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Post Traumatic Stress (Police)

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what training the Police Ombudsmen for Northern Ireland staff receive in relation to dealing with serving and retired officers claiming post traumatic stress disorder. [92989]

Paul Goggins: The Police Ombudsman’s office has advised that while the office does not provide any specialised training in relation to medical conditions such as post traumatic stress disorder, procedures and guidance ensure investigators assess risks when investigations involve members of the public or police officers so that appropriate action can be considered.

Pregnant Foreign Nationals

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pregnant foreign nationals have presented at hospitals in Northern Ireland without suitable medical records in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. [94118]

Paul Goggins: During admission to hospital, information is gathered relating to the patient's personal details, including their current address. Information on the patient's nationality is not
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normally collected. It is not possible, therefore, to provide the figures requested.

Anyone who is deemed to be “ordinarily resident in the UK” is entitled to free HPSS treatment in Northern Ireland. “Ordinarily resident” is a common law concept interpreted by the House of Lords in 1982 as someone who is living lawfully in the United Kingdom voluntarily and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of their life for the time being, with an identifiable purpose for their residence here which has a sufficient degree of continuity to be properly described as settled.

Vandalism

Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many instances of vandalism were reported in each district command unit in the East Antrim constituency in each of the last five years. [92898]

Paul Goggins: The police service of Northern Ireland have advised me that the number of criminal/malicious damage offences recorded over the last five financial years in each District Command Unit in the East Antrim constituency is detailed in the following table. It should be noted that not all of Newtownabbey DCU falls within the constituency of East Antrim.

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06

Carrickfergus

646

557

423

509

450

Larne

711

486

469

482

418

Newtownabbey

1,775

1,628

1,464

1,368

1,430

Total

3,132

2,671

2,356

2,359

2,298


Volunteer Medals

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will make it his policy to award a medal to volunteer members of the (a) St. John Ambulance Brigade, (b) British Red Cross Society and (c) Order of Malta Ambulance Corps who put their lives at risk during the troubles in Northern Ireland. [93278]

Mr. Hain: Her Majesty the Queen is advised by the Committee on the grant of honours, decorations and medals on all matters to do with honours and medals.

Communities and Local Government

Council Tax

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the annual change in the level of council tax by each district council in South West England was in each year since 1996-97; and if she will make a statement. [93508]

Mr. Woolas: The annual percentage change in the level of council tax by each district council in South West England since 1996-97 is tabled as follows. Figures are based solely on the district’s element of the area council tax bill, including parish precepts, and exclude amounts for precepting authorities (such as county, police and fire).


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Annual percentage change in the level of council tax by each district council in South West England since 1996-97( 1)
Authority 1996-97 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02

Bath and North East Somerset District Council(2)

4.6

8.0

3.7

9.3

5.9

Bournemouth Borough Council(2)

15.2

4.5

2.9

10.0

Bristol City Council(2)

4.5

8.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Caradon District Council

10.4

11.1

10.2

6.3

8.6

5.2

Carrick District Council

7.7

-1.2

9.4

7.7

8.4

4.6

Cheltenham Borough Council

7.5

6.8

9.8

4.8

4.5

5.9

Christchurch Borough Council

6.9

25.0

17.4

2.9

-0.5

0.0

Cotswold District Council

24.2

9.5

7.6

4.3

6.1

8.1

East Devon District Council

12.6

8.2

13.4

-0.4

3.8

4.8

East Dorset District Council

6.7

5.9

13.2

5.4

0.3

9.3

Exeter City Council

-9.7

6.4

-2.5

17.7

3.9

4.5

Forest of Dean District Council

22.1

3.3

5.8

3.2

7.9

3.7

Gloucester City Council

29.7

27.9

16.0

8.5

2.5

7.0

Isles of Scilly Council

5.9

4.1

7.5

10.4

6.1

3.8

Kennet District Council

17.8

16.6

19.9

7.8

2.9

7.4

Kerrier District Council

20.5

13.7

8.3

6.2

4.7

12.2

Mendip District Council

24.4

0.3

8.8

5.3

4.2

4.5

Mid Devon District Council

8.7

29.5

2.2

6.7

4.5

5.1

North Cornwall District Council

10.1

16.4

8.6

5.1

8.9

2.5

North Devon District Council

-10.8

18.4

20.4

0.9

5.7

3.0

North Dorset District Council

47.1

19.2

0.6

3.2

3.1

12.4

North Somerset District Council(2)

0.5

9.6

8.2

4.9

4.6

North Wiltshire District Council

1.2

1.5

6.3

2.9

9.0

7.0

Penwith District Council

3.2

3.1

5.6

7.4

3.8

5.3

Plymouth City Council(2)

8.6

8.8

3.1

Poole Borough Council(2)

10.3

3.8

12.8

5.5

Purbeck District Council

9.9

17.1

21.9

9.7

5.1

14.3

Restormel Borough Council

-3.8

1.2

26.4

7.0

4.8

2.3

Salisbury District Council

82.3

14.7

13.9

0.0

3.1

3.3

Sedgemoor District Council

4.0

6.0

1.8

4.5

4.0

2.8

South Gloucestershire District Council(2)

5.1

3.9

8.8

9.8

5.3

South Hams District Council

15.8

8.5

8.9

2.7

2.4

3.4

South Somerset District Council

-3.2

2.8

8.5

4.0

5.7

4.2

Stroud District Council

5.0

7.3

5.0

5.6

4.3

1.5

Swindon Borough Council(2)

4.2

9.8

5.7

6.6

Taunton Deane Borough Council

132.1

6.7

24.1

4.1

1.5

6.1

Teignbridge District Council

23.0

11.3

6.4

4.5

4.5

5.6

Tewkesbury Borough Council

78.4

119.1

51.6

49.2

6.4

5.1

Torbay District Council(2)

17.0

4.9

7.4

Torridge District Council

74.0

77.8

11.7

6.3

3.6

4.3

West Devon Borough Council

6.9

7.3

11.5

4.3

25.1

-12.4

West Dorset District Council

10.7

10.8

6.6

7.4

6.2

6.9

West Somerset District Council

5.6

-1.5

15.4

2.2

6.0

4.2

West Wiltshire District Council

-6.1

17.6

19.2

5.4

3.7

6.8

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council

-15.7

22.1

10.7

9.6

6.6

6.9


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