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David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland why the Department of Education does not supply additional response booklets to parent groups, schools and politicians as part of the consultation process in Northern Ireland's admissions arrangements for post primary schools; which policy directs civil servants to refuse such requests; and when the policy came into effect. 
Mr. Gardiner: It is important that those responding do so after carefully considering the content of the consultation document itself. Issuing copies of the Response Booklet" in isolation could result in ill-informed comments and would not contribute to a fair and accurate reflection of opinion. The approach the Department is taking is established practice and is consistent with the approach used in other consultations.
This is an open consultation and anyone who wishes to respond can contact the Department by telephone, fax, e-mail or in writing and the Department will provide them with a copy of the consultation document and the Response Booklet". Over 17,000 copies of the documents have been issued to date. The Response Booklet" can also be downloaded from the Department's website.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average GCSE points score for post-primary integrated schools using academic selection as an admission criterion was in the periods immediately (a) before and (b) after the change to admission criteria was introduced. 
Mr. Gardiner: Two post-primary integrated schools use academic selection as an admission criterion: Slemish College and Lagan College. Slemish College opened on 1 September 1996 and its pupils did not take GCSEs until 200001. GCSE point score information is unavailable for years prior to 199596.
|Slemish College||Lagan College|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses have been received by the Department of Education on the consultation on admissions criteria to post-primary schools, broken down by those received by (a) post, (b) electronic submission and (c) other means. 
Mr. Gardiner: To date, the Department has received 159 responses to the consultation on new admissions arrangements for post-primary schools. Of these, 93 responses have been received by post and 66 responses have been submitted electronically.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses have been received by the Department of Education on the consultation on admissions criteria to post-primary schools rejecting the proposals on the basis that no provision has been made for academic selection as a criteria; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what school closures are planned in Northern Ireland for each year in the period 2005 to 2012, broken down by (a) school type and (b) education board area. 
There are currently three schools which are the subject of Development Proposals, two of which if approved would close in 2005 (ie Antiville and St. Mary's), with Tullymacarette Primary School scheduled to close in 2007.
Name of school
|Antiville Primary School||Controlled primary||North Eastern|
|Tullymacarette Primary School||Controlled primary||Southern|
|St. Mary's Primary School||Maintained primary||Western|
There are 29 other schools which have already been approved for amalgamations which will result in 12 replacement schools. Unless indicated to the contrary, these involve amalgamations into one new replacement school as follows:
|Name of schools||Type||Education and|
|Estimated completion date|
|St. John's Primary School/St. Catherine's Primary School/St. Gall's Primary School Belfast||Maintained primary||Belfast||2005|
|Clough Primary School/Downshire Primary School||Controlled primary||South Eastern||2005|
|Hillsborough Primary School/Newport Primary School||Controlled primary||South Eastern||2005|
|Dervaghroy Primary School/Sixmilecross Primary School/The Hutton Primary School||Controlled primary||Western||2005|
|All Saints Primary School/St. Mary's Primary School/St. Joseph's Primary School/St. Louis Primary School Ballymena||Amalgamation into two maintained primary schools||North Eastern||2006|
|Charley Primary School/Lambeg Primary School/Drumbo Primary School/Hillhall Primary School||Controlled primary||South Eastern||2006|
|Annaghmore Primary School/Tullyroan Primary School||Controlled primary||Southern||2006|
|Burnfoot Primary School/Dungiven Primary School/Largy Primary School||Controlled primary||Western||2006|
|Coranny Primary School/Cornagague Primary School||Maintained primary||Western||2006|
|Limegrove Special School, Limavady/Glasvey Special School, Ballykelly||Controlled special||Western||2006|
|St. Patrick's Boys' Academy/St. Patrick's Girls' Academy, Dungannon||Voluntary grammar||Southern||2008|
School authorities are expected to plan for the future level of provision needed and further closures are likely to occur in the period to 2012 as relevant authorities bring forward Development Proposals for approval.
David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on changes in services in schools to be provided in 200506 following his Department's recent budget discussions with the North Eastern Education and Library Board. 
Mr. Gardiner: For 200506, I have made available some £954 million directly to schools, an increase of £79 million on the amount provided in 200405. More money is going into virtually every school at a time when pupil numbers are falling. Under the new common funding arrangements, schools across Northern Ireland are also having their budgets determined, for the first time, on a consistent and equitable basis.
I am conscious that the Education and Library Boards provide many important services directly to schools. Their centre budgets too have increasedby almost £20 million in overall terms and by almost £4 million in the case of the North Eastern Education and Library Board.
The children in our school system need to be at the centre of all that we do and I have made clear to all boards that I expect priority to be given to the needs of the classroom and to other key front-line services.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many responses he has received to his Department's consultation on smoking in enclosed public places in Northern Ireland as contained in question 5c of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety 20-year strategy, A Healthier Future; and how many of these responses were (a) in favour of a total ban, (b) against a total ban and (c) in favour of a partial ban. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he has taken to publicise his Department's consultation on smoking in enclosed public places in Northern Ireland as contained in question 5c of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety 20-year strategy, 'A Healthier Future'. 
Angela Smith: The consultation document 'A Healthier Future' was launched on 21 December 2004, a press release issued and media interviews were undertaken. The document was issued to a wide range of organisations and individuals. A week long advertising campaign ran from 24 February 2005 to 2 March 2005 in the main local Northern Ireland newspapers. This provided the public with the opportunity to respond by either replying to the adverts or sending their views online on the Department's website.
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