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Mr. Hanson: Belfast Regeneration Office (BRO) was formed in 199798 financial year. The following table details the amount of money spent by RO (excluding receipts) through its three main funding streams, namely; Action Plan; Making Belfast Work (Area Teams); and Physical, since its formation. It should be noted that the amounts supplied in this table differ from information provided in response to an earlier parliamentary question on 9 March 2005, Official Report, column 1878, on BRO expenditure. I apologise to the hon. Gentleman as this was due to an administrative oversight which resulted in physical expenditure being excluded. It should also be noted that since 200203 and the 200304 financial years respectively BRO has no longer had responsibility for EU expenditure or Belfast City Centre. This has been a contributory factor to the decline in expenditure recorded against BRO.
|200506 (to date)||1,178,918|
|Year of diagnosis||Northern Ireland total|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland were withdrawn from school in each of the past five years because they were victims of bullying. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department of Education does not collect the information requested. Pupils withdrawn from school because of bullying may be referred to the Education Welfare Service as non-attenders. While information on non-attendance referrals is collected, data on the reason for the poor attendance is not.
Mr. Woodward: The number of people, in each health and social services board, who were awaiting admission to hospital in the cardiac surgery specialty, at 31 March 2005, is detailed in the following table.
|Health board of residence||Total waiting|
|Eastern HSS Board||101|
|Northern HSS Board||66|
|Southern HSS Board||54|
|Western HSS Board||33|
|Number of operations|
Mr. Woodward: The Royal Group of Hospitals Health and Social Services Trust is the regional provider of cardiac surgery for the people of Northern Ireland. Currently there are 800 patients expected to receive cardiac surgery at the Royal in 200506; each of these patients may require more than one operation. A similar figure has been estimated for 200607.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his latest estimate is of the number of persons in the Province aged over (a) 65, (b) 75 and (c) 85 years of age resident in (i) residential care homes, (ii) nursing homes and (iii) their own homes and receiving domiciliary care; and what the equivalent figures were (A) five and (B) 10 years ago. 
Mr. Woodward: This information is not collected centrally. However, information is available for 2001 from the Northern Ireland Census of Population on the number of people resident in communal establishments including residential homes and nursing homes, and in private households, by age, and is shown in the following table. Comparable figures for 1991 are not available.
|Place of Residence||65 and over||75 and over||85 and over|
Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety is currently developing a strategic framework for children, young people and families. Consultation with key stakeholders from both the statutory and voluntary sectors will take place in the next few months at a series of workshops followed by a widespread public consultation in early 2006.
Angela E. Smith: Classroom Assistants are employees of the local Education and Library Boards and issues relating to their terms and conditions of employment are therefore a matter for the Boards as employers. Iunderstand that there are important issues that remain to be resolved between the Boards and Trade Union Side in respect of classroom assistants. I am assured that negotiations remain on-going and that their completion is a priority for all five Boards. In these circumstances, it would not be appropriate for me to comment further beyond confirming that funding has already been made available by the Department for arrears linked to this particular job evaluation exercise and is not affected by the current financial position of the Boards.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the current (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for (i) assessment for cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and (ii) commencement of CBT in each health board area in the Province is. 
Angela E. Smith: Numbers of cold-related deaths are not available, as cold is not recorded as a cause of death in itself. For the period 1997 to 2004 the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland each year where hypothermia 1 was mentioned on the death certificate is given in the following table.
1 Deaths with a mention of hypothermia defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) code 991.6 for the years 1997 to 2000 and, for the years 2001 to 2004, the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) code T68.
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