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Angela E. Smith:
The term adult education" primarily refers to provision in further education colleges for those aged 18 years and over, as well as those undertaking adult basic education through Essential Skills courses and Learndirect. Total numbers of enrolments are as follows.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the take-up is of breast screening opportunities for women in the age categories for which the service is offered through the NHS; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Currently breast screening in Northern Ireland is offered to women in the age group 50 to 64, with an interval of approximately 36 months between the date of a women's previous appointment and the date of their next offered appointment.
The uptake rate in the Eastern board area continues to fall behind that in the other three boards. Efforts are continuing there to improve the rate particularly among ethnic minorities and women with disabilities. Health professionals are collaborating in this with voluntary groups such as Action Cancer.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many women have died from (a) ovarian cancer and (b) breast cancer in each board area since 2000 in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: The table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland of female residents in each health and social services board area in each year between 2000 and 2004, where the cause of death was recorded as either (a) malignant neoplasm of ovary or (b) malignant neoplasm of breast.
In January 2004 the Regional Cancer Services Framework Steering Group was established to consider the future development of cancer services, including the treatment and care of people with ovarian and breast cancer. The group is expected to report in autumn 2005.
| Malignant neoplasm of ovary||Neoplasm of breast|
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for NorthernIreland how many (a) nursing homes and (b) residential homes in Northern Ireland charge top-up fees; and what the average top-up fees are in each case. 
Mr. Woodward: For the cases under its care management, the Health and Personal Social Services (HPSS) contracts with independent sector care home providers to meet the full cost of assessed care needs. Additional payments, sometimes known as top ups, should only be on the basis of clearly defined added value. The HPSS has no right of access to information about payments that are not part of its contracts with independent providers.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many clinical negligence complaints have been lodged in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and how many of those complaints have been resolved. 
Mrs. Dean: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to issue guidance on effective commissioning for those in the public and voluntary sectors who are commissioning work from external consultants. 
Angela E. Smith:
The Department of Finance and Personnel has recently issued new guidance, on the effective commissioning of work from external consultants. This is in the form of a Dear Accounting Officer letter (DAO 03/05) and is applicable throughout the public sector. A good practice guide on Finance and Governance in the Community and Voluntary Sector, prepared jointly by Government Departments and the sector, will be launched on 19 July. This refers the Community and Voluntary sector to relevant guidance on procurement and puts in place arrangements for funding bodies to support the sector in applying relevant guidelines.
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Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average amount spent by each household in Northern Ireland on electricity was in the last year for which figures are available. 
The Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment is continuing to work towards securing EU State aid approval of a proposed Government intervention aimed at reducing electricity prices. As an interim measure, £8.8 million of the available funding has been allocated to assist with energy efficiency measures which will have the effect of an average 1.5 per cent. reduction in electricity tariffs for all customers in the 200506 tariff year.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what activities and meetings are planned to take place in Northern Ireland in connection with the UK presidency of the European Union. 
Other events to be held will include: a meeting in Belfast of EU environmental attache"s on 2427 July; a conference of EU paying agencies due to take place in Belfast on 1314 October; a conference on the creative industries being staged in Belfast by a private organisation, Creative Clusters" on 26 October; and Opportunity Europe (26 September to 4 October), a programme of events designed to highlight the multiple links between Northern Ireland and the rest of Europe.
Mr. Woodward: Blind people and war pensioners already receive free travel and other groups of people with disabilities are entitled to half fare travel. There are no plans to extend the provision of free fares.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been made to each of the Northern Ireland Government Departments since the introduction of the legislation. 
Angela E. Smith:
The following table sets out the number of requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 made to each of the Northern Ireland Departments between the 1 January 2005 and 17 June 2005.
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|Department||Number of requests|
|Agriculture and Rural Development||134|
|Culture, Arts and Leisure||(82)535|
|Employment and Learning||50|
|Enterprise, Trade and Investment||33|
|Finance and Personnel||202|
|Health, Social Services and Public Safety||63|
|Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister||47|
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