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NORTHERN IRELAND

Cataract Operations

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cataract operations were carried out by the NHS in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [36383]


 
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Mr. Woodward: Information on the number of cataract operations carried out in acute hospitals in Northern Ireland in each year from 1995–96 to 2004–05 (the latest year for which data are available) is shown in the following table.
Number of cataract operations
2004–058,381
2003–048,501
2002–037,666
2001–027,187
2000–017,178
1999–20006,746
1998–996,487
1997–986,224
1996–975,556
1995–965,677




Source:
Hospital Inpatient System



David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time is in Northern Ireland for a cataract operation. [36384]

Mr. Woodward: Waiting list information is collected by time band. It is therefore not possible to calculate the arithmetic mean (average) length of time waiting. It is however possible to identify the median or mid-point waiting time band.

The median waiting time band for in-patients who were waiting for a cataract operation at 30 September 2005 was 3–5 months.

Child Abuse Allegations

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much government funding has been set aside by the Council of Catholic Maintained Schools to meet the cost of potential child abuse allegations in the maintained sector of schooling in Northern Ireland. [36507]

Angela E. Smith: The Council for Catholic Maintained Schools does not set aside specific funding for the handling of child abuse allegations. Such matters are dealt with as part of the council's duties from within its annual recurrent budget.

Class Sizes

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average class size for (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the integrated sector in Northern Ireland was in each of the last 10 years. [36315]

Angela E. Smith: The average class size for primary schools in the integrated sector in Northern Ireland was as follows:
Average class size
1995–9623.0
1996–9722.8
1997–9823.2
1998–9923.8
1999–200024.3
2000–0124.7
2001–0224.9
2002–0324.9
2003–0424.5
2004–0524.8




Notes:
1.The average class size quoted refers to year 1 to year 7 pupils in composite and non-composite classes.
2.The figures include controlled integrated and grant maintained integrated schools.




 
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The requested information in respect of secondary schools was not collected at the time, and any attempt to do so retrospectively would be problematic and could be done only at disproportionate cost.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average class size is in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area. [36316]

Angela E. Smith: The average class size in primary schools in the Southern Education and Library Board area in 2004–05 was 22.7 pupils.

The requested information in respect of secondary schools was not collected at the time, and any attempt to do so retrospectively would be problematic and could be done only at disproportionate cost.

The average class size quoted refers to year 1 to year 7 pupils in composite and non-composite classes.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average class size was in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in the (i)Banbridge, (ii) Lurgan and (iii) Portadown area in each of the last 10 years. [36317]

Angela E. Smith: The requested information is as follows:
Schools in
BanbridgePortadownLurgan
1995–9624.623.624.9
1996–9725.923.625.2
1997–9825.923.424.9
1998–9925.423.224.8
1999–200025.523.024.6
2000–0125523.8243
2001–0224.724.124.4
2002–0325.124.223.8
2003–0426.723.323.7
2004–0526.523.324.1




Note:
1.The average class size quoted refers to year 1 to year 7 pupils in composite and non-composite classes.
2.Data refers to schools located within the specified towns. Schools that are no longer open have not been included (except in the case of amalgamations).



The requested information in respect of secondary schools was not collected at the time, and any attempt to do so retrospectively would be problematic and could be done only at disproportionate cost.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the ratio of children to computers in each primary school in (a) Banbridge, (b) Lurgan and (c) Portadown was in each of the last 10 years. [36318]


 
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Angela E. Smith: Information in the form requested is not readily available.

Neither the Department of Education (DE) nor the Education and Library Boards hold this level of detail. The only information available relates to the computers provided by DE under the Classroom 2000 Initiative (C2k).

The C2k service is provided as a core allocation to schools at no charge to their delegated budgets. It provides almost 40,000 PCs to all grant-aided schools in Northern Ireland. Rollout of the C2k service began in December 2001 and was completed in June 2004. C2k computers were provided to primary schools based on pupil numbers strictly in accordance with the following ratios:
Key StageRatio (computers:pupils)
KS11:14
KS21:10

In aggregate, this equates to one PC is for every 12 pupils in each grant-aided primary school. Individual schools may also purchase additional ICT equipment from their delegated budgets or from other sources. Schools are not required to provide an inventory of this additional equipment. This means that the ratios quoted above represent the absolute minimum in any grant-aided school.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average class size was for (a) primary schools and (b) secondary schools in the (i)controlled and (ii) maintained sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [36505]

Angela E. Smith: The average class size for primary schools in the controlled and maintained sectors in Northern Ireland was as follows:
Controlled sectorMaintained sector
1995–9624.024.1
l996–9724.124.0
1997–9823.823.8
1998–9924.223.9
1999–200024.223.6
2000–0124.023.4
2001–0223.623.2
2002–0323.523.1
2003–0423.422.9
2004–0523.222.8




Notes:
1.The average class size quoted refers to year 1 to year 7 pupils in composite and non-composite classes.
2.The figures for the controlled sector do not include controlled integrated schools.



The requested information in respect of secondary schools was not collected at the time, and any attempt to do so retrospectively would be problematic and could be done only at disproportionate cost.

Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the office holders in
 
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the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments at the time the current guidance for relationships and sexuality education was drawn up. [36257]

Angela E. Smith: Membership of the Northern Ireland Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment at the time the current guidance for relationships and sexuality education was drawn-up (1999–2000) was as follows:

Chairman

Members

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public funding the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments has received in each of the last five financial years. [36258]

Angela E. Smith: The information sought is as follows:
£000

Public funding received
2000–0111,230
2001–0212,317
2002–0313,996
2003–0416,275
2004–0517,302

These figures relate to funding provided by the Department of Education and, from 2003–04, also from the Department of Employment and Learning.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of preparing and publishing the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessments' current guidance for relationships and sexuality education in primary schools and post-primary schools. [36259]

Angela E. Smith: The cost of preparing and publishing the current guidance on relationships and sexuality education was £14,585.00.
 
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