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Mr. Laws: To ask the Solicitor-General how many call centres were run by the Law Officers' Department and its agencies in (a) 200304, (b) 200405 and (c) 200506 to date; and how many and what proportion of calls (i) were handled by an adviser, (ii) were received but abandoned and (iii) received an engaged tone. 
The Solicitor-General: Of the Departments for which I am responsible, only one has run specific in-house training on literacy and numeracy in the period specified. The figures for the SFO are shown in tabular form as follows. Included in the literacy figures is the cost of running courses on effective writing and business writing. The numeracy figures cover the cost of running courses on financial management.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many full-time equivalent employee reductions (a) were achieved in 200405 and (b) are expected to be achieved in 200506 as a result of the Gershon review in her Department; what (i) cost savings relating to IT projects and (ii) total efficiency savings (A) were achieved in 200405 and (B) are expected to be achieved in 200506 as a result of that review; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: There were no headcount reductions planned for 200405. By March 200708, the Department will have reduced its headcount by 1,100. Progress towards this will be reported in the Department's autumn performance report.
There were no planned cost savings relating to IT projects for 200405. By 200708 the Department will deliver IT project-related savings of £3 million. Progress towards this £3 million saving will be reported in the Department's autumn performance report.
There were no planned efficiency gains for 200405. DCA will deliver savings of £292 million by March 200708. While there is no intermediate target for 200506, progress towards the £292 million target will be reported in the Department's autumn performance report.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people in her Department (a) were relocated in 200405 and (b) are expected to be relocated in 200506 as a result of Sir Michael Lyons' independent review of public sector relocation; to which locations they have been relocated; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: The new regional Emergency Ambulance Despatch Centre, located at Knockbracken Healthcare Park, will open on 23 November 2005. It is planned that Emergency Despatch staff from Antrim will transfer to Knockbracken in January 2006, from Craigavon in February 2006 and from Altnagelvin in March 2006.
The control facility at Altnagelvin will not close as it will become the Regional Patient Care Despatch Centre from April 2006. Antrim and Craigavon Controls will close at this time when Patient Care Despatch staff move to Altnagelvin.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what equality impact assessment was conducted in relation to closure of ambulance control centres at (a) Altnagelvin, (b) Antrim and (c) Craigavon. 
Mr. Woodward: Proposals for the reconfiguration of ambulance control were originally made in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety's response to the 2000 Strategic Review of Ambulance Services. The Strategic Review Implementation Plan outlined proposals to move from four control centres to two and this document was subject to public consultation. At the same time an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) was published to inform this policy development. The departmental response to consultation, which included replies to points raised by the EQIA questionnaire, was published in May 2002.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been allocated in each year of its operation to the budget of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: The annual share allocation of the Assets Recovery Agency's baseline budget to the Northern Ireland Branch is a matter for the Director of the Assets Recovery Agency. A significant increase in funding was allocated this year.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of women newly diagnosed with breast cancer in the Province in the last 12 months were tested for their suitability for Trastuzumab at the point of diagnosis. 
Mr. Woodward: Five women in Northern Ireland have been given Trastuzumab for early stage breast cancer as part of the clinical trial. No women in Northern Ireland in the early stages of breast cancer have been given Trastuzumab through public funding.
Trastuzumab has not yet been licensed for the treatment of early stage breast cancer. It has also not yet been evaluated by NICE. In these circumstances I would not expect Trastuzumab to be available on the HPSS in Northern Ireland for patients with early stage breast cancer until further evidence on the safety, quality and effectiveness of the drug is available.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many early stage breast cancer patients in the Province have requested Trastuzumab but been refused in the last 12 months. 
Trastuzumab has not yet been licensed for the treatment of early stage breast cancer. It has also not yet been evaluated by NICE. In these circumstances I would not expect Trastuzumab to be available in Northern
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Ireland on the HPSS for patients with early stage breast cancer until further evidence on the safety, quality and effectiveness of the drug is available.
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