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Angela E. Smith: Currently a broadband service is available to 99.15 per cent. of the population. However, as a result of the DETI broadband services contract, by the end of 2005 BT must provide broadband services of at least 512kb to 100 per cent. of businesses and households until 2009.
Mr. Woodward: The number of emergency admissions 1 to the cardiac surgery and cardiology specialties, in hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, is detailed in the following table.
Hospital inpatients system
Significant additional resources would be required to provide financial help towards child care costs for HPSS funded students. Within the prioritisation of the limited resources available, my Department is not in a position to fund such an initiative at present.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the total cost of the publication Civil Partnership: What does it Mean for You" was; and which organisations were consulted in relation to its content; 
Angela E. Smith: No official estimate has been made of the number of people in Northern Ireland who will take advantage of the new status of civil partner. The regulatory impact assessment which accompanied the Civil Partnership Act 2004 attempted to estimate the proportion of the lesbian, gay and bisexual population in Great Britain who will be in a civil partnership in 2050. It proceeded on the assumption that 5 percent. of the adult population in Great Britain is lesbian, gay or bisexual. It then examined evidence of take up of comparable partnership schemes in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and the Netherlands and concluded that the take-up would be small, possibly in the region of 5 percent. to 10 percent. of the proportion of the heterosexual population who choose to marry. The legislation, however, has implications for same-sex couples who choose not to form a civil partnership but to live together as if they were civil partners.
1000 copies of the guidance, Civil Partnership: What does it Mean for You", were printed at a cost of approximately £1,500. Copies have been circulated widely throughout Northern Ireland to political parties, Citizens Advice Bureaux, public libraries and other advice givers in the voluntary sector as well as groups representative of the lesbian and gay community in Northern Ireland. A draft of the guidance was considered by the coalition on sexual orientation, an umbrella group for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community in Northern Ireland. In addition, the guidance is available on the Office of law reform website at www.olrni.gov.uk
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what factors underlay the introduction of new pension arrangements for members of the Northern Ireland civil service from April 2006; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the new arrangements upon current members. 
In the Northern Ireland civil service, the principal civil service pension scheme (Northern Ireland) operates on a policy of parity with the Home civil service scheme, the principal civil service pension scheme, therefore it would be the normal approach of the Northern Ireland civil service to introduce the same pension provisions as apply to the Home civil service.
No decision on new pension arrangements for members of the Northern Ireland civil service has yet been taken. Before a final decision is taken on reform of the pension scheme due consideration will be given to the affect on existing staff.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many homes in the co-ownership scheme there are in each parliamentary constituency in the Province; how many more are planned for 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
|Council area||Co-ownership stock|
|Dungannon and South Tyrone||23|
|Newry and Mourne||91|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland how many people in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland are inreceipt of disability living allowance high rate casecomponent as well as the high rate mobility component. 
Mr. Hanson: Please note that in answering the question the word case was taken to mean care. The figures requested are shown in the following table and are the most recent information available taken at August 2005.
|Fermanagh and South Tyrone||1,420|
|Newry and Armagh||2,049|
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