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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people over the age of 75 were claiming the additional cold weather premium at the latest date for which figures are available. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department about the introduction and application of control orders in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Pearson: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Home Affairs wrote to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with an outline of his proposed policy on 21 January 2005. Until detailed legislative proposals are brought forward, it will not be possible to assess the applicability of Control Orders to Northern Ireland.
Mr. Gardiner: I am advised by the Belfast Education and Library Board that Currie primary school has received recurrent funding of £314, 280 to-date, an additional £37,742 under the Interface Schools Initiative and £2,000 for landlord maintenance in this financial year.
Angela Smith: The health service provides a full range of dental services through general dental practitioners, the community dental service and the hospital dental service. In terms of general dental practitioners there is a dentist for every 2,400 people here, which is better provision than in England, Scotland and Wales.
No incentives are currently required to attract dentists to the health service. However, the General Dental Services, through which the vast majority of primary dental care is delivered, is in need of reorganisation in order to provide a quality service to patients, address the oral health needs of the population and provide a rewarding career for dental professionals. This is being taken forward through the work on the development of a Primary Care Dental Strategy. As part of that work, consideration will be given to whether any new contractual arrangements, including those currently being developed in England, should be introduced here.
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Angela Smith: The recruitment process is currently ongoing and it is expected that team-members should be appointed by May. However, due to the nature of the very specialized work, further in-service training may be required before the teams are fully operational.
Mr. Pearson: An equality impact assessment of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 was not carried out. A previous screening exercise on firearms policy had not indicated an adverse impact on any of the groups listed in Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.
|Reported losses due to theft and fraud (22)||Estimate of loss due to incorrect claiming of prescription exemption(23)|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost of administration of the health and social services trusts in Northern Ireland is in the 200405 financial year. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland under what circumstances police checks are conducted on applicants for (a) permanent local trust and (b) agency health care staff posts. 
Angela Smith: Police checks are not routinely carried out on applicants for permanent local trust or agency health care staff posts. However, the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety currently recommends that pre-employment checks are carried out where potential employees will have substantial unsupervised access to children and vulnerable adults.
Angela Smith: Provisional figures for Health and Social Service Trust expenditure on cleaning in the 200304 financial year are shown in the following table. However, the figures do not include any expenditure on cleaning services that are contracted out, as these cannot be separately identified.
|Altnalgelvin HSS Trust||221|
|Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust||97|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||332|
|Causeway HSS Trust||249|
|Craigavon area Hospital HSS Trust||83|
|Craigavon and Banbridge Community HSS Trust||35|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||178|
|Foyle HSS Trust||172|
|Greenpark HSS Trust||51|
|Homefirst HSS Trust||207|
|Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust||66|
|Newry and Mourne HSS Trust||101|
|NI Ambulance Service||16|
|North and West Belfast HSS Trust||188|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||582|
|South and East Belfast HSS Trust||242|
|Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust||215|
|Ulster and Community Hospitals HSS Trust||254|
|United HSS Trust||241|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2005, Official Report, column 252W, on MRI scans/scanners, what action he has taken following the offer by an independent provider to carry out additional MRI scans on a not-for-profit basis. 
The Department has had preliminary discussions with an independent provider of MRI services to explore options for the provision of additional MRI scans to patients in Northern Ireland. Further consideration is being given to the costs and the level of demand.
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