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Renewable Energy

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of electricity was obtained from renewable energy sources by public sector buildings in Northern Ireland in (a) 2003, (b) 2004 and (c) 2005. [54586]

Angela E. Smith: The percentage of electricity from renewable energy sources obtained by public sector buildings in Northern Ireland for the years in question is as follows:
Year endingPercentage
31 March 20037
31 March 200424
31 March 200528

Speeding Fines

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many speeding fines in Belfast's (a) East, (b) South, (c) West and (d) North district command units remained unpaid in the last year for which figures are available. [53071]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is as follows:
Speeding fines for the period 1 January to 31 December 2005 which remain unpaid

District Command UnitNumber of unpaid speeding fines
East Belfast467
South Belfast170
West Belfast101
North Belfast317

 
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Tourism

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many new jobs were created in the tourism sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years. [53064]

Angela E. Smith: Information on the number of jobs created in the tourism sector is not available. However, figures from the Quarterly Employment Survey (QES) can be used to estimate the net change in employee jobs. Latest figures from the September 2005 QES estimated that there were 51,290 employee jobs in sectors related to tourism and leisure activities in Northern Ireland. This represented a net increase of 950 jobs from the figure for September 2004.

The number of employee jobs in the tourism and leisure sector in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years and the net increase/decrease from the previous year is shown in the following table.
Number of employee jobs in tourism and leisure(21) in Northern Ireland at September each year 1996 to 2005 and the net increase/decrease from previous year


Number of
employee jobs
Net increase/decrease from previous year
September 199635,850+2,070
September 199738,500+2,650
September 199843,340+4,840
September 199944,950+1,600
September 200047,050+2,110
September 200148,490+1,430
September 200249,900+1,410
September 200349,270-630
September 200450,350+1,070
September 200551,290+950


(21) The standard industrial classification (SIC) codes which are taken to comprise the tourism and leisure sector and their description are as follows: 551 Hotels; 552 Camping Sites and Other Provision of Short-Stay Accommodation; 553 Restaurants; 554 Bars; 633 Activities of Travel Agencies and Tour Operators, Tourist Assistance Activities not Elsewhere Classified; 925 Libraries, Archives, Museums and Other Cultural Activities; 926 Sporting Activities; 927 Other Recreational Activities.
Note:
Figures are rounded to the nearest 10 and may not sum due to rounding.
Source:
Quarterly Employment Survey, DETI




 
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HEALTH

Alzheimer's Disease

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment has been made of the (a) safety and (b) efficacy of memantine for use with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease patients; and if she will make a statement. [51627]

Jane Kennedy: Memantine was approved for marketing throughout the European Community in May 2002 under the brand names Axura and Ebixa for the treatment of patients with moderately severe to severe Alzheimer's disease. This regulatory approval was based on evidence of satisfactory product quality, safety and efficacy and that the benefit/risk profile of the product was favourable when treating this disease.

The approval process was carried out by teams of experts within the European Committee for Proprietary Medicinal Products under a community regulatory procedure and lead by experts from Spain and Portugal.

Guidance from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on memantine and other drugs for treating Alzheimer's disease is expected to be issued later this year.

Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether the method of measuring quality of life undertaken by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for patients with Alzheimer's disease is based on a scale that has been validated for use in people with dementia. [51628]

Jane Kennedy: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) uses a standardised and validated generic (non-disease specific) method for its technology appraisals in order to make direct comparisons between outcomes of various treatments for patients with different health problems.

The methods NICE follows for developing its guidance are set out in its Guide to the Methods of Technology Appraisals", and consults regularly on these methods with stakeholders including organisations representing health care professionals and patients. The guidance is available on NICE'S website at www.nice.org.uk.

Joan Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the Government's policy is on the provision of drug treatments on the NHS for those in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease. [52320]

Jane Kennedy: The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) issued guidance to the national health service in January 2001 on the use of three drugs—Aricept, Exelon and Reminyl for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
 
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NICE recommended that these three drugs should be made available to the NHS as one component of the management of people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.

NICE'S consultation on revised draft guidance following a routine review of the effectiveness of these drugs ended on 13 February and they are now in the process of considering the responses. Until NICE issues final guidance to the NHS, the original 2001 guidance on anti-dementia drugs remains extant.

Ambulance Staff (Abuse)

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many violent incidents there have been involving staff of the East Anglian Ambulance Service in the course of their duties in each of the last five years. [54356]

Ms Rosie Winterton: A table outlining the estimated number of reported violent incidents collected by the Department for 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03 for each strategic health authority (SHA), national health service trust and primary care trust (PCT) in England is available in the Library.

The NHS Security Management Service has collected data on the number of physical assaults on NHS staff in England for the period 2004–05. The figure for assaults in the ambulance service was 1,329.

A breakdown of figures for each SHA, NHS trust and PCT in England for the year 2004–05 will be released shortly.

Breast Cancer

Mrs. Hodgson: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what estimate she has made of the additional pathology capacity which would be necessary to test all women diagnosed with early stage breast cancer for HER2 status. [47416]

Ms Rosie Winterton: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave on 9 February 2006, Official Report, column 1471W.

Audiologists

Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many NHS audiologists there are in Bedfordshire; and if she will make a statement. [53521]

Ms Rosie Winterton: The number of medical and non-medical staff as at 30 September 2004, the latest data available, within the audiological medicine speciality within Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire strategic health authority (SHA), by organisation is shown in the following table.
 
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Hospital, public health medicine and community health services: Qualified audiology non-medical staff and medical staff within the audiological medicine specialty within Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA by organisation. As at 30 September 2004
Number (headcount)

of which:
Qualified non-medical staffAll medical staffConsultantAssociate
Specialist
staff grade
Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire30321
of which:
Bedford hospitals
National health service trust5000
East and North Hertfordshire NHS trust13220
Hertfordshire Partnership NHS trust1101
Luton and Dunstable hospital NHS trust3000
Luton primary care trust3000
West Hertfordshire hospitals NHS trust5000




Sources :
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Non-Medical Workforce Census 2004
NHS Health and Social Care Information Centre Medical and Dental Workforce Census





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