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North-South Bodies

Volume 405: debated on Tuesday 13 May 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many staff are employed in servicing (a) the Civic Forum, (b) the North-South Ministerial Council, (c) North-South Implementation Bodies and (d) British Irish Council. [98196]

The information is as follows.

Non-bank nurses1 who have been recruited to work in trusts in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997
(headcount figures given only)
South and East Belfast HSS Trust264441184859
Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust51110101425
Southern Board HQ001101
Homefirst Community HSS Trust144114195225141312
Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust3016581115144191
Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust477554583477
Blood Transfusion Service100011
Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust968672808163
Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust222335283422
Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust2037988246110
Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust8171150189248333
Down Lisburn HSS Trust39625957105102
Regional Medical Physics Agency000001

(a) Civic Forum

Funding for the Civic Forum ceased during suspension. As a result staff in the Civic Forum Secretariat have been redeployed on other duties.

(b) North-South Ministerial Council

The North-South Ministerial Council cannot meet during suspension. The 25.5 whole time equivalent staff employed in the Joint Secretariat are currently engaged in providing administrative support associated with the care and maintenance of the North/South Implementation Bodies and a range of other duties.

(c) North-South Implementation Bodies

At the latest date for which staffing figures are available, there are 486.6 whole-time equivalent staff employed in the North-South Implementation Bodies.

(d) British-Irish Council

The British and Irish Governments provide the Secretariat for the British-Irish Council in co-ordination with officials from each of the other members. In addition to servicing the work of the Council, the officials are involved in carrying out a range of other duties. It is therefore not possible to identify detailed staff numbers in respect of those functions which relate to the Secretariat.

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the status is of the North-South Implementation Bodies following the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly. [85883]

The Implementation Bodies were established under the Implementation Bodies Agreement of 9 March 1999 made between the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the Government of Ireland. That Agreement also conferred functions on the Bodies. The Agreement was incorporated into the domestic law of Northern Ireland by the North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (NI) Order 1999. Following suspension it is the intention of the British and Irish Governments that the Bodies should be able to continue to perform their essential functions.