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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people resident in Northern Ireland are on the Register of Sex Offenders; and in how many of those cases the police do not know the offender's current residential address. 
Mr. Hanson: On 28 April 2006, 644 people in Northern Ireland were subject to the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and in 17 of these cases the police do not have a current residential address. This represents a compliance rate of over 97 per cent.
In line with the Police Service of Northern Ireland's zero tolerance policy on breaches of the notification requirements of the Sexual Offences Act, all offenders who do not comply are pursued and reported to the Public Prosecution Service with a view to prosecution.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many single parents in each constituency in Northern Ireland are claiming state benefits; and how much was paid to them in the last period for which figures are available. 
|Parliamentary constituency||Number of lone parents||Total weekly benefit paid (£)|
| Notes: 1. Key benefits are jobseeker's allowance, incapacity benefit, severe disablement allowance, disability living allowance and income support. Pension credit for males aged 60 to 64. 2. Partner and dependent details were not available for all benefits.|
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, single parents can also receive tax credits and child benefit. Although not social security benefits, they offer financial support to in-work families or families with children. Figures at a parliamentary constituency level are not available but as of April 2006 34,500 in-work single parents in Northern Ireland were receiving tax credit.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether changes are proposed in the eligibility criteria for (a) student funding support and (b) student loans for graduate students wishing to undertake a further degree course; and if he will make a statement. 
In the case of student loans for maintenance, from academic year 2006-07 under revised previous study rules, these will be available only to graduate students who do not have an honours degree, except for certain designated courses, for example medicine, dentistry and social work, and on a basis that takes account of time spent on previous study.
Mr. Hanson: The Unauthorised Encampments (Northern Ireland) Order 2005, which was made at Privy Council on 19 July 2005, gives the police greater powers to deal with unauthorised encampments. However the order cannot be fully effective until sufficient sites for Travellers are available. Responsibility for providing such sites falls to the Housing Executive and I am pressing it to ensure the necessary sites are available as soon as possible. I anticipate that five sites will be operational by the summer by which time I will review the situation with a view to enabling the necessary provisions. I believe this represents a fair and balanced approach.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what representations he has received from health trusts in Northern Ireland wishing to provide electricity generated by wind turbines on their sites. 
Paul Goggins: Government are fully committed to sustainable development in Northern Ireland as demonstrated by the Sustainable Development Strategy for Northern Ireland launched on 9 May by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The strategy places a statutory duty on all Northern Ireland Government Departments and district councils to act in a matter which contributes to sustainable development.
In addition, health and social services trusts are already required to consider options for sustainable energy including wind turbine generation, as part of the business case process, for new capital developments. Currently, wind turbine electricity generation is being considered for the Downe and South West hospital developments.
Paul Goggins: The Antrim hospital of the United Hospitals health and social services trust has reduced its payments to the supply authority by a total of £62,437.26, excluding VAT, for the period February 2005 to April 2006 inclusive, as a result of the investment in the wind turbine.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health when her Department's policy on (a) abortion and (b) assisted suicide was devised; which organisations and individuals were consulted; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: Parliament has decided that abortions may lawfully be carried out in the circumstances specified in the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990.
The Department most recently set out its policy on sexual health, including abortion, in the National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV in 2001, and associated documents, which are available from the Department's website at www.dh.gov.uk. In addition, recommended quality standards for the provision of abortion services are included in Recommended Standards for Sexual Health Services, published in March 2005. The strategy was subject to a public consultation exercise.
Assisting a person in committing suicide is unlawful under the Suicide Act 1961 and is subject to a penalty of up to 14 years imprisonment. The Government have no plans to change this legislation. Any proposals to change the law would be dealt with as a matter of conscience.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Health pursuant to the Answer of 25 April 2006, Official Report, columns 1069-70W, on BCG vaccinations, by what criteria the annual allocation to primary care trusts in relation to the funding of the Bacille Calmette Guerin vaccination against tuberculosis is made; what allocation was given to Wandsworth primary care trust in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. 
Andy Burnham: The funding for Bacille Camette Guerin (BCG) vaccination is included in the unified primary care trust (PCT) revenue allocations that cover the full range of services commissioned by PCTs. It is for PCTs to decide how their allocations can be used in the most effective way.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what recent discussions she has had with the Portman group on appropriate actions to reduce the incidence of binge drinking; and if she will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: The Government are working with alcohol producers at a national level to increase corporate social responsibility, which includes the promotion of sensible drinking and actions to reduce the incidence of binge drinking.
The industry launched its social responsibility standards in November 2005 and the Government have been working with the Portman Group and other industry stakeholders on the implementation of these standards.
In addition, the Government have been working with the Portman Group and other stakeholders to establish a national producers' fund, as set out in the alcohol harm reduction strategy. This is a fund from the alcohol industry to pay for new schemes to tackle alcohol related harm including the incidence of binge drinking.
Andy Burnham: No overall assessment has been made. However, the Department works closely with the pharmaceutical industry to resolve medicine supply problems, to help ensure that patients continue to receive the medicines they need.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) how many (a) nursing and (b) residential homes there were in (i) England and (ii) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how many long-term beds there were in (a) residential and (b) nursing homes in (i) England and
(ii) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: Table one shows the number of care homes and places in England and the area of East Riding, as at 31 March for the years 1997 to 2001. Data for Beverley and Holderness constituency are not available.
|Table 1: Number of care homes and places in England and the East Riding area at 31 March 1997 to 2001|
|England||East Riding area|
|Residential||Nursing||Total||Residential( 1,4)||Nursing( 2,3)||Total|
|(1) Residential data is for Kingston upon Hull and East Riding unitary authorities. (2) Nursing data is for East Riding and Hull health authority. (3) Nursing data includes places in general nursing homes, mental nursing homes and private hospitals and clinics. (4) Data on the number of residential care homes excludes dual registered homes as they are included under nursing homes. Note: Data over 1,000 is rounded to nearest 100. Data under 1,000 is rounded to nearest 10.|
Information for 2002 is not available. The Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI) produces data on the number of care homes and places registered as at 31 March each year, beginning with 2003. There are some definitional differences between these data and those for years up to 2001.
|Table 2: Number of care homes in England 2003 to 2006|
|As at:||Nursing||Personal care||Non-medical||Total|
|(1) Final figures for the number of care homes and places in England at 31 March 2006 will appear in CSCI's annual report, due to be published on the 21 July 2006.|
The CSCI does not collect information on care homes by constituency. The number of nursing and residential homes and registered places in the East Riding of Yorkshire Local Authority, which includes Beverley and Holderness constituency, for 2003 onwards is shown in table three.
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