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. 
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 Trust||26||44||41||18||48||59|
|Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust||5||11||10||10||14||25|
|Southern Board HQ||0||0||1||1||0||1|
|Homefirst Community HSS Trust||144||114||195||225||141||312|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||30||165||81||115||144||191|
|Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust||47||75||54||58||34||77|
|Blood Transfusion Service||1||0||0||0||1||1|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||96||86||72||80||81||63|
|Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust||22||23||35||28||34||22|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||20||37||98||82||46||110|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust||81||71||150||189||248||333|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||39||62||59||57||105||102|
|Regional Medical Physics Agency||0||0||0||0||0||1|
(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. 
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.