§ Mr. Llew Smith
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the number of(a) non-departmental public bodies and (b) task forces in Northern Ireland (i) on 1 May 1997, (ii) on 1 May 1998 and (iii) at the latest date for which figures are available. 
§ Mr. Ingram
Since 1 May 1997 to 1 November 1999 the number of non-departmental public bodies for Northern Ireland has been nine. A nil return for task forces.