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Speech and Language Therapists

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speech and language therapists are employed in each of the Health and Social Services Board areas in Northern Ireland. [210882]

Angela Smith: The information requested is provided in the table.

Area

Headcount
Whole-time equivalent
NHSSB8271.82
SHSSB5750.41
EHSSB156130.98
WHSSB5048.13
Total345301.34









 
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Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speech and language therapists are employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board in County Fermanagh. [210883]

Angela Smith: Information on the number of speech and language therapists employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board in County Fermanagh is not held centrally. Speech and language therapists are employed by trusts within each board area and will cover the entire trust area. The table shows the number of speech and language therapists employed by the Western Health and Social Services Board by trust.

Trust

Headcount
Whole- time equivalent
Foyle Community HSS Trust3028.13
Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust2020.00
Total5048.13

Prisons

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suicides there have been at prisons in the Province in each of the last 10 years. [210029]

Mr. Pearson: There have been 37 recorded deaths in custody over the last 10 years. Where the cause of death has been determined by a Coroner's inquest, 18 of the deaths were found to be suicide. An inquest is awaited on four deaths.
Total deaths (including suicides)Deaths recorded
as suicides
199532
199654
199781
199821
199943
200064
200100
20022(23)2
20033(24)1
20044(24)0
Total3718


(23) In one case, the Coroner recorded a verdict of did not die by own act".
(24) Two further cases, in both 2003 and 2004, await the verdict of an inquest.


Tourist Board

Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what grants have been made by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board to the owners of boats on inland waterways in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [210880]

Mr. Gardiner: The Northern Ireland Tourist Board (NITB) has offered no grants to the owners of boats on inland waterways in Northern Ireland since 2000.
 
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Theft and Fraud

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the cost to the Province's health service of (a) theft and (b) fraud in each of the last six years. [210069]

Angela Smith: Information on the estimate of the cost to the Province's health service of (a) theft and (b) fraud, in each of the last six years is provided in the following table:


Year ending
31 March


Reported losses due to theft and fraud(25)(£)
Estimate of loss due to incorrect claiming of prescription exemption (26)
(£ million)
200461,7218.0
2003121,20410.0
2002118,14810.0
2001238,97211.3
200071,55713.8
199924,95612.1


(25) This represents the amounts reported in the annual accounts of the Department, Health and Social Services Boards and Trusts. It should be noted that the figures for years ending 31 March 1999, 2000 and 2001 relate to Health and Social Services Boards and Trusts only as figures for the Department were not collected until year ended 31 March 2002. The information is not separately available on losses due to theft and fraud.
(26) It should be noted that the estimate of loss due to incorrect claiming of exemptions from prescription charges, will include those losses due to error as well as fraud.


The Department remains committed to the continuing reduction of loss of funds due to fraud and theft.

Town Centre Retailing

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his policy is on the use of planning guidance and planning powers to protect the economic viability of town centre retailing in Northern Ireland. [210611]

Mr. Spellar: The current policy is set out in Planning Policy Statement 5—Retailing and Town Centres. It sets out policies on major retail development to sustain and enhance the vitality and viability of town centres. This policy is currently being updated and it is proposed to introduce sequential and needs tests that will further protect and enhance the economic viability of town centre retailing in Northern Ireland.

Trolley Waits

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many trolley waits (a) in total and (b) lasting more than two hours there were in the Province during each quarter over the last five years; and how many trolley waits there were on each day since 1 December 2004. [210044]

Angela Smith: The total number of hospital trolley waits is reported to the Department by trusts on a quarterly basis.
 
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Number of hospital trolley waits recorded in Northern Ireland by quarter1999–2000 to 2003–2004

Number patients waiting on a trolley
QuarterOver 2 hoursTotal
30 June 19991,01813,994
30 September 19991,26515,172
31 December 19991,68616,416
31 March 20002,07117,743
1999–20006,04063,325
30 June 20001,70117,296
30 September 20001,96017,483
31 December 20002,85121,735
31 March 20013,83419,365
2000–0110,34675,879
30 June 20012,94318,491
30 September 20013,42118,976
31 December 20014,05419,544
31 March 20024,62320,407
2001–0215,04177,418
30-June 20025,20721,247
30 September 20025,18024,320
31 December 20027,04625,135
31 March 20037,69825,680
2002–0325,13196,382
30 June 20036,89625,620
30 September 20036,46826,080
31 December 20037,75026,424
31 March 20048,86425,969
2003–0429,978104,093




Note:
In a small number of cases trusts have returned data for a representative sample of trolley waits.
The Department also receives daily returns (Monday to Friday) on the number of trolley waits based on a snapshot taken at 9.00am in each accident and emergency department across Northern Ireland.





Number of hospital trolley waits recorded at 9.00am in Northern Ireland each week day from 1 December 2004,19 January 2005

DateTrolley waits
1 December 200451
2 December 200462
3 December 200459
6 December 200454
7 December 200482
8 December 200467
9 December 200458
10 December 200469
13 December 200464
14 December 200469
15 December 200480
16 December 200459
17 December 200452
20 December 200466
21 December 200446
22 December 200442
23 December 200428
24 December 20044
27 December 20043
28 December 200411
29 December 200414
30 December 200456
31 December 200478
3 January 200566
4 January 2005100
5 January 2005128
6 January 2005128
7 January 200596
10 January 2005109
11 January 2005166
12 January 200584
13 January 200593
14 January 200580
17 January 200581
18 January 2005104
19 January 200589




Note:
This information shows a snapshot of the number of trolley waits at 9.00am each weekday.
The Department also receives daily returns (Monday to Friday) on the number of trolley waits based on a snapshot taken at 9.00am in each accident and emergency department across Northern Ireland.





 
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Number of hospital trolley waits recorded at 9.00am in each acute hospital on 19 January 2005

HospitalNumber
Altnagelvin0
Antrim5
Belfast City17
Causeway0
Craigavon13
Downe0
Lagan Valley6
Mater16
Mid Ulster3
Daisy Hill0
Royal Victoria18
Sperrin Lakeland(27)0
Ulster11
Whiteabbey0
Total89


(27) Data is not supplied separately for Tyrone county hospital and Erne hospital. This information shows a snapshot of the number of trolley waits at 9.00am each week day morning.



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