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7. Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what discussions he has held with victims groups in Northern Ireland on the proposals in the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill. 
Mr. Hain: In the last two weeks my ministerial colleagues and I have met with representatives of the RUC George Cross Foundation, the RUC George Cross Widows Association and RUC George Cross Parents Association, and also with the Police Federation, the Superintendents Association and the Prison Governors Association and with representatives of the four main Christian denominations, who also have an interest in the concerns of victims.
My right hon. friend the Prime Minister will also meet representatives from the RUC George Cross Parents Association and the RUC George Cross Widows Association later this afternoon, at the request of the hon. Member for North Down.
Mr. Woodward: Prior to announcing controls to protect workers in Northern Ireland by April 2007, we received significant support for comprehensive controls from the public, consulted widely and fully with trade unionsall but one totally supported comprehensive controlsand discussed the impact on the employment and hospitality sectors in Dublin and New York.
9. Michael Connarty: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent assessment he has made of the criminal activities of members and former members of Northern Ireland's paramilitary organisations. 
11. Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of paramilitary violence have been attributed to (a) loyalist and (b) republican organisations in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woodward: We continue to see dramatic improvements in the security situation. Paramilitary attacks also continue on a downward trend. The Independent Monitoring Commission (IMC) report published in October stated that the initial signs following the Provisional IRA statement were encouraging.
Angela E. Smith:
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of subordinate and primary legislation. Full compliance with the main water quality Directives will be achieved through completion of the on-going major investment programme in wastewater treatment works by the Department for Regional Development.
14. Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland with whom he has held discussions in relation to extending National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines to Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: Proposals for applying NICE guidance in Northern Ireland were originally set out in the 2001 consultation document Best PracticeBest Care". Responses to that consultation indicated widespread support for a link with NICE which would ensure application of the Institute's guidance in Northern Ireland where appropriate. My Department has been discussing the detail of these arrangements with NICE, the Department of Health in London, and local health and social services interests.
Mr. Woodward: The Eastern Health and Social Services Board has recently announced plans to shift resources from the hospital sector to provide better, more effective services in the community. This shift equates to 109 beds and is fully aligned with best practice. It represents a significant step in building and shaping services in a modern way, close to people's homes with less reliance on the hospital sector.
Mr. Woodward: Under Developing Better Services, none of the current hospitals offering acute services will be closedrather, they will be adapted to play their part in a new configuration of service provision.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of admissions to each hospital accident and emergency department in Northern Ireland has been linked to alcohol in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Woodward: Information is not available on the number of attendances at hospital accident and emergency departments that are linked to alcohol. However, the number of admissions to hospital via an accident and emergency department is available.
The table shows the percentage of total admissions to each hospital trust, via the accident and emergency department, that had an associated alcohol-related diagnosis for each of the last five years for which data are available.
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