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Planning (Enforcement/Appeals)

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many enforcement officers are employed by the planning service in each divisional planning area; and how many posts are vacant. [8798]

Angela E. Smith: The total complement of enforcement officers within the planning service is 49. There are currently six vacancies. The following table provides a breakdown of the figures by division.
DivisionComplementNumber of vacancies
Ballymena71
Belfast8.51
Craigavon7.50
Downpatrick7.50
Coleraine/Londonderry7.51
Omagh/Enniskillen73
HQ Special Studies Section40

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning appeals on the grounds of non-determination have been pursued by applicants in the Province since 2000. [8797]


 
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Angela E. Smith: From 1 January 2000 to 30 June 2005 there have been 613 planning appeals lodged on the grounds of non-determination.

Police Stations

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has for the outsourcing of cleaning services in police stations in Northern Ireland. [7828]

Mr. Woodward: In response to Recommendation 91 of the Patten Report, the Police Service of Northern Ireland carried out a review of the future arrangements for cleaning services. This review concluded in October 2004 and the project board concluded that the cleaning service to the PSNI Estate should be competitively tendered with a view to outsourcing.

The terms and conditions of service of cleaning staff is a matter for the Chief Constable. No decisions have yet been made. I understand that if any changes were made the standard of cleaning service would be maintained and any effects on staff would be managed within the TUPE framework.

Schools

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much of the education budget has been set aside for breakfast and after-school clubs in the South East Education and Library Board area for the next three years; and if he will make a statement. [6682]

Angela E. Smith: The South Eastern Education and Library Board has not set aside funding from its budget allocation for either breakfast or after-school clubs and has, at the moment, no plans to do so for the next two years.

However, the South Eastern Education and Library Board is involved in a bid to the Integrated Development Fund for funds totalling £2 million over three years. The bid focuses on schools in the Colin area and envisages action in four key areas—counselling services; breakfast and after school clubs; early years and youth interventions.

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much he plans to allocate to improving the quality of school meals in the Province, broken down by Education and Library Board area. [6670]

Angela E. Smith: £2.5 million has been made available in 2005–06 to improve the quality of school meals in Northern Ireland, with further funding in subsequent years. The Department of Education is currently considering the results of the school meals pilot with individual school authorities in order to determine the best way forward and specific allocations for 2005–06.

Future years allocations will be determined nearer the time.

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the policy of the Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland is in relation to the provision of school transport for disabled children, with particular reference to those children who are
 
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temporarily accommodated in overnight short break accommodation for respite care; and how this policy was formulated. [9125]

Angela E. Smith: The policy for transport assistance does not differentiate between pupils on the grounds of disability, except where the pupil is in receipt of a statement of special educational needs that includes a requirement for the provision of transport.

Responsibility for the provision of transport assistance in respect of pupils availing of respite care, facilities rests with the Health and Social Services Trusts, since the respite venue is not the child's normal home. However, Education and Library Boards work in partnership with the relevant trust to facilitate such transport provision. For example, where there is surplus capacity on a board vehicle a concessionary seat may be offered to a pupil on the understanding that the concession may have to be withdrawn at any time.

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teachers are on long-term stress-related sick leave in each board area, broken down by (a) primary and (b) post-primary levels of education. [8780]

Angela E. Smith: The number of teachers in each board area who are currently on stress-related sick leave is as follows:
Current number of teachers on stress-related sick leave
(20+ continuous days)

Board areaPrimary (including Nursery) Post-primary
Belfast72
Western68
North Eastern113
South Eastern64
Southern715
Total3732

HEALTH

Abortions

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health under which section of the Abortion Act 1967 the termination of pregnancy was performed for each of the maternal deaths associated with termination of pregnancy for the period 1981 to 1999; at what stage of gestation the pregnancy was in each case; and what the age of the mother was. [8121]

Caroline Flint: The following information has been taken from the relevant published triennial report on confidential inquiries into maternal deaths in the United Kingdom. This is the only information available as, after preparation of the report and before publication, all the maternal deaths report forms and related documents and files are destroyed. Between 1981 and 1999, there were 24 maternal deaths associated with termination of pregnancy.

Grounds for the abortion were only stated in the reports for one case, which said,


 
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The available information for gestation and age is shown in the following tables.
Gestation (weeks)Number of cases
Under 106
10 to 125
13 to 198
20 plus1
Early pregnancy"1
Mid trimester"3

Age (years)Number of cases
161
20s"3
30s"4
Young woman"6
Not stated3
Less than 35"4
More than 35"3

Accident and Emergency Services

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the total number of accident and emergency attendances was for each NHS region for each of the last three years for which records were available. [7061]

Mr. Byrne: Data by strategic health authority is available on the Department's website at www.performance.doh.gov.uk/hospitalartivity/data_requests/a_and_e_attendances.htm.

Adult Social Care

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what plans she has to produce a White Paper on adult social care; and if she will make a statement. [9075]

Mr. Byrne: The Green Paper, Independence, Well-being and Choice: our vision for the future of social care for adults in England", was published for consultation on 21 March 2005. The consultation period closes on 28 July 2005. We will need to take account of the responses we have received from the public before making any decisions about next steps.

Alcohol Abuse

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment her Department has made of the number of children admitted to hospital where the primary diagnosis is mental and behavioural disorders due to the use of alcohol. [8015]

Caroline Flint: The latest data that is available for people up to the age of 17 admitted to hospital where the primary diagnosis is mental and behavioural disorders due to the use of alcohol for 2003–04 in England is 3,934.

The Government published the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy on 15 March 2004, which aims to prevent any increase in alcohol related harms in England.

Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many alcohol-related incidents required a response by ambulance services in (a) England and (b) each ambulance trust in each year since 1997. [8093]


 
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Mr. Byrne: The information requested is not centrally collected.


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