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 21 November 2014

Friday 5 September 2014
Monday 8 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Friday 12 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
Monday 6 October 2014
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Thursday 9 October 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Monday 13 October 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Thursday 16 October 2014
Friday 17 October 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Thursday 23 October 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
Monday 27 October 2014
Tuesday 28 October 2014
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Thursday 30 October 2014
Monday 3 November 2014
Tuesday 4 November 2014
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Thursday 6 November 2014
Friday 7 November 2014
Monday 10 November 2014
Tuesday 11 November 2014
Thursday 13 November 2014
Friday 14 November 2014
Monday 17 November 2014
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Thursday 20 November 2014
Friday 21 November 2014
Monday 24 November 2014
Tuesday 25 November 2014
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014
Friday 28 November 2014
Monday 1 December 2014
Tuesday 2 December 2014
Wednesday 3 December 2014
Thursday 4 December 2014
Friday 5 December 2014
Monday 8 December 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 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 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 for Written Answer
on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. 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

2. 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 for Written Answer
on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. 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

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 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 for Written Answer
on Friday 19 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 22 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what arrangements are in place to review the Delivering Social Change Improving Literacy and Numeracy Signature Programme.

AQO 6627/11-15

2. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much funding has been allocated via the Social Investment Fund to date.

AQO 6628/11-15

3. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the delivery of the Social Investment Fund projects, including the impact of the recent budget pressures on the delivery of these projects.

AQO 6633/11-15

4. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the functionality of the Executive given the lack of agreement on the implementation of Welfare Reform.

AQO 6634/11-15

5. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the St Patrick's Barracks site.

AQO 6636/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 23 September 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 impact that departmental budget reductions are having on services and financial assistance available to victims and survivors.

AQW 35628/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

1. 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 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 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 for Written Answer
on Monday 29 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. 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 for Written Answer
on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

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 (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

2. 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

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 2 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. 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 for Employment and Learning

2. 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

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. 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

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 6 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. 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

2. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they will continue to progress the Legislative Consent Motion on the Childcare Payments Bill, given the concerns that the ensuing parity may be detrimental to local recipients.

AQO 6747/11-15

3. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what impact the penalties imposed due to the failure to implement Welfare Reform will have on the delivery of their programme of work.

AQO 6749/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 7 October 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 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 Education

2. 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

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. 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

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 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

2. 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 Health, Social Services and Public Safety

3. 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

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 whether a funding bid to progress a cross-departmental internet safety strategy will be made at the October Monitoring Round.

AQW 36408/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update of the impact of the current budgetary crisis across the Northern Ireland Executive.

AQW 37007/11-15

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

3. 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

4. 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

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 10 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Education

1. 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

2. 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

3. 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 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

Questions to the Minister of Education

2. 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

3. 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 for Written Answer
on Tuesday 14 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 for an update on selecting a representative to sit on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

AQW 36606/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how social enterprises and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to make use of Social Enterprise Hubs to gain business advice and practical support.

AQW 36612/11-15

3. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when they expect to be in a position to announce progress on further uses for the former army base at Ballykelly, in addition to the relocation of the headquarters of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

AQW 36627/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure why bibles have been removed from public libraries.

AQW 36614/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

5. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many bus operators have been issued with an enforcement measure in 2014 to date (i) prior to the introduction of the Bus Compliance Audit Process; and (ii) since the Bus Compliance Audit Process was introduced.

AQW 36633/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 15 October 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 to detail (i) how much funding has been allocated to the Household Energy and Thermal Efficiency Programme; and (ii) whether a panel of technical experts has been established to advise on the nature and implementation of this programme.

AQW 36736/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

2. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline any measures his Department has taken to increase the uptake of modern languages in (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary schools.

AQW 36671/11-15

3. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education how many families have received funding for home schooling to support children who are participating in the Son-Rise Programme, broken down by Education and Library Board, in each of the last two years.

AQW 36722/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 16 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 for an update on the proposed age legislation, including timescale, which will include provision for goods, facilities and services and protect against discrimination on the grounds of age.

AQW 36823/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the schools that currently have a nurture unit.

AQW 36769/11-15

3. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education how his Department is addressing educational underachievement amongst working class Protestant males.

AQW 36792/11-15

4. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education how much his Department has spent on initiatives promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in primary schools, in the last three years.

AQW 36817/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 17 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 Terms of Reference for the Disability Strategy Monitoring Group and the role of the group.

AQW 36853/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the current (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in their Department's Information Service.

AQW 36865/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what progress the Executive has made in relocating Civil Service jobs to Coleraine to replace those lost when Driver and Vehicle Agency offices were moved to Swansea.

AQW 36871/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 21 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 whether they had a direct or indirect role in initiating the consideration of providing public funding for the Frampton/Martinez fight.

AQW 36999/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what role the Head of the Civil Service had in initiating consideration of providing public funding for the Frampton/Martinez fight; and at whose direction or suggestion was any such action taken.

AQW 37000/11-15

3. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much funding their Department has provided to the (i) Irish Central Border Area Network; (ii) East Border Region; and (iii) North West Region Cross Border Group in each of the last seven years; and to detail the purpose of each funding allocation.

AQW 37032/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 28360/11-15, whether such a letter was received by the then minister of his Department and/or drawn to his Department's attention at any time; and if so, to detail (i) how; (ii) when; and (ii) with what result.

AQW 37001/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

5. Mr A Attwood (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many of the 28 proposed car parks in Belfast City Centre scheduled for transfer to the ownership of Belfast City Council will be retained by his Department.

AQO 6885/11-15

6. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the progress on the A5 scheme.

AQO 6890/11-15

7. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the infrastructure projects, planned for the next two years in East Antrim, that are under threat of being postponed or cancelled as a result of departmental budget pressures.

AQO 6891/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 22 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 what was the role and knowledge of the deputy First Minister in the approach to the Treasury giving rise to the offer of a £100m loan.

AQW 37427/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

2. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many groups in North Belfast have received funding through the Carrier Bag Levy Fund to date; and to detail the total allocated to each group.

AQW 37127/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether there are any Joint European Resources for Micro and Medium Enterprises Programmes operational in Northern Ireland.

AQW 37099/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 23 October 2014

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

1. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the usage of the electric vehicle charging points in North Down in each of the last three years.

AQW 37131/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, for an update on the answer to AQO 6558/11-15, in light of any legal advice received.

AQW 37158/11-15

3. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he will consider the introduction of parking restrictions in Ulster Street, Brownlow Terrace and Victoria Street areas of Lurgan, to alleviate traffic flow difficulties which are compounded by train passengers parking their cars in these areas.

AQW 37190/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 24 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 for their assessment of the change in numbers of Protestants (a) applying to; and (b) being appointed to the Equality Commission, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37287/11-15

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

2. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what progress his Department has made in relation to the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol.

AQW 37261/11-15

3. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the grade of staff currently authorised to approve purchases and the monetary value sanctioned for each range of approval, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 37297/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 27 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the output from the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies at the University of Ulster in each year since it was established in January 2001, as reported to the Ulster-Scots Agency; and how these projects, initiatives and publications supported the development and understanding of the Ulster-Scots language.

AQW 37343/11-15

2. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the output from the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies at the University of Ulster in each year since it was established in January 2001, as reported to the Ulster-Scots Agency; and how these projects, initiatives and publications supported the development and understanding of Ulster-Scots heritage and culture.

AQW 37344/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the likely impact that designating Areas of Special Scientific Interest will have on the local farmers; and (ii) any plans he has to compensate local farmers given the various consequences that such designation will have on their farming lifestyle.

AQW 37331/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the input his Department will have in setting the district rate for ratepayers in new super-councils where there is disparity between the existing councils.

AQW 37359/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the increased rate payments which are likely to affect businesses and householders in Coleraine, as a result of local government restructuring from April 2015.

AQW 37361/11-15

6. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 35728/11-15 and AQW 36956/11-15, whether he will now answer the questions that have been asked.

AQW 37853/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

7. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he will give consideration to further car parking concessionary measures in the month before Christmas to assist town centre traders.

AQW 37338/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, on how many occasions since April 2004, when the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) first operated ‘introductory’ tenancy regime, have the NIHE applied to court for an order for possession in respect of the introductory tenancy, broken down by constituency; and to detail how many of these were successful.

AQW 37347/11-15

9. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, on how many occasions since 2003, have the Northern Ireland Housing Executive applied to court for an order for possession to a secure tenant; and of these, how many were successful, broken down by constituency.

AQW 37348/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

1. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether a regulated taxi meter has one regulated fare and checksum for the model of meter fitted; and whether this applies to public and private taxis.

AQW 37375/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel when he expects the results of the public consultation on a subsidy scheme for rate payers under the new local government structure to be published; and what plans are in place to increase public awareness of relevant changes for rate payers.

AQW 37373/11-15

3. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what consideration has been given to developing of an App for iOS and Android devices allowing members of the public to access government forms, transactions and tools such as booking a MOT test, calculate entitlement to benefits and pay a rates bill.

AQW 37381/11-15

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

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when he intends to provide a replacement MS Consultant, who will be based at the Causeway Hospital, to ensure that adequate services are restored for MS patients in this area.

AQW 37372/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the redevelopment of Casement Park stadium.

AQW 37734/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel (i) for a breakdown of his Department’s bids in the forthcoming October monitoring round; (ii) which bids for funding are inescapable or required to meet the Department’s statutory obligations; and (iii) whether he will deposit a copy of his Department’s bid in the Assembly Library for scrutiny ahead of the Assembly debate.

AQW 37450/11-15

3. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the cost of calls to directory enquiries from land line telephones from all Departments, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 37453/11-15

4. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the cost of calls to the Speaking Clock from land line telephones from all Departments, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 37455/11-15

5. Ms C Ruane (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what are the regulations in relation to the proximity of oil tanks to residential housing.

AQW 37460/11-15

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

6. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of (i) full time; and (ii) part time translators in each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last three years.

AQW 37426/11-15

7. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the total cost of ambulance maintenance contracts; (ii) the names of existing contractors for maintenance contracts; and (iii) the due date for renewal of the contracts.

AQW 37437/11-15

8. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has communicated with Leo Varadkar, specifically in relation to the National Isolation Unit in the Mater Hospital in Dublin and on information provided to GPs on measures to deal with the possible outbreak of the Ebola virus.

AQW 37444/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

9. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the plans for a cycleway, as part of the A2 Shore Road upgrade at Greenisland, have been altered during construction.

AQW 37464/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

10. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the current waiting time for a family seeking to remain together in social housing in (i) Belfast City; and (ii) Lisburn City council areas.

AQW 37424/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 30 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the total (i) domestic; and (ii) non-domestic rates revenue generated in the last five years.

AQW 37503/11-15

2. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what were the ten most frequented visitor attractions in 2013; and what was the change in visitor numbers from 2012 for each facility.

AQW 37512/11-15

3. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how the incoming INTEREGG programme will benefit rural villages, particularly those located close to the border that may be eligible for any cross border co-operation measures.

AQW 37971/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

4. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of Housing Executive properties included in Land and Property Service figures of 31 March 2014 that show 5,103 vacant domestic dwellings in the Belfast Council area; and to provide a breakdown of the properties by Housing Executive District Office area.

AQW 37490/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 3 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the progress of the Irish Language and Ulster Scots Language, Culture and Heritage strategies.

AQO 6935/11-15

2. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure when the redevelopment of Windsor Park is due to be completed.

AQO 6929/11-15

3. Mr E Poots (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how her Department promotes its activities to students.

AQO 6930/11-15

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support and funding opportunites her Department can offer to existing grassroots level sports initiatives wishing to expand.

AQO 6931/11-15

5. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline her Department's plans for the Library Service across Northern Ireland.

AQO 6932/11-15

6. Ms M Fearon (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on how investment in arts and culture facilities will be made available in rural communities.

AQO 6933/11-15

7. Mrs P Cameron (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support her Department has given to the Glenavy District Angling Club following the major fish kill in June 2014.

AQO 6934/11-15

8. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much has been spent on the Líofa Initiative since its launch in 2011.

AQO 6936/11-15

9. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the redevelopment of the Brandywell stadium.

AQO 6937/11-15

10. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for her assessment of the long term future of Libraries NI services in Newry & Armagh.

AQO 6938/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

11. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the volume of (i) exports; and (ii) imports through local ports in each of the last five years.

AQW 37617/11-15

12. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the measures his Department has taken in the October Monitoring Round specifically aimed at providing a boost to the construction industry; and (ii) any spending allocations in the next monitoring round which will support the construction industry.

AQW 37629/11-15

13. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what communication his Department has had with HM Revenue and Customs regarding a reduction in the rate of VAT for the hospitality sector.

AQW 37640/11-15

14. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the benefits of a reduced rate of VAT for the hospitality industry, particularly in geographical areas that attract high numbers of tourists.

AQW 37641/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the nature of the additional undergraduate places at the University of Ulster Magee which have been created by his Department since taking office, broken down by subject.

AQW 37705/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the annual cost of welfare related spending by Executive Departments in each of the last ten years.

AQW 37680/11-15

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

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total number of days that staff at the Ulster Hospital were absent due to ill health the last twelve months, broken down by (a) number of days; and (b) grade.

AQW 37719/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Household Energy and Thermal Efficiency Programme.

AQW 37783/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he has any plans to introduce full parental leave pay for Civil Service employees.

AQW 37741/11-15

3. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to provide a breakdown by Department on the monies surrendered since 2011 in each monitoring round due to budget and accountancy rules.

AQW 37758/11-15

4. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in the event of a voluntary redundancy scheme for civil servants, how many employees in the 55-65 age group are likely to be eligible to apply.

AQW 37780/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 6 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they have had any discussions with Chinese officials regarding opening a Consulate in Belfast.

AQW 37838/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in relation to ministerial appointments, what the respective success rates have been for (i) Protestant; and (ii) Catholic applicants, since June 2012.

AQW 37846/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much money is estimated to be in dormant bank accounts.

AQW 37850/11-15

4. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much money from dormant bank accounts has been distributed to good causes in each of the last five years.

AQW 37851/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 7 November 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 travel and subsistence costs incurred by their Department on trips outside Northern Ireland in each year of the current Assembly mandate, broken down by the costs incurred by (i) the First Minister; (ii) the deputy First Minister; (iii) special advisers; and (iv) support staff.

AQW 37928/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

2. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what monetary reserves are held by St. Mary's University College.

AQW 37904/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of occasions Planning Service has taken enforcement action in relation to paramilitary memorials erected without planning permission, in each of the last five years.

AQW 37927/11-15

4. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he will release urgently the pre action protocol letter by Tamboran Resources, in accordance with the requirements under the Aarhus convention which sets out their case for judicial review, to those third party groups who have made requests for this information.

AQW 38205/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 36878/11-15, to detail each of the inescapable pressures which his officials had identified in each Department in preparation for the October Monitoring Round.

AQW 37872/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 29576/11-15, when he was provided with a draft reply by officials to AQW 28360/11-15.

AQW 37926/11-15

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

7. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what discussions he has had with his UK Government counterparts in relation to implementing the recommendations of the NHS Pay Review Body.

AQW 37922/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 10 November 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 (i) the persons or bodies to whom their Department has provided hospitality; and (ii) the cost of providing this hospitality in each of the last 12 months.

AQW 37940/11-15

2. Ms M Fearon (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the British government's refusal to include Kincora House in the child sexual abuse panel inquiry.

AQO 6975/11-15

3. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they would be prepared to oversee the co-ordination of responsibilities of other departments in a future cross-departmental internet safety strategy.

AQO 6977/11-15

4. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on Delivering Social Change.

AQO 6980/11-15

5. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Delivering Social Change Nurture Unit Signature Programme.

AQO 6981/11-15

6. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the progress of the United Youth element of Together: Building a United Community.

AQO 6982/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

7. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his estimation of the revenue that would be generated from a 1 per cent increase in the regional rate in the next financial year.

AQW 37958/11-15

8. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much additional resource the Executive would receive should the cap on household rates be removed.

AQW 37959/11-15

9. Mr A Attwood (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline any recent discussions she has had on the reinstatement of the Northern Ireland Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme.

AQO 6995/11-15

10. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether consideration will be given to a rates relief scheme for traders who have been affected by disruption from the public realm works in North Down.

AQW 37982/11-15

11. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he plans to introduce a single occupancy discount scheme, similar to those operated by some councils in Great Britain.

AQW 37999/11-15

12. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 31802/11-15, whether the work of the panel has been completed; and if so, to detail (i) when; (ii) the outcome; and if not, when it will be completed.

AQW 38302/11-15

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

13. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the administrative costs incurred by his Department's arm's-length bodies in each of the last three years.

AQW 37975/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

14. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he has any plans to improve the greenway provision at the Giants Causeway.

AQW 37936/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

15. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what is the threshold number of applicants registered on the housing waiting list and considered to be in housing stress used by his Department to define a housing crisis; and what plans has his Department in place to address a housing crisis.

AQW 37996/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 11 November 2014

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

1. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, given recent flooding in the Balmoral area of South Belfast, for an updated timeframe for the (a) start; and (b) completion date of the Glenmachan Street Project.

AQW 38013/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 13 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he is aware of the concern of local companies, including small and medium-sized enterprises, regarding payment delays under the Property Management Pan Government Collaborative Framework Agreement 2014; and to outline how he proposes to address these concerns.

AQW 38470/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 14 November 2014

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

1. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38061/11-15, whether it is his understanding from the Northern Health and Social Care Trust that the services currently in place in Dalriada Hospital will be reinstated in full in 2015/16.

AQW 38499/11-15

2. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how the patient tested for Ebola at the Royal Victoria Hospital travelled from Sierra Leone to Northern Ireland; and once Ebola was suspected, whether the passengers who may have come into contact with the patient were notified and assessed.

AQW 38563/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 17 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Justice

1. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline the amount of the employers liability claims that have been submitted against the agencies within his Department over the last two years.

AQO 7049/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why they have not answered AQO 5995/11-15 which was due for answer on 3 March 2014; and AQW 33966/11-15 which was due for answer on 11 June 2014.

AQW 38020/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the rationale for maintaining eight Special Advisers in their Department, given the current climate of austerity.

AQW 38055/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department plans to restrict the development of wind farms in areas of natural beauty.

AQW 38050/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in light of the comments by the Royal Bank of Scotland's Northern Ireland Chief Executive that Ulster Bank branch closures are inevitable, what communication her Department has had with the Royal Bank of Scotland and Ulster Bank.

AQW 38116/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on plans for a Northern Ireland Civil Service wide redundancy package, or voluntary exit scheme, in 2015.

AQW 38118/11-15

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

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why proposals by the Northern Health and Social Care Trust to withdraw hospital and care services in Moyle district are not subject to public consultation.

AQW 38058/11-15

7. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of (i) the day bed cost for an intermediate care bed in (a) Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle; (b) Robinson Hospital in Ballymoney; and (c) Inver Hospital in Larne; (ii) the day bed cost of an intermediate care bed in a care home with no nurses; and (iii) the cost of an acute hospital day bed and amount spent on day beds in Emergency Departments.

AQW 38627/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

8. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) how many road upgrades have taken place in the last twelve months; (ii) how many of these upgrades feature mandatory cycle lanes; (iii) how many road upgrades will be undertaken over the next twelve months; and (iv) how many of these upgrades will feature mandatory cycle lanes.

AQW 38092/11-15

9. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the delay and additional cost to the delivery of Phase 2 of the Coleraine - Derry/Londonderry railway line.

AQO 7068/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

10. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the current level of level of unoccupied social housing in Lagan Valley.

AQW 38011/11-15

11. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the amount of money spent on response and planned maintenance as part of the heating contract in the last twelve months of the Egan Major Heating Contract; and the first twelve and subsequent twelve months in the New Engineering Contracts for heating awarded in 2012, broken down by contract area.

AQW 38039/11-15

12. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what public funding has been spent on An Droichead’s neighbourhood renewal project to date; and to outline the reasons for transferring this designated neighbourhood renewal site to a school.

AQW 38114/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

13. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission for an update on the actions it has taken to ensure that the Assembly, and in particular Parliament Buildings, is inclusive, accessible and welcoming to all sections of society.

AQO 7086/11-15

14. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Assembly Commission, following the introduction of new laptops for Members, will the IS office be developing a series of training courses to assist Members in furthering their skills.

AQO 7098/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 19 November 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 what steps are being taken by their Department to provide input on, and to co-ordinate, a cross departmental action plan to tackle Female Genital Mutilation.

AQW 38186/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

2. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education for a breakdown of the amount of funding provided to each sectoral body for the 2009/10 to 2013/14 financial years.

AQW 38177/11-15

3. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the staffing levels of (i) each Education and Library Board; and (ii) the Council for Catholic Maintained Schools, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 38227/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

4. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment (i) whether his Department operates a cycle to work scheme; (ii) whether staff can join the scheme at any time over a twelve month period; and (iii) whether the scheme is extended to non-departmental public bodies.

AQW 38137/11-15

5. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37818/11-15, why he is refusing to release this email or place it in the Assembly Library if it is of no concern or presents no challenge.

AQW 38142/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

6. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how his Department monitors the reliability of the Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency scheme.

AQW 38171/11-15

7. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many complaints on Cavity Insulation Guarantee Agency schemes his Department has received in each of the last five years.

AQW 38172/11-15

8. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the average daily spend by tourists over the last five years.

AQW 38202/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the ratio of success to failure of new business start-ups in East Londonderry, in the last three years.

AQW 38216/11-15

10. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to outline the reasons for the lack of provision for future penalties, or for the development of an IT system, for Welfare Reform in the draft Budget 2015-16

AQW 38225/11-15

11. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what impact the reform of the public sector will have on pension provisions for arm’s-length bodies.

AQW 38226/11-15

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

12. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how funding of local GP practices compares to the rest of the UK, shown (i) per capita; and (ii) as a percentage of the overall health budget.

AQW 38174/11-15

13. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has any plans to increase the percentage share of the health budget awarded to GP practices.

AQW 38175/11-15

14. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people waited more than 24 hours in type 1 Emergency Departments in each of the last three years, broken down by hospital.

AQW 38201/11-15

15. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the annual cost of electricity used by Bangor Hospital.

AQW 38130/11-15

16. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of electricity for Bangor Health Centre in each of the last 3 years.

AQW 38131/11-15

17. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of the new roof at Bangor Health Centre.

AQW 38132/11-15

18. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a timetable for the closure of the Minor Injury Unit at Bangor Hospital, including the length of time it is due to be closed.

AQW 38133/11-15

19. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a timetable on the closure of the Bangor GP ward at Bangor Hospital, including the length of time it is due to be closed.

AQW 38134/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

20. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the consultation on the Craigantlet crossroads scheme.

AQW 38168/11-15

21. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what cash reserves are held by the Belfast Port Authority.

AQW 38169/11-15

22. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the new cycle lanes and boxes planned in each council area for (i) the rest of 2014; (ii) 2015; and (iii) 2016.

AQW 38220/11-15

23. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is his Department's response to complaints that the cycle lane on Upper Arthur Street, Belfast is being blocked by bins, delivery vehicles and road signs.

AQW 38221/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 20 November 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 whether the North West Gateway Initiative has met its initial aims and objectives to socially and economically improve the North West area, since 2006.

AQW 38281/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many projects have been developed in Limavady through the North West Gateway Initiative since its inception.

AQW 38282/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the North West Gateway Initiative has produced social and economic benefits for Limavady since its inception.

AQW 38283/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel (i) whether his Department operates a cycle to work scheme; (ii) whether staff can join the scheme at any time over a twelve month period; and (iii) whether the scheme is extended to non-departmental public bodies.

AQW 38240/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the total spent on capital and other projects which have not proceeded, broken down by each project and the loss, since May 2007.

AQW 38299/11-15

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

6. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to domiciliary care packages in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, whether contracted services provide identical care provided directly by staff of the Southern Health and Social Care Trust; and who is responsible for calculating the timescale and level of care required in each package.

AQW 38243/11-15

7. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the rationale for using public money to subsidise all free prescriptions for people who indictate they would be able to afford them, at a time when frontline health and social care services are under such significant pressure.

AQW 38254/11-15

8. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether adoption approvals allow for prospective parents to adopt children from the rest of the UK, or are they required to complete additional screening processes.

AQW 38289/11-15

9. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department plans to bring adoption legislation into line with England and Wales by placing time limits on when children must return to their to birth parent.

AQW 38290/11-15

10. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a detailed breakdown of the £600,000 of savings, as referred in the Assembly on Monday 3 November 2014, that will arise as a result of the temporary closure of Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle.

AQW 38292/11-15

11. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a detailed breakdown of the projected costs of relocating Multiple Sclerosis respite services from Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle from December 2014.

AQW 38293/11-15

12. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 10910/11-15, for an update on the status of Bangor Hospital Diabetes Clinic.

AQW 38881/11-15

13. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will ensure that dementia patients with challenging behaviour will continue to be cared for at Ash Villa at the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital; and that dementia patients with less challenging behaviour, or who are being assessed, will be cared for in separate but suitable accommodation within the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital in line with current provision in Oak Villa.

AQW 38896/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

14. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) what is the current cost of Bond Charges from NI Water to the construction companies; (ii) how this cost has changed in the last five years; and (iii) how these costs compare to Great Britain.

AQW 38260/11-15

15. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what are the current laws relating to fixed speed detection cameras.

AQW 38265/11-15

16. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether signage must be in place to highlight fixed speed detection cameras.

AQW 38266/11-15

17. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the cost of compensation claims for (i) personal injury; and (ii) damage to motor vehicles in the last ten years.

AQW 38277/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 21 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the total cost of sending a delegation to the global summit to end sexual violence in conflict in London in June 2014.

AQW 38330/11-15

2. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the amount of capital receipts the Asset Management Unit has delivered in the current budget period.

AQW 38348/11-15

3. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to provide a breakdown of staff within the Victims and Survivor Service, including the total number of staff, broken down by job title.

AQW 38364/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the current (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in his Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38377/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

5. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37601/11-15, (i) for his assessment of the procedure, given that no meetings took place between the enforcement officers, tasked with gathering information, and the departmental solicitor or any other legal advisor, or himself or his predecessor; (ii) on what evidence the final decision was based if not that of directly involved staff; and (iii) why the concerns expressed into the handling of this matter and the lack of transparency does not constitute being “a particular reason” to discuss observations.

AQW 38322/11-15

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

6. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the differing levels of support available for patients with prostate cancer in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38714/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

7. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether there are plans to resurface roads in (a) Silverstream Crescent; (b) Silverstream Drive; and (c) Silverstream Avenue, Bangor.

AQW 38345/11-15

8. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the extent and cost of vandalism to bus shelters in North Down in each of the last three years.

AQW 38358/11-15

9. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail (i) whether his Department maintains that permitting taxis in bus lanes will result in an estimated total of 2,000 taxis using the bus lanes; (ii) why his Department's estimates do not correlate with the Department of the Environment's estimate in the report “Review of Wheelchair Accessible Taxis in N Ireland” which estimated that 3,900 taxis were operating in the greater Belfast area; and (iii) whether any assessment has been made of the impact on (a) the success of metro bus and rapid transit; and (b) cycling with eight times the number of taxis using the bus lanes.

AQW 38359/11-15

10. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the projected spend on (i) roads, including improved cycling infrastructure; and (ii) public transport in 2014/15.

AQW 38390/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

11. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36153/11-15, why management of The Appeals Service (TAS) have not implemented voluntary unpaid development opportunities for Administrative Assistants (AA) in TAS, given that it was identified by management as a way of increasing AA workloads in TAS.

AQW 38367/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 24 November 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 much the Equality Commission has spent to date in their action against Ashers Bakery.

AQW 38424/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of whether the action brought by the Equality Commission against Ashers Bakery amounts to a prudent use of public funds.

AQW 38425/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) how much funding the Equality Commission has received from their Department in each of the last five years; and (ii) how its funding has been impacted by austerity measures.

AQW 38426/11-15

4. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the electronic Property Information Mapping Service (ePIMS) has been rolled out in its full form to all Departments and public bodies; and for an update on the work of ePIMS.

AQW 38451/11-15

5. Mr M Ó Muilleoir (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what proposals they have to work with the Child Poverty Alliance, in light of its recent "Beneath the Surface: Child Poverty in Northern Ireland" report.

AQO 7104/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

6. Mr M Ó Muilleoir (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline any contingency planning to prevent the spread of African Swine Flu.

AQO 7124/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

7. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail (i) the City of Culture Legacy capital projects that will be funded by the £2.8m allocation in the October Monitoring Round; and (ii) the funding allocated to each.

AQW 38459/11-15

8. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) total amount of funding allocated to City of Culture Legacy; (ii) projects funded by City of Culture Legacy; and (iii) funding allocated to each project.

AQW 38461/11-15

9. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many individuals or companies tendered for the Audit of Traditional Music; and what criteria were used by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in selecting a person or company to undertake this work.

AQW 38464/11-15

10. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to list the (i) books; (ii) CDs; and (iii) DVDs produced by National Museums of Northern Ireland during the last ten years.

AQW 38465/11-15

11. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding the Irish language magazine Nós has received from Foras na Gaeilge or the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

AQW 38466/11-15

12. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding the television production company Tobar has received from the Irish Language Broadcast Fund.

AQW 38467/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to provide a breakdown of the funding provided to each sectoral body in the last five years. [R]

AQW 38437/11-15

14. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the process for the appointment of a new school principal in each of the education sectors.

AQW 38966/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

15. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether it is incumbent on employers and business owners who use the services of a gangmaster to ensure there is full compliance with Gangmasters Licensing Authority.

AQW 38404/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether, in order to comply with the Planning General Development Order 1993 and permitted development rights, Infastrata will be required to stop the proposed well and clear the well site at Woodburn forest after four months, even if they discover hydrocarbons and wish to use this site in future for further exploration or extraction.

AQW 38436/11-15

17. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the current staff complement of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (i) Crime Enforcement Team; and (ii) Licensing Team.

AQW 38443/11-15

18. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the full time equivalent staff complement in (i) his Department; and (ii) arm’s-length bodies in each of the last five years.

AQW 38462/11-15

19. Mr M Brady (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the compensation that businesses are entitled to claim following damage caused by floods.

AQW 38909/11-15

20. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) who authorised a departmental official from the Vehicle Policy Branch to compose and distribute a letter headed “TAXI (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2008 PROPOSED NEW TAXI PLATES”; (ii) the date this was authorised or decided it would be sent; (iii) the date it was sent and to whom; (iv) why there has been a denial that this correspondence was sent; and (v) whether he will order an internal investigation into this matter.

AQW 39000/11-15

21. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why planning application Z/2014/1473/F, which proposes to increase the waste burning capacity of the energy from waste incineration at Bombardier from 120,000 to 180,000 tonnes, has not been accompanied by a new environmental impact statement.

AQW 39027/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

22. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to list the publicly owned land and buildings which have been notified to Land and Property Services as being surplus to requirement over each of the last five years; and what is the current status of each asset.

AQW 38450/11-15

23. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will ensure that Land and Property Service investigate urgently the rates liability of Sinn Féin offices in Gulladuff, Cookstown and Dunloy, in light of the facts exposed in the BBC Spotlight programme broadcast on 18 November 2014.

AQW 39009/11-15

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

24. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the £8.5m allocation in the 2014 October Monitoring Round will support the Infrastructural Support Programme.

AQW 38396/11-15

25. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether funding has been sought or received from the Commissioning Group for additional staff in the Emergency Department in the South West Acute Hospital since it opened.

AQW 38408/11-15

26. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration has been given to opening a new ward in the South West Acute Hospital to reduce waiting times in the Emergency Department.

AQW 38409/11-15

27. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the qualification criteria for meals on wheels has changed, or is being considered for change, in the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38410/11-15

28. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the current meals on wheels service is available for additional service users.

AQW 38411/11-15

29. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what specialist resources, including staff, are available at the Robinson Community Hospital, Ballymoney, for Multiple Sclerosis patients and their families.

AQW 38429/11-15

30. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consultation his Department had with patients of the Multiple Sclerosis Respite Centre at Dalriada Hospital, and their families, prior to and following its temporary closure.

AQW 38430/11-15

31. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department has funded the opening of beds in community hospitals in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust for the services of Multiple Sclerosis patients, since 1 November 2014.

AQW 38431/11-15

32. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how long his Department will provide funding for the reopening of four beds at Robinson Hospital, Ballymoney.

AQW 38432/11-15

33. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) his Department; and (ii) each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38454/11-15

34. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients have had a urological diagnostic biopsy procedure cancelled at the Causeway Hospital in November 2014 due to a surgeon not being available to carry out the procedure; and to detail what he is doing to address this.

AQW 38920/11-15

35. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he is aware of the significant demand for, and usage of, palliative care beds at Tyrone County Hospital; and whether his Department will intervene to ensure that the number of palliative care beds will be retained at ten and not reduced to six.

AQW 38976/11-15

36. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has entered into discussions with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to determine the likelihood of temporary reductions in services at Downe Hospital becoming permanent; and if so, for an assessment of his findings.

AQW 39021/11-15

37. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why the Western Health and Social Care Trust's consultation on the proposed redesign of older people's mental health inpatient and day care services in the southern sector does not allow responses from (i) service users; (ii) political representatives; and (iii) the general public.

AQW 39025/11-15

38. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to list his diary commitments for 19 November 2014.

AQW 39026/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

39. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of successful applications to the (i) Warm Homes; and (ii) Warm Homes Plus schemes to date, broken down by constituency.

AQW 38438/11-15

40. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of boiler replacements carried out under the (i) Boiler Replacement Scheme; and (ii) Boiler Scrappage Scheme to date, broken down by constituency.

AQW 38440/11-15

41. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the commercial hire companies that have provided vehicles to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; (ii) the total amount paid to each supplier; (iii) the nature and number of vehicles hired from each company; and (iv) how each contracted was tendered, in each of the last ten years.

AQW 38453/11-15

42. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of how the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (i) tenders for; and (ii) obtains the services of commercial vehicle hire suppliers.

AQW 38455/11-15

43. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what procurement procedures were used to obtain the services of Vanguard Ireland Consultancy by the Housing Executive; and to detail to the cost of the services.

AQW 38986/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 25 November 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 to detail (i) the organisations that have (a) applied for; and (b) received funding as part of Delivering Social Change; (ii) the criteria applied in assessing bids; and (iii) how each organisation scored against the criteria.

AQW 38512/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the long term vision for the Shackleton site at Ballykelly; and what interest has been received from the community voluntary sector.

AQW 38521/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what proportion of the Shackleton site at Ballykelly will be designated to the community voluntary sector.

AQW 38522/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps her Department take in instances were a farmer held 93 cattle on their herd book but at a time of compulsory testing, presented only 15 cattle.

AQW 38496/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what measures her Department is taking to tackle the current market difficulties being experienced on local farms, to ensure that cashflow does not become an issue for dairy farmers during the high cost winter months.

AQW 38519/11-15

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, given the present difficulties being experienced by dairy farmers over market milk price volatility, how her Department is encouraging stakeholders to consider long term approaches such as hedging or insurance cover.

AQW 38520/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

7. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) City of Culture Legacy projects that will be funded by the £1m allocation in the October Monitoring Round in (a) Derry; (b) Dungiven; (c) Coleraine; (d) Limavady; and (e) Strabane; and (ii) funding allocated to each project.

AQW 38481/11-15

8. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what annual budget her Department, and its arm's-length bodies, set aside for translation and interpreter services for foreign nationals.

AQW 38507/11-15

9. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) whether the portraits of Ulster-American presidents by Frank McKelvey are currently on view in the Ulster Museum, or elsewhere within National Museums Northern Ireland; (ii) if not, when they were last on view and for what period of time; (iii) for what period of time they have been on view in the past ten years; and (iv) when, and on what basis, they were initially acquired by the Ulster Museum.

AQW 38524/11-15

10. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37821/11-15, (i) what are the priorities of the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund; (ii) who set the priorities of the fund; and (iii) what work was undertaken in determining the priorities.

AQW 38525/11-15

11. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess how a proposal contributes to increasing awareness and understanding of Ulster-Scots heritage, culture or language.

AQW 38526/11-15

12. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess the quality of a proposal; and what factors they take into account.

AQW 38527/11-15

13. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess the audience appeal of a proposal; and what factors they take into account.

AQW 38528/11-15

14. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure when the safety certificates, confirming compliance with legislation governing spectator safety at sports grounds, for (i) Ravenhill; (ii) Windsor Park; and (iii) Casement Park were signed off by the relevant authorities.

AQW 38895/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

15. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he plans to remove Royal Navy, Army or Royal Air Force literature from Jobs and Benefits offices.

AQW 38480/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

16. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what annual budget her Department, and its arm's-length bodies, set aside for translation and interpreter services for foreign nationals.

AQW 38508/11-15

17. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the Financial Capability Strategy.

AQW 38514/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

18. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the waste burning capacity of planning approval Z/2012/1387/F.

AQW 39086/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

19. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the resource spend in each of the last four financial years; (ii) the planned resource spend for 2014/15; (iii) a breakdown of the spend by annual management expenditure to departmental expenditure limit recategorisations; and (iv) the real terms spending figure, taking into account Treasury Gross Domestic Product deflators.

AQW 38479/11-15

20. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on progress being made on proposals from May 2014 to resolve outstanding issues related to the Civil Service Equal Pay Settlement.

AQW 38523/11-15

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

21. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37650/11-15, why the original answer to AQW 36829/11-15, irrespective of the distinct processes for referring patients, did not reference the surgery that took place at providers outside of the Health Service.

AQW 38469/11-15

22. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many referrals were made to the Multiple Sclerosis Respite Centre in Dalriada Hospital in Ballycastle in each of the last ten years, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38474/11-15

23. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the services that will be cut by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust as a result of the £5m shortfall in the current budget.

AQW 38483/11-15

24. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to Bangor Community Hospital, to detail the cost of (i) maintenance; (ii) new capital works; and (iii) all associated operational costs, such as utilities, in 2013/14.

AQW 38487/11-15

25. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work is being completed to retain and expand maternity services in the South West Acute Hospital.

AQW 38493/11-15

26. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the required savings to be made by each Health and Social Care Trust to ensure they are brought within budget by March 2015.

AQW 38500/11-15

27. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown for each Health and Social Care Trust of the proposed measures to ensure they are in budget for 2014/15, including how much each measure is projected to save.

AQW 38501/11-15

28. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether any options for savings submitted by Health and Social Care Trusts were not utilised; and if so, to detail the proposals.

AQW 38502/11-15

29. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of the projected net savings for 2014/15 for the temporary closure of twenty beds in Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38504/11-15

30. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38061/11-15, what steps the Northern Health and Social Care Trust are putting in place to ensure that the staff who are "temporarily" relocated from the Dalriada Hospital, return to the same post, when it reopens in 2015.

AQW 38505/11-15

31. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what annual budget each of the Health and Social Care Trusts set aside for translation and interpreter services for foreign nationals at GP practices.

AQW 38510/11-15

32. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the estimated operating cost of the Causeway Hospital when staffed by permanent employees compared to the current model of temporary and agency staff.

AQW 38833/11-15

33. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why the Western Health and Social Care Trust is conducting a consultation on the proposed redesign of older people's mental health inpatient and day care services in the southern sector, when staff were informed on 18 November 2014 that the Ash Ward is closing on 7 December 2014, regardless of the consultation.

AQW 39051/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when local charities will receive outstanding infrastructural funding.

AQW 39072/11-15

35. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail any plans for the future of Slievemore Nursing Unit in Derry.

AQW 39083/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

36. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the monies allocated to improving energy efficiency in social housing in each constituency since 2011/12.

AQW 38488/11-15

37. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what annual budget is set aside by his Department, and its arm's-length bodies, for translation and interpreter services for foreign nationals.

AQW 38509/11-15

38. Ms P Bradley (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 38372/11–15, to detail the planned maintenance schemes for Northern Ireland Housing Executive properties in Abbeyville Park, Newtownabbey, which are currently included in the Stock Transfer Scheme.

AQW 38848/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what policies are in place in the Equality Commission if an officer in charge of a case applies for an adjournment at tribunal due to personal circumstances, or is it a matter for the officer’s personal discretion.

AQW 38548/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the proposals to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.

AQW 38575/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

3. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what action her Department is taking to ensure that agricultural premises and businesses who employ casual workers are fully appraised of the dangers and illegalities of engaging unlicensed gangmasters; and to ensure that employers are aware of how to check that a gangmaster is legitimate.

AQW 38551/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess value for money; and to detail the factors they take into account.

AQW 38539/11-15

5. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, (i) to explain the meaning of maximising audience aspects; (ii) how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess maximising audience aspects; and (iii) what factors they take into account.

AQW 38540/11-15

6. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, (i) to explain what is meant by additionality aspects and match funding arrangements; (ii) how these relate to, or differ from, value for many aspects; (iii) how the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund committee assess additionality aspects and match funding arrangements; and (iv) what factors they take into account.

AQW 38541/11-15

7. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, to explain what is meant by the Ulster-Scots independent production sector and infrastructure.

AQW 38542/11-15

8. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37281/11-15, what weighting is given to each of the eight criteria in assessing an application to the Ulster-Scots Broadcast fund.

AQW 38543/11-15

9. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline the nature of the Together: Building a United Community Sports Connect initiative.

AQW 38544/11-15

10. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in her Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38559/11-15

11. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support she has given to the Ulster Orchestra during their current financial difficulties.

AQW 38597/11-15

12. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AWQ 38176/11-15, for a breakdown of the allocation of the £2.8 million that was allocated to her Department in the October Monitoring Round for City of Culture Legacy Projects.

AQW 38917/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

13. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how many (i) primary; (ii) post-primary; and (iii) special schools offer shared classes for pupils.

AQW 38555/11-15

14. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how many (i) Irish-medium (ii) integrated; and (iii) special schools are involved in shared classes with pupils from other schools.

AQW 38556/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

15. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38561/11-15

16. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how much his Department has spent on research grants to (i) Queen’s University Belfast; and (ii) University of Ulster for work on energy storage and efficiency research projects.

AQW 38615/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

17. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when Ballycastle electricity sub-station will receive the upgrade it requires to facilitate further green energy connections.

AQW 38592/11-15

18. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to provide details and timescales of the planned repairs to the Moyle Interconnector.

AQW 38611/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

19. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the effectiveness of the Rats and Mice (Destruction) Act 1919 in preventing and addressing infestations.

AQW 38605/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

20. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in his Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38586/11-15

21. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the Terms of Reference for the research on the economic impact of Welfare Reform, as suggested by his Department and the Executive.

AQW 38620/11-15

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

22. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the operational costs of Northfield House Residential Home in Donaghadee, in each of the last two years.

AQW 38531/11-15

23. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the role and scope of the Behaviour Support Team in the Southern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38534/11-15

24. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of patients treated in the Minor Injuries Unit at Bangor Community Hospital in each of the last five years.

AQW 38569/11-15

25. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of patients treated in each Minor Injuries Unit in each of the last five years.

AQW 38570/11-15

26. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average length of stay for a patient in Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38571/11-15

27. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of beds available in each community/non-emergency hospital.

AQW 38572/11-15

28. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average bed occupancy percentage rate in Bangor Community Hospital, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38573/11-15

29. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the process by which outpatient appointments are allocated; and (ii) whether hospital staff are advised to take into account where patients live in relation to the hospital, their age, and their ability to arrange travel to their appointments.

AQW 38576/11-15

30. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) how the recent budget cuts will impact on the levels of elective surgery at Downe Hospital; (ii) whether these budget cuts will impact on any elective surgery has been scheduled to be performed at Downe Hospital after 1 December 2014.

AQW 38581/11-15

31. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of how the proposed reduction of services at Downe Hospital will affect service quality provided to the people of South Down and North Down.

AQW 38582/11-15

32. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment on how the closure of nine beds in Downe Hospital will impact on the Ulster Hospital; and whether additional resources and beds have been made available in the Ulster Hospital.

AQW 38583/11-15

33. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what actions are being taken by the personnel department in the South Eastern Health and Social Trust to identify and recruit middle-grade doctors to staff Downe Hospital.

AQW 38584/11-15

34. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what how his Department will ensure that any individual affected by the closure of the Independent Living Fund in June 2015 has access to free independent advocacy and advice.

AQW 38599/11-15

35. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans his Department has to monitor the impact on individuals who are currently in receipt of the Independent Living Fund when it closes in June 2015.

AQW 38600/11-15

36. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps are being taken to ensure there is adequate public access to minor injury units; and how many of these units will remain open to the public.

AQW 38617/11-15

37. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department carries out any assessment of productivity levels within the Health Service; and if so, to detail how productivity levels (i) have changed over the last ten years; and (ii) compare with the private health sector.

AQW 38619/11-15

38. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether an assessment has been completed on the number of 'unnecessary' visits to Emergency Departments and GP practices each year; and how his Department is encouraging alternatives or more responsible use of these services.

AQW 38621/11-15

39. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps are being taken to ensure the new neonatal ward in Antrim Area Hospital meets Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority standards for infection control.

AQW 38919/11-15

40. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the current nature and extent of perinatal hospice care provision.

AQW 38925/11-15

41. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) when; and (ii) how he became aware of each Health and Social Care Trust's financial contingency plan for the remainder of 2014/2015.

AQW 39109/11-15

42. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why dementia care was downgraded in the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital.

AQW 39149/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

43. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much it costs to have a PSNI presence at the Short Strand, Belfast.

AQW 38608/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

44. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what additional preparations have been made in advance of any exceptionally severe weather this winter to ensure smooth traffic flow on the salted road network.

AQW 38547/11-15

45. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) why employees within NI Water, who were moved from the Civil Service, have not yet had their equal pay claims met; (ii) how many staff are affected; and (iii) why resolution of their claims is being linked to the NIO/PSNI/DOJ issue.

AQW 38593/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

46. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many boilers he estimates will be replaced by 31 March 2015 as a result of the Boiler Replacement Scheme.

AQW 38565/11-15

47. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many social housing units are planned for Dromore, County Down in the next five years.

AQW 38589/11-15

48. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail his Department's proposals to secure the future of Aughnacloy street market and to mitigate the potential reduction in footfall in Aughnacloy should the market close; and whether he has had any engagement with Monaghan County Council on this matter.

AQW 38955/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 27 November 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, given that his response to AQW 22188/11-15 is in the present tense, whereas the question asked for clarity on the situation prevailing in May 2007, whether a list of all organisations visiting the Maze site since May 2007 can now be provided.

AQW 38633/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in their Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38634/11-15

3. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what percentage of their Department’s DEL is spent on salaries; and how they intend to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38688/11-15

4. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) their Department; and (ii) each of their Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38697/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) her Department; and (ii) each of her Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38701/11-15

6. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in each Direct Office, broken down by (i) grade; and (ii) payscale, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38703/11-15

7. Mr M Brady (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development when Carnlough River was last dredged or cleaned.

AQW 38989/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

8. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the average change in the (a) number; and (b) health of fish in rivers between 2009 and 2014.

AQW 38626/11-15

9. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37279/11-15, which of the 37 projects listed as being supported by the Ulster-Scots Broadcast Fund had a substantial Ulster-Scots language element and thereby contributed to increasing awareness and understanding of the Ulster-Scots language.

AQW 38649/11-15

10. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 37279/11-15, which of the 37 projects listed as being supported by the Ulster-Scots Broadcast fund were broadcast on (i) BBC in Northern Ireland only; (ii) BBC in Northern Ireland and nationally across the United Kingdom; and (iii) UTV.

AQW 38650/11-15

11. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the process by which the previous director of marketing and communication in Waterways Ireland was recruited, including (i) when and how the post was advertised; (ii) how many people applied for the post; (iii) how many people were shortlisted; (iv) how many people were interviewed; and (v) who was on the interview panel.

AQW 38652/11-15

12. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in her Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38657/11-15

13. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) her Department; and (ii) each of her Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38699/11-15

14. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding her Department will allocate to assist athletes who wish to participate in the 2015 Special Olympics World Games in Los Angeles with travel and accommodation costs.

AQW 39042/11-15

15. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 38648/11-15, (i) when Foras na Gaeilge decided to publish decisions taken at Board Meetings in English; (ii) when it started to publish decisions taken at Board Meetings in English; (iii) whether it considered a request to publish full minutes of meetings in English as well as Irish; (iv) if so, when it considered such a request; and (v) why it decided to refuse such a request.

AQW 39174/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

16. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education how many pupils in North Down do not use their school bus pass.

AQW 38623/11-15

17. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education what percentage of his Department’s DEL is spent on salaries; and how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38691/11-15

18. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the percentage cut in budget that schools will be required to implement for the 2015/16 financial year.

AQW 38705/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

19. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, when considering issues such as the renaming of an university that has had difficulties attracting students from a section of the community, what equality impact assessments would be made regarding the worsening of recruitment if the renaming were to proceed.

AQW 38639/11-15

20. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in his Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38656/11-15

21. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he will hold a jobs fair in Limavady Borough, given the high level of job losses in recent years.

AQW 38659/11-15

22. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the number of training suppliers providing services for young people in East Londonderry participating in the Training for Success Programme.

AQW 38671/11-15

23. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what percentage of his Department’s DEL is spent on salaries; and how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38694/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

24. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) her Department; and (ii) each of her Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38698/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

25. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38664/11-15

26. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how his Department is addressing the risks associated with the transfer of power to local government; and what preparation has been taken to ensure the competent transfer of these powers in April 2015.

AQW 38676/11-15

27. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many planning applications under CTY 2 of Planning Policy Statement 21 have been approved for the development of clachans around focal points in County Fermanagh since the policy was introduced.

AQW 38679/11-15

28. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the budget which will be transferred to each new local council to undertake the review of old minerals permissions.

AQW 38683/11-15

29. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the budget allocated for planning enforcement; and (ii) how much was spent on planning enforcement in each local council area in each of the last three years.

AQW 38685/11-15

30. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the budget that will be transferred to each local council to undertake the review of extant permissions and will involve reviewing permissions which were extant at the time of designation.

AQW 38686/11-15

31. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what percentage of his Department’s DEL is spent on salaries; and how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38690/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

32. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38665/11-15

33. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how the public will be made aware of the relevant changes for rate payers under the new local government structure.

AQW 38673/11-15

34. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the public consultation on a subsidy scheme for rate payers under the new local government structure.

AQW 38674/11-15

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

35. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many intermediate patients transferred from (i) acute hospitals to Dalriada Hospital; (ii) Dalriada Hospital to acute hospitals; and (iii) to detail the average stay in both and associated costs in each of the last four years.

AQW 38635/11-15

36. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the hospitals that provide bed admissions for patients, broken down by constituency.

AQW 38653/11-15

37. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average bed occupancy percentage rate in each community hospital, in each of the last three years.

AQW 38655/11-15

38. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average cost of a patient stay in a ward in an acute hospital with an Emergency Department.

AQW 38658/11-15

39. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the annual budget of each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last three years.

AQW 38660/11-15

40. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38666/11-15

41. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37834/11-15, to detail the range of measures which are in place to minimise medicines and supplies wastage in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38675/11-15

42. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration has been given to the establishment of an acute coronary care unit at South West Acute Hospital in Enniskillen.

AQW 38678/11-15

43. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been spent on Bangor Community Hospital, broken down by area of cost, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38706/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37316/11-16 whether he will investigate this further and raise the matter with the Public Prosecution Service and the PSNI with a view to establishing how much income in total was gained, including what was paid by those to whom the workers were suppled.

AQW 38642/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) how a person deemed dangerous under the 2008 NI Act is managed and monitored in the community; (ii) how their management differs from non-dangerous categorised offenders; and (iii) which agencies are involved in monitoring and management, including who takes the lead role.

AQW 38644/11-15

46. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many new intake prison officers were employed in each month of the last two years.

AQW 38647/11-15

47. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in his Department's Equality Unit.

AQW 38654/11-15

48. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many ex-serving soldiers are currently serving prison sentences in Northern Ireland.

AQW 38684/11-15

49. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) his Department; and (ii) each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38700/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many disabled parking bays there are in North Down.

AQW 38637/11-15

51. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail any road safety reports or assessments that his Department has commissioned or produced on the A29.

AQW 38640/11-15

52. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail any road safety concerns over the A29 that were raised with his Department over the last six years.

AQW 38641/11-15

53. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what replanting scheme is planned to replace hedgerows and native trees removed during the current A8 dual carriageway project.

AQW 38645/11-15

54. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38668/11-15

55. Mr M Ó Muilleoir (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, given the extent of parking in south Belfast and the impact of recent and repeated flooding in the streets around the Lisburn Road, whether he will consider the potential for clearing gullies during off peak times.

AQW 38980/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

56. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many temporary staff are currently employed by the Housing Executive; and of these employees, to detail the community background, broken down by (a) number; and (b) percentage.

AQW 38625/11-15

57. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the knock on effect on the services his Department provides in relation to the closure of The Addiction Service, Railway Street, Ballymena.

AQW 38631/11-15

58. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development detail the number of homeless families living in temporary accommodation, broken down by Housing Executive District Office, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38669/11-15

59. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number applicants who have been assessed under homeless legislation and to whom Full Duty Applicant status applies, broken down by Housing Executive District Office, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38670/11-15

60. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many immigrants currently claim benefits.

AQW 38687/11-15

61. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many immigrants currently claiming benefits send their payments outside of Northern Ireland.

AQW 38692/11-15

62. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many immigrants have been refused benefits, including housing, since immigration reforms.

AQW 38693/11-15

63. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) his Department; and (ii) each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38696/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 28 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how she intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38736/11-15

2. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much her Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38763/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

3. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether she was invited to attend the Armistice Day service on 11 November 2014 at St. Ann's Church in Dawson Street, Dublin.

AQW 38716/11-15

4. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether she was invited to attend the Annual Armistice Day Commemoration at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin on 11 November 2014.

AQW 38717/11-15

5. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what geographical area of the North West the Londonderry office will cover.

AQW 38727/11-15

6. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how she intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38735/11-15

7. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the events planned by her Department or its arm's-length bodies, including the arrangements in place to commemorate the 700th Anniversary of Edward the Bruce's arrival in Ulster.

AQW 38757/11-15

8. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much her Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38764/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

9. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education what steps he is taking to protect and promote the ethos of the four voluntary maintained church managed primary schools (a) Seagoe Primary School; (b) Drelincourt Infants School; (c) Desertmartin Primary School; and (d) Kilcoan Primary School.

AQW 38718/11-15

10. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38765/11-15

11. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail his Department's level of support for The Buddy Bear School in Dungannon; and for his assessment of the criticism from parents and the school community regarding inadequate funding to meet the educational requirements of children who suffer from Cerebral Palsy and other motor disorders and who benefit from this form of conductive education.

AQW 38773/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

12. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) his Department; and (ii) each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38712/11-15

13. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38766/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

14. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assessment has been made of the impact on the viability of important sporting events, such as the Armoy Racing Club's annual 'Race of Legends', of the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's decision not to open the Tourism Events Fund to new applications in 2015/16; and whether she will ensure the decision is reviewed due to the impact on key tourism related events.

AQW 38750/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

15. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37257/11-15, particularly his response that the email "was part of an investigatory process and as such it is necessary to limit the disclosure of this information to protect the integrity of this and other investigatory processes” and AQW 37818/11-15, particularly his response that he does "not consider that an internal email summarising the observations of enforcement officers constitutes producing a formal report on the legalities of the taxi arrangements at Ravenhill rugby ground”, whether these answers are diametrically opposed given that one answer upholds the alleged necessity to withhold information whilst the other answer plays down the content and the format in which it was contained.

AQW 38711/11-15

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what measures are in place to (i) ensure that local councils abide by legal obligations under waste legislation to prevent environmental damage; and (ii) to encourage waste contracts where waste can be traced from source to final destination.

AQW 38730/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

17. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the full time equivalent number of staff in (i) his Department; and (ii) each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38713/11-15

18. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what progress has been made on resolving the issue of equal pay for Department of Justice and former Northern Ireland Office staff.

AQW 38768/11-15

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

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether beds have been closed in Loane House or recommendations made to divert patients to other facilities from 1 May to 31 October 2014; and if so, why this was permitted prior to the closure of the consultation.

AQW 38707/11-15

20. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he or his officials have had any discussions in relation to relocating General Practice services currently located in Bangor town to the site of Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38726/11-15

21. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what funding his Department, and its arm's-length bodies, have provided to support programmes which train people with a disability on issues related to sexual health and general wellbeing.

AQW 38733/11-15

22. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what assessments or assumptions have been made of the additional impact of patients staying longer in the Ulster Hospital, as a result of the temporary closure of twenty beds in Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38742/11-15

23. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what assessments or assumptions have been made of the additional cost to the Ulster Hospital as a result of displacement arising from the temporary closure of the twenty beds at Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38743/11-15

24. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average cost of a bed night stay for a patient in a ward of a community hospital.

AQW 38744/11-15

25. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what are the funding consequences of the current austerity measures for the various diabetes care and support programmes; and how a common standard of service will be assured.

AQW 38748/11-15

26. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many foot protection teams are operative in each Health and Social Care Trusts in regard to treatment for patients with diabetes; and whether there is a common standard of provision across Northern Ireland.

AQW 38749/11-15

27. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a complete breakdown of contingency plans spread across all Health and Social Care Trusts.

AQW 38752/11-15

28. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what input the Health and Social Care Board had in determining where cuts would be made in relation to implementing contingency plans across all Health and Social Care Trusts.

AQW 38753/11-15

29. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether an Equality Impact Assessment was conducted in relation to the contingency plans put forward by Health and Social Care Trusts to ensure the vulnerable and disadvantaged do not face discrimination.

AQW 38754/11-15

30. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he is taking to ensure that recent contingency plans announced by Health and Social Care Trusts do not unduly disadvantage new applicants seeking domiciliary care packages.

AQW 38755/11-15

31. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given the impending cuts to the Fire Service, what action he is taking to ensure that these cuts will not negatively impact on response times.

AQW 38756/11-15

32. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the savings expected from the proposed closure of hospitals, including Bangor Community Hospital.

AQW 38758/11-15

33. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38762/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of patients diagnosed with Vasculitis in each of the last three years; (ii) the training and information provided to General Practitioners and Consultants in relation to diagnosis; and (iii) the support provided to patients once diagnosed.

AQW 38770/11-15

35. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the timescale for the implementation of the recommendations within the Rare Disease Implementation Plan.

AQW 38771/11-15

36. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, since admissions ceased at Dalriada Hospital, how many extra beds have been used at (i) Causeway Hospital; and (ii) Altnagelvin Area Hospital; and to detail the extra cost these admissions have entailed compared to if they had been admitted to Dalriada Hospital.

AQW 39052/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the Sexual Offences Prevention Orders terms imposed on John McDermott following his release from prison and sex offender categorisation.

AQW 38709/11-15

38. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the cost to date in legal aid in respect of the case of 14/10965 at Dungannon Crown Court and formerly at Dungannon Magistrates Court, including any mixed committal proceedings, broken down by solicitor and counsel.

AQW 38710/11-15

39. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38737/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

40. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when he first became aware of any significant increase in the anticipated expenditure, beyond the £22m estimate, in relation to the passing loop provision on the Londonderry to Coleraine railway line.

AQW 38728/11-15

41. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what strategies have been put in place by his Department to address the transport needs of people with a disability, to enable full participation within the community.

AQW 38732/11-15

42. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38739/11-15

43. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the criteria used to determine installing a dropped kerb.

AQW 38740/11-15

44. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what factors officials in Transport NI considered prior to the commencement of the current road works on Sandown Road, Belfast, due to conclude at the end of November 2014.

AQW 38745/11-15

45. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many light bulbs for street lights are currently stockpiled in the Western Division.

AQW 38761/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many complaints his Department have received regarding breaches of the Caravans Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

AQW 38724/11-15

47. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the range of options available to people with a disability who are seeking to live independently within their community.

AQW 38729/11-15

48. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the measures his Department is taking to ensure that additional strains are not placed on people with a disability through the Severe Disability Premium which will be introduced by Universal Credit.

AQW 38731/11-15

49. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Social Development (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how he intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38738/11-15

50. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 38161/11-15, to detail (i) data sets used; (ii) filters applied; and (iii) other additional factors used.

AQW 38751/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 1 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much their Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38805/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 38025/11-15, what is the average time taken to process applications for Private River Watchers; and for her assessment of the time taken.

AQW 38783/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

3. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, in relation to the business case presented as part of the application for funding for the Carl Frampton World Title Fight, how this event (i) promoted equality; and (ii) contributed to tackling poverty and social exclusion.

AQW 38792/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

4. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education what percentage of children in (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary education attend Irish-medium schools or Irish-medium units.

AQW 38788/11-15

5. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether there are any legal obstacles that may prevent a nursery school transforming to integrated status.

AQW 38821/11-15

6. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of surplus places in the (a) controlled; (b) maintained; (iii) integrated; and (iv) Irish-medium sectors, broken down by primary and post-primary schools, since 2011.

AQW 38822/11-15

7. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he has considered introducing performance related pay for post-primary school teachers to improve academic performance.

AQW 38830/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

8. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of students from each European Union country, excluding the United Kingdom, studying at (i) Queen’s University; and (ii) the University of Ulster, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38785/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

9. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of (i) new jobs promoted; (ii) assistance offered; and (iii) total investment to and by (a) locally owned companies; and (b) externally owned companies in each of the 26 district council areas during (i) the 2013/14 financial year; and (ii) the first half of the 2014/15 financial year.

AQW 38774/11-15

10. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of (i) new jobs created; (ii) assistance offered; and (iii) total investment to and by (a) locally owned companies; and (b) externally owned companies in each of the 26 district council areas during (i) the 2013/14 financial year; and (ii) the first half of the 2014/15 financial year.

AQW 38775/11-15

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of new jobs created during (i) the 2013/14 financial year; and (ii) the first half of the 2014/15 financial year, in each of the 26 district council areas which pay (a) below the private sector median wage; and (b) above the private sector median wage.

AQW 38776/11-15

12. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what message the reduction of further and higher education places sends out to potential inward investors working with InvestNI.

AQW 38777/11-15

13. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 37671/11-15, whether SONI Ltd is able to operate the Northern Ireland system independent of EirGrid in any way; (ii) if so, to what extent; and (iii) whether such ability will diminish as the integration of the systems proceeds.

AQW 38786/11-15

14. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 37669/11-15, and her statement to the effect that the additional cost would be of the order of £5 per annum to domestic consumers, (i) what is the estimated cost for commercial consumers; (ii) whether the projected additional costs relate only to the cost of upgrading the generators or also include any associated network upgrades; and (iii) if not, how will such upgrades be funded.

AQW 38791/11-15

15. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much her Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38801/11-15

16. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (i) what percentage of Departmental Expenditure Limits is spent on salaries; and (ii) how she intends to reduce this spend in order to make efficiency savings.

AQW 38827/11-15

17. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, in light of her Department’s targets to improve foreign direct investment in health research and development, whether she has discussed ring fencing health research with the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

AQW 38832/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

18. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on the activities of the Northern Ireland Environment Agency in North Belfast over the last three years.

AQW 38789/11-15

19. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the reasons for the delay in the planning system.

AQW 38790/11-15

20. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37480/11-15, why a private taxi operator was permitted to dispose of booking records after six weeks and no action was taken in relation to a breach of regulations; and to detail who decided that no action would be taken.

AQW 38795/11-15

21. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38802/11-15

22. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many anti-social behaviour cases have been recorded by each council in the last two years.

AQW 38806/11-15

23. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of people fined for anti-social behaviour offences in each council in the last two years.

AQW 38807/11-15

24. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment detail the number of people prosecuted for anti-social behaviour offences in each council in the last two years.

AQW 38808/11-15

25. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of people fined for dog fouling offences in each council in the last two years.

AQW 38809/11-15

26. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of (i) fines; and (ii) prosecutions for breaches of environmental regulations in each council in the last two years.

AQW 38810/11-15

27. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) if; and (ii) when the "further details" referred to in the published Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan in relation to Local Landscape Policy Areas will be made available on his Department's website.

AQW 38819/11-15

28. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) if; and (ii) when the "clarification" referred to in the published Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan in relation to Local Landscape Policy Areas will be made available on his Department's website.

AQW 38820/11-15

29. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given the recent assessment by Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful outlining litter levels on beaches, what steps his Department is taking to (i) address current levels of litter; and (ii) ensure this does not negatively impact on coastal tourism.

AQW 38826/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

30. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38803/11-15

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

31. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he intends to publish a strategy for children's palliative care.

AQW 38778/11-15

32. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he can provide an assurance on the future retention of Ards Fire Station.

AQW 38796/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he can provide an assurance on the retention of three fire engines in Knock Fire Station, Belfast.

AQW 38797/11-15

34. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the respite services provided by each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38811/11-15

35. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he can confirm that The Cottages adult respite facility in Derry City will remain operating as a residential facility.

AQW 38812/11-15

36. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of whether care parents and carers of children with complex disabilities is a ‘life-saver’ to the Health Service and should have fair access to respite facilities.

AQW 38813/11-15

37. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of (i) temporary; and (ii) permanent bank staff who are working in respite care, broken down by each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38814/11-15

38. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given that the staff sickness levels cost his Department £50m in the last six months, what action is being taken to ensure this issue is rectified.

AQW 38815/11-15

39. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety To detail the number of (i) Health Service; and (ii) privately operated care homes in East Londonderry, in each of the last three years.

AQW 38823/11-15

40. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how often the Regulation Quality and Improvement Authority (RQIA) are required to complete individual inspections of private care homes; and for his assessment of the rationale behind care homes being given prior notice of impending RQIA inspections.

AQW 38825/11-15

41. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the assessment process for patients with Dementia who require to be located in a care home with Elderely Mentally Interferred provision, to ensure that they are placed in the most appropriate environment to cater for their individual needs.

AQW 38828/11-15

42. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safe how his Department communicate with The Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority to ensure correct staffing ratios in private care homes.

AQW 38829/11-15

43. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the current pressures on the paediatric endocrine service.

AQW 39113/11-15

44. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail any plans for changes to staffing arrangements at Slievemore Nursing Unit in Derry.

AQW 39150/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37422/11-15, whether he will bring forward legislation to revise the criteria for leave to proceed with a judicial review, particularly given the costs in legal aid, and with closer scrutiny paid to the validity of a case at the earliest possible stage in proceedings in all instances.

AQW 38780/11-15

46. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many new intake prison officers have (i) resigned; (ii) been dismissed; and (iii) gone on long term sick leave, in each month of the last two years.

AQW 38781/11-15

47. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the seizure and forfeit of an uninsured vehicle goes along with court penalties and not instead of reduced penalties or as financial mitigation toward these penalties.

AQW 38782/11-15

48. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much his Department has spent on interpreting services for people who are deaf or have a hearing loss, in the last five years.

AQW 38804/11-15

49. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Justice what information his Department holds on the number of illegal immigrants convicted in local courts of criminal offences; and what liaison his Department maintains with the Immigration Office on the illegal immigrants that are subsequently deported.

AQW 38817/11-15

50. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what savings will be realised annually by closing Holywood PSNI station to the public.

AQW 39156/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

51. 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 (i) 2006/07; (ii) 2007/08; and (iii) 2009/10 including the amount paid for each element of the contract.

AQW 38793/11-15

52. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a breakdown of the work carried out by KPL Contracts on behalf of NI Water on the Phase 2 non-domestic metering contract in (i) 2005/06; and (ii) 2006/07, including the amount paid for each element of the contract.

AQW 38794/11-15

53. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for (i) a breakdown of the number of new non-domestic customers added to the billing system as a result of the Phase 2 non-domestic water metering contract carried out by KPL Contracts on behalf of NI Water in (a) 2005/06; and (b) 2006/07; and (ii) the number of new non-domestic customers and new-build properties added to the billing system as a result of the Phase 3 Metering contract carried out by Enterprise Managed Services Ltd on behalf of NI Water in (a) 2006/07; (b) 2007/08; (c) 2008/09; and (d) 2009/10.

AQW 38798/11-15

54. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of parking tickets issued in the vicinity of the Clogher livestock mart, Co. Tyrone, on each Saturday in the last twelve months.

AQW 38816/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

55. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the areas in which demand for social housing is currently at its highest rate.

AQW 38800/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 2 December 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 (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in their Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38861/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the effect that the number of landowners, who are now re-designating themselves as active farmers, will have on agricultural production.

AQW 38851/11-15

3. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what recent discussions she has had with the Minister of the Environment on improving safety on rural roads.

AQW 38863/11-15

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what training will be provided to landowners who declare themselves as active farmers, to ensure they are fully conversant with all European regulations and to ensure that the Department does not leave itself liable to fines from Europe due to farmers not complying with legislation.

AQW 38865/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether it is acceptable during an inspection for cattle to have a double tag in one ear and a half tag in the other ear; and if not, why this is the case, given that this authenticates identity.

AQW 38868/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much cultural awareness funding has been distributed in each year since 2011; and how much has been allocated to each recipient organisation in each year.

AQW 38884/11-15

7. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure when the next meeting of the Interdepartmental Charter Implementation Group is due to take place.

AQW 38885/11-15

8. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) to detail the basis on which 22 miniatures by the Belfast artist Anne Marjorie Robinson were donated to the Belfast Municipal Museum and Art Gallery by her brother as a memorial to the artist; (ii) when they were donated; and (iii) any conditions that were attached to the donation.

AQW 38887/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

9. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he will, in conjunction with the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, assist with the funding of a Specialist Autism Support Worker to assist children at the nine schools offering autism specific classes.

AQW 38846/11-15

10. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education why autism specific support is not provided to pupils from Key Stage 2 onwards; and for his assessment of the impact of the non-provision of support to pupils who have received assistance during Key Stage 1.

AQW 38847/11-15

11. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education how many primary schools from the maintained sector have transferred to the integrated sector, in the last ten year.

AQW 38867/11-15

12. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how many 'paired observations' have been undertaken by the Education and Training Inspectorate within schools since January 2014.

AQW 38873/11-15

13. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the effectiveness of Education Scotland in improving educational standards of pupils in Scotland; and what lessons can be learnt from this in Northern Ireland.

AQW 38876/11-15

14. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how many schools who exited the Formal Intervention Process have re-entered the process.

AQW 38877/11-15

15. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education, in the light of the Chief Inspector's comments on poor school attendance amongst pupils in receipt of free school meals, what additional action is he considering to improve attendance amongst these pupils.

AQW 38878/11-15

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department has undertaken its own research into shared education; and if not, whether it has funded any research on shared education.

AQW 38882/11-15

17. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the minimum number of pupils that a school is required to have to be accepted on the Shared Education Campus Programme.

AQW 38886/11-15

18. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education how much his Department has spent in relation to Ulster-Scots in each year since the Council of Europe Charter for Regional or Minority Languages came into force in the UK.

AQW 38893/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

19. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people from North Antrim enrolling in Further Education courses.

AQW 38852/11-15

20. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of people from North Antrim enrolling in Higher Education courses.

AQW 38853/11-15

21. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the drop-out rate for students who are at the end of their first year in (i) Queen’s University; and (ii) the University of Ulster.

AQW 38883/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

22. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how his Department monitors the operation of the Sellafield Nuclear Processing Plant; and whether his Department is aware of any accidents, sometimes described as minor accidents or otherwise, within the Sellafield Plant in the last four years.

AQW 38898/11-15

23. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether it is necessary to couple and uncouple a trailer during the car and trailer test; and if so, what weight of trailer must be used for the test.

AQW 38899/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

24. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 37672/11-15, how in practice is the Utility Regulator held accountable to the Assembly.

AQW 38869/11-15

25. Mr J Craig (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how much public money is paid to Trade Unions on an annual basis, broken down by Department.

AQW 38871/11-15

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

26. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the reasons for the cancellation of the pilot project of self-referral to physiotherapy, given its importance to Transforming Your Care.

AQW 38836/11-15

27. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the relocation of paediatric cardiac surgery to Dublin is based on the new build children's hospital being fully equipped.

AQW 38844/11-15

28. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why the staffing support provided by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust to pupils at Ceara School and Donard Special School has not increased in line with increases in pupil numbers.

AQW 38845/11-15

29. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the current (i) number; and (ii) percentage of agency staff employed in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38856/11-15

30. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the funding that will be provided to the Citizens Advice Bureau by Health and Social Care Trusts in 2015/16; and if funding remains to be determined, when he anticipates a decision being made.

AQW 38858/11-15

31. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how the funding provided to the Citizens Advice Bureau by Health and Social Care Trusts is determined.

AQW 38859/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of cases in the Minor Injury Units in (i) Bangor Community Hospital; and (ii) Ards Community Hospital in each of the last five years.

AQW 38860/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether written commitments were provided during this year as to the retention of Dalriada Hospital; and if so, to detail (i) when; and (ii) why these commitments are not being kept.

AQW 38879/11-15

34. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been spent on upgrading and maintaining Dalriada Hospital in each of the last five years.

AQW 38880/11-15

35. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the level of prescription drug use; and to outline the steps his Department is taking to address prescription drug addiction.

AQW 38888/11-15

36. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the proposed establishment of primary care talking therapies hubs in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38889/11-15

37. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of people in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust in receipt of (i) residential care packages; (ii) meals service care packages, and (iii) home help care packages, in each of the last three years.

AQW 38890/11-15

38. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps his Department is taking to encourage a culture of awareness and early intervention in mental ill-health in young people, in order to promote alternatives to pharmacological interventions.

AQW 38891/11-15

39. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the impact of the inaugural all-island Palliative Care Week; and how he intends to use the momentum to support the provision of Palliative Care in Northern Ireland.

AQW 38892/11-15

40. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail any lessons which he may have learned from his visit to Cuba as the then Deputy Chairperson of the Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety; and whether, in his capacity as Minister, he will apply any of the lessons learned, including how to achieve better health outcomes whilst protecting front line services.

AQW 38897/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many people, including young people, have been categorised as dangerous as per the 2008 NI Act; and to list each conviction that led to this categorisation.

AQW 38834/11-15

42. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 33101/11-15, whether the Courts Service's decision not to take any further action, has been reviewed; and if so, (i) when the review took place; (ii) who undertook the review; and (iii) for what reason.

AQW 38837/11-15

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the reasons for the bar on an appeal of the sentence handed to Dwayne Mullan.

AQW 38843/11-15

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37161/11-15, to provide a copy of any reports on this matter, or place a copy in the Assembly Library.

AQW 38849/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many committal warrants have been issued in each court division for non-payment of fines since the figure of over £14million in outstanding fines was published earlier this year, broken down by magistrates or crown courts.

AQW 38850/11-15

46. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether he was (i) aware of; and (ii) gave permission for the contract by which drug testing is conducted in prisons was continued beyond its expected end date of September 2013.

AQW 38872/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

47. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what degree of advertising will be undertaken to promote advantageous car parking charges for town centre shoppers in the run up to Christmas 2014.

AQW 38864/11-15

48. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the current level of leakage from the water infrastructure system; and how this compares with three years ago.

AQW 38870/11-15

49. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what action his Department has taken to clean Londonderry directional road signs that have been vandalised; and how many Londonderry signs have been vandalised.

AQW 38875/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Loughview Estate in Holywood in the next three financial years.

AQW 38838/11-15

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Kilcooley Estate in Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38839/11-15

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Rathgill Estate in Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38840/11-15

53. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Bloomfield Estate in Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38841/11-15

54. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Whitehill Estate in Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38842/11-15

55. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of employees in his Department that earn less than the living wage of £7.20 per hour, as calculated by Oxford Economics for the Northern Ireland Commission for Voluntary Action (NICVA) Centre for Economic Empowerment.

AQW 38862/11-15

56. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail his plans for new build social housing and co-ownership, assuming the final allocation of funding announced in the draft budget for his Department remains unchanged.

AQW 38866/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 3 December 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of how representative the three chosen venues are for the Newry and Down Public Meetings of the new Local Action Groups; and whether she has any plans to for additional venues for these meetings.

AQW 38904/11-15

2. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what action she is taking to attract EU funding for aquaculture.

AQW 38959/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

3. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding is available from her Department for the construction of new leisure centres.

AQW 38948/11-15

4. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the art pieces by Belfast artist Anne Marjorie Robinson which are currently in the possession of National Museums Northern Ireland; and which pieces are currently on display in the Ulster Museum.

AQW 38965/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education, given that there is no legal definition or status for shared education, why the Education and Training Inspectorate is recruiting assessors for appointment to "the Shared Education sector"; and what is the definition of "shared education sector" that is being deployed and in respect of which criteria are being set.

AQW 38943/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether there are any schemes in place, or schemes he would consider, whereby school children required to walk to school or to buses, particularly along country roads, are supplied with high visibility jackets.

AQW 38946/11-15

7. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education what steps he took to avoid real, perceived or potential conflict of interest in the appointment of Northern Ireland’s Qualification Regulator as a member of the Board of Governors of Antrim Grammar School.

AQW 38962/11-15

8. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education when the current process for the appointment of new principals for controlled schools, which in some cases requires the Board of Governors to forward three potential names to the Education and Library Board, was first introduced.

AQW 38967/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

9. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the current level of gaming and digital animation skills in Co Fermanagh, as a result of the work carried out by the Image Centre at the South West College in Enniskillen.

AQW 38900/11-15

10. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the cost of the Final Report Aspiring to Excellence by the International Review Panel on Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland.

AQW 38949/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department promotes Co Fermanagh as a location for gaming and digital animation companies to invest in, given the location of the Image Centre in Enniskillen.

AQW 38901/11-15

12. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of visits facilitated by InvestNI for potential inward investors to each of the 26 council areas during the 2013/14 financial year.

AQW 38903/11-15

13. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what action her Department is taking to shift from providing subsidies for local businesses to offering incentives for development in key growth areas.

AQW 38960/11-15

14. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what plans she has to lessen bureaucracy in InvestNI.

AQW 38961/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

15. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on his Department's consideration on introducing a climate change bill.

AQW 38921/11-15

16. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37736/11-15, why this question has not been answered.

AQW 38931/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

17. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will answer AQW 37099/11-15 and AQW 36284/11-15 or provide a reason for not doing so to date.

AQW 38930/11-15

18. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how he plans to safeguard the highest skilled workers following the voluntary redundancy schemes that will be introduced as part of public sector reforms.

AQW 38957/11-15

19. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what steps his Department is taking to improve accessibility and transparency in the publishing of departmental spending and budgets.

AQW 38958/11-15

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

20. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37425/11-15, how many hours self-employed translators were contracted by each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last three years.

AQW 38922/11-15

21. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37425/11-15, what steps are being taken to increase the efficiency of translation services across Health and Social Care Trusts; and why full time employees are not employed as a means of doing so.

AQW 38923/11-15

22. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail any changes in the Minor Aliments Scheme in the last three years.

AQW 38924/11-15

23. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, considering the recent report highlighting that the use of anti-depressant drugs are the highest in Northern Ireland compared to the rest of the UK; what action his Department will take to promote alternatives to drug therapy.

AQW 38926/11-15

24. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans he has to introduce universal alcohol screening for people who attend appointments with healthcare professionals.

AQW 38927/11-15

25. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of (i) redundancies; and (ii) redeployment of staff in each Health and Social Care Trust following the recent contingency plans.

AQW 38928/11-15

26. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action his Department is taking to reduce levels of wasted medicine in hospitals.

AQW 38929/11-15

27. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the policy on vacancy control in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 38932/11-15

28. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average bed occupancy rate in (i) Ards Community Hospital; and (ii) Bangor Community Hospital, in each of the last five years.

AQW 38933/11-15

29. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many jobs have been filled by the South Eastern Health Trust in each of the last twelve months, broken down by (i) Administrative and non-medical jobs; and (ii) medical jobs.

AQW 38934/11-15

30. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many job vacancies have occurred in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last twelve months, broken down by (i) administrative or non-medical jobs; and (ii) medical jobs.

AQW 38935/11-15

31. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many meetings he has had with the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust following their announcement to further reduce services at Downe Hospital.

AQW 38937/11-15

32. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the mechanisms, including timescale, by which he was made aware of the geographical remit, and specific nature, of the services provided by the Multiple Sclerosis Respite Unit in Dalriada Hospital.

AQW 38938/11-15

33. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what will become of the equipment used for the provision of services, including transport, specifically for Multiple Sclerosis patients at Dalriada Hospital, during the temporary period of closure.

AQW 38939/11-15

34. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what assurance he can give that other community hospitals will be allowed to continue to provide vital palliative and rehabilitation services in their communities.

AQW 38942/11-15

35. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he is aware of the difficulties which patients suffering Crohn's Disease are experiencing in accessing drugs, including infliximab; and for his assessment of the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence's current assessment of the cost-effectiveness of prescribing drugs which help alleviate the symptoms of Crohn's Disease.

AQW 38952/11-15

36. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) when he sought Executive agreement to commission and fund the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland to develop an e-safety strategy and action plan; (ii) what response he has received; and (iii) what deadline he has set for implementation to commence.

AQW 38953/11-15

37. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the training provided to Emergency Department staff in recognising the signs of post-traumatic stress disorder.

AQW 38956/11-15

38. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust meets local demand for paediatric services in South Down.

AQW 38969/11-15

39. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of staff cost expenditure at the Causeway Hospital on (a) agency staff; (b) bank staff; and (c) locums in the last financial year and the estimated saving which would be achieved should these positions be filled by substantive staff.

AQW 38970/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

40. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what was the overall cost of legal aid paid in civil cases in (i) 2012/13; and (ii) 2013/14.

AQW 38906/11-15

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37880/11-15 and AQW 37755/11-15, why these answers have been blocked under Data Protection legislation when similar information was requested and released in relation to a separate case in answers AQW 17146/11-15 and AQW17943/11-15; and to outline the difference in Data Protection legislation applied in each case.

AQW 38907/11-15

42. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 38321/11-15, (i) whether the drugs issue in this case was delayed due to a backlog in forensic testing; if so, (ii) whether this returns the matter to his departmental remit; and (iii) for an update on the number of cases affected by the backlog.

AQW 38908/11-15

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 38027/11-15, (i) what are the rules or protocols for jurors in cases such as this in relation to leaving the courthouse; (ii) whether this is explained routinely when a jury panel is selected; (iii) was this done in this instance; and (iv) given the extensive costs of this aborted trial, what action can be taken against the jurors in question.

AQW 38910/11-15

44. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline the process for an application by a prisoner in the Republic of Ireland to transfer to a prison in Northern Ireland; and who decides whether such an application is successful.

AQW 38916/11-15

45. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether lobbying legislators and Government for a change in the law is within the remit of Police and Community Safety Partnerships.

AQW 38951/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

46. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to list the Waste Water Treatment Works in Co. Fermanagh that are at current capacity or will reach capacity in the coming years; and what plans are in place to upgrade these works.

AQW 38902/11-15

47. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why the Drumlister Road, Sixmilecross has been impassable for almost two weeks; and what action his Department is taking to prevent future flooding of this road and to remedy structural defects in the road.

AQW 38945/11-15

48. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the new bus shelter contract is scheduled to commence in 2015.

AQW 38947/11-15

49. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans there are to upgrade rural cycle tracks, in particular on the A1 dual carriageway.

AQW 38963/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for Conlig in the next three financial years.

AQW 38911/11-15

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Breezemount Estate in Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38912/11-15

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Strand in Holywood in the next three financial years.

AQW 38913/11-15

53. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Springwell Estate in Groomsport in the next three financial years.

AQW 38914/11-15

54. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Churchill area of Bangor in the next three financial years.

AQW 38915/11-15

55. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) what communication his Department have had with Community Technical Aid (CTA); and (ii) the role of CTA, including any current work, within communities in Northern Ireland.

AQW 38940/11-15

56. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how projects currently receiving match funding from Neighbourhood Renewal for current European Social Fund (ESF) projects will be considered for this support in the new ESF programme.

AQW 38954/11-15

57. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's review of the provision of bungalows within the social housing programme.

AQW 38968/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 4 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by their Department; and (ii) by it’s agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39030/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether he will take action to close any legal loopholes or introduce legislation against the use of animals for the baiting, training or blooding of dogs for hunting or fighting.

AQW 38988/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether the (i) South Derry Cultural and Heritage Society; (ii) Tyrone Cultural Society; and (iii) North Antrim Historical Society have received any funding from her Department or its arm's-length bodies.

AQW 39014/11-15

4. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by her Department; and (ii) by it’s agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39034/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether the (i) South Derry Cultural and Heritage Society; (ii) Tyrone Cultural Society; and (iii) North Antrim Historical Society have received any funding from her Department or its arm's-length bodies.

AQW 39013/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

6. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education what percentage of overall education spend is spent directly by schools.

AQW 39002/11-15

7. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the school buildings in North Down that have listed status.

AQW 39003/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

8. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the (i) quantity; and (ii) percentage of people who have entered the Steps 2 Work programme since its creation who (a) worked full time before entering the scheme; (b) worked part time for more than two years before entering the scheme; (c) secured full time permanent jobs; (d) part time permanent jobs; (e) full time temporary jobs; and (f) part time temporary, jobs after completing the programme; and to detail (i) the average earnings of those who gained employment after the scheme; (ii) the level of qualification held by those going onto the programme; (iii) the number of people who secured a position with their placement company at the end of the process; and (iv) the reasons for people leaving the Steps 2 Work programme,

AQW 38977/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of students that graduated from the University of Ulster Business School, in each of the last three years, broken down by Campus.

AQW 39028/11-15

10. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by it’s agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39031/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

11. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37736/11-15, why this question has not been answered.

AQW 39001/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update, including the timescale, on any guarantee of assurance that he has received from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in Swansea that it will contribute to an early-exit scheme for employers which may provide previous Driver and Vehicle Agency workers from Coleraine with civil service employment in the North West.

AQW 39023/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

13. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the number and percentage of jobs created since 1 April 2008, broken down by (a) full time; (b) part time; and (c) self employed posts; (ii) the number and percentage of (a) full time; (b) part time; and (c) self employed people at 1 April 2008 and 1 April 2014; and (iii) the number of people that currently work part time but are seeking a full time job.

AQW 38993/11-15

14. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 37952/11-15, how the Minister for Social Development's response to AQW 33121/11-15 compares with the interpretation of the Commission on Disposals of Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1986 provided by Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office (Lord Lyell) in the HL Deb 22 April 1986 vol 473 cc1144-6 1144 when the then Minister introduced the legislation and stated, “It (the Order) will bring to an end the current practice in Northern Ireland whereby on the grant of a lease or letting of land the landlord may oblige his tenant to pay for his (the landlord's) agent's professional services".

AQW 38995/11-15

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

15. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the financial commitment his Department will undertake in relation to implementing the recommendations in the Marshall Report.

AQW 38982/11-15

16. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what financial support is available for families travelling outside of Northern Ireland for their child's heart surgery or treatment. [R]

AQW 38997/11-15

17. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been reimbursed to families travelling outside of Northern Ireland for their child's heart surgery or treatment in the last twelve months.

AQW 38998/11-15

18. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average claim for a family who has had to travel outside of Northern Ireland for their child's heart surgery or treatment in the last twelve months.

AQW 38999/11-15

19. Mrs P Cameron (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency will complete the current procurement process for the provision of services to address the key priorities outlined in the draft Alcohol and Drugs Commissioning Framework for Northern Ireland 2013-2016.

AQW 39005/11-15

20. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38087/11-15, to detail (i) the number of agency staff employed by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service; and (ii) the length of time each employee has been engaged in each of the last ten years.

AQW 39006/11-15

21. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the cost of engaging the services of recruitment agencies for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last ten years; (ii) the names of the recruitment agencies; and (iii) the frequency of tendering for these services.

AQW 39007/11-15

22. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of ‘white cars' operated by the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service in each of the last five years; and (ii) a breakdown of the fuel costs for these vehicles.

AQW 39008/11-15

23. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency will publish the finalised Alcohol and Drugs Commissioning Framework for Northern Ireland 2013-2016.

AQW 39010/11-15

24. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38422/11-15, for his assessment of (i) whether the current Individual Funding Request (IFR) system, particularly the exceptionality clause, results in cancer patients in Northern Ireland not having the same access to drugs as their counterparts in other parts of the UK; (ii) the current mechanism for determining access to non-National Institute for Health and Care Excellence approved drugs; and (iii) given that, 95 per cent of all IFRs are approved, only 5 per cent of patients are considered for an IFR.

AQW 39018/11-15

25. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38422/11-15, whether he will commit to ensuring that (i) any rebate received under the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme (PPRS, 2014-2019) will be ring-fenced for the purpose of funding new drugs, along with the required associated infrastructure and costs of molecular testing; and (ii) during the period of the existing PPRS, that his Department will work with colleagues in other UK nations to develop sustainable funding for new, specialist treatment for cancer patients which will offer equity of access.

AQW 39019/11-15

26. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 38422/11-15, whether he will consider (i) moving towards a clinician-led and patient-centred approach, whereby treatments are decided on the best interests of the patient; and (ii) whether his Department will commit to consulting fully with patients and the charities who represent them throughout all stages of the Individual Funding Request review process.

AQW 39020/11-15

27. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Health and Social Care Board and the Public Health Agency will complete the current procurement process for the provision of services to address the key priorities outlined in the draft Alcohol and Drugs Commissioning Framework for Northern Ireland 2013-2016.

AQW 39035/11-15

28. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the procedures utilised in relation to the recruitment of nursing auxiliaries; and (ii) whether a list of candidates exists; and if so (a) how it is compiled; (b) how a person can add their name to the list; and (c) whether names remain on the list until they are recruited or a person removes their name.

AQW 39036/11-15

29. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (i) to confirm that the draft Alcohol and Drugs Commissioning Framework for Northern Ireland 2013-2016 Regional Commissioning Priorities include delivering early identification and brief advice programmes to 10 per cent of the population at risk annually of hazardous or harmful alcohol consumption; and b) to detail the target date for achieving this.

AQW 39041/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

30. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 38145/11-15, whether bench or arrest warrants are active for all those who remain unlawfully at large; and if, how many of these people in each court division are subject to warrants.

AQW 38987/11-15

31. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in instances where a prisoner transfers from a prison in the Republic of Ireland to a Northern Ireland prison, under which jurisdiction is their rate of remission determined.

AQW 38990/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how rates of remission on sentences varies between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 38991/11-15

33. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice which custody suites are scheduled to be temporarily and permanently closed in F District, under departmental budgetary cutbacks; and which custody suites will be retained and the catchment area expected of each.

AQW 39015/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) what formula is utilised to establish the ratio of prison officers to prisoners; (ii) how this is applied in each prisoner category at Maghaberry Prison; and (iii) how current staffing and prisoner levels compare to the formula.

AQW 39037/11-15

35. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Justice what facilities and procedures are in place at Maghaberry Prison to deal with injuries sustained by prison officers; and whether on site medical staff provide treatment to prison staff as well as inmates.

AQW 39038/11-15

36. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Justice how prison staff are advised of the medical condition of the inmates for which they are responsible.

AQW 39039/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

37. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why it is necessary for his Department to retain ownership of the Corporation Street Car Park for the development of the York Street Interchange; and whether the 124 car park spaces will be retained as part of this development.

AQW 39016/11-15

38. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many gully emptying vehicles are based in the Limavady Borough Council area; and whether they are being used to their full capacity.

AQW 39017/11-15

39. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the recent £5million investment in the Translink fleet, which will update the Coleraine Town service, will also allow surrounding rural areas to receive improved public transport provision.

AQW 39029/11-15

40. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by it’s agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39032/11-15

41. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he has any plans to increase the number of train services from Belfast to Newry after 6 pm.

AQW 39040/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for Breezemount and Ashfield Estate in Donaghadee in the next three financial years.

AQW 38971/11-15

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for Housing Executive properties in Millisle village in the next three financial years.

AQW 38972/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Kilcooley Estate, Bangor, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 38973/11-15

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the maintenance schemes planned for the Redburn area of Holywood in the next three financial years.

AQW 38974/11-15

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Whitehill Estate, Bangor, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 38975/11-15

47. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when the Collaboration Agreement was signed between the relevant private parties and his Department in relation to the Northside Project.

AQW 38978/11-15

48. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for a breakdown of the number of properties under the ownership of his Department that are situated within the Northside Project site.

AQW 38979/11-15

49. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many properties in the Northside Project site it is envisaged will be compulsory purchased.

AQW 38981/11-15

50. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people have lost their entitlement to Disability Living Allowance since 2011.

AQW 38983/11-15

51. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to provide the definition of a major change of circumstances and to detail any mitigating factors that may be used as a consideration when he outlines the protection for those affected by the introduction of the under-occupation penalty.

AQW 38984/11-15

52. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people lost their entitlement to Incapacity Benefit between 2007 to 2011.

AQW 38985/11-15

53. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people were reported for social security sanctions from 2007 to 2011.

AQW 38992/11-15

54. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 33472/11-15 and SUB 483/2014, for a breakdown by council of the number of tenancy deposits protected and any enforcement action taken.

AQW 38994/11-15

55. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the potential for a crisis in the private rented sector should the value of residential property rise and private landlords sell their houses resulting in private tenants facing eviction and a shortage of alternative rented accommodation; and to detail (i) what discussions he has had with the sector on this matter; and (ii) what plans he has in place to deal with it.

AQW 38996/11-15

56. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many housing units in North Down are used by (i) the Housing Executive; and (ii) Housing Associations as temporary accommodation.

AQW 39004/11-15

57. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what support exists for people with a disability who are living in severe hardship, due to their Disability Living Allowance being cut, until they can prove that they are eligible for the replacement Personal Independence Payment.

AQW 39022/11-15

58. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how his Department are addressing the delay between a claim for Personal Independence Payment and the receipt of money, which is resulting in an average waiting time of six months for people with a disability.

AQW 39024/11-15

59. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by it’s agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39033/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

60. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission what provisions are in place, where an MP is receiving rental assistance from Westminster for office accommodation, to ensure that an MLA does not receive rental assistance which would produce rental support, when combined with the Westminster payment, above the approved Assembly valuation.

AQW 39011/11-15

61. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission what action it will take in light of the claims made in the BBC Spotlight programme of 18 November 2014 on MLAs' expenses.

AQW 39012/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 5 December 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 how many bunkers under the auspices of the Northern Ireland Executive are currently in existence; and how often are they upgraded in light of any perceived threat which might materialise requiring their use.

AQW 39102/11-15

2. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail how much has been (i) spent; and (ii) allocated to projects from the Social Investment Fund, broken down by constituency, in each month since May 2011.

AQW 39110/11-15

3. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the accomplishments of the Social Investment Fund to date.

AQW 39111/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by her Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39061/11-15

5. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding each boxing club has received in each of the last three years.

AQW 39075/11-15

6. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, in relation to the Newtownards Library, to detail (i) whether her Department measures how many people gained employment opportunities as a result of availing of computer courses offered by the library; (ii) her assessment of the impact of the library's work with the Alzheimer's Society group at St. Mark's Church; (iii) her assessment of the impact of the library's outreach programme in the community; and (iv) her assessment of the impact of Library NI's Health in Mind initiative in the Newtownards area.

AQW 39097/11-15

7. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the number of (i) pre-school children; (ii) primary school pupils; and (iii) parents who have availed of Newtownards Library formal Early Years initiatives in each of the last three years.

AQW 39098/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

8. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39062/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the deficit in promised funding for each of the twenty primary schools selected to trial nurture units; and to detail (i) why it has not been paid; and (ii) when it will be paid.

AQW 39068/11-15

10. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education why the promised funding for each of the twenty primary schools selected to trial nurture units is not paid upfront at the start of the academic year.

AQW 39069/11-15

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to define the term ”international best practice” as referred to in the Final Report ”Aspiring to Excellence” by the International Review Panel on Initial Teacher Education in Northern Ireland.

AQW 39071/11-15

12. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of primary school pupils in receipt of free schools meals in North Down, in each of the last three years.

AQW 39078/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

13. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning when he will ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to withdraw the UK derogation on the European Convention on Human Rights that allows religious discrimination in the employment of teachers and contributes to the economic costs of division in Northern Ireland society.

AQW 39070/11-15

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the percentage of undergraduate students at Queen's University Belfast whose community background is (i) Protestant; (ii) Roman Catholic; and (iii) other or unknown; and in each case, how figures compare with (a) 2009; and (b) 2004.

AQW 39077/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the percentage of undergraduate students at the University of Ulster whose community background is (i) Protestant; (ii) Roman Catholic; and (iii) other or unknown; and in each case, how figures compare with (a) 2009; and (b) 2004.

AQW 39079/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

16. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what support his Department offers to local companies who wish to enhance the skills of their workers on the cultural intricacies of potential export markets.

AQW 39048/11-15

17. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by her Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39063/11-15

18. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the ratio of success to failure of new business start-ups in the Foyle constituency in the last three years.

AQW 39082/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37877/11-15, whether the application in question was submitted on the advice of a senior Driver and Vehicle Agency enforcement officer; and if so, to detail the grade of the officer.

AQW 39058/11-15

20. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why there are delays in processing waste management licences within Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and whether the number of staff involved in processing licences have been reduced.

AQW 39067/11-15

21. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what mechanism his Department is putting in place to carry on the work of Catchment Stakeholder Groups.

AQW 39087/11-15

22. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how he ensures the Northern Ireland Environment Agency respond to concerns over rivers and provide answers on pollution incidents in a timely manner.

AQW 39088/11-15

23. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the scale and manner of engagement between the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and (a) river trusts; and (b) angling clubs.

AQW 39089/11-15

24. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how his Department will monitor leeching from council waste sites such as Bruslee.

AQW 39090/11-15

25. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the total number of discharge consents in each constituency; and how these are monitored.

AQW 39091/11-15

26. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the change in numbers of people prosecuted regarding involvement with illegal taxi operations between year ending 31 December 2008 and 31 December 2013.

AQW 39099/11-15

27. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many reports of illegal taxis operating were made to his Department in October and November of (a) 2013; and (b) 2014.

AQW 39100/11-15

28. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, as of 20 November 2014, how many of the eleven newly constituted Councils received a request which met the procedural requirements laid down in Section 41 of the Local Government Act (Northern Ireland) 2014 and the Standing Orders of the Council to 'call in' a decision made by that Council.

AQW 39101/11-15

29. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps a home owner from North Antrim could take if turned down for an equity release scheme due to the house being in a 'lignite designated' area.

AQW 39112/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

30. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39064/11-15

31. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the extent of the peace dividend promised by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown following the St Andrews Agreement negotiations; (ii) how much has been received; and (iii) what remains unspent.

AQW 39066/11-15

32. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the economic inactivity rate for people aged 16 to 65, broken down by district council area.

AQW 39081/11-15

33. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the application of the Barnett consequentials for 2014 across each budget centre.

AQW 39084/11-15

34. Mr L Cree (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the estimated budget exchange figures for the end of the current financial year.

AQW 39085/11-15

35. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of (a) whole time; and (b) part time Fire and Rescue workers, broken down by constituency.

AQW 39096/11-15

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

36. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37302/11-15, to provide a copy of his Department’s policy on car parking provision and management in the Health and Social Care sector.

AQW 39045/11-15

37. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) number; and (ii) value of charitable donations received by the Health Service in each of the last three years; and to outline how each donation was utilised.

AQW 39049/11-15

38. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the costs to his Department of his proposals for an 'All Ireland' service for children's congenital cardiac services; and how this compares to the historical costs of operating the service based in Belfast.

AQW 39050/11-15

39. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39065/11-15

40. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the outstanding infrastructural funding to local charities, to list all the charities affected, including the amounts outstanding to each.

AQW 39073/11-15

41. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of how budget constraints will impact the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS); and what communication he has had with the NIFRS regarding the constraints.

AQW 39093/11-15

42. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of recorded incidences in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry, which have been attended by the Fire and Rescue Service, in each of the last three years.

AQW 39094/11-15

43. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of a recent incident whereby an ambulance in Coleraine was attacked by a number of individuals during a call out to a victim of assault.

AQW 39095/11-15

44. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) total number of staff; (ii) location of staff; (iii) numbers of each grade of staff; (iv) pay scale for each grade; and (v) total wage bill of staff employed in the Health and Social Care Board in each of the last five years.

AQW 39103/11-15

45. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) total number of staff; (ii) location of staff; (iii) numbers of each grade of staff; (iv) pay scale for each grade; and (v) total wage bill of staff employed in each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last five years.

AQW 39104/11-15

46. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) total number of staff; (ii) location of staff; (iii) numbers of each grade of staff; (iv) pay scale for each grade; and (v) total wage bill of staff employed by his Department in each of the last five years.

AQW 39105/11-15

47. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) total number of staff; (ii) location of staff; (iii) numbers of each grade of staff; (iv) pay scale for each grade; and (v) total wage bill of staff employed in each of his Department's arm's-length body in each of the last five years.

AQW 39106/11-15

48. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail how much (i) his Department; and (ii) each arm’s-length body has spent on administration in each of the last five years; and to provide a breakdown of these costs.

AQW 39107/11-15

49. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the use of electronic cigarettes; and to detail what impact the growing use of electronic cigarettes is having on the prevalence of smoking of traditional cigarettes.

AQW 39108/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, following the publication of the Marshall Report on child sexual exploitation, what consideration is being given to civil injunctions similar to those granted by Mr Justice Keehan at Birmingham High Court against a number of men believed to be sexually exploiting a child but where there is currently insufficient evidence to secure criminal convictions at this time; and whether he will discuss this with the Minister for Health, Social Services and Public Safety.

AQW 39043/11-15

51. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why he is legally prohibited in providing statistics on legal aid paid in civil cases, given that this is publically funded and therefore accountable to the public; and what action can be taken to amend this position in the interests of transparency and accountability.

AQW 39060/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

52. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 37402/11-15, to detail (i) the total number of customers who have received additional water, sewerage or trade effluent charges as a result of being undercharged; (ii) the total amount of charges; (iii) the amount of outstanding charges NI Water has written off in that period; and (iv) the percentage of bills that were accurate in each year.

AQW 39044/11-15

53. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to provide an updated breakdown of the costs, or estimated costs, incurred in the recent and continuing rebranding for the establishment of Transport NI.

AQW 39046/11-15

54. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how his Department intends to improve communication between Transport NI and MLAs with regards to proposed capital and resource works in constituencies.

AQW 39047/11-15

55. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans he has to introduce new measures to alleviate traffic congestion on the M1, particularly during peak hours.

AQW 39059/11-15

56. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the Craigantlet roundabout scheme.

AQW 39074/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

57. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Conlig have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39053/11-15

58. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Breezemount Estate, Bangor, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39054/11-15

59. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Rathgill Estate, Bangor, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39055/11-15

60. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Loughview Estate, Holywood, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39056/11-15

61. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Bloomfield Estate, Bangor, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39057/11-15

62. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the current level of unoccupied social housing in North Down.

AQW 39076/11-15

63. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of Employment and Support Allowance claimants in each constituency.

AQW 39080/11-15

64. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of people who have (i) applied for; and (ii) been awarded a short term advance of benefit, since April 2013, broken down by constituency.

AQW 39092/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 8 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in relation to the failed case brought by the Equality Commission against Mr Stuart Dawson and his business, (i) for a full breakdown of the costs, including legal advices and representation; (ii) whether Mr Dawson’s costs will be met by the Equality Commission as well as any potential damages for the stress caused by this ordeal; and (iii) if so, for an estimate of these costs.

AQW 39117/11-15

2. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why the report from the Victims' Commissioner into proposals for a pension for people severely injured during the Troubles has not been made available to victims' groups and the wider public, despite it being submitted in June 2014.

AQW 39138/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

3. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the compulsory testing of bovines for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea.

AQW 39121/11-15

4. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to quantify the number and percentage of (i) male; and (ii) female (a) workers on farms; (b) in labour input (Annual Work Units); and (c) managed farms in each available year in since 2010; and how her Department intends to increase the number of females in each category.

AQW 39122/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) what training has been provided through the Irish Language Broadcast Fund (ILBF); (ii) who provides the training; and (iii) how many people have been trained, in each year since the ILBF started.

AQW 39176/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

6. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the budget allocation for implementation of the Autism Act (NI) 2011, including the required compliance with the amended Disability Discrimination Act.

AQW 39157/11-15

7. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Education what steps his Department has taken in relation to implementing the Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011.

AQW 39162/11-15

8. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cross departmental projects (i) in place; and (ii) that are planned in response to the Autism Act (Northern Ireland) 2011 requirement for cross departmental collaboration to implement the NI Autism Strategy and Action Plan.

AQW 39163/11-15

9. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Education how many pupils, who reside in Cookstown District Council, travel to schools located in Magherafelt District Council and receive transport assistance for travel by bus, broken down by school in (i) 2013/14; and (ii) 2014/15.

AQW 39164/11-15

10. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Education how many pupils, who reside in Magherafelt District Council, travel to schools located in Cookstown District Council and receive transport assistance for travel by bus, broken down by school in (i) 2013/14; and (ii) 2014/15.

AQW 39168/11-15

11. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education, for each school in the North Belfast, to detail (i) the number of children at each school; (ii) the number of children who receive free school transport; (iii) the percentage of children who receive free school transport; and (iv) the cost of providing free school transport.

AQW 39180/11-15

12. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 37527/11-15, when the Independent Review of Sure Start will be published.

AQW 39181/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

13. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 37668/11-15, whether the hopes of claiming repair costs to the Moyle interconnector through insurance have not been realised.

AQW 39131/11-15

14. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many local companies applied to the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises since its inception; and to list the companies successful in securing funding.

AQW 39158/11-15

15. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps she is taking to increase awareness and drawdown of European funds in relation to the Competitiveness of Enterprises and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (COSME) programme.

AQW 39159/11-15

16. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of installed ground source heat pumps; and what steps she is taking to encourage the use of ground source heat pumps as a sources of low carbon energy.

AQW 39160/11-15

17. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what percentage of the 7th Framework Programme was drawn down from Queen’s University Belfast and University of Ulster; and what percentage of the enhanced targets for Horizon 2020 will the universities be expected to draw down.

AQW 39161/11-15

18. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many UK National Contact Points are available to Northern Ireland to support Horizon 2020 application and how many of these are based outside the Queen’s University Belfast and the University of Ulster.

AQW 39165/11-15

19. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 37866/11-15, how many customers would (i) pay more; and (ii) pay less, for energy if the Warm Homes Discount Scheme was extended to Northern Ireland.

AQW 39167/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

20. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of staff employed (i) directly by his Department; and (ii) by its agencies, who currently earn less than the living wage.

AQW 39137/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

21. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of public sector productivity; and to detail how it is (i) measured; and (ii) monitored.

AQW 39129/11-15

22. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether peace funding has been distributed to (i) South Derry Cultural and Heritage Society; (ii) Tyrone Cultural Society; and (iii) North Antrim Historical Society; and if so, to detail the extent and date it was distributed.

AQW 39132/11-15

23. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current amount of arrears outstanding for (i) domestic; and (ii) commercial rates.

AQW 39136/11-15

24. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what measures are in place to support occupants of non-domestic properties in Coleraine that are facing rate increases of more than 100 per cent, due to Rate Revaluation from April 2015.

AQW 39175/11-15

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the impact that rebalancing business rates will have on businesses investing in Coleraine, given that business properties on streets leading to the town centre are facing increases.

AQW 39177/11-15

26. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, following Rate Revaluation from April 2015, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that businesses currently eligible for small business rate relief are awarded.

AQW 39178/11-15

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

27. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what is the average length of time a patient who has received (i) a referral; and (ii) an urgent referral, must wait for appointments with the paediatric endocrine service; and whether waiting for this length of time presents any additional medical risk.

AQW 39114/11-15

28. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of annual referrals to the paediatric endocrine service in each of the last five years; and how this compared to capacity at the time.

AQW 39115/11-15

29. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration his Department has given to the introduction of robotic assisted radical prostatectomy operations.

AQW 39123/11-15

30. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the Memorandum of Understanding between Contact and the Health and Social Care Trusts.

AQW 39124/11-15

31. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the current round of proposed cuts, how many of the proposals, and to what extent, adversely affect (i) senior management; (ii) middle management; and (iii) other administrators.

AQW 39130/11-15

32. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients have been referred by each Health and Social Care Trust to the private medical sector for treatment in each of the last eighteen months; and to detail the types of treatment.

AQW 39133/11-15

33. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total payments made by Health and Care Trusts to private medical practices in each of the last eighteen months.

AQW 39134/11-15

34. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the current number of patients in each Health and Care Trust that have been awaiting treatment for longer than (i) three; (ii) six; (iii) nine; and (iv) twelve months.

AQW 39135/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many occasions, since November 2012, each Health and Social Care Trust has written to, or corresponded with, media outlets after monitoring reports/articles on deaths by suicide, attempted suicide or contemplated suicides, based on the Samaritans Media Guidelines for Reporting Suicide.

AQW 39139/11-15

36. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37760/11-15, to outline his strategic plans for the delivery of a regional lipreading support service to maximise the skills of the twelve new lipreading teachers due to qualify next year and ensure that everyone who requires this form of support receives it.

AQW 39140/11-15

37. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the six public consultations entitled 'Delivering High Quality Congenital Cardiac Services', why it was decided that clinicians attending each venue would be chosen on the basis of proximity to their homes, rather than the contribution they might make; and whether this may have influenced the outcome of the consultation events.

AQW 39141/11-15

38. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of alcohol misuse to the Health Service in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 39142/11-15

39. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why services are not in place outside the Western and Southern Health and Social Care Trusts catchment areas to support children and young people who have been subject to sexual abuse.

AQW 39143/11-15

40. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will safeguard funding for specialist counselling services for people in need of support during and following instances of child sexual exploitation.

AQW 39145/11-15

41. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he plans to establish adequate services and structures to address the projected increase reporting of individuals following a public awareness campaign on child sexual exploitation.

AQW 39146/11-15

42. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has any plans to provide counselling provision for children and young people who have been sexually abused.

AQW 39147/11-15

43. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given that training is provided to health workers in each Health and Social Care Trust in relation to detecting, reporting and identifying instances of child sexual exploitation, whether this training is compulsory or voluntary.

AQW 39148/11-15

44. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of inpatient treatment for alcoholism.

AQW 39169/11-15

45. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the Health Service support available for recovering alcoholics.

AQW 39170/11-15

46. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the success rate of Health Service delivered programmes for alcoholism.

AQW 39171/11-15

47. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the external support networks used by the Health Service to support recovering alcoholics.

AQW 39172/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

48. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 38323/11-15, what is the cost, or estimated cost, of these delays broken down by agency or individual expenditure.

AQW 39116/11-15

49. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37422/11-15, what was the total cost in legal aid for each of the two years for these cases broken down by (i) law firm; (ii) junior counsel; and (iii) senior counsel; and for an estimate of any costs that have yet to be finalised.

AQW 39118/11-15

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 38779/11-15, (i) whether his Department (a) has been made aware of concerns raised by members of the public in Dromore, County Down after alleged sightings of John McDermott in the area; (b) is aware of the verbal denial of John McDermott’s presence by departmental agencies, who informed the public, the press and elected representatives it was a case of mistaken identity, but declined to issue an official clarification in writing; and (c) will issue an official clarification in writing that this was a case of mistaken identity; and (ii) whether he will order an immediate inquiry into the handling of this matter.

AQW 39125/11-15

51. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in light of the recent publication of the Marshall Report regarding Child Sexual Exploitation, to detail any dialogue which has taken place with the authorities in the Republic of Ireland to establish greater transparency on Gardai vetting and Access NI, to ensure that perpetrators who cross the border are not in close contact with vulnerable children.

AQW 39127/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

52. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how he intends to promote the offer of five hours parking for £1 in Enniskillen car parks in the run up to Christmas.

AQW 39119/11-15

53. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQO 6893/11-15, to list the projects and their value, which make up the outlined planned capital investment.

AQW 39120/11-15

54. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much has been set aside for compensation against claims for damage caused by (i) road potholes; (ii) gullies and drains that have not been emptied; and (iii) street lighting that has not been repaired.

AQW 39126/11-15

55. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he has considered putting a bus lane on the hard shoulder of the M2 motorway from the Sandyknowles junction to Belfast city centre, at peak times, to help decrease travel time for commuters.

AQW 39166/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

56. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 38301/11-15 and AQW 38300/11-15, to detail (i) the role of the official involved in the Lurgan Golf Club Neighbourhood Renewal Project who failed to declare a conflict of interest; (ii) the nature of the conflict of interest; (iii) the disciplinary action under the Northern Ireland Civil Service Code of Ethics that has been taken as result of the discovery of the conflict of interest and the failure to declare it; and (iv) how many conflicts of interests have been declared subsequent to the issue of the reminder to staff regarding the need for such declarations.

AQW 39128/11-15

57. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when the Community Investment Fund will open for applications.

AQW 39144/11-15

58. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Beechfield Estate, Donaghadee, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39151/11-15

59. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Ashfield Estate, Donaghadee, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39152/11-15

60. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Millisle have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39153/11-15

61. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in the Churchill area of Bangor have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39154/11-15

62. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties in Springwell Estate, Groomsport, have yet to have double glazing installed.

AQW 39155/11-15

63. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what communication he has had with other Departments to identify further work for surplus staff at the Driver and Vehicle Agency offices in Coleraine; and to detail the work which he has been able to identify.

AQW 39173/11-15

64. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he intends to extend the temporary work available for surplus staff from the Driver and Vehicle Agency offices in Coleraine with the Child Maintenance Services.

AQW 39179/11-15

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