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Bovine Tuberculosis

Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 9 January 2006, to question 39669, on bovine tuberculosis, what compensation package is available for farmers who have cattle diagnosed as positive when tested for bovine
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tuberculosis; and what impact this has on their ability to move cattle (a) within the country, (b) to the mainland and (c) to the Republic of Ireland. [41891]

Angela E. Smith: Under the Tuberculosis Control Order (Northern Ireland) 1999 (as amended), where the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) causes an animal to be slaughtered as a reactor the compensation payable by DARD for the animal is the market value of the animal. The market value is defined by the legislation as the price which might reasonably have been obtained for it at the time of valuation from a purchaser in the market if it had been free from disease.

In relation to the impact on movement of cattle, where TB is identified in a herd in Northern Ireland the movement of animals out of the herd is prohibited except to slaughter. Also, subject to the veterinary assessment the movement of animals onto the farm may be prohibited.

Only cattle from officially TB free herds are allowed to be moved to Great Britain and cattle from herds restricted for TB are not eligible to move there.

In accordance with the relevant EU rules (Council Directive 64/432/EEC), only cattle from officially TB free herds can be exported to the Republic of Ireland, and other member states. However, at present, live cattle cannot be exported from the UK due to BSE restrictions.


Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many specialist staff are available for the treatment of bulimia and anorexia in Northern Ireland; what facilities are available; and if he will make a statement. [42269]

Mr. Woodward: Community-based specialist eating disorders teams, which will be managed within a regional care network, are currently being established in South and East Belfast Health and Social Services (HSS) Trust, Causeway HSS Trust, Craigavon HSS Trust and Foyle HSS Trust. Nine appointments have been made and it is expected that the remaining 11 will be made by end of May.

Departmental Jobs (Regional Distribution)

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many and what percentage of jobs in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) public body for which his Department is responsible are located in (A) each English region, (B) Northern Ireland and (C) overseas. [40035]

Mr. Woodward: The information is as follows.
(a) Northern Ireland Office

Core and legal staffNumber of staffNorthern IrelandLondonNorthern Ireland percentageLondon percentage
NIO Core763673908812
Public Prosecution Service34834801000
Crown Solicitor's Office747401000

This figure excludes temporary staff.

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(B)(i)Non-departmental public bodies

NameNumber of staff.Northern IrelandLondonNorthern Ireland PercentageLondon Percentage
Equality Commission for NI14314301000
Criminal Justice Inspection NI151501000
Office of the Justice Oversight Commissioner3301000
NI Human Rights Commission161601000
NI Memorial Fund3301000
NI Policing Board515101000
RUC George Cross Foundation2201000
Office of the Policing Oversight Commissioner4401000
Office of the Police Ombudsman128128000
Probation Board for NI29429401000
Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeal Panel for NI7701000
Boundary Commission for NI3301000
Independent Assessor of Military Complaints Procedures1101000
Independent Commissioner for Detained Terrorist Suspects1101000
Parades Commission for NI121201000

(B)(ii)Executive Agencies

NameNumber of staffNorthern IrelandLondonNorthern Ireland PercentageLondon Percentage
Compensation Agency12312301000
Forensic Science NI18118101000
Youth Justice Agency707001000
Northern Ireland Prison Staff (Prison Grades)1627.51627.501000
Northern Ireland Prison Staff (Caterers, cleaners etc)70.570.501000
Northern Ireland Prison Staff (Administration Staff)35035001000

(B)(iii)Other public bodies

NameNumber of staffNorthern IrelandLondonNorthern Ireland percentageLondon percentage
Chief Electoral Office464601000

Disabled Parking

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much revenue was collected through fines incurred by (a) parking in a disabled person's parking space and (b) the wrongful use of a disabled person's badge in Northern Ireland in 2004–05. [24180]

Mr. Woodward: The following table provides details of the amount of revenue collected through fines issued by police and traffic wardens for disabled parking offences in 2004–05.

Type of offence20042005
Illegal parking in a disabled person's bay53,520.0052,770.00
Wrongful use of a disabled person's badge270.00330.00

Executive Programme Funds

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will reinstate the Executive Programme funds which were abolished by the Direct Rule administration in 2002; and if he will make a statement. [42402]

Angela E. Smith: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the reply I gave on 23 November 2005, Official Report, column 1980W.
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Gabion Wall (Killyleagh)

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland if he will make a statement on progress on reaching a decision on the Gabion wall at Killyleagh. [42259]

Angela E. Smith: The Planning Service remains committed to pursuing the necessary actions to ensure a satisfactory resolution to this matter.

An Enforcement Order, requiring the removal of the unauthorised wall, was served on 2 August 2005. The applicant lodged an appeal against the enforcement notice, and the Planning Appeals Commission is expected to set a date for the hearing in due course.

Separately, consideration of the current planning application is continuing and additional information has been requested from the agent.

These parallel processes will continue to be pursued until a satisfactory outcome is achieved.

Hip Replacements

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the waiting time was for hip replacements in each health board area in Northern Ireland on the last date for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [42268]

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Mr. Woodward: The number of patients waiting for a hip replacement in each Health and Social Services Board area in Northern Ireland at 31 December 2005 by length of time waiting is shown in the following table:
Number waiting
Less than 6 months6–12 months12–17 monthsTotal
Northern Ireland679496351,210

Altnagelvin Group and Green Park Healthcare HSS Trusts.

In July I announced a target to ensure that no-one is waiting more than nine months for hip replacement surgery by March 2006. The Department of Health is working very closely with Trusts to ensure that this target is achieved through further increases in hospital activity and use of the independent sector.

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