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Angela E. Smith: Three Pathways to Work pilot programmes are currently under way in Northern Ireland in Ballymoney, Lurgan and Magherafelt. An announcement on future expansion of Pathways to Work will be made alongside publication of details of the Skills and Science fund shortly.
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when work is expected to commence on-site for the new police training centre for Northern Ireland; and when building work is likely to be completed. 
Mr. Woodward: Subject to final decisions on the most appropriate funding arrangement the police hope to commence construction of the new Police College in the summer of 2007. We anticipate building will take some 23 years.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what recent estimate he has made of the number of premature deaths in (a) Northern Ireland and (b) Upper Bann caused by smoking. 
However, Northern Ireland level estimates can be made of the total number of deaths attributed to smoking by using information on the contribution that smoking makes to specific conditions recorded at death. The Health Development Agency 1 published the most recent estimates for Northern Ireland in 2004. This report estimated that in Northern Ireland each year over the period 1998 to 2002, 2,300 deaths can be attributed to smoking.
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Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the review of effective pre-school provision in Northern Ireland commissioned by the Department of Education concluded with respect to different pre-school settings and their respective impacts on children's development. 
Angela E. Smith: The effective pre-school provision in Northern Ireland (EPPNI) project found that attending a pre-school setting, compared to none, enhances all-round development for all children, and that children benefit more from nursery school, nursery class or playgroup provision than from other types of pre-school provision.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils receive home-to-school transport in each of the board areas to (a) controlled schools, (b) maintained schools, (c) grant-maintained schools, (d) Irish-medium schools, (e) special schools, (f) voluntary grammar schools and (g) further education colleges; and what the cost per pupil is in each category. 
|Schools 200405||Pupils||Unit cost (£)||Pupils||Unit cost (£)||Pupils||Unit cost (£)||Pupils||Unit cost (£)||Pupils||Unit cost (£)|
|Controlled and Maintained||1,135||679||19,412||633||16,236||500||24,759||540||22,775||491|
|FE Colleges 200304(12)||395||268||3,999||223||1,367||485||2,331||443||1,515||456|
Mr. Hanson: Between May and September 2004, the Strategic Investment Board, on behalf of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure undertook a technical site evaluation exercise to help identify a suitable location for a multi-sports stadium for Northern Ireland. Ormeau Park in Belfast was assessed as part of this evaluation but was rejected due to planning and access problems with the site.
Mr. Gregory Campbell:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action has been taken by the Department of Social Development where the Northern Ireland Housing Executive has been found to be
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providing unsuitable or unsafe temporary dwelling for tenants whose permanent dwellings are undergoing improvement works. 
Mr. Hanson: This is an operational matter falling within the day to day responsibility of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive. However, if such an occurrence were to be drawn to the Department's attention, the Housing Executive would be asked to take remedial action as quickly as possible. I understand that a problem has been identified in the Coleraine area where residents have complained about the condition of mobile homes which are being used for decanting purposes. I am advised that with the exception of one of these mobile homes where dampness was discovered they are fit for habitation. They are, however, hard to heat in the winter and I have asked the Housing Executive, therefore, to address this issue.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost will be of financing the implementation of the charging and billing system for new separate water charges; and who will be responsible for those costs. 
The total cost of financing the implementation of the charging and billing system is estimated at £15.9 million, with the cost being borne by the Department for Regional Development. The new systems, which form part of the reform programme to
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improve the efficiency and quality of water and sewerage services, will provide a customer contact centre and collect water and sewerage charges from domestic and non-domestic customers. When the new charges are fully phased in this will allow up to £300 million per year to be allocated to other public services in Northern Ireland.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about how much was paid in (a) wages and (b) overtime in each of the Water Service telemetry centres in each of the last three years (40641). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
A breakdown of the total wage costs for the Water Service's 4 telemetry centres during the financial years 200203 and 200304 is set out below. As part of the changes in the financial reporting procedures, occasioned by Water Service's reorganisation into a functionalised structure in 200405, the wage costs for all of the telemetry centres were grouped together under a single cost centre. It would therefore be difficult to extract a breakdown of the costs for 200405 across the 4 telemetry centres without a lengthy and costly manual exercise.
|Telemetry centre||Wages||Overtime||Other pay costs(13)||Wages||Overtime||Other pay costs(13)||Total|
|Marlborough House (Craigavon)|
|Academy House (Ballymena)||71,400||39,700||53,600||73,500||43,400||57,300||132,200|
|Westland House (Belfast)||54,600||56,300||51,500||(14)56,000||(14)57,700||(14)52,800||179,100|
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