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General Practitioners

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average (a) gross annual salary and (b) weekly working hours were of GPs in Northern Ireland in the last period for which figures are available. [65879]

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Mr. Woodward: (a) Following the introduction of the new General Medical Services (GMS) contract with effect from 1 April 2004, the contract for the provision of General Medical Services is between the relevant Health and Social Services Board and a GMS practice rather than individual GPs. Under the contract, each GMS practice receives payment and can generate income through a number of streams, some of which are core and some in which participation is a matter of choice for the practice concerned. It is a matter for each GMS contractor to determine how its practice is organised and how much of the funding it receives goes directly to each GP in the practice by way of salary/profit sharing. Since, as independent contractors, GPs are not required to declare information about their salaries, it is not possible to provide accurate average salary figures for the profession. However, officials estimate that in Northern Ireland, on average, the gross annual income per GP, after practice expenses, is currently in the region of £85,000 to £95,000.

(b) No weekly working hours are stipulated for a GMS contractor (practice) or each GP. However, each GMS contractor is responsible for the provision of General Medical Services to patients within core hours which are defined as,

Heart and Lung Transplants

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the average NHS waiting time for a heart and lung transplant was in each of the last five years for which records are available in Northern Ireland. [66041]

Mr. Woodward: Information on the average waiting time for a heart and lung transplant in each of the last five years is shown in the following table.
Average waiting time for a heart and
lung transplant in days

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Note: An average waiting time for 2001–02 and 2002–03 is not available as no patients received a heart and lung transplant during these years. Source: Belfast City Hospital Transplant Co-ordinator.

Figures are based on the time waited by patients, normally resident in Northern Ireland, who received a heart and lung transplant during the financial year. The figures do not include patients who have been removed from the waiting list for medical/social reasons or patients who have died while waiting for the transplant operation.


Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what change there has been in the number of people (a) presenting themselves and (b) assessed by the Housing Executive as homeless in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [67548]

Mr. Hanson: During the last five financial years (1 April to 31 March 2006 each year) the information requested is as follows:
PresentersIncrease compared to previous yearAcceptancesIncrease/Decrease compared to previous year

Figures for 2005–06 are currently being collated and quality assured and will be available for release by the Housing Executive shortly.

Invest Northern Ireland

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many jobs were secured by Invest Northern Ireland, and its predecessors, for each of Northern Ireland's constituencies in each of the last 10 years. [66404]

Angela E. Smith: The information is as follows.

Table 1 shows the number of jobs promoted within each parliamentary constituency area as a result of inward investment projects during the 10 years from 1995–96 to 2004–05.
Table 1: New jobs promoted by parliamentary constituency in inward investment projects (1995–96 to 2004–05)

Parliamentary constituency1995–961996–971997–981998–991999–20002000–01
Belfast, East0444191,1491,31040
Belfast, North1091135692502891,476
Belfast, South602031,5719881,920595
Belfast, West46471615375314250
East Antrim03692002215912,363
East Londonderry0771627712326
Fermanagh and South Tyrone19334422023620
Lagan Valley1,5523150512320
Newry and Armagh298109000300
North Antrim03632440012
North Down605103580
South Antrim0799130862260
South Down30457527500
Upper Bann2644531020214537
West Tyrone611000155030
NI total4,9294,6875,2064,1626,5845,506

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Parliamentary constituency2001–022002–032003–042004–05Constituency total
Belfast, East142004103,514
Belfast, North6750163273,671
Belfast, South452166491,3797,626
Belfast, West21535727503,044
East Antrim76100671124,099
East Londonderry002401,083
Fermanagh and South Tyrone10835020201,475
Lagan Valley4000162,467
Newry and Armagh07500782
North Antrim00023642
North Down1841200140814
South Antrim316503191,881
South Down134000559
Upper Bann7216110131,214
West Tyrone150017553724
NI total2,5261,0332,1533,46740,253

Table 2 shows the number of jobs expected to be created as a result of the Start a Business Programme
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during the past four years (2002–03 to 2004–05). This information is not available over a longer time period.
Table 2: Jobs created in business start-ups by parliamentary constituency (2002–03 to 2005–06)

Parliamentary constituency2002–032003–042004–052005–06Constituency total
Belfast, East57122146111436
Belfast, North7795113148433
Belfast, South101163212161637
Belfast, West83114170176543
East Antrim138173268204783
East Londonderry130169304254857
Fermanagh and South Tyrone1861114333741,270
Lagan Valley176150224211761
Newry and Armagh1942283552931,070
North Antrim139139256233767
North Down120198203186707
South Antrim118179213203713
South Down2082904263891,313
Upper Bann1822203112981,011
West Tyrone130164234247775
NI total2,5763,4254,9374,43015,368

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether Invest Northern Ireland has conducted an equality impact assessment on its policy for making land available for industrial use. [66405]

Angela E. Smith: Invest NI is currently carrying out an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of its Business Development Solutions (BDS) programmes of assistance. The impact assessment will be sent out for public consultation later in 2006.

Invest NI's policy for making land available for industrial use" will be analysed as part of this Business Development Solutions EQIA.

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