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Freedom of Information

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many individuals in each Government Department in the Province are employed to deal with freedom of information requests. [18430]


 
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Angela E. Smith: It is not possible to identify precisely the number of officials who deal with freedom of information issues, since it is potentially part of every civil servant's role to respond to Freedom of Information requests. However, one of the primary support functions of Information Management staff is to deal with these requests, plus requests made under the Data Protection Act 1998 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004. The number of Information Management staff who help to process requests within each Department is cited in the following table.
DepartmentInformation Management (including FOI) staff
Northern Ireland Office2.5
Department of Environment6
Department for Regional Development5
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure(40)8.5
Department of Education4
Department for Social Development3
Department for Employment and Learning4
Department of Finance and Personnel4
Department of Agriculture and Rural Development6
Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment2
Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety4
Office of the First and Deputy First Minister(41)5


(40)This figure includes 5.5 people processing requests in the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
(41) This figure includes 2 people from the central FOI team.


Frozen Assets

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the organisations whose assets have been frozen in Northern Ireland due to links with terrorism in each of the last 10 years. [18149]

Mr. Woodward: Law enforcement agencies have fully utilised proceeds of crime powers to freeze assets from individuals. Assets totalling nearly £12 million were restrained or confiscated by law enforcement agencies in 2004–05. These actions were taken against individuals.

Records indicate that no organisations have had their assets frozen due to links with terrorism in the last 10years.

Grant Maintained Independent Schools

Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to allocate funds to grant maintained integrated schools to employ staff in order to implement the Costello review of post primary education; and if he will make a statement. [19344]

Angela E. Smith: The Department of Education has allocated additional funds to the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education to enable it to support and facilitate schools in the integrated sector in beginning to develop collaborative arrangements with other schools and with FE colleges to provide access to the curricular Entitlement Framework, and generally to support work by integrated schools to prepare for the implementation of the new post-primary arrangements.
 
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Additional funds have also been allocated to the education and library boards, the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools and Comhairle na Gaelscola-" ochta in respect of their school sectors. The Department is in correspondence with the Governing Bodies Association about support for the voluntary grammar school sector.

Hip Replacements

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were carried out in each of the last five years. [19557]

Mr. Woodward: Information on the number of hip replacement operations carried out in acute hospitals in Northern Ireland in each year from 2000–01 to 2004–05 (the latest year for which data is available) is shown in the following table.
Number of hip replacement operations
2004–052,385
2003–042,166
2002–032,092
2001–021,976
2000–012,051

Hospital Beds

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hospital beds there were in each health trust in the Province in June 1997. [18185]

Mr. Woodward: Information on the average number of available in-patient beds during the quarter ending June 1997, is shown in the following table. Average available beds are defined as the average number of beds available during the quarter in wards that are open overnight, measured at midnight. Hospitals may also have a number of beds in wards, which are only open during the day. Beds reserved for day case admission or regular day admission are not included.
Average number of available beds in Northern Ireland,quarter ending June1997

Trust nameAverage available beds
Altnagelvin Area Hospitals HSS Trust493.1
Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust454.1
Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust878.2
Causeway HSS Trust346.7
Craigavon and Banbridge HSS Trust80.0
Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust660.8
Down and Lisburn HSS Trust676.6
Foyle Community HSS Trust327.0
Greenpark HSS Trust422.3
Homefirst Community HSS Trust384.0
Mater Infirmorum HSS Trust207.8
Newry and Mourne HSS Trust278.4
North and West Belfast HSS Trust484.0
South and East Belfast HSS Trust384.0
Sperrin Lakeland HSS Trust644.1
The Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust928.8
Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust688.2
United Hospitals HSS Trust877.4
Northern Ireland9,215.4




Source:
Hospital Information Branch.





 
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the percentage bed occupancy in each hospital in the Province has been over each of the last 10 years. [18421]

Mr. Woodward: For percentage bed occupancy figures in each hospital for 1994–95 to 2003–04, I refer the hon. Lady to the Hospital Statistics publications for each year 1994–95 to 2003–04. Copies of this publication are available in the Library. Table 1.1, Inpatient Activity Data by Hospital/Provider, contains the relevant information.

Provisional figures for percentage bed occupancy in each hospital in Northern Ireland in 2004–05 are given in the following table. Note that day cases are excluded from the calculation for bed occupancy.
Percentage bed occupancy by hospital for 2004–05(42)

HospitalPercentage
Belfast City86.6
Belvoir Park NICCO86.5
Windsor House99.5
Forest Lodge73.7
Forster Green63.2
Musgrave Park76.0
Knockbracken Health Care Park86.8
Shaftesbury Square10.0
Young Peoples Centre75.5
Ards93.3
Bangor88.3
Ulster89.0
RBHSC67.9
Royal Maternity70.9
Royal Victoria88.6
Mater Infirmorum90.2
Muckamore Abbey94.6
Downe87.8
Downshire97.0
Lagan Valley81.9
Lagan Valley P.N.U100.0
Thompson House95.0
Causeway79.4
Dalriada77.8
Robinson Memorial79.6
Holywell93.9
Whiteabbey P.N.U92.6
Antrim76.4
Braid Valley93.8
Mid Ulster74.5
Moyle93.5
Whiteabbey94.4
Longstone89.4
Mullinure86.4
Oaklands63.2
St. Lukes77.4
Banbridge(43)0.0
Craigavon Area79.9
Lurgan89.1
South Tyrone92.2
Daisyhill75.0
Craigavon P.N.U94.1
Altnagelvin Area80.8
Waterside76.7
Gransha90.4
Roe Valley89.3
Stradeagh93.4
Waterside-Foyle87.4
Erne66.5
Tyrone and Fermanagh83.2
Tyrone County80.5
Northern Ireland84.2


(42)Provisional
(43)Banbridge hospital only has day cases which are excluded from the calculation for bed occupancy.



 
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Hospital Negligence (Compensation)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much money was claimed in compensation by patients due to (a) negligence and (b) malpractice in each hospital in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by health board. [19569]

Mr. Woodward: The information is not available in the form requested and could only be provided at a disproportionate cost.


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