
Private Sector Dwellings
For those properties in the private sector (owner-occupiers, landlords and tenants) a range of grants is available to help with the costs of undertaking improvement work. With regard to the provision of private sector housing, this is undertaken by private developers where demand exists for such housing.
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton : There are no verified figures available for murders linked to organised crime. A search of records has shown an approximate number of murders linked to organised crimes from 1998 as follows:
|Year||Approximate number of murders linked to organised crime|
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Rooker on 6 July (HL 668), what newspapers they have funded in Northern Ireland; for what purpose; and what conditions, if any, were attached to such funding. [HL1072]
|Year(s)||Company||Funder||Purpose of Grant||Amount|
|19992000||Flagship Media Group Ltd||LEDU||Marketing and technical appraisal, product and process costs||£11,273|
|19992000||Fermanagh Talking Newspaper Associations||Fermanagh Partnership||To enable a part-time IT facilitator/tutor with special skills to train||£2,225|
|200001||The Mirror Group||Department for Employment and Learning||Assistance for disabled employee||£5,936|
|200304||Shankill Community Media Ltd||Invest NI||Employment and management salary costs||£28,602|
|200203 200304||Shankill Community Media||Department for Social Development||Salary costs||£32,544|
|200304||Shankill Community Media Ltd||Department of Finance and Personnel||Assistance for expansion of circulation||£95,429|
|200304||East Belfast Publishing Ltd||Department of Finance and Personnel||Production and distribution costs of weekly newspaper||£250,464|
Further to the Written Answers by the Lord President on 7 April (WA 136), how many of the 128 staff in the Office of the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland are directly engaged in police investigation; and which body has oversight of their conduct and performance. [HL1302]
Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton: The Police Ombudsman's office advises that 90 staff are directly engaged in investigations. Oversight of conduct and performance of the staff of that office is a matter for the ombudsman who is totally independent of government. Complaints about maladministration can be referred to my right honourable friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland but only after the matter has been referred to the ombudsman and the ombudsman's response has been unsatisfactory.
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