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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents needing medical attention have occurred on beaches in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Woodward: Information is only readily available for the most recent year, 1 October 2004 to 30 September 2005, during which the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service attended 37 incidents requiring medical assistance on beaches and their environs.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many cases of MRSA were identified within each (a) hospital and (b) health trust in the Province in each month of each the last three years. 
The information is not available in the format requested, however the number of cases of MRSA that were identified within each health trust in the Province is available quarterly for the last three years and is presented in the following tables.
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|Health trust||July to September||October to December||January to March||April to|
|July to September||October to December|
|Belfast City Hospital||13||13||10||13||15||17|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group||6||2||2||6||5||12|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital||4||6||7||5||7||6|
|Newry and Mourne||2||0||1||4||1||4|
|Royal Group of Hospitals||4||8||9||11||12||10|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals||8||11||7||5||7||4|
|Health trust||January to March||April to|
|July to September||October to December||January to March||April to June(76)|
|Belfast City Hospital||18||9||13||7||7||18|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group||7||8||5||4||4||6|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital||4||0||0||5||4||7|
|Newry and Mourne||2||0||1||2||0||0|
|Royal Group of Hospitals||13||8||11||12||13||13|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals||2||12||12||8||4||11|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients within each health board area in the Province are waiting to commence beta interferon or glatiramer for multiple sclerosis. 
The number of patients within each health board area in the Province waiting for beta interferon or glatiramer treatment for multiple sclerosis at 30 September 2005 are as follows.
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|Health board||Number waiting|
|Number of operating theatres|
at 31 March 2005
Angela E. Smith: The draft Rates (Capital values, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, which was published on 7 October for consultation, provides for the full exemption of community halls from rates. It is intended that the Order will come into operation in April 2006.
The award of full exemption will be conditional on halls being made available for use by the wider community; not having a liquor licence; and not being occupied by a registered club. This will ensure that
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assistance is directed towards organisations which are unable to generate income to assist with the payment of rates.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning applications there have been in each of the six divisional offices in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and how many applications this represents per employee dealing with such matters at each office. 
It is not possible to assess in a reliable way how many applications this represents per employee because a number of development control staff (both professional and technological staff as well as administrative staff) can be involved to varying degrees in dealing with each planning application at different stages in the planning process.
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