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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to improve access to health information and services in the Province for those with mental health difficulties. 
Angela Smith: Access to physical and mental health information and services is identified as a fundamental issue in the draft consultation report "A Strategic Framework For Adult Mental Health Services" emanating from the Regional Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability. Recommendations include that the assessment of people with mental health needs must include assessment of physical health needs, establishing registers of people with severe mental health needs at primary care level, and local providers of service agreeing which service will take responsibility for monitoring physical health.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from independent providers of MRI scanning concerning the provision of additional scans on a not-for-profit basis; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Smith: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has had preliminary discussions with one independent provider of MRI services to explore options for the provision of additional MRI scans to patients in Northern Ireland.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to collect more comprehensive statistics regarding the number of patients awaiting MRI scans in the Province. 
Angela Smith: There is currently no regular information collection system in place to ascertain the number of people waiting for MRI scans. Officials will shortly be undertaking a review of the waiting list information collected by the Department. Waiting list information for MRI scans will be considered as part of this review.
Officials will also be working closely with colleagues in Great Britain and will be taking account of the outcome of the Statistics Commission report Enhancing the Value of Health Statistics: User Perspectives.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much National Lottery funding has been spent on developing sport in (a) schools and (b) the community in Northern Ireland in each year since its introduction. 
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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the (a) newspapers and (b) periodicals taken by his Department in each year since 1997; and how much the Department spent on each in each year. 
The question cannot be answered in its entirety as there is no central record held of newspapers and periodicals taken back to 1997 nor is it possible to separately identify the cost under each category except at disproportionate cost. List A lists Newspapers and periodicals taken in the current year and Table B itemises the cost of Newspapers and periodicals since 1997.
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