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Terrorism Act

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suspected Irish terrorists have been held for more than seven days under Schedule 8 of the Terrorism Act 2000. [24138]

Mr. Woodward: Section 306 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, extends the maximum period of detention permitted under Schedule 8 of the Terrorism Act 2000 from seven to 14 days. PSNI advises that no persons have been detained for more than seven days under this legislation.

Unauthorised Encampments Order

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he intends to enable the Unauthorised Encampments (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 in Northern Ireland. [24142]

Mr. Hanson: During the debate into the legislation, I indicated that I intended to defer bringing the substantive provisions of the order into effect until I am satisfied that an adequate number of transit sites are operational in Northern Ireland. I anticipate that five sites will be operational in 2006, I am reviewing the situation with the Housing Executive with a view to enabling the necessary provisions as soon as possible once the sites are operational.

Victim Groups (Funding)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated for victim groups in Northern Ireland in the past five years, broken down by (a) Westminster parliamentary constituency and (b) district council area. [17532]

Angela E. Smith: Records show that funding detailed in the following tables has been allocated to organisations involved in providing support for victims between April 1998 and March 2005. A year by year breakdown of these figures is not available and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

In addition to the amounts shown, victims' groups may also apply for funding from any programme or scheme, such as the District Council Community Relations Programme or European Union funding through the Local Strategy Partnerships, for which they can satisfy the relevant eligibility criteria.
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The funding has been attributed to the relevant parliamentary constituency and local district council area according to headquarters address of the group or organisation concerned. The group or organisation in some instances will provide services on a wider geographic area.
(a) Westminster parliamentary constituency

East Antrim180,610
North Antrim235,785
South Antrim0
Belfast East186,710
Belfast North7,105,379
Belfast South8,699,038
Belfast West4,116,819
North Down363,647
South Down115,118
Fermanagh and South Tyrone1,229,496
Lagan Valley699,965
East Londonderry194,704
Newry and Armagh1,676,222
West Tyrone3,227,466
Mid Ulster12,325
Upper Bann769,471

(b) District council area

Belfast City20,012,116
Derry City2,340,406
Newry and Mourne326,790
North Down20,000

The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland (formerly Northern Ireland Voluntary Trust) also received £1,123,324 through the EU Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (Peace I), which supported victims of violence. The Foundation allocated these funds in support of a number of projects for both ex-offenders and victims. Persons from these groups could benefit from the same project and it is not possible to disaggregate the assistance between the two groups.

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Victims Commissioner

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what budget is planned for the Office of the Commissioner for Victims; how many staff are expected to be employed in that office; and when the office will open. [25161]

Angela E. Smith: The recently appointed Interim Commissioner for Victims and Survivors, Mrs. Bertha McDougall, is due to take up post with effect from 5 December 2005. Her office will be operational from that date. Sufficient resources will be made available to enable the Interim Commissioner to carry out her duties and it is anticipated at this stage that she will have a staff of four to assist her.

Young Offender Institutions

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many young offenders institutions there are in Northern Ireland; how many offenders are in each; and what the capacity is of each. [24158]

Mr. Woodward: The Northern Ireland Prison Service has one Young Offenders Centre located at Hydebank Wood, Belfast.

The centre can currently accommodate up to 244 males in single cell accommodation. At 4 November it housed 196 young offenders.

Youth Conferences

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the places where youth conferences of the kind set out in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 have been piloted in Northern Ireland since December 2003, broken down by police district command unit. [23676]

Mr. Hanson: Youth conferences of the kind set out in the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 have been rolled out to the following court divisions:
County court divisionDate commencedPSNI district command unit
Belfast18 December 2003West Belfast
South Belfast
East Belfast
North Belfast
Fermanagh and5 April 2004Fermanagh
Dungannon and South Tyrone
Armagh and South6 June 2005Banbridge
DownNewry and Mourne

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Adult Social Care

Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she plans to publish a White Paper on adult social care. [23112]

Mr. Byrne: We are drawing to the close of a major listening exercise that will feed into a new White Paper covering the health and care that people need in the community. The public consultation exercise is known as Your Health, Your Care, Your Say: Improving Community Health and Care Services".

The consultation is broad in scope and covers both health and social care because that is what makes sense to people. The White Paper will bring together the outcome from the social care Green Paper, Independence, Well-being and Choice", with thinking on health services provided in community settings. The consultation is due to close on 4 November and the aim will be to publish a White Paper around the turn of the year.

Alzheimer's Disease

Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when she expects to receive updated guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the use of (a) donepezil, (b) rivastigmine, (c) galantigmine and (d) memantine for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. [22617]

Jane Kennedy: This is a matter for the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Information about NICE'S current work programme is available on its website at

Ambulance Services (Salisbury)

Robert Key: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what progress has been made on replacing the ambulance station in Salisbury. [23596]

Caroline Flint: It is for the local national health service to decide on how to deliver health services in their local communities which includes decisions on the replacement of local ambulance stations. The hon. Member may wish to approach the chair of Wiltshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust directly.

However, I have been informed by Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Strategic Health Authority, that there are currently no plans to replace Salisbury ambulance station.

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