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Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) ambulances and
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(b) emergency ambulances cover the Ards Peninsula (i) on weekdays, (ii) at weekends, (A) during the day and (B) overnight. 
Mr. Woodward: Cover for the Ards Peninsula is provided by A and E ambulances from Newtownards and Bangor ambulance stations. Shift patterns for these stations are shown in the following table. The figures refer to the number of ambulance crews available during each shift. There is no difference between ambulances" and emergency ambulances".
While cover is generally provided from the Newtownards and Bangor stations, the Northern Ireland ambulance service will send the nearest available ambulance to an emergency incident if the local vehicles are already deployed.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average response time for (a) ambulances and (b) emergency ambulances to calls along the Ards Peninsula was in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woodward: In February 2006, the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service responded to 31 calls in the Ards Peninsula area, with an average response time of 21 minutes and 4 seconds. There is no difference between ambulances" and emergency ambulances".
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how many (a) men, (b) women, (c) Catholics and (d) Protestants are employed by the Northern Ireland civil service at (i) grade 7, (ii) deputy principal grade and (iii) staff officer grade; 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what progress has been made on improving East-West relations between the peoples of the United Kingdom, Irish Republic, Channel Islands and Isle of Man since 14 October 2002. 
Angela E. Smith:
Since 14 October 2002 Northern Ireland has continued to develop and improve East-West relations by contributing fully to the work of the British Irish Council. This has resulted in valuable co-operation and sharing of information between the BIC member administrations across each of the sectoral areas: the misuse of drugs, the environment, social inclusion, telemedicine, tourism, transport, the knowledge economy and minority languages.
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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many children were statemented in each Education and Library Board area in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. 
|Education and Library Board area||200304||200405||200506|
Mr. Woodward: A Donaghadee based practice provides a branch surgery in Millisle every Thursday morning. Residents of Millisle can register with nearby GP practices located in Donaghadee and Ballywalter.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average length of time a person requiring a hip replacement waited (a) from referral by GP for an initial consultation and (b) from referral by consultant following out-patient assessment until the procedure was performed in each health board in the latest period for which figures are available. 
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.
The median waiting time bands for patients waiting for their first out-patient appointment with a consultant following referral (including GP referral) to the trauma and orthopaedics (T and O) specialty (including those requiring hip replacements) at 31 December 2005 is shown in the following table. Included in the table are the median waiting time bands for patients waiting for a hip replacement operation following referral by consultant at 31 December 2005. Information is broken down by health board of residence.
|Median waiting time band at 31 December 2005|
|Health board of residence||(a) Patients waiting for an initial consultation in the T and O specialty following referral (months)||(b) Patients waiting for a hip replacement operation following consultant referral (months)|
|Eastern||1214||Less than 6|
|Northern||68||Less than 6|
|Southern||68||Less than 6|
|Western||35||Less than 6|
Mr. Woodward: Currently, Musgrave Park hospital and Altnagelvin Area hospital are the only hospitals in Northern Ireland that routinely admit elective (planned) patients for hip replacement surgery. Some emergency hip replacement operations are undertaken at the Royal Victoria and Ulster hospital hospitals and, in a small number of cases, at the Causeway, Whiteabbey, Mid Ulster, Craigavon Area, Daisy Hill and Erne hospitals.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State forNorthern Ireland how many hip replacement operations were completed in each of the last five years in each (a) hospital and (b) health board in Northern Ireland. 
(b) The following table shows the number of admissions 1 to hospitals in each Health Board in Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years, where a
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hip replacement was carried out as the primary procedure.
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many patients are waiting for hip replacements in Northern Ireland in each (a) health board and (b) hospital in Northern Ireland, broken down by sex. 
|Number waiting for hip replacement at 31 December 2005|
Health board of residence
|Altnagelvin hospital||Musgrave Park hospital|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) average and (b) longest waiting time for (i) initial orthopaedic outpatient assessment and (ii) hip replacement was in each health trust in the Province in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woodward: Waiting list information is collected by time band. It is therefore not possible to calculate the arithmetic mean (average) and longest time waiting. It is however possible to identify the median or mid point and longest waiting time band.
The median and longest waiting time band along with the number of patients in the longest time band for (i) initial out-patient assessment in the Trauma and Orthopaedic (T&O) specialty and (ii) hip replacement, for each applicable Health Trust for those patients waiting at 31 December 2005 is shown in the following table.
|(i) Initial out-patient T&O|
assessment at 31 December 2005
|(ii) Hip replacement at 31 December 2005|
|Median waiting time band|
Longest waiting time band
|Median waiting time band|
Longest waiting time band
|Green Park||68 months||10.1 per cent. of patients waiting 24 + months||35 months||1.7 per cent. of patients waiting 1214 months|
|Altnagelvin||35 months||0.7 per cent. of patients waiting 24 + months||Less than 6 months||7.6 per cent. of patients waiting 1217 months|
|Royal Group||1517 months||30.9 per cent. of patients waiting 24 + months||n/a||n/a|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals||1214 months||22.6 per cent. of patients waiting 24 + months||n/a||n/a|
|Down Lisburn||02 months||12.2 per cent. of patients waiting 35 months||n/a||n/a|
|Mater||68 months||0.5 per cent. of patients waiting 2123 months||n/a||n/a|
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