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 20 October 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
Friday 3 October 2014
Monday 6 October 2014
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Thursday 9 October 2014
Friday 10 October 2014
Monday 13 October 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Thursday 16 October 2014
Friday 17 October 2014
Monday 20 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
Friday 31 October 2014
Monday 3 November 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 D McKay (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35454/11-15

5. 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

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, 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

7. 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 J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35544/11-15

2. Mr 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

3. 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

4. Mr S Lynch (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what practical support they can offer the Belfast Islamic Centre.

AQO 6632/11-15

5. 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

6. 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

7. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

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

AQO 6635/11-15

8. 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 P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

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

AQW 35790/11-15

2. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 36278/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

3. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35749/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 26 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35850/11-15

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

2. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35800/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 29 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35913/11-15

2. 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 First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35937/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35940/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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 to the Minister for Social Development

6. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

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

AQW 35952/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35992/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35993/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35994/11-15

4. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 36018/11-15

5. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 36025/11-15

6. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

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

AQW 36042/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

7. Mr K McCarthy (Strangford)

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

AQW 36044/11-15

Questions 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 Friday 3 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36144/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 6 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36207/11-15

2. 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

3. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what proportion of senior civil service posts in their Department is held by females.

AQO 6744/11-15

4. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the creation of a further phase of funding under the Social Investment Fund.

AQO 6746/11-15

5. 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

6. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much Social Investment funding is planned for distribution in the 2014/15 financial year.

AQO 6748/11-15

7. 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 to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

8. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 36209/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 36260/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 36265/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36296/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36298/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36299/11-15

6. 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

7. 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 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

8. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36307/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

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

AQW 36352/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36353/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36354/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 35728/11-15, to detail (i) the findings of the inquiry; and (ii) how is it not a matter for his Department considering he was asked by the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service to carry out the investigation.

AQW 36956/11-15

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

5. 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 to detail the level of funding needed to progress a cross-departmental internet safety strategy.

AQW 36407/11-15

2. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

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

AQW 36408/11-15

3. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

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

AQW 36409/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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 to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

4. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps her Department will take to support workers from JTI Gallaher Lisnafillan site who will be made redundant; and what talks she plans to have with the company owners.

AQW 37120/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

5. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what arrangements are in place to ensure that drivers receiving a MOT certificate in a Northern Ireland MOT centre will be registered in all databases in Great Britain to ensure that local drivers are not penalised; and what course of action can be taken to reverse an on-the-spot fine when received in Great Britain due to the police not having access to the test details.

AQW 37121/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36461/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 13 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 36517/11-15

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

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

AQW 36596/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

3. 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

4. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

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

AQW 36588/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

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

AQW 36567/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36537/11-15

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. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 35191/11-15, when the annual report on the delivery of the Disability Strategy for 2013/2014, setting out the actions that all Departments have undertaken under the Disability Strategy in its first year, will be published.

AQW 36610/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the Executive is using local Social Enterprise Hubs, as part of the Accelerating Social Enterprise Signature Programme, to actively encourage business start-up within local communities.

AQW 36611/11-15

4. 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

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the current number of Social Enterprise Hubs which have been established as part of the Accelerating Social Enterprise Signature Programme.

AQW 36613/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether Victims and Survivors funding to groups is required to be split so that 60 per cent is spent on overheads and 40 per cent on services; and if so, how this is monitored and enforced; and whether their Department is satisfied that this is actually delivered.

AQW 36620/11-15

7. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update, including timescales, on the regeneration of Ebrington Square, Derry.

AQW 36622/11-15

8. 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

9. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many victims of the Troubles are being assisted by the Victims and Survivors Service for the treatment of chronic pain; and how this figure compares with the numbers prior to the restriction which required that Disability Living Allowance entitlement was a qualifying factor.

AQW 36642/11-15

10. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why Industrial Injury Benefit is not a qualifying benefit to allow victims to receive assistance from the Victims and Survivors Service in the treatment of chronic pain.

AQW 36644/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

11. 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 Enterprise, Trade and Investment

12. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of jobs created by international investors with assistance from InvestNI in each parliamentary constituency in (i) 2011-12; (ii) 2012-13; and (iii) 2013-14.

AQW 36637/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

13. 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 to the Minister for Regional Development

14. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the reasons for Translink operating at a financial loss.

AQW 36598/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the resolution by the Assembly on 11 November 2013 to carry out a review of the range of insulation materials used in Housing Executive homes has been acted upon; and if so, whether any report has been produced following this review and if it will be published.

AQW 36661/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 15 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on progress in the regeneration of Ebrington.

AQW 36715/11-15

2. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when the findings of Stage 2 of the Ebrington Development Framework Public Consultation will be published.

AQW 36716/11-15

3. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) when the car park development at Ebrington will be completed; and (ii) the total cost of the project.

AQW 36717/11-15

4. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the number of expressions of interest in Ebrington received from (i) private sector; and (ii) public sector investors.

AQW 36719/11-15

5. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the development of a maritime museum at Ebrington.

AQW 36720/11-15

6. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) what consultation has taken place regarding the Household Energy and Thermal (HEaT) Efficiency Programme; (ii) what future consultation will take place regarding the HEaT Programme; and (iii) the (a) invitees and (b) attendees at any consultation events.

AQW 36735/11-15

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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 to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

10. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the amount that InvestNI has invested in the Newry and Armagh constituency to support (i) tourism projects; (ii) capital investment schemes; and (iii) hotels and bed and breakfasts, in each year since 2002.

AQW 36713/11-15

11. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what work her Department has undertaken to identify the obstacles to trade and investment in the Armagh city area; and to outline the findings of these research initiatives.

AQW 36714/11-15

12. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the efforts of InvestNI to secure inward investment in the Armagh area, in each of the last five years.

AQW 36718/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

13. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans he has to upgrade and enhance the railway station at Scarva.

AQW 36678/11-15

14. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the £19 million funding for the signalling relay on the Coleraine to Londonderry line is ring-fenced and available for the project.

AQW 36726/11-15

15. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans his Department has to provide lighting along the Comber Greenway.

AQW 36727/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

16. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when he expects construction to be completed following the award to Coleraine Rural Urban Network for a purpose built building in Coleraine town centre.

AQW 36688/11-15

17. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the communities identified as being 'Small Pockets of Deprivation'; (ii) the size of the population affected; and (iii) the funding allocation to support the development of each area, broken down by constituency.

AQW 36748/11-15

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 to the Minister for Employment and Learning

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how his Department is working with the higher and further education institutions and other stakeholders to implement an effective process for the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning.

AQW 36821/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

6. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the impact a rise in interest rates will have on the local housing market.

AQW 36788/11-15

7. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what consideration has been given to the clauses relevant to his Department in the Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill currently passing through Westminster.

AQW 36828/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

8. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what steps he has taken to ensure the continuation of neighbourhood renewal programmes beyond their current remit.

AQW 36773/11-15

9. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what degree of importance he will attach to the ongoing issue of recruitment levels within the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in light of the community background of recruits over a number of years.

AQW 36799/11-15

10. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail what engagement (i) his Department; (ii) the Northern Ireland Housing Executive had with Fusion 21 in each of the last two years, including (a) the dates of meetings; (b) the purpose of each meeting; (c) and who was in attendance at each meeting.

AQW 36826/11-15

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 to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the total budget allocation for gritting in winter 2014/15; and how this compares with 2013/14.

AQW 36877/11-15

5. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on Phase 2 of the Derry to Coleraine rail link renewal project.

AQW 36905/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 20 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the range of budgetary pressures faced by their Department which (i) they have identified as truly inescapable; and (ii) officials from the Department of Finance and Personnel have indicated as being truly inescapable.

AQW 36955/11-15

2. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 35253/11-15, to detail (i) all applicants who have received funding to date; (ii) the amount of funding received by each applicant; and (iii) when funding was transferred to each organisation.

AQW 36967/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

3. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the changes she has made to the quality of rural tourism on offer; and the number of rural tourists during this time.

AQW 36912/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

4. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the affects on public health and welfare of the provision of recreational courses by Regional Colleges.

AQW 36921/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

5. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following the delay of First Flight Wind’s offshore wind farm plans in South Down, whether this is a matter for local government or if maritime planning is a departmental responsibility.

AQW 36927/11-15

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 how many Health and Social Care Trusts are committed to implementing Prostate Cancer UK's Quality Checklist.

AQW 36915/11-15

7. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQT 1616/11-15, which included the 'hope' in relation to organ donation that there would be 'no need for any further legislation,' whether he is not minded to bring forward soft opt-out legislation irrespective of the outcome of the further survey of public opinion following the Public Health Agency's public awareness campaign announced by his predecessor on 11 February 2014.

AQW 37489/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36916/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

9. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much Translink has spent on hospitality in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36906/11-15

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much NI Railways has spent on hospitality in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36907/11-15

11. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much Translink has spent on business trips in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36908/11-15

12. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much NI Railways has spent on business trips in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36909/11-15

13. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the current turnaround time for grass cutting in Limavady.

AQW 36965/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

14. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the criteria whereby individuals are banned from the Northern Ireland Housing Executive housing list; and how many people have been banned in each month of the last three years, broken down by district area.

AQW 36923/11-15

15. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the current number; and (ii) the number in each of the last three years of social housing properties in each Northern Ireland Housing Executive district area.

AQW 36963/11-15

16. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are any plans to close the Limavady Northern Ireland Housing Exective Direct Labour facility and relocate current staff to the Pennyburn facility in Londonderry.

AQW 36964/11-15

17. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what impact relocation of the Limavady Northern Ireland Housing Executive Direct Labour staff to Londonderry will have on the current outstanding service provided throughout the Limavady Borough.

AQW 36966/11-15

18. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the money provided by (i) his Department; (ii) the Northern Ireland Housing Executive; and (iii) housing associations to private landlords in each of the last three years; and to detail the purpose of the funding.

AQW 36975/11-15

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. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline their plans to reassess the designation of Social Investment Zones in order to allow for changes in need since May 2012; and what criteria an area is required to meet in order to be considered eligible for social investment funding.

AQW 37020/11-15

4. 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 Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development who is responsible for the upkeep and maintainance of the public car park in Tardree Forest, County Antrim.

AQW 37013/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many staff in (i) her Department; and (ii) its arm’s-length bodies are employed on zero hour contracts.

AQW 37035/11-15

7. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the fish kill of salmon smolts and parr at the eel fishery in Portna Kilrea during the first two weeks of October; and what action has been taken by her Department to protect salmon smolts and parr at this facility as per EU obligations.

AQW 37400/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the process whereby funding was obtained through the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Tourism Ireland for the Frampton/Martinez fight, including details of how the approach for funding was made and by whom.

AQW 36998/11-15

9. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department, or any of its arm's-length bodies, have used 0800 telephone numbers; and to detail (i) how many calls have been made; and (ii) how much revenue was raised, in each of the last five years.

AQW 37036/11-15

10. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail (i) what potential exists in the Mournes to harness geothermal energy; and (ii) what steps she intends to take to enable widespread uptake of geothermal energy.

AQW 37040/11-15

11. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the projects which benefited from the Tourism Events Fund in each of the last three years, including the amounts awarded to each project.

AQW 37050/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

12. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the costs associated with the disposal of all waste and leachate from City Waste at Mobuoy Road; (ii) the types of waste involved; (iii) the methods used to treat and dispose of waste and leachate; and (iv) the final destinations for the waste and leachate.

AQW 37027/11-15

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department has held discussions regarding, or is aware of, plans to reopen the former City Waste site at Mobouy Road, Derry; and to detail the basis on which it can be reopened, given that (a) the uncertainty surrounding the serious environmental effects of the illegal activity that has taken place at the site; (b) planning applications A/2010/0126/F and A/2010/0596/F have recently been refused; and (c) there are valid planning enforcement notices on the site which have not been met.

AQW 37028/11-15

14. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the full extent of the breaches of planning control which have taken place at the Cavanacaw gold mine; (ii) how these breaches were remedied; (iii) whether any unauthorised activities were incapable of being remedied; (iv) whether any unauthorised activities continued, or new breaches have taken place, since the Ombudsman's report criticising his Department for its failures to exercise proper planning control; and (v) why his Department has not provided the local community with full details of the unauthorised activity at the site as recommended by the Ombudsman's report.

AQW 37029/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the breaches of planning control at the Cavanacaw gold mine represent an unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development; and whether planning application K/2012/0373/F, if approved, will regularise the breaches.

AQW 37030/11-15

16. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many groups have applied to the Challenge Fund in the current financial year, broken down by constituency.

AQW 37045/11-15

17. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following the recent teenage road fatalities in Coleraine and Belfast, what assurances he can provide that his Department are doing all it can to work with other Departments and outside agencies to reduce the number of road deaths.

AQW 37584/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

18. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 35472/11-15, to detail (i) when he will provide an answer; and (ii) why the question has not been answered in the required timeframe.

AQW 36994/11-15

19. 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 of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

20. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how he is supporting front line staff in Emergency Departments to cope with potential rising demand in the winter months.

AQW 36980/11-15

21. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust has spent on electricity in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 36982/11-15

22. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps his Department is taking to assist the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service to meet their target of responding to an average of 72.5 per cent of ‘Category A’ calls.

AQW 37019/11-15

23. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety which Service Level Agreement (SLA) he referred to in his statement to the Assembly on the 14 October 2014 when he stated that the current arrangements under the SLAs will remain in place until December 2014.

AQW 37515/11-15

24. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the support services currently available; and (ii) the service improvement plans, for prostate cancer patients in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 37574/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

25. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the process involved in the Special Purchase of Evacuated Dwellings (SPED) scheme; and what procedures are in place to compensate people affected who have been forced to incur debt as a result of having to leave their home through no fault of their own and solely due to security issues where the SPED purchase price falls below the equity of property involved.

AQW 37004/11-15

26. Mr S Anderson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the number of properties which are still to benefit from the window replacement scheme in Portadown during the 2014/15 financial year.

AQW 37044/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

27. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission what requests have been (i) made, and by whom; and (ii) granted, and to whom, in respect of the use of rooms in Parliament Buildings in connection with the upcoming political talks.

AQW 37399/11-15

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 whether they will place a copy of the PEACE IV and INTERREG V draft programmes, as submitted to the EU Commission, in the Assembly library.

AQW 37072/11-15

2. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much their Department has spent on funding voluntary projects operated by faith based organisations in the last three years.

AQW 37087/11-15

3. 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 Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the timescale for the replacement of trees in Cairn Wood, County Down.

AQW 37081/11-15

5. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the cost of the (i) removal; and (ii) replacement of the trees in Cairn Wood, County Down.

AQW 37083/11-15

6. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what measures will be put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of the circumstances that led to the need to destroy trees at Cairn Wood, County Wood.

AQW 37086/11-15

7. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the plan for the replacement of trees at Cairn Wood, County Down.

AQW 37088/11-15

8. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether agency or other staff from outside the Northern Ireland Civil Service have worked on the Rural Development Programme over the last two years.

AQW 37109/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

9. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to list the key differences in employment legislation between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.

AQW 37077/11-15

10. Mr S Anderson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the number of work placements in the Upper Bann area that are available to students at the Southern Regional College.

AQW 37104/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the proposed Multi-Function Centre for Kilcooley.

AQW 37074/11-15

12. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether her Department has commenced a scoping paper on small and medium sized businesses.

AQW 37079/11-15

13. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps her Department will take to improve employment prospects for older people.

AQW 37091/11-15

14. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assurances she can give that the Enterprise Zone in Coleraine will enable the area to become a long-term competitive business location, to retain companies who are incentivised to locate within the Zone, and to continue to attract more business in the future.

AQW 37102/11-15

15. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the range of measures the Enterprise Zone in Coleraine plans to offer to incentivise firms to move into the area.

AQW 37103/11-15

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail (i) what information and advice services her Department provides or funds to consumers, broken down by service provider; (ii) the funding provided to each organisation or service; and (iii) the number of staff funded in each provider.

AQW 37114/11-15

17. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many consumers have used each information and advice service that her Department provides or funds to consumers in each of the last three years.

AQW 37115/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

18. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the landfilling taking place at Camcosy Road, County Tyrone, including the extent and composition of the infilling taking place, were considered as part of the Environmental Impact Assessment determination and Habitats Regulations Assessment when determining the likely effects on the Owenkillew Special Area of Conservation; and to detail where the evidence of this exists.

AQW 37112/11-15

19. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme certificate granted to the Cavanacaw gold mine related to the unauthorised removal of rock from the site; and if so, why it was appropriate to grant a certificate relating to unauthorised development, and whether this information was provided to the Ombudsman when he was conducting his investigation.

AQW 37113/11-15

20. 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

21. 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

22. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the annual (i) number of overnight trips; and (ii) total expenditure for tourists in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 37101/11-15

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

23. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the travel expenses paid to senior management in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in the last three financial years.

AQW 37078/11-15

24. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the process for social services referrals of vulnerable adults to faith based organisations; and (ii) the process for providing financial assistance to these organisations.

AQW 37089/11-15

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of community hospitals currently being used to capacity; and (ii) the number of Health Service beds in use in private nursing facilities, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37107/11-15

26. Mr S Anderson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many firefighters are stationed in Upper Bann.

AQW 37108/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

27. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36138/11-15, (i) whether this accountability is practiced; and (ii) whether he has been furnished with evidence of PFNI consultation with all members and the required responses, in both the matter of pensions and any other relevant issues for which PFNI are representatively responsible.

AQW 37098/11-15

28. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many people in each court division have been recalled to court under fine default reviews since the extent of unpaid fines was revealed, broken down by (i) Magistrates'; and (ii) Crown courts.

AQW 37100/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

29. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the projected timescale for the transfer of the Dufferin Avenue car park to Translink.

AQW 37090/11-15

30. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why his Department’s capital reduced requirements for 2014-15 have totalled £137.5 million.

AQW 37094/11-15

31. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what measures his Department has in place to improve road markings in the coming months.

AQW 37646/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

32. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many (i) Housing Association; and (ii) Housing Executive tenants have been subjected to court proceedings for alleged anti-social behaviour in the last three years.

AQW 37065/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the welfare benefits paid, broken down by (a) constituency; and (b) benefit, in 2013/14, or the most up-to-date information that is available.

AQW 37071/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what consideration is given to the rights and needs of residents of housing developments when the Northern Ireland Housing Executive relocate tenants from one development to another due to anti-social behaviour.

AQW 37082/11-15

35. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many applicants were on the Housing Executive waiting list for (a) Coleraine; and (b) Limavady Borough Council areas on 1 January 2014; and what percentage of people were in housing stress.

AQW 37111/11-15

36. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the reasons why some locations or housing schemes may be outside the normal housing selection scheme or be assessed or allocated differently.

AQW 37122/11-15

37. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether a person can receive additional points for housing if they request to be allocated near to family members for support reasons.

AQW 37123/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 23 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the planned investment of £365,000 through the Social Investment Fund to the 3G sports pitch in Kilcooley, Bangor.

AQW 37217/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the current (i) number; and (ii) annual cost of staff employed in her Department's Information Service.

AQW 37156/11-15

3. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what impact the proposed reductions of the Single Farm Payment will have in Upper Bann.

AQW 37191/11-15

4. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an estimate of the costs associated with the replacment of the Animal and Public Health Information System.

AQW 37210/11-15

5. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the level of reserves in each of her Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37218/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) number; and (ii) grade of staff which Libraries NI envisage as a shortfall.

AQW 37166/11-15

7. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many agency staff have had their employment terminated by Libraries NI in the last six months; and at what grades they were employed.

AQW 37167/11-15

8. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many unfilled and vacant posts have been identified by Libraries NI; and at what grade are these posts.

AQW 37168/11-15

9. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what are the implications of the cuts to Libraries NI to the future of (i) public access terminals; (ii) story time; and (iii) computer learning.

AQW 37169/11-15

10. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the (i) number; and (ii) grade of staff which Libraries NI envisage as a shortfall.

AQW 37171/11-15

11. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many agency staff have had their employment terminated by Libraries NI in the last six months; and at what grades they were employed.

AQW 37172/11-15

12. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many unfilled and vacant posts have been identified by Libraries NI; and at what grade are these posts.

AQW 37174/11-15

13. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how Libraries NI can mediate against closures because of forced staffing cuts.

AQW 37202/11-15

14. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether all senior posts within Libraries NI are currently filled; and if not, whether any of these vacancies have been identified to be carried until the 2015/16 budget is confirmed.

AQW 37204/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) for a a breakdown of her 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 she will deposit a copy of her Department’s bid in the Assembly library for scrutiny ahead of the Assembly debate.

AQW 37205/11-15

16. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline the programme of events which has been organised to mark the 50th anniversary of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

AQW 37612/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

17. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the level of reserves in each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37221/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

18. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department arrived at the decision to cut the Northern Ireland Tourist Board events fund; and what other options were explored for potential savings.

AQW 37184/11-15

19. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for her assessment of recent Foreign Direct Investments and their impact on local businesses, particularly the head hunting practices and higher salaries that are making the landscape uncompetitive for local companies, especially in the technology start up sector.

AQW 37185/11-15

20. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what package her Department will put in place to support workers from JTI Gallaher.

AQW 37196/11-15

21. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assessment has been made of the impact that the closure of the JTI Gallaher factory will have on sub contractors, suppliers and other jobs associated with the factory.

AQW 37199/11-15

22. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what communication she has had, or plans to have, with trade union representatives about the future of the workforce at JTI Gallaher.

AQW 37200/11-15

23. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (i) for a a breakdown of her 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 she will deposit a copy of her Department’s bid in the Assembly library for scrutiny ahead of the Assembly debate.

AQW 37206/11-15

24. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the level of reserves in each of her Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37222/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

25. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 37154/11-15

26. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the date the Chief Enforcement Officer reported to Driver and Vehicle Agency staff that a taxi operator centre existed at Ravenhill Stadium and by what means was this reported; (ii) whether the subsequent taxi operating licence was issued as a result of the report; (iii) when complaints were first raised as to the non-existence of the operator centre at the stadium; and (iv) when departmental or agency staff visited the stadium and discovered that no such structure or operating centre existed.

AQW 37177/11-15

27. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following his Department’s submission to the Planning Appeals Commission against the application by Arc NI 1 Ltd to build sixteen wind turbines in Binevenagh Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, when they expect to receive a response.

AQW 37182/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

28. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail his Department’s estimation of the total amount of inescapable bids which will be made by each Department in the 2014 October monitoring round.

AQW 37214/11-15

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

29. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what translation services are provided when a non-English speaking prisoner is taken to hospital.

AQW 37148/11-15

30. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of the delivery of the different types of advanced radiotherapy techniques, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37178/11-15

31. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cancers that have been specifically targeted by advanced radiotherapy in the last three years.

AQW 37179/11-15

32. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cancers that are not being treated with advanced radiotherapy techniques.

AQW 37180/11-15

33. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients have been referred to other treatment centres to receive advanced radiotherapy treatment due to treatment not being provided in the hospital they have been attending.

AQW 37181/11-15

34. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (i) for a 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 37207/11-15

35. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the current number of specialist diabetic nurses in each Health and Social Care Trust area.

AQW 37209/11-15

36. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the cost of paramedic training conducted by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service in the last three years.

AQW 37213/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given the recent conviction in Case Number 12/090031 for rape and assault at Dungannon Crown Court that an active previous assessment of dangerous as defined by the 2008 (NI) Act, and that the offences were committed whilst on day-release from a violence-related custodial sentence, (i) whether this case meets the criteria for a Serious Case Review; (ii) if so will he order a review; and (iii) if not, will he consider a review of this case and the monitoring of the offender.

AQW 37161/11-15

38. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) for a 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 37208/11-15

39. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether responses from residents outside Northern Ireland will be accepted to the consultation on abortion; and if not, what measures will be in place to restrict eligible responses accordingly and to validate the provenance of responses.

AQW 37475/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

40. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) location of electric vehicle charging points in (a) North Down; and (b) Northern Ireland.

AQW 37129/11-15

41. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail any planned new electric vehicle charging points in (i) North Down; and (ii) Northern Ireland.

AQW 37130/11-15

42. 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

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the volume of leakage from mains water pipes over the last three years.

AQW 37132/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much of a dividend has NI Water given to his Department in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 37133/11-15

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a comparison of the efficiency of NI Water with its equivalent bodies in the rest of the UK.

AQW 37135/11-15

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the profit made by NI Water in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 37136/11-15

47. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what progress is planned during 2015 on the dualling of the A26 road to Glarryford.

AQW 37142/11-15

48. 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

49. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether his Department has any plans to extend the parking facilities at Lurgan Railway Station.

AQW 37189/11-15

50. 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

51. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail (i) the current extent of compliance with the EU Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive and the EU Water Framework Directive; (ii) the current extent of the risk of infraction proceedings commencing; (iii) the level of fines possible as a result of this infraction; and (iv) the level of investment needed to avoid such proceedings.

AQW 37193/11-15

52. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update as to progress of the Inter-departmental Programme Board on the Strategic Drainage Infrastructure Plan; and a timescale for its completion.

AQW 37194/11-15

53. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how the £750 million deemed necessary by the NI Water PC15 Business Plan for Belfast Drainage and Wastewater Treatment will be financed.

AQW 37195/11-15

54. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on (i) the work of the Inter Agency Flood Investment and Planning Group; (ii) the Water Strategy; and (iii) the progress on PEDU 'Review of the Response to Flooding in June 2012' Report recommendations.

AQW 37201/11-15

55. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the drying of cloths on site, to reduce weight for disposal, is common at waste water facilities; and whether NI Water has any plans to ban this practice given the resulting unpleasant odour.

AQW 37504/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

56. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the level of detected fraudulent welfare claims in each of the last ten years.

AQW 37147/11-15

57. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of staff that investigate suspected fraudulent welfare claims.

AQW 37149/11-15

58. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development in how many cases his Department has sought to implement fines or prosecute through the courts for fraudulent welfare claims.

AQW 37150/11-15

59. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the planned departmental investment of £250,000 to the 3G sports pitch in Kilcooley, Bangor.

AQW 37216/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 24 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 to detail the level of reserves in each of their Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37243/11-15

2. 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

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister (i) for a breakdown of their 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 they will deposit a copy of their Department’s bid in the Assembly library for scrutiny ahead of the Assembly debate.

AQW 37299/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the approximate number of staff that will move to her Department’s new headquarters at Ballykelly; and whether economic benefits, through job creation in the local area, is a realistic outcome of this move.

AQW 37295/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the level of importance attached to the delivery of customer service at each library; and how Libraries NI can mediate against the forced closure because of staffing cuts.

AQW 37274/11-15

6. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether all senior posts in Libraries NI are filled; and if there are any vacancies arising that may not be filled until the 2015/16 budget is defined.

AQW 37275/11-15

7. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure advise what are the budgetary implications of cuts in the longer term in relation to issuing books, public access terminals use, story time and computer learning in Libraries NI.

AQW 37276/11-15

8. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether staff in Libraries NI can be redeployed to ensure service provision to the public is maintained.

AQW 37277/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support her Department has provided to grass roots soccer programmes in East Londonderry since 2011.

AQW 37293/11-15

10. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail (i) what action she will take to preserve the name of the Ulster Orchestra; (ii) whether appropriate weighting has been given to its unique role and ambassadorial function in applying criteria for allocating funding to cultural events and organisations; (iii) whether the inclusive nature of the Orchestra’s programme of performance, arts education and outreach was considered; (iv) whether there has been liaison between her Department and the Orchestra’s other major sponsors, such as the BBC, to discuss alternative funding mechanisms; and (v) her assessment of the impact of the potential closure of the Orchestra on other growing creative industries, such as film and television production, given her personal commendation of its collaboration with NI Screen in March 2014.

AQW 37562/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) when the Western Education and Library Board applied for funding for a new youth centre in Enniskillen; (ii) the level of local consultation on this project; and (iii) what consideration has been given to locating the youth centre on the proposed public services sector hub along with the South West College on the site of the former Erne Hospital in Enniskillen.

AQW 37236/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of the capacity of non-grammar schools to meet the challenges of maintaining and improving on the number of students achieving the expected levels of performance in English and maths.

AQW 37292/11-15

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) the schools in North Down that sought capital funding for new school buildings; (ii) what each school scored in each of the criteria against which the proposals were judged; (iii) the total score of each school; and (iv) the score of the lowest scoring school to receive capital funding, in each of the four capital funding announcements for major works projects, since 2007.

AQW 37298/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

14. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of graduates that have taken part in (i) the Youth Employment Scheme; and (ii) Steps to Work.

AQW 37234/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning (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 37300/11-15

16. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, given the recent successes in East Londonderry, whether he will continue to fund the Youth Opportunities Scheme to maximise the skills development and experience of young people.

AQW 37561/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

17. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the prior consultation that took place with the organisers of any of the events whose funding was affected by the announcement that the Tourism Events National Sponsorship Scheme will not go ahead in 2015/16.

AQW 37244/11-15

18. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the (i) date; and (ii) approximate time the decision was taken that the Tourism Events National Sponsorship Scheme will not go ahead in 2015/16.

AQW 37245/11-15

19. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether any alternative was considered to the announcement that the Tourism Events National Sponsorship Scheme would not go ahead in 2015/16, such as sharing the burden across the National and International funds.

AQW 37246/11-15

20. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assessment was made of the amount of consequential revenue which would be lost if the cut to the Tourism Events National Sponsorship Scheme is implemented.

AQW 37247/11-15

21. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail (i) how many new jobs have been created by InvestNI in each constituency in each of the last five years; (ii) how many of the jobs created still exist; and (iii) how many potential foreign investors visited each constituency over the same period and what were the outcomes from the visits.

AQW 37249/11-15

22. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, since coming to office, how many times has she met with the management of JTI Gallahers; and to detail the dates of each meeting.

AQW 37250/11-15

23. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the answer provided to AQW 27103/11-15.

AQW 37251/11-15

24. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the answer provided to AQW 27036/11-15.

AQW 37252/11-15

25. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 13354/11-15, to detail (i) the companies responsible for promoting 89 jobs in the Foyle constituency in 2011/12; (ii) the timescale for creating these jobs; (iii) the number of these jobs created to date; and (iv) when the remainder will be created.

AQW 37288/11-15

26. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 24617/11-15, regarding the promotion of 200 jobs by Allstate NI in the Foyle constituency in 2012/13, to detail (i) the number of jobs created to date; and (ii) when the remainder will be created.

AQW 37289/11-15

27. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 35360/11-15, regarding the promotion of 333 jobs by the Convergys Corporation in the Foyle constituency in 2013/14, to detail (i) the number of jobs created to date; and (ii) when the remainder will be created.

AQW 37290/11-15

28. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 35360/11-15, regarding the promotion of 177 jobs by Fujitsu Services Limited in the Foyle constituency in 2013/14, to detail (i) the number of jobs created to date; and (ii) when the remainder will be created.

AQW 37291/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

29. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the level of reserves in each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37238/11-15

30. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department has agreed via the Driver and Vehicle Agency or any other departmental agency, that the private taxi hire tariff should not exceed the public hire rate, in order to permit a second tariff on a regulated meter; and if so, to outline the rationale behind this decision.

AQW 37254/11-15

31. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 36423/11-15, whether he will provide a copy of the email and any associated responses, or place a copy in the Assembly Library.

AQW 37257/11-15

32. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given the changes with regards to the displaying of tax discs on cars, whether there any proposals to implement the same changes with regard to the display of MOT discs.

AQW 37265/11-15

33. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Belfast public hire tariff information is published; and if so, why other tariffs are not published.

AQW 37266/11-15

34. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment who within his Department tested and authorised the checksums currently fitted to public and private hire taxis.

AQW 37267/11-15

35. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether secondary tariffs on private hire taxis are displayed in the vehicles on a tariff card in the same manner as the Belfast public hire tariff.

AQW 37268/11-15

36. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether it is permitted to have a checksum/tariff structure on a public hire taxi meter other than the regulated tariff as specific by his Department's regulations if the second tariff exceeds the regulated tariff on waiting time.

AQW 37269/11-15

37. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the fitting and calibration of taxi meters will be carried out externally or 'in-house' by his Department.

AQW 37270/11-15

38. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the rural proofing completed on the latest changes to taxi legislation.

AQW 37303/11-15

39. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether rural proofing will be conducted in relation to future taxi regulations.

AQW 37304/11-15

40. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many enforcement actions or prosecutions have taken place with regard to the operation of illegal taxis, broken down by district council area, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37305/11-15

41. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what support will be given to the introduction of meters in taxis that do not currently have a meter.

AQW 37307/11-15

42. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department has introduced a policy or practice which leads to road safety issues being disregarded where an established access laneway exists to a proposed site for a single wind turbine.

AQW 37308/11-15

43. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he has made representations to the British Government and European Commission regarding plans to build a new nuclear power plant at Hinkley Point in Somerset which is 240km from the Irish coast.

AQW 37309/11-15

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

44. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people completed Northern Ireland Ambulance Service training and were successful in achieving employment as a paramedic, in the last three years.

AQW 37223/11-15

45. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many paramedics are still on temporary contracts following the completion of Northern Ireland Ambulance Service training in the last three years.

AQW 37224/11-15

46. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he is taking to tackle low levels of morale within the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service.

AQW 37225/11-15

47. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the levels of sick absence amongst paramedics employed by the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, in the last three years.

AQW 37226/11-15

48. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he plans to launch a new consultation on the fluoridation of the public water supply.

AQW 37228/11-15

49. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the level of reserves in each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37240/11-15

50. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 30550/11-15, when a regional network of professionals with experience of working with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome patients will be established.

AQW 37259/11-15

51. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the impact that the introduction of a minimum unit price for alcohol would have on the health and wellbeing of the general public.

AQW 37260/11-15

52. 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

53. 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

54. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 36802/11-15 and his statement that "It is important that solutions adopted at each site must fit the particular needs and circumstances of each individual location", for his assessment of whether a charge of £0.70 per hour for parking at the South West Acute Hospital is appropriate.

AQW 37302/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

55. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the level of reserves in each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37241/11-15

56. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail (i) the procedure for a prisoner who has been returned to custody after breaching the terms of a licence release to serve the remainder as a sentenced prisoner, who is the subject of a bench warrant which has to be executed in a court setting; and (ii) the agency responsible for facilitating or requesting the prisoner being brought to court for the warrant to be executed.

AQW 37255/11-15

57. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36917/11-15, whether he will (i) undertake to provide a detailed update on this matter; (ii) seek an explanation as to why the requirement to file accounts was not complied with; and (iii) establish who was ultimately responsible.

AQW 37258/11-15

58. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether he is aware of the number of enforcement actions or prosecutions that have taken place in regard to the operation of illegal taxis, broken down by district council area, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37306/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

59. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much money his Department has received from sources other than the Executive, in each of the last two years.

AQW 37229/11-15

60. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for a breakdown of the money that his Department has received from sources other than the Executive, in each of the last two years.

AQW 37230/11-15

61. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much EU funding NI Water received in the last three financial years.

AQW 37231/11-15

62. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether any senior managers of NI Water are supplied with a company car.

AQW 37232/11-15

63. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much NI Water has spent on hospitality in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 37233/11-15

64. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) when Roads Service decided to resurface the Coa Road in Enniskillen; (ii) when NI Water decided new water mains were needed in the area surrounding the Coa Road in Enniskillen; (iii) when the resurfacing work on Coa Road, Enniskillen was completed; (iv) when the water mains project on the Coa Road commenced; and (v) what action he will take to ensure that any similar utility works take place prior to or during resurfacing.

AQW 37235/11-15

65. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans his Department has to introduce more Park and Ride facilities in North Down.

AQW 37262/11-15

66. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much was paid out in compensation claims to members of the public who had been involved in accidents on public footpaths in (i) 2012; and (ii) 2013.

AQW 37285/11-15

67. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQO 6788/11-15, to detail (i) whether he is confident that internal contractors have the appropriate specialist skills and equipment to adequately fill the void left by external contractors; (ii) what efforts have been made to upskill internal contractors and acquire the additional equipment necessary to adequately address public safety concerns; (iii) the criteria that has to be met before external contractors are employed in the absence of appropriate specialist skills and equipment being available from internal resources; and (iv) to what extent it is appropriate for public safety concerns to be disregarded in the context of budgetary cuts.

AQW 37311/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

68. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the level of reserves in each of his Department's arm’s-length bodies as of 1 October 2014.

AQW 37242/11-15

69. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36460/11-15, whilst his predecessor reached a conclusion, whether he, with ongoing responsibility to ensure the affairs of his Department have been conducted properly, is satisfied that the matter has been dealt with in accordance with the recommendations of the Department of Finance and Personnel's fact-finding investigator.

AQW 37253/11-15

70. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36137/11-15, to provide the total number of Disability Living Allowance applications for the corresponding years, showing how many were (i) refused; and (ii) approved.

AQW 37256/11-15

71. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36469/11-15, given that work in 4,500 of the 7,360 dwellings referred to has not yet commenced, whether the work due to be undertaken by contractors in the remaining months of the financial year will entail the recruitment of additional staff to meet Programme for Government 2011/15 targets.

AQW 37286/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 27 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what projects into mastitis in cows are funded, or intended to be funded, by her Department or its arm's-length bodies.

AQW 37345/11-15

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what funding the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute receive from her Department for the purposes of research.

AQW 37346/11-15

3. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in relation to departmental funding provided to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) for research purposes, whether any opportunity is given to outside academics or groups to submit research proposals to AFBI that could be undertaken using this funding.

AQW 37349/11-15

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what funding or opportunities her Department offers for agricultural research projects, other than funding to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute.

AQW 37351/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to explain the relationship between the Ulster-Scots Agency and the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies.

AQW 37340/11-15

6. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the funding provided by the Ulster-Scots Agency to the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies at the University of Ulster in each year since the Institute was established in January 2001.

AQW 37341/11-15

7. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the management arrangements, oversight and governance of the Institute of Ulster-Scots Studies; and what input there was from the Ulster-Scots Agency as the main external funder.

AQW 37342/11-15

8. 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

9. 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 for Employment and Learning

10. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development has contacted him regarding a proposal for College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise staff to deliver the Level 2 Agricultural Qualification in Further Educational College buildings.

AQW 37312/11-15

11. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he will consider the promotion of role model excellence as part of a drive to ensure that young people from working class areas are able to avail of further and higher education facilities in their own communities.

AQW 37339/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps his Department is taking to assess and address the risk factors resulting in young people who are Not in Education, Employment or Training.

AQW 37353/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

13. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether Regulation 13(I) of the Public Service Vehicles Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1985 is unenforceable.

AQW 37322/11-15

14. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how plans to designate land in the Mournes as Areas of Special Scientific Interest have been appropriately subject to an Equality Impact Assessment, specifically the effect they would have on the local farming community.

AQW 37327/11-15

15. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the specific scientific reasons why he is choosing to designate land in the Mournes as an Area of Special Scientific Interest.

AQW 37329/11-15

16. 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

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether secondary tariffs on public hire taxi meters are displayed in the vehicle on a tariff card in the same manner as the Belfast public hire tariff.

AQW 37352/11-15

18. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) how many fixed penalties under section 8 of the Noise Act 1996 have been served by council officers since it came into operation, broken down by council; and (ii) the level of fixed penalty awarded each time.

AQW 37358/11-15

19. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment (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 37363/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

20. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of (a) Protestants; and (b) Roman Catholics applying for, and obtaining, employment at Administrative Assistant and Administrative Officer level in the Northern Ireland Civil Service in 2013.

AQW 37336/11-15

21. 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

22. 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

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

23. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (i) how many places are available on courses for nurses who wish to return to practice; (ii) where these courses are offered; and (iii) what is the ratio of applications to available places.

AQW 37323/11-15

24. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an overview of the current provision of out-of-hours GP services in Strabane.

AQW 37325/11-15

25. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what plans his Department has to regulate private ambulances which are hired to provide medical cover for sporting and public events.

AQW 37333/11-15

26. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the viability of an air ambulance service.

AQW 37334/11-15

27. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 36062/11-15, what efforts are being made to reduce waiting times on arrival for pre-arranged antenatal appointments in Braid Valley Hospital.

AQW 37354/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

28. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) how much was it ascertained that Gheorge Ionas gained by his criminal activity; (ii) whether these funds have been seized as the proceeds of crime; and (iii) whether these funds will be distributed as compensation amongst the victims in question.

AQW 37316/11-15

29. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) whether Legal Aid was granted in the case of Gheorge Ionas at Craigavon Magistrates Court; (ii) if so how much has been paid, shown by law firm and counsel; and (iii) if costs have not yet been claimed, what is the estimated total.

AQW 37318/11-15

30. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36643/11-15, how much NI Prison Service has paid to the Scottish Prison Service, or its contracted service providers, to provide drugs testing services on the basis of payments made on the number of tests undertaken, in each financial year since the service commenced.

AQW 37321/11-15

31. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36691/11-15, whether the judges who preside in Belfast Youth and Family Court were personally consulted before the decision was taken and announced.

AQW 37324/11-15

32. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether there are licensing qualifications or other prerequisites for operators of CCTV cameras at public buildings; and why operators of such cameras at the Sanger gate at Laganside court were relieved of their duties recently.

AQW 37326/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether Civilian Security Officers of the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service who are designated as Special Constables are subject to the supervision and oversight of the Northern Ireland Police Ombudsman.

AQW 37328/11-15

34. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many Civilian Security Officers of the Northern Ireland Security Guard Service are designated as Special Constables.

AQW 37330/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much has been recovered in each court division to date in unpaid fines since action was taken to recoup defaulters broken down by (i) Magistrates'; and (ii) Crown courts.

AQW 37356/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

36. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 36747/11-15, which district council does not currently have an arrangement to salt city and town centre footways during times of prolonged ice and snow.

AQW 37337/11-15

37. 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

38. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the funding his Department provides for neighbourhood renewal projects in Kilcooley Estate, Bangor, in the current financial year.

AQW 37314/11-15

39. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the funding his Department provides for the Areas at Risk programme in Beechfield Estate, Donaghadee, in the current financial year.

AQW 37315/11-15

40. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the funding his Department provides for the Small Pockets of Deprivation programme in Rathgill Estate, Bangor, in the current financial year.

AQW 37317/11-15

41. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the funding that will be transferred to the new North Down and Ards Council for Neighbourhood Renewal projects.

AQW 37319/11-15

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the funding that will be transferred to the new North Down and Ards Council for the Small Pockets of Deprivation programme.

AQW 37320/11-15

43. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what assessment was made by Triangle Housing Association of the composition of the Coleraine waiting list when determining the house size of the twenty home development currently under construction.

AQW 37335/11-15

44. 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

45. 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

46. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development on how many occasions the Northern Ireland Housing Executive have sought an injunction restraining any person from engaging in conduct causing a nuisance or annoyance using their premises for immoral or illegal purposes or entering such residential premises since the Housing (Northern Ireland ) Order 2003 came into operation.

AQW 37350/11-15

47. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he supports the Homeless Action Charter; and if so, what steps are being taken to implement its recommendations.

AQW 37362/11-15

48. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the review of the Housing Selection Scheme.

AQW 37364/11-15

49. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what proportion of homeless people presented as homeless on more than one occasion, in each of the last five years.

AQW 37365/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 28 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether in the period May 2007 to May 2011 any Rural Development funding, or other departmental funding, was paid to Foyle Recyclers Limited; and, if so, (i) when payment was awarded; (ii) how much was awarded; and (iii) for what purpose was the funding to be used.

AQW 37398/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

2. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether she has plans in place to ensure that the legacy of the UK City of Culture filters down to smaller towns, such as Castlerock, Garvagh and Kilrea.

AQW 37391/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

3. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education for his assessment of (i) the health and safety implications for pupils of shale hockey pitches at schools; and (ii) when these pitches will be replaced by more modern and safer playing surfaces.

AQW 37377/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what steps his Department has taken to promote areas outside of Greater Belfast as locations for US companies who are seeking to invest in Northern Ireland.

AQW 37392/11-15

5. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what contact they have had with the European Commission regarding the retraining of JTI Gallaher employees.

AQW 37397/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

6. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many taxi operator licence holders have received a fine of £200 for breaches of taxi operator licensing by themselves or their affiliated drivers since May 2013.

AQW 37374/11-15

7. 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

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what level of fixed penalty under section 8A(2)(a) of the Noise Act 1996 has been set by each local council.

AQW 37382/11-15

9. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Coleraine permitted private companies to access the personal details of local drivers.

AQW 37383/11-15

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Driver and Vehicle Agency in Coleraine were permitted to sell the personal details of local drivers.

AQW 37384/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

11. 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

12. 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

13. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when he expects the findings of a review of MS services to be published; and whether he intends to place a MS specialist in the Causeway Hospital in the interim period.

AQW 37370/11-15

14. 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

15. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the implementation of Phase One of Transforming Your Care in South Down and to detail (i) the lessons learnt from this process; and (ii) when the implementation of Phase Two will commence.

AQW 37378/11-15

16. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the reasons why the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust are frequently not meeting the thirteen week target for Psychological Assessment; (ii) what plan is in place to deal with the gap in services; and (iii) whether he will commit additional finance if necessary to tackle the problem.

AQW 37379/11-15

17. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the prevalence and incidence of Chiari Malformation and Syringomyelia.

AQW 37380/11-15

18. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department will be making a formal response the consultation by the Department of Justice on the liberalisation of Northern Ireland's abortion law.

AQW 37385/11-15

19. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he is satisfied as to the value for money and necessity for the layer of Assistant Directors across the Health and Social Care Trusts.

AQW 37386/11-15

20. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of managers in each Health and Social Care Trust who receive performance related (i) bonuses; and (ii) pay; and to detail the spend on bonuses and performance related pay in the last three years.

AQW 37401/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

21. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in light of the concerns raised by G4S staff of faulty palm scanners in court houses, whether he will order an independent assessment and report of the (i) effectiveness of the palm scanners; and (ii) concerns raised by staff, and whether these concerns were appropriately addressed.

AQW 37393/11-15

22. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much was paid in legal aid for the judicial review taken by a person in relation to Reference STE9365 delivered on 29 September 2014, broken down by (i) law firm; (ii) junior counsel; (iii) senior counsel; and (iv) other associated costs; or if a total has not been submitted, to provide an estimated final total.

AQW 37394/11-15

23. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to the case of Gheorge Ionas at Craigavon Magistrates Court, whether there are further charges pending in relation to forced labour and associated offences; and if not, will he undertake to ascertain why this is the case.

AQW 37395/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

24. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) number; (ii) cost; and (ii) location of trips abroad by departmental senior management in each of the last three years.

AQW 37387/11-15

25. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many private companies have had their contracts with his Department cancelled due to the budget cut backs.

AQW 37388/11-15

26. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether a decision has been taken of the parking regime that will be applicable to the parking bays on Bangor High Street once the public realmn works are complete.

AQW 37389/11-15

27. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether a decision has been taken on the charges applicable to the parking bays on Bangor High Street when the public realms work are complete.

AQW 37390/11-15

28. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what are the qualifying criteria for the payment of a telephone allowance to staff of NI Water.

AQW 37396/11-15

29. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) to list the organisations that have received, or will receive, a refund for water and sewerage services through standard usage or trade effluent as a result of being overcharged since the introduction of the legislation that came into effect in 2008; (ii) to detail the amount in question for each organisation; (iii) what efforts are being made to identify other organisations that may have been affected; (iv) what resources NI Water or his Department are allocating to help identify other organisations that may be affected.

AQW 37402/11-15

30. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (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 37403/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

31. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail how many Housing Executive applicants (i) are currently living in a hostel; (ii) have been living in a hostel for longer than twelve months; and (iii) have been living in a hostel for longer than two years.

AQW 37366/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what information is given to homeless applicants by the Housing Executive concerning their rights, entitlements and available services.

AQW 37367/11-15

33. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are plans to correlate additional social housing provision with areas of the highest levels of homelessness.

AQW 37368/11-15

34. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, of the number of public responses expressing views on three research reports commissioned by his Department into the allocation of social housing, how many of these were from individuals who are currently living in social housing.

AQW 37371/11-15

35. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what progress has been made regarding the introduction of a developers contribution to social and affordable housing.

AQW 37405/11-15

36. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) how many people currently reside in social housing; (ii) how many people are currently on the housing waiting list; (iii) how many social houses are currently available; and (iv) how many social houses are currently being built in North Down.

AQW 37406/11-15

37. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development (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 37407/11-15

38. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why the 'Cavity Walls Insulation Report' by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive omitted a recommendations section.

AQW 37408/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 29 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether licence holders under the Mourne Herring Fishery will benefit from the announced scheme by the EU Fisheries Council to permit the industry to bank 25 per cent of the 2014 quota.

AQW 37410/11-15

2. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in light of the fact that the price of herring has dropped by 40 per cent and that under proposals by the EU Fisheries Council licence holders may bank this year’s quota for herring, whether she has any plans to implement a short term compensation scheme for licence holders under the Mourne Herring Fishery.

AQW 37411/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

3. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) the current average waiting time for an Educational Psychologist across all Education and Library Boards; and (ii) the current waiting time for an Educational Psychologist in the Belfast Education and Library Board.

AQW 37423/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how many posts Gavin Boyd currently holds within education administration; and of these, how many are paid posts.

AQW 37430/11-15

5. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of the electrical maintenance and repair contracts for the Southern Education and Library Board, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 37435/11-15

6. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he is satisfied that all schools have sufficient and credible documentation in place to defend cases brought against schools for failing to address the individual needs of pupils who leave education without basic skills in literacy and numeracy.

AQW 37438/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

7. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how spending cuts will affect provisions for university students with special education requirements.

AQW 37465/11-15

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the number of people completing Post Graduate Diplomas in Education in the last three years, compared with the number of newly created jobs in this field.

AQW 37467/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

9. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what her Department is doing to increase awareness among consumers of their rights when signing up to schemes in which companies own the solar panels that are placed on the consumers' property.

AQW 37441/11-15

10. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what consideration was given to the impact on local government reform and the certainty and speed of planning decisions for prospective developers and investors, of her decision to judicially review the adoption of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.

AQW 37451/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

11. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether meters fitted to the vehicles of the two largest private hire taxi companies are regulated by his Department; and if so, whether all meters are checked during Public Service Vehicle (PSV) tests and the exact meters recorded, and is then cross-checked during any departmental regulation examinations.

AQW 37434/11-15

12. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the implications for Local Government Reform and for prospective developers/investors seeking the certainty that a 'plan led' system provides to the business community, following the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment's initiation of judicial review proceedings against his decision to adopt the Belfast Metropolitan Action Plan.

AQW 37452/11-15

13. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what discussions he has had with (i) representatives of the local motor trade; and (ii) officials within the Driver and Vehicle Agency to establish whether all the initial problems associated with the transfer of services to Swansea have been resolved.

AQW 37459/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

14. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current levels of unemployment in North Down compared to the rest of Northern Ireland.

AQW 37445/11-15

15. Ms P Bradley (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the equal pay settlement for civil servants who worked for the PSNI and the Northern Ireland Office.

AQW 37447/11-15

16. 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

17. 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

18. 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

19. 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

20. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of full time staff undertaking translation services and employed in each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last three years.

AQW 37425/11-15

21. 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

22. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has any plans for screening or other measures in respect of the Ebola virus, at sea and airport entry points into Northern Ireland, or elsewhere.

AQW 37428/11-15

23. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) number; and (ii) location of fully equipped isolation units to deal with infectious diseases there across the Health Service.

AQW 37429/11-15

24. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration he has given to the introduction of Pulse oximetry for all newborns.

AQW 37431/11-15

25. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will review the current support provided to parents who's child has passed away whilst attending a hospital outside Northern Ireland for a medical procedure or treatment.

AQW 37432/11-15

26. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of planned operations postponed at Antrim Area Hospital in the last month as a result of pressures arising from emergency admissions.

AQW 37436/11-15

27. 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

28. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what are the current measures in place to effectively deal with the possibility of an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

AQW 37442/11-15

29. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has communicated with Leo Varadkar regarding provisions for a possible outbreak of the Ebola virus.

AQW 37443/11-15

30. 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

31. Ms C Ruane (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the funding provided to (a) Cara-Friend; (b) the Rainbow Project and (c) Here NI; and to provide breakdown of the funding received since 2007.

AQW 37457/11-15

32. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown to the total cost relating to the International Working Group on the future of Paediatric Congenital Cardiac Services.

AQW 37458/11-15

33. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given that there are over 7,000 people living with undiagnosed dementia, what steps his Department is taking to increase awareness of the need for early diagnosis.

AQW 37462/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

34. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to case number 13/121205 at Magherafelt Magistrates Court, how much has been paid, or is estimated to be paid, in legal aid, broken down by (i) law firm; (ii) counsel; and (iii) other associated costs, including the handwriting expert.

AQW 37421/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prisoners have applied for judicial reviews in each of the last two years; and of these (i) how many were refused leave to proceed; (ii) granted leave to proceed; and (iii) how many were upheld.

AQW 37422/11-15

36. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of (i) inmates in Magilligan Prison; (ii) prison officers present during the day; and (iii) prison officers remaining in the prison overnight, broken down by grade.

AQW 37439/11-15

37. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the total cost of (i) food; (ii) laundry; (iii) education; (iv) health; and (v) other related costs of keeping inmates in Magilligan Prison, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37440/11-15

38. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice how his Department is tackling crimes against older people.

AQW 37466/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

39. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development which company has a contract with Translink for supplying fuel.

AQW 37412/11-15

40. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development which company has a contract with NI Railways for supplying fuel.

AQW 37413/11-15

41. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many job losses for outside contractors have resulted from the reduction in his Department's maintenance budget.

AQW 37414/11-15

42. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the York Street Interchange road scheme.

AQW 37463/11-15

43. 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

44. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the proposals to increase the level of information provided to homeless applicants by the Housing Executive, including a full breakdown of points awarded.

AQW 37415/11-15

45. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are any plans to review or uplift the number of points awarded to a housing applicant as a result of living in hostel accommodation.

AQW 37416/11-15

46. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the points awarded to a Housing Executive applicants as a result of living in hostel accommodation.

AQW 37417/11-15

47. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he will introduce individual support pathways for people experiencing homelessness who apply to the Housing Executive.

AQW 37418/11-15

48. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are target times for completing an assessment of housing need for homeless applicants to the Housing Executive.

AQW 37419/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why a barascope inspection has not been included in the Stock Condition Survey to be carried out on 20,000 Housing Executive properties.

AQW 37420/11-15

50. 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

51. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when the proposed new legislation on gambling will be introduced.

AQW 37433/11-15

52. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to provide a breakdown of the costs of accommodating members of the Traveller community who have moved into temporary accommodation in Rathenraw, Antrim.

AQW 37446/11-15

53. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when he will launch the Holywood Masterplan.

AQW 37449/11-15

54. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how his Department has increased provision for Community, Economic, Social and Physical renewal through the Neighbourhood Renewal Programme in Limavady in the last three years.

AQW 37461/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

55. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission to detail the cost of calls to directory enquiries from land line telephones, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 37454/11-15

56. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission to detail the cost of calls to the Speaking Clock from land line telephones, in each of the last five financial years.

AQW 37456/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 30 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what funding opportunities exist under the Rural Development Programme for the implementation of the new Millisle Village Plan.

AQW 37486/11-15

2. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the impact of budgetary cuts on the ongoing work programme of the Rivers Agency and Drainage Council to maintain water courses and prevent flooding.

AQW 37499/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

3. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether any museums funded by her Department have cash reserves; and if so to list the museums and their respective reserves.

AQW 37496/11-15

4. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the budgets of (i) Foras na Gaeilge; and (ii) the Boord o Ulstèr-Scotch in each of the years since they were established, broken down by the contributions in each year from the (a) Northern Ireland Executive; and (b) government of the Irish Republic.

AQW 37528/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

5. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 36476/11-15, why there is a planning application submitted for the extension of the current facilities.

AQW 37483/11-15

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of peripatetic teachers currently employed by the North Eastern Education and Library Board; and whether this will be impacted by the amalgamation of Education and Library Boards.

AQW 37506/11-15

7. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education, following the amalgamation of Education and Library Boards, how his Department will work alongside the North Eastern Education and Library Board Youth Service to ensure they can continue to support local communities and the specific educational needs of young people.

AQW 37508/11-15

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education how the amalgamation of Education and Library Boards will impact on support for Outdoor Education Centres which provide practical life skills training for young people in throughout Northern Ireland, and particularly Woodhall Outdoor Education Centre in Kilrea.

AQW 37509/11-15

9. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education, in relation to review of Sure Start, to detail (i) when the review commenced; (ii) when the review will be concluded; and (ii) who conducted the review.

AQW 37527/11-15

10. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) when Smile Sure Start was established; (ii) the area covered by Smile Sure Start when it was established; and (iii) any extensions to the original area and the dates when these extensions were made.

AQW 37529/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what discussions he has had with the Minister for Social Development in relation to improving the rights of student tenants in private houses.

AQW 37474/11-15

12. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what actions he has taken to preserve and expand full time and part time courses offered by further and higher education colleges, especially in respect of (i) the future impact on the local economy and workforce; and (ii) the health benefits for course participants.

AQW 37491/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

13. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what actions are planned to address the lack of Grade A Type Office Accommodation for potential investors.

AQW 37484/11-15

14. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to list the road haulage contractors who have applied for financial support from InvestNI in each of the last five years.

AQW 37494/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, given Tamboran's decision to judicially review her decision not to extend its licence, whether the local community will be afforded the opportunity to participate in any proceedings.

AQW 37517/11-15

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what measures have been put in place by his Department to ensure that companies with a mineral prospecting licence comply with the licence terms; and to detail the implications should a company breach the terms.

AQW 37519/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

17. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he has sought the creation of a dedicated telephone number for (i) elected representatives; and (ii) car dealers to contact the Driver and Vehicle Agency given the recent transfer of services to Swansea.

AQW 37473/11-15

18. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why the two main private hire taxi companies were given a special dispensation to dispose of booking records after six weeks, instead of the regulation six months; and to detail who authorised this dispensation.

AQW 37480/11-15

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the role of the Criminal Justice Inspectorate (CJI) within Driver and Vehicle Agency (DVA) enforcement; and how many occasions CJI has completed inspections of DVA enforcement, including the dates of inspection, from 2007 to date.

AQW 37482/11-15

20. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what funding opportunities exist for the implementation of projects within the new Millisle Village Plan.

AQW 37485/11-15

21. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the status of a Conservation Officers report when determining a planning application within a Conservation Area.

AQW 37492/11-15

22. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether it is obligatory for the Planning Office to request a report from the Conservation Officer when considering a planning application with a Conservation Area.

AQW 37493/11-15

23. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on plans to review legislation regarding dilapidated buildings and neglected sites, in order to provide the new councils with an effective legislative framework for addressing and reducing the negative impacts caused by the sites.

AQW 37505/11-15

24. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department is taking to address dilapidated buildings in East Londonderry, which attract anti-social behaviour, in order to maintain the area as an attractive tourist destination.

AQW 37507/11-15

25. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of times he sought to present the matter of the adoption of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan to the Northern Ireland Executive; and what reasons were given by the Executive for its failure to engage with his Department.

AQW 37518/11-15

26. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35963/11-15, whether his Department has set aside the requirement for planning permission for sand extraction taking place in Lough Neagh Special Protection Area in favour of pre-1972 onshore operations in order to facilitate the granting of Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme (ALCS) certificates, and in so doing, whether this facilitated the circumventing of the requirements of the Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats and Wild Birds Directives.

AQW 37520/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

27. 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

28. 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

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

29. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he will take to help reduce the burden of record keeping and documentation for Social Workers.

AQW 37488/11-15

30. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why cancer patients are being asked to pay for their drugs, even though they have previously received them via the Health Service.

AQW 37510/11-15

31. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many cancer patients have paid for Health Service treatment in each of the last three years.

AQW 37511/11-15

32. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Health and Social Care Board will make investment proposals for the £1m, which he has confirmed is still is in place, to support and improve the current service provided at the Paedratic Cardiac Department in The Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children.

AQW 37516/11-15

33. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the current support offered to people with cerebral palsy and their carers.

AQW 37521/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of people who have signed the Organ Donor Register in each month of the last three years.

AQW 37522/11-15

35. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will make a decision on an air ambulance service for Northern Ireland in the near future.

AQW 37523/11-15

36. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the annual number of air transfers and trauma transfers which would benefit from an air ambulance service.

AQW 37524/11-15

37. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the criteria on which he will judge the development of an air ambulance service for Northern Ireland.

AQW 37525/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

38. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36645/11-15, to state the instances that these in-cell use computers, or any others, have been misused by a prisoner, including non-approved adaptions, internet accessed or any other use which is not permitted.

AQW 37468/11-15

39. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice why the terminology 'lethal foetal abnormality' is used in his current consultation on abortion, rather than 'fatal foetal abnormality'; and what are the resulting imports of the chosen terminology.

AQW 37476/11-15

40. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice why responses to the abortion consultation which object in principle to abortion are to be ruled inadmissible, even if additionally they raise issues specific to the identified topics in the consultation.

AQW 37478/11-15

41. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether submitted petitions in response to the consultation on abortion will be accepted; and if so, whether each signature will be counted as a response to the consultation.

AQW 37479/11-15

42. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what inquiries he will establish into the handling of the Mairia Cahill cases.

AQW 37481/11-15

43. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the cost, in terms of PSNI resources, to police nationalist and republican protests against parades in (i) 2012/13; and (ii) 2013/14.

AQW 37526/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

44. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 36516/11-15, to list the dates on which the functionality of cats eyes on the A4 from Dungannon to Ballygawley was inspected since the road opened; and for his assessment of their current state.

AQW 37470/11-15

45. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, given that his Department has been allocated additional funding through the October Monitoring Round, whether he intends to reinstate work to clear gullies and fix broken street lights.

AQW 37471/11-15

46. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many street lights in Co Fermanagh are currently out of order.

AQW 37472/11-15

47. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much NI Railways has in its cash reserves.

AQW 37495/11-15

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the management structure of Translink.

AQW 37497/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the management structure of NI Railways.

AQW 37498/11-15

50. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 36599/11-15 and following the implementation of the passing loop between Coleraine and Londonderry, what scale of increase does he expect over the next ten years.

AQW 37514/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how much funding his Department will provide to North Down and Ards District Council for Areas at Risk.

AQW 37469/11-15

52. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what powers his Department or local councils have to prevent betting shops from clustering in socially deprived areas.

AQW 37477/11-15

53. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what funding opportunities exist for the implementation of projects within the new Millisle Village Plan.

AQW 37487/11-15

54. 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

55. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many accommodation units in North Down owned by Housing Associations have (i) one; (ii) two; (iii) three; and (iv) four or more bedrooms.

AQW 37500/11-15

56. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many accommodation units in North Down owned by the Housing Executive have (i) one; (ii) two; (iii) three; and (iv) four or more bedrooms.

AQW 37501/11-15

57. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how the Housing Executive record 'repeat homelessness'; and whether there are plans to change how it is recorded.

AQW 37502/11-15

58. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant AQW 36466/11-15, to detail the size of the dwellings that will be completed in Coleraine in the next two years.

AQW 37513/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 31 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 why, despite making the removal of all interface barriers by 2023 and the roll out of a nursery school buddy scheme key commitments of the Together: Building a United Community strategy published in May 2013, they are providing no sustainable long term funding to the existing Community Relations in Schools Buddy Scheme which brings children and parents of Holy Cross Nursery, Ardoyne and Edenderry Nursery, Shankill together across the Crumlin Road Interface for facilitated, meaningful contact that has significant community support, well over a year after this key commitment was made.

AQW 37547/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the level of reserve funds held by her Department.

AQW 37530/11-15

3. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how she intends to improve the quality and clarity of her Department's communications; and whether her Department has links with the Plain English Campaign.

AQW 37548/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the level of reserve funds held by her Department.

AQW 37531/11-15

5. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

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

AQW 37546/11-15

6. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 36895/11-15 and in relation to the funding provided to Cycling Ireland, how this body apportions funding between different cycling disciplines.

AQW 37549/11-15

7. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what effect the cuts to Libraries NI will have on each library in North Down.

AQW 37565/11-15

8. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what plans her Department has to prevent the Ulster Orchestra from entering administration by the end of 2014.

AQW 37588/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

9. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the level of reserve funds held by his Department.

AQW 37532/11-15

10. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the schools that are currently classified as being in formal intervention.

AQW 37567/11-15

11. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail (i) the number of schools in West Tyrone which have benefited from any programmes that provide pupils with the opportunity to learn a modern European language, including (a) Irish; (b) French; (c) Spanish; (d) German; (e) Polish (f) and Portuguese; and (ii) the educational benefits of such programmes.

AQW 37589/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

12. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the level of reserve funds held by his Department.

AQW 37533/11-15

13. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the range of programmes delivered through The Idea Centre in the Omagh Campus of South West College; and how The Idea Centre is helping to increase the competitiveness of local students in their pursuit of employment.

AQW 37590/11-15

14. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the appropriateness of providing student support payments on a tri-annual basis; and whether he will change the frequency of when students receive support payments.

AQW 37594/11-15

15. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the reduction in part time employment opportunities for further and higher education students, as a result of the growing under unemployment of graduates and skilled workers, on the ability of students to cope financially.

AQW 37595/11-15

16. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what efforts his Department is making to increase the provision of foundation and undergraduate degrees onffer at the Enniskillen campus of the South West College.

AQW 37596/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

17. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the current number of social enterprises.

AQW 37571/11-15

18. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many people are employed by Social Enterprise NI.

AQW 37572/11-15

19. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the revenue generated by Enterprise NI, in each of the last two financial years.

AQW 37573/11-15

20. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on her Department’s support for credit unions; and to outline her Department’s vision for any increased services which could be delivered by local credit unions in the future.

AQW 37592/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

21. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the recent work completed by his Department to improve bathing water on the Lecale coastline; (ii) how many Lecale beaches currently meet Northern Ireland Environment Agency standards to be designated as bathing waters; and (iii) when these beaches will be designated as healthy bathing waters.

AQW 37537/11-15

22. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what discussions he has had with the Minister for Regional Development in relation to the pumping of raw sewage into bathing waters on the Lecale coastline.

AQW 37538/11-15

23. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many sanctions or penalties his Department have imposed on NI Water in relation to the mismanagement of waste water in the South Down area.

AQW 37539/11-15

24. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35878/11-15, to detail the nature of advice or direct engagement with InvestNI, including who represented his Department.

AQW 37541/11-15

25. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 36863/11-15, whether Driver and Vehicle Agency enforcement or any departmental officials had any contact with the PSNI regarding ongoing taxi problems centred on illegal pick ups by private hire taxis in the area of the Kingspan Stadium/Mount Merrion Avenue/Onslow, in (a) 2011; (b) 2012; and (c) 2013.

AQW 37543/11-15

26. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 36336/11-15, whether the Head of Enforcement authorised the use of video footage in advance of the assessment on 23 August 2013; and if not, whether this was completed without the specific authorisation of the Head of Enforcement.

AQW 37544/11-15

27. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of occasions local councils have seized noise making equipment and applied for forfeiture under the Noise Act 1996, broken down by (a) year; and (b) council.

AQW 37552/11-15

28. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many occasions have local councils issued an abatement notice under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environments Act (Northern Ireland) 2011, broken down by (a) year; and (b) council.

AQW 37553/11-15

29. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he will investigate why a staff member was removed from working for the Northern Ireland Environment Agency within one week of making whistle blowing allegations.

AQW 37559/11-15

30. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why the Northern Ireland Environment Agency objected to plans to develop a community sports facility at Lough Park in Ballynahinch.

AQW 37568/11-15

31. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) whether he is aware of problems faced by the local motor trade whereby vehicles that have been registered with different owners in a short period of time cannot be taxed in post offices, over the phone or via the internet as they have been labelled as 'Renewal Reminder Prohibited' meaning that all documents have to be sent to Swansea, which causes a significant increase in the length of time it takes for a dealer to sell a vehicle; and (ii) what steps he is taking to rectify this problem.

AQW 37569/11-15

32. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35963/11-15, to detail the pre-1972 operations which were used to justify each of the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme (ALCS) certificates which were granted in relation to unauthorised sand extraction taking place from Lough Neagh Special Protection Area.

AQW 37576/11-15

33. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35963/11-15, whether the pre-1972 onshore sites used as the basis for granting Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme certificates for unauthorised mineral extraction from Lough Neagh Special Protection Area were exempt from the lawful requirements of Class 13, Schedule 1 of the Planning (General Development) Order 1973.

AQW 37577/11-15

34. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35963/11-15, whether the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme certificates were granted in relation to the operations taking place from the onshore sites, or for the extraction taking place within Lough Neagh; and whether his Department was aware at the time certificates were granted that the extraction taking place required, but did not have, planning permission and represented unauthorised Environmental Impact Assessment development.

AQW 37578/11-15

35. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the effectiveness of televised road safety campaigns in increasing awareness.

AQW 37582/11-15

36. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department is taking to address the risk factors associated with road fatalities amongst young people.

AQW 37583/11-15

37. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the urgent need for progress on the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, in light of the recent road fatalities in Coleraine and Belfast.

AQW 37585/11-15

38. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of fatalities from road traffic collisions in Northern Ireland, compared to the rest of the UK, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37586/11-15

39. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department might recognise compelling or particular circumstances where a local government authority might allow a proprietor of a burial ground to transfer a burial space to someone who is not a member of their family.

AQW 37593/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

40. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will provide compensation to ratepayers affected by the difference between the legacy council rate and the new council rate.

AQW 37560/11-15

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

41. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of births that have taken place in the South West Acute Hospital in each month since it opened.

AQW 37535/11-15

42. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action his Department is taking to ensure the early diagnosis of lung cancer by GPs.

AQW 37550/11-15

43. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 36930/11-15, whether he will give a commitment that there are no plans to reduce the number of examinations and assessments of infants for hip conditions.

AQW 37551/11-15

44. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 36618/11-15, to detail the number of breaches in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust of twelve hour waiting periods in 2013/14, compared to such earlier years as figures are available for.

AQW 37556/11-15

45. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what actions his Department will take to provide modern IT systems to support frontline Social Workers.

AQW 37570/11-15

46. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the schedule for the establishment of services crucial to the success of the agreed all-island solution for the provision of paediatric cardiac surgery, including (i) a mobile extra corporeal life support service; (ii) an all-island governance committee; (iii) adequate specialist bed provision in Dublin; and (iv) mechanisms for the timely reimbursement of expenses incurred by families who are required to travel.

AQW 37579/11-15

47. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the precise mechanisms by which the care of children requiring emergency paediatric cardiac surgery or interventions will be managed during the eighteen months expected to elapse before an all-island solution can be fully implemented; and (ii) the measures he will take to keep families and their representatives, such as the Children’s Heartbeat Trust, informed of any changes to these mechanisms which may occur throughout this interim period.

AQW 37580/11-15

48. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the impact of the paediatric cardiac surgery International Working Group’s fourth recommendation that nurses and physicians should be deployed across both jurisdictions on the recruitment of appropriately qualified personnel, given that it has already proved challenging to attract such staff without the additional requirement for cross border travel.

AQW 37581/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

49. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much his Department has contributed to the Judiciary Close Protection Budget since the devolution of justice, broken down by year.

AQW 37540/11-15

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission is running out of funds for Legal Aid payments and warnings have been issued as to delays, including a number of claims submitted in this financial year not being considered and paid until 2015/16.

AQW 37542/11-15

51. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many anti-social behaviour orders have been applied for since 2004, broken down by (a) year; and (b) local council.

AQW 37554/11-15

52. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether, and by what agencies, information is obtained in Northern Ireland from The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre, or has a failure to extend the operation of National Crime Agency impeded the flow of such information.

AQW 37555/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

53. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the level of reserve funds held by his Department.

AQW 37534/11-15

54. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether NI Railways plans to develop Adelaide Halt.

AQW 37545/11-15

55. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (a) number; and (b) location of street lights which are not working in Omagh; and when he will authorise Transport NI officials to carry out repairs, given that this current situation presents health and safety risks to local residents, including older and vulnerable people.

AQW 37591/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

56. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the action taken by his Department to recover more than £800,000 awarded to Trinity Housing in 2008 for an Advanced Land Purchase in Crossgar; (ii) the current status of this grant; (iii) the steps he will now take to recover this money; and (ii) whether his Department has the power to seize the land in question.

AQW 37536/11-15

57. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36679/11-15, whether it is intended that the post of Director of Transformation will be filled; and if so, to detail (i) when; and (ii) how.

AQW 37558/11-15

58. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many accommodation units in North Down owned by the Housing Executive have one bedroom, broken down by District Office area.

AQW 37563/11-15

59. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many (i) one; and (ii) two bedroom accommodation units in North Down owned by (a) the Housing Executive; and (b) Housing Associations are specifically for allocation to the elderly.

AQW 37564/11-15

60. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people in North Down have purchased their homes from the Housing Executive in each of the last five years.

AQW 37566/11-15

61. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to provide a breakdown of the spending on social security in (i) 2012/13; and (ii) 2013/14.

AQW 37575/11-15

62. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what help is available to groups who wish to set up social enterprises.

AQW 37587/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

63. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission to detail (i) what categories of permanent pass exist in respect of access to Parliament Buildings, including the criteria applicable to each; and (ii) whether any lobbyists have been issued with passes; and if so, to identify them.

AQW 37557/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 3 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what are the prevailing licensing arrangements in regard to salmon farming at Glenarm and Redbay.

AQW 37615/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the promotion of aquaculture; and to outline any established projects.

AQW 37616/11-15

3. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what actions the Loughs Agency is taking to support the granting of warrant cards to allow members of the Camowen Community Angling Association to act as Bailiffs for the Upper Camowen River, Omagh.

AQW 37632/11-15

4. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (i) how many fishing rods have been seized by Loughs Agency staff on the Upper Camowen River; (ii) how many cautions have been issued; and (iii) how many prosecutions are (a) pending; and (b) complete.

AQW 37633/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how the level of public use of the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland's Titanic site compares with the previous Balmoral Avenue site.

AQW 37613/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether there are any plans to provide parking facilities or concessions for users of the Public Record of Northern Ireland's Titanic facility.

AQW 37614/11-15

7. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what action she is taking to secure the future of the Ulster Orchestra.

AQW 37623/11-15

8. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding her Department provides to the Ulster Orchestra.

AQW 37634/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

9. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how many (i) controlled; and (ii) catholic maintained primary schools have transformed their management status to integrated since the option became available.

AQW 37605/11-15

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the level of reserve funds held by the South Eastern Education and Library Board.

AQW 37606/11-15

11. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to list the schools in West Tyrone which have benefited from minor works projects in the current financial year; and to detail the type of improvements in each case.

AQW 37610/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

12. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what training programmes his Department offers to people over the age of 25 years who are trying to get back into employment.

AQW 37598/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

13. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what impact the cancellation of Northern Ireland Tourist Board's Tourism Events Fund for 2014-16 will have on events in (i) Ballymoney; (ii) Ballymena; and (iii) Moyle council areas.

AQW 37635/11-15

14. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when she expects the enterprise zone in Coleraine to be confirmed by Her Majesty's Treasury.

AQW 37643/11-15

15. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many people in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry are employed in the hospitality sector.

AQW 37644/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

16. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Lead Enforcement Officer on duty at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013 has met with (i) him; and (ii) the departmental solicitor to discuss observations and a formal report; and if not, to outline the reasons for this.

AQW 37601/11-15

17. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 36336/11-15, given the conclusions were approved by his officials, to detail (i) whether this approved request, under Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Directed Surveillance Application, was a waste of resources, particularly given the hours of evidence gathering meant the staff in question would have been on overtime; and (ii) whether the full criteria consideration applied before approval was granted for this operation.

AQW 37602/11-15

18. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following Driver and Vehicle enforcement inspections by the Criminal Justice Inspectorate, to detail (i) all recommendations made, per inspection; (ii) dates when recommendations were (a) implemented; and (b) not implemented, including the reasons for this.

AQW 37603/11-15

19. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether there is a problem with toxic waste arising from salmon farming; and how it has manifested itself in Northern Ireland.

AQW 37604/11-15

20. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, following the switch from paper tax discs to digital registration, whether he will consider engaging with the PSNI, noting the example set by Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, to repurpose vehicle tax disc holders with emergency contact information and medical alert cards for drivers.

AQW 37624/11-15

21. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant AQW 36581/11-15, whether it would have been permissible to have assessed the environmental impact of, and approved the full planning application for K/2014/0387/F, had the constructional detail set out in his answer not been provided as part of that planning application.

AQW 37628/11-15

22. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the current number of refurbished wind turbines, broken down by local council

AQW 37630/11-15

23. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether a British Standards number is required for a wind turbine.

AQW 37631/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

24. 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

25. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, given the current budgetary constraints and that leavers cases appear to be resolved, whether he can provide an indication on the progress regarding the resolution of equal pay claims for PSNI and former Northern Ireland Office staff, further to his engagement with the Minister of Justice.

AQW 37627/11-15

26. 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

27. 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

28. 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 to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety

29. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether, in light of recent concerns raised by General Practitioners regarding the provision of appropriate medical evidence to the Social Security Agency, he would consider issuing advice to all GP practices regarding the availability of guidance for medical professionals published on the Department of Social Development website.

AQW 37625/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

30. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) whether he was aware in advance of the letters in September and October 2014, to the legal profession from the Northern Ireland Legal Services Commission, warning of a funding shortfall in Legal Aid; (ii) if so whether he approved these letters; and (iii) if not has he now been furnished with the correspondence.

AQW 37600/11-15

31. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether people tasked with compiling pre-sentence reports routinely verify what they are told by defendants on whom reports are based, particularly in relation to personal and financial circumstances, medical assertions and separate pending court cases.

AQW 37609/11-15

32. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice for an update on the disposal of Bangor courthouse.

AQW 37621/11-15

33. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice, further to his engagement with the Minister of Finance and Personnel, what progress has been made regarding the resolution of equal pay claims for PSNI and former Northern Ireland Office staff.

AQW 37638/11-15

34. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice how his Department is working with relevant bodies, including the Irish Football Association, to address violent and anti-social behaviour by football fans attending Irish league matches.

AQW 37642/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

35. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when his Department will be in a position to repair street lights in East Londonderry.

AQW 37597/11-15

36. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to list the current street light repairs required in (i) Coleraine; and (ii) Limavady Borough Council areas.

AQW 37599/11-15

37. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether any delays are anticipated for the Glenmachan Strategy Project; and what assurances he can give that he will allocate sufficient resources to the project in an effort to fasttrack delivery.

AQW 37611/11-15

38. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development who is responsible for the removal of manure from public roads. and whether there are any plans in place to alter this policy.

AQW 37622/11-15

39. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much the A5 project was originally forecast to cost; (ii) how much was budgeted for the project; (iii) for a breakdown of the spend on the project to date; (iv) how much the A5 project is now estimated to cost due to the modifications to the original proposal; (v) how much allocated to the A5 project has been reallocated to other projects, or surrendered during the monitoring rounds; (vi) for a breakdown of the reallocations; and (vii) how much is required to complete the A5 project, broken down by financial year from 2014/15.

AQW 37636/11-15

40. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development given the pressures on departmental budgets, the significant cost of the A5 project and the lack of progress on this project, for his assessment of the necessity and value of the continuation of this project; and what consideration he has given to abandoning the project and reallocating this funding into sustainable transport infrastructure, and other departmental priorities, such as flood alleviation.

AQW 37637/11-15

41. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what method his Department is using, including details of the tendering process, to dispose of vehicles and plant held by Transport NI and NI Water.

AQW 37645/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

42. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many residential units have been transferred to community organisations to set up social enterprises in the last five years.

AQW 37607/11-15

43. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many commercial units have been transferred to community organisations to set up social enterprises in the last five years.

AQW 37608/11-15

44. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) location of neighbourhood wardens employed in North Down.

AQW 37618/11-15

45. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the timetable for the remaining installation of double glazing in North Down.

AQW 37619/11-15

46. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail any planned environmental improvement schemes in North Down.

AQW 37620/11-15

47. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, given that the delay in the legislative progress of the Welfare Reform Bill has resulted in the stalling of engagement events proposed by the Social Security Agency to educate the health sector on the medical evidence which may be requested to support a claimant’s Personal Independence Payment, whether he would consider providing an interim update to all GPs in relation to provision of appropriate medical evidence in support of Disability Living Allowance claims.

AQW 37626/11-15

48. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 36657/11-15, for a breakdown of the £66m by areas of responsibility, as set out on his Department's website under (a) Neighbourhood Renewal Funding for voluntary and community organisations; (b) Urban Development Grants; (c) Management of the Laganside; (d) Belfast Streets Ahead; (e) Strategic Regeneration Frameworks; (f) Comprehensive Development Schemes; and (g) Area Project Team Grants.

AQW 37639/11-15

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