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Hospital-acquired Infections

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths have been associated with hospital-acquired infections in Northern Ireland in the last five years. [31055]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is not available.

Housing

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what proportion of South Antrim housing stock has been sold under the right-to-buy scheme since 1990. [31072]

Mr. Hanson: Approximately 47 per cent. (2,527) of the Housing Executive stock in the South Antrim area (5,370 in 1990) has been sold under its House Sales Scheme.

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department has allocated for social housing in each constituency of Northern Ireland in each of the past 10 years. [31959]

Mr. Hanson: The information is not available in the form requested. The following table shows the Department for Social Development's allocation to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and registered housing associations for social housing in each of the past 10 years:
Allocation (£ million)
1995–96203.213
1996–97218.290
1997–98234.436
1998–99263.073
1999–2000256.458
2000–01252.914
2001–02264.678
2002–03294.128
2003–04306.887
2004–05320.679









 
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many houses in the public sector in Northern Ireland are deemed inadequate by district housing offices due to poor heating and insulation. [32096]

Mr. Hanson: While 97 per cent. of public sector housing has some form of central heating and insulation, not all meet the decent homes thermal comfort criterion, because of its high specification compared to the former fitness standard. It is therefore estimated that some 33,680 houses in the public sector are deemed inadequate due to the standard of heating and insulation. However, the Department's objective is to ensure that the decent homes standard will be met by all public sector housing by 31 December 2010.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the change in the total value of (a) current and (b) past tenant arrears of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been since 1995. [32218]

Mr. Hanson: The following table details Northern Ireland Housing Executive's past and current tenant arrears between 1995 and 2005:
£ million

As at 31 March
each year:
Current tenants debtPast
tenants debt
Total debt
199511.8881.82713.715
199611.2701.71512.985
199711.1551.63812.793
199810.8331.65812.491
199911.4741.89013.364
200012.3272.26914.596
200114.6902.66817.358
200215.3103.71719.027
200314.9343.95418.888
200414.6394.44219.081
200513.7294.02217.751

Motoring Offences

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many drivers were prosecuted for driving (a) without insurance and (b) while banned in each Westminster constituency in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. [31051]

Mr. Hanson: Prosecution data cannot be readily broken down by Northern Ireland constituency. The statistics included in the table are based on the PSNI District Command Unit in which an offender's address falls.

Data relating to 2004 will be available in early 2006.
Table 1: Persons prosecuted for driving without insurance by PSNI District Command Unit 2001–2003(113)

2001(114)20022003
Antrim789896
Ards121139119
Armagh109132152
Banbridge536670
Belfast East118189154
Belfast North292314301
Belfast South124121105
Belfast West168297187
Ballymena9214988
Ballymoney495658
Carrickfergus707779
Coleraine8812993
Cookstown768763
Craigavon145235271
Castlereagh689773
Dungannon161138114
Down132146124
Fermanagh148221165
Foyle361316353
Larne649159
Limavady617990
Lisburn163212241
Magherafelt6688L55
Moyle265241
Newtownabbey113135131
North Down102182120
Newry and Mourne207194235
Omagh180181147
Strabane121161108
Missing(115)8212697
Total3,6384,5083,989


(113)Data are based on the police District Command Unit in which an offender's address falls.
(114)The District Command Unit structure became operational in April 2001. However, for the purposes of comparability with later years, figures for 2001 also include the period January to March.
(115)Missing data relate to those offenders for which DCU information is not available.



 
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Table 2: Persons prosecuted for driving while disqualified by PSNI District Command Unit 2001–03(116)

2001(117)20022003
Antrim201717
Ards283141
Armagh293134
Banbridge121811
Belfast East586355
Belfast North565378
Belfast South484240
Belfast West486877
Ballymena232131
Ballymoney71422
Carrickfergus21916
Coleraine202222
Cookstown71312
Craigavon375164
Castlereagh141624
Dungannon172733
Down252038
Fermanagh323845
Foyle797569
Larne161315
Limavady111511
Lisburn344475
Magherafelt51713
Moyle378
Newtownabbey272219
North Down193245
Newry and Mourne353925
Omagh514645
Strabane213216
Missing(118)192324
Total8229191,025


(116)Data are based on the police District Command Unit in which an offender's address falls.
(117)The District Command Unit structure became operational in April 2001. However, for the purposes of comparability with later years, figures for 2001 also include the period January to March.
(118)Missing data relate to those offenders for which DCU information is not available.



 
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Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speeding fines in South Antrim remain unpaid. [31075]

Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland do not record statistics by parliamentary constituency, but by District Command Unit. The available figures for Antrim DCU show that during the period 1 January 2005 to 30 September 2005, 821 endorsable fixed penalty notices were issued for excess speed and 110 of these remain unpaid.

Murders

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many persons convicted of murder in the Province during the current troubles in cases where all proceedings are complete (a) have been sentenced to terms of imprisonment of (i) less than five years, (ii) five to 10 years, (iii) 10 to 20 years and (iv)more than 20 years, (b) have been released otherwise than under the Belfast agreement having served terms of imprisonment of (A) less than five years, (B) five to 10 years, (C) 10 to 20 years and (D) more than 20 years and (c) have been released under the Belfast agreement having served terms of imprisonment of (1) less than five years, (2) five to 10 years, (3) 10 to 20 years and (4) more than 20 years. [29623]

Mr. Hanson: In relation to part (a) (i-iv) for persons sentenced to life imprisonment, further details regarding actual sentence length are not held within the NIO court datasets. Therefore, as a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment applies in the case of murder. Table 1 provides only the number of persons sentenced in each of the years for which data is currently available.
Table 1: Number of persons sentenced for murder: 1993 to 2003

Number sentenced
199318
199417
199519
199613
19973
199817
199913
200013
20016
200214
200318




Notes:
1.Figures exclude attempts, aiding and abetting and conspiracy to murder.
2.1993 is the earliest year for which data are available. Figures for 2004 will be available in early 2006.
3.The figures refer to all murders including non-paramilitary murders.
Source:
Northern Ireland Office



In relation to part (b) (A-D) for persons convicted of murder and released otherwise than under the Belfast agreement, available information indicates that 395 people have been released since 1975. Table 2 shows the time served by these prisoners. These figures include persons sentenced to be detained at the pleasure of the Secretary of State who were under 18 years of age at the
 
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time of their offence. It is possible that not all of those recorded in the figures were convicted in Northern Ireland.
Table 2: Numbers of persons convicted of murder and released otherwise than under the Belfast agreement; 1975 to 2005 (November)

Time servedNumber of persons
Less than 5 years1
5 years to less than 10 years21
10 years to less than 20 years372
20 years or more1
Total395




Source:
Northern Ireland Prison Service



In relation to part (c) (1–4) for persons released under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998, introduced following the Belfast agreement, available information indicates that a total of 146 persons convicted of murder have been released. Table 3 shows the time served by these prisoners. The figures include persons sentenced to be detained at the pleasure of the Secretary of State who were under 18 years of age at the time of their offence. It is possible that not all of those recorded in the figures were convicted in Northern Ireland. Persons released under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 from imprisonment following breach of licence for an earlier sentence for murder have not been included. Only time in custody served in Northern Ireland is included.
Table 3: Numbers of persons convicted of murder and released under the Belfast agreement; 1998 to 2005 (November)

Time servedNumber of persons
Less than 5 years13
5 years to less than 10 years62
10 years to less than 20 years70
20 years or more1
Total146




Source:
Northern Ireland Office




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