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Waiting list information is collected by time band. It is therefore not possible to calculate the arithmetic mean (average) and longest time waiting for cataract surgery. It is however possible to identify the median or mid-point and longest waiting time band in each applicable health trust area in the Province.
|Patients waiting for cataract surgery at 30 June 2006|
|Waiting time band|
|HSS trust||Median (Months)||Longest (Months)|
| Source: Departmental Information Return PFA 211.|
Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) how the interests of the (a) statutory, (b) voluntary and (c) community sectors
will be represented on the implementation structures for the Children and Young Peoples Strategy; 
Maria Eagle: Officials are engaged in ongoing discussions with key stakeholders, including the statutory, voluntary, and community sectors to hear their views on how best to shape the implementation arrangements and to ensure appropriate representation on the implementation structures for the Children and Young Peoples Strategy. Account is also being taken of emerging roles and structures under the new public reform arrangements.
We are currently in the process of finalising the first children and young peoples action plan, which will set out how we intend to deliver on our strategic aims by identifying concrete and time-bound actions. I intend to publish the action plan before the end of the year.
Work is under way to establish a number of implementation groups, which will advise on progress of the 10-year Strategy for children and young people and Action Plan. These include a Strategy Planning and Review Group, a Research and Information Group, a Parents Advisory Group and a Practitioners Group. It is intended to have all groups set up by January 2007.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland whether civil servants will be able to choose to remain as employees of the Northern Ireland Civil Service under proposals in (a) the Review of Public Administration and (b) Workplace 2010. 
Mr. Hanson: The RPA will be implemented, by legislation, following the principles of Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations (TUPE), on the basis that transfers of functions will be conducted so that staff will transfer with their work. On the date of transfer, the new organisation will be the legal employer. Under TUPE arrangements, the Northern Ireland Civil Service would be obliged to treat the refusal to transfer as a resignation.
Under the Workplace 2010 contract it is planned that the private sector partner will, in the future, provide the majority of services currently provided by support staff in those properties which transfer as part of the contract. A key consideration for Government in reaching conclusions on the services to be provided by the private sector partner will be the safeguarding of terms and conditions of employment in the event of any staff transfers.
Mrs. Iris Robinson:
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what protocols are in place on civil
servants in his Department contacting members of the public to seek information at home on Saturdays and Sundays. 
However, where the business needs requires it, it is sometimes necessary for civil servants to contact members of the public at the weekend. In these circumstances, individual arrangements relating to the particular business needs are in place.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many complaints were made against general practitioners in each health board area in the Province in each of the last five years. 
You recently asked the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland a Parliamentary Question regarding how the Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy has been progressed across the Province; and if he will make a statement. I have been asked to reply as this issue falls within my responsibility as Chief Executive of Roads Service.
You will be aware that the Northern Ireland Cycling Strategy was published in 2000 and contains a number of actions aimed at improving conditions for cycling and establishing a pro cycling culture. These actions were assigned to bodies within the public, private and voluntary sectors.
Progress against the Strategy is monitored by the NI Cycling Forum on which DRD is an active participant. The Forum, containing representatives from individuals and organisations with an interest in cycling, published a report on progress against the various actions in the NI Cycling Strategy in 2002. I understand that a second report is at an advanced stage of preparation and the Forum hopes to publish this shortly.
From a Roads Service perspective, we have been actively monitoring progress against the headline targets in the strategy (doubling cycle trips by 2005, quadrupling trips by 2015) in our annual Cycle Usage Survey. The increases noted in cycle usage figures between 2000 and 2005 are as follows:
|(1 )31 locations throughout Northern Ireland. (2 )13 of the above 31 locations which are located throughout Northern Ireland|
The Department's Regional Transportation Strategy(2002-12) recognised cycling as a mode of transport and the development of cycling measures within its 3 supporting transport plans (the Belfast Metropolitan Transport Plan, the Regional Strategic Network Transport Plan and the draft Sub-Regional Transport Plan) also aims to promote the objectives of the NI Cycling Strategy. As these plans are implemented, we will of course monitor their outcomes.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cyclists have been (a) injured and (b) killed in road traffic accidents in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of Statefor Northern Ireland pursuant to his answer of14 December 2005, Official Report, column 2095W, how much was spent on (a) new furnishings, (b) art and (c) new vehicles for each year since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly in each department other than DHSPPS. 
(1) This figure excludes spend by the British Irish Secretariat as they have hosted conferences jointly with the British and Irish Governments and to provide a breakdown could not be done without incurring disproportionate costs.
Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many redundancies there were in his Department in each year since 1997; what the cost of such redundancies was in each year; how many temporary staff were employed in each year; and how many staff were seconded by outside organisations to posts within the Department in each year. 
|Number of Prison Service redundancies|
The total cost of redundancies from the Northern Ireland Prison Service for the period 1997 to date are identified in the table. All costs relate to prison grade staff only. Although from 2001 there have been no redundancies, there have been ongoing costs for annual compensation payments made to staff until they reach minimum retirement age.
|Financial Year||Redundancy costs (£ million)|
|(1) No available records.|
The number of staff employed on a temporary basis for the same period including casual staff and staff employed under the new deal scheme, and the number of staff seconded by outside organisations to within the Department is shown in the table.
|Temporary staff employed||Number of secondments into NIO|
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