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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) MRSA and (b) total staphylococcus aureus cases have been reported in the Province in each of the past five years. 
Angela Smith: I am aware that the University of Ulster intends to investigate the feasibility of a new medical school, based at its North West campus. Subsequently it will be necessary to consider how any proposal from the university might meet the tests of viability and sustainability, as well as how such a proposal would be funded and developed within the wider context of tertiary education within Northern Ireland.
Angela Smith: Funding for the prosthetic service is provided from the Physical and Sensory Disability Programme of Care. In 200304 expenditure on the prosthetics service totalled just over £l million.
Representatives of the Prosthetic Users Forum met officials in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in the Autumn of 2003 to discuss the prosthetics service and in March 2004, Green Park Healthcare Trust submitted to the Department a copy of the report 'Needs Assessment for Northern Ireland Regional Prosthetic Service'. This included a service development plan for 200405 costing £360,000.
'Boards and Trust should collaborate with Green Park Trust to develop the range of prosthetics available. In particular, this should include wider provision of an improved range of prosthetics for some 125 users by 31 March 2005. Boards should submit final figures for 200405 in their September progress reports'.
A further meeting between representatives of the Prosthetics Users Forum and Departmental officials is being arranged and this will assist in developing future plans to further develop the prosthetics service.
Angela Smith: A regional prosthetics service is provided by Green Park Healthcare Trust, on the Musgrave Park Hospital site, which serves just under 1,800 prosthetic users across a spectrum of ages and disabilities. The service benchmarks its performance against other prosthetic centres throughout the UK.
It is endeavouring to rise to the challenges of increased user expectation and new technology. Consideration is being given to further development. The service won the Prosthetics and Orthotics Services Innovation Award 2004, run by the Limbless Association in the UK.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many passengers travelled on (a) Ulsterbus, (b) Citybus and (c) Northern Ireland Railways in each of the last five years. 
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As I and my ministerial colleagues have repeatedly stated publicly the nature and evidence of racist-inspired violence and harassment of minority ethnic communities in Northern Ireland is both abhorrent and unacceptable to all right-minded people.
In response, action continues to be taken across Government and in partnership with our colleagues in the statutory, voluntary, community and business sectors aimed at combating it and redressing the distress of those suffering it.
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European programmes managed by Government Departments;
Equality Commission NI;
Community Relations Council; and
Government Departments and non-departmental bodies.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up has been of the Warm Homes scheme in each Northern Ireland constituency for 2003, broken down by (a) numbers of installations and (b) total cost of work involved. 
|Constituency||Cost||Number of homes (£)|
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||642,868.21||473|
|Newry and Armagh||605,482.16||570|
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