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Figures collected between September and December 2004 indicate that there are 422 people in Northern Ireland waiting to commence treatment with anti-TNF medications.
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My Department remains committed to improving access to anti-TNFs and other specialist medicines. A further £1 million was earmarked for anti-TNF drugs in 200405 to allow Boards to increase the number of patients receiving anti-TNF treatment by at least 100.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the expenditure per head of population in the Province on audiology goods and services provision in each of the last three years. 
BCA does operate under a Planning Agreement which limits its operating hours, the number of air transport movements, the number of seats and provides guidelines regarding the nature of approaches and the noise levels. The Planning Agreement does not include any reference to the scheduling of services.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost of providing (a) elderly, (b) hospital, (c) community, (d) maternity and child health, (e) family and childcare and (f) learning disability care in the Province was in each of the last five years. 
|Community (excluding personal social services)||142.0||152.7||171.4||193.7||223.0|
|Maternity and child health||62.3||66.9||71.9||83.5||89.6|
|Family and child care||66.8||73.9||83.5||94.8||108.0|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress in developing an information-sharing protocol between child protection agencies and the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 
Angela Smith: A protocol between the Police Service Northern Ireland (PSNI) and social services for the Joint Investigation of Alleged and Suspected Cases of Child Abuse already exists in Northern Ireland. Co-operating to Safeguard Children, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's guidance on child protection, provides advice on when and how the PSNI should work in partnership with social services regarding such allegations. Regional policies and procedures are also being developed by Area Child Protection Committees (ACPC) to assist agencies and professionals working with sexually active young people. These procedures contain advice on when a referral to the PSNI and child protection agencies is necessary. A regional core group containing representatives from ACPCs, PSNI and NSPCC are currently considering how an information sharing protocol, involving child protection agencies, can be taken forward in Northern Ireland.
Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's Children in Need strategy will be published for consultation; what issues the strategy will address; and what funding will be made available for the strategy's implementation. 
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is currently developing a Strategy for Children and Young People in Need in Northern Ireland and is scheduled to consult with relevant stakeholders during 200506. The strategy will look at all issues that concern children in need; in particular, focus will be on child protection, adoption
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and support. Funding levels will be determined following completion of the strategy, will be influenced by recommendations flowing from the strategy and will be determined in the context of overall priorities.
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People has an annual budget of approximately £1.9 million. The estimated spend per head of child population in Northern Ireland in 200506 will be around £4.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) residential, (b) nursing home and (c) domiciliary community care packages were provided in the Province in each of the last 10 years. 
|(c) Domiciliary||Number of community care packages in effect|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of providing community-based health professionals in the Province with hand-held computers. 
Angela Smith: The use of hand-held computers by community-based health and social care professionals has been identified as an essential element of the requirements for the Person-centred Community Information System (PCIS). Each of the 10 trusts planning to procure and implement PCIS has made significant provision in their local implementation planning for the introduction of hand held technology.
Trust management and professional staff have identified a number of significant benefits that should arise from the use of hand held technologies including; the ability to access high quality information where and when it is needed; more timely capture and sharing of
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information; and reduction in professionals' time spent travelling to their base to access or record data, leading to more time with patients/clients.
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