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|The Northern Ireland Office|
|The Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Commencement No. 8) Order 2005 (No. 109)|
|The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Retrial for Serious Offences) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (No. 203)|
|The Criminal Justice (Evidence) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (Commencement No 2) Order 2005|
|The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2005 (No. 243)|
|The Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Commencement No 9 and Transitional provisions) Order 2005|
|The Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2005|
|The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2005 (Commencement No. l) Order 2005|
|The Probation Board for Northern Ireland Victim Information Scheme 2005|
|The Firearms (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|The Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2005|
|The Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (Commencement No. 10) Order 2005 (No. 239)|
|Police Service of Northern Ireland (Complaints etc) (Amendment) Regulations 2005|
|Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 2005|
|The Prisoner Victim Information (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Scheme 2005|
|Police Service of Northern Ireland Regulations|
|7 June 2005||Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland ) Order 2005|
|7 June 2005||Drainage (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|7 June 2005||Company Directors Disqualification (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|7 June 2005||Insolvency (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Unauthorised Encampments (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Budget (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Colleges of Education (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Traffic Management (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|19 July 2005||Local Government (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|14 December 2005||Legal Aid (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|14 December 2005||Employment ( Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2005|
|21 November 2005||Safety at Sports Grounds (Northern Ireland) Order|
|14 November 2005||Industrial and Provident Societies (Northern Ireland) Order|
|7 December 2005||Disability Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order|
|23 January 2006||Stormont Estate (Northern Ireland) Order|
|About to be laid||Rates (Capital Values etc) (Northern Ireland) Order|
|About to be laid||Budget (Northern Ireland) Order|
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many suspicious deaths have occurred in Northern Ireland over each of the last seven years; and in how many such cases nobody has been found guilty. 
Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland have advised that their interpretation of 'suspicious death' is murder and manslaughter. I would refer the hon. Member to the Chief Constable's Annual Reports, which contain statistics for these offences along with details of clearance rates. These reports are available on the PSNI website www.psni.police.uk
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what initiatives have been introduced to reduce waiting times for out-patient appointments across health and personal social services. 
Mr. Woodward: I recently announced a total redesign of the way in which out-patient services are delivered to ensure that, by March 2008, no patient will be waiting more than 13 weeks for their out-patient appointment following referral by their GP.
Central to this will be the development of a new range of clinical assessment and diagnostic servicesIntegrated Clinical Assessment and Treatment Services (ICATS), provided in a variety of primary and secondary care settings. This will ensure that all patients are seen quickly by the most appropriate healthcare professional and will include a range of assessment, treatment, diagnostic and advisory services. A new Electronic Referrals Management System is being established to support ICATS and to ensure that patients have a central point of contact and will be informed of the next step in their treatment within five days of being referred by a GP.
The way in which out-patient waiting lists are managed and monitored is also being improved. Partial booking systems are already being implemented in all
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out-patient specialties and Out-patient Improvement Managers are being put in place in all trusts to ensure that services are more responsive to patients' needs.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about how many households in Northern Ireland are not connected to the mains water supply, broken down by constituency (45482). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
It is estimated that less than 1 per cent. of households in Northern Ireland are not connected to the public water supply. Water Service does not, at present, have a database of all household customers connected to mains water and cannot therefore supply the information on a constituency basis. However, a comprehensive customer database is currently being developed in preparation for the proposed introduction of domestic charging from April 2007 and this will identify any households not connected to the public water supply.
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question if he will estimate the cost of completing the connection of all households in Northern Ireland to the mains water supply (45483). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
It is estimated that less than 1 per cent. of households in Northern Ireland are currently not served by the public water supply and connecting all these, wholly at the public expense, could cost up to £20 million.
While Water Service currently has a duty to provide water services, it is not required to do anything which is not practicable at a reasonable cost. For this reason, Water Service has always operated a policy of reasonable cost allowances for the purpose of determining whether applications for first time services can be fully met at public expense. The allowances for watermain schemes are £5,000 for properties, which were occupied and on which rates were being paid on or before 31 May 2000, and £2,900 for other properties. The higher reasonable cost allowance for existing properties not connected to the public watermain reflects the importance attached to reducing the number of such properties. The policy provides Water Service with an objective mechanism to consider applications for new water services in a consistent and equitable manner. The policy seeks to strike a balance between the interests of householders and taxpayers, within the context of resources made available for water services.
Where the cost of providing a first-time service exceeds the total reasonable cost allowance. Water Service will proceed with the scheme if he householders who will benefit from the scheme agree to meet the balance.
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