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Pupil Expulsions/Misbehaviour

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were (a) suspended for a time and (b) permanently expelled from a school in Northern Ireland in each of the past five years, broken down by education board. [12044]

Angela E. Smith: The information requested is as follows:
(a) the number of pupils suspended in each education and library board

BELBWELBNEELBSEELBSELBTotal
1999–2000n/an/an/an/an/an/a
2000–011,0669191,1898037634,740
2001–021,2778821,1079199145,099
2002–031,0149061,2019921,1695,282
2003–041,1919361,2869871,0855,485




n/a = not available.





 
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(b) the number of pupils expelled in each education and library board area

BELBWELBNEELBSEELBSELBTotal
1999–200019252031683
2000–0151929111680
2001–0271618122376
2002–0318121716770
2003–0461215122671

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils were responsible for (a) bullying of a pupil, (b) physical attack on staff and (c) verbal abuse of staff in each school in the South Eastern education and library board in each of the past two years. [11983]

Angela E. Smith: The Department of Education do not collect or publish this information for individual schools. Information about the reasons for the number of suspensions in each education and library board in 2002–03 and 2003–04 and for expulsions in 2003–04 is available on the Department's website at:

Reasonable Chastisement

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what timetable he expects to be followed for legislation to amend the law on reasonable chastisement in Northern Ireland; whether he expects this amendment to be contained in new child protection legislation; and if he will make a statement. [12063]

Angela E. Smith: The parliamentary debates on physical punishment, which resulted in the enactment of section 58 of the Children Act 2004, have been closely followed and the possible introduction of a similar amendment in Northern Ireland is the subject of ongoing inter-departmental discussions.

Replica Firearms

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many crimes have been committed in each of the last three years where replica firearms have been used. [11778]

Mr. Woodward: The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has informed me that for statistical purposes there is no distinction made between replica and imitation firearms and that all incidents of misuse are recorded as imitation firearms.

The number of crimes in which an imitation firearm was used in each of the last three years is as follows:
Number of crimes
2002–0336
2003–0442
2004–0524

Residential Addresses

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many residential addresses there are in each (a) constituency, (b) council area and (c) postcode area in Northern Ireland. [11956]


 
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Angela E. Smith: The numbers of residential properties in each of the Northern Ireland constituencies is set out in Table A.

The numbers of residential properties in each of the Northern Ireland council districts is set out in Table B.

Information regarding the number of residential properties in each post-code area could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost.
Table A: Count of residential property by parliamentary constituency

Parliamentary constituencyCount
Belfast East36,564
Belfast North38,131
Belfast South44,329
Belfast West32,939
East Antrim35,974
East Londonderry38,178
Fermanagh and South Tyrone38,359
Foyle40,426
Lagan Valley41,863
Mid Ulster32,329
Newry and Armagh39,731
North Antrim42,001
North Down37,415
South Antrim39,122
South Down41,111
Strangford40,933
Upper Bann43,035
West Tyrone33,021

Table B: Count of residential property by local government district council

Local government district councilCount
Antrim18,376
Ards31,257
Armagh21,334
Ballymena23,389
Ballymoney10,936
Banbridge17,449
Belfast123,186
Carrickfergus16,062
Castlereagh27,724
Coleraine26,639
Cookstown12,610
Craigavon33,640
Derry40,426
Down25,833
Dungannon19,624
Fermanagh24,169
Larne13,513
Limavady11,539
Lisburn42,719
Magherafelt14,285
Moyle7,676
Newry and Mourne33,717
Newtownabbey33,410
North Down32,927
Omagh18,541
Strabane14,480









 
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School Governance

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to review arrangements for school governance in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [13279]

Angela E. Smith: A review of the arrangements for school governance in Northern Ireland has already commenced with a preliminary examination of the training and support programmes available for school governors and a focused review of school governance in the integrated school sector. The Department will gradually expand the review to cover a range of governance issues across all school sectors and will make proposals for change in due course.

Special Educational Needs

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken to process and determine an application for a statement of special educational needs was in (i) Northern Ireland and (ii) each education and library board area in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [12378]

Angela E. Smith: In relation to the longest time taken, I refer the hon. Gentleman to the previous answer given to the hon. Member for Strangford on 20 June, Official Report, column 866W.

I shall write further when I receive the details from the Education and Library Boards relating to the average time.

Speech/Occupational Therapists

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many established full-time equivalent posts there are in each health and social services board for (a) speech therapists and (b) occupational therapists; and how many of those posts are vacant. [12383]

Mr. Woodward: Information requested is provided in the following tables.
Number of speech therapists and occupational therapists by health and social services board as at 31 March 2005 (excluding current vacancies)

Speech therapists
Occupational therapists
HPSS boardHeadcountWTEHeadcountWTE
NHSSB8373.55159143.07
SHSSB5750.73128112.63
EHSSB161134.82307273.65
WHSSB4845.938376.37
Total349305.03677605.72




Source:
Human Resource Management System





Number of speech therapy and occupational therapy vacancies (including long-term vacancies) by health and social services board as at 31 March 2005

Speech therapy
Occupational therapy
HPSS boardHeadcountWTEHeadcountWTE
NHSSB107.11210.5
SHSSB53.676.3
EHSSB75.54134.6
WHSSB00.011.0
Total2216.26152.4




Source:
NI HPSS Organisations





 
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Number of speech therapy and occupational therapy long-term vacancies (vacant more than 3 months) by health and social services board as at 31 March 2005

Speech therapy
Occupational therapy
HPSS boardHeadcountWTEHeadcountWTE
NHSSB63.6109.0
SHSSB00.000.0
EHSSB43.02017.6
WHSSB00.000.0
Total106.63026.6




Source:
NI HPSS Organisations





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