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Angela E. Smith: A total of 137 are employed by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. 32 per cent. of the staff are male and 68 per cent. female. A breakdown by religion shows that 36 per cent. of the workforce are Protestant and 58 per cent. are Roman Catholic; 6 per cent. have been classified as 'non determined'.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 19 December 2005, Official Report, column 2590W, on Northern Ireland Employer Champions, in which locations it has been possible to influence others to take action; what the response has been; how the profile of Essential Skills was raised in the press; which employer-focused events they attended; and how attendance at employer-focused events helped the Department to implement Essential Skills in the Workplace. 
The Department is, however, aware that the Employer Champions contributed articles to the Belfast Telegraph, the Institute of Directors Newsletter and Business First to help raise awareness of Essential Skills in the workplace. Employer Champions also attended a briefing Seminar for Investors in People Advisers and Assessors, took part in a focus group meeting with other employers and Further Education Providers. They attended a Ministerial discussion which helped to influence the Employer strand of the Essential Skills Strategy.
Angela E. Smith:
The sources of income for most farming households are varied and inevitably include many non-farm sources, such as other employment, investments and pensions. Although data are available on average agricultural incomes, there are no reliable data on farm household incomes or on the proportion of farm households that may lie below any given threshold.
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However, data published by HM Revenue and Customs for 200304 indicate that there were 37,000 self-employed individuals assessed for tax in Northern Ireland who had at least one agricultural or horticultural source of income. Their average total income was £16,151, of which, 38 per cent. came from agricultural and horticultural activities.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many part-time firefighters applied to become full-time firefighters in each Northern Ireland fire service station in each of the last five years; and how many of those applications were successful. 
Mr. Woodward: The information requested is not held centrally, either within the Department or by the Fire Authority for Northern Ireland and will take time to prepare. I will write to the hon. Gentleman when the information becomes available.
Mr. Woodward: Information on the number and distribution of trained first responders is not held centrally. However, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) is aware of the schemes set out in the following table. This should not be regarded as a comprehensive list of first responders.
|Scheme||Location||Council||Number of volunteers|
|Public Access Defibrillation (PAD)(36)||North and West Belfast||Belfast||270 Lay People|
|Antrim||Antrim||130 Lay People|
|Ballymena||Ballymena||155 Lay People|
|Magherafelt||Magherafelt||85 Lay People|
|St. John Neighbourhood Responder Scheme||Islandmagee||Larne||31|
|Lifesavers West||Newtownbutler and Rosslea||Fermanagh||24|
|Gortin and Plumbridge||Tyrone||10|
|Park and Claudy||Londonderry||20|
There are approximately 300 volunteers trained in the use of automated external defibrillators by the Cormac McAnallen Trust in the West of the Province. It is understood that this group provide their services at local sporting venues.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 1074W, on the Lyons Inquiry, if he will place in the Library a copy of the written submission. 
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average number of operations performed by a whole-time equivalent consultant surgeon was in each health trust in the Province in 200405. 
Mr. Woodward: The average number of operations 1 carried out by a whole-time equivalent surgeon at each health trust in Northern Ireland in 200405 are shown in the following table. These figures do not take into account the patient casemix in each trust.
|Newry and Mourne||1,371|
|Newry and Mourne||6,853|
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