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Educational Attainment

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) Catholics and (b) Protestants left school without any educational qualifications in the last year for which figures are available. [66978]

Angela E. Smith: In 2003–04, 5.7 per cent. of Catholic school leavers and 3.9 per cent. of Protestant school leavers had no formal qualifications.

Community Differentials

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what evidence the Government base their view that there is disproportionate poverty and disadvantage among the Catholic community. [66386]

Angela E. Smith: Evidence from the most recent Households Below Average Income" report for Northern Ireland and the Poverty and Social Exclusion Survey of Northern Ireland both indicate rates of poverty in Catholic households to be higher than for Protestant households. Both publications have been placed in the Libraries of the House.

NHS Employment Statistics

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed (a) full-time and (b) part-time by the NHS in Northern Ireland in January (i) 2001 and (ii) 2006. [66991]

Mr. Woodward: Figures for the number of staff employed within the NI HPSS are not available as at January. The information requested is available as at 31 March for 2001 and 2006 and is presented in the following table.
Staff employed within the NI HPSS by employment status as at 31 March 2001 and 2006

Full-timePart-time
Total
DateHeadcountHeadcountWTE(43)HeadcountWTE(43)
March 2001298101853311716.814834341526.81
March 2006359732268814445.975866150418.97


(43) WTE = Whole-time equivalent.
Note:
Figures exclude bank staff and home helps. Bank staff maintain service delivery by covering staffing shortfalls and fluctuating work loads and as a result their input to the service is difficult to measure. Home help staff predominately work as and when required, therefore not all home help staff are recorded on the personnel systems from which the data is taken.
Source:
Human Resource Management System.




Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people were employed in administration positions by the NHS in Northern Ireland in January (a) 2001 and (b) 2006. [66992]

Mr. Woodward: Figures for the number of administration staff employed within the NI HPSS are not available as at January. The information requested is available as at 31 March for 2001 and 2006 and is presented in the following table.
Administration staff employed within the NI HPSS as at 31 March 2001 and 2006

DateHeadcountWhole-time equivalent
March 2001105049298.74
March 20061323411562.12




Source:
Human Resource Management System.




Emergency Services

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average starting salary was for newly recruited personnel in the (a) police, (b) fire and (c) ambulance services in Northern Ireland on 1 January. [65880]

Mr. Woodward: Student Police Service of Northern Ireland officers start on a salary of £20,397 rising to £22,770 on successful completion of initial training.

Trainee whole-time Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service firefighters start on a salary of £19,394 rising to £20,202 on completion of training and £25,850
 
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when competent. Retained firefighters receive a quarterly retaining fee of £362.44 or £483.21 for 12 or 24 hour availability respectively. Initially, they receive £17.72 for two hours training per week and, once trained, receive a £12.61 turnout fee per call.

The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) recruits staff initially to its Patient Care (non-emergency) Service tier starting on a salary of £14,462. In time, staff can progress to the trainee Emergency Medical Technician grade starting at £15,908 and then to the Paramedic grade starting at £19,885.

Informants

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps are taken to protect informants and their families in Northern Ireland. [67071]

Mr. Woodward: It is Government policy never to comment on specific national security and intelligence matters.
 
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Independent Treatment Centres

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many operations were carried out in independent sector treatment centres in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by type. [64980]

Mr. Woodward: The information requested is not held centrally and will take some time to collate. I will write to the hon. Member with the relevant information as soon as it becomes available and place a copy in the Library.

Examination Results

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) GCSE, (b) A level and (c) key stage results were for the 100 (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Northern Ireland with the (A) highest and (B) lowest percentage of children receiving free school meals in each of the last three years. [65994]

Angela E. Smith: The requested information is as follows:
GCSE, A level and Key Stage 2 results for the 100 post-Primary and Primary schools with the highest percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals for the last three years

Post Primary schools
Primary schools
% of Year 12 pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C% of pupils in the final year of an A level course achieving 2 or more A levels or equivalent at grades A-E% achieving the expected level or above in Key Stage 2 English% achieving the expected level or above in Key Stage 2 Mathematics
2004–0535905862
2003–043387(44)(44)
2002–0332885559


(44) Data not available



GCSE, A level and Key Stage 2 results for the 100 post-Primary and Primary schools with the lowest percentage of pupils entitled to free school meals for the last three years

Post Primary schools
Primary schools
% of Year 12 pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs or equivalent at grades A*-C% of pupils in the final year of an A level course achieving 2 or more A levels or equivalent at grades A-E% achieving the expected level or above in Key Stage 2 English% achieving the expected level or above in Key Stage 2 Mathematics
2004–0583989193
2003–048297(45)(45)
2002–0382978890


(45) Data not available
Note:
Due to Industrial action, Key Stage 2 Assessment results were not available in 2003–04




Fishing

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are estimated to have visited Northern Ireland during 2005 on fishing holidays. [65875]

Angela E. Smith: Figures for 2005, relating to the number of direct 1 visitors who came to Northern Ireland specifically because of fishing, or who participated in sea, game or coarse fishing during their stay in Northern Ireland are presented as follows. These figures are not mutually exclusive; one visitor could have participated in more than one type of fishing during their stay.


Visitors (excluding those who entered NI via ROI and ROI residents) who participated in fishing during their stay in Northern Ireland (2005)

Actual reason for visitParticipatedTotal
Sea fishing4004,1004,500
Game fishing3002,7003,000
Coarse fishing7002,5003,200




Note:
Due to small sample sizes the above figures should be treated with caution.





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