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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent guidance has been issued to poultry owners in Northern Ireland in relation to Avian influenza; and what discussions he has had with the Ulster Farmers Union about such guidance. 
Angela E. Smith:
The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for Northern Ireland re-issued guidance to poultry producers in late August 2005 on the biosecurity precautions poultry owners should take to minimise the introduction of disease. Following
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publication of an Avian influenza risk assessment in early September 2005, the Department issued a statement providing an update on the steps it has taken to address the risk of Avian influenza entering Northern Ireland. Further revised guidance has been placed on the DARD website on 19 October 2005 and this will be disseminated to the poultry industry and will be reviewed and updated as appropriate. A series of meetings with stakeholders has been held since December 2004 to provide guidance and exchange information between Government and key industry representative bodies. The Ulster Farmers' Union have been involved in all relevant meetings to date.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment for cancer of the brain in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of women referred urgently in the last 12 months by their general practitioner with suspected breast cancer were seen by a consultant in the Province within two weeks. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time was that patients in the Province waited for treatment of prostate cancer in (a) 1999 and (b) the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
I refer the hon. Lady to an audit of Prostate Cancer Services in Northern Ireland produced by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry which is found at: http://www.qub.ac.uk/nicr/pdf/publications/audit_prostate.pdf
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many surgeons at each hospital in the Province carried out more than 50 prostate operations in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woodward: Information on the number of operations carried out in Northern Ireland is available from the Hospital Inpatient System, however details of individual surgeons undertaking the operations are not collected.
The table shows the hospitals in Northern Ireland where the number of prostate operations carried out in 200405 (the latest year for which data is available) exceeded 50. It should be noted that more than one surgeon could be responsible for undertaking prostate operations at any one of these hospitals.
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Mr. Hanson: Information on community background of staff in the Child Support Agency in Northern Ireland is contained in the Eighth Report of the Equal Opportunities Unit of the Department of Finance and Personnel but is not disaggregated at this level. Copies of the report are available in the House of Commons Library.
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