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Applied 5 times Applied 4 times Applied 3 times Applied 2 times Applied once Total applications in this campaign

Campaign 2 September 2001

n/a

n/a

n/a

1,351

3,470

4,910

Campaign 3 March 2002

n/a

n/a

633

1,113

2,888

4,674

Campaign 4 September 2002

n/a

326

533

1,061

2,451

4,410

Campaign 5 March 2003

212

347

642

1,306

3,485

6,044

Campaign 6 September 2003

189

365

586

1,244

2,846

5,419

Campaign 7 March 2004

220

307

613

1,125

2,493

4,977

Campaign 8 September 2004

219

384

644

1,233

2,737

5,695

Campaign 9 March 2005

260

417

768

1,311

2,701

6,106

Campaign 10 September 2005

305

529

850

1,508

3,403

7,690

Campaign 11 March 2006

321

561

904

1,682

3,636

7,861

Note:
C8 to C11 have a large number of missing national insurance numbers due to African/other nationality applicants.

Rate Revenue

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total amount of regional rate revenue was in each of the last five years; and how much was allocated from regional rate revenue to water services in each of the last five years. [81675]

Mr. Hanson: The total amount of regional rate revenue collected in each of the last five years for which figures are available is as follows:

Regional rate revenue (£ million)

2000-01

313.3

2001-02

334.5

2002-03

350.7

2003-04

377.9

2004-05

421.0


The regional rate is an unhypothecated tax and is not allocated to specific areas of expenditure, but instead contributes to the overall resources available to the Secretary of State to allocate to regional public services in Northern Ireland.

Road Safety

Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many road traffic accidents were reported in Northern Ireland in the last six months; and what assessment he has made of the contribution the attendance of a road safety officer at district council road safety committees can make to the reduction of road traffic accidents. [81676]

David Cairns: The total number of reported injury collisions is as follows:

Period Reported injury collisions

1 November 2005 to 31 December 2005

922

1 January 2006 to 30 April 2006

(1)1,632

Total

(1)2,554

(1) Figures for the 2006-07 calendar year are provisional.

The principal aim of Road Safety Education Officers is the education and training of children and young people in road safety, for example by training and supporting teachers and providing road safety awareness sessions for children. The Department of the Environment's assessment is that it is in fulfilling this aim that they most effectively contribute to the reduction of road traffic collisions.

School Discipline

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidents of racist bullying were recorded in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. [80978]

Maria Eagle: The Department of Education does not collect the information requested.

The Department makes clear that all forms of bullying are unacceptable and actively promotes the development of anti-bullying initiatives through its Anti-Bullying Programme.

Information about the scale and nature of bullying in Northern Ireland schools is contained in a research report published in October 2002. A research briefing summary is available on the Department’s website at www.deni.gov.uk/rb8_2002.pdf.

The Department has recently commissioned updated research into bullying, in all its forms, including racist bullying, and the results are expected to be ready for publication by mid 2007.

School Places

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many intake places were available in each school in the South Eastern Education and Library Board area in each of the last five years. [78744]

Maria Eagle: Tables showing the approved admissions number for each school in the South Eastern Education and Library Board area for each of the last five school years will be placed in the Library.

School Trips

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many primary school children in the (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant communities have taken part in trips to the United States of America with (i) Government and (ii) European funds in the last five years, broken down by education and library board area; and if he will make a statement. [80117]

Maria Eagle: Neither the Department nor the EU have funded any trips for primary school children to America during the past five years.


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Sick Days

Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many days were lost through sickness for (a) teaching, (b) non-teaching and (c) board staff in each education and library board area in Northern Ireland in each of the past three years. [79408]

Maria Eagle: The information is as follows:

Number of days lost through sickness among teachers in each education and library board area
Education and library board area 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Belfast

25,454

20,976

25,417

North-Eastern

31,650

26,049

33,663

South-Eastern

27,168

24,893

30,001

Southern

35,911

35,584

42,280

Western

27,258

23,492

29,416

Note:
Figures relate to teachers in schools funded by ELBs and does not include voluntary grammar schools and grant-maintained integrated schools.

Number of days lost through sickness among school-based non-teaching staff in each education and library board area
Education and library board area 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Belfast

19,211

23,723

30,697

North-Eastern

20,407

23,851

34,227

South-Eastern

33,127

39,868

49,298

Southern

22,274

22,264

22,743

Western

(1)50,567

(1)48,513.5

(1)52,452.5

(1) The WELB figures include cleaning staff.

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Number of days lost through sickness among other board staff in each education and library board area
Education and library board area 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Belfast

8,962

9,402

10,918

North-Eastern

5,604

4,971

4,853

South-Eastern

4,298

4,612

5,594

Southern

11,698

11,326

10,091

Western

4,454

4,959

6,978.5


Staff Absenteeism

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many working days have been lost to the Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997 due to staff absenteeism, expressed as the average annual number of absent days per employee; and what the estimated cost to the Department and its agencies of absenteeism was in each year. [77757]

Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency gathers this information on behalf of the Northern Ireland Departments and the Northern Ireland Office. Figures in relation to this question are only available from 2000-01 onwards.

The figures for 2004-05 are inclusive of Northern Ireland Office, Home Civil Service staff.

The Northern Ireland Prison Service provides independent information. They are unable to provide figures for costs prior to 2002-03.

Average annual number of absent days per employee
1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

NIO Core

12.8

13.4

13.7

14.0

12.6

FSNI

8.1

11.7

12.4

13.3

13.7

Com Agency

18.7

20.9

17.4

18.1

21.0

YJA

19.8

NIPS

18.2

19.8

23.1

19.2

16.6

13.9

19.4

20.7

15.9

14.2


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