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Titanic Quarter

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects a management plan for the development of the Titanic Quarter to be ready for consultation; and what consultation will be undertaken prior to the approval of such a management plan. [209123]

Mr. Spellar: Titanic Quarter Ltd. is currently preparing a masterplan, in conjunction with Belfast Harbour Commissioners, for the development of the
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Titanic Quarter site and has consulted interested parties, including Belfast city council, the Department for Regional Development and Planning Service. The masterplan is being developed within the context of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan, and individual development proposals will be subject to consultation in accordance with the normal statutory planning process. I understand that the masterplan will be available shortly; the timing is a matter for Titanic Quarter Ltd.

Transitional Employment Scheme

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment has been made of the Transitional Employment Scheme; what plans the Government has to introduce these schemes on a permanent basis; and if he will make a statement. [202884]

Mr. Gardiner: The Department for Employment and Learning introduced the Transitional Employment Programme (TEP) in October 2003, on a pilot basis, as part of Targeted Initiatives in a small number of areas chosen because of their higher than average incidence of long term unemployment and social deprivation. The Department plans to commission an interim evaluation of the programme early in 2005–06 with a final evaluation to be carried out in 2006–07 financial year. Decisions about the future of TEP will be taken after full consideration of a final report.

University Finance

Mr. Beggs: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money has been allocated to (a) Queen's University and (b) the University of Ulster to encourage access and participation in each of the last three years. [205972]

Mr. Gardiner: Over the last three academic years, the Department for Employment and Learning has allocated funding to Queen's University, Belfast (QUB) and the University of Ulster (UU) through a range of specific funding streams aimed at widening access and participation. The amounts allocated under each funding stream are set out in the following table.

Academic years
Additional funded places1,519,981,773,71854,238769,638707,348513,060
Premium for students from disadvantaged backgrounds381,854458,146518,472621,528443,460696,540
Premium for students with disabilities43,664157,86391,826105,29899,161181,728
Widening Participation special initiative181,74057,28663,93092,27754,8104,472
Special initiative to improve provision for students with
Foundation Degree development costs75,00075,000
Disability access capital800,001956,038500,000450,0002,617,791,223,25

Veterinary Medicines

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the recent seizure by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of unauthorised and counterfeit veterinary medicines. [208308]

Angela Smith: During 2004 the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety was involved in a lengthy investigation into the illegal distribution and sale of unlicensed veterinary medicinal products, This investigation, undertaken with the Police Service of Northern Ireland, uncovered substantial evidence of an illegal manufacturing operation of these unlicensed medicines and also of a counterfeit product.
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The products uncovered were mainly antibiotic preparations intended for food-producing animals. Their unauthorised use could pose a significant threat to human health through unacceptable levels of drug residues in food, and the potential for the growth of microbial resistance to essential human medicines. A file on this has now been passed for consideration to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.

Victims Groups

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what sums have been given to each victims' group in the Province in each year since April 1998. [202584]

Angela Smith: Records show that funding detailed in the table as follows has been allocated to organisations involved in providing support for victims between April 1998 and March 2004. A year by year breakdown of these figures for each group is not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.

In addition to the amounts shown, victims' groups may also apply for funding from any programme or scheme, such as the District Council Community Relations Programme or European Union funding through the Local Strategy Partnerships, for which they can satisfy the relevant eligibility criteria.
Victims' organisationAmount allocated (£)
123 House127,767
Aisling Centre122,060
Alanna Consultancy1,790
An Crann63,500
Ardoyne Commemoration9,800
Armagh Voluntary Welfare Group5,000
Ashton Community Trust1,327,201
Association for Family Therapy NI6,100
Ballybone, Belfast2,100
Ballymoney District Partnership (Victims)16,000
Ballymurphy Centre226,232
Bannside Community Group5,000
Base 225,375
Befriending and Counselling4,397
Belfast Cognitive Therapy Centre54,775
Breaking the Silence4,998
Community Action for Locally Managed Stress (CALMS)493,159
Centre for Creative Energy, Londonderry1,310
County Tyrone Frontier Relief Fund2,000
Coleraine/Ballymoney UDR118,060
Colleague Support Group3,100
Columba Community123,343
Combat Stress4,000
Community Council2,240
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland10,000
Community Relations Council38,357
Conflict Trauma Resource Centre73,165
Contact Youth71,215
Conway Education Centre2,500
Cookstown Colleague Support2,165
Corpus Christi Services387,913
Corrymeela Community7,500
Cost of the Troubles Study97,251
CRUSE (Foyle)35,000
CRUSE Bereavement (NI)74,915
CRUSE Bereavement Care (Belfast)28,000
CRUSE (Causeway)2,500
Cumann Tar Abhaile22,171
Dairy Farm Jobclub102,410
Democratic Dialogue7,485
Derry and Raphoe Action61,000
Derry City Council2,500
Derry Well Women62,356
Disabled Police Officers Association (DPOA)161,447
Divis Centre1,005
Eastern Health & Social Services Board Trauma Advisory Panel99,590
Families of the Displaced, Dispersed and Disappeared (FODDD)117,836
Families Achieving Change Together (FACT)431,882
Families Acting for Innocent Relatives (FAIR)553,165
Families for Truth and Justice800
Family Trauma Centre704,062
Fermanagh College69,600
Fermanagh South Tyrone Terrorist Victims Association96,738
Friends of WAVE2,304
Give Innocent Victims Equality (GIVE)5,200
Glencree LIVE Programme—The Restorick Group750
Greater Belfast Community Network96,710
Greater Twinbrook and Poleglass Community Forum10,000
Healing Through Remembering10,000
Help and Advice with Victims Every Need (HAVEN)114,687
Holy Trinity130,787
Holywell Trust16,329
Homes United by Ruthless Terrorism (HURT)151,100
Innocence, Truth and Justice980
Institute for Counselling and Personal Development (ICPD)579,552
Interchurch Group on Faith and Politics600
Irish Peace Institute6,000
Koram Centre97,184
Lenadoon Community Counselling Project216,409
Lifeways Psychotherapy and Counselling Centre252,211
Lisburn Prisoners Support Project111,349
Loughgall Truth and Justice Campaign7,200
Lower North Belfast Community Group2,000
Make Your Mark57,838
Mid Ulster Survivors Trust1,000
Mourne Action for Survivors of Terrorism (MAST)36,225
New Life Counselling Service284,561
Nexus Institute22,392
NI Association for Mental Health95,824
NI Memorial Fund6,926,578
NI Music Therapy Trust29,284
NI Prison Service600
North and West Belfast Trust20,000
Northern Health & Social Services Board Trauma Advisory Panel101,500
NI Centre for Trauma and Transformation (NICTT)1,500,000
Omagh Independent Advice Services31,657
Omagh Support and Self Help Group17,740
Passionist Youth94,800
Pat Finucane Centre10,376
Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust20,000
Positive Action91,218
Prison Service Trust64,160
Regimental Association UDR63,839
Relatives For Justice778,497
Royal National Institute for the Deaf (RNID)280,787
Rural Network2,000
Seeds of Hope2,500
Shankill Stress and Trauma Group463,596
Sligo Presbyterian6,000
South Down Action for Healing Wounds (SDAHW)184,973
South East Fermanagh Foundation92,220
South Tyrone Empowerment Programme9,995
South West Community Victims5,000
South/North Armagh Victims Encouraging Recognition (SAVER/NAVER)481,516
Southern Health & Social Services Board Trauma Advisory Panel114,220
Sperrin Lakeland Trust12,132
Springhill Community House167,621
Springvale Training106,262
Stepping Stone, Craigavon55,000
Stewartstown and District Support Group1,110
Strabane Befriending and Counselling Association243,609
Streetbeat Youth Project135,908
Sub Committee for Victims216,121
Support, Training, Education, Employment, Research (STEER) Mental Health120,521
Survivors of Trauma637,260
Tar Anall113,300
Tar Isteach141,650
Tara Counselling and Personal Development Company Ltd.353,384
The Bloody Sunday Trust84,765
The Church's Ministry of Healing18,000
The Cross Group11,395
The Ely Centre142,757
The Royal British Legion (Upperlands Branch)2,000
The Samaritans, Belfast8,000
The Samaritans, Coleraine7,000
The Wider Circle158,998
Towards Healing and Understanding5,500
United Services Club81,073
Victims Support (NI)52,000
Victims and Survivors Trust (VAST)343,612
Voices Women's Group17,054
WAVE Belfast(15)2,818,345
WAVE Armagh(15)85,684
WAVE Ballymoney(15)62,127
WAVE Omagh(15)76,122
WAVE Londonderry(15)96,936
West Belfast Cross Community Partnership48,700
West Tyrone Voice (WTV)489,172
Western Enterprise Social Legal and Educational Victims Trust3,950
Western Health & Social Services Board Trauma Advisory Panel135,491
Women Together11,641

(15) WAVE Trauma Centre has a network of five branches around Northern Ireland. Major amounts of funding, such as Peace II (£1.39 million) cannot be accurately allocated among the individual locations and have been credited to the Belfast office.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (formerly Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust) also received £1,123,324 through the EU Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace I), which supported victims of violence. The Foundation allocated these funds in support of a number of projects for both ex-offenders and victims. Persons from these groups could benefit from the same project and it is not possible to disaggregate the assistance between the two groups.

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