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Mr. Pearson: Retired officers of the RUC/PSNI Reserve have full access to the services of the Police Rehabilitation and Retraining Trust. The trust is publicly funded and was established to assist officers (regular or reserve) in achieving a successful transition on leaving the police service. The services provided by the trust include personal and careers advice and guidance, psychological and physical therapies and services, education, training and employment support. Grant funding is also provided in support of appropriate training courses. Further details of trust services may be found on their website at www.prrt.org.
The final consultation paper from the Review of Public Administration, which was launched on Tuesday 22 March 2005, included a chapter setting out firm proposals for new Health and Personal Social Services management structures. Decisions on these
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proposals will not be taken until the RPA consultation process is complete. The consultation period will end on the 30 September 2005.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in the Province (a) have received and (b) are receiving Pegylated Interferon therapy to treat Hepatitis C. 
Angela Smith: At 31 January 2005, there were 30 patients who have received Pegylated Interferon injections as part of a combination therapy for treating Hepatitis C. Of these, 24 are still currently receiving treatment at the Liver Clinic within the Royal Victoria Hospital.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures will be followed in replacing the outgoing chief executive of the Human Rights Commission; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Smith: The Department is currently developing a strategy for the prevention and control of health care associated infections (HCAI). A report is expected to issue for consultation in June 2005.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made with identifying the source of the recent outbreak of Legionnaire's disease in the North Down area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gardiner: The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland is satisfied that it has identified the source of the recent outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in the North Down area as being a cooling tower in a local manufacturing unit. Appropriate remedial action has been taken.
David Burnside: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what different species of fish the Department of Agriculture releases into Lough Erne; and what the average annual cost of stocking waterways in Fermanagh has been over the last five years. 
The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is responsible for inland fisheries matters. The Department of Agriculture does not have responsibility for this matter.
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The Department stocks indigenous Lough Erne Brown Trout purchased from the Erne and Melvin Enhancement Company Hatchery directly into Lough Erne. Indigenous Lough Erne Brown Trout fry also from the Erne and Melvin Hatchery and Salmon ova, fry, pre-smolts and juvenile elvers from the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) Hatchery at Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal are stocked into the Lough Erne tributaries to help sustain and enhance fish stocks in Lough Erne and its tributaries.
There is no cost to the Department for the stocking from the ESB Hatchery at Ballyshannon as this is a compensatory measure for the impact of the hydroelectric dam located on the River Erne on migratory fish returning to the Erne system. The Department also stocks a number of Public Angling Estate 'nut and take' fisheries in Co. Fermanagh with Brown Trout and Rainbow Trout equating to a notional value in excess of £20,000 per annum.
Angela Smith: Methotrexate therapy is monitored routinely to minimise complications. In addition, shared care protocols are in place which support the management of patients treated with methotrexate across the primary and secondary care interface.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years have been attributed to MRSA; and what guidelines are used in recording the numbers of deaths in which MRSA has been a factor. 
Mr. Pearson: The numbers of deaths where Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was mentioned on the death certificate in Northern Ireland, for the registration years 19992003, are given in the table as follows.
|Registration year||Death certificate mentioned MRSA|
The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) is used to classify cause of death and the current version of ICD does not have a specific code for MRSA. The statistics reported in the table have been obtained by identifying all deaths with ICD codes likely to be linked with MRSA, and checking the relevant death certificates for mention of MRSA.
Angela Smith: In Northern Ireland each of the four Health and Social Services Boards currently operate their own daytime telephone advice line. Out-of-hours providers for which each Board is responsible deliver access to advice and services outside normal office hours. The Department is working with the four Boards to consider further development of these services on a regional basis.
Rev. Martin Smyth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many overseas personnel were recruited to the NHS in Northern Ireland (a) directly by the health service and (b) through recruitment agencies in each of the last three years; and what the recruitment costs were in each case. 
Angela Smith: Information on the recruitment of overseas personnel to the health and personal social services is not held centrally. Health and social services trusts have supplied the following details of the number of overseas personnel recruited either directly by the trust or through recruitment agencies in each of the last three years.
|Recruited directly by trust||Recruited through|
|Recruitment method not known|
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