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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) controlled grammar, (b) voluntary grammar, (c) Catholic maintained grammar, (d) controlled secondary, (e) Catholic maintained secondary, (f) grant maintained integrated, (g) controlled integrated and (h) independent schools in Northern Ireland provide post-primary education between the ages of 11 and 16 years; and how many pupils are educated in each. 
|Number of schools providing post-primary education between the ages of 11 and 16||Year eight to 12 enrolments at these schools||Total enrolment at these schools|
|Catholic Maintained Grammar||0||0||0|
|Catholic Maintained Secondary||76||39,057||44,275|
|Grant Maintained Integrated||14||6,876||8,070|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of pupils educated in grammar schools in Northern Ireland gained five or more GCSEs at Grade A* to C in each of the last five academic years. 
|Percentage achieving 5+ GCSEs at Grades A*-C|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland gained five or more GCSEs at Grade A*-C in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales. 
|Percentage achieving 5+ GCSEs at Grades A*-C||199899||19992000||200001||2000102||200203|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland gained two or more 'A' levels at Grade A*-E in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales. 
|Percentage achieving 2+ A levels A-E||199899||19992000||200001||200102||200203|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of pupils from Northern Ireland left school with no formal academic qualifications in each of the last five academic years; and what the figures were for England and Wales. 
Mr. Gardiner: Figures for 200203 and 200304 are not available. The percentage of Northern Ireland pupils leaving school with no formal qualifications in each of the previous five years is as follows:
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made towards removing inequality in (a) enjoyment of good health and (b) health services in Northern Ireland. 
Angela Smith: There has been significant progress in removing inequality. This includes the comprehensive public health strategy, "Investing for Health", which has set an ambitious cross-governmental agenda to improve health and well-being and reduce health inequalities. It also has been addressed through the continuous development of the capitation formula, which ensures that the allocation of resources between Boards reflects need and the higher costs of delivering services in rural areas. More generally, the level of investment in primary care and hospitals throughout Northern Ireland will benefit everyone, but particularly those who are most in need.
Angela Smith: Information on the number of patients detained annually on mental health grounds in Northern Ireland hospitals is available from the Psychiatric Census, which is carried out in mental illness and learning disability hospitals on 31 March each year. Figures for the position since 1996 are as follows.
|Number of detained patients|
Information is not available prior to 1996 and figures for 2004 are not yet available. Figures for 2002 have not been returned by all hospitals; therefore it is not possible to provide a total Northern Ireland figure for that year.
Angela Smith: There are already a number of specialist stroke units in Northern Ireland. In line with the evidence-based strategy for Stroke Services, stroke implementation teams have been established within each of the Health and Social Services Board areas. These teams will identify gaps in the current provision of stroke services and will explore the potential to increase further the number of specialist stroke units.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what public consultation process will occur following departmental recommendations from the review of public health functions in the Province. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate has been made of the number of people in Northern Ireland who would benefit from a digital hearing aid who do not yet have one; and what plans there are to increase the number of patients using digital hearing aids. 
The new hearing aids were introduced on the health service, on a phased basis, in October 2003 and are supplied to new hearing aid users, if appropriate. It will take a number of years to re-assess every existing user's suitability for a DHA.
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has included the wider provision of the new hearing aids in its Priorities for Action 200405, setting a target to supply 5,000 DHAs per year. An additional £0.5 million per year has been provided for this purpose, making a total of £1 million per year allocated to the provision of DHAs.
Angela Smith: Information on the numbers of persons provided with digital hearing aids is not available for each of the last 12 months. However, during the period from October 2003 to the end of January 2004, approximately 2,000 persons were provided with digital hearing aids.
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