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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many deaths there were in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Upper Bann in each of the last five years in which alcohol was the primary cause. 
Angela E. Smith: The following table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland and Upper Bann parliamentary constituency in each year between 2000 and 2004 where the underlying cause of death indicated a condition directly related to alcohol 1
|Northern Ireland||Upper Bann|
Mr. Woodward: In the Report, Reducing Alcohol Related Harm in Northern Ireland, it was estimated that, in 199798, the last year for which costs are available, the social costs to the HPSS amounted to £26.8 million per year. This included the costs of occupied psychiatric and acute beds, general practice costs and responses to alcohol-related harm.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Upper Bann have been in receipt of (a) disability living allowance, (b) income support and (c) jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years. 
|Month of May||Upper Bann disability living allowance recipients|
|Upper Bann income support recipients|
|Upper Bann jobseekers allowance recipients|
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of fraud have been detected in Northern Ireland in relation to (a) disability living allowance, (b) incapacity benefit and (c) jobseeker's allowance in each of the last five years. 
|Disability living allowance||3||14||34||48||40|
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in relation to benefit fraud in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
|2005-YTD (Ending 30 November)||138||132|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients received bortezomib within each of the health board areas in the Province in the last year for which figures are available. 
Angela E. Smith: The Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD), has in place a bovine tuberculosis (TB) control programme, which aims to bring about a substantial reduction in TB disease levels in Northern Ireland. The incidence of TB has been decreasing in Northern Ireland since early to mid-2003. This trend has continued during the first ten months of 2005.
The control measures are based on a programme of testing, the slaughter of infected animals, the restriction of movements of animals to and from infected herds and surrounding herds, and the tracing of contact animals.
Following the TB policy review undertaken in 2002, DARD has introduced a number of new measures to strengthen the control of TB in Northern Ireland. The most important of these measures are tighter restrictions on overdue tests and changes to the valuation system, including the establishment of an independent appeal panel to resolve valuation disputes.
Work is also underway on the feasibility of further measures that can be introduced to control TB. This includes a pilot on the use of the gamma interferon blood test, in combination with skin testing, to assist in the detection of TB in cattle in certain circumstances, and a review of the existing arrangements for TB testing arrangements.
In relation to badgers and TB, a Badger Stakeholder Group was established in May 2004 to review all the relevant information available on badgers and to consider the potential need for a badger management
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strategy to help reduce TB levels in Northern Ireland. At present, work is being finalised on cost/benefit information relevant to Northern Ireland to assist the Group, and the results of that work will be presented to the Group at a further meeting. The Group is expected to report in early 2006. No decision will be taken on badgers in Northern Ireland until the work of the Badger Stakeholder Group has been completed.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will (a) initiate an inquiry into clerical child sexual abuse in every school in the maintained sector in Northern Ireland and (b) initiate a joint inquiry with authorities in the Republic of Ireland into clerical child sexual abuse in every Roman Catholic diocese that straddles the border; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: Officials from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) have held separate meetings with the PSNI, the Department of Health and Children in the Republic of Ireland, the National Children's Office in the Republic of Ireland and senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church to discuss implications of the Ferns Report and other disclosures relating to allegations of clerical abuse against children. PSNI has also met separately with senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church. A further meeting involving DHSSPS, PSNI and senior representatives of the Roman Catholic Church is scheduled before Christmas following which decisions will be taken by DHSSPS and the PSNI on the appropriate course of action to be followed.
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