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David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many MRSA-related deaths have there been in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years (a) in total and (b) in each hospital. 
Mr. Hanson: Causes of death are classified by International Classification of Diseases (ICD), the current version of which does not have a specific code for MRSA. However statistics on deaths where MRSA was a contributing factor can be obtained by identifying deaths registered with specific conditions likely to be linked with MRSA and then checking whether MRSA was recorded on the death certificate.
The following table gives the number of deaths registered in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years, 2001-05, where MRSA was mentioned on the death certificate. The figures relate to all deaths where MRSA was mentioned on the death certificate, regardless of whether it was the primary cause of death or not. Figures are classified by place of death, which need not be the place of infection.
|MRSA-related deaths by place of death, 2001-05|
|Place of death||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005( 2)|
|(1 )Other place of death includes deaths in Nursing Homes or in the home.|
(2) Provisional data.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) private citizens and (b) businesses in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for causing pollution from (i) septic tanks and (ii) heating oil tanks in each of the last three years; and what the total amount paid out in each category was in each year. 
David Cairns: In the last three years, no private citizens have been prosecuted by Environment and Heritage Service for causing pollution from heating oil tanks, as the severity and environmental impact of these incidents have not warranted prosecution.
In the last three years, one private citizen has been prosecuted by Environment and Heritage Service for causing pollution from a septic tank. The incident occurred in 2003, and the owner of the septic tank was fined £2,000 and court costs of £16 were awarded against the offender.
|Year in which incident occurred||Number of cases||Costs awarded (£)||Fines imposed (£)||Cases still pending|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of 28 October 2005, Official Report, column 657W, on Private Members Bills, whether the information was collected at any time; and if he will make a statement. 
|(1 )Westminster Parliament figures are not disaggregated prior to 2001.|
The information for the last financial year 2005-06 is not yet available.
Maria Eagle: It is the responsibility of each employing authority to ensure that criminal record checks are carried out on prospective employees in line with guidance provided by my Department on the recruitment of people to work with children and young people in educational settings.
The Northern Ireland Substitute Teacher Register (NISTR) was made available to all schools from March 2004. All teachers on the register have an initial pre-employment criminal record check carried out and a vetting check carried out every two years thereafter. With effect from 1 September 2006, only substitute teachers who are on the NISTR should be employed to work in schools.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much the Valuation and Lands Agency has spent on its automated valuation model and associated computer database and training. 
Mr. Hanson: The VLA used CAMA (Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal) techniques and proprietary spatial modelling software to assess capital values of domestic properties in Northern Ireland for rating purposes.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether the Valuation and Lands Agency use of geocode data in its automated valuation model includes data on proximity to geographic features or facilities. 
Mr. Hanson: Variography techniques were not used by VLA in the construction of valuation models. While the Spatialest software is capable of applying variography techniques the VLA modellers did not use the facility.
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland have been prosecuted for the illegal (a) transport, (b) deposit and (c) storage of waste in each of the last three years; and what total amount was paid in fines in each year. 
It is not possible to provide a breakdown in the format you have requested. Prosecutions for unregistered waste transport are associated with the more serious offences of illegal storage and deposit of waste, for which several offences may apply in each case.
2004: 24 prosecutions, generating total fines of £18,800;
2005: 58 cases, generating total fines of £104,050; and
2006 (to end June): 47 cases, generating total fines of £85,050 and a prison sentence of nine monthsthe first sentence handed down by the courts in Northern Ireland for waste offences.
Mr. McGrady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people are employed by Water Service in (a) administrative, (b) technical and (c) professional grades; and how many people were employed in each category in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 1999-2000. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question about how many people are employed by Water Service in (a) administrative, (b) technical and (c) professional grades; and how many people were employed in each category in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 1999-2000 (75587). I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Water Service.
The details requested are set out in the table below. Water Service does not differentiate between Professional and Technical grades.
|Grade||1996-97||1999-2000||1 July 2006|
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