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Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what powers the Northern Ireland Assembly would have to (a) amend and (b) to delete (i)green belt designations, (ii) areas of outstanding natural beauty designations and (iii) sites of special scientific interest after area plans have been adopted. 
Green belts, but not areas of outstanding natural beauty or areas of special scientific interest, are established through the area plan process. In the case of green belt designations any amendment or deletion must be carried out through the statutory process to alter an area plan, as set out in the Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1991.
The Nature Conservation and Amenity Lands (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (as amended), under which areas of outstanding natural beauty are designated, also allows the Department to amend or delete these areas. Similarly, there are provisions in the Environment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, under which areas of special scientific interest are declared, which empower the Department to amend or delete such areas where their scientific interest has been lost.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nursing vacancies there are in each health board area; and how many nurses are employed in each of the hospitals in Northern Ireland. 
Health board area
Health board area
|Altnagelvin Area Hospital||909||809.72|
|Antrim Area Hospital||674||560.59|
|Armagh Community Hospital||7||5.87|
|Belfast City Hospital||1306||1097.11|
|Braid Valley Hospital||73||65.00|
|Craigavon Area Hospital||857||697.46|
|Daisy Hill Hospital||291||243.92|
|Forster Green Hospital/Musgrave Park|
|Holywell/Whiteabbey Hospital (Psychiatric|
|Knockbracken Healthcare Park||145||133.28|
|Lakeview (Previously Stradreagh Hospital)||46||33.24|
|Lagan Valley Hospital||301||246.44|
|Regional Secure Unit (SEBHSST)||21||20.21|
|Shaftesbury Square Hospital||22||18.60|
|South Tyrone Hospital||63||48.19|
|St. Lukes Hospital||172||149.44|
|Thompson House Hospital||44||39.64|
|Tyrone County Hospital||358||332.79|
|Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital||263||256.15|
The Northern Ireland Prison Service is not directly involved with tracking prisoners on parole. However, the PSNI are provided with details of successful applicants for home leave including their addresses and any conditions attached to granting of leave, such as alcohol and/or curfew restrictions. In addition, prisoners may be required to undergo drugs and alcohol testing before leaving and on return to prison. They may also be required to report during release to the Probation Service, who are fully informed regarding home leave conditions. Prisoners may also be required to attend a checkpoint" meeting with staff during home leave and keep a diary.
Certain prisoners, including life sentence prisoners, may be accompanied on periods of home leave particularly during the early stages. Where they are permitted overnight stays, there will be hostel supervision.
Young offenders are required to meet their Probation Officer during home leave. A member of Opportunity Youth may also call unannounced at the home address to check that conditions of temporary release, such as no
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alcohol, are being adhered to. Young Offenders not subject to custody probation orders are required to report to a local police station during home leave.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what criteria are applied in Northern Ireland when considering whether a prisoner is eligible for parole; and if he will make a statement. 
Determinate sentence prisoners sentenced on or after that date may now avail of leave only during the last 12 months of sentence. The number of days' leave granted depends on the length of sentence and continuous custody. All applications by determinate sentence prisoners are considered by the Home Leave Board of the prison establishment concerned and are subject to a satisfactory risk assessment. Each prisoner must provide the board with reasons why home leave is requested and indicate how he will use home leave constructively. Victim issues are also taken into consideration.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by each district command unit to collate and produce Police Service of Northern Ireland statistical information. 
Statistics relating to the main crime types (as outlined by the Home Office counting rules) are automatically generated by computerised crime recording. It is the responsibility of PSNI's central statistics unit to collate and present statistics relating to these matters of crime, security, drugs and certain roads policing offences.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) female and (b) male Police Service of Northern Ireland officers were recruited in each year for which figures are available, broken down by (i) Protestants, (ii) Catholics and (iii)others. 
|Protestant community background||Catholic community background||Not determined||Sub total||Protestant community background||Catholic community background||Not determined||Sub total||Grand total|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what guidance his Department has given the Police Service of Northern Ireland on the (a) purchase and (b) hire of police road vehicles. 
Mr. Woodward: Under the terms of the Management Statement issued by the Department to the Chief Constable in respect of the grant made available for police purposes, the Chief Constable is responsible for ensuring that efficient financial systems and procedures are in place. The Department has not given PSNI any specific guidance on (a) the purchase, (b) the hire of police road vehicles, however PSNI have a service level agreement (SLA) with the NIO Procurement Unit under which advice and guidance can be provided on procurement issues as required.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police vehicles in each district command unit were (a) purchased and (b) hired in each of the last five years for which figures are available. 
|Vehicles purchased||Hire of vehicles|
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