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Children: Day Care

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many child care places there were in each Northern Ireland parliamentary constituency in each of the last six years. [133062]

Paul Goggins: Information on child care places is not collected according to parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland. The information is, however, available according to the old health and social services trust areas, and is shown in the following table in respect of the number of registered places at 31 March, 2001 to 2006.

Child care places available at 31 March( 1)
Health and social services trust 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

North and West Belfast

4,022

5,376

6,471

5,189

3,761

3,414

South and East Belfast

8,551

7,275

7,243

7,105

1,831

1,499

Ulster

5,046

4,871

4,926

4,648

3,291

3,324

Down Lisburn

5,535

5,680

5,465

5,129

5,281

5,179

Causeway

2,808

2,892

2,831

3,360

6,736

5,605

Homefirst

8,787

8,689

9,362

9,425

10,086

10,170

Armagh and Dungannon

3,110

2,948

2,311

2,540

4,023

3,563

Craigavon and Banbridge

2,812

2,850

3,097

3,496

4,506

4,435

Newry and Mourne

1,321

1,418

1,504

1,638

2,701

2,518

Foyle

3,366

3,470

3,467

3,469

3,470

3,425

Sperrin Lakeland

2,875

3,086

3,109

3,457

3,457

3,426

Northern Ireland total

48,233

48,555

49,786

49,456

49,143

46,558

(1) The information detailed in this table relates to registered child care places in respect of day nurseries, child minders, play groups, out of school clubs and holiday schemes.

Departments: Billing

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much discount was lost by each department in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years as a result of failure to pay invoices within the stipulated time period. [132280]

Mr. Hanson: Four Northern Ireland Government Departments (Environment, Enterprise Trade and Investment, Regional Development and Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister) and the
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Northern Ireland Office have not lost any discount due to late payments in each of the last three years. The remainder do not hold this information and it could be ascertained only at disproportionate costs.

Domestic Rates

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) informal and (b) formal capital value reviews have been carried out in each Valuation and Lands district since the introduction of the new domestic rating arrangements in Northern Ireland; and how many of those reviews in each district resulted in the capital value being (i) reduced and (ii) increased. [133064]

Mr. Hanson: The information requested is contained in the following table:

Number of informal and formal reviews completed up to 15 April 2007
VLA district Reviewed Increased Decreased No change

Informal review cases completed (pre 31 March 2007)

Ballymena

1,513

317

669

527

Bangor

840

127

493

220

Belfast

3,548

382

1,777

1,389

Craigavon

1,789

237

911

641

Lisburn

2,868

461

1,515

892

Londonderry

2,668

667

1,076

925

Omagh

1,693

252

728

713

Total

14,919

2,443

7,169

5,307

Formal review cases completed (post 1 April 2007)

Ballymena

7

0

7

0

Bangor

0

0

0

0

Belfast

4

0

4

0

Craigavon

0

0

0

0

Lisburn

3

0

2

1

Londonderry

0

0

0

0

Omagh

0

0

0

0

Total

14

0

13

1


Gun Sports

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the (a) name and (b) contact details are of each registered (i) shooting club and (ii) black powder shooting club in the North Down/Ards area. [133127]

Paul Goggins: There are eight registered shooting clubs with addresses in the North Down and Ards areas, three of which have black powder authorization. I will write to the hon. Lady directly to provide her with the details of these clubs.

Hospitals: Hygiene

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the use of hand gels by (a) members of
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hospital staff and (b) visitors to hospitals in Northern Ireland for the purpose of infection control. [132429]

Paul Goggins: The Department of Health Social Services and Public Safety has itself made no assessment of the effectiveness, in infection control terms, of the use of hand gels by hospital staff or visitors. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has established an evidence base for the value of the use of hand sanitizers and their role in infection control. WHO recommends the use of “an alcohol-based hand rub for routine hand antisepsis”.

Hospital trusts are obliged under the Department's Controls Assurance Standards to ensure there is a managed environment, which minimises the risk of infection to patients, staff and visitors and that there is a hand hygiene policy in place which reflects good practice principles. They are free to choose from a range of infection control measures to bring this about. The Department's action plan for the prevention and control of health care-associated infections published in March 2006 recommended trusts run a high profile hand hygiene/clean care campaign aimed at health care staff, patients, the public, and visitors. £400,000 of funding was provided for that purpose in the financial year 2006-07.

Hostels

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many people resident in Housing Executive hostels between April 2006 and the end of March 2007 were in employment, including those who left such accommodation during that period; how much revenue was generated in rent and charges from those residents; and how many of those residents left employment and received full housing benefit. [133318]

Mr. Hanson: The information requested is not readily available. Employment status has no bearing on the assessment of homelessness or the type of assistance provided.

During the period, the Housing Executive placed 1,202 households in all available temporary accommodation. Of those, 462 were placed in Housing Executive accommodation.

Of the 1,202 households, 1,051 (87 per cent.) received full housing benefit and 151 (13 per cent.) received partial housing benefit. A total of 159 received earned income (of which 97 received full housing benefit).

During the period, a total of £2.2 million was generated in rental and service charges for Housing Executive homeless hostels.

Mentally Ill: Young People

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what percentage of (a) male and (b) female persons under 18 years of age who are being detained in Northern Ireland for the purposes of mental health treatment are detained with adults. [133128]


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Paul Goggins: The percentage of patients being detained for the purposes of mental health treatment in an adult mental health ward, who are under 18 years of age as at 31 March 2007 is (a) 1.5 per cent. for males (four patients) and (b) 0 per cent. for female persons.


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