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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on ambulance staff responding to 999 calls in Northern Ireland, occurred in the first 10 months of (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. 
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Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days Mr. Andrew Smith worked for the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency as a non-executive director in each year he was employed. 
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Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who gave approval to the Northern Ireland Social Security Agency to employ Mr. Andrew Smith as a non-executive director beyond his contracted annual total of days. 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many animals taken into care by the responsible authorities in Northern Ireland were destroyed in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available. 
Under the Dogs (Northern Ireland) Order 1983 district councils are responsible for dealing with stray dogs in Northern Ireland. In the 12-month period January to December 2004 district councils impounded 9,145 dogs and placed them in approved dog pounds. Of these 3,371 were humanely destroyed. The remainder were either reclaimed by their owners or sold by the dog pounds.
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Mr. Hanson: Four projects in the North Down area have been supported through the Community Safety Challenge Competition to tackle antisocial behaviour. The amount of funding allocated to these projects was £120,705 and £143,603 for 200304 and 200405 respectively. Other regional initiatives include the objective of reducing antisocial behaviour but it is not possible to disaggregate expenditure specific to the North Down area.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the ministerial visits that have taken place to the Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Ards hospital in each of the past five years. 
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many compensation awards have been made to workers suffering from an asbestos-related health condition in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Angela E. Smith: In each of the last five years compensation awards have been made under the Pneumoconiosis, etc., (Workers' Compensation) (NI) Order 1979 to workers suffering from an asbestos related condition in Northern Ireland as follows:
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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland who would be responsible for co-ordinating responses across the Health Board areas in Northern Ireland in the event of an avian influenza pandemic. 
Mr. Woodward: In the event of a pandemic influenza occurring in Northern Ireland the Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety would activate the Regional Health Command Centre which would then direct the use of all Health and Personal Social Services resources including the establishment of the Northern Ireland Influenza Pandemic Control Committee. Details of actions at each phase of a pandemic are described in the Northern Ireland Influenza Contingency Plan, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding when the Government plans to upgrade the road route from Belfast International Airport (BIA) to Belfast city centre. I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
The most significant delays on this route are experienced by southbound traffic on the M2 motorway approaching the Sandyknowes junction in the morning peak hour. Roads Service plans to widen the southbound carriageway to create an additional lane between the Sandyknowes and Greencastle junctions. This will make it easier for traffic joining the motorway whilst providing greater capacity for Belfast-bound traffic on the motorway. Construction of these improvements is expected to start during 2008.
This £30 million M2 Widening Scheme is one of three schemes forming part of the £100 million Roads Service's Design, Build, Finance and Operate Package 1, along with the Ml/Westlink Project and the Antrim Hospital slip roads.
Belfast International airport has, in common with the other two commercial airports in Northern Ireland, benefited in the past from the Government's Air Route Development Fund. However, the operation of this fund is currently in abeyance.
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Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to upgrade the infrastructure on the Belfast to Dublin railway line to reduce the train travel time between Belfast and Dublin; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Translink has recently commissioned a consultant to undertake a study into the feasibility and likely cost of reducing journey times for rail services between Belfast and Dublin. As the study is expected to continue to the end of this year, a statement cannot be made at this stage.
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