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Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what occasions (a) he and (b) departmental Ministers have been requested to appear before Committees of (i) devolved institutions and (ii) the European Parliament since 2004; on what topic in each case; how many and what proportion of such requests were accepted; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hain: Neither I, as Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, nor my Ministers have been requested to appear before any Committees of the devolved institutions or the European Parliament since 2004.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii) date of sale was of each asset. 
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The sale of NIO houses and this land sale were handled by commercial estate agents and the sales were to private individuals. Details of NIO houses, including their sales, are not published by the Department, for security reasons.
Expenditure incurred on hospitality by the Northern Ireland Office includes accommodation and hospitality for members of the royal family, visiting dignitaries and Heads of State, and also hospitality for the representatives of business, voluntary and community sectors in Northern Ireland attending the annual garden party at Hillsborough Castle.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many Housing Executive houses in Northern Ireland are unoccupied; and how many of those houses are located in (a) West Belfast, (b) South Belfast, (c) North Belfast and (d) East Belfast. 
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Dr. Alasdair McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many adolescents were in-patients in adult mental health wards in each health board area in each of the last five years. 
1. Figures are based on calendar years.
2. Adolescents have been classed as those aged 14 to 17 inclusive.
There are insufficient beds at present to meet demand. Only five beds are currently open in the interim inpatient unit at Knockbracken (South and East Belfast HSS trust) due to staffing difficulties, although the unit has capacity for eight beds with the potential to eventually move to 12 beds. The situation is kept under active review with the aim of increasing the number of beds as soon as possible.
There are plans to build a new 18-bed mental health adolescent in-patient unit to replace the existing inpatient facilities at Knockbracken. This is due to be completed in 2008-09. This unit will help alleviate the current problem of insufficient provision of in-patient beds for this service.
South and East Belfast HSST and Mental Health Unit (DHSSPS)
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures he is taking to promote the employment within (a) his Department and (b) public sector bodies for whom he has responsibility of people with mental illnesses in line with the advice and codes of practice produced by the Disability Rights Commission. 
Mr. Hain: In Northern Ireland, Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 already requires public authorities to have due regard to the need to promote equality of opportunity towards people with a disability. These duties ensure that equality issues, including disability, are integral to the whole range of public policy decision making. Public authorities such as the Northern Ireland Office are required to submit equality schemes to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland and to carry out impact assessments of their policies in certain circumstances.
adopt a positive attitude towards disabled people and their needs;
be open to the possibility of doing things differently;
promote a positive attitude on disability within the workplaceensure methods used to deliver our policies/services are disability friendly;
provide further information on mainstreaming the new disability duties into decisions and activities early in 2007; and
prepare a disability action plan to show how the N1O proposes to fulfil the disability duties in relation to its functions.
Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many beds are expected to be available at the new-build at Mid-Ulster hospital; and whether a consultation exercise will be undertaken (a) before and (b) after the building has been designed. 
Paul Goggins: The Step I outline business case for the Northern Health and Social Services Board acute and local hospitals proposed that the total number of beds in the redeveloped Mid-Ulster hospital would be 45, made up of 29 in-patient beds and 16 day case beds.
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