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Jane Kennedy: The information in the statistical tables in the Costello Report was drawn from a variety of sources including the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency, the Department of Education, the Council for the Curriculum Examinations and Assessment, and the Programme for International Student Assessment (OECD).
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 8 January 2004, Official Report, column 470W, in what ways the Provisional IRA and Sinn Fein are inextricably linked; and on what evidence he judges that they are so linked. 
Pete Wishart: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's expenditure on recruitment advertising was in each of the last three years, broken down by publication; and what proportion of such expenditure was (a) to advertise vacant posts and (b) in the form of other general recruitment advertising. 
Information broken down by publication is not held but most recruitment advertising is placed in the Belfast Telegraph, News Letter and Irish News.
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The Northern Ireland Housing Executive actively seeks to revitalise areas that have experienced population loss and which may also suffer from unfit or vacant housing stock by the use of statutory powers to designate Redevelopment Areas and Urban Regeneration Areas, together with programmes of Renovation Grant activity. The NI Housing Executive is also currently engaged in developing a range of strategies and programmes which seek to facilitate regeneration and sustainable communities such as:
Additionally, the Regional Development Strategy for Northern Ireland has the objective of creating sustainable communities and regenerating urban areas. It requires that 60 per cent. of future new build housing be sited within the existing urban footprint. The NI Housing Executive contributes to the Policy Planning Strategy 12 document in respect of Housing Need Assessments that are to be completed as part of each Development Plan. These highlight the housing needs required to achieve sustainable and affordable housing within settlements across Northern Ireland.
In addition, while not specifically targeting under-populated areas, the Department for Social Development's tools for regeneration clearly impact on such areas, and in particular, Northern Ireland's most disadvantaged communities. The Department's wide range of strategies and programmes such as the Urban Development Programme, Urban Development Grant, Environmental Improvement Schemes, and the recently launched Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy, aim to revitalise areas of slower growth, promote social cohesion, and help build more socially, economically and environmentally sustainable neighbourhoods.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many operations were performed at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children by surgeons from (a) the Republic of Ireland and (b) Great Britain in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been provided from (a) central Government funds, (b) European funds and (c) other public funds to (i) football, (ii) rugby, (iii) hockey, (iv) cricket and (v) Gaelic games in Northern Ireland in each financial year since 200001. 
Angela Smith: Funding provided from (a) central Government funds, (b) European funds and (c) other public funds to (i) football, (ii) rugby, (iii) hockey, (iv) cricket and (v) Gaelic games in each financial year from 200001 is as follows:
(23) These figures include £100,000 and £500,000 allocated to Soccer from the Football Development Centre Programme for 200102 and 200203.
DFP has also provided European funding (Peace II) to numerous sports which include, football, rugby, hockey, cricket and Gaelic games. This funding was for projects that included more than one of the above sports, the details are as follows.
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|Numerous sports (£)|
The following table details the amount of Sports Lottery funding that has been allocated to football, rugby, hockey, cricket and Gaelic games for financial years 200001, 200102 and 200203 by the Sports Council for Northern Ireland.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when a patient referred on 9 February by his or her family doctor can expect to have (a) an initial out-patient assessment and (b) routine elective surgery in orthopaedics. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients have been waiting for (a) less than six months, (b) six to 12 months, (c) one to two years, (d) two to three years and (e) more than three years to have an (i) in-patient admission and (ii) initial out-patient assessment in orthopaedic surgery. 
Angela Smith: Waiting list statistics are submitted to the Department at specialty level. The information in this answer relates to people waiting in the trauma and orthopaedics specialty at 30 September 2003 (the most recent information available). Waiting list statistics are collected in three-month time bands for all patients waiting up to 24 months. Patients waiting 24 months or more are grouped together within one category therefore patients waiting two to three years and more than three years cannot be separately identified.
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|Number awaiting in-patient admission||Number awaiting initial out-patient assessment|
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