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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether patients in Northern Ireland hospitals have been surveyed in 2005 to establish the level of satisfaction with hospital meals. 
Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has conducted a Public Attitudes Survey of the Health and Personal Social Services annually since 2003. Fieldwork for the 2005 survey has recently been completed but results are not yet available. The 2004 survey questioned 1,500 members of the public on their experience of using the Health Service in Northern Ireland. Fourteen percent of all respondents had an overnight stay in hospital during the previous twelve months. Those who had an overnight stay were asked to rate the quality of the hospital food, and for those who expressed an opinion, the results were as follows:
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he is taking to implement the recommendations of the chief inspector of Criminal Justice and HM chief inspector of prisons following their recent inspection of Hydebank prison. 
Mr. Woodward: Following the joint inspection last November, the Northern Ireland Prison Service published its action plan on the Prison Service's website which will be updated quarterly. The action plan responds to each of the 96 recommendations, around one-third of which have been implemented since the publication of the Inspection report on 26 May.
Two senior managers from HM Prison Service have been seconded to assist in the development of policy for female prisoners and Hydebank Wood has dedicated a
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NIPS female governor exclusively to Ash House. A policy team whose role will include liaison with female prisoners and consultation with external organisations has also been appointed. Policies will be subject to consultation wherever appropriate.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the Government's plan to introduce a national identity card scheme. 
Mr. Hain: The Association of Chief Police Officers, of which the Chief Constable of the PSNI is a member, has been involved in extensive consultation with the Home Office about the Government's proposal for a national identity card scheme across the UK.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residents in (a) Newtownards, (b) Comber, (c) Dundonald, (d) Carryduff and (e) Killyleagh were in receipt of (i)incapacity benefit and (ii) industrial injury benefits in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who the members are of the inter-departmental group on personal care; and how many times the group has met in each year since its formation. 
The membership of the inter-departmental group on personal care convened in September 2001 comprised senior officials from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, the Department of Finance and Personnel, the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
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and the Department for Social Development. The inter-development group was supported by a sub-group which brought forward its findings for consideration and agreement by the inter-departmental group.
The groups met regularly in the course of preparing the report submitted to the Executive on 8 August 2002. The work on costed options has been updated annually following the collapse of the devolved administration.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on the purchase of new books for libraries in each education board area in each of the last five years. 
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what regulation his Department carries out of (a) charging levels and (b) practices relating to the delivery of services in public libraries in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: Charging levels for library services are a matter for the Education and Library Boards to determine. The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has meetings three times a year with the Chief Librarians and twice a year with other senior officers of the boards at which a range of practice issues, among other matters, are discussed.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to review the public private partnership arrangement between the Department of Education and Amey plc for the delivery of some library services. 
Mr. Hanson: The contract for the Electronic Libraries for Northern Ireland (ELFNI) project was signed in 2002 by the North Eastern Education and Library Board and Amey BPO Services Ltd., and runs until 2012 under a public-private partnership. The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, which has responsibility for the public library service, has no plans to review this arrangement.
Mr. Hanson: The Government have been considering the responses received from the public consultation carried out in Northern Ireland last year on minimum terms in life sentence cases. A separate consultation on a review of the sentencing framework in Northern Ireland has recently ended. I will now be considering the way forward in light of both consultations.
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