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to the NHS of treating obesity in Northern Ireland for each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Smith: Action to tackle obesity is being taken forward through programmes to promote a healthy diet such as the "Fresh Fruit in Schools" initiative and also through a range of initiatives to promote physical activity, including the "Get a life, get active" campaign.
Revised strategies and action plans on food and nutrition and physical activity are currently being developed by inter-sectoral working groups. Both documents will be issued for consultation later in the year. In addition, a task force to address the specific
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Angela Smith: Musgrave Park Hospital, which is part of Green Park Health and Social Services Trust, serves as a protected elective centre for orthopaedic surgery and has recently been expanded by the building of two new modular theatres.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many consultant orthopaedic surgeons there are in the Province; and for how many weekly NHS sessions each is employed. 
|HSS Trust||Count||WTE||Number of weekly NHS sessions employed for|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||6||5.91||5 work 11 NHS sessions per week1 works 10 NHS sessions per week|
|Greenpark Healthcare HSS Trust||17||15.15||1 works 8.5 NHS sessions per week7 work 10 NHS sessions per week8 work 11 NHS sessions per week1 works as and when required|
|Royal Group of Hosp. HSS Trust||(21)Not available||8.09||Total of 89 NHS sessions worked by consultants per week(22)|
|Ulster Comm. and Hosp. HSS Trust||6||4.64||1 works 2 NHS sessions per week1 works 2.5 NHS sessions per week1 works 3 NHS sessions per week1 works 4 NHS sessions per week2 work 5 NHS sessions per week|
|Total||Not available||33.79||Total of 342 NHS sessions worked per week by consultant orthopaedic surgeons|
(21) Headcount figure for number of consultant orthopaedic consultants working in Royal Group of Hosp. HSS Trust was not available.
(22) It was not possible to breakdown the number of NHS sessions worked by consultant orthopaedic consultants in Royal Group of Hosp. HSS Trust.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to increase the availability of the osteoporosis drug Evista in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the treatment of osteoporosis in Northern Ireland. 
Angela Smith: Evista (generic name Raloxifene) is one of a number of interventions used to prevent and treat osteoporosis. Raloxifene is available to patients on health service prescription in Northern Ireland.
The choice of any intervention in the treatment of osteoporosis is a clinical one taken in consultation with the patient and based upon the best evidence available. Key factors include the nature and stage of disease progression, the risk and benefits of treatment, the patient age and underlying co-morbidities.
Clinical Resource Efficiency Support Team (CREST) Guidelines on the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis were issued to Health Service professionals in Northern Ireland in 2001. The guidelines identify evidence-based strategies for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis, including population approaches to promote smoking avoidance, regular exercise and an adequate diet including calcium and Vitamin D. In addition, the guidelines promote selective case finding approaches to the identification and treatment of those at risk of osteoporosis as well as those with established disease.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pensioner households in Northern Ireland are in receipt of pension credit; and what steps he is taking to increase take-up. 
Mr. Spellar: There are currently 82,000 households receiving pension credit. Between April 2003 and October 2004 the Social Security Agency will have written to every pensioner household where they are not already receiving pension credit to advise them about the new pension credit.
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Security Agency has also appointed a Pension Adviser to each of its office areas to actively promote the take up of pension credit and other benefits.
Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 2 February 2004, Official Report, column 720W, on pension credit, by what date he expects the current backlog of pension credit applications to be cleared; and how long he estimates it will take to process a new application for a pension credit. 
Mr. Spellar: A recovery plan is being put in place and the situation is being addressed as a matter of urgency. Clearing the backlogs and improving the unsatisfactory standards of service to pensioners is the Social Security Agency's top priority.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) prison officers, (b) police officers, (c) political representatives and (d) others have been informed since October 2002 that their personal details were held by the Provisional IRA. 
Jane Kennedy: Records researched by PSNI would indicate that since October 2002 some 2,841 persons have been informed that their details may be in the possession of the Provisional IRA. The breakdown is as follows:
Jane Kennedy: The Police Service of Northern Ireland is currently in the process of appointing candidates from its fifth recruitment campaign, which was launched in March 2003. Thirty nine candidates have been appointed and have commenced training. There are currently 861 qualified candidates from the fifth competition, although some applicants are still in the process of going through security vetting and this number may increase.
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Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications were received for recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the recruitment campaigns held in 2003. 
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications were received from (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) others in each recruitment campaign for the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2003. 
Jane Kennedy: Of the 6,044 applications received for competition 5, launched in March 2003, 3,747 were of a perceived Protestant background, 2,194 were of a perceived Catholic background and 103 were not determined.
Of the 5,419 applications received for competition 6, launched in September 2003, 3,406 were of a perceived Protestant background, 1,909 were of a perceived Catholic background and 104 were not determined.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestants, (b) Roman Catholics and (c) others were successful in entering the merit pool for each of the campaigns for recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2003; and how many applicants in each category were subsequently offered a place on the training course following completion of each recruitment campaign. 
Jane Kennedy: 1,096 qualified candidates formed the pool for competition 5. Of this number, 778 were of a perceived Protestant background, 307 were of perceived Catholic background and 11 were not determined.
Appointments from competition 5 started in January 2004. So far, 83 qualified candidates have been appointed as police trainees. 45 of these appointments were of perceived Protestant background, 38 were of perceived Catholic background and none were classified as not determined.
Jane Kennedy: It is not possible to provide the precise total cost to date of implementing the Patten Report on policing in Northern Ireland. The costs associated with the police early retirement/severance scheme and implementation of specific projects related to some of the individual recommendations from 1 April 2000 to December 2003 amount to some £197 million. Moreover there would have been other costs, which cannot be exactly identified, incurred by PSNI from its grant in support of the implementation of Patten.
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David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officers of the full-time police reserve have been (a) killed and (b) injured (i) on duty and (ii) off duty in each year since its formation. 
|Death accident gun shot||Death by terrorist||Death non-terrorist||Death traffic accident||Grand total|
|Death accident gun shot||Death accident||Death by terrorist||Death non-terrorist||Death traffic accident||Total|
If a year is not listed it is because no officer was killed or died in that particular year
|Number injured on duty|
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