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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 25 May 2005, Official Report, column 116W, whether each pro-forma letter received by his Department in relation to the Costello Report is treated as a single letter of support or opposition. 
Angela E. Smith: In addition to recommending that transfer from primary to post-primary school should be on the basis of informed parental and pupil choice, with no reference to academic ability, the Post-Primary Review Working Group Report made a number of key recommendations. These include the introduction of an Entitlement Framework" to guarantee pupils access to a wider choice of courses, and the development of a Pupil Profile. These and other recommendations have received a large measure of support, including from some of those opposed to the changes relating to academic selection. It is not, therefore, feasible or appropriate to categorise correspondence received by the Department as simply either supporting or opposing the Report as a whole.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the costs to date for Northern Ireland Government departments resulting from individuals seeking information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Mr. Hanson: The Northern Ireland House Condition Survey 2001 indicated that 33 per cent. of the population in Northern Ireland were classified as fuel poor. It is expected that the interim House Condition Survey, which is due to be published later this year, will indicate a reduction reflecting the Department for Social Development's efforts to reduce fuel poverty.
Mr. Hanson: The Department for Social Development's fuel poverty strategy which was launched last year sets stringent targets for the eradication of fuel poverty in vulnerable households and all social houses by 2010, and in non-vulnerable households by 2016. The Strategy is underpinned by a wide range of measures and programmes which both directly and indirectly tackle fuel poverty including the Warm Homes Scheme, winter fuel payments, cold weather payments and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's (NIHE) heating replacement programme. A Fuel Poverty Advisory Group and an Interdepartmental Group on Fuel Poverty have been established to monitor and review the fuel poverty strategy and ensure a partnership approach to tackling fuel poverty.
Mr. Woodward: The Department is fully committed to ensuring the full implementation of the new consultant contract in Northern Ireland at the earliest possible date, and continues to make progress towards this. Health and Personal Social Services employers have been instructed to agree job plans with consultants by 1 July 2005. Substantial additional funding has been provided to the Health and Personal Social Services to support implementation of the new contract and the Department is developing a range of measures to monitor implementation.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive
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properties in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland are vacant; how many of those are awaiting refurbishment; and how many are available for use. 
Mr. Hanson: The information requested is not available in the form requested. However, the following table sets out by Housing Executive District office, the total number of vacant properties, and indicates those that have been identified for refurbishment and those that could be let. In addition the table shows those properties for which longer term use has still to be decided, because they are located in areas where there has been civil disturbance. Some of these may need repairs and may eventually come back into use. Also shown are those properties being used for decanting purposes and on which decisions on future use have still to be made. For completeness the table also shows those not available for letting due to planned demolition or sale.
|In need of refurbishment||Available for letting|
District Office area
|Total vacant||Awaiting major repairs(30)||Major programmed schemes(31)||Undergoing urgent COT(32) repairs||Awaiting relet||Difficult to let|
|May or may not be brought back into use||Not available for letting|
|Housing Executive District Office area||Civil disturbance||Used for decanting||Approved for sale||Approved for demolition|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been spent in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland on accommodating those on the waiting list for housing in hostels, hotels or bed and breakfast establishments in each of the past five years for which figures are available. 
The information is not available in the form requested, or for the period specified. The Housing
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Executive makes use of a variety of types of housing such as self-contained or hostel accommodation and shared" accommodation which may be a house in multiple occupation or a bed and breakfast establishment. However, the following table details expenditure on all temporary accommodation by Housing Executive administrative area and the out of hours service for the financial years 200304 and 200405.
|Expenditure (£)||Expenditure (%)||Expenditure (£)||Expenditure (%)|
|Housing Executive administrative area||200304||200304||200405||200405|
|After hours services (province wide)||46,868||0.5||94,677||1.1|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many of those on the waiting list for housing in each Housing Executive district in Northern Ireland are being accommodated in hostels, hotels or bed and breakfast establishments. 
Mr. Hanson: The information requested is not available. The Housing Executive has however provided details of the numbers placed in all forms of temporary accommodation, by its district office, as follows:
|Housing Executive District Office area||Total|
|Homeless Advice Centre||302|
|North East Area||113|
|Lisburn Antrim Street||65|
|South East Area||231|
|Northern Ireland total||1,217|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are on the waiting list for housing in each housing executive district in Northern Ireland; and how many of those have been on the list for (a) less than one month, (b) between two and six months, (c) between six and eight months, (d) between eight and 10 months, (e) between 10 and 12 months and (f) longer than 12 months. 
|Housing executive district office||<1 month||1<2 months||2<6 months||6<8 months||8<10 months||10<12 months||>12 months||Total|
|Lisburn Antrim Street||13||91||272||129||110||96||111||1,488|
|Lisburn Dairy Farm||15||49||105||53||39||40||264||565|
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