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Mr. Woodward: DHSSPS allocates approximately £45,000 core funding per annum for Home Start in Northern Ireland to assist its administration. In addition, funding for Home Start services totalled £1.1 million in 200405, as detailed in the following table:
|The Children's Fund||175|
|Peace II European Funding||31|
|Executive Fund for Children||20|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was to public funds of supporting each institution set up to offer hospice care in Northern Ireland in 2005. 
Mr. Woodward: Four voluntary institutions provide hospice care in Northern Ireland. They each receive funding from the HPSS for the provision of agreed in-patient and community hospice services. The funding provided in 200506 is approximately as follows:
|The Northern Ireland Hospice||1.90|
|The Marie Curie Cancer Centre||1.60|
|The Foyle Hospice||0.25|
|The Southern Area Hospice||0.60|
In addition to the aforementioned funding for services, the NI hospice also receives a core grant from the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety towards its administration costs. In 200405 a grant was made of £117,000.
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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answers of 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 632W, and 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 328W, on inward investment, what assessment he has made of what further steps should be taken to increase the level of foreign direct investment into Northern Ireland. 
Angela E. Smith: I would refer the hon. Gentleman to the answers given on 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 632W, and on 9 January 2006, Official Report, column 329W, on this and closely-related subjects.
Each year Invest NI assesses the foreign direct investment market and outlines the strategy and targets for the year ahead in an International Sales and Marketing Plan that is presented to the Invest NI Board
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for discussion and approval. This plan analyses performance across all geographical locations and sectors in which Invest NI actively promotes Northern Ireland as an attractive location where new investors can profitably and successfully do business.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the average daily number of vehicles using the M2 Motorway outbound between Belfast and (a) Sandyknowes junction, (b) Sandyknowes junction and the A26 junction and (c) the A26 junction and the Toome bypass was in the latest period for which figures are available; 
(i) The average daily number of vehicles using the M2 Motorway outbound between Belfast and (a) Sandyknowes junction, (b) Sandyknowes junction and the A26 junction and (c) the A26 junction and the Toome bypass was on the latest date for which figures are available; and
By way of background I should explain that Roads Service collects traffic volume data by means of 270 automatic census points strategically located throughout the Northern Ireland road network. The information is recorded for one week in each quarter during the year and an annual average calculated. The results are published in Roads Service's annual Traffic and Travel Information Report, which presents the traffic volumes in a variety of formats for each site.
|Location||Average daily flow|
|M2 Between Belfast and Sandyknowes||32,230|
|M2 Between Sandyknowes and A26||15,520|
|M2 Between A26 and Toome Bypass||9,130|
|A2 Limavady-Londonderry at Greysteel|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether technology is available to the Police Service for Northern Ireland to allow it to use mobile phone tracking to pursue investigations into (a) missing persons and (b) missing persons believed to be underwater. 
Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland utilises the same technology as is available to law enforcement agencies in the rest of the United Kingdom and deploys that technology in accordance with the provisions of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in investigations, including missing persons investigations, where appropriate. Mobile phones under water are highly likely to be inoperable; and even if operable the signal would not transmit effectively.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average waiting time is for a routine initial ophthalmology (a) outpatient and (b) inpatient assessment at each health trust in the Province that offers the service. 
Mr. Woodward: Waiting list information is collected by time band. It is therefore not possible to calculate the arithmetic mean (average) length of time waiting. It is however possible to identify the median or mid-point waiting time band.
latest available waiting list statistics show the position at 30 September 2005. It is not possible to identify routine ophthalmology cases. However, the median waiting time for all initial ophthalmology (a) outpatient appointments and (b) inpatient admissions at each health trust in Northern Ireland for applicable trusts, at30 September 2005 is shown in the table.
|Health trust||(a) Outpatient||(b) Inpatient|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||35 months||35 months|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||02 months||(25)|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals HSS Trust||911 months||(25)|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||35 months||02 months|
|Mater Infirmorium HSS Trust||35 months||35 months|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||68 months||35 months|
|Newry and Mourne HSS Trust||02 months||(25)|
|Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust||68 months||(25)|
|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||35 months||02 months|
|NI||35 months||35 months|
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