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Figures in the following tables relate to nursing staff (including midwives) in each Health and Social Services Board that have left the health service in the last two yearsleavers are defined as those who were in employment at the start of the year but who weren't in employment in the NI Health and Personal Social Services at the end of the year.
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(32) Whole time equivalent
(33) Whole time equivalent
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what provision has been made to assist relatives to deal psychologically with recent revelations of organ retention at the Royal Victoria hospital. 
Mr. Browne: The Clinical Psychology Department of the Royal Group of Hospitals allocated resources to run a dedicated telephone enquiry line. Those in need of psychological support were identified and clinical psychology staff made themselves available to set up and attend meetings between families and hospital staff. Following the establishment of the DHSSPS Human Organs Enquiry Line on 20 November 2002, the enquiry line at the Royal was closed. Callers to the DHSSPS enquiry line are made aware that psychological support is available.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedure is to be followed by relatives who wish to retrieve organs retained by (a) the Royal Victoria Hospital and (b) the Coroner; and what avenues are open to relatives if their request is denied. 
Mr. Browne: Relatives wishing to make inquiries about the retrieval of retained organs should contact the DHSSPS human organs inquiry line on 08088008810. The enquiry line operator will then liaise with the relevant acute hospital trust or state pathology department as appropriate.
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Mr. Browne: The budget for 200304 will enable the Health and Personal Social Services to maintain and improve a range of services. It is a matter for Boards, Trusts and other bodies concerned to agree on the detailed level of service provision, including any associated recruitment of staff.
Mr. Browne: The recruitment of staff, including physiotherapists, is a matter for individual Health and Social Services Trusts taking into account factors such as service needs and available resources.
Mr. Browne: The Chief Medical Officer's Report on Organ Retention, "The Investigation into Retained Organs", published in May 2001, records that between 1970 and 2000 a total of 49,310 post mortems were carried out in Northern Ireland. A further breakdown of these figures in the form requested is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Browne: Under Section 28 of the Coroners' Act (NI) 1959 the Coroner has the power to order a post mortem without the need for consent from the parent or legal guardian. All hospital post mortems carried out on children require the consent of those with parental responsibility.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether children in their immediate pre-school year will be offered funding through the Pre School Education Advisory Group scheme; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: The objective of the Pre-school Education Expansion Programme, which is planned and delivered by a Pre-school Education Advisory Group in each education and library board area, is to provide a year of funded pre-school education for every child in Northern Ireland whose parents wish it. This is achieved through the funding of places in pre-school settings which meet the Programme's quality standards. In order to give parents a choice of pre-school setting, funded places are available both in statutory nursery schools and units and in some 400 voluntary and private playgroups.
Parental demand for funded places is estimated at up to 90 per cent. of the immediate pre-school year group, but factors such as the geographical distribution of places may involve a level of provision slightly in excess of that. The number of places funded by the Department of Education has increased from 11,100 in 1997 to
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21,600 in this school year, representing an increase in coverage from 45 per cent. to an estimated 92 per cent. of the immediate pre-school year group.
Jane Kennedy: No specific allocations are made to Education and Library Boards for the core funding of pre-school education. The relative levels of initial funding for 200304 for pre-school education will not be known until Resource Allocation Plans are drawn up by each board and approved by the Department of Education. However, the following earmarked allocations have been made to the respective boards as part of the Pre-school Education Expansion Programme for 200304.
These amounts represent the recurrent funding for each board in respect of: places funded in voluntary and private sector playgroups and in new statutory nursery schools and units opened between the 2002 and 2003 school censuses; the costs of furnishing and equipping new nursery schools and units opening during the 200304 financial year; and administration and publicity costs.
Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time pre-school places are funded under the NI Programme for Building Sustainable Prosperity, Measure 4, Investing in Early Learning in Northern Ireland in (i) controlled, (ii) maintained and (iii) grant-maintained integrated schools; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: A total of 11.34 million Euros (of which 8 million Euros is the EU contribution) is available to the Department of Education under Measure 3.4 of the European Union's Building Sustainable Prosperity Programme for securing the building of controlled, maintained, integrated and Irish-medium pre-school education facilities in local communities. The Measure will allow the Department to reclaim capital expenditure on a programme of nursery units, either built or to be built. The programme must, however, go through the application and selection procedure required by the EU. This procedure has not yet been concluded, and at this stage it is not possible to attribute the establishment of any units to Measure 3.4.
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children in total702 in controlled schools (26 full-time, 676 part-time), 494 in maintained (130 full-time, 364 part-time), 78 in integrated (26 full-time, 52 part-time) and 52 in Irish medium (all part-time).