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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to introduce free rail and bus travel for those with a disability in Northern Ireland; and what discussions he has had with Translink about this matter. 
Mr. Woodward: Blind people and war pensioners already receive free travel and other groups of people with disabilities are entitled to half fare travel. The Department has no plans to extend the provision of free fares or has the issue been discussed with Translink.
Mr. Woodward: The Department has no plans to extend the terms of the Northern Ireland Concessionary Fares Scheme to include free travel on public transport for those aged 60 to 64. Those aged 65 and over already receive free travel.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether British passport holders who are not registered with a general practitioner are able to access services at hospitals in the Province. 
A person's ability to access hospital services in Northern Ireland is not dependent upon their being registered with a general practitioner or being a British passport holder. Those persons deemed ordinarily resident" and visitors from European Economic Area or from a number of countries with reciprocal health care agreements can receive those services free at the point of delivery. Possession of a British passport does not automatically confer ordinarily resident" status, for example, in cases where a former UK resident has been working outside of the country for more than five years.
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Angela E. Smith: As part of its ongoing digital inclusion activities, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister has commissioned surveys from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on an annual basis since 2002 in order to determine access and usage of information computer technology (ICT), including internet, by members of the public.
While the survey does not specify the number of actual households with internet access, the figures do indicate the percentage of the population aged 16 or over in Northern Ireland with access to an internet-enabled personal computer. These figures, which are available from 2002 only, have shown an increase in access year-on-year, and are as follows:
|Percentage of population aged 16+ with access to internet PC|
As a result of the Broadband Services Contract awarded to BT by the Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment there will be 100 per cent. broadband availability for all households and businesses in Northern Ireland by the end of December 2005.
The Northern Ireland eGovernment Unit continues to encourage public access to and uptake of ICT through participation in a Digital Inclusion Steering Group and through a range of developmental projects such as the home computer initiative, Citizen eMail and a digital mapping facility, which will provide a resource identifying public internet access points across Northern Ireland. In addition, and in collaboration with, Ofcom, the BBC, EGSA and representative companies from the private sector the Northern Ireland eGovernment Unit is working on a project to put an internet literacy CD into every household throughout Northern Ireland.
Wider public sector programmes aimed at increasing access include the Electronic Libraries project that now offers free internet access throughout every public library in Northern Ireland and the C2K Classroom 2000 initiative providing internet-enabled PCs to every school in Northern Ireland.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of literacy levels among 11-year-olds in each of the Education and Library Board areas in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: There is an improving trend across all board areas as measured by the end of Key Stage 2 assessment outcomes although there are still some schools where performance is below the level expected and where support and special interventions have been put in place.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reason the draft Local Election (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2005, tabled on 9 June was withdrawn on 16 June; what the (a) substantive and (b) other differences between the order withdrawn and the new one tabled on 16 June were; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The effect of the new order tabled on 16 June was to add an or" before civil partner in Article 4(1)(a) . Due to a typographical error the or" had failed to be included in the original order tabled on 9 June.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been prosecuted for driving without (a) tax and (b) insurance in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years. 
Those detected for vehicle excise duty offences are usually offered an out-of-court settlement. Only if they
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ignore the penalty or refuse to pay are they prosecuted in court. The figures for those prosecuted or who paid out-of-court settlements in the last three years are:
|Number of prosecutions or|
|Prosecutions for driving|
without a licence
Mr. Woodward: The route followed by the Tour of the North Parade changes on alternate years, resulting in different deployments. Approximate costs, based on police deployed and catering provided are as follows:
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable is in possession of a legal opinion relating to the status of 11/1 application forms submitted by Orange Lodges to the Parades Commission with more than one signature in the required box. 
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