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Myeloma

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his most recent estimate is of the number of myeloma sufferers in the Province. [36496]

Mr. Woodward: Estimates of prevalence are not routinely produced by the NICR, due to the uncertainty surrounding these estimates. However the results of a recent population-based survey (Morris et al, 2004), published in the British Journal of Haematology, indicate that approximately 75 cases of myeloma are diagnosed in Northern Ireland each year.

This information has been provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry and is the most up to date currently available.

Orange Halls (Attacks)

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many attacks on Orange halls have been reported to the police in Northern Ireland in each of the last 30 years for which there are records. [36557]

Mr. Woodward: I have been advised by the PSNI that records date back to 1990 and that statistics are collated from Orange halls and Apprentice Boys halls together. The following table from PSNI records details the number of attacks on Orange halls/Apprentice Boys halls over the last 15 years to 8 December 2005.
Number of attacks on Orange halls/Apprentice Boys halls

19906
199111
199217
199312
19948
199542
199638
199741
199829
199926
200026
200116
20024
200319
20046
2005 (to 8 December)(43)30


(43) 2005 statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor amendment.
Note:
Includes incidents such as stones thrown, petrol bombs thrown, shots fired, malicious fires, etc.





 
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Overseas Nurses

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses from overseas have been employed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [36568]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is provided in the following table.
Number of nurses from overseas employed within the NI HPSS as at 30 September over the last 10 years

HeadcountWhole-time equivalent
199621.49
199721.49
199811.00
199911.00
20002020.00
2001104104.00
2002297297.00
2003742740.55
2004844842.15
2005863862.81




Notes:
1. The figures detailed in this table refer specifically to nurses who have been recruited from overseas by individual trusts.
2. Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust supplied figures as at 31 December for the years 2003 and 2004. Figures for Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust for 2003 and 2004 rely on information submitted by staff.
Source:
NI HSS Trusts




Police

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have taken early retirement in each district command unit in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [31986]

Mr. Woodward: District command units were only formed in 2001. During the period 1 April 2001 until 1 November 2005 1,632 officers have taken early retirement from district command units within the police service.

A breakdown of the figures is set out in the following table:


District command unit
Early retirement
through voluntary severance

Medical retirement
Antrim DCU3314
Ards DCU3022
Armagh DCU2323
Banbridge DCU2812
Belfast East DCU6841
Belfast North DCU6266
Belfast South DCU8635
Belfast West DCU3870
Ballymena DCU1913
Ballymoney DCU163
Carrickfergus DCU2015
Coleraine DCU3821
Cookstown DCU1620
Craigavon DCU4528
Castlereagh DCU4423
Dungannon and South Tyrone DCU1535
Downpatrick DCU4226
Fermanagh DCU3937
Foyle DCU1623
Larne DCU2114
Limavady DCU179
Lisburn DCU3635
Magherafelt DCU2118
Moyle DCU51
Newtownabbey DCU2817
Newry and Mourne DCU3031
North Down DCU4535
Omagh DCU1926
Strabane DCU109
Grand total910722

 
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In respect of the period 1 April 1995—31 March 2001 1,510 officers retired from the service early on medical grounds or voluntary severance.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many police officers have been (a) prosecuted and (b) disciplined as a result of investigation by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. [36559]

Mr. Woodward: The Police Ombudsman advises that the Director of Public Prosecutions has directed charges in 30 cases of police officers as a result of investigation by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland. The chief constable advises that 139 police officers have been disciplined as a result of investigation by the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland.

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Police Service of Northern Ireland officers are on secondment to other police services. [36338]

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

Poverty Statistics

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 28 November 2005, Official Report, column 235W, on poverty statistics, to what he ascribes the increase in pensioner poverty in Northern Ireland; what steps he has taken to address increases in pensioner poverty in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [36563]

Mr. Hanson: The change in the number of pensioners, recorded by the Family Resources Survey as in poverty, should be treated with some caution, because some variation is to be expected from one year to the next in the results of sample surveys. Results from a longer period of time would be required to confirm the trend. It would not be prudent to speculate about possible explanations.

Since 1997 we have taken many steps to tackle pensioner poverty, including the introduction of pension credit, winter fuel payments and free television
 
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licences. Also, since 2000 the basic state pension has risen substantially more than inflation. As a result of these measures during 2005–06 pensioner households will be on average £29 a week better off while the poorest third of pensioner households will be on average £39 a week better off compared with 1997.

Pension credit has been key to this increase in income, currently guaranteeing a minimum income of £109.45 a week for single pensioners and £167.05 for couples. The Government are committed to increasing the guarantee credit element of pension credit by earnings next year and in the next spending round 2006 to 2008.

Skin Cancer

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of skin cancer were diagnosed in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [36334]

Mr. Woodward: The following tables detail the number of incidences of Malignant Melanoma of the skin (ICD-10 C43) and Non-melanoma skin cancer (ICD-10 C44) in Northern Ireland between 1994 and 2003.
Malignant Melanoma of the skin (ICD-10 C43)

Year of diagnosisIncident cases
1994178
1995169
1996175
1997159
1998177
1999179
2000187
2001215
2002245
2003208

Non-Melanoma skin cancer (ICD-10 C44)

Year of diagnosisIncident cases
19942,093
19952,054
19962,234
19972,196
19982,174
19992,261
20002,213
20012,157
20022,377
20032,414

This information has been provided by the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry and is the most up to date currently available.


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