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Mr. Woodward: PSNI have confirmed that a team of officers under the leadership of a senior investigating officer are investigating the murder of Robert McCartney. The allocation of police resources is, however, a matter for the Chief Constable.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young people have been admitted to hospital from secure training centres in Northern Ireland in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Hanson: There are no secure training centres within Northern Ireland. The Juvenile Justice Centre, which houses children aged 10 to 17, records such information on individual children's medical files but does not aggregate the data as there are very few occasions when this happens. The information requested is not therefore held centrally.
Mr. Woodward: The security situation is improving. The latest Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) report stated that the initial signs following the Provisional IRA statement were encouraging. However, paramilitaries, especially Loyalists and dissident Republicans, continue to exert a malign influence over communities.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what procedures have changed in relation to what personal items patients have use of in ward 3 of St. Luke's Hospital, Armagh since the death of Michelle Fitzpatrick on 25 March 2002. 
Mr. Woodward: Following this young women's death a multidisciplinary meeting was held to review her care and treatment. A number of recommendations were made including a risk assessment of all identified and possible ligature points and current nursing observation levels in acute and intensive care units. These recommendations were actioned, however there were no specific recommendations in the use of personal items.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what costs were incurred by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety as a result of attacks on fire crews and their vehicles over the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
While there has been a year on year reduction in the number of attacks, the safety of fire fighters while carrying out their duties remains of paramount importance. Legislation is being introduced early next year to ensure that the perpetrators of such attacks will be prosecuted. Attacks on fire fighters and their equipment not only puts fire crews at risk, but also reduces their ability to deliver vital services, which may have tragic results for those unfortunate enough to be trapped by fire.
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many surplus places there were in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each education and library board area in (i) 2000 and (ii) 2005; and what the projected number of such places is in (A) 2012 and (B) 2015 in each case, broken down by type of school management. 
Angela E. Smith: In the 200001 school year, there were an estimated 12,200 surplus places in controlled primary schools and 12,900 surplus places in maintained primary schools. In the 200405 school year these figures increased to an estimated 15,800 in both sectors. In 200001 in post-primary schools, there were an estimated 6,500 surplus places in controlled schools and 6,900 in maintained schools. In 200405 these figures increased to an estimated 7,500 and 8,200 respectively. The following table shows the breakdown of the figures requested by education and library board area. Figures for the 200506 school year are not yet available.
The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency projections indicate that the number of children of compulsory school age is set to decline by a further 30,000 over the next 10 years. The Department's pupil projection figures are only currently available to the period 201112 and these indicate that primary school numbers will fall from an estimated 162,200 in 200405 to 147,600 in 201112, (a reduction of 14,600 pupils) and that post-primary school numbers will fall from an estimated 152,600 to 140,100 in the same period, (a reduction of 12,500 pupils). It is not possible to break down these projected figures by management type. The projected fall in pupil numbers will not necessarily lead to a corresponding increase in surplus placeschanges to the schools' estate in the intervening period, through the major capital works programme and as a result of proposals from school authorities for closures or amalgamations should remove a considerable number of surplus places.
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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many teacher training places the Government are funding in teacher training colleges and universities in Northern Ireland in 200506; and how many were funded in each of the last three years. 
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