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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated over the next three years to (a) develop general practitioners with specialist interests and (b) provide for the accreditation of such doctors. 
Mr. Woodward: No formal extra central funding has been allocated over the next three years to develop general practitioners with specialist interests but Health and Social Services Boards do fund a small number of general practitioners for providing certain specialised services although the overall amount is not readily available. Accreditation of GPs carrying out this specialist work would be the responsibility of the individual Board.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients within each health trust area in the Province have (a) received, (b) accepted and (c) declined second offers for treatment. 
Mr. Woodward: In July I announced a major programme of reform to address Northern Ireland's unacceptable waiting times. By March 2006, I would expect no-one to be waiting more than 12 months for in-patient or day case treatment with shorter waiting times for cardiac surgery (six months), cataracts (six months), and major joint replacement (nine months). An alternative offer scheme has been set up to guarantee patients an offer of treatment within these time scales and I have established the Northern Ireland Patient Offer Centre to facilitate this scheme.
|Trust||Offers received||Offers accepted||Offers declined|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||24||23||1|
|Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust||43||30||13|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||32||21||11|
|Quarter||Total number of trolley waits|
|30 June 2002||1,375|
|30 September 2002||1,450|
|31 December 2002||1,509|
|31 March 2003||1,575|
|30 June 2003||1,652|
|30 September 2003||1,759'|
|31 December 2003||1,996|
|31 March 2004||2,106|
|30 June 2004||1,941|
|30 September 2004||2,008|
|31 December 2004||1,993|
|31 March 2005||2,230|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which female gonadotropin products are used by the Regional Fertility Clinic in Belfast; how much they cost; and by what process the decision is taken to use them. 
Mr. Woodward: The Regional Fertility Centre has advised that they currently use several gonadotropin products. These include Puregon, Gonal F and Menogon injections. Puregon is prescribed as the product of choice for Assisted Conception but is also used for other procedures. Gonal F and Menogon are prescribed for procedures such as ovulation induction.
|Quarter||Total number of trolley waits|
|30 June 2002||3,152|
|30 September 2002||3,360|
|31 December 2002||4,009|
|31 March 2003||4,240|
|30 June 2003||4,419|
|30 September 2003||4,277|
|31 December 2003||4,639|
|31 March 2004||4,421|
|30 June 2004||4,356|
|30 September 2004||4,240|
|31 December 2004||4,201|
|31 March 2005||4,434|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps have been taken to provide (a) investment and (b) infrastructure aimed at sustaining key services at the Tyrone County and Erne Hospitals since 30th June 2004. 
Mr. Woodward: Substantial investment has been made in maintaining services at Tyrone County and the Erne hospitals. The Department has provided Sperrin Lakeland Trust with additional capital funding of £1.9 million in 200405 and approximately £3.5 million in 200506, specifically targeted on sustaining key services in the Erne and Tyrone County hospitals. This additional funding has supported, among other things, the provision of a CT scanner and ultrasound and mammography accommodation at TCH and the refurbishment of A&E and paediatric facilities at the Erne.
In addition, the Trust has advised that they have recruited a total of 15 doctors as staff grade anaesthetists, staff grade surgeons, radiologists and A&E doctors, and that of the 51 nurses recruited over the past two years from outside the UK, 32 remain in post.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time was at Accident and Emergency in the Causeway hospital during (a) November 2004 and (b) November 2005. 
Mr. Woodward: (a) The Clinical Information System which records waiting times at the Accident and Emergency Department in Causeway hospital did not 'go live' until mid November 2004. Therefore information on average waiting times during November 2004 is not available.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed at HMP Magilligan on a (a) full and (b) part-time basis; and how much was earned in total by these personnel in the 200405 financial year. 
There were 438 full-time staff employed at Magilligan and 1 part-time member of staff as at 30 November 2005. Payments for basic salary, overtime and allowances for these staff in 200405 amounted to £13.3 million.
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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 632W, on inward investment, what assessment he has made of what steps should be taken to increase the level of foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith: Invest NI constantly assesses what steps should be taken to increase the level of foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland. In doing so Invest NI continually evaluates the sectoral focus of its marketing activities and location of overseas offices.
One example of this is the development of a Northern Ireland proposition offering a business solution for companies in the financial services sector. This led to the establishment of a Citigroup project in Northern Ireland and Invest NI's decision to open an office in New York in June 2005.
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