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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many houses have been built under the co-ownership scheme in the Province in the last three years; what the uptake of co-ownership homes was in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of credit card fraud involving identity fraud in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: The PSNI have provided the following figures. These are an estimate of criminal benefit obtained as a result of deception offences involving credit cards reported to the police. I am advised that this equates closely to credit card fraud involving identity fraud.
I am assured that the PSNI Cheque and Credit Card Unit is working closely with all relevant agencies and is involved in a number of different initiatives in an effort to combat credit card fraud. All reported instances of fraud are fully investigated and offenders made amenable to the courts.
|Number of investigations||Criminal benefit|
|2005 (to date)||362||413,489|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the compliance of public services in Northern Ireland with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995. 
Angela E. Smith: While no assessment has been made of the compliance of public services in Northern Ireland with the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA), and nor is there any legislative requirement to do so, Government are fully committed to complying with all the requirements of the DDA. To this end, in relation to the access duties of the DDA, Accessibility Audits have been carried out on 168 of the 205 buildings within the Northern Ireland Civic Service Estate. Four buildings are still to be audited and the remaining 33 buildings do not require to be audited or to have adjustments made at this time because there is no public interface, no disabled member of staff or for operational reasons. All sites are kept under review and changes made if necessary.
Public service providers must ensure they are meeting their duties under the Act and the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland can provide detailed advice and information on meeting these requirements. In its publication Code of Practice, Rights of AccessGoods, Facilities, Services and Premises" the Commission recommends, as good practice, that service providers themselves consider certain steps to ensure compliance with the DDA. These include regularly reviewing whether their services are accessible to disabled people and consulting disabled customers, disabled staff and disability organisations about the accessibility of their services.
Angela E. Smith: Each education and library board has been invited to work up education action zone proposals. The Department anticipates that each board will have at least one zone operating in its area and that zones will begin to come on stream early in the 200506 school year.
Some £6 million is expected to be made available by the Department over the next three financial years for the implementation of the education action zone initiative across Northern Ireland. Education and Library Boards have also been encouraged to seek and secure inter-agency support both in kind and in funding.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on plans to introduce the EWAY Rapid Transport Scheme into Strangford and East Belfast. 
Mr. Woodward: The pilot rapid transit scheme known as EWAY" is included in the Belfast Metropolitan Transport Plan 2015, which was published in November 2004. This is a large, complex and expensive scheme and as with all such schemes, it is dependent on funding being available and is subject to a range of evaluation and statutory processes. Due to other higher priorities at present, it has not been possible to provide funding for EWAY in the Budget period to end 2008. The affordability of the scheme will however be kept under review in future budget rounds.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are used by Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland when deciding whether to grant additional exceptional closure days for schools. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department of Education determines the criteria for exceptional closure days in schools. The approval of such closures is only agreed in exceptional circumstances, where the closing of a school is outside the control of the school authority e.g. the death of a pupil at the school, flooding or burst pipes, electricity failure, terrorist incident etc.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much has been allocated under each of the Executive Programme Funds in each year since their creation; and on what projects and programmes. 
Angela E. Smith: The amounts allocated from each of the Executive Programme Funds since their creation is shown in the following table. Details of the underlying projects funded through these allocations have been placed in the Library.
|Social Inclusion/Community Regeneration||7.4||21.1||38.9||1.7||0.0||69.3|
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