HC Deb 11 September 2003 vol 410 cc480-1W
Mr. Dodds

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of vandalism against school property occurred in(a) North Belfast, (b) Belfast and (c) Ireland; and what the total cost was in each area, in each year since 2000. [127422]

Jane Kennedy

The cost of vandalism met by each Education and Library Board in controlled and maintained schools in each financial year since 2000 is as follows:

Education and

Library Board

2000–01 2001–02 2002–03
Belfast 356,250 485,000 292,000
Western 62,958 42,263 53,623
North-Eastern 272,036 286,121 226,994
South-Eastern 189,741 248,122 69,449
Southern 78,286 133,708 140,713
Total 959,2 71 1,195,214 782,729

The computerised system currently operated by the 5 Education and Library Boards is being upgraded at this time and information on the number of incidents of vandalism in schools and on the cost of such incidents is not available at present. The information on North Belfast schools is also not available at this time. I will write to the honourable member when this information becomes available.

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