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Prisoners (Surgical Waiting Times)

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average time prisoners in Northern Ireland waited before having (a) hip and (b) knee replacement surgery was in each of the last five years. [37801]

Mr. Woodward: There are no prisoners in Northern Ireland Prison Service establishments currently on waiting lists for hip and knee replacement surgery and no prisoners have undergone such surgery within the past five years.

Prosecutions

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many motorists from the Republic of Ireland were (a) stopped by the Police Service for Northern Ireland for motoring offences and (b) were prosecuted for motoring offences in each of the last 10 years. [36518]

Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland does not hold a central record which would identify the number of motorists from the Republic of Ireland who were stopped for motoring offences in each
 
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of the last 10 years. To obtain this information would involve a manual trawl of records at disproportionate cost.

Statistics relating to prosecutions are available for the period 2000 to 2003 and are contained in the following table:
Prosecutions of motorists from the Republic of Ireland for motoring offences 2000–03

Number of prosecutions
2000244
2001194
2002263
2003345

Psychologist Assessments (Children)

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school children in each (i) constituency and (ii) council district in Northern Ireland are on the waiting list for assessment by an educational psychologist; and what the average waiting time was in each case in the last period for which figures are available. [36981]


 
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Angela E. Smith: This information is not readily available from the Education and Library Boards. I will write to the hon. Gentleman as soon as possible.

Data is not collected by constituency and district council area as Education and Library Board areas do not correspond to either constituency or district council areas. The response will therefore be by Education and Library Board and by primary and secondary sector.

Research and Development Grants

Kitty Ussher: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many research and development grants have been awarded to companies in Northern Ireland under the (a) SMART Micro, (b) SMART, (c) START-company only, (d) START-partnership, (e) COMPETE-Phase 1 and (f) COMPETE-Phase 2 programmes in each year for which figures are available; what the total value was of such grants in each year; what the total value is of private sector contributions to funded projects in each year and category; and what the equivalent information is for predecessor schemes in each of the previous five years. [35499]

Angela E. Smith: The following table details the totalvalue of the grants awarded from 1 April 2002 (inception of Invest NI) to date. Prior to that, records were held by individual organisations and are not readily available.
2002–032003–042004–052005–06 to 7 December 2005
SMART Micro
Number of grants awarded0310
Total grant awarded (£)028,00010,0000
Private sector contribution (£)030,44023,0000
SMART
Number of grants awarded416108
Total grant awarded (£)264,937671,538478,932379,457
Private sector contribution (£)369,502496,629409,840269,155
START—company only
Number of grants awarded3162
Total grant awarded (£)4,465,6701,725,0005,703,9652,675,787
Private sector contribution (£)8,705,5611,867,42311,398,3283,604,887
START—partnership
Number of grants awarded1202
Total grant awarded (£)160,557520,1490965,868
Private sector contribution (£)240,836945,40401,448,892
COMPETE Ph 1
Number of grants awarded89613312
Total grant awarded (£)1,039,489696,014375,511139,509
Private sector contribution (£)1,115,971756,835439,789139,503
COMPETE Ph 2
Number of grants awarded58524313
Total grant awarded (£)6,188,4965,103,5814,584,2972,108,304
Private sector contribution (£)13,789,01411,999,4479,172,0704,456,818

Royal Victoria Hospital (Waiting Times)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the waiting list for neurosurgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Northern Ireland. [37598]

Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety has carried out an analysis of the capacity within each trust to meet waiting time targets for 2005–06. Neurosurgery at the Royal Victoria Hospital was identified as a regional specialty in which there is insufficient capacity locally to meet the target. As a result, the trust has developed an action plan with
 
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Commissioners that will utilise additional independent sector capacity in Northern Ireland, Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland. By March 2006 no one will be waiting longer than 12 months for neurosurgery in Northern Ireland.

Royal Group of Hospitals (Neurosurgery Nurses)

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many nurses were recruited to work in neurosurgery at the Royal Group of Hospitals in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [37597]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is provided in the following table.
Number of nurses recruited to work in neurosurgery at the Royal Group of Hospitals in each of the last five years

HeadcountWhole-time equivalent
200144.00
200222.00
20031313.00
20041313.00
20051212.00




Note:
The nursing figures include both qualified and unqualified nurses.
Source:
Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust.



Suicide

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people aged between 15 and 24 committed suicide in Northern Ireland in each of the last 20 years. [37601]

Angela E. Smith: The following table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland, in each year between 1985 and 2004, due to 'suicide and self-inflicted injury' 1 and 'undetermined injury whether accidentally or purposefully inflicted' 2 of people aged 15 to 24 years.


Table: Number of registered deaths by year in Northern Ireland due to 'suicide and self-inflicted injury' and 'undetermined injury whether accidentally or purposefully inflicted' of persons aged 15–24, 1985–2004



Registration year
Number of registered deaths of persons aged 15–24 due to 'suicide' or 'undetermined injury'
198525
198630
198729
198845
198923
199024
199127
199225
199337
199431
199534
199626
199731
199832
199940
200044
200134
200224
200323
200424

 
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Tennis

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland how much public funding has been spent on (a) tennis and (b) coaching young tennis players in the Province in each of the last 10 years. [33272]

Mr. Hanson: The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) is responsible for the development of Sport in NI including the distribution of funding to individual sports. The main sources of funding it provides are Exchequer and lottery.

The Sports Council for Northern Ireland (SCNI) has given the following Exchequer and lottery funding to tennis activities in each of the last ten years.
SCNI Exchequer funding
£

ExchequerLottery
1995–96(122)222,600
1996–97(122)187,750
1997–98(122)583,473
1998–99(122)346,260
1999–20003,747.50227,573
2000–016,1120
2001–0216,226.50112,200
2002–0311,320111,700
2003–0444,30463,958
2004–0555,3000


(122)No information available.


In addition the Department of Finance and Personnel(DFP), Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) and Department for Social Development (DSD) have provided the following funding:
DFP funding
£

TennisTennis and other sports
1996–972,5000
1997–98012,000
1998–993,0400
1999–20005,0000
2000–0100
2001–0200
2002–0300
2003–0400
2004–0510,0000
2005–0600

Includes Peace II funding to other sports projects.
 
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DARD funding
£

Amount of funding
Reason for funding
1995–960n/a
1996–970n/a
1997–98942nd instalment of Woodland Grant Scheme (0.3ha planted in 1992 Loughgall Tennis Club)
1998–990n/a
1999–20000n/a
2000–010n/a
2001–020n/a
2002–03483rd and final instalment of Woodland Grant scheme as above
2003–040n/a
2004–050n/a

DSD funding
£

Amount of funding
1996–970
1997–980
1998–990
1999–200082,854
2000–0192,945
2001–020
2002–030
2003–040
2004–050
2005–06 (to date)0


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