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NORTHERN IRELAND

Average Earnings

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the average gross weekly earning were in each council area in Northern Ireland in the latest period for which figures are available; [61420]

(2) what the average gross weekly earnings in Northern Ireland are according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, broken down by council area. [61104]

Angela E. Smith: The average gross weekly earnings 1 in Northern Ireland for full-time employees according to the latest Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, broken down by council area are provided in the following table.
Median gross weekly earnings at
April 2005 (£)
District councilBased on home postcodeBased on work postcode
Antrim379.0340.3
Ards329.1282.2
Armagh373.4327.8
Ballymena366.5352.7
Ballymoney325.6301.5
Banbridge396.1(17)n/a
Belfast402.5414.5
Carrickfergus356.1401.7
Castlereagh440.8377.5
Coleraine356.9320.6
Cookstown337.3325.1
Craigavon349.8328.9
Derry334.0487.0
Down374.7294.2
Dungannon402.1400.1
Fermanagh314.2309.8
Larne369.6363.7
Limavady349.1(17)n/a
Lisburn396.7379.0
Magherafelt382.0307.9
Moyle(17)n/a262.2
Newry and Mourne402.7370.8
Newtownabbey398.0374.6
North Down423.4349.9
Omagh403.2384.8
Strabane299.8298.2


(16) The information relates to employees on adult rates whose pay for the survey pay-period was not affected by absence.
(17) Estimate is not available (n/a) due to excessive variability.



 
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Cancer Care (Belfast)

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what nursing care is provided on weekdays between 6pm and 9am for cancer patients using the Belfast City Hospital Patient Hotel in Belfast. [62622]

Mr. Woodward: No nursing care is provided at the Patients Hotel (Glenview Building) at Belfast City Hospital.

The facility is designed to provide accommodation free of charge for cancer patients from outlying areas who although self caring and mobile require accommodation close to the Cancer Centre to avoid repeated long journeys for daily treatment. In the event that a patient staying at Glenview Building becomes unwell, access to nursing and medical staff is readily available from the hospital.

Patients who have been assessed as requiring nursing care while receiving treatment are admitted to Belfast City Hospital and would therefore not be accommodated in the Glenview Building.

Capita Group

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what meetings (a) he and (b) Ministers in his Department have held with directors and senior executives of (i) Capita Group plc and (ii) its subsidiaries since 1 January 2004; and whether (A) Capita Group plc and (B) its subsidiaries have provided input (1) in writing and (2) in person to policy discussions in his Department since 1st January 2004. [61070]

Mr. Hain: Capita Group plc has a large number of trading subsidiaries and I am unable to provide the requested information without incurring disproportionate costs.
 
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Car Park (Coleraine)

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when he expects the multi-storey car park at Abbey Street in Coleraine to be (a) completed and (b) open. [62620]

Mr. Hanson: The Department for Social Development issued a development brief in respect of the Abbey Street and Mall car park sites in November 2005. One of the objectives of the development brief was to address the parking shortfall in Coleraine town centre. The Department is currently assessing the development proposals which have been submitted in response to the development brief. It is anticipated that the Department will be in a position to appoint a preferred developer or developers for these sites at the end of 2006 and that construction site could commence on one of them during 2007. It is not possible at this time to predict when a multi-storey car park at Abbey Street may be completed and open as the nature and timing of a development on that site has not yet been decided.

Correspondence

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons his Department took more than seven months to reply to the hon. Member for North Down's letter dated 1 August 2005 (TOF/353/2005). [62147]

Mr. Woodward: An administrative error within the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety unfortunately caused the delay to which the hon. Lady refers. I have apologised to the hon. Lady for the delay in my response of 20 March.

Equality Commission

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the salary is of the Political Affairs Officer of the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland; on how many occasions since October 2004 meetings have been sought with political representatives in Northern Ireland by the officer; and with whom meetings were held in that period. [60832]

Angela E. Smith: I understand that the Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, Ms Evelyn Collins, has written to the hon. Gentleman in the following terms:

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DUP: 2

SDLP: 3

Sinn Fein: 5

UUP: 1"

Residents' Parking

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Department of Regional Development's Roads Service has assessed the merits of establishing residents' parking schemes in residential areas adjacent to the University of Ulster Magee Campus. [61240]

Mr. Woodward: The Chief Executive of Roads Service (Dr. Malcolm McKibbin) has been asked to write to the hon. Gentleman in response to this question.

Letter from Dr. Malcolm McKibbin, dated 30 March 2006:


 
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