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Angela E. Smith:
One new special school opened in June 2005 and 15 units attached to mainstream schools have also been established over the period since 1997.
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Three school amalgamations (involving 7 special schools) have also been announced. There have been two special school closures since 1997. The following tables contain detail of this information.
Library Board area
Date of closure
|Belfast||Jaffe Centre||31 August 2001|
|Southern||Fallowfield Special||31 August 2002|
Library Board area
Date of opening
|Western||Strabanemulti-functional: moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, speech and language||June 2005|
Library Board area
Date of amalgamation
|Western||Heatherbank and Cranny||1 September 2003|
|Western||Limegrove and Glasvey||When new school is completedestimated 2008|
|North-Eastern||Beechgrove, Dunfane and Loughan||Recently published proposalobjection period ends on 8 December 2005|
Library Board area
Type of unit
|Southern||St. Patrick's HS, Keady||Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties||1 September 1998|
|Belfast||Taughmonagh PS||Speech and Language Unit||1 September 1999|
|South-Eastern||Clandeboye PS, Bangor||Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties||1 September 1999|
|Belfast||Belvoir Park PS||Speech and Language Unit||1 September 1999|
|North-Eastern||Ballymoney Model PS||Partial Hearing Unit closed, Speech and Language Unit opened||1 September 2001|
|Southern||St. Patrick's PS, Keady||Speech and Language Unit||1 September 2001|
|Southern||St. Patrick's PS, Dungannon||Speech and Language Unit||1 September 2002|
|South-Eastern||Clough PS||Speech and Language Unit||1 September 2002|
|South-Eastern||St. Mary's PS, Kircubbin||Unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties||1 September 2002|
|Western||Gibson PS||I Can Pre-school Unit||1 September 2003|
|North-Eastern||Moyle PS||Transfer of MLD Unit from former Antiville PS||1 September 2005|
|Southern||Christian Bros. PS, Armagh||Unit for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder||1 September 2005|
|Southern||St. Mary's PS, Banbridge||Unit for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder||1 September 2005|
|Southern||Primate Dixon, Coalisland||Unit for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder||1 September 2005|
|Southern||St. Joseph's Convent PS, Newry||Conversion to a unit for pupils with autistic spectrum disorder plus new unit for pupils with moderate learning difficulties||1 September 2005|
Mr. Hanson: A range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations work together to raise awareness of the dangers of drink spiking. This has included beer mat and poster campaigns in pubs and clubs funded by the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Health Promotion Agency.
It is difficult to estimate the prevalence of drink spiking in Northern Ireland. Spiking drinks can take many forms and includes the addition of alcohol, prescription drugs and illegal drugs (eg Ecstasy) as well as the so called date rape drugs such as Rohypnol. Victims may not realise their drink was spiked, and even when a more serious offence has occurred the victim may not be aware until some time after the incident. In some cases the victim may not tell anyone what has happened to them.
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Drink spiking may constitute an offence under the Offences Against The Persons Act 1861 (Section 22, administering poison to endanger life; and Section 23, administering poison to aggrieve). In 200405 a total of six cases were recorded under these Sections of the Act. However it is not possible to easily differentiate between cases of drink spiking and other poisonings. Drink spiking is difficult to prove and is often connected with more serious offences such as sexual assaults. Consequently in many cases the more serious offence will be recorded rather than those offences under Sections 22 and 23 of the Act.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the spending by each education and library board in the Province on substitute teachers in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Hanson: The Government has provided initial financial support and established a cross Departmental Review Group to consider longer term support to women's organisations delivering services following the end of previous funding streams in the first financial year.
Following consideration of the report of the review group I extended the short term programme and with ministerial colleagues have set in motion potential
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longer term support for these organisations. This means that we have been able to provide an additional £1,850,000 in the current financial year to protect these key organisations.
With regard to the future women's centres will have to demonstrate and provide supporting evidence of need for these services and will have to compete with others that may want to deliver the same services, however given the capacity of the centres I am confident that they will continue to serve those in most need for many years to come.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many households received funding from the Warm Homes Scheme in the last 12 months in each district council area in the Province. 
|District council||Number of households in receipt of insulation measures(77)||Number of households in receipt of heating measures(77)|
|Dungannon and South Tyrone|
|Newry and Mourne||643||286|