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Rail Services

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average daily travel time by train was between Belfast and (a) Coleraine and (b) Londonderry in each month between January and October. [30470]

Mr. Woodward: The average daily travel time between Belfast and (a) Coleraine and (b) Londonderry in each month between January and October is outlined in the following table:
Hours/minutes

Belfast Central to LondonderryLondonderry to Belfast CentralBelfast Central to ColeraineColeraine to Belfast Central
January02.1702.1301.2801.28
February02.1902.1501.3001.30
March02.1702.1301.2801.28
April02.1602.1201.2701.27
May02.1502.1101.2601.26
June02.1202.0801.2301.23
July02.1702.1301.2801.28
August02.1702.1301.2801.28
September02.1702.1301.2801.28
October02.1702.1301.2801.28

Railways

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the cost of providing a passing loop in the Ballykelly area for trains between Coleraine and Londonderry. [32562]

Mr. Woodward: No estimate has been made of the cost of providing a passing loop in the Ballykelly area on the Coleraine to Londonderry line.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints from rail passengers there have been about (a) timings and (b) refreshments on the service between Coleraine and Londonderry in 2005. [32564]

Mr. Woodward: Translink has advised that, in 2005, it has received 29 complaints relating to timings on the rail service between Coleraine and Londonderry and eight complaints relating to refreshment services on the Londonderry line.

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost has been of vandalism to the new trains acquired by Northern Ireland Railways since their introduction. [32565]

Mr. Woodward: To date the total cost of vandalism on the new Class 3000 fleet is £123,826.

Release under Licence

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people released under licence as part of the Belfast Agreement have (a) subsequently been re-arrested under the terms of their licence and (b) been re-released early. [32137]


 
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Mr. Woodward: 15 persons who were released 'early' on their sentences under the Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 have subsequently had their licences suspended under the terms of the Act. One of these has since been released 'early' again on a Sentences Act licence.

Reoffending

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of young offenders re-offended in Northern Ireland in each year since 2001. [30131]

Mr. Hanson: Information is not available in the form requested. The most recent information available on reconviction rates for both juveniles and adults in Northern Ireland has been published by the Northern Ireland Office in two statistical bulletins in March 2005 (Adult Reconviction in Northern Ireland 2001" and Juvenile Reconviction in Northern Ireland 2001"). Copies of these bulletins are available in the Library.

Seconded Police Officers

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are on secondment to other police services. [31272]

Mr. Woodward: There are currently 17 members of the Police Service of Northern Ireland on secondment to other police services.

Sexual Health

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of sexually transmitted infections were diagnosed in each year since 1998, broken down by health board. [31958]

Mr. Woodward: The total number of recorded instances of sexually transmitted infections in each Health Board is not available. However, the total number recorded in Northern Ireland is available and is shown in the following table for the years 1998 to 2004.
Number of sexually transmitted infections
19988,986
199910,169
200011,172
200111,300
200211,868
200311,547
200411,481




Notes:
1.The number of instances of sexually transmitted diseases is measured according to the number of attendances at Genito-Urinary Medicine clinics.
2.These totals contain conditions whose mode of transmission is not solely sexual.
Source:
Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Northern Ireland (CDSC(NI)).



Sex Offenders

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many sex offenders are imprisoned in Northern Ireland. [31284]


 
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Mr. Woodward: As of 24 November 2005 there were a total of 164 prisoners being held by the Northern Ireland Prison Service for offences under Schedule 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, of whom 135 have been sentenced and 29 are on remand.

Specialist Nurses

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what funding has been provided for additional specialist nurses to sufferers of (a) ulcerative colitis and (b) Crohn's disease in Northern Ireland. [32254]

Mr. Woodward: No recurrent funding has been specifically provided for additional specialist nurses to sufferers of ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease. However, funding of £30,000 has been provided for a Community Nursing Redesign Pilot Project, which is looking at a community nurse-led service to develop chronic disease management for patients with colorectal illnesses including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In addition, there are a number of trusts who employ gastroenterology related" specialist nurses, part of whose remit is caring for patients with these conditions.

Terrorist-related Murders

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many terrorist related murders remain unsolved in Northern Ireland. [32136]

Mr. Woodward: There are almost 2,000 unsolved terrorist related murders in Northern Ireland.

Tonsil and Adenoid Removals

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children aged under 16 years in each health board area in Northern Ireland were discharged from hospital after removal of tonsils or adenoids in each of the last 12 months. [31950]

Mr. Woodward: The number of children aged under 16 years, in each health board area in Northern Ireland, discharged from hospital following a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy, in each month during 2004–05 (the latest year for which information is available), is shown in the following table:
Discharges following a tonsillectomy or adenoidectomy performed on children aged under 16
Number

Month of
Discharge
EHSSBNHSSBSHSSBWHSSBUnassigned
2004
April675454243
May823851344
June725248263
July703238471
August664344304
September704862292
October883556331
November1034147388
December732743254
2005
January8025503310
February584052326
March814048764








 
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Under-age Drinking

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions were brought against (a) public houses and (b) nightclubs in Northern Ireland for supplying alcohol to under-age purchasers in each of the last three years. [30691]

Mr. Hanson: It is not possible to identify separately prosecutions brought against public houses and those against nightclubs. The prosecutions included in the table are for the offences of selling intoxicating liquor to a minor" and licensee selling intoxicating liquor to minor" also meaning that the prosecutions could be against any licensed premises and not just public houses or nightclubs.

It should be noted that the court data is recorded on a principal offence rule, so that where proceedings involve more than one offence dealt with at the same time, only the principal offence is recorded (i.e. that attracting the most severe penalty).

The figures cover the period 2001 to 2003 (2003 being the most up-to-date available). Data relating to 2004 will be available in early 2006.
Prosecutions for supplying alcohol to under-age purchasers 2001 to 2003

Number of prosecutions
20011
20024
20035




Source:
Northern Ireland Office




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