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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland were diagnosed as being HIV positive (a) to date in 2005, (b) in 2000, (c) in 1995 and (d) in 1990. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of the adult population in Northern Ireland own their own homes; and what the equivalent figures were for each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hanson: It is not possible to supply figures for the number of adults involved, but the following table shows the approximate percentage of households that are either 'owned outright' or 'owned with mortgage' between 199899 and 200304.
Mr. Hanson: The Co-ownership scheme, which has been in operation in Northern Ireland since 1978, offers first time buyers on marginal incomes, who would not be eligible to obtain a full mortgage, the opportunity to become home owners on an equity sharing part mortgage/part rent basis.
In recognition of the success of the scheme which has, since its inception in 1978 assisted almost 18,000 participants into home ownership, the Department has recently increased its funding level by £23 million over the next three years to provide almost £39 million over the period. This, together with funding of almost £60 million which will be provided by the Northern Ireland Co-ownership Housing Association (NICHA), which operates the scheme on the Department's behalf, will help support around 2,400 applicants over the period. The eligibility rules have also recently been amended to make the scheme more reflective of house prices in the starter home end of the market.
The social housing house sales scheme also makes an important contribution in providing an opportunity for those in the social rented sector to become home owners. The scheme has recently been extended to housing association tenants.
Mr. Woodward: There are no incentives specifically offered to attract hospital consultants from Great Britain to take up appointment in the Health and Personal Social Services in Northern Ireland. However, Health and Personal Social Services employers may offer assistance with reasonable" removal expenses to any hospital consultant relocating to Northern Ireland.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how he expects front line hospital services to be affected as a result of his Department's proposal to reduce overtime by hospital consultants in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: I do not expect frontline services to be affected by the reduction in additional activity being funded by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in 200506. The reduction equates to a 4.5 per cent. increase in consultant productivity which is not an unreasonable expectation given the high level of investment placed in the new consultant contract.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the British Medical Association and other interested parties in relation to his Department's proposal to cut overtime by hospital consultants in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: Both the BMA and the Department negotiated the terms of the new contract for consultants. It seeks to introduce more efficient use of consultants' time and, in particular, an increase in the time spent on direct clinical care. There have not been any discussions specifically relating to overtime.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of hospital beds within each health trust in the Province are (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit beds. 
Mr. Woodward: Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit Beds form part of the service supplied in the acute sector of care. The number of Intensive Care Beds (ICU) and High Dependency Unit Beds (HDU) in each Health Trust is shown in the following table, as a percentage of all acute beds in the Trust.
|Health and Social Services (HSS) Trust||Percentage ICU Beds||Percentage HDU Beds|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||0.9||0.7|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||0.0||1.0|
|Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust||2.0||1.0|
|The Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||3.2||1.1|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust||1.4||0.9|
|Causeway HSS Trust||1.4||1.4|
|United Hospitals HSS Trust||1.3||1.5|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||1.5||0.5|
|Newry and Mourne HSS Trust||0.0||2.6|
|Altnagelvin Area Hospital HSS Trust||1.2||1.2|
|Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust||1.4||2.9|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria were used when allocating the recently announced £3 million from the Government's local community fund to aid the regeneration of deprived areas in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: The 48 areas to receive an allocation from the local community fund were initially announced in July 2003. The target areas were determined by applying the noble indices to identify the most deprived areas (worst 10 per cent. of wards and the worst 10 per cent. of enumeration districts not in the top 10 per cent. of wards) supplemented by the outcome of work carried out by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland to provide the focus on areas of weak community infrastructure.
Angela E. Smith: The Driver and Vehicle Testing Agency is working to restore normal services as soon as possible and is now carrying out more vehicle tests than applications received each week. The action being taken includes maximising available resources at test centres, use of overtime working, redeployment of staff and the recruitment of additional vehicle examiners. Certificates of temporary exemption, which allow vehicles to be taxed and driven legally until they can be tested, continue to be issued where appointments cannot be offered within 21 days.
|Test centre||Average waiting time in weeks|
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