Sustainable Development

Northern Ireland written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Alasdair McDonnell Alasdair McDonnell Shadow Spokesperson (Work and Pensions), Shadow SDLP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow Spokesperson (Education), Shadow Spokesperson (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

(1) what funding has been allocated for the implementation of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland;

(2) what progress has been made on the implementation of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland;

(3) what the timetable is for the publication of the implementation plans produced for the six priority areas of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland;

(4) what measures have been put in place to monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland;

(5) on what basis the timescales were set for the achievement of strategic objectives in the Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland; and if he will revise the timescale for the strategic objective to promote the development of community engagement, civic leadership and responsible citizenship from summer 2009 to summer 2008.

Photo of David Hanson David Hanson The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office

All the actions which will be included in the Implementation Plan, due to be published next month will have funding available to them. Work on the Plan will also identify areas where further funding needs to be identified and this will be addressed in the forthcoming CSR and Priorities and Budget process.

The Northern Ireland Sustainable Development Strategy is being taken forward through the development of an Implementation Plan which is scheduled to be published in November 2006. The Plan will set out in detail the actions which departments will take to address the longer term strategic objectives and targets contained in the Strategy.

The Implementation Plan will address all six priority areas of the Government's Sustainable Development Strategy.

The Implementation Plan will contain details of the monitoring, evaluation and reporting arrangements. Progress on monitoring the targets in the Strategy will be reported on in future Implementation Plans. We will also be developing a set of over-arching Sustainable development indicators for Northern Ireland in 2007.

The targets which were set for the Sustainable Development Strategy were intended to provide a challenging framework for the development of relevant actions. They were developed in consultation with stakeholders. The experience of developing the Implementation Plan has identified issues around some of the targets which we will wish to review in due course and in the light of experience. I will consider whether there is scope to modify the target you identity as part of that process.

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