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Planning Area Enforcement Orders

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many planning enforcements against houses of multiple occupancy have been issued in each planning area in Northern Ireland since the legislation came into force. [66140]

Angela E. Smith: No enforcement notices have been issued in respect of houses in multiple occupation since the new legislation came into force in November 2004. Approximately 30 cases are currently under investigation and may lead to further enforcement action in due course.

Property Tax Reform

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will place in the Library a copy of the paper produced by the head of rating policy division of the Northern Ireland Department for Finance and Personnel, on property tax reform, for the IRRV International Conference in Alicante, Spain on 24 February. [66696]

Angela E. Smith: I can confirm that arrangements have been made to place a copy of the paper in the Library. It may be helpful to note that the paper was published last year on the IRRV website along with other papers presented at that conference.
 
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Public Prosecution Service

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many proposals were received in the public procurement exercise for a Public Prosecution Service Regional Office in Derry. [14489]

Mr. Hain: 11 proposals were received in response to the public procurement exercise for a Public Prosecution Service Regional Office in Londonderry.

Review of Public Administration

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what strategic role the Northern Ireland Housing Executive will have after the implementation of the programme for the Review of Public Administration in 2009. [68253]

Mr. Hanson: The Housing Executive remains Northern Ireland's strategic housing authority and continues to have an extremely important role to play not only in implementing the Government's housing policies, but also in working with a range of agencies as part of the Government's overall efforts to address poverty and social exclusion.

As implementation of the Review Public Administration moves forward and the new local councils are established, the Housing Executive will have to work in close partnership with those councils, particularly as they take on new housing-related functions. It will be appropriate at some stage in the future to consider how the new arrangements are working in practice and in particular how efficiently and effectively the new councils are discharging their housing-related functions. It would only be on foot of such a careful and thorough review, particularly in view of the sensitivities that continue to surround housing issues, that consideration would be given to further housing-related functions transferring to the councils.

For the foreseeable future, therefore the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, as Northern Ireland's strategic housing authority, has an extremely important role to play as a key partner in developing and implementing the Government's policies.

Riding for the Disabled

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what Government support is available for those involved in riding for the disabled activities in Northern Ireland. [67135]

Mr. Hanson: The Riding for the Disabled Associations (RDA) is responsible for the development and promotion of horse riding for people with disabilities in Northern Ireland. The Association offers people with disabilities the opportunity to become involved in riding and carriage driving. It is part of RDA National and is a registered charity.

The Riding for the Disabled Association is a member club of Disability Sports Northern Ireland (DSNI) who receive £125,000 per year in public funding through the Sports Council for Northern Ireland. DSNI provides support to a range of sport's organisations on improving access and opportunities under its Community Access
 
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Grants scheme to help improve access to existing facilities provided by voluntary and community organisations.

There is also support available for equestrian sport, including horse riding, for people with disabilities from the Building Sport programme (BSp), which is run by the SCNI lottery unit.

Sewerage Stations

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which sewerage stations in Northern Ireland are not meeting standards set out in EU directives. [67407]

Angela E. Smith: During 2004—the most recent year for which verified compliance data are currently available—the following seven waste water treatment works did not meet the requirements of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (UWWTD) as they did not have secondary treatment:

In addition the 13 works below failed to meet either the effluent quality standards or the monitoring requirements of the UWWTD:

Initial assessment of 2005 data indicates an improvement in compliance compared with 2004.

Over the three year period to 2007–08 some £290 million is being invested in upgrading WWTWs to ensure compliance with EC Directive standards. Since the compliance assessment of 2004, the Water Service Capital Works Programme has delivered new WWTWs at Culmore, Omagh, Cookstown and Ballyclare, all of which are now capable of producing UWWTD quality effluent. The new works at Larne was completed in early 2006 and, in addition, Carrickfergus and Newtownabbey are scheduled for completion in mid-2006.

In addition work has commenced on the new North Coast WWTW to resolve compliance requirements at Portrush, Portstewart and Coleraine. In addition, Water Service is pursuing the use of Public Private Partnership investment to complement conventionally
 
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funded programmes. Initial PPP programmes for wastewater and sludge treatment, currently estimated at some £122 million, are being taken forward for detailed planning and procurement.

Social Economy Companies

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will collect and collate information on the distribution of social economy companies at ward level in Northern Ireland. [67822]

Angela E. Smith: There are no plans to collect and collate information on the distribution of social economy companies at ward level. DETI, as the Department with lead responsibility for developing a more integrated approach to the sector, plans to undertake and publish the results, at NI level, of the first biennial survey of social economy enterprises in NI in 2006–07.

Special Educational Needs

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of children in each (a) ward, (b) county and (c) constituency in Northern Ireland (i) have special educational needs and (ii) are statemented. [68036]

Angela E. Smith: Information in relation to statemented pupils has been provided to the hon. Member on 6 March 2006, Official Report, column 1129W.

Information on pupils with special educational needs at primary, special and nursery schools in Northern Ireland is not available at ward level. Analysis based on the location of schools is not available in respect of counties, but is provided in the following tables for Education and Library Board areas and constituencies. The distribution of pupils with special educational needs pupils is affected by the location of special schools and special units attached to mainstream schools.
Percentage of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in Northern Ireland, by Education and Library Board area, 2005–06

Education and Library BoardPercentage of pupils with SEN
Belfast18.7
Western18.3
North Eastern13.2
South Eastern17.3
Southern14.2
Total16.1

Percentage of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in Northern Ireland, by parliamentary constituency, 2005–06

Parliamentary constituencyPercentage of pupils with SEN
Belfast East16.2
Belfast North19.4
Belfast South17.0
Belfast West23.3
East Antrim13.3
East Londonderry15.3
Fermanagh and South Tyrone14.9
Foyle19.2
Lagan Valley16.7
Mid Ulster12.9
Newry and Armagh15.1
North Antrim13.1
North Down13.6
South Antrim13.1
South Down16.5
Strangford18.6
Upper Bann14.0
West Tyrone17.2
Total16.1




Note:
1.Figures relate to pupils in nursery, primary, post primary and special schools only.
2.Figures for SEN pupils relate to those pupils at stage 1 to stage5 on the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice.
3.Figures provided relate to the location of schools attended.




 
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