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Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding his Department has provided for (a) Ulster Scots and (b) Irish cultural (i) groups, (ii) events and (iii) projects in each of the last three years in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Hanson: The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) jointly funds the Ulster-Scots Agency and Foras na Gaeilge, the Irish Language Agency. The Ulster-Scots Agency has a statutory remit to promote Ulster-Scots language and culture. Foras na Gaeilge has a statutory remit to promote the Irish language.
The amounts allocated to the Ulster-Scots Agency and Foras na Gaeilge by DCAL in 2002, 2003 and 2004, which were given to cultural groups, events and projects in Northern Ireland are detailed in the table.
|Foras na Gaeilge (Irish Language Agency) (£)||Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch (Ulster-Scots Agency) (£)|
Funding is also available from departmental mainstream programmes for projects which may have an Irish or Ulster-Scots language or culture dimension, which cannot be separated from the primary funding objectives.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated to the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety Research and Development Fund in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement on access to genetic testing for individuals in the Province. 
The amount of funding allocated to the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety Research and Development Fund in each of the last five financial years was as follows:
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding he expects to be allocated to the Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety Research and Development Fund in (a) 200607 and (b) 200708. 
Mr. Woodward: No decision has as yet been made with regard to the future funding of Research and Development within the HPSS for 200607 and 200708. A formal consultation process is currently under way in relation to the recently published Draft Priorities and Budget for Northern Ireland. Final decisions on spending allocations will be made following the end of this consultation period, which closes on 5 December 2005.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated to learning disability services in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average expenditure on the training of (a) a general practitioner registrar and (b) a doctor in the year after completing their general practitioner registrar year was in the Province in 200405. 
Mr. Woodward: The average expenditure on the training of a general practitioner registrar in the year 200405 was £77,866 and average expenditure for a doctor in the year after completing their general practitioner registrar year was £911.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many domestic violence incidents (a) were reported in each constituency and (b) led to prosecution through the court system in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The PSNI are the sole source of reliable information about domestic violence as they capture recorded crimes with a domestic motivation. The information is therefore only available across PSNI District Command Units and is set out in the table for the year 200405.
It is believed however that these figures do not reflect the true level of domestic violence in Northern Ireland. In the Northern Ireland Crime Survey 200304, 19 per cent. of female respondents claimed they had been the victims of domestic violence at some time in their lives, while 11 per cent. of male respondents made a similar claim.
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|Area||Total offences recorded|
|Newry and Mourne||268|
In relation to (b) figures relating to domestic violence incidents that led to prosecution through the court system are not available. Domestic violence is not a category against which crime is recorded and therefore it is not possible to directly attribute offences to the cases outlined above.
Angela E. Smith:
The purpose of education action zones (EAZs) was to help schools in specific designated areas become a community resource providing facilities, services and support both in and beyond education. Some £2 million per annum was allocated for EAZs but to date only modest funding has been provided to Education and Library Boards to assist them in developing proposals. Inter-agency support was a requirement for EAZ funding and was included in all of the proposals received. No start dates had yet been determined for EAZs. As the hon. Member will have seen from the draft Budget 2005, we are now proposing to extend these benefits to schools right across Northern Ireland, targeted initially at schools in disadvantaged
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areas, through the new investment in extended schools, as part of the Children's and Young People's package. We propose to roll education action zones, into this wider initiative. The Budget proposals are, however, still at draft stage, and views on them are welcome.
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