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Road Traffic Accidents

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) road traffic accidents and (b) fatal road traffic accidents there have been in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years where the major contributory factor has been (i) speed, (ii) excess alcohol and (iii) failure to maintain the vehicle. [36526]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is contained in the following tables:
Injury road traffic collisions due to excessive speed

Fatal collision22234035323636362923312
Serious collision2112172322022082252372251491612,067
Slight collision7307467877887677096315825083896,637

Injury road traffic collisions due to alcohol or drugsl

Fatal collision32334328324537343731352
Serious collision109107123135104125123127116891,158
Slight collision2772953443503773953313222802383,209

(27) Figures include alcohol/drugs—driver/rider, alcohol/drugs—pedestrian and alcohol/drugs—passenger.

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Injury road traffic collisions due to failure to maintain vehicle(28)

Fatal collision21211211112
Serious collision5712275442149
Slight collision18311826192622221317212

(28) Failure to maintain vehicle is comprised of the following factors: defective brakes, defective steering/suspension, defective front lights, defective rear lights and defective tyres.

Roads Service

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what penalty clauses are normally included as part of Roads Service contracts. [36339]

Mr. Woodward: The chief executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Malcolm McKibbin, dated 13 December 2005:

Alcohol Sales (Under-age Children)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) publicans and (b) off licence proprietors in Northern Ireland have been (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of selling alcohol to underage children in each of the last five years. [36335]

Mr. Hanson: It is not possible to identify separately prosecutions brought against publicans and off licence proprietors. The prosecutions and convictions included in Table 1 are for the offences of 'selling intoxicating liquor to a minor' and 'licensee selling intoxicating liquor to a minor'.

Figures are provided for 1999 to 2003. Data beyond 2003 will become available in early 2006.
Table 1: Prosecutions and convictions for selling alcohol to a minor 1999–2003

Number of prosecutionsNumber of convictions

Figures are based on the principal rule, thus only the most serious offence for which an offender is charged is recorded.

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Speed Cameras

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue has been generated in Northern Ireland by speed cameras in each of the last 10 years. [36525]

Mr. Woodward: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer given to the hon. Member for South Antrim (Dr. McCrea) on 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1381W, which advised that figures were only available from 2001 and detailed the revenue raised by speed cameras in each year since then.


David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland how many teachers in Northern Ireland left the profession in the last five years after(a) less than 10 years and (b) between 10 and 15 years. [36552]

Angela E. Smith: The information is as follows.
Number of teachers in Northern Ireland who have left the profession in Northern Ireland after (a) less than 10 years and (b) between 10 and 15 years

Number of teachers
Less than 10 years932
Between 10 and 15 years102

1. The figures supplied are based on permanent teachers employed in primary and secondary schools in Northern Ireland since April 1987 who left the profession after (a) less than 10 years and (b) between 10 and 15 years.
2. Excludes teachers who commenced service on or before 1 April 1987.
3. Excludes teachers with a retirement indicator against their record.
4. Excludes substitute/temporary and part-time teachers and those employed in voluntary grammar and FE colleges.
5. Service has been calculated from pay history, on the basis of permanent pay type only and excludes any periods that a teacher was on unpaid leave.

Arlene Arkinson

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will take steps to extend the remit of the forensic expert in Northern Ireland in relation to the recovery of the disappeared to include recovery of the remains of Arlene Arkinson. [35071]

Mr. Woodward: The Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) has in place a comprehensive search strategy as part of the overall investigation into the murder of Arlene Arkinson. The Chief Constable will ensure that the resources required to properly conduct the investigation
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are in place. Should the PSNI believe that any expert or specialist could add value to the investigation they will, of course, be considered.

University Students (Science)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students attending
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university in Northern Ireland have studied a science subject in each of the last 10 years, broken down by subject. [36551]

Angela E. Smith: The following table provides enrolments on science courses at NI Higher Education institutions from 1994–95 to 2003–04.
Medicine and Dentistry1,1941,2131,1761,2021,233
Subjects allied to Medicine3,4452,9443,3324,9496,103
Biological Sciences
Other Biological sciences1,6271,7601,7191,7931,752
Veterinary Science, Agriculture and related subjects384364394438541
Physical Sciences
Other Physical Sciences1,0031,0579851,0521,037
Mathematical Sciences468503468468449
Computer Science1,7991,9552,1652,5892,867
Engineering and Technology2,8282,6132,7232,6052,404
Architecture, Building and Planning1,0791,3571,3141,3061,327

Medicine and Dentistry1,2611,3151,3231,3241,337
Subjects allied to Medicine6,2056,3296,7017,8248,693
Biological Sciences
Other Biological sciences1,7951,7361,6892,2402,222
Veterinary Science, Agriculture and related subjects408413395323406
Physical Sciences
Other Physical Sciences1,0231,0671,0691,0351,106
Mathematical Sciences456415363386377
Computer Science3,2053,5113,6854,1393,789
Engineering and Technology2,2362,3522,4342,8402,760
Architecture, Building and Planning1,4071,3501,3871,5081,773

A new subject coding system was introduced for the 2002–03 academic year in which single enrolments are split over one or more subject groups reflecting the programme of study. Comparisons between 2002–03, 2003–04 and previous years is therefore not recommended. For comparability over the 10 years, figures are based on a snapshot of enrolments at 1 December within the academic year.

Information on full-year enrolments on all higher education courses at NI institutions is available to view at:

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