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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are being taken to ensure continuity of supply to Northern Ireland electricity consumers following the recent problems at Coolkeeragh Power Station. 
Angela E. Smith: In order to meet Northern Ireland's electricity demand during the current unavailability of Coolkeeragh power station, Northern Ireland's available generating capacity is being augmented by imports from Great Britain via the Moyle Interconnector and by energy trades with the Republic of Ireland via the North-South interconnector. In addition, Northern Ireland Electricity plc has taken steps to help maintain electricity supplies by ensuring that adequate stocks of back-up fuel are held at the Ballylumford and Kilroot power stations.
Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the costs have been to each
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health board of employing private agency staff in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Woodward: The bulk of the costs in question are incurred by the 19 HSS trusts. The information provided in the table relates agency expenditure to a trust's host Board i.e. the area in which each trust is located.
In addition, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, in providing its regional service, incurred expenditure on agency staff of £267,000 and £306,000 in the years 200304 and 200405 respectively. It incurred no such expenditure in 200203.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many car parking spaces were provided by (a) Belfast City Hospital, (b) Mater Infirmorum Hospital, (c) the Royal Group of Hospitals and (d) Ulster Hospital in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was raised through parking charges by each hospital in that year. 
|Number of parking spaces||Amount generated for Trusts in 200405|
|Belfast City Hospital||1,080||623,000|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital||357||117,000|
|Royal Group of Hospitals||2,311||0|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the rate of delayed discharge was in each major hospital in Northern Ireland on the last date for which figures are available. 
|Rate of delayed discharge (Percentage)|
|Belfast City Hospital||3.77|
|Musgrave Park Hospital||3.77|
|Royal Victoria Hospital||4.54|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital||2.43|
|Lagan Valley Hospital||3.39|
|Robinson Memorial Hospital||8.00|
|Braid Valley Hospital||53.05|
|South Tyrone Hospital||19.51|
|Craigavon Area Hospital||0.80|
|Daisy Hill Hospital||3.43|
|NI Average Rate||5.82|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what investment was made in Strangford constituency in the last five years by Invest NI; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela E. Smith: During the past five years from April 2000 to March 2005, Invest NI, and its predecessor agencies offered assistance worth £9.5 million to businesses within the Strangford parliamentary constituency area. This contributed towards a total planned investment of £42.6 million.
The Invest NI Local Office Network actively promotes enterprise and business start-ups in the area through partnerships with local business development bodies and the district councils. The Start a Business Programme has supported 667 locally focused business starts within Strangford since September 2001 to date. These are estimated to produce an associated additional investment within the Strangford area of almost £6.7 million.
Angela E. Smith: Staff working in the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency are employed by the Department of Finance and Personnel. At the end of December 2005 none of those staff were graded as researchers.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the stepsbeing taken to resolve the current pay disputes within the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency. 
Angela E. Smith: The chief executive of NISRA has sought delegated authority for the pay of survey interviewers with a view to resolving the outstanding pay issue for this group. The relevant trade union has been consulted on this issue and its views are currently being considered by the Department.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency; and how many of these are regarded as employees of the Northern Ireland civil service. 
Angela E. Smith: The number of staff working in the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency at the end of December 2005 was 369, of whom 110 were graded as administrative staff and 242 were graded as statisticians. In addition, NISRA had 17 other staff (including students) on a casual basis. NISRA also has a field-force of 298 fee-paid survey interviewers who have a non-guaranteed hours contract unique to their role.
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