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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance his Department has given to general practitioners in Northern Ireland in drawing up contingency plans to deal with a potential influenza pandemic; and what further assistance he plans to give. 
In March 2005 the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, posted on its website the Northern Ireland Pandemic Influenza Contingency Plan. On 19 October a revised, updated version of the plan replaced the original one.
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Among other things, the plan calls on Health and Social Services Boards and Trusts to develop their own plans at local levels. The plan describes in detail the responsibilities of boards/trusts and the decisions which they will be required to make. By their nature these involve close collaboration with GPs in planning a co-ordinated response to an outbreak.
On 21 October the Department wrote to GPs and a wide range of other health professionals with advice on the distinction between avian flu and pandemic, enclosing with the letter a set of commonly asked questions and answers. On 7 November a further letter was issued enclosing a key facts summary on pandemic flu and a supply of leaflets to be passed on to patients seeking information about pandemic flu. Both letters also referred recipients to the Department's website to view the updated plan, which will of course continue to be revised in the light of developments.
Mr. Woodward: The Department does not place any restrictions on pharmacies in relation to the time in the year when they may order vaccine for seasonal influenza. Pharmacists are free to order flu vaccine as soon as it is marketed by the manufacturers for the anticipated seasonal virus profile as determined by the World Health Organisation.
(2) what the running costs of the Local Government Audit Office in Northern Ireland have been in each of the last three years; and how many staff are employed in the office, broken down by grade. 
Angela E. Smith: The Local Government Audit function is part of the Northern Ireland Audit Office. Questions relating to its resources are matters for the Comptroller and Auditor-General who will write to the hon. Lady
|Dungannon and South Tyrone||488,830||535,916||1,055,047||1,081,427||930,916|
|Newry and Mourne||3,109,549||3,080,160||1,910,908||1,958,688||2,043,239|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the effect of the forthcoming Reform of Public Administration on capital expenditure projects by local councils in Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith: My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland announced his decisions on the Review of Public Administration on the 22 November 2005. In matters concerning capital expenditure projects, councils would be expected to exercise prudence and not enter into commitments that would impose an unnecessary burden on ratepayers, now or in the future.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children have left care in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; and how many of these had no formal qualifications. 
Mr. Woodward: Information regarding the numbers of children who ceased to be looked after and the educational attainment of these children is only available relating to children aged 16 or over. The latest available information is detailed in the following table.
|Children who ceased to be looked after||Children who ceased to be looked after with no formal qualifications|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) medical school places and (b) junior doctor posts there have been in Northern Ireland in each year since 1990. 
|Medical student intake|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||546|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||806|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||230|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||529|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||789|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||224|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||471|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||772|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||219|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||462|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||693|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||217|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||423|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||673|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||196|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||404|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||658|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||189|
|Specialist Registrars (SpRs)||383|
|Senior House Officers (SHOs)||643|
|Pre-Registration House Officers (PRHOs)||183|
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