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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to the answer of 14 March 2006, Official Report, column 2153W, on osteoporosis, if he will ensure that additional funding for specialist drugs in 200607 and 200708 includes funding for new specialist drugs including teriparatide. 
Mr. Woodward: I will be announcing shortly details of my plans for additional funding for specialist drugs in 200607 and 200708. The additional funding will include an amount for the introduction of new drugs, such as teriparatide, as well as other specialist drugs pressures.
It will be for the Health and Social Services Boards, as commissioners of services, to prioritise how this funding is used, taking into account the competing demands and pressures in their areas and the strategic objectives and priorities of my Department.
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Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will estimate the funding required to provide free personal care for all individuals in the Province who are receiving it. 
Mr. Woodward: The latest estimate of the potential cost of introducing free personal care is £45 million, which includes an element for the predicted increase in demand for personal care, based on experience elsewhere.
Angela E. Smith: The Department of Enterprise Trade and Investment (DETI) has recently completed a tender process for the provision of a free face to face debt advice service across Northern Ireland. This will involve DETI providing direct funding to provide 11 advisers based at offices throughout Northern Ireland and two central training and research posts. A number of community and voluntary agencies will provide free advice in other offices that are not covered by this contract. In addition Consumer Credit Counselling, a registered charity, provides a telephone advice service while several private companies offer free to use advice for consumers and many others provide the service on a professional basis.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physiotherapy posts were available in each (a) education and library board and (b) health trust in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
Physiotherapists are not employed by Education and Library Boards. The number of physiotherapy posts in each Health Trust is only available centrally for the last three years. This information is presented in the following table.
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|Altnagelvin Group HSS Trust||42||38.93||40||37.85||47||44.45|
|Armagh and Dungannon HSS Trust||34||27.44||34||28.36||36||29.87|
|Belfast City Hospital HSS Trust||62||55.47||66||59.80||61||53.16|
|Causeway HSS Trust||39||31.50||41||33.20||43||34.55|
|Craigavon Area Hospital Group HSS Trust||67||55.57||73||60.64||72||62.26|
|Down Lisburn HSS Trust||69||55.82||75||65.19||80||67.75|
|Foyle Community HSS Trust||3||2.83||3||2.83||3||2.64|
|Green Park Healthcare HSS Trust||68||58.60||81||69.21||77||65.72|
|Mater Infirmorum Hospital HSS Trust||18||16.58||23||20.59||23||20.45|
|Newry and Mourne HSS Trust||36||29.43||40||33.67||41||32.56|
|North and West Belfast HSS Trust||39||23.99||42||27.46||48||33.27|
|Royal Group of Hospitals HSS Trust||81||71.36||86||74.38||90||80.74|
|South and East Belfast HSS Trust||39||27.35||46||34.66||42||30.61|
|Sperrin/Lakeland HSS Trust||35||29.67||31||26.08||38||31.95|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals Group HSS Trust||81||62.70||89||70.53||83||65.67|
|United Hospitals Group HSS Trust||94||78.71||100||84.22||110||91.91|
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many physiotherapy graduates there were from higher education establishments in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and how many such graduates had not obtained employment in their chosen profession one year after graduating in each year. 
EU graduates from physiotherapy courses at Northern Ireland higher education institutions and not recorded as employed as physiotherapist six months after graduation, 19992000 to 200304 (overseas students are not included) are as follows:
|Academic year||Qualifiers not employed as physiotherapists|
|200102||Fewer than 5|
Graduates not employed as physiotherapists include those undertaking further study/training, employed in occupations other than physiotherapy, assumed to be unemployed and those not available for employment/training. Data on the destinations of 200405 leavers is not yet available.
Angela E. Smith: The Department of the Environment plans to start a preliminary Cleaner Neighbourhoods" consultation exercise covering a range of local environmental quality issues by the end of May 2006. One of the issues to be addressed in the consultation document is the subject of litter, including plastic bag litter. The consultation will outline a number of options designed to reduce litter, including options to deal with plastic bag litter, and will seek views from consultees on the best way forward.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many hours of training police recruits in Northern Ireland receive in (a) dealing with ethnic disputes and (b) awareness of ethnic minorities. 
Mr. Woodward: Police trainees currently receive approx 9 hours direct training in relation to working with ethnic minority groups. This training varies from people making reports to police and police dealing with victims of crime.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the recent statement by the vice-chairman of the Northern Ireland Policing Board regarding the policy of 50:50 recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: The temporary 50:50 recruitment measures are being applied as a response to the imperative of achieving a police service in Northern Ireland that is more representative of the community that it serves. Our goal, in line both with the patten report and the comments made by Mr Bradley at the Social Democratic Labour party conference in November 2005, is to achieve a 30 percentage Catholic composition amongst officers by 201011. As we are on target to achieve this goal, these measures will not be applied after this time.
These provisions are subject to review and possible renewal every three years, next due in March 2007, when the policy will be subject to detailed review, extensive consultation, and debate in both Houses.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of applications to the police in Northern Ireland in the last two open competitions were (a) Protestant and (b) Roman Catholic; and what percentage from each community were subsequently appointed. 
|Competition||Protestant on application||Catholic on application||Non-determined|
The appointment process for both of these competitions is still in the early stages. I am advised, however, that a projected number of 220 applicants from each competition will be recruited under the temporary 50:50 recruitment provisions of which 110 Catholics and 110 non-Catholics will be appointed.
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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many full-time police officers in Northern Ireland have (a) retired and (b) been recruited over the past five years. 
|Full Time Reserve||1,481||(221)|
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the outcome was of the research project tasked with ascertaining the justifiable requirements for visual standards for recruits to the Police Service of Northern Ireland. 
Mr. Woodward: I am advised that during the original visual task analysis specific concerns were raised by the research team with regard to safety issues and the impact of colour deficiencies on both firearms handling and operational police driving.
Therefore a further detailed visual risk assessment has been carried out on these police functions which will be reported on shortly by the City of London University researchers. In addition, senior staff from the Royal Victoria hospital have been asked to give specific advice on the practical implications of the findings. With this information, an appropriate risk assessment will then be carried out to ensure the new visual standards at recruitment are sufficient to protect both the public and officers in the performance of their duties.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Mr. Colin Ashe's role is in the Northern Ireland Police Fund; what his key tasks are; and what relevant experience he has. 
Mr. Woodward: Mr. Colin Ashe is currently performing the role of acting chief executive of the fund. He is a civil servant with a range of experience which includes policy development, finance, customer support services and project management.
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