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Bullying

Rev. Ian Paisley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of bullying of children were reported in the last three years (a) at primary schools and (b) in post-primary education in Northern Ireland, broken down by (i) board area and (ii) category of bullying; and whether the incident took place on public transport to or from school in each case. [179914]

Mr. Gardiner: The information sought is not available. The Department of Education and the Education and Library Boards do not collect information on the number or nature of reported incidents of bullying.

In 2001 the Department issued "Pastoral Care in Schools: Promoting Positive Behaviour", which contained advice on tackling bullying and developing an anti-bullying policy. In November 2002 a good practice anti-bullying guide for post-primary schools was distributed. The Department in partnership with key interests in the statutory and voluntary sectors were involved in an advisory capacity in the preparation of that guide. The Department is also committed to producing a similar guide for primary schools in due course in consultation with statutory and voluntary agencies. In November 2003 the Parents Advice Centre (NI), with the Department's support, produced a booklet for parents giving advice on how to identify the signs of bullying and what parents can do to tackle the situation.

Care Strategy

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress being made on the development of a primary care strategy framework document. [179731]

Angela Smith: On 7 June 2004 I launched 'Caring For People Beyond Tomorrow', a consultation document which sets out a strategic framework for the development of primary health and social care services over the next 20 years. The consultation period will end on 8 October 2004.

Child Psychiatrists

Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current waiting time is for children who have been referred to a consultant child psychiatrist, broken down by health board. [179046]

Angela Smith: Information obtained from Health Trusts in Northern Ireland indicates that, at the 31 March 20041, 1,394 children were awaiting assessment by child and adolescent psychiatry services.
Number of children awaiting their first outpatient appointment in the child and adolescent psychiatry specialty (including those who have cancelled or did not attend a previous appointment) in Northern Ireland.

Months waiting
Provider trust0 to twoThree to 1112 to 1718 to 2324 plusTotal
Down Lisburn HSS Trust46671221128
Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust65402107
Foyle HSS Trust(31)525615527155
Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust279535119177
Homefirst Community HSS Trust214166380
Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust6922394
Newry and Mourne HSS Trust176077
Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust262821378
South and East Belfast HSS Trust10717
The Royal Group of Hospital HSS Trust(32)181
Northern Ireland total5265418821371,394


(31) Foyle HSS Trust figures refer to patients waiting at 31 May 2004. Data for all other Trusts refers to patients waiting at 31 March 2004.
2 Royal Group of Hospital HSS Trust is unable to specify numbers waiting in each time band.
Source:
HPSS Trusts





 
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Civil Servants (Industrial Action)

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest average waiting time for drivers to receive a date for an MoT test is. [180802]

Angela Smith: The average maximum waiting times at 24 June 2004 for vehicle tests at the six test centres not closed by industrial action was fourteen weeks. An average maximum waiting time for the remaining centres cannot be accurately calculated as the industrial action period distorts the figures.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pensioners have had pension payment disrupted as a result of industrial action at (a) the Department of Education and (b) the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety. [180803]

Angela Smith: The Department of Education is responsible for providing a payroll service to some 14,500 teacher pensioners, who are paid monthly. Existing monthly pensioners were paid their May pension on time and it is expected June pensions will also be paid on time.

A small number of lump sum payments to new pensioners were delayed during the industrial action (less than 20). These have now been processed.

The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is responsible for providing a payroll service to some 24,500 HPSS pensioners, the majority of whom are paid monthly. A small minority, some 300, are paid weekly. Existing monthly pensioners were paid their May pension on time and it is expected June pensions will also be paid on time. Weekly HPSS pensioners have been paid in advance.

A small number of lump sum payments to new pensioners were delayed during the industrial action. The majority of these have now been processed. A small number remain to be cleared, (approximately 20) however arrangements are being made to have manual payments of lump sum issued through the Department's Finance Accounts Branch to any of these pensioners who may be suffering financial hardship.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many booked (a) MoT tests and (b) driving tests have been cancelled as result of the current industrial action by civil servants; [180808]
 
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(2) how many MOT tests have been cancelled in Northern Ireland because of industrial action in the Civil Service. [180825]

Angela Smith: At 24 June 2004, the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency had cancelled 43,532 vehicle tests and 5,791 practical driving tests in the period since continuous industrial action started on 17 May 2004.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many applications from motorists in Northern Ireland to tax their vehicles have been delayed as a result of the current industrial action by civil servants. [180809]

Angela Smith: Driver and Vehicle Licensing Northern Ireland do not have figures to show the number of applications that have been delayed as a result of the current industrial action. In overall terms, there has been an 11 per cent. reduction in the number of licences issued in May 2004 when compared to May 2003. Figures for June are not available.

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teachers in Northern Ireland have had salary payments delayed as a result of the current industrial action by civil servants; how many teachers are awaiting overdue payments; and what the total value is of salary payments that are overdue. [180810]

Mr. Gardiner: The information sought by the hon. Member is not presently available in the format requested. However, the vast majority of permanent teachers (over 19,000) received payment on time last month. For temporary teachers, we have had to make emergency payments at a flat rate for hours worked during April and May and, again, the vast majority of teachers in this category have received those emergency payments. My Department hopes to make all necessary adjustments to salaries as quickly as possible once strike action comes to an end.

Driving Tests

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of each category of driving tests were carried out in each month from January to June in each year since 2001. [180817]

Angela Smith: The numbers of practical driving tests carried out by the Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency in each month from January 2001 to June 2004 are set out in the following tables.

The figures for the current month are for the period to 24 June.
 
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Car and light goods vehicle

2001200220032004
January3,1383,7883,6263,836
February2,3153,1503,2113,564
March2,5553,4683,6494,197
April3,3613,3583,8693,515
May3,9493,5183,9372,283
June3,6392,8123,8181,135

Motorcycle

2001200220032004
January155257322118
February10721326997
March153249405103
April23835188155
May35932814492
June34744619194

Large goods vehicle

2001200220032004
January195227157180
February214204160147
March191203195176
April159187157147
May19620217575
June2091651680

Passenger-carrying vehicle/omnibus

2001200220032004
January15433751
February21441828
March30603043
April46234140
May49632413
June50592931

Car and trailer

2001200220032004
January32322835
February30362118
March2623838
April20302835
May2042220
June2724350


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