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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drug addicts were prescribed diamorphine in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, broken down by health board or trust. 
General Practitioners, and other medical practitioners, are not required to have a licence to prescribe diamorphine for the purposes of relieving
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pain from organic disease or injury. However, a licence is required to prescribe, administer or supply diamorphine in the treatment of drug addiction. No such licences have been issued in Northern Ireland.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland (a) claimed and (b) received disability living allowance payments in each of the last five years. 
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Mr. Hanson: On 10 October 2005 I launched the Northern Ireland regional strategy and accompanying action plan Tackling Violence at Home". The strategy sets out the Government's long-term commitment to address the serious problem of domestic violence and abuse.
A key aim of the strategy is to improve services and support for all victims of domestic violence and to advise victims about these services. The action plan accompanying the strategy sets out in more detail our specific plans, but these include media campaigns to encourage more victims to report incidences of domestic violence, informing victims about the remedies available to them under both the civil and criminal law and having criminal justice agencies to publish and implement victim policies.
These initiatives build on a number of other recent important protections introduced through legislation. Under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004, the PSNI can now arrest persons for common assault offences. In addition, from 15 November, the maximum penalty in respect of a breach of a protective order will be increased from three to six months imprisonment.
Finally, by March 2006, we propose to produce guidelines for issue to all Northern Ireland hon. Members and Members of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly both to raise awareness but also to provide them with information and advice about how to handle approaches from victims.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will meet teachers of English as an Additional Language (EAL) to discuss the development of an EAL policy for Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
My Department has recognised the need for a policy for children who have English as an additional or second language and who have significant difficulties with English. At present officials are in the early stages of developing a policy, which should be in place during 2006. In the interim, work is under way to bring about early improvements to the current provision.
During the policy development, there will be full ad meaningful consultation with all interested parties including teachers of English as an additional language. It would not be appropriate for the Secretary of State to meet with teachers at this stage, as they will have the opportunity to contribute to the formulation of a EAL policy during the consultation process.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance is given to education and library boards in respect of bills received after theend of the financial year that occurred during that year. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department expects the board to account for bills received after the end of the financial year that occurred during that year in accordance with standard resource accounting best practice and to prepare their accounts as set out in the Accounts Direction issued to them on 22 July 2004 and in Government Accounting Northern Ireland (GANI).
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how long after the financial year has ended education boards are required to adjust accounts for payments incurred in that financial year. 
Angela E. Smith:
Education and Library Boards are required to submit their annual accounts to the Department and the Comptroller and Auditor General (C and AG) by 30 June following the end of the financial year. The accounts are then subject to audit. If any material errors are found during the course of the audit, the accounts may require adjustment up to the date of approval of the accounts by the accounting officer and the C and AG.
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