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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research his Department has conducted into disparities between the incidence of breast cancer in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. 
The Northern Ireland rates for breast cancer are the lowest of all the countries in the UK. The following table gives the average numbers of women per year diagnosed with breast cancer in the UK between 19982000. The table also shows the rate for the average annual number of women, per 100,000 females of the population, diagnosed with the disease. These rates are averaged over the period 19982000 so that random variation/fluctuations, which may occur year-on-year, are removed.
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|Average number diagnosed per year||Rate per 100,000 females|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the impact of the current civil service industrial action on the competitiveness of Northern Ireland's haulage industry. 
Angela Smith: The certificates of temporary exemption that are being issued for goods vehicles exempt owners and operators from the requirement to have their vehicles tested for a three month period from the date of issue. They enable vehicles to be taxed and to operate legally on the road, and should prevent any material damage to the competitiveness of Northern Ireland's haulage industry.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 24 June 2004, Official Report, columns 156162W, on Comber High School/Bangor Academy, if he will place in the Library a copy of the findings of the screening exercise carried out by the South Eastern Education and Library Board. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: On 1 April I announced public inquiries into the deaths of Robert Hamill, Rosemary Nelson and Billy Wright. Work is continuing to enable the inquiries to be established as soon as possible. I will be making a statement early in July that will set out the progress that has been made.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the commencement of the public inquiries into the deaths of (a) Robert Hamill, (b) Rosemary Nelson and (c) Billy Wright. 
Mr. Paul Murphy:
Work is continuing to enable the inquiries to be established as soon as possible. I will be making a statement early in July that will set out the progress that has been made.
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Mr. Gardiner: The Physical Education Programme of Study, while not specifying which particular sport activities should be followed, sets out a range of skills which schools should aim to develop in pupils. Schools themselves decide which games they will provide.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of (a) custody and (b) bail cases in Northern Ireland were processed in the time limits in the last period for which figures are available. 
To process 85 per cent. of custody cases within 90 days; and
To process 85 per cent. of bail cases within 110 days.
Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients currently have their discharge from hospital delayed, broken down by health trust area; what the average weekly cost of their stay in hospital is; and what the average estimated cost of a community care package for each is. 
|Board of residence/community trust of residence||Number|
of delayed discharges
|Percentage of total delayed|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||36||8|
|North and West Belfast HSS Trust||34||8|
|South and East Belfast HSS Trust||83||19|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust||41||9|
|Causeway HSS Trust||31||7|
|Homefirst HSS Trust||111||26|
|Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust||42||10|
|Craigavon and Banbridge HSS Trust||21||5|
|Newry and Mourne HSS Trust||13||3|
|Foyle HSS Trust||15||3|
|Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust||7||2|
It is estimated that the average cost of delayed discharges remaining in hospital is £1,233 per person per week. It is estimated that a community care package, which includes a week of care in a nursing home, would cost £420 per person per week.
Delayed discharge information is collected only for hospitals, which provide an acute service. Delayed discharges refer to persons delayed in these hospitals while awaiting a community care package.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) if he will make a statement on the implementation by local health trusts of manufacturers' guidelines and recommendations regarding the use and cleaning of endoscopes; 
(2) on what dates audits were performed by local health trusts into the safe and effective use of flexible endoscopes (a) between April and June and (b) prior to this period; 
(3) what independent quality control and improvement measures are in place in hospitals in the Province regarding use of flexible endoscopic equipment; and when they were introduced. 
Angela Smith: The information requested in these questions is not held centrally. The issues raised will, however, be examined as part of the forthcoming independent review of arrangements for endoscope disinfection in Northern Ireland. The review will be chaired by Dame Deirdre Hine and is expected to report in the autumn.
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