Consolidated List of Questions

Synopsis Any unanswered questions at the end of each week will be contained in a Consolidated List of Questions which will be published on this page each Monday morning.

Consolidated List of Questions as of Monday 29 September 2014

Friday 5 September 2014
Monday 8 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Monday 15 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Thursday 18 September 2014
Friday 19 September 2014
Monday 22 September 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Thursday 25 September 2014
Friday 26 September 2014
Monday 29 September 2014
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Thursday 2 October 2014
Friday 3 October 2014
Monday 6 October 2014
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Thursday 9 October 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Monday 13 October 2014

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 5 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why permission was not granted to the Ulster Aviation Society to hold open days at the Maze/Long Kesh site on the 23 and 24 August 2014.

AQW 35254/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 8 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Anderson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they discussed Welfare Reform with the Prime Minister at their meeting in July 2014 to review progress on the joint economic pact.

AQO 6540/11-15

2. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what legislation is in place to protect Christians in Northern Ireland.

AQO 6541/11-15

3. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of how the programmes in Together: Building a United Community can be used to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

AQO 6542/11-15

4. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the development of the former Crumlin Road prison.

AQO 6543/11-15

5. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they are protecting front line services to victims and survivors in the difficult economic environment.

AQO 6544/11-15

6. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether all of the £80 million of the Social Investment Fund will be allocated by March 2015.

AQO 6546/11-15

7. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they plan to fulfil Programme for Government 2011-15 Commitment 16 to Develop the 'One Plan' for the regeneration of Derry/Londonderry, incorporating the key sites at Fort George and Ebrington.

AQO 6547/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will place a copy of the communication from his department of 23 May 2014 in the Assembly Library, that alerted Departments with sponsored North South Bodies, of concerns his Department had on the regularity and legality of grant payments to these Bodies, as referred to at page 79 of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Resource Accounts for year ended 31 March 2014.

AQW 35425/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

1. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the progress made on shared neighbourhoods as outlined in Together: Building an United Community.

AQO 6505/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what action he intends to take in relation to practices by the Royal Bank of Scotland's Global Restructuring Group in exposing their customers to aggressive Vulture Funds who are bidding for the disposal of Ulster Bank debts.

AQW 35346/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 12 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the issues raised by the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party in relation the arrangements of the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly.

AQW 35716/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the findings of his Department’s inquiry into alleged political interference of the Board of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

AQW 35728/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 15 September 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the increase in the number of temporary workers between April and June 2011 to April and June 2014 and the permanency of these positions.

AQW 35649/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) when the report on the conduct of the Minister of Social Development's Special Advisor will be published; (ii) whether the findings of the report will be shared with Mrs Jenny Palmer; and (iii) the reasons for the delay in publishing the report.

AQW 35740/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the number of Central Good Relations Fund 2014/15 applications (i) received; (ii) approved; and (iii) rejected; and for their assessment of the time taken to (i) make a decision on each application; (ii) inform applicants of the decision; and (iii) release funding to successful applicants.

AQW 35253/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what cuts will be made to her budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35243/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

3. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the introduction of greater flexibility in school starting age.

AQO 6592/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the number of safety speed restrictions that may be required to be put in place on the roads system due to corporate risk related issues.

AQW 35275/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Education

1. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) the number of staff employed in his Department broken down by grade; and (ii) the total salary for each grade, for each financial year since 1 April 2010.

AQW 35338/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why he has not answered AQW 34060/11-15 within ten working days; and when he intends to provide an answer.

AQW 35327/11-15

3. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the outcome of his meeting with the Financial Secretary to the Treasury on 4 December 2013 and in particular his concerns that similar practices of the Royal Bank of Scotland's Global Restructuring Group were occuring in Northern Ireland.

AQW 35348/11-15

4. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 35099/11-15, for an update on the progress of his Department’s proposed settlement on the issue of Equal Pay for PSNI and Northern Ireland Office staff, following the circulation of the proposal to the Executive.

AQW 35929/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 18 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what cuts will be made to their budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35401/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, given the arm's-length body status of the Victims and Survivors Service, what authority their Special Advisers have in its operation and to give directions to staff; and what supervision exists to ensure Special Advisers do not abuse their positions.

AQW 35427/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many instances of abuse towards staff have been recorded in the last twelve months; and what action has been taken by management in the context of the duty of care owed to staff.

AQW 35429/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

4. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail (i) the number of staff employed in his Department broken down by grade; and (ii) the total salary for each grade, for each financial year since 1 April 2010.

AQW 35388/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what cuts will be made to his budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35402/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 19 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the recommendations arising from the research report from the Victims' Commissioner on the Victims and Survivors Service that have been (i) implemented; and (ii) rejected.

AQW 35470/11-15

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the Ulster Human Rights Watch Service as funded by the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) (case reference 13/1928) in relation to (i) outcomes; and (ii) value for money as compared to similar VSS funded schemes.

AQW 35471/11-15

3. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister in relation to the 2013 HM Treasury Consultation on Tax Free Childcare Payments/Childcare Payments Bill, to detail (i) the response from their Department; (ii) the stakeholders their Department consulted; and (iii) the responses they have received to the consulation.

AQW 35485/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

4. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the level of support InvestNI has provided to companies that supply weapons to the Israeli government and organisations based in Israel.

AQW 35455/11-15

5. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 34957/11-15, to detail (i) the individuals that received payments through an agency for appearances or voice overs in advertisements for the Northern Ireland Tourist Board marketing campaigns since 2011; and (ii) how much each individual received through the agency.

AQW 35503/11-15

6. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for a breakdown of all sponsorship that has been provided by (i) InvestNI; and (ii) the Northern Ireland Tourist Board since April 2011.

AQW 35505/11-15

7. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she has granted, or is currently considering, a request for an extension of Tamboran's work programme, following the Minister of the Environment's decision requiring exploratory drilling at Belcoo to be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment.

AQW 36011/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

8. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what meetings he has had with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety since his appointment.

AQW 35454/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the rebuttal by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure's Accounting Officer of the suggestion by the Department of Finance and Personnel that failure to obtain departmental approval in respect of grant payments by the North/South Language Body and Waterways Ireland rendered the payments illegal, as articulated on page 80 of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure's Resource Accounts for year ended 31 March 2014 and in note SOAS 8; and if so, whether his Department has sought legal advice to substantiate such acceptance.

AQW 35467/11-15

10. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, having regard to the express requirement of the North/South Co-Operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 for approval of grants to North/South Bodies from his Department, for his assessment of whether the estimates process and negotiations between the Minister of Finance and Personnel in Northern Ireland and the Finance Minister in the Republic of Ireland on efficiency savings are sufficient to legalise grant expenditure by North/South Bodies which has not been formally approved by his Department; and if so, whether his Department has granted legal advice authorising such an approach.

AQW 35468/11-15

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, having regard to the express requirement of the North/South Co-Operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 for approval of grants to North/South Bodies from his Department and the clear direction of A.2.3.1 of 'Managing Public Money Northern Ireland', for his assessment of whether expenditure by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on grants by its North/South Bodies in 2013/14, without approval from his Department, was illegal; and if so, to detail the resultant consequences.

AQW 35469/11-15

12. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail all floor and room modifications in the Northern Ireland Civil Service office estate exceeding £5,000 over the last twelve months, including (i) the total cost in each case; (ii) the rationale for the work in each case; and (iii) whether his Department is aware of any planned work for the remainder of the current financial year.

AQW 35472/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether there has been an assessment made of the additional cost pressures that will be created through the implementation of Welfare Reform.

AQW 35493/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 22 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the Board of the Victims and Survivors Service ensures it is informed of staff needs and concerns.

AQW 35544/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the needs of victims/clients of the Victims and Survivors Service are independently assessed; and what changes have occurred in this process and the reasons for this.

AQW 35545/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the differences in predefined minimum/maximum salary scales for employees of the Northern Ireland Civil Service compared to their counterparts in the rest of the UK; and (ii) whether his Department plans to implement regional pay.

AQW 35558/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many times a year does his Department cut grass in the North Down area.

AQW 35526/11-15

5. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 34553/11-15, how many road sweepers and vacuum tankers are available for use in any one council or constituency area.

AQW 35535/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in relation to the Victims and Survivors Service, to detail (i) how staff vacancies are filled; and (ii) whether an audit of staff, matching levels of work to grades, has been conducted.

AQW 35608/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the impact that departmental budget reductions are having on services and financial assistance available to victims and survivors.

AQW 35628/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current estimated population of the Greater Belfast area, for the purposes of the designation of a Travel to Work Area.

AQW 35633/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much has been collected from car parking fines in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 35592/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what practical progress has been made in bringing assistance and resolution to home owners affected by unfinished roads and developments because the developer has gone bankrupt.

AQW 35614/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many people were economically inactive in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35675/11-15

2. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the Rates Revaluation Programme.

AQW 35699/11-15

3. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether his Department will introduce rates relief or provide a rebate for rate payers who, at this time of economic challenge, are burdened with control of derelict properties in towns and villages where the levels of social deprivation, unemployment and economic inactivity are very high.

AQW 35705/11-15

4. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what system is in place to measure the access and uptake of innovation amongst local companies.

AQW 35732/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

5. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to list any potential new footpath resurfacing schemes planned for the Bangor area, that have no timetable or funding available to do the work.

AQW 35660/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 25 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, given the proposed one year extension of the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) Inquiry and thus a similar period of additional wait for victims for potential redress, whether departmental officials will scope potential models of redress to learn lessons from other jurisdictions in order to inform thinking and expedite decision making ahead of the recommendations in the Inquiry report.

AQW 35785/11-15

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the issue of religious inequality in North Belfast and the need for a time bound, resourced strategy to tackle this has been raised at any Executive meeting since May 2014; and if not, whether the issue will be discussed in the near future.

AQW 35786/11-15

3. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in relation to the Titanic Showdown boxing event held on Saturday 6 September 2014, (i) what financial contribution in the way of sponsorship was made to the event by their Department; and (ii) what representations regarding the event were received by their Department from (a) public representatives; (b) Ministers; (c) Special Advisors; and (d) lobby interests.

AQW 35790/11-15

4. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in light of the outcome of the referendum in Scotland and the Prime Minister's subsequent statement about devolution, what is the Northern Ireland Executive's joint position on negotiating a new settlement for Northern Ireland.

AQW 36278/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQO 6287/11-15, for an update on the equal pay claim from the Northern Ireland Office and the administrative staff of the PSNI.

AQW 35745/11-15

6. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the specific circumstances in which a ratepayer may be entitled to partial or full rate relief.

AQW 35748/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

7. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much money his Department has handed back to the Executive since May 2011.

AQW 35749/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 26 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why, after the initial question was asked in June 2013, they failed to answer AQW 24639/11-15.

AQW 35850/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

2. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much her Department has spent on supporting cross community soccer teams since 2013, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35838/11-15

3. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the reduction in the current budget for (i) Ulster Rugby; (ii) the GAA; and (iii) the Irish Football Association to deliver the 'Promoting Equality, Tackling Poverty and Social Exclusion through Sport Programme', broken down by sport.

AQW 36160/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

4. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of conferences, including room hire, hospitality, travel and associated fees, broken down by Education and Library Board, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35801/11-15

5. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education, given that he recently noted that selection should be seen not only as an educational issue but also a social action issue, for his assessment of whether the segregation of children and young people in the education system is as a social action issue as well as an educational issue.

AQW 35806/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

6. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether (i) Tamboran Resources have requested a further extension to their phase one work programme; (ii) she has granted or refused an extension; and (iii) licence PL2/10 has now ceased to be in operation.

AQW 35851/11-15

7. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how the £1.24 million cost of the report into the Northern Ireland Events Company represents value for money.

AQW 36261/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the Peace III spend, as opposed to the allocations, in each local council.

AQW 35826/11-15

9. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, since the inception of the Small Business Rates Relief Scheme, to detail (i) the number of small businesses that have benefited from the scheme in South Down; and (ii) how much the scheme has saved businesses in South Down.

AQW 35832/11-15

10. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on equal pay for PSNI and former Northern Ireland Office staff.

AQW 36362/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

11. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the income received from private consultations, operations and procedures, in the last three years.

AQW 35798/11-15

12. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total cost of (i) hospitality; (ii) the acquisition of art works; and (iii) the furnishing of chief executive and senior management offices, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35799/11-15

13. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of conferences, including room hire, hospitality, travel and associated fees, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35800/11-15

14. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the barriers faced in recruiting carers in West Tyrone; and (ii) the measures being taken by his Department to overcome these barriers, particularly in the Omagh and Strabane districts.

AQW 35857/11-15

15. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average cost per mobilisation for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in (i) 2010/11; (ii) 2011/12; (iii) 2012/13; and (iv) 2013/14.

AQW 35858/11-15

16. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service call-outs were due to unwanted fire signals in (i) 2010/11; (ii) 2011/12; (iii) 2012/13; and (iv) 2013/14.

AQW 35859/11-15

17. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much money has been recouped from owners of properties that repeatedly mobilise the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service for unwanted fire signals in (i) 2010/11; (ii) 2011/12; (iii) 2012/13; (iv) 2013/14.

AQW 35860/11-15

18. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of whether malnutrition in the community results in costly hospital admissions, longer lengths of stay and increasing pressure on the Health Service; and what action is being taken to avoid such admissions.

AQW 35863/11-15

19. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 35028/11-15, why the information on the General Practitioner Prescription List is not available in light of the answer provided to AQW 2379/10.

AQW 35870/11-15

20. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of (i) the payment of supplier invoices by Health and Social Care Trusts; (ii) the current backlog of unprocessed invoices; and (iii) the consequences of the current backlog to patients and future relations between suppliers and Trusts.

AQW 35871/11-15

21. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average time taken by each Health and Social Care Trust between being invoiced by a supplier and the supplier receiving payment.

AQW 35872/11-15

22. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given that Craigavon Area Hospital is preparing to open the "Winter Ward" and that in the past two weeks, extra beds have been placed in all wards at night, to detail the reasons for the "effective closure" of eight rehabilitation/long term care beds in Loane House, Dungannon, which is compounding the bed crisis in Craigavon Area Hospital; and whether it is now common practice that patients are moved between wards from midnight to 6am, in order to avoid breaching target times.

AQW 36345/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

23. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, in light of the serious incident on 22 September involving a Translink bus transporting children from Castlederg to school, whether there is any early indication as to the cause of the accident; and what lessons can be learned.

AQW 36339/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

24. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of people on the Common Waiting List for social housing as of 1 September in each of the last ten years, broken down by local council area.

AQW 35867/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 29 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what steps have been taken to reduce poverty amongst people with disabilities and their families since the launch of the strategy to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

AQW 35913/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, of the £26m allocated to six Signature Programmes under the Delivering Social Change framework, what proportion of funding has been allocated to delivering benefits for people with disabilities.

AQW 35915/11-15

3. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether their Programme for Government commitment of promoting 1,670 jobs in 2013/14 in Derry was achieved.

AQW 35928/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether the use of plastic ear tags on livestock is due to an EU requirement; and if so, to outline the differences with the practice in other parts of the UK.

AQW 35896/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

5. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of employers attitudes to employing people over 50; and what steps he is taking to improve employment prospects for older people.

AQW 35892/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 34079/11-15, for a breakdown of the £534,502 expenditure on hospitality by her Department's arm's-length bodies.

AQW 35898/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

7. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, in relation to his statement on 19 June 2014, to clarify the dates of meetings held by departmental officials to assist representatives from Belfast Public Hire arrange meetings with other government agencies on a range of issues including training, taxi ranks and access to bus lanes; and to detail outline the nature of the “extensive engagement”.

AQW 35878/11-15

8. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on investigations into possible habitat destruction at the Second Commons in Donaghadee.

AQW 36443/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

9. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service will publish and implement the job evaluation for manual technicians.

AQW 35905/11-15

10. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the reasons why the Stroke Implementation Management System is not yet being employed to support service development, research and audit, despite the recommendation published in his Department’s report, ‘Improving Stroke Services in Northern Ireland (2008)’, that it would be in use by 31 March 2010.

AQW 35919/11-15

11. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the actions he intends to take to increase the percentage of stroke patients who are admitted directly to a Stroke Unit from the current figure of 40 per cent provided by the Stroke Association to the 100 per cent target which, according to his Department’s report, ‘Improving Stroke Services in Northern Ireland (2008)’, should have been achieved by 31 March 2012; and (ii) his assessment of the impact the diversion of stroke patients directly to Stroke Units would have in terms of alleviating the documented pressures on Emergency Departments.

AQW 35920/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

12. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many applications for Legal Aid for personal injury claims have been made within the last twelve months; and of those applications, to detail the number (i) granted; and (ii) refused; and of those refused, how many were appealed and granted on appeal.

AQW 35911/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

13. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the assets held by his Department that are surplus to requirements.

AQW 35887/11-15

14. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why the 21:20 x1 service from Dublin Airport to Belfast, jointly operated by Translink and Bus Eireann, was discontinued in June 2014; and whether there are any plans to reinstate the service.

AQW 35894/11-15

15. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail (i) the legislative process that is initiated when his Department has approved an application for an accessible/disabled parking bay; and (ii) what action he intends to take to reduce the average duration of this process, which is nine months at present, in order to ensure that people with severe mobility problems can access their homes or places of work in areas where a parking problem exists.

AQW 35918/11-15

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the Departments he is cooperating with to assess the need for transport reform in rural areas and to ensure the implementation of proposed improvements to rural public transport facilities.

AQW 35930/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

17. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what measures are in place to safeguard those under the PSNI Witness Protection Scheme and current or former security personnel living in a Northern Ireland Housing Executive property.

AQW 36441/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the current annual spend by the Strategic Investment Board on advisers/consultants.

AQW 35937/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the funding that their Department, and its arm’s-length bodies, invested in East Belfast between May 2011 and May 2014.

AQW 35940/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what steps the Executive will take to ensure that the Coalition Government’s Tax-Free Childcare Scheme will be promoted and accessible in Northern Ireland.

AQW 35948/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what communication her Department is having with the relevant stakeholders to address the delay in the development of the Dungiven Sports Complex as a City of Culture Capital Legacy Project.

AQW 36449/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the imbalance in the community background of the admissions to the Institute of Professional Legal Studies at Queen's University, Belfast; and what steps are being taken to address this imbalance.

AQW 35936/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

6. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what current commitments her Department has in relation to the promotion of jobs in South Down; and whether such commitments have been achieved.

AQW 35934/11-15

7. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much public money has been allocated to the Game of Thrones television series.

AQW 35967/11-15

8. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether her Department plans to reduce the level of Renewable Heat Incentives for new commercial biomass boilers.

AQW 36264/11-15

9. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when Gaelectric was granted a mineral prospecting licence.

AQW 36497/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

10. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 33401/11-15, to detail (i) the reason why his Department did not pursue enforcement action in relation to unauthorised extraction of sand from Lough Neagh Special Protection Area; (ii) who was responsible for the decision; (iii) when the decision was taken; and (iv) what consideration was given to the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats and Wild Birds Directives prior to reaching the decision.

AQW 35964/11-15

11. Mr M Brady (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the problems encountered in relation to the taxation of vehicles since this function was transferred to Swansea.

AQW 36317/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

12. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 28359/11-15, what do the departmental records show as to ministerial meetings with Trevor Turkington since May 2007.

AQW 35935/11-15

13. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) what consultation took place with his Department over the sale of National Asset Management Agency's (NAMA) Northern Ireland debt portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management; (ii) what role did Northern Ireland representatives on NAMA play; and (iii) the role played by his Department and the Northern Ireland Executive.

AQW 35938/11-15

14. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the future of companies whose financing debts were sold as part of National Asset Management Agency's Northern Ireland debt portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management, particularly given the experience with US fund Blackstone in the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 35939/11-15

15. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether Special Advisers, appointed under the Civil Service Commissioners (NI) Order 1999, are bound by the Civil Service Human Resources Handbook and the Northern Ireland Civil Service Code of Ethics; and if so, who determines whether, upon complaint, any alleged breaches have occurred and/or to act on any established breaches.

AQW 36463/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps his Department is taking to (i) increase the number of families choosing to foster children; and (ii) to make the process from application to attainment as efficient as possible.

AQW 35947/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

17. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department has spent on archeological digs in each of the last three years.

AQW 35953/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

18. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the decontamination works at Fort George will be completed before the site is handed over to Derry City and Strabane District Council in April 2015.

AQW 35952/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the (i) salaries; (ii) allowances; and (iii) expenses paid to members of the Maze Development Corporation, for each year since its inception.

AQW 35992/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) when the Maze Development Corporation has met since its inception; and (ii) where the minutes from each meeting are published.

AQW 35993/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much has been spent on the operation of the Maze Development Corporation since its inception.

AQW 35994/11-15

4. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what departmental services they have made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36018/11-15

5. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, following the outcome of the Scottish Referendum on 18 September 2014, when they expect an announcement from the Prime Minister on the devolution of Corporation Tax to the Northern Ireland Assembly.

AQW 36025/11-15

6. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the paper submitted by Victims' Commissioner Kathryn Stone prior to her departure, proposing a special pension for severely physically injured victims of the troubles.

AQW 36042/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

7. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many people applied for the position of Chair of the TB Strategic Partnership Group.

AQW 35988/11-15

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline (i) the appointment process carried out for the Chair of the TB Strategic Partnership Group; (ii) the targets set for this role; and (iii) the timescale in which these targets are to be reached.

AQW 35991/11-15

9. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what management schemes are being put in place for the regeneration of Belvoir Forest.

AQW 36012/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

10. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many projects in North Down have been supported through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF2) since 2011.

AQW 36008/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the subsidies provided to renewable energy companies operating wind turbines, in the last ten years.

AQW 36005/11-15

12. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 33121/11-15, to outline the results from the investigations by The Trading Standards Service into the 15 private tenancy agreements, to determine whether they are unfair or misleading under the Unfair Terms in the Consumer Contract Regulations 1999.

AQW 36010/11-15

13. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what current commitments her Department has in relation to the promotion of jobs in West Tyrone; and whether such commitments have been achieved.

AQW 36013/11-15

14. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what departmental services she has made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36016/11-15

15. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assistance her Department can offer to private sector companies who provide 3G communications services in North Antrim.

AQW 36035/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

16. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps he is taking to address health and safety concerns at Roe Valley Country Park following the damage to two paths caused by a heavy thunderstorm in June 2014.

AQW 36001/11-15

17. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department will investigate the building works that are currently affecting a conservation at The Commons, Donaghadee.

AQW 36004/11-15

18. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, if a farmer has all groups/categories on their drivers licence, whether they are required to have a Certificate of Professional Competence to move their own animals from (i) farm-to-farm; (ii) farm-to-mart; and (iii) mart-to-farm.

AQW 36396/11-15

19. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what measures have been (i) considered; and (ii) implemented following the Better Regulation consultation.

AQW 36578/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of people that have received (i) partial; and (ii) full rate relief, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35989/11-15

21. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what departmental services he has made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36017/11-15

22. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline the rationale for charging a tenant, as opposed to the landlord, rates on property valued over £150,000.

AQW 36037/11-15

23. Mr K McCarthy (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in relation to apartment reform, how many times has the Apartments Interdepartmental Implementation Group met.

AQW 36043/11-15

24. Mr K McCarthy (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in relation to apartment reform, what results, recommendation, or decisions has evolved from the Apartments Interdepartmental Implementation Group.

AQW 36044/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

25. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the commissioning arrangements and associated costs for Health and Social Care Trusts to utilise private healthcare firms when Trusts have not reached contracted volumes.

AQW 35995/11-15

26. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what departmental services he has made available to public via the post office network.

AQW 36020/11-15

27. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the estimated change in the number of people diagnosed with dementia between 2003 and 2013.

AQW 36026/11-15

28. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33808/11-15, to detail (i) the date that the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) will conduct the employee engagement survey designed to measure the level of job satisfaction and morale, given the NIFRS corporate business plan 2014/15 commits the organisation to completing this by December 2014; and (ii) whether staff in the Lisburn Headquarters will be included; and (iii) whether staff in service Headquarters will be provided with the survey results; and if so, when he expects the results to be published.

AQW 36028/11-15

29. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the required ratio of carers to dependants is being fulfilled in private care homes in North Antrim.

AQW 36031/11-15

30. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he is aware of the work of Cloud Medical Imaging and their ability to centralise radiology images; and for his assessment of whether such a system could deliver benefits to the Health Service.

AQW 36038/11-15

31. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) procurement; and (ii) ongoing contractual costs in relation to Picture Archiving and Communication Systems, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36039/11-15

32. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what procurement procedures are in place in relation to Picture Archiving and Communication Systems across radiology imagery devices.

AQW 36040/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

33. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what discussions are on-going to resolve the impasse between his Department, Ards Borough Council and the Crown Estates on the new sewage pumping station at Millisle.

AQW 35982/11-15

34. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the cost of upgrading a sewarage system.

AQW 35984/11-15

35. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether any interested parties are in discussions to buy Donaghadee bus station.

AQW 35985/11-15

36. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the implications for councils of the transfer of off-street car parks; and what investment will be required to bring the car parks up to the required standard.

AQW 36009/11-15

37. Mr J Craig (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 30061/11-15, for an update on the progress by Transport NI and NI Water on the Drumbeg Mews development in Lisburn, following the serving of an Article 11 notice on the developer on 8 June 2010; and when this issue will be concluded.

AQW 36034/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

38. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of (i) the First Minister's view that non-implementation of Welfare Reform will cost £1bn per annum; and (ii) of the estimated additional annual cost of each social security programme which would emerge in the event that the Welfare Reform Bill was not enacted by the Assembly.

AQW 36021/11-15

39. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the number of applications for social housing in North Antrim in each of the last three years; and (ii) the average time spent on the social housing waiting list.

AQW 36032/11-15

40. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 35448/11-15 and AQW 36059/11-15, to detail the status under which the people who are living in the houses in the developments at (i) St Patrick’s Barracks, Ballymena; and (ii) PSNI Kells; and whether his Department still views the developments as being under construction.

AQW 36481/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 2 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the projects funded under the village renewal aspect of the Rural Development Programme in North Antrim, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36068/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what is the current status of the DARD Directed AFBI Research Work Programme 2014/15.

AQW 36094/11-15

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what plans she has to maintain the current woodland environment and encourage the transition to native woodland within Belvoir Forest.

AQW 36103/11-15

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 35845/11-15, to detail the felling program for (i) 2013/14; and (ii) 2014/15.

AQW 36105/11-15

5. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 35845/11-15, to detail the volume of timber supplied to maintain the annual supply of wood for industrial processing in each of the last three years; and the monetary value realised.

AQW 36106/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the items and artefacts, which are of historical importance and originate in County Antrim, that are currently held outside County Antrim by National Museums NI and by other public bodies in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 36070/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

7. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education how many (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary schools in East Londonderry currently require (a) major capital repair works; and (ii) completely new school buildings.

AQW 36056/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of training suppliers who provide services for young people participating on the Training for Success Programme; and how many provide training for young people in East Londonderry.

AQW 36046/11-15

9. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many people during 2014 enrolled with the ApprenticeshipsNI programme under the auspices of the Northern Regional College.

AQW 36050/11-15

10. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what departmental services he has made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36088/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the steps she has taken to boost the tourism potential of North Antrim, including the (i) details of investment; (ii) dates of investment; (iii) recipients of investment; and (iv) amounts invested, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36069/11-15

12. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many of the jobs created by Invest NI in Upper Bann during 2013/14 financial year offer a salary which is (i) less than 25 per cent over; and (ii) 25 per cent or more than the average private sector wage, expressed as a number and as a percentage of all the new jobs created by inward investment projects during this period.

AQW 36096/11-15

13. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of new jobs created in Upper Bann through first time international investors, that were supported by Invest NI, during the 2013/14 financial year.

AQW 36098/11-15

14. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of new jobs created in Upper Bann through inward investment projects supported by Invest NI during the 2013/14 financial year.

AQW 36099/11-15

15. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the financial assistance provided by Invest NI to companies in Upper Bann during 2013/14 financial year.

AQW 36100/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

16. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following storm damage to paths during June 2014 in Roe Valley Country Park, what action is being taken to fully restore the paths and ensure the safety of people continuing to use them.

AQW 36057/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many Planning Enforcement Actions have led to criminal convictions.

AQW 36077/11-15

18. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what departmental services he has made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36091/11-15

19. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) when the EU Directive came into force that requires Member States to test emissions from diesel vehicles; (ii) when this was introduced in Northern Ireland as a mandatory part of the MOT test; and (iii) whether the test complied with EU requirements.

AQW 36112/11-15

20. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, since its introduction as part of the MOT test, whether the diesel emissions test has ever been discontinued; and if so, to detail (i) why it was discontinued; and (ii) whether the EU institutions were informed.

AQW 36113/11-15

21. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the 2014/15 pay scales for (i) Professional and Technical Officers; (ii) Recruitment Agency Staff; (iii) Curatorial Grade D; (iv) Higher Scientific Officers; (v) Senior Scientific Officers; and (vi) Principal Scientific Officers.

AQW 36594/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

22. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many people have (i) applied for; and (ii) are in receipt of Lone Pension Allowance in North Down, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36076/11-15

23. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of incorrect rating valuations on commercial properties made by Land and Property Services, that were later rectified and new bills issued, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36085/11-15

24. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the number of commercial organisations that have had rates bills written off in each of the last three years; (ii) the rationale for the decision with respect to each organisation; and (iii) the full amount written off in each case.

AQW 36086/11-15

25. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the local consultants involved in the sale of the National Asset Management Agency's Northern Ireland debt portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management.

AQW 36095/11-15

26. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the future of companies whose borrowings lie within the Project Achill portfolio, should it be sold by Ulster bank to external financial interests.

AQW 36097/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

27. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many firefighters are stationed at Bangor Fire Station.

AQW 36072/11-15

28. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many firefighters are stationed at Holywood Fire Station.

AQW 36073/11-15

29. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 34544/11-15, to provide a monthly breakdown of the number of renal transplant recipients who have been repatriated from Belfast to other units since April 2012.

AQW 36082/11-15

30. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the types of cancers that the Health Service can and cannot treat with Intensity Modulated Radio Therapy and Stereotactic Body Radio Therapy.

AQW 36090/11-15

31. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what timescale has been set to incorporate the projects outlined for the Integrated Care Partnership.

AQW 36114/11-15

32. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans are in place to make the Diabetes Education and Self Management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed (DESMOND) Structured Education Programme available in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area for people who have Type 2 Diabetes.

AQW 36116/11-15

33. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he plans to fund a province-wide television advertising campaign to raise awareness of drugs abuse.

AQW 36550/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

34. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35309/11-15, whether he will order a Serious Care Review in the interests of public safety and risk management.

AQW 36063/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) how many sets of accounts have been filed by the Police Federation of NI; (ii) on what dates were they filed: (iii) where are the accounts held; and (iv) who signs the accounts off on behalf of his Department.

AQW 36066/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

36. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether TransportNI will provide signage for A26 traffic for the Ballymena Park and Ride at the Balee Roundabout.

AQW 36048/11-15

37. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development in how many instances during the past month has his Department been unable to repair non-functioning streetlights due to resource limitations.

AQW 36049/11-15

38. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many potholes have been repaired in North Down over the last three years.

AQW 36051/11-15

39. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many times since May 2011 has he transferred an Assembly Question to a Freedom of Information request; and of these, to detail (i) the number that resulted in the supply of the requested information; (ii) who provided the advice regarding the transfer and whether the departmental solicitor was involved; (iii) when this procedure became departmental practice; and (iv) whether the relevant Member was advised of this procedure in advance of the transfer.

AQW 36065/11-15

40. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the potential obstacles in the disposal or maintenance of redundant reservoirs.

AQW 36107/11-15

41. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether local councils will be given the opportunity to procure redundant reservoirs before being sold on the open market.

AQW 36108/11-15

42. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline any plans for the disposal of NI Water's redundant reservoirs.

AQW 36109/11-15

43. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether any grant funding is available to local councils to assist them in the procurement of redundant reservoirs.

AQW 36110/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

44. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on social housing plans in South Antrim.

AQW 36060/11-15

45. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the Environmental Improvement Schemes funded in North Antrim, in the last five years.

AQW 36079/11-15

46. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 34987/11-15, for his assessment of course attendance not being mandatory; and whether he will ensure that the Northern Ireland Housing Executive changes its policy to ensure staff are properly trained.

AQW 36093/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 3 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 22188/11-15, whether external organisations have delivered or arranged visits at any time to the Maze site since May 2007; and if so, to detail the (i) dates; and (ii) organisations.

AQW 36144/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the Test and Vaccinate or Remove (TVR) policy that is being used to tackle the continuing issue of Bovine tuberculosis; and what process is being used to measure any success of the TVR policy.

AQW 36125/11-15

3. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the illegal abattoir in Forkhill, South Armagh; and what steps her Department has taken to ensure that further illegal abattoirs are being deterred.

AQW 36126/11-15

4. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how long her Department had known about the investigation in Forkhill before the illegal abattoir was uncovered.

AQW 36127/11-15

5. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what lessons her Department has learned from the Single Farm Payment crisis in 2013; and what action her Department will take to avoid a repeat of this crisis in 2014.

AQW 36128/11-15

6. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what discussions have taken place with her counterparts in the Irish government to promote an all-island approach to agri-food production.

AQW 36129/11-15

7. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether research through the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in the areas of arable crops, grass breeding, apple research, mushroom research and beef, dairy and sheep research, is under threat; and how potential cuts to the research programme is compatible with the focus on research in 'Going for Growth'.

AQW 36145/11-15

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the plans for the veterinary laboratory in Omagh.

AQW 36146/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail (i) the cuts that have been required in research; and (ii) the reasons for the cuts.

AQW 36147/11-15

10. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether there are plans to provide training and create jobs in native woodland creation and management in departmental owned woodlands.

AQW 36163/11-15

11. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many farmers in East Londonderry have received financial support through the Countryside Management Scheme, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36164/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of farmers in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry that currently receive support through the Less Favoured Area Compensatory Allowance for farming in naturally less favourable areas.

AQW 36166/11-15

13. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how her Department has promoted the Northern Ireland Countryside Management Scheme to encourage voluntary participation by farmers.

AQW 36168/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

14. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the measures taken by her Department to achieve the ‘Sport Matters’ commitment to increase sports participation amongst women, older people and people with disabilities.

AQW 36165/11-15

15. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the measures taken by her Department to achieve the ‘Sport Matters’ commitment to ensure that 90 per cent of the population are within twenty minutes of quality accredited, multi sports facilities.

AQW 36167/11-15

16. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure when her Department last reviewed whether it needed all of the information it requests for grant applications and performance reviews in the Arts; and what steps her Department is taking to reduce the overhead costs of these processes.

AQW 36177/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

17. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many people graduated with a degree in performing arts from (i) Queen’s University; and (ii) The University of Ulster in each of the last three years; and how many of these graduates are now employed in the Arts Sector.

AQW 36176/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

18. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of jobs promoted by InvestNI in the Software and Computer Services sector in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 36124/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35226/11-15, whether his Department are acting on their statutory powers in this instance to pursue a prosecutable offence; and if not, to detail the reasons for this.

AQW 36135/11-15

20. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many enforcement notices have been issued by his Department in respect of family homes or residential properties, in the last ten years.

AQW 36140/11-15

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what discussions he has had with his counterpart in Westminster in relation to the practical difficulties following the removal of vehicle licensing from Coleraine.

AQW 36149/11-15

22. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the process of completing a medical assessment of drivers who are seeking a return of their driving licence has been impacted by the removal of vehicle licensing from Coleraine.

AQW 36150/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

23. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what measures he has put in place to prevent disbarred company directors from serving on boards and committees which administer public funds.

AQW 36159/11-15

24. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the schedule of financial penalties that will result from the failure to implement Welfare Reform, over the next five years.

AQW 36175/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

25. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of people living with (i) type 1; and (ii) type 2 diabetes, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36130/11-15

26. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why there is not a diabetes education programme in place in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36131/11-15

27. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the services offered in Antrim Area Hospital to patients who have suffered a stroke.

AQW 36132/11-15

28. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how Antrim Area Hospital responds to patients arriving by ambulance who have suffered a stroke

AQW 36133/11-15

29. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will introduce Atrial Fibrillation checks during the next flu vaccination programme.

AQW 36134/11-15

30. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what training is provided to medical staff in hospitals or nursing homes to enable the early diagnosis of Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration.

AQW 36141/11-15

31. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 35570/11-15, to detail the instances that patients from each Health and Social Care Trust have been referred to a service outside this jurisdiction, broken down by service or treatment.

AQW 36169/11-15

32. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what monitoring is in place to ensure that the Northern Health and Social Care Trust engages with Integrated Care Partnerships.

AQW 36170/11-15

33. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work is being completed to ensure the roll out of the Frail Elderly Pathway which incorporates (i) nursing home in reach project; (ii) dementia shared care; and (iii) nursing home proactive ward round.

AQW 36171/11-15

34. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work is being conducted to provide enhancements to community respiratory teams in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area.

AQW 36172/11-15

35. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work is being conducted to streamline and enhance the Diabetes Foot Care Pathway within an acute setting in the Causeway area?

AQW 36173/11-15

36. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work is being conducted to ensure that Atrial Fibrillation screening checks, that could detect potential strokes victims, are performed with other routine procedures in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area.

AQW 36174/11-15

37. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what percentage of research and development expenditure is spent on life sciences; and how does this compares to (i) England; (ii) Scotland; and (iii) Wales; and if the percentage is lower than in other UK regions, what steps his Department is taking to address this.

AQW 36178/11-15

38. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the digitalisation of hospital scans, and the steps being taken to move away from the old Portable Document Format (PDF) system.

AQW 36179/11-15

39. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many ‘public health’ funerals have taken place, broken down by (i) Health and Social Care Trust area; and (ii) average cost.

AQW 36180/11-15

40. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the frequency of respite available to adults with severe learning difficulties in Hollybank, Magherafelt; and what criteria is used to assess need.

AQW 36181/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

41. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new rail routes are being considered by his Department.

AQW 36119/11-15

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the operating costs of NI Railways in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36120/11-15

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many trains are currently operated by NI Railways.

AQW 36121/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department provides in subsidies to NI Railways.

AQW 36122/11-15

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many staff are currently employed by NI Railways.

AQW 36123/11-15

46. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what guidance is provided to drivers in relation to the drop-off locations for passengers of the Door-2-Door Transport scheme,

AQW 36148/11-15

47. Mr D McAleer (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to provide details, including the date of commencement, of scheme 61817/U1701 Ballynamullan Bridge, Farmhill Road, Omagh.

AQW 36158/11-15

48. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a breakdown of the work carried out by Enterprise Managed Services Ltd on behalf of NI Water in 2008/09, including the amount paid for each element of the contract.

AQW 36182/11-15

49. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the works planned for the A26.

AQW 36185/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many applications for Disability Living Allowance, for the Care Component and/or the Mobility Component, were declined without a medical examination, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36137/11-15

51. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, following recent concerns that have been raised, for an assurance that his Department is managing the offices of the Appeals Services effectively.

AQW 36153/11-15

52. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether temporary ongoing transfers within the Civil Service can be used to ensure that Appeal Services offices are operating with only the necessary number of staff.

AQW 36154/11-15

53. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of (i) staff employed at each Appeals Service office; and (i) cases that each office has handled in the last twelve months.

AQW 36155/11-15

54. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the differences in training between Administrative Assistant (AA) and Administrative Officers (AO) within his Department; and (ii) whether unpaid development opportunities for AA postholders have been delivered.

AQW 36156/11-15

55. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development given that financial support can be accessed from the Green Investment Bank, what consideration has been given to including a district heating scheme in a social housing project.

AQW 36162/11-15

56. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what Housing Executive related works are planned for Broombeg in Ballycastle; and when these works will be completed.

AQW 36184/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 6 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the overheads of the Victims and Survivors Service in 2013/14, including (i) how this is broken down; and (ii) its proportion of their total budget.

AQW 36206/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much was paid out to groups under the Strategic Support Fund in 2013/14.

AQW 36207/11-15

3. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether discussions will be held with other governments regarding any changes which may follow from the recent Scottish Referendum result, in how the workings of the British-Irish Council may operate under future administrations.

AQW 36210/11-15

4. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 34242/ 11-15, to detail the outcome of the meeting with the Secretary of State on 4 September 2014.

AQW 36595/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail her Department's plans to change the financial element of the Animal and Public Health Information System.

AQW 36187/11-15

6. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what her Department is doing to communicate to and advise farmers on rural crime.

AQW 36201/11-15

7. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what actions her Department is considering on the ownership and traceability of horses, in light of the horsemeat scandal in 2013.

AQW 36211/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

8. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding is available to assist cricket clubs with the installation of walls to protect residential areas; and whether any such funding has been awarded in the last five years.

AQW 36194/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding her Department, or any of its arm's-length bodies, provided to the Ardoyne community festival held in August 2014.

AQW 36205/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

10. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the money allocated as a result of the joint health and education project part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies targeting early intervention.

AQW 36224/11-15

11. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the proposed timescales for the joint health and education project on early intervention that will be part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.

AQW 36226/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

12. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, in light of the continual refusal of St. Mary’s University College to integrate and in the interests of equality, parity of esteem and the promotion of inter-educational training as opposed to sectored, separated status, whether he will move to restrict, reduce or remove departmental funding for an establishment which will not embrace inclusion.

AQW 36195/11-15

13. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the salary increases that have been paid to lecturers in each (i) Higher Education College; and (ii) Further Education Institute, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36202/11-15

14. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the next steps on the proposed Teaching Block at University of Ulster Magee campus.

AQW 36217/11-15

15. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps his Department is taking to help Queen’s University Belfast close the gap to Trinity College Dublin in the World University Rankings.

AQW 36233/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

16. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to list the postcode areas where her Department has identified poor broadband coverage.

AQW 36242/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

17. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment (i) what actions are in place to distinguish Northern Ireland registered vehicles from vehicles registered in other parts of the UK by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to ensure that vehicles are not considered due MOT after three years rather than the four years required in Northern Ireland; and (ii) what steps are in place to ensure vehicles brought into Northern Ireland are exempt from MOT until they are four years old.

AQW 36191/11-15

18. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the procedure and timeline for the development of a new West Tyrone Area Plan, or similar plans, which cover the Omagh and Strabane districts.

AQW 36243/11-15

19. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail how many (i) breaches of planning control have been identified by the Planning Service; (ii) of these cases has the Planning Service decided not to take any enforcement action; (iii) demolition notices have been issued; and (iv) demolition notices have been carried out, broken down by Divisional Planning Office, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36244/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

20. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what steps are being taken to ensure that specific companies are not referred to when tender documentation is prepared by the Central Procurement Directorate.

AQW 36208/11-15

21. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will consider offering incentives to residents who provide information on the ownership of vacant and derelict domestic properties, whose ownership has proven difficult to establish, in pursuit of outstanding rates payments.

AQW 36209/11-15

22. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current number of jobs in each Department, broken down by (i) constituency; and (ii) each local government district.

AQW 36221/11-15

23. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the recommendations his Department have made to the UK Government and NI Executive regarding the devolution of additional taxes and/or duties.

AQW 36232/11-15

24. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of small businesses which have qualified for the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme in East Londonderry, in each of the last four years.

AQW 36234/11-15

25. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much was allocated in the block grant from Westminster and how much was spent, broken down by Department, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36235/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

26. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how patients who are at most risk of deterioration are identified prior to being admitted.

AQW 36188/11-15

27. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what technological enhancements his Department will put in place to improve integrated care.

AQW 36189/11-15

28. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans he has to review the level and types of optometry care offered to children in the early years of their education.

AQW 36192/11-15

29. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans he has to review the level and types of optometry care offered to young children before they begin formal education.

AQW 36193/11-15

30. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many instances of disciplinary action have resulted in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in consequence of the Independent Review of Estate Services; and to detail the outcomes.

AQW 36203/11-15

31. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether a community psychiatric nurse can request and receive information from a psychiatrist on the condition and treatment of a patient, without the approval of the patient.

AQW 36220/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the money allocated as a result of the joint health and education project part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies targeting early intervention.

AQW 36225/11-15

33. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the level of funding provided by Atlantic Philanthropies and the Executive that targets care for dementia patients.

AQW 36227/11-15

34. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the proposed timescales for the joint health and education project on early intervention that will be part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies.

AQW 36228/11-15

35. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients have been (i) sent home from hospital under the Transforming Your Care initiative; and (ii) readmitted to hospital within 48 hours, in the last twelve months.

AQW 36236/11-15

36. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36238/11-15

37. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average waiting time for an assessment or diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder, in each Health and Social Care Trust area.

AQW 36239/11-15

38. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department is aware of unfilled shifts within the Western Urgent Care Out-of-Hours service; and whether his Department, whilst maintaining professional standards, will act to remove any barriers preventing the recruitment of GPs, including doctors outside the region to take part in this scheme.

AQW 36241/11-15

39. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action has been taken to address the fifteen week waiting time for a neurology consultation appointment.

AQW 36245/11-15

40. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 32999/11-15, (i) how publishing information on less than five cases could compromise patient confidentiality; (ii) in how many cases the numbers were less than five; and (iii) will he now answer the original question that was asked in cases where the number of incidences was more than five.

AQW 36524/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to provide a copy of (i) the complaints policy; and (ii) the code of conduct of the Police Federation for Northern Ireland, as required of a government funded body.

AQW 36196/11-15

42. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35310/11-15, given the example set by the Northern Ireland Prison Service who regard all new psychoactive substances as banned substances, what action he will take to replicate this outside a prison setting and within legislation.

AQW 36197/11-15

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail (i) the number of times, in the last twelve months, that G4S staff at Dungannon Court House have reported faulty palm scanners, including all dates and correspondence received; and (ii) whether these matters are routinely reported to his Department; and if so, whether audits are conducted to ensure risk assessment, public safety and quality control.

AQW 36198/11-15

44. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice what cross-departmental initiatives aimed at young people have been considered or implemented to reduce criminal activity related to significant levels of deprivation.

AQW 36229/11-15

45. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice for his assessment of the effectiveness of Youth Conferencing; and, of the number of participants in Youth Conferencing, how many have reoffended within six months, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36230/11-15

46. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice for his assessment of the correlation between young offenders and areas of deprivation.

AQW 36231/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

47. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what departmental services he has made available to the public via the post office network.

AQW 36199/11-15

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many dropped kerbs have been built in Bangor over the last three financial years.

AQW 36212/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many dropped kerbs have been built in Holywood over the last three financial years.

AQW 36213/11-15

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many dropped kerbs have been built in Donaghadee over the last three financial years.

AQW 36214/11-15

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many dropped kerbs have been built in Millisle over the last three financial years.

AQW 36215/11-15

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the annual cost of electricity to power the street lighting network.

AQW 36216/11-15

53. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he will consult on the safety considerations involved at the railway crossing at Bushmills Road, Coleraine, railway crossing to establish whether a more effective system can be implemented at the location.

AQW 36219/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

54. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the reasons why it is possible for a person to have more points allocated for housing in Rocavan Meadows, Broughshane than any other area of Ballymena.

AQW 36200/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

55. Mr J Wells (South Down)

To ask the Assembly Commission, pursuant to AQW 35242/11-15, to detail (i) the total cost of sending letters to MLAs regarding their pension entitlements during 2014; and (ii) whether a less expensive means of transmitting this information to MLAs is being considered.

AQW 36190/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the total number of applications received by the Central Good Relations Funding Programme 2014/15; and how many were awarded funding.

AQW 36260/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the number of Good Relations Officers currently in each local council area; and how these positions are likely to be affected, in terms of number and function, when 11 new councils take over on 1 April 2015.

AQW 36265/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what security vetting is in place for staff of the Victims and Survivors Service.

AQW 36296/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the procedures and policies in place within the Victims and Survivors Service in respect of delivering clients details to outside bodies; and what security vetting is in place in relation to any such conveyance of information to such bodies.

AQW 36297/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much the Commission for Victims and Survivors has paid to consultants in each financial year since it was established, including the current financial year to date; and to detail the names of the consultants.

AQW 36298/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the procurement arrangements in respect of the appointment of consultants by the Commission for Victims and Survivors; and whether there is a panel of consultants, and if so, how it was appointed.

AQW 36299/11-15

7. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to provide a breakdown of the £1bn stated by the First Minister which would be subtracted from the Northern Ireland Block Grant in the event that the Welfare Reform package is not implemented.

AQW 36318/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what further steps the Farm Safety Partnership will take to reduce farm deaths and accidents.

AQW 36288/11-15

9. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how her Department is communicating with farmers on single farm payment issues; and to provide the general letters on this issue that have been sent to farmers.

AQW 36289/11-15

10. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the progress of the Farm Safety Action Plan.

AQW 36290/11-15

11. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what action is being taken to research and develop detection equipment to warn farmers of toxic fumes during slurry handling operations.

AQW 36294/11-15

12. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what remit her Department has in relation to checking the identification tags of cattle presented to a market for sale.

AQW 36308/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

13. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 35410/11-15, to detail the value of the support received by each of the clubs.

AQW 36267/11-15

14. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 35410/11-15, to list the boxing clubs from outside the Greater Belfast area that received indicative letters of offer for capital works.

AQW 36269/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the proposed funding in 2015/16 for occupational studies courses.

AQW 36246/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the impact of occupational studies courses in improving employability among vulnerable young people.

AQW 36247/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education how his Department plans to support occupational studies courses.

AQW 36248/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education how many students have benefited from occupational studies courses in each of the last three years.

AQW 36249/11-15

19. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the level of departmental funding to occupational studies courses in each of the last three years.

AQW 36250/11-15

20. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education how many children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have received funded education outside of Northern Ireland, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36270/11-15

21. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, in relation to the Middletown Centre for Autism, to detail (i) how many children with autism spectrum disorder have been referred the centre, broken down by Education and Library Board; and (ii) how many children from the Republic of Ireland have benefited from the centre, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36272/11-15

22. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how many schools who have previously had redundancies approved within the last two years, have now employed additional teachers as a result of the revised common funding formula, broken down by (a) sector; and (ii) Education and Library Board.

AQW 36273/11-15

23. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how much funding has been made available by his Department to deal with the transport needs of children from North Belfast attending Coláiste Feirste, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36274/11-15

24. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of specific grants which have been made by his Department to individual schools to deal with the transport needs of pupils, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36275/11-15

25. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of teacher redundancies, broken down by (a) sector; and (b) Education and Library Board, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36276/11-15

26. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of teacher posts advertised, broken down by (a) sector; and (b) Education and Library Board, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36277/11-15

27. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how his Department will support the establishment of a Greater Shankill Children and Young People zone; and to detail what progress has been made identifying a budget to implement the framework for the action zone over the next five years.

AQW 36295/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

28. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the plans for a new cruise ship docking area in Belfast Harbour.

AQW 36293/11-15

29. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what work her Department has carried out on making wifi available in all parts of Ballycastle.

AQW 36304/11-15

30. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what work the Tourist Board is carrying out to improve tourism (i) product; and (ii) accomodation in Ballycastle.

AQW 36305/11-15

31. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what analysis her Department has carried out on the benefits the Giro d'Italia has had on Ballycastle town.

AQW 36306/11-15

32. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what action she is taking to prevent the possibility of fracking occuring in North Antrim.

AQW 36307/11-15

33. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the Gobbins Project in Larne, including the (i) cost of the project; (ii) the groups funding the project; (iii) the amount these funding groups have input; and (iii) who will run the facility when it is completed.

AQW 36309/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

34. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he plans to make a statement to the Assembly to clarify his commitment to openness and transparency within his Department, particularly recognising the impact of the potential loss of public confidence, including that of consumers and service providers, by refusing to publish video footage taken by enforcement staff at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013, as well as reports compiled or emanating from this, and the full extent of legal advice sought and obtained on this matter.

AQW 36302/11-15

35. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether there have been proposals by Bombardier Aerospace to increase the amount of waste they intend to accept at the proposed gasification facility in East Belfast; and if so, to provide details of the proposals.

AQW 36319/11-15

36. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department requires companies who are granted planning permission to dispose of contaminated waste to provide notification to his Department of the facility where that waste is disposed of and/or processed.

AQW 36320/11-15

37. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 33132/11-15, for an update on setting up of a public inquiry into the waste crime in Northern Ireland; and to outline the Executive Ministers that have yet to respond.

AQW 36321/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

38. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what analysis his Department has made concerning the impact on the local economy of the Scottish Executive setting a different rate of Corporation Tax to the rest of the UK as part of a potential devolution settlement.

AQW 36283/11-15

39. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail efficiencies that have been realised across the Executive since the creation of the Public Sector Reform Division.

AQW 36284/11-15

40. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the outstanding arrears payable on domestic properties in Belfast; and (ii) how many properties this effects.

AQW 36310/11-15

41. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many domestic properties in Belfast are currently regarded as empty and subject to the payment of rates; and of these, what percentage have been issued a rates bill.

AQW 36313/11-15

42. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many domestic properties in Belfast have (i) application-based; and (ii) automatic exclusions from the payment of rates.

AQW 36314/11-15

43. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of domestic properties in Belfast where ownership is unknown or unclear; and whether the details of such properties have been published.

AQW 36315/11-15

44. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline the arrangements for ensuring rates are collected on empty domestic properties; and how many court enforcement actions were undertaken last year in (a) Belfast; and (b) Northern Ireland.

AQW 36316/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many nurses are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Board.

AQW 36251/11-15

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many GPs are employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36253/11-15

47. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many consultants are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36254/11-15

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many occupational therapists are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36255/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many radiographers are currently employed by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36256/11-15

50. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of (i) 79 per cent of the Northern Ireland Health and Social Care Workforce being female; and (ii) the risks associated with potential staffing shortages considering that of this number only 54 per cent work full time.

AQW 36259/11-15

51. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how his Department plans to distribute the recent £6m of funding which has been provided to support three new projects which will improve health and social care services for people living with dementia.

AQW 36262/11-15

52. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of full time staff, working in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, who are currently on sick absence.

AQW 36263/11-15

53. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of complaints received by each Health and Social Care Trust; (ii) how complaints relate to population size; and (iii) what steps his Department has taken to investigate the rise in the number of complaints, in the last twelve months.

AQW 36279/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

54. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 34514/11-15, to provide a copy of the evidence on which the assertion is based that in one of the two contracts, it was the employees of G4S Secure Solutions (UK) who specifically requested zero hours and declined offers of full-time, or part-time, employment.

AQW 36257/11-15

55. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35311/11-15, (i) how many times a decision has been taken to extend this contract; (ii) the dates these decision were taken; and (iii) the agency responsible for making the decisions on each occasion.

AQW 36258/11-15

56. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of PSNI officers, who are members of the 1988 pension scheme, who (i) will be; and (ii) will not be affected by the impending Police Pension reform.

AQW 36280/11-15

57. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of PSNI officers, who are members of the 2007 pension scheme, who (i) will be; and (ii) will not be affected by the impending Police Pension reform.

AQW 36281/11-15

58. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many consultation meetings on Police Pension reform have taken place since June 2010; and what evidence and records exists from each of these meetings.

AQW 36285/11-15

59. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many indications of concern his Department has received from PSNI officers over the impending Police Pension reform.

AQW 36286/11-15

60. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline his Department's consultation process with PSNI officers on Police Pension reform.

AQW 36287/11-15

61. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35331/11-15, in each year, how many people were registered within each of the demoniations; and how many individual journeys were claimed for by each chaplain.

AQW 36322/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

62. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the preferred option for the Craigantlet Roundabout Scheme will be announced.

AQW 36291/11-15

63. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether a peak time recovery vehicle service for the Belfast to Bangor A2 road is viable.

AQW 36292/11-15

64. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why phase 2 of the Derry-Coleraine rail scheme has been delayed beyond the end of 2015.

AQW 36311/11-15

65. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the communication and coordination between NI Water, Transport NI and other gas and utility companies to ensure that works which restrict roads access, which require roads to be excavated, are undertaken at the same time; and whether Transport NI ensures roads resurfacing is undertaken subsequent to, rather than before, works requiring roads excavation.

AQW 36312/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

66. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Northern Ireland Housing Executive staff are also regarded as staff of the Strategic Investment Board or receive any remuneration from that source; and to detail the names of the staff.

AQW 36300/11-15

67. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many licences for a gambling premise are currently active, broken down by constituency; and to outline how this compares with 2009.

AQW 36301/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in relation to Victims and Survivors Service funding for the provision of befriending services, what provision is made for it being more expensive in rural settings, for example providing transport for hospital visits which is more expensive due to the greater distances involved in rural areas.

AQW 36352/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the parity of the monitoring of spending as between small and large beneficiaries of Victims and Survivors Service funding.

AQW 36353/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what action has been taken as a result of the report 'A Unique View of a Shared Experience: Connecting Healing Learning' produced by Families Moving On in February 2014.

AQW 36354/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what agri-environment schemes are currently operational; and whether they will be maintained within the new Rural Development Programme for 2014-2020.

AQW 36372/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many agri-environment scheme participants are there currently in East Londonderry.

AQW 36374/11-15

6. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to provide the business case for her Department's tree felling programme.

AQW 36375/11-15

7. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what plans she has to ensure the appropriate Animal and Public Health Information System software changes are made within six months, to assist marts to show residencies of cattle.

AQW 36400/11-15

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on her Department's plans to refresh the Think Safe Campaign.

AQW 36401/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the steps her Department is taking to address sports participation rates in the top 30 per cent most deprived areas, where rates are significantly lower than the national average.

AQW 36368/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

10. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail for each of the last three years (i) the requests made by individual schools for an increase in their admission and enrolment numbers; and (ii) the outcome in each case.

AQW 36331/11-15

11. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the primary schools, broken down by sector, with surplus places in the Ballynahinch/Crossgar area.

AQW 36332/11-15

12. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the total number of teachers employed, broken down by (a) sector; and (b) Education and Library Board, in each of the last ten years.

AQW 36333/11-15

13. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the number of children educated outside of a school environment.

AQW 36334/11-15

14. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department has issued guidance through a circular in relation to elective home education.

AQW 36335/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of pupils with a statement of special educational need, broken down by Education and Library Board, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36347/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of pupils currently enrolled in each Education and Library Board.

AQW 36348/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of statements of special educational need issued to pupils in the South Eastern Education and Library Board, in each of the last ten years.

AQW 36349/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline any changes in the process of issuing a statement of special educational need to children in each of the last three years; and what impact the changes have on the time it takes to issue a statement.

AQW 36350/11-15

19. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department has a mission statement for non-grammar post-primary schools.

AQW 36356/11-15

20. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education how he plans to recoup all the money he has spent on the Education and Skills Authority.

AQW 36358/11-15

21. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education how many schools provide their pupils with educational support materials online.

AQW 36359/11-15

22. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he has any plans for recognised good schools to adopt struggling, inner city and deprived schools to help improve educational performance.

AQW 36360/11-15

23. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the average time taken to issue a statement of special educational needs to a pupil, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36363/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

24. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail any changes made to the Board of Governors of Stranmillis College over the last three years.

AQW 36376/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

25. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what initial assessment has been made of the success of the Northern Ireland Airshow held in Portrush on 6 and 7 September 2014.

AQW 36327/11-15

26. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what analysis her Department has made concerning the impact on the local economy of the Scottish Executive setting a different rate of Corporation Tax to the rest of the UK.

AQW 36346/11-15

27. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 35533/11-15, to detail (i) the amount invested in each fund; and (ii) the amount each fund is worth at present, or on the date the fund closed.

AQW 36390/11-15

28. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what discussions have taken place with mobile phone operators to improve mobile phone coverage in and around the village of Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh.

AQW 36394/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

29. Mr R McCartney (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35011/11-15, on what basis was an Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme certificate granted, given that consents to extract did not exist for these sites and all planning permissions have subsequently been refused.

AQW 36323/11-15

30. Mr R McCartney (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the environmental improvements achieved as a result of his Department issuing an Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme certificate for Campsie Sand and Gravel, at Mobuoy Road, Derry.

AQW 36324/11-15

31. Mr R McCartney (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why his Department informed the River Faughan Anglers on 8 December 2011 that all the sites at Mobuoy Road had been restored or were in the process of being restored; and what evidence this was based on.

AQW 36325/11-15

32. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what research he has commissioned during 2014 on the advantages and disadvantages of fracking in areas which would be designated as prime sites for exploratory drilling.

AQW 36326/11-15

33. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, in relation to video footage taken by enforcement staff at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013, to clarify the job description of the person who requested and subsequently authorised it; and why it was deemed necessary.

AQW 36336/11-15

34. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of planning enforcement issues in the Strabane District Council area, broken down by ward.

AQW 36361/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) how many planning applications for centralised anaerobic digestion plants have been approved; and (ii}) how many live applications are being processed, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36365/11-15

36. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment (i) how he intends to meet the £250m cleanup costs for illegal dumping as identified in the Mills Report; and (ii) what discussions he has had with his Executive colleagues regarding these costs.

AQW 36381/11-15

37. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given his assurance to local residents that stringent planning conditions would be imposed, why it is necessary to remove planning conditions 25 and 26 from planning approval K/2013/0072, and how this accords with Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive which precluded his Department from granting a development consent unless it is first satisfied beyond reasonable scientific doubt that the integrity of the Owenkillew Special Area of Conservation would not be compromised.

AQW 36383/11-15

38. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail any existing legislation regarding attaching satellite dishes on (i) domestic; and (ii) commercial properties in terms of (a) positioning or (b) prevalence.

AQW 36388/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

39. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel (i) how much of the £500m which was budgeted for the A5 road was spent and to provide a breakdown of this expenditure; and (ii) how much of the £500m was reallocated and to provide details of where this money was reallocated.

AQW 36380/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

40. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many porters are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36340/11-15

41. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many domestic service staff are employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36341/11-15

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many health records staff are employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36342/11-15

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many auxiliary nurses are employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36343/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many physiotherapists are employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36344/11-15

45. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he can provide an assurance that the cardiac ambulance based at Tyrone County Hospital in Omagh will continue to operate from that location.

AQW 36367/11-15

46. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he can provide an assurance that the Cardiac Assessment Unit based in Omagh is not earmarked for closure; and that the unit will be relocated to the new Omagh Enhanced Hospital on completion.

AQW 36369/11-15

47. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether staff numbers at the Cardiac Assessment Unit in Omagh are being reduced, given that staff are being asked to take all time owed and holidays.

AQW 36371/11-15

48. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the success of the Cooperation and Working Together Partnership, in terms of sharing resources and expertise on a North/South basis; and to detail the projects that have benefited people in West Tyrone.

AQW 36378/11-15

49. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (i) how many applications were received; and (ii) how applicants were interviewed for the post of Chair of the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36386/11-15

50. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what activities were funded by his Department to promote drugs awareness and prevention in Banbridge, in the last three years; and to detail the costs involved.

AQW 36387/11-15

51. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when he will make a decision on the Health and Social Care Board's strategic plans for the future of GP services.

AQW 36389/11-15

52. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why specific training is not provided to nursing home staff to care for adults with Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Corticobasal Degeneration.

AQW 36392/11-15

53. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients with diabetes were (i) treated in an Emergency Department; and (ii) admitted to hospital in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36397/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

54. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35540/11-15, whether he wishes to review his answer given the prisoner in question was charged with drug dealing and his address on arrest was reported as the Prisoner Assessment Unit; or whether said prisoner was not moved as planned earlier this year.

AQW 36338/11-15

55. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice why PSNI Officers who were recruited after April 2007 have larger pension contributions than staff under an earlier scheme.

AQW 36351/11-15

56. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice what consideration has been given to transitional or provisional arrangements for PSNI officers pensions compared to England and Wales; and to detail these considerations.

AQW 36364/11-15

57. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 31801/11-15, for an update in respect of the costs incurred, including the costs of the further Preliminary Investigation concluded on 3 September 2014.

AQW 36377/11-15

58. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) for an update on the development of the new police training college; (ii) how much of the £105m budgeted for the college has been spent; and (iii) given the delay, whether any money has been reallocated to other projects.

AQW 36382/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

59. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what steps will he take to ensure that defaced road signs are replaced in such a way as to make further vandalism more difficult.

AQW 36328/11-15

60. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on Portavoe Reservoir, given that works have now been completed.

AQW 36330/11-15

61. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what consideration his Department has given to the provision of a park and share facility for Portglenone.

AQW 36366/11-15

62. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline any Road Safety schemes his Department is planning to introduce to coincide with the launch of the Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland.

AQW 36370/11-15

63. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether his Department is considering improvements to street lighting, including in rural areas, to encourage people from all areas to actively participate in the Bicycle Strategy.

AQW 36373/11-15

64. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans are in place for a formalised footpath to the new public toilets in Derrygonnelly, Co Fermanagh.

AQW 36391/11-15

65. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the sufficiency of the parking provided for in Rosnarick Close, Derrygonnelly; and what plans are in place to increase the number of spaces.

AQW 36393/11-15

66. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) the number of devices which have connected to the Translink wi-fi service on buses and trains; and (ii) the total amount of data that has been downloaded and uploaded, since the introduction of free wi-fi on board public transport vehicles.

AQW 36395/11-15

67. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the investments his Department plans on make in Ballymena Railway and Bus Station.

AQW 36398/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

68. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what engagement has there been with organisations representing the visually impaired in regard to the drafting of guidelines under the Licensing of Pavement Cafés Act (Northern Ireland) 2014.

AQW 36355/11-15

69. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether his Department will increase support to assist with the development of a new masterplan for Omagh Town Centre, given that the development of the Lisanelly site will free up additional sites in the town for potential regeneration.

AQW 36384/11-15

70. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how his Department can assist local communities in large housing developments, such as Coolnagard in Omagh, to secure appropriate funding and support to build a multi-purpose community centre.

AQW 36385/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 9 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the level of funding needed to progress a cross-departmental internet safety strategy.

AQW 36407/11-15

2. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether a funding bid to progress a cross-departmental internet safety strategy will be made at the October Monitoring Round.

AQW 36408/11-15

3. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the timescale for the cross-departmental internet safety strategy to be brought to the Executive.

AQW 36409/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the level of funding available for farm diversification projects in 2014/15.

AQW 36427/11-15

5. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the days on which the Union Flag is flown from buildings within her Department's remit; and whether she has issued any instructions to staff on the flying of the Union Flag on any buildings within her Department's remit.

AQW 36453/11-15

6. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in relation to the level 2 agricultural qualification at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise for the Young Farmer Scheme, how many applicants made payment by the deadline of 24 September 2014; and whether flexibility will be afforded to those who make payment after this date.

AQW 36454/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

7. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many trade shows her Department has identified for the promotion of angling tourism in 2015, in (i) the UK; (ii) the Republic of Ireland; and (iii) the rest of Europe.

AQW 36415/11-15

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the amount in overpayments to staff of Waterways Ireland for subsistence rates from 2002 to 2011; and whether the overpayments have been independently validated by Internal Audit and recovered.

AQW 36418/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what responsibility her Department has for ensuring that funding allocated for City of Culture Capital Legacy Projects in the North West is appropriately distributed and used.

AQW 36450/11-15

10. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what mechanisms are in place in her Department to monitor funds which it has allocated, and which are being facilitated and executed through district councils.

AQW 36451/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

11. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education what proportion of departmental funding has been allocated to independent counselling services for post-primary school pupils, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36442/11-15

12. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education why funding is not provided for school crossing patrols at post-primary schools.

AQW 36457/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

13. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many people have graduated with an Upper Second-Class Honours or above from (i) Queen’s University, Belfast; and (ii) the University of Ulster since 2011.

AQW 36412/11-15

14. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 35342/11-15, what discussions his Department had with the Central Applications Office on simplifying the application process for local students.

AQW 36413/11-15

15. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for a numerical break-down, by (i) gender; (ii) age; (iii) disability; and (iv) ethnicity, of the Governing Bodies of each Further Education College, including the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise.

AQW 36452/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

16. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in light of the further Game of Thrones filming in the Roe Valley region, what opportunities there are for the area to be highlighted in wider tourism promotional material.

AQW 36416/11-15

17. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (i) how many ministerial directions were issued in 2013/14; (ii) to outline the purpose of each direction; (iii) whether any companies benefited from a direction; and (iv) if so, which companies.

AQW 36419/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

18. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment when the report on the sewage overflow for Muckamore and Dunadry, promised in September 2014, will be published.

AQW 36405/11-15

19. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment when he will outline his plans for dealing with matters relating to planning control, gravel extraction and the EU Habitats Directive.

AQW 36406/11-15

20. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following his recent written statement on planning and flood risk, what preventative measures will be examined where planning approvals are issued in areas prone to surface water flooding.

AQW 36410/11-15

21. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, with the exception of the enforcement officers tasked with obtaining video footage of taxi issues at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013, to detail the job description of staff within his Department, or any of its agencies, who viewed the footage or any report detailing the content.

AQW 36423/11-15

22. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, in relation to video footage taken by enforcement staff at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013, to detail who outside of his Department or its agencies has had sight of the footage, including the PSNI and any relevant taxi operators and licence holders.

AQW 36424/11-15

23. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) Natural Heritage has returned a consultation response of “no comment” on planning application K/2014/0246/F regarding the removal of planning conditions 25 and 26 from planning permission K/2013/0072/F, when it was NIEA Natural Heritage that insisted on those conditions being imposed in the first instance, specifically to safeguard the site selected features of the Owenkillew Special Area of Conservation.

AQW 36436/11-15

24. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the reasons why his Department was unable to deal with proposed explosives store as (i) a minor amendment to K/2013/0072/F as first suggested by his Department; and (ii) as permitted development under part 16(A) of the Planning (General Development) Order (NI) 1993 (as amended), as subsequently suggested by his Department.

AQW 36437/11-15

25. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given that it was necessary to submit a full planning application K/2014/0387/F for an explosives store, whether he remains of the view that in the absence of those details from planning approval K/2013/0072/F, his Department legitimately and lawfully granted permission for an explosives store on 22 January 2014.

AQW 36438/11-15

26. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the view of legal representatives acting on behalf of the applicant for K/2013/0072/F when they state that a planning application is invalid if insufficient plans have been provided.

AQW 36439/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

27. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current number of vacant domestic properties, where an owner has not been traced for the purposes of the payment of rates.

AQW 36411/11-15

28. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much Annually Managed Expenditure is taken up by Pension Credit.

AQW 36446/11-15

29. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much Annually Managed Expenditure is taken up by Working Tax Credit.

AQW 36447/11-15

30. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the amount of rates deferred per annum due to provisions made for pensioners.

AQW 36448/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

31. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people have suffered a stroke in each of the last five years.

AQW 36403/11-15

32. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 35868/11-15, why the budget and the provision of staff for services in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area is so low.

AQW 36414/11-15

33. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what checks or provision is made for people returning to Northern Ireland from countries which have had an outbreak of the Ebola virus disease.

AQW 36420/11-15

34. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the expected date for the restoration of full accident and emergency services at Downe Hospital.

AQW 36422/11-15

35. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many firefighters are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36431/11-15

36. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many maintenance staff are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36432/11-15

37. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many ward clerks are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36433/11-15

38. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many payroll officers are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36434/11-15

39. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many personnel staff are currently employed by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 36435/11-15

40. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the out-of-hours GP services; and (ii) the number of times that each service has been closed since 1 January 2014.

AQW 36440/11-15

41. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (i) for his assessment of the issue of patients who are not normally resident in Northern Ireland, accessing primary and secondary healthcare services; and (ii) what actions he has taken to address this.

AQW 36444/11-15

42. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQO 6676/11-15, to detail (i) where the addictions treatment unit will be based in Omagh; and ii) where the mental health unit, currently based in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital, will be located.

AQW 36456/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether a legal aid certficate was granted in respect of the person; and if so, (i) on what date; and (ii) whether this covered a law firm as well as senior and junior counsel.

AQW 36428/11-15

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35311/11-15, what provision exists to allow extensions of tenders and contracts; and to provide copies of this provision.

AQW 36429/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35311/11-15, on what date the tender was first (i) advertised; and (ii) awarded.

AQW 36430/11-15

46. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice what was the average annual cost to the public purse of incarcerating a prisoner in each year between 2008 and 2013, broken down by prison.

AQW 36459/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

47. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many (i) churches; (ii) community organisations; and (iii) businesses in North Down have been affected by undercharging of water bills by NI Water.

AQW 36425/11-15

48. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many unpaid penalty charge notices have resulted in court prosecution in each of the last five years.

AQW 36426/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

49. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what undertaking and commitment exists as to the number of housing units which will be provided following the demolition of approximately 250 homes in the mid-Shankill; and to detail the timescale of the works.

AQW 36404/11-15

50. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what checks his Department completes, in terms of verifying qualifications and establishing suitability for a role, when an organisation or project funded by his Department employs a member of staff.

AQW 36417/11-15

51. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the comprehensive development schemes delivered in North Down, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36421/11-15

52. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 34233/11-15, to detail the companies currently engaged in installing double glazing in Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties; and (i) the number and (ii) the value of the contracts which have been awarded, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36445/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

53. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission to detail the estimated cost of the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the Review of the Policy on the Flying of the Union Flag at Parliament Buildings.

AQW 36458/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 10 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the total estimated cost of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.

AQW 36467/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the current size of the fishing fleet.

AQW 36470/11-15

3. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the current grants available to farmers.

AQW 36471/11-15

4. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the current grants available to the fishing industry.

AQW 36472/11-15

5. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what discussions she has had with the Minister for Regional Development to ensure that farmers are better prepared for severe weather.

AQW 36473/11-15

6. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of animal cruelty cases reported to her Department, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36474/11-15

7. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 34582/11-15, whether Forest Service did not grant any approvals for Infastrata or agree to any work to be undertaken at this site.

AQW 36498/11-15

8. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail all the correspondence with Forest Service regarding the proposal to drill an exploratory well at Woodburn Forest.

AQW 36499/11-15

9. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail all cultural, language and heritage projects supported by the Rural Development Programme, including the amount awarded to each project, since 2011.

AQW 36502/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

10. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what action she will take following the recent complaints regarding changes to mobile library services.

AQW 36464/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

11. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline the future plans for the Tamnamore Learning Centre in Dungannon; and whether there is any investment planned for the centre.

AQW 36476/11-15

12. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education whether all teachers are provided with an up-to-date laptop for class work preparation.

AQW 36478/11-15

13. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of (i) staff employed on site; and (ii) number of pupils currently attending Tamnamore Learning Centre in Dungannon.

AQW 36479/11-15

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the estimated timescale for the establishment of the proposed single education board.

AQW 36482/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether the joint health and education project, part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies targeting early intervention, intends to distribute expenditure through his Department and its arm's-length bodies, or through community based applications.

AQW 36483/11-15

16. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education whether there is a strategy to secure school budgets following the change in the formula relating to collaboration between schools.

AQW 36504/11-15

17. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of how a school can balance their budget if there is a deficit between cost and departmental support.

AQW 36505/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

18. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 35621/11-15 and AQW 35622/11-15, whether the organisations listed in AQW 35621/11-15 have staff who hold the qualifications stated in AQW 35622/11-15 to enable them to deliver the Extractives and Minerals Processing apprenticeship frameworks.

AQW 36488/11-15

19. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 35621/11-15 and AQW 35622/11-15, whether the organisations listed in AQW 35621/11-15 had staff who held the qualifications as stated in AQW 35622/11-15 when they were awarded the contract to deliver the Extractives and Minerals Processing apprenticeship frameworks.

AQW 36489/11-15

20. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 35621/11-15, whether the reason that "no apprentices are currently undertaking training aligned to these frameworks" is due to the institutions listed not employing staff who hold the qualifications to deliver the Extractives and Minerals Processing apprenticeship frameworks.

AQW 36490/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether there are any plans to introduce an electricity discount scheme, equivalent to that offered by the Warm Home Discount Scheme in England.

AQW 36485/11-15

22. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what efforts her Department is making to reduce (i) electricity; (ii) gas; and (iii) oil costs for low-income households.

AQW 36486/11-15

23. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much financial support InvestNI provided to the haulage sector, broken down by recipient, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36491/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

24. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of Centralised Anaerobic Digester plants; and to detail any restrictions on where a plant can be located in relation to a residential area.

AQW 36475/11-15

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many applications for the Third Sector Capacity Fund his Department has received from organisations in East Londonderry.

AQW 36492/11-15

26. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency are taking to encourage (a) businesses; (b) non-governmental organisations; (c) councils; and (d) associations or professional societies to be signed participants in Prosperity Agreements.

AQW 36494/11-15

27. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Rathlin 1 well is subject to cement bond logging oversight by his Department; and whether any future wells will be subject to cement bond logging regulation.

AQW 36501/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

28. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what recommendation the Head of Corporate Human Resources made in consequence of his fact-finding investigation into Mr Stephen Brimstone's treatment of Councillor Jenny Palmer.

AQW 36461/11-15

29. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether, since coming to office, he has issued any 'ministerial directions'; and if so, to detail (i) when; and (ii) in respect of what subject matters.

AQW 36462/11-15

30. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what action he has taken to encourage HM Treasury to reduce VAT on tourist accommodation and visitor attractions.

AQW 36503/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

31. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total estimated expenditure on Health Service provision from 2003 to 2013.

AQW 36468/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the joint health and education project, part-funded by Atlantic Philanthropies targeting early intervention, intends to distribute expenditure through his Department and its arm's-length bodies, or through community based applications.

AQW 36484/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

33. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice what communication his Department has with the UK Government to ensure that there is appropriate access to information regarding individuals who have settled in Northern Ireland and possess a criminal record in their country of origin.

AQW 36495/11-15

34. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the proposals contained within the Legal Aid and Coroners' Courts bill require individuals to pay their own legal fees until any application for criminal Legal Aid has been assessed and granted.

AQW 36500/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail (i) how many ash trees on the A4 were removed to prevent the spread of ash dieback; and (ii) the cost of the removal.

AQW 36477/11-15

36. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he will examine the provision of school crossing warning signs on Connell Street in Limavady at the drop off and pick up point for school children.

AQW 36506/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

37. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the decision of his predecessor that no further action needs to be taken in relation to his Special Adviser and his treatment of Councillor Jenny Palmer accords with the recommendation of the Department of Finance and Personnel's fact-finding investigator.

AQW 36460/11-15

38. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what additional promotion will take place for the Boiler Replacement Scheme between now and the end of the scheme.

AQW 36465/11-15

39. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what progress Housing Associations have made in identifying locations to meet housing demand in Coleraine.

AQW 36466/11-15

40. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of whether the departmental target, set by his predecessor, for the provision of double glazing in Housing Executive properties by 2015, will be met.

AQW 36469/11-15

41. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to the results detailed in Phase 1 of AQW 35943/11-15, whether his Department is unable to fund the Coleraine Education Project after October 2014.

AQW 36480/11-15

42. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of people in Northern Ireland currently in receipt of (i) Attendance Allowance; and (ii) Pension Credit.

AQW 36487/11-15

43. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what communication his Department has had with universities to put mechanisms in place at the end of the academic year to encourage students to ensure their tenancy deposits are protected.

AQW 36493/11-15

44. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what steps his Department is taking to address low literacy and numeracy levels in East Londonderry, as part of a wider strategy to address educational underachievement amongst young people.

AQW 36496/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 13 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the content of the Together: Building a United Community June monitoring bid of £4.7 million; and how the £3.5 million awarded will be spent.

AQW 36517/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when a final analysis of the responses received for Delivering Social Change for Children and Young People will be published.

AQW 36518/11-15

3. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what action has been taken on the current 10 year strategy for children and young people; and the new strategy due in 2016.

AQW 36519/11-15

4. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when the child poverty strategy will be laid in the Assembly.

AQW 36520/11-15

5. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the work undertaken by UNESCO on the child rights indicators.

AQW 36521/11-15

6. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 34227/11-15, how many eligible applications across Schemes 1-6 held by the Victims and Survivors Service have not received letters of offer.

AQW 36596/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

7. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, for the 2011-15 budget period, to detail (i) the budget reductions over £1,000, broken down by (a) the name of the item; (b) the amount of the reduction; and (c) the reduction as a percentage of the previous funding awarded; and (ii) the impact of Welfare Reform penalties on that budget.

AQW 36512/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

8. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, for the 2011-15 budget period, to detail (i) the budget reductions over £1,000, broken down by (a) the name of the item; (b) the amount of the reduction; and (c) the reduction as a percentage of the previous funding awarded; and (ii) the impact of Welfare Reform penalties on that budget.

AQW 36513/11-15

9. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure why her Department declared capital reduced requirements of £8.2 million in 2013-14 and £35.3 million in 2014-15.

AQW 36553/11-15

10. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much her Department has spent on Libraries NI in the last three years; and what steps her Department is taking to prevent job losses and reduced services across the 96 branches.

AQW 36554/11-15

11. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what action is being taken to protect front line service delivery within libraries.

AQW 36573/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

12. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Education, for the 2011-15 budget period, to detail (i) the budget reductions over £1,000, broken down by (a) the name of the item; (b) the amount of the reduction; and (c) the reduction as a percentage of the previous funding awarded; and (ii) the impact of Welfare Reform fine on that budget.

AQW 36514/11-15

13. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education for a breakdown of the expenses paid to senior management in the education sector in the last twelve months.

AQW 36535/11-15

14. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the effect class size has on children attending primary schools in areas identified as suffering from social deprivation and educational underachievement.

AQW 36560/11-15

15. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether a development proposal is planned on the future of Malvern Primary School in West Belfast; and if so, to detail (i) when; and (ii) how the views of the parents and the local community will be ascertained.

AQW 36561/11-15

16. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether there has been an official recognition that Malvern Primary School is no longer in intervention and is now classified as 'good'.

AQW 36562/11-15

17. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how his Department recognises the improvements made in the ‘value added’ to pupils’ education in Malvern Primary School by the teachers, with reference to levels of progression and the school’s own statistical analysis.

AQW 36563/11-15

18. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education what discussions he has had with the Belfast Education and Library Board on the provision of a new primary school on the Belfast City Hospital site.

AQW 36569/11-15

19. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, given the increase in school age children who are diagnosed with Autism spectrum disorder, to detail the key elements of his Department's Autism strategy, particularly, how his Department is addressing equalities in service provision in the Western Education and Library Board area.

AQW 36570/11-15

20. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how much has been spent on (i) Controlled Schools; and (ii) Catholic Maintained Schools, between May 2011 and June 2014.

AQW 36588/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

21. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the budget and staff compliment of the Disability Employment Service for the 2011-15 budget period; and any anticipated reductions in funding or staffing for the 2015 period or the 2016-2020 budget period.

AQW 36515/11-15

22. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the tendering process for catering services at the Northern Regional College.

AQW 36526/11-15

23. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps he will take to ensure that the Northern Regional College follows its statutory duty under the Acquired Rights Directive in relation to any change of catering provider.

AQW 36527/11-15

24. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why an in-house bid was not supported for the tendering of the catering contract for the Northern Regional College.

AQW 36528/11-15

25. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what use his Department has made of video conferencing facilities in the last three years.

AQW 36593/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

26. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what progress has been made on broadband provision in North Down.

AQW 36532/11-15

27. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for a breakdown of the expenses paid to senior management in the enterprise, trade and investment sector in the last twelve months.

AQW 36536/11-15

28. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 35788/11-15, what the Tourist Board's three year marketing sponsorship agreement with Cyclone Promotions will involve; and how it will serve to promote Belfast and Northern Ireland.

AQW 36539/11-15

29. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps are in place to encourage social entrepreneurship in the third sector.

AQW 36542/11-15

30. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on her Department’s plans to introduce and facilitate an Innovation Council.

AQW 36545/11-15

31. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the cross-departmental strategies designed to increase communication with HEI, FEC and University students regarding the importance of innovation, in which her Department is involved.

AQW 36546/11-15

32. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 35763/11-15, whether her Department has put targets in place for the new Business Development Executive in order to increase Foreign Direct Investment in the life sciences and connected health sectors.

AQW 36556/11-15

33. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether her Department will work to improve broadband coverage in the Whitebridge Road area and in local town lands between Carrickmore and Ballygawley.

AQW 36575/11-15

34. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many people are contributing home-generated electricity to the grid; and what is the total number of KwH contributed.

AQW 36589/11-15

35. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many individual households are living off the grid and supplying all their own electricity and energy needs.

AQW 36590/11-15

36. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for her assessment of the impact over the last three years on small and medium sized businesses of opening up the government procurement process.

AQW 36591/11-15

37. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what use her Department has made of video conferencing facilities in the last three years.

AQW 36592/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

38. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he will introduce regulation to control the contents of any fracking fluid.

AQW 36579/11-15

39. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many times, since 2009, has an individual or non-governmental organisation exercised their third party rights of intervention under Article 22 of the Environmental Liability (Prevention and Remediation) Regulations (NI) 2009; and what recourse exists if an individual considers the Department's response to be inadequate.

AQW 36580/11-15

40. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the estimated tonnage of concrete required to be poured on the protected habitat in relation to planning application K/2014/0387/F; (ii) whether Northern Ireland Environment Agency Natural Heritage carried out an assessment of the risk of peat slide prior to stating that it had no objection; and (iii) who is responsible for conducting the Habitats Regulation Assessment given that NIEA Natural Heritage states it is the responsibility of NIEA Water Management Unit, yet the unit stated that it is concerned about the risk of peat slide and does not have the expertise to assess such a risk.

AQW 36581/11-15

41. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Northern Ireland Environment Agency took into account the impact on the Owenkillew Special Area of Conservation from the construction of an explosives store when completing a Habitats Regulation Assessment, prior to consenting to the approval of K/2013/0072/F as is required by Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive; and if so, to detail how this was; (i) possible and (ii) lawful, given the absence of details in the approval.

AQW 36582/11-15

42. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many planning enforcement cases have been issued in Fermanagh and South Tyrone in (i) each calendar year since 2011; and (ii) 2014; and of these cases, how many have been concluded, broken down by council area.

AQW 36583/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

43. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many social economy enterprises in East Londonderry have secured opportunities for growth through public sector procurement contracts, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36543/11-15

44. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many small and medium enterprises in East Londonderry have secured business opportunities through public sector procurement contracts, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36544/11-15

45. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the amount of capital spend returned by each Department in the last year.

AQW 36557/11-15

46. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the estimated number of home owners that are over 70 and living alone and have not availed of the discount available on domestic rates payments.

AQW 36564/11-15

47. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the (i) location; and (ii) number of vacant posts in the Northern Ireland Civil Service at (a) Administrative Assistant; (b) Administrative Officer; (c) Executive Officer II; (d) Executive Officer I; (e) Staff Officer; and (f) Deputy Principal grades, broken down by Department.

AQW 36567/11-15

48. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how his Department assists micro-businesses, which have ten or less employees, to be better prepared for public sector procurement opportunities; and whether his Department will make the procurement process easier and more accessible for micro-businesses.

AQW 36577/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

49. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the policies which are in place in each Health and Social Care Trust to ensure that patients and their relatives are informed which health professional has overall responsibility for their care, and of the means by which they can contact this individual when required.

AQW 36523/11-15

50. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many Serious Adverse Incidents occurred in each of the last ten years broken down by (i) hospital and (ii) the nature of the incident; and whether in any case the Health and Social Care Trust’s response was below standard and resulted in the death of patients.

AQW 36525/11-15

51. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what services are available in North Down for people living with dementia.

AQW 36530/11-15

52. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of registered childcare providers in North Down in each of the last three years.

AQW 36531/11-15

53. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the expenses paid to senior management in the Health Service in the last twelve months.

AQW 36534/11-15

54. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will direct further investment to enable increased access to early interventions, to redress the balance between mental health and other services.

AQW 36548/11-15

55. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will fund an advertising campaign to raise awareness of drugs abuse in Banbridge.

AQW 36551/11-15

56. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the travel expenses and reimbursements paid by each Health and Social Care Trust to (i) patients; and (ii) staff in each month of the last three years.

AQW 36552/11-15

57. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps the Health and Social Care Board are taking to commission recently developed cancer drugs which are already available in other regions of the UK.

AQW 36555/11-15

58. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department has any strategy aimed at addressing inequalities in service provision for children who are on the Autistic spectrum in the Western Health and Social Care Trust area.

AQW 36572/11-15

59. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will commit to retaining and developing Acute Mental Health Services in Omagh.

AQW 36574/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

60. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what proportion of legal aid expenditure is allocated to (i) civil; and (ii) criminal cases; and what impact the proposed reform of legal aid will have on this balance.

AQW 36533/11-15

61. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the £5.5 million business plan for the Police museum included a section to publicly mark the service and dedication of the Part Time Reserve.

AQW 36540/11-15

62. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice what consideration was given to the allocation of £383,000 from HM Treasury towards the RUC GC Foundation.

AQW 36541/11-15

63. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of compensation claims paid to prisoners, in each of the last three years.

AQW 36566/11-15

64. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice what discussions he has had with the Chief Constable on the number of PSNI officers on sick leave.

AQW 36571/11-15

65. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35791/11-15, (i) to outline the timeline for the completion and implementation of his Department's Estate Strategy; (ii) whether an Equality Impact Assessment was completed on the future of Downpatrick Courthouse; and (iii) how he will ensure the local economy is not negatively effected by the out workings of such a strategy.

AQW 36576/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

66. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much Translink has in its reserves.

AQW 36507/11-15

67. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the cost to Transport NI of replacing a street light.

AQW 36508/11-15

68. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the cost to Transport NI of replacing a street light bulb.

AQW 36509/11-15

69. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether Transport NI has a stock pile of street light bulbs.

AQW 36510/11-15

70. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many bus drivers are employed by Translink.

AQW 36511/11-15

71. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a breakdown, including dates, of all inspections and works carried out by (i) private contractors; and (ii) TransportNI staff on the section of the M1/A4 managed under the public private partnership scheme, since the road opened

AQW 36516/11-15

72. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the Northern Ireland Water investigation into the combined sewer on Dunadry Road and Dunadry Wastewater Pumping Station will be completed; and when its findings will be published.

AQW 36522/11-15

73. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the site of the former Donaghadee bus station.

AQW 36529/11-15

74. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a breakdown of the expenses paid to senior management in the Northern Ireland Water in the last twelve months.

AQW 36538/11-15

75. Mr D McAleer (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on construction of the Strathroy Link Road, Omagh.

AQW 36547/11-15

76. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the findings and conclusions from the recent 20mph road safety pilot study in Langley Road, Ballynahinch; and whether his Department has any plans to replicate the study elsewhere.

AQW 36558/11-15

77. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what checks are carried out to establish that badges issued under the Blue Badge scheme are not being used when the owner is deceased.

AQW 36565/11-15

78. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the future of the A5 road.

AQW 36584/11-15

79. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the total expenditure to date on the upgrade of the A5 road.

AQW 36585/11-15

80. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what preparatory work for the A5 road is currently being carried out.

AQW 36586/11-15

81. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the land acquisition that has taken place as part of the development of the A5 road.

AQW 36587/11-15

82. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the new traffic light controls and layout at the junction of the Killymeal Road and Killyman Road, Dungannon.

AQW 36597/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

83. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for a breakdown of the expenses paid to senior management in the Housing Executive in the last twelve months.

AQW 36537/11-15

84. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people have bought their homes from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in each of the last three years.

AQW 36549/11-15

85. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the developments listed in AQW 35449/11-15.

AQW 36559/11-15

86. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the provision of new family housing in (i) the redevelopment area of the Village; and (ii) Sandy Row in South Belfast.

AQW 36568/11-15

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