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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) Protestants and (b) Roman Catholics have applied to join the Police
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Service of Northern Ireland in each of the past four years; and how many were successful in each case. 
|Date (competition)||Catholic applicants||Non-Catholic applicants||Catholic appointments||Non-Catholic appointments||Comments|
|March 2001 (1)||2,582||4,936||153||152||Campaign closed|
|September 2001 (2)||1,892||3,018||98||98||Campaign closed|
|March 2002 (3)||1,640||3,034||83||83||Campaign closed|
|September 2002 (4)||1,485||2,894||201||201||Campaign closed|
|March 2003 (5)||2,196||3,836||149||150||One further appointment to be made|
|September 2003 (6)||1,908||3,497||148||147||One further appointment to be made|
|March 2004 (7)||1,712||3,265||110||115||Appointments ongoing|
|September 2004 (8)||1,986||3,709||||||First intake August 2005|
|March 2005 (9)||2,065||4,045||||||Campaign ongoing|
|As at 31 March||Headcount||WTE(82)|
Mr. Woodward: Some £124 million is been provided for rail investment in Northern Ireland over the period 200506 to 200708. This includes funding for the lesser used lines, where £17 million will be spent over the next five years. Significant funding has already been provided to purchase 23 new train sets (£80 million), 20 of which are now in service, already providing improved frequency of services in the central corridor between Bangor and Portadown. Other major investment projects include the relay of track between Bleach Green and Whitehead (£25 million) and the provision of a train cleaning and stabling facility at Fortwilliam (£11.4 million).
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time for an initial urology outpatient assessment is at each trust in the Province which offers this specialty. 
Mr. Woodward: Earlier this month I announced a radical reform programme that will reduce waiting lists to more acceptable levels and eradicate long waiters. Changes to the way in which outpatient services are organised will be introduced which will significantly reduce the length of time patients have to wait for an initial appointment.
Information is not readily available on average waiting times, but the following table provides details of the longest time in days a patient has been waiting for initial outpatient assessment in the urology specialty. The latest information available is representative of the position at 30 June 2005.
|Provider Trust||Longest Waiting|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||770|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||806|
|Causeway HSS Trust||(83)871|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||2,542|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||(83)126|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust||345|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||90|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest current waiting time is for in-patient surgery in the urology specialty within each trust in the Province which offers this service. 
Mr. Woodward: Earlier this month I announced a radical reform programme that will reduce waiting lists to more acceptable levels and eradicate long waiters. By March 2006, no patient should be waiting more than 12 months for in-patient or day case treatment. Maximum waiting time targets have also been set for major joint replacement (nine months), cataract surgery (nine months) and cardiac surgery (nine months).
Information is not readily available on average waiting times, but the following table provides details of the longest time in days a patient has been waiting for in-patient admission to the urology specialty. The latest information available is representative of the position at 31 May 2005.
|Provider trust||Longest waiting (in days)|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||(84)658|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||2,191|
|Causeway HSS Trust||297|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||(84)3,409|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust||406|
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) paramedics, (b) ambulance staff, (c) nurses, (d) prison officers and
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(e) fire officers have been victims of offences of violence in the course of their employment in each of the last seven years. 
Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Ambulance Services advises that it does not record attacks on paramedics and ambulance staff separately. Also, records of attacks were not kept prior to 2000. The numbers of recorded attacks against ambulance service personnel for the calendar years 2000 to 2004 are as follows:
|Attacks on ambulance staff|
Attacks on HPSS staff were not monitored prior to April 2004. In the period 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 there were 1,032 recorded verbal attacks and 2,305 physical attacks on nursing and midwifery staff.
|Attacks on prison officers|
|Attacks on fire officers|
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