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Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the birth rate was in each district council in Northern Ireland in (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. [71315]

Mr. Hanson: The table below gives birth rates by Local Government District of residence of mother for births registered in 2004 and 2005 respectively.

Table: Birth rates( 1 , 2) per 1,000 females aged 15-44 years by Local Government District of residence of mother, 2004 and 2005
Local Government District 2004 2005( 3)

Antrim

71.8

66.8

Ards

57.4

59.2

Armagh

61.9

68.5

Ballymena

63.8

64.7

Ballymoney

67.5

64.0

Banbridge

62.7

69.5

Belfast

54.7

52.5

Carrickfergus

53.2

57.6

Castlereagh

52.9

53.4

Coleraine

57.3

50.2

Cookstown

69.3

65.7

Craigavon

66.6

67.9

Derry

60.7

62.3

Down

66.5

59.2

Dungannon

75.6

73.3

Fermanagh

57.7

61.2

Larne

50.9

56.5

Limavady

58.2

61.5

Lisburn

60.9

60.9

Magherafelt

66.3

69.1

Moyle

61.2

59.7

Newry and Mourne

72.3

71.9

Newtownabbey

60.8

60.9

North Down

56.2

55.1

Omagh

60.4

63.5

Strabane

59.6

61.6

Northern Ireland

60.9

60.9

(1) Birth is defined to be either still or live birth. Pregnancies which resulted in the birth of twins, triplets or other multiple births are counted twice, three times, etc.
(2) Rate per 1,000 females aged 15-44. 2005 mid-year estimates are not yet published; the rate for 2005 is calculated using 2004 mid-year estimates of population.
(3)Provisional Data

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Overseas Education

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary ofState for Northern Ireland what programmes his Department has in place to enable young people and students from Northern Ireland to study in the United States. [70447]

Maria Eagle: The Department for Employment and Learning has overall responsibility for the Business Education Initiative (BEI) which aims to provide students with international business and management skills through a one-year placement at a private, church-affiliated university or college in the United States.

The programme is open to pre-final year, full-time EU students studying for a third level (degree/foundation degree/HND) qualification, in any discipline, in a university or college in Northern Ireland. The US colleges and universities waive their normal tuition fees for the students, while the Department pays for costs to bring the students to the USA and provides some further financial support while they are on placement.

Overweight People

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate he has made of the percentage of (a) men and (b) women in Northern Ireland who are overweight. [70446]

Paul Goggins: The 1997 Northern Ireland Health and Social Well-being Survey provides the most recent estimate of overweight and obesity levels among adults aged 16+ in Northern Ireland. The survey found that 48 per cent. of men and 32 per cent. of women were overweight, while a further 17 per cent. of men and20 per cent. of women were obese. When combined, the survey found that 65 per cent. of males and 52 per cent. of females were either overweight or obese.

Physiotherapists

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what action he is taking to ensure that (a) placements and (b) employment opportunities are available for newly-qualified physiotherapists in Northern Ireland who will complete their training in and after 2006. [70943]

Paul Goggins: Placements for undergraduate students are arranged between the university of Ulster, students and health and social services trusts. All graduating physiotherapy students have undertaken the required clinical placement.

Recruitment is the responsibility of individual health and social services trusts, taking into account service needs and available resources. However, at the overall Northern Ireland level, the balance between physiotherapy supply and demand is monitored through regular DHSSPS work force planning reviews. The Department is currently undertaking a major work force planning review for physiotherapy, the results of which will be published later this year.


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Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what estimate his Department has made of the number of student physiotherapists in Northern Ireland due to graduate in 2006 who are likely to find employment within the NHS. [70944]

Paul Goggins: Recruitment is a matter for individual health and social services trusts taking into account service needs and available resources. However, the Department is currently undertaking a major work force planning review of the physiotherapy work force and the destination of new graduates, vacancy levels and related issues will all form part of that review.

Primary School Teachers

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the change in the numbers of fully qualified primary school teachers has been in (a) the controlled sector and (b) the maintained sector in Northern Ireland in each year between 1995 and 2005; [70431]

(2) what the change in the numbers of fully qualified primary school teachers in (a) the controlled sector and (b) the maintained sector in Northern Ireland was in each year between 1995 and 2005. [71123]

Maria Eagle: The change in the numbers of fully qualified primary school teachers in (a) the controlled sector, and (b) the maintained sector in Northern Ireland in each year between 1995 and 2005 is detailed as follows:

School management type Differences from previous year
Controlled Maintained Controlled Maintained

1995

4,301

4,332

1996

4,258

4,315

-43

-17

1997

4,211

4,276

-47

-39

1998

4,116

4,132

-95

-144

1999

4,040

4,063

-76

-69

2000

4,051

3,986

+11

-77

2001

3,994

3,946

-57

-40

2002

4,050

3,910

+56

-36

2003

4,055

3,900

+5

-10

2004

4,038

3,842

-17

-58

2005

3,949

3,734

-89

-108

Note: Teacher numbers are taken as at October of each of the years in question.

Pupil Behaviour

Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on how many occasions police have been called to schools in Northern Ireland to deal with (a) drug-related incidents and (b) incidents involving violence during 2005. [70466]

Paul Goggins: The number of occasions when police have been called specifically by schools to deal with a drug related or violent incident is not known. However,
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according to PSNI records there were 71 drug related offences and 335 violent offences which occurred within the confines of an educational establishment during 2005.

Racial Abuse

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints of racial abuse have been (a) investigated and (b) upheld in (i) each Department in Northern Ireland and (ii) his Department in each of the last five years. [70490]

Mr. Hanson: The information requested is set out in the tables.

It shows the number of formal internal complaints made by staff in the 11 Northern Ireland Departments, the NIO and their respective agencies.

2005 2004
Department Investigated Upheld Investigated Upheld

DARD

0

n/a

0

n/a

DCAL

0

n/a

0

n/a

DE

0

n/a

0

n/a

DETI

0

n/a

0

n/a

DFP

1

0

0

n/a

DEL

0

n/a

0

n/a

DHSSPS

0

n/a

0

n/a

DOE

0

n/a

0

n/a

DRD

0

n/a

0

n/a

DSD

1

1

0

n/a

OFMDFM

0

n/a

0

n/a

NIO

0

n/a

0

n/a


2003 2002 2001
Department Investi- gated Upheld Investi- gated Upheld Investi- gated Upheld

DARD

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DCAL

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DE

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DETI

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DFP

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DEL

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DHSSPS

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DOE

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DRD

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

DSD

1

0

0

n/a

0

n/a

OFMDFM

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a

NIO

0

n/a

0

n/a

0

n/a



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