§ Sir Brian Mawhinney
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what arrangements are in place to fund the erection of blue commemorative plaques in Northern Ireland; and how these arrangements differ from those in England; 332W
(2) what the policy and criteria are for the erection of blue plaques to commemorate distinguished citizens in their native localities; 
(3) what the average cost was of erecting a blue commemorative plaque in the last 12 months; 
(4) what plans he has to involve interested parties in developing the blue plaques scheme to mark the diversity of Northern Ireland's cultural heritage; 
(5) how many blue commemorative plaques were erected in each of the last five years; and, for each year, what the cost was to public funds. 
§ Angela Smith
There are currently no arrangements in place to fund the erection of blue commemorative plaques in Northern Ireland. The Government have no plans at present to introduce such a scheme.
I would also refer the right hon. Member to the reply given to him by my hon. Friend the Member for Dudley, South (Mr. Pearson) (111635).