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Paul Goggins: The following table shows the amount of overtime incurred by the Northern Ireland Office, excluding its Agencies and Executive NDPBs, in 2007-08, which is the latest audit approved 12 month period:
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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of paper used (a) for photocopying and (b) in printed publications by his Department was from recycled sources in each of the last two years. 
The Northern Ireland Office policy is to use paper for photocopying, printing and publications which is derived from at least 70 per cent. post-consumer waste. Currently we purchase office paper for printing and photocopying that is derived from 100 per cent. post-consumer waste, in line with the mandatory Buy SustainableQuick Wins minimum environmental product standards developed by DEFRA.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department in each of the last three financial years. 
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Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Office uses both internal and external (predominantly Royal Mail) services to distribute mail. The internal mail distribution service is structured to deliver protectively marked material in an appropriate manner and, while costs are largely fixed, they represent good value for money.
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Offices policy is that all suppliers should be paid within 30 days of receipt of a valid, undisputed invoice, as specified in the Departments model terms and conditions of contract or as agreed by both parties at the outset of each contract. The Department is also bound by the Late Payment of Commercial Debts Act.
The Northern Ireland Office does not request discounts for early payment as part of the procurement process, however, if individual suppliers offer discounts for early payment, the Department will ensure that the discounted invoices are paid within the required timeframe if this offers value for money.
Review into Data Security Procedures in Public Inquiries
Proposed Draft Criminal Damage (Compensation) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2008;
Test Purchase of Alcohol: Equality Impact Assessment and Guideline Principles;
Proposed Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2009;
Improving Administration of Elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly;
Anonymous Registration: Protecting Voters at Risk in Northern Ireland;
Mentally Disordered Offenders Victim Information Scheme;
Search Code of Practice issued under POCA 2002;
Investigation Code of Practice issued under POCA 2002;
Proposed Draft Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2007;
Policy Discussion Paper on Alternatives to Prosecution;
Draft Guidance Establishing New Public Protection Arrangements in NI;
Draft Sexual Offences (NI) Order;
Modernising Police Powers Your PACE, Your Say;
Government's Proposals for the Safety of Older People.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which projects his Department has commissioned from (a) think tanks and (b) charities in each of the last two years for which figures are available; what the aim of each project was; which think tank or charity was commissioned; and how much was paid. 
Mr. Woodward: In each of the last two years the Northern Ireland Office did not commission any projects from think tanks. The following table indicates the projects which were commissioned from charities.
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|Cleared by means of charge/summons( 2)|
|(1) The figures relate to crimes where a knife was involved in the incident; the system does not record the detail of how the knife was used.|
(2) It is not possible to disaggregate the figures between charged and summons
(3) It is not possible to compare figures year on year, as PSNI adopted a higher evidential standard in respect of non-sanction clearances (those where no further action is taken by the police, mainly due to the victim not wanting formal action taken by the police or due to no prosecution being directed) in April 2006, with farther changes made to the definition of "clearance "from 1 April 2007.
(4) A new crime record system, NICHE, was introduced on 1 April 2007. Under the old system, ISIS, the Modus Operandi would have been recorded as knife', with NICHE the MO would show instrument - knife/bladed'. Furthermore, within the new recording system, the instrument used is linked to an occurrence which may contain one or more crimes. This may lead to some inflation of offence levels from the NICHE system.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many offences were committed in each police command unit in Northern Ireland in which a knife was employed by the perpetrator in each of the last three years. 
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