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(b) Estimated costs for the use of chauffeured cars are shown in table 3.

Table 3
Costs (£)

2002-03

967,032

2003-04

1,056,463

2004-05

1,187,154

2005-06

1,226,898

Note:
These figures are not comparable to figures in tables 1 and 2 as they include the cost of the NIO service. The totals also include the costs of providing a service to visiting dignitaries and other non civil servants.

Domestic Rates

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the latest estimate is of the average effective tax rate in Northern Ireland to be levied on domestic rates bills in respect of the (a) district and (b) regional rate in (i) Northern Ireland as a whole and (ii) each district in Northern Ireland in 2007-08. [86817]

Mr. Hanson: Individual district council projections for 2007-08 are not available. Each district council is responsible for setting its own rate and the spending plans for the 26 district councils are not yet known for 2007-08. However, the average district rate for 2007-08 is estimated to be 0.00273 or £2.73 per £1,000 of capital value. This estimate is based on the assumption of a 6 per cent. increase in the average simulated domestic capital value rates that would have applied in 2006-07.

The regional rate for 2007-08 is estimated to be 0.00360 or £3.60 per £1,000 of capital value. This estimate is also based on a 6 per cent. increase for the regional rate, which has already been announced in the draft Priorities and Budget 2006-08.

Therefore, it is estimated that the total (district and regional) average effective tax rate to be levied on households in Northern Ireland under the new discrete capital values system in April 2007 will be £6.33 for every £1,000 of capital value.

Field Studies

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many secondary school field courses were funded by each education and library board in each of the last seven years; and how many students have attended such courses. [87099]

Maria Eagle: The information on funding and students attending such courses is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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Gambling

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people in Northern Ireland are receiving publicly funded assistance for a gambling addiction; and if he will make a statement. [87986]

Paul Goggins: It is not possible to estimate the number of people receiving assistance through health services for a gambling addiction. There is no record of patients receiving treatment solely for a gambling addiction although those patients with a co-existent mental illness or alcohol problem may receive therapy for gambling as part of their treatment.

There is no provision in law for publicly funded assistance for gambling addiction and no support is available through the benefit system.

Genito-urinary Medicine

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the merits of further genito-urinary medicine clinics in the Province. [87983]

Paul Goggins: In April 2006 DHSSPS asked the four health and social services boards to jointly undertake a review of sexual health/GUM services in Northern Ireland. In particular the review will address:

The Review is expected to be completed by the end of September 2006.

Integrated Schools

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) maintained and (b) state controlled schools have transformed to the integrated school sector over the last five years in each education and library board area; and if he will make a statement. [87996]

Maria Eagle: Over the last five years no maintained schools have transformed to integrated status. Two controlled primary schools in the north-eastern education and library board area; one controlled primary school in the south-eastern education and library board area; and one controlled primary school in the western education and library board area have transformed to controlled integrated status.

I have also recently announced the transformation of Crumlin High School in the north eastern education and library board area to take effect from September 2007.


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Language Support

Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people whose country of origin is outside Northern Ireland and whose first language is other than English, are enrolled in each college of further and higher education in each education and library board area, broken down by country of origin. [86570]

Maria Eagle: The Department for Employment and Learning does not collect information on students whose first language is other than English. The following table details FE enrolments by Education and Library Board Area for students whose country of domicile was reported as outside NI in 2004-05 (latest available data).

Region of Domicile
Education and Library Board Great Britain Republic of Ireland European Union( 1) Other overseas Total

Belfast

11

14

19

31

75

North Eastern

12

10

15

93

130

South Eastern

154

43

39

134

370

Southern

112

395

32

46

585

Western

1

46

3

17

67

Unknown

19

5,456

29

50

5,554

Total

309

5,964

137

371

6,781

(1 )European Union includes those countries that where members in November 2004.
Notes:
1. Data relates to enrolments over the whole academic year.
2. Current student postcode is used to determine Education and Library Board Area.
Source:
FESR.

Medical Assessments

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) children and (b) adults travelled outside Northern Ireland in each of the last five years for NHS medical assessment. [88171]

Paul Goggins: This information is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Ministerial Offices

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many times his ministerial office has been decorated in each of the last five years. [87641]

Mr. Hain: As Secretary of State for Northern Ireland I have offices in London and Belfast. The London office received minor re-decoration in 2005. The Belfast office was re-decorated in 2004.


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Ministerial Travel

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the cost was of travel to Northern Ireland by Ministers in his Department in each of the last eight years. [69668]

Mr. Hain: The cost of travel to Northern Ireland by Ministers is available for the last six years and is as follows:

£

2000-01

643,968

2001-02

591,619

2002-03

544,489

2003-04

486,545

2004-05

465,667

2005-06

469,638


MRSA

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many incidences of MRSA bacteria were reported in each health board area by (a) doctors and nurses and (b) others in (i) 2004-05 and (ii) 2005-06; and in how many cases poor cleaning was the suspected cause. [87982]

Paul Goggins: The number of incidences of MRSA bacteria reported broken down by (a) doctors and nurses and (b) others or whether poor cleaning was the suspected cause is not available. However, the total number of MRSA bacteraemia reported within each health board, for 2004-05 and 2005-06, is available, and is detailed in the following table.

Number
Health board( 1) 2004-05 2005-06( 2)

Eastern

143

113

Northern

47

34

Southern

24

19

Western

28

20

NI Total

242

186

(1 )Health Board of Treatment.
(2) Figures for 2005-06 only indicate the period 1 April to 31 December 2005.
Source:
Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre Northern Ireland (CDSC (NI)).

Murals

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make a statement on the use of funds to encourage the removal of murals from gable walls in (a) Loyalist and (b) nationalist areas; by whom the funds will be administered; and who the representatives will be from the communities taking part in the exercise. [85049]

Maria Eagle: ‘Re-imaging Communities’ is a £3.3 million funding programme, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, for local communities which, over the next three years, will help communities to develop mural art and public art which celebrates life and helps people to feel part of the community they live in. It will
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also have a focus on replacing paramilitary murals and emblems with positive community images. It aims to build on and complement existing, though ad hoc, initiatives across Northern Ireland.

The Programme will support a wide range of community-led projects, offering grants of up to £5,000 for small projects and up to £50,000 for larger scale projects.

Applications will be invited from any local community group. Ideally these applications should be consistent with the local council’s good relations strategy or plan. There will be community development workers, employed by the Arts Council, available to help develop organisations in those areas which find it hard to access this type of funding. The Arts Council will look at all applications it receives, but in order to achieve high quality/good design in the new murals and public artwork, would expect an artist to be involved.

Nationality Restrictions

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what legislation has been (a) proposed and (b) implemented in relation to the recommendations of the Senior Civil Service Review Team on nationality restrictions. [87270]

Mr. McFadden: I have been asked to reply.

Since 2001, my hon. Friend the Member for Hendon (Mr. Dismore) has, on several occasions, introduced a Private Member’s Bill supporting these proposals. The Government indicated its support for this Bill during debate on it in the 2003-04 Session. The hon. Member’s Bill has not completed the necessary Parliamentary stages in the current session.

A provision was included in the Courts Act 2003 enabling persons of any nationality resident in the UK to apply to be appointed as a justice of the peace.


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