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To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many members of the
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(a) police force and (b) armed forces would be included within the categories designating fugitives from justice in the Northern Ireland (Offences) Bill; 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much public money has been made available to support (a) the Gaelic language and (b) Ulster Scots in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Hanson: The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DGAL) jointly funds the Ulster-Scots Agency and Foras na Gaeilge, the Irish Language Agency. The Ulster-Scots Agency has a statutory remit to promote Ulster-Scots language and culture. Foras na Gaeilge has a statutory remit to promote the Irish language.
|Foras na Gaeilge|
(Irish Language Agency)
|Tha Boord o Ulster-Scotch (Ulster-Scots Agency)|
|Irish Language Broadcast Fund||12,518,680|
|Ulster Scots Academy||86,648|
Funding is also available from departmental mainstream programmes for projects, which may have an Irish or Ulster-Scots language or culture dimension, which cannot be separated from the primary funding objectives.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many GPs are practising in Northern Ireland; and how many were found guilty of inappropriate behaviour towards their patients in each of the last five years. 
(b) The General Medical Council (GMC), through the fitness to practice panels, investigates reports of inappropriate behaviour. They have identified one General Practitioner in Northern Ireland who was investigated and found guilty of inappropriate behaviour towards their patients in the last five years. The GP in question was erased from the GMC register in 2005. However, the registered address that doctors must maintain with the GMC is not necessarily their place of practice so, although it is unlikely that there have been other cases, the possibility exists.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans he has to assess the level of use of hand gels by (a) members of hospital staff and (b) visitors to hospitals in Northern Ireland for the purposes of infection control. 
Mr. Woodward: The Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety has no plans to collect or collate data on the level of use of hand gels in particular hospitals. Individual hospital Trusts are obliged under the Department's controls assurance standards to ensure there is a managed environment, which minimises the risk of infection, to patients, staff and visitors and that there is a hand hygiene policy in place which reflects good practice principles. The Department's proposed action plan for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections to be launched next month is expected to address the question of a regional hand hygiene campaign.
Mr. Hanson: In order to maximise the opportunities for reducing under-occupation the Common Selection Scheme (CSS) facilitates those tenants who are under-occupying to voluntarily apply for a transfer. Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) or Housing Association tenants choosing to move are awarded ten points for each bedroom in their existing property in excess of the tenant's needs, up to a maximum of 30 points.
Additionally, the CSS allows NIHE or Housing Association tenants to be offered a transfer if the resulting vacancy can facilitate the best use of stock through the housing of an applicant (or other tenant) in greater need for that particular size of accommodation.
The need for action to address under occupation is most likely to be considered in circumstances where it is necessary to relieve housing stress and to be most effective in areas of low demand. Where social landlords feel that action is possible they will need to balance arrange of issues such as the availability of stock to match the needs of those tenants who do wish to move, polices aimed at helping people live in the community (Care in the Community and Lifetime homes), the effects on letability and the creation of sustainable communities.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the total of unpaid Northern Ireland Housing Executive rents in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. 
|Year ending 31 March:||Total debt (£ million)|
|Trust/Hospital||Elective average (£ per episode)|
|Armagh and Dungannon||6,747|
|Causeway/United joint service|||
|Newry and Mourne||1,833|
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