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 08 September 2014

Friday 5 September 2014
Monday 8 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Wednesday 10 September 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Monday 15 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Thursday 18 September 2014
Friday 19 September 2014
Monday 22 September 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Thursday 25 September 2014
Friday 26 September 2014
Monday 29 September 2014

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. Mrs P Cameron (South Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, following their Department’s attendance at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict Zones, what lessons can be applied to devising a similar strategy to combat local domestic and sexual violence.

AQO 6538/11-15

2. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Delivering Social Change Signature Project to provide greater support and advocacy for people with disabilities, their families and carers.

AQO 6539/11-15

3. 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

4. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

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

AQO 6541/11-15

5. 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

6. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

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

AQO 6543/11-15

7. 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

8. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQO 6546/11-15

9. 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

10. 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 of the Environment

1. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the current legislation in relation to Japanese Knotweed.

AQO 6531/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

2. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

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

AQO 6505/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 10 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether any agreements were signed, or committed to, by recipients of certificates of aggregates credit levies that obliged them to make significant environmental improvements to their operations; and if so, to detail the required improvements.

AQW 35565/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

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

AQW 35346/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 12 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

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

AQW 35716/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35728/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

3. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35724/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 15 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the current ban on specific breeds of dangerous dogs.

AQW 35546/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

2. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35649/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

3. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when the report into the NI Events Company will be published; and what was the final cost of the report.

AQW 35712/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

4. Ms B McGahan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why his Department is delaying the approval of a request from Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council to release Dungannon Enterprise Centre from the charge on their land located at 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon.

AQW 35714/11-15

5. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment when his Department completed an Environmental Impact Assessment screening process on the proposal by InfraStrata to drill at Woodburn Forest.

AQW 35783/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

6. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35740/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

7. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail whether claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance travelling between Northern Ireland and Great Britain are considered to be travelling abroad.

AQW 35792/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35253/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35243/11-15

3. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development why she has given a directive that all correspondence sent to her Permanent Secretary by MLAs must be directed to her private office for a response.

AQW 35256/11-15

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what measures she has put in place to ensure that fracking does not take place in Woodburn forest.

AQW 35750/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what cuts will be made to her budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35246/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

6. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35247/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

7. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the loans advanced by his Department through the Financial Transactions Capital Scheme in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry, since 1 April 2013.

AQW 35266/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the loans advanced by her Department through the Financial Transactions Capital Scheme in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry, since 1 April 2013.

AQW 35267/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

9. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of derelict buildings.

AQW 35221/11-15

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the powers that councils have in relation to derelict buildings.

AQW 35222/11-15

11. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what are the anticipated savings that will result from the merger of North Down and Ards Borough Councils.

AQW 35225/11-15

12. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he will order the video evidence specifically taken by Driver and Vehicle Agency enforcement staff in relation to taxi operator regulations enforcement at Ravenhill Rugby Ground on 23 August 2013, to be shown to the Committee for the Environment.

AQW 35226/11-15

13. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the daily staffing costs of the Coastal Zone Centre in Portrush from 22 August 2014 to 26 August 2014.

AQW 35233/11-15

14. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35244/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 26630/11-15, for an update on the adoption of the Belfast Metrpolitan Area Plan.

AQW 35279/11-15

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what legal and financial responsibilities do local councils have for waste collected by the council but disposed of illegally by a contracted third party.

AQW 35280/11-15

17. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps he has taken to ensure that recyclable material from councils is not being landfilled.

AQW 35282/11-15

18. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) how long each of the agency workers in the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, who had their employment terminated prematurely, had remaining on their contracts; (ii) the site that each agency worker was located; and (iii) the role each agency worker carried out.

AQW 35283/11-15

19. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the number; (ii) breed; and (iii) location of animals currently owned by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency; and (a) each of the animals sold over each of the last 6 months; (b) the reason for the sale of each; and (c) the intention of the purchasers for each.

AQW 35285/11-15

20. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35491/11-15, to detail the legal basis upon which his Department is permitted to withhold the names of organisations that made unsuccessful bids.

AQW 35849/11-15

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

21. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to list the number of occasions, including dates, his Department has liaised with the Department of Education on the incorporation of Organ Donation and Transplantation into schools criteria as recommended in the Taking Organ Transplantation to 2020 report.

AQW 35252/11-15

22. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the loans advanced by her Department through the Financial Transactions Capital Scheme in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry, since 1 April 2013.

AQW 35269/11-15

23. Mr S Agnew (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 legal fees in each of the last three years.

AQW 35273/11-15

24. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what discussions have taken place to initiate an equivalent of the NHS Redress Bill in England to reduce the number of compensation claims.

AQW 35274/11-15

25. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to his comments on UTV Live Tonight on 5 February 2013 regarding the introduction of legislation to create a new soft opt-out organ donation system by the end of 2014, whether this assessment of his legislative timetable remains valid.

AQW 35778/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

26. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether he will bring forward legislation to have manslaughter charges brought against suppliers of illicit drugs in cases in which death is ruled as having been caused by the consumption of the drug; and charges of causing grievous bodily harm in instances of serious reaction ruled to have been caused by the drug.

AQW 35227/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

27. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) on what date was his Department first notified that the street lighting in Tamnamore was on 24 hours a day; (ii) when action was taken to address this issue; and (iii) what is the estimated cost of this wastage.

AQW 35228/11-15

28. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much has been paid out by his Department in each Road Service Division for public liability claims, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35249/11-15

29. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many complaints about potholes have been made to each Roads Service Division; and how many requests have been made for the resurfacing of roads owing to road defects, in each of the last three years.

AQW 35250/11-15

30. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many parking ticket fines remain unpaid in each Roads Service Division from each of the last three years.

AQW 35251/11-15

31. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

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

AQW 35275/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

32. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the loans advanced by his Department through the Financial Transactions Capital Scheme in (i) Northern Ireland; and (ii) East Londonderry, since 1 April 2013.

AQW 35265/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 17 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 what is the definition of victim by which the Victims and Survivors Service operates in making its services available.

AQW 35330/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what restrictions are placed by their Department on the staff of the Victims and Survivors Service in terms of answering legitimate queries from victims, including disclosing the true reasons why expected services have not been provided.

AQW 35333/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of whether the individual victim who wishes to avail of the services of the Victims and Survivors Service directly, rather than through a victims' group, receives parity of treatment and in a timely manner.

AQW 35334/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35345/11-15

5. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether there are any plans to close the departmental laboratory in Omagh.

AQW 35729/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35347/11-15

7. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support is available to aspiring musicians.

AQW 35875/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

8. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the financial savings that have resulted from the amalgamation of Lisnaskea High School and Devenish College.

AQW 35287/11-15

9. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35338/11-15

10. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline the criteria used including any weighting, against which applications were judged for new school builds in each funding round since 2007.

AQW 35926/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

11. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what assurances he can give that funding for students with special needs or learning disabilities will be ring-fenced from current spending cuts.

AQW 35307/11-15

12. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the (i) hourly; and (ii) weekly rate of pay required to provide an acceptable standard of living.

AQW 35339/11-15

13. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many local students (i) registered with; and (ii) applied through the Central Applications Office system in the last year.

AQW 35342/11-15

14. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35353/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

15. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what measures a home owner can take to re-coup a loss of income following the installation of Domesic Solar Panels, should the value of Renewables Obligation Certificates reduce.

AQW 35298/11-15

16. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the proportion of electricity exported from the grid to each renewable technology source, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35299/11-15

17. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for her assessment of the number of people trained in IT skills compared with the number of newly created jobs in this field.

AQW 35305/11-15

18. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when the completed Tourism Strategy will be published.

AQW 35319/11-15

19. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what assessment her Department has made of the potential job losses in the (i) retail; (ii) services; and (iii) hospitality sectors should welfare cuts be introduced.

AQW 35337/11-15

20. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what cuts will be made to her budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35350/11-15

21. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on more efficient broadband provision in rural areas of East Londonderry.

AQW 35358/11-15

22. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the progress on the implementation of the Renewable Heat Incentive Programme Scheme, including a date for its launch.

AQW 35684/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

23. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment which measures are being taken to improve the Northern Ireland marine network of Special Protection Areas.

AQW 35302/11-15

24. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the timescales over which the review of current marine Special Protection Areas will be achieved.

AQW 35303/11-15

25. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether an individual can apply for funding from the recently launched £240,000 Rethink Waste Capital Fund.

AQW 35341/11-15

26. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he has had any discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport to remove tax discs from cars in Northern Ireland.

AQW 35343/11-15

27. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many enforcement notices have been issued in respect of monuments erected without planning permission, in the last ten years.

AQW 35362/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

28. 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

29. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

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

AQW 35348/11-15

30. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

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

AQW 35929/11-15

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

31. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when domestic and catering assistants in Antrim Hospital will receive five years back pay.

AQW 35292/11-15

32. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what work has been done to ensure that the relevant recommendations from the Bamford Review of Mental Health and Learning Disability are reflected in the Mental Capacity Bill.

AQW 35325/11-15

33. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the collaboration between his Department and the Department of Education in preparing the Mental Capacity Bill.

AQW 35326/11-15

34. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what cuts will be made to his budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35349/11-15

35. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much money has been spent on translators in each Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35351/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

36. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what percentage of complaints of rape in each of the last five years have resulted in (i) prosecution; and (ii) conviction.

AQW 35306/11-15

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether prisoners have access to social networking sites.

AQW 35308/11-15

38. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 34984/11-15, (i) to provide any updates he has received on this matter; (ii) whether a Serious Case Review has been undertaken; if so, (iii) when it was completed; and (iv) when it will be published.

AQW 35309/11-15

39. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the amount claimed by prison chaplains in each of the last five years, broken down by (i) prison; and (ii) denomination.

AQW 35331/11-15

40. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the (i) bed capacity; (ii) number of people in custody; and (iii) percentage of capacity occupied on (a) 1 September 2014; (b) 1 August 2014; (c) 1 July 2014; and (d) 1 June 2014, broken down by prison.

AQW 35336/11-15

41. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35352/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what action he is taking to resolve the delay of the new Millisle Sewage pumping station.

AQW 35304/11-15

43. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, further to the Private Members' Motion on 4 February 2013 on school transport, and pursuant to AQW 23441/11-15, whether the Department for Education has sought to engage with his Department in relation to the Review of the Home to School Transport policy, and in particular with respect to the feasibility of providing free public transport for all school pupils.

AQW 35344/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

44. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what budget is available to reroof Housing Executive properties in Chichester Park, Ballymena; and to detail the when this work will be completed.

AQW 35286/11-15

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of social houses that have been allocated by the Housing Executive to foreign nationals, in each of the last three years.

AQW 35289/11-15

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 whether the Victims and Survivors Service has the use of an electronic Management Information System; and, if not, to detail the reasons for this.

AQW 35426/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35427/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether victims of anti-social behaviour are eligible for assistance from the Victims and Survivors Service; and if so, how such sits with the expectation that those eligible for help will have suffered in a 'Troubles-related' incident.

AQW 35428/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35429/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

6. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her Department's definition of a free flowing river.

AQW 35383/11-15

7. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development when the Rural Development Programme will be open for funding applications for new farm diversification projects.

AQW 35385/11-15

8. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the recent works carried out by Rivers Agency to address flooding in Fintona, Trillick and Beragh.

AQW 35387/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

9. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to list the boxing clubs, located outside the Greater Belfast area, which have received grant assistance from the recent boxing specific funding.

AQW 35410/11-15

10. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how the City of Culture Legacy will be funded in light of the failed bids for £2.8 million resource and £2.8 million capital in the June 2014 Monitoring Round.

AQW 35421/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

11. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how his Department is supporting the development of post-primary education outside Belfast for the Irish-medium sector.

AQW 35393/11-15

12. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of mobile classrooms currently in use in schools in the Upper Bann constituency in each of the last three years, broken down by school.

AQW 35396/11-15

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education what input his Department has had into the preparation of the Mental Capacity Bill.

AQW 35432/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

14. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the rationale for the reduction in the Student Hardship Fund for 2014/15.

AQW 35384/11-15

15. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35388/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what pathways his Department offers for apprentice electricians.

AQW 35411/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the value of the contract with the Electrical Training Trust.

AQW 35412/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the remit of the contract with the Electrical Training Trust.

AQW 35413/11-15

19. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what training targets exist in relation to the number of apprenticeships in the contract with the Electrical Traing Trust.

AQW 35414/11-15

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the monitoring and assessment his Department undertakes of apprenticeship contracts.

AQW 35415/11-15

21. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his Department’s commitment to maintaining the existing Executive policy of freezing tuition fees at their current level.

AQW 35419/11-15

22. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he is aware of the concern amongst first year students at Queen's University and their families at the difficulties currently being experienced in obtaining university accommodation; and to detail the steps he is taking to resolve this situation.

AQW 35890/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

23. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35389/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

24. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35390/11-15

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how her Department has sought to better manage local heritage sites in the Coleraine area, and explore the potential value of such sites for local business.

AQW 35417/11-15

26. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of the impact on fuel poverty in rural areas from the introduction of any legislation on the use of smoky fuels.

AQW 35434/11-15

27. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many households currently use smoky fuel.

AQW 35435/11-15

28. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the areas where smoky fuel is most frequently used.

AQW 35436/11-15

29. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the consumption of smoky fuels is higher in rural areas than in urban areas.

AQW 35437/11-15

30. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the discussions, including the date they were held, that he or departmental officials had with the Federation of Small Businesses in relation to the impact the proposed new taxi regulations will have on smaller operators.

AQW 35442/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

31. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35402/11-15

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

32. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total cost of infrastructural improvements conducted at Lurgan Hospital, in each of the last three years.

AQW 35377/11-15

33. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35392/11-15

34. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what correspondence the Northern Health and Social Care Trust had with his Department prior to the consultation on proposals to develop a new purpose built Mental Health Inpatient Unit for the Northern Trust area.

AQW 35395/11-15

35. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether refurbishment grants will be available to GP practices.

AQW 35397/11-15

36. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the actions implemented to assist people with a disability live an independent life in the community rather than in residential care, given that the Independent Living Fund is permanently closed to new applications.

AQW 35407/11-15

37. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the current arrangements for people travelling to Northern Ireland from areas which have experienced an outbreak of the Ebola virus.

AQW 35431/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

38. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of staff members (i) recruited to; and (ii) who have resigned from, the Prison Service in each of the last three years, broken down by grade.

AQW 35364/11-15

39. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many Prison Service staff are currently on sick leave, broken down by grade.

AQW 35365/11-15

40. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of assaults on Prison Service staff in each of the last three years.

AQW 35366/11-15

41. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the required levels of staff of each grade for (i) HMP Maghaberry; (ii) HMP Magiligan; and (iii) HMP Hydebank.

AQW 35367/11-15

42. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the current levels of staff of each grade for (i) HMP Maghaberry; (ii) HMP Magiligan; and (iii) HMP Hydebank.

AQW 35368/11-15

43. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what plans his Department has to provide resource funding for The Street Angels project in Omagh; and for his assessment of the value of the work undertaken by this project to date.

AQW 35386/11-15

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether serving prison or police officers are prohibited from discussing employment-related matters with MLAs or any other elected representatives; and if so, where this is stated in their employment contract; and if not, to provide an assurance that such measures cannot be imposed.

AQW 35438/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why the tender for drug testing in the Prison Service has not been published.

AQW 35440/11-15

46. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what measures exist to prevent convicted prisoners contacting or harassing victims or procuring others to carry out actions on their behalf; and whether mail, telephone calls, text messages, email and social media is monitored.

AQW 35441/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

47. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what action he is taking to remove illegal Republican road side monuments.

AQW 35369/11-15

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what discussions have taken place between North Down Borough Council and NI Water on the sale of Portavoe reservoir.

AQW 35370/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many reservoirs are deemed surplus to requirements.

AQW 35371/11-15

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to list the locations of the reservoirs that are surplus to requirements.

AQW 35372/11-15

51. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the costs associated with the change of name from Roads Service to transportni.

AQW 35374/11-15

52. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what proposals there are to build more park and ride spaces over the next two years.

AQW 35380/11-15

53. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what percentage of this year's departmental budget for roads infrastructure will go towards cycling specific infrastructure.

AQW 35381/11-15

54. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what measures will be carried out to prevent a repeat of the flooding in Dunloy that took place during summer 2014.

AQW 35382/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

55. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the resources available to the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to ensure the safeguarding of vulnerable adults as Housing Executive customers.

AQW 35409/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

56. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission whether any consideration has been given to including a stipulation in any future procurement contracts that all employees of successful tendering companies be paid at a rate no less than the living wage.

AQW 35423/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 19 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35470/11-15

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

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

AQW 35471/11-15

3. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35485/11-15

4. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35514/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the sluice gates at Portna.

AQW 35447/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what communication her Department has had with relevant stakeholders in East Londonderry regarding how they can use the creative arts industry on the North Coast to boost local business.

AQW 35496/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

7. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education when funding will be made available to carry out the development proposals for Kilcooley Primary School.

AQW 35464/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

8. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how monies that were not spent in Hardship Education Fund allocations were reallocated, in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 35446/11-15

9. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQW 35456/11-15

10. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he has received a business case for the expansion of the Magee Campus at the University of Ulster; and if so, to outline the timeframe for processing the case.

AQW 35476/11-15

11. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he has received a business case for the new teaching block for the Magee Campus at the University of Ulster; and if so, to outline the timeframe for processing the case.

AQW 35477/11-15

12. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether any Further Education Colleges offer a course involving a work based apprenticeship for trainee electricians.

AQW 35486/11-15

13. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he plans to establish links with agencies (i) outside of Belfast; and (ii) specifically in East Londonderry, who offer work experience placements through the Youth Employment Scheme (YES), recruit unemployed jobseekers and avail of the Steps to Work and YES employer subsidies.

AQW 35498/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

14. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how the Northern Ireland Tourist Board is developing greenways; and to outline the anticipated tourism potential from these projects.

AQW 35452/11-15

15. 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

16. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what consideration has been given to including Fermanagh as part of any future Gran Fondo stage events.

AQW 35482/11-15

17. 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

18. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail (i) the funding provided for the Titanic Showdown event on 6 September 2014; and (ii) who provided the funding, given that it is not included in the list of events that were successful in bidding for the 2014/15 events.

AQW 35504/11-15

19. 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 the Environment

20. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he has viewed the video evidence gathered by departmental staff at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013; and if so, for his assessment of the content; and if not, the reasons for this and when he intends to view the evidence.

AQW 35459/11-15

21. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the proposals for the operations of Grey Point Fort in Helen's Bay, Co. Down, including staff and opening hours.

AQW 35461/11-15

22. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of visitors to Grey Point Fort in Helen's Bay, Co. Down, in the last three years.

AQW 35462/11-15

23. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how much it costs to maintain Grey Point Fort in Helen's Bay, Co. Down.

AQW 35463/11-15

24. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment (i) to detail the minimum length of time Planning Service take at a local level to initiate prosecution proceedings against a person for unauthorised activity; and (ii) for his assessment of the length of time required and whether it appropriate, effective and efficient.

AQW 35495/11-15

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on the number of jobs that the new Seamus Heaney Interpretive Centre in Bellaghy, Londonderry, will create.

AQW 35497/11-15

26. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment when his Department communicated the decision of the Lamont case, No. [2014] NIQB 3, to Divisional Planning Officers.

AQW 35869/11-15

27. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department is taking to address the recent back-log of clients taking the off-road and on-road motorcycle test in Ballymena; and whether his Department intends to increase efficiency by appointing an additional examiner.

AQW 35916/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

28. 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

29. 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

30. 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

31. 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

32. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

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

AQW 35472/11-15

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

33. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) how many home help staff there are in each Health and Social Care Trust area; (ii) whether home help staff are have been offered other roles in Health and Social Care Trusts when the service is removed; and (iii) whether there will be redundancy packages available to staff.

AQW 35478/11-15

34. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the progress made on the payroll difficulties faced by the Western Health and Social Care Trust in relation to pay and back pay for auxiliary and portering staff.

AQW 35479/11-15

35. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much is currently being spent on the Independent Living Fund.

AQW 35487/11-15

36. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether there has been financial provision for the removal of the Independent Living Fund to ensure that people with a disability are not disadvantaged.

AQW 35488/11-15

37. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the impact of changes to the Independent Living Fund.

AQW 35489/11-15

38. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people are currently in receipt of the Independent Living Fund.

AQW 35490/11-15

39. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will follow the example set by Scotland and ring fence funding to sustain the Independent Living Fund.

AQW 35492/11-15

40. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35493/11-15

41. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the future of the Independent Living Fund in Northern Ireland.

AQW 35494/11-15

42. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the consultation on a bill containing provisions aimed at restricting the sale of products that contain nicotine will also consider restricting how electronic cigarettes can be used.

AQW 35500/11-15

43. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an overview of the mental health services available to prisoners; and to detail the number of qualified staff in each prison facility.

AQW 35508/11-15

44. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 34547/11-15, for an update on when it is expected that the terms of reference for the evaluation of whether the Individual Funding Request process is meeting its objectives will be announced.

AQW 35517/11-15

45. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service have a policy in place to recoup the costs of responding to repeat unwanted fire signals; and if so, to detail the process involved.

AQW 35861/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

46. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the extent of consultation with police charities on the decision to place £383,000 from HM Treasury into a new police museum to honour the Part-Time Reserve.

AQW 35444/11-15

47. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice what impact the additional £383,000 of HM Treasury funding will have on the new Police Museum following the allocation of £5.59m to this project.

AQW 35445/11-15

48. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail (i) the total Legal Aid paid to date and the projected final Legal Aid costings in cases (a) 13/099496; (b)13/099497; (c) 13/099503; (d) 13/099511; (e) 13/099513; (f) 13/099517; (g) 13/099519; (h) 13/099521; (i) 13/099522; (j) 13/099498; and (k) 13/099510, all collectively 14/084646 at Dungannon Magistrates Court; and (ii) the number of law firms instructed, including Junior and Senior Counsel.

AQW 35457/11-15

49. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the timing of the re-tendering process for drug testing in local prisons is determined by the Scottish Prison Service.

AQW 35458/11-15

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to provide a copy of the report into the investigation of a collapsed trial in 2010 relating to allegations including assaults on police, connected to an illegal republican parade in Rosslea, County Fermanagh which was dismissed after the prosecution counsel failed to appear at court.

AQW 35460/11-15

51. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to provide the Terms of Reference for the review being carried out into the August 2010 agreement reached with dissident republicans in Roe House at Maghaberry Prison.

AQW 35480/11-15

52. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice who initiated the 'stocktake' exercise at Roe House in Maghaberry Prison; and when it will be completed.

AQW 35481/11-15

53. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline the business case for the proposed refurbishment of the visitors facility, including the segregated visitors facility, at Maghaberry Prison; and what steps are being taken to ensure the facilities are complaint with Home Office specifications to maximise security.

AQW 35483/11-15

54. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what supervisory mechanisms exist in the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's office to ensure statutory compliance with the procedures that have been laid down for its operation.

AQW 35501/11-15

55. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what professional supervision exists in the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland's office to ensure the evidential accuracy of its reports.

AQW 35502/11-15

56. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why the Northern Ireland Police Fund has not yet implemented the recommendations of the Steele Report that those 'directly affected by terrorism' could be clients of the fund.

AQW 35510/11-15

57. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail under what circumstances funding for the Disabled Police Officers Association Northern Ireland was withheld, despite satisfactory annual accounts and other identifiable groups which struggled to be granted funding.

AQW 35512/11-15

58. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35513/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

59. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how his Department has developed greenways in North Antrim.

AQW 35453/11-15

60. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the reasons for the delay in scheduled grass cutting in North Down.

AQW 35465/11-15

61. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the proposals to create more Park and Ride spaces in South Antrim, in the next three years.

AQW 35475/11-15

62. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many (a) churches; (b) community organisations; and (c) businesses have been impacted by Northern Ireland Water's failure to charge the full amount for water bills.

AQW 35506/11-15

63. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether community organisations who have been levied for back payments for water bills, as a result of the failure of Northern Ireland Water to monitor the usage of water on their premises, have made representations to his Department.

AQW 35507/11-15

64. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35515/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

65. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what analysis has been completed on the effectiveness of the IT system used in Britain for processing Universal Credit.

AQW 35443/11-15

66. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the new build social housing projects planned in Ballymena Borough Council area.

AQW 35448/11-15

67. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the new build social housing projects planned in Ballymoney Borough Council area.

AQW 35449/11-15

68. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the new build social housing projects planned in Moyle District Council area.

AQW 35450/11-15

69. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what action his Department is taking to increase awareness amongst tenants of the importance of checking that their landlords have registered with the Landlord Registration Scheme.

AQW 35499/11-15

70. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35516/11-15

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, pursuant to AQW 20037/11-15, whether any of the procurement credit cards are held and used by Special Advisers; and if so, how much of the reported expenditure they incurred.

AQW 35543/11-15

2. 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

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35545/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what measures are taken to ensure that meat or meat products entering Northern Ireland do not contain transglutaminase.

AQW 35520/11-15

5. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how her Department will work with the new National Food Crime Unit.

AQW 35536/11-15

6. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much has been spent on implementing dangerous dogs legislation over each of the last ten years.

AQW 35547/11-15

7. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many dogs have been seized under dangerous dogs legislation over each of the last ten years; and to detail how many of these were (i) destroyed; (ii) returned to their owner; and (iii) remain in the possession of the authorities.

AQW 35548/11-15

8. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, in relation to the seizure of suspected dangerous dogs, to detail how much has been spent on (i) boarding; (ii) vet fees; and (iii) transportation of the animals, in each of the last two years.

AQW 35549/11-15

9. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what requests the Forest Service has received from Infastrata to drill at Woodburn Forest.

AQW 35567/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

10. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education whether post-primary Irish-medium Education will form part of the Shared Education Campus at Lisanelly, Omagh.

AQW 35572/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail any investment funds that InvestNI invested in, broken down by year, for each year since its foundation.

AQW 35533/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the Programme for Government 2011/15 Commitment 7 to increase visitor numbers to 4.2m and tourist revenue to £676m by December 2014.

AQW 35560/11-15

13. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail (i) her Department’s plans to improve broadband provision in rural parts of West Tyrone; and (ii) the level of her Department’s investment aimed at improving rural broadband provision, particularly in West Tyrone, in the last three years.

AQW 35571/11-15

14. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the extent of co-operation between her Department and mobile phone companies; and her Department’s plans to ensure better mobile phone coverage in rural parts of West Tyrone.

AQW 35574/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

15. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many times since May 2011 have requests from MLAs for meetings on a specific issue for discussion with officials in departmental agencies been transferred to a Freedom of Information request; and of these, to detail whether the relevant Member was advised of this procedure in advance of the transfer, broken down by year and relevant agency.

AQW 35523/11-15

16. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether cement kilns are permitted to reuse derived fuel taken from municipal waste.

AQW 35566/11-15

17. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how cemeteries are regulated to prevent water contamination.

AQW 35568/11-15

18. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the approximate cost of disposing of one tonne of waste (i) to landfill; (ii) through incineration; and (iii) by recycling.

AQW 35569/11-15

19. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department communicated the impending Lamont case, regarding the challenge to CTY10, to the Divisional Planning offices; and if so, to detail the instruction provided.

AQW 35889/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

20. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, based on current figures, to detail the number of (i) domestic; and (ii) non-domestic ratepayers that have been awaiting rates rebate payments for (a) three months or more; and (b) six months or more.

AQW 35555/11-15

21. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35558/11-15

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

22. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps the Food Standards Agency are taking to ensure that transglutaminase is not being used within the food industry.

AQW 35518/11-15

23. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what measures are taken to ensure that meat or meat products entering Northern Ireland do not contain transglutaminase.

AQW 35519/11-15

24. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the sickness level of staff employed by the Northern Ireland Blood Transfusion Service, in each of the last three years.

AQW 35521/11-15

25. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many blood donation sessions have been cancelled in the last three years; and to detail the reason for the cancellations.

AQW 35522/11-15

26. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of hours per week that chaplaincy support is provided by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust, broken down by (i) denomination; and (ii) hospital.

AQW 35525/11-15

27. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when will he make an announcement regarding the future support of Independent Living Fund users in Northern Ireland; and whether he can provide an assurance that current users will see no reduction in the support offered.

AQW 35542/11-15

28. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33205/11-15 and AQW 35100/11-15, for an update on whether he has received the recommendations regarding paediatric cardiac services which the Expert Group were expected to report by 1 July 2014; and to detail the expected date of publication.

AQW 35556/11-15

29. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the prospects of the extension of the Cancer Drugs Fund to include Northern Ireland, giving local cancer patients access to life-extending cancer drugs.

AQW 35561/11-15

30. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the departmental services, provided through statutory and non-statutory bodies, to address the needs of alcohol and drug dependents in East Londonderry.

AQW 35563/11-15

31. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people have been admitted to hospital in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust area for alcohol related problems, in the last three years.

AQW 35564/11-15

32. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the pathways available to patients from Northern Ireland requiring mental health or addiction services who may need to access relevant services in the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 35570/11-15

33. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on building of the new local hospital in Omagh, including the timeline for the completion of this project.

AQW 35573/11-15

34. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the case of Mr Stephen Clarke, who is currently being held in the Mater Hospital under mental health legislation.

AQW 35577/11-15

35. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many whole time equivalent specialist Speech and Language Therapists are specifically funded to support the communication skills of patients with dementia.

AQW 35578/11-15

36. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many Speech and Language Therapists are specifically funded to support dementia patients with swallowing.

AQW 35579/11-15

37. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many whole time equivalent Speech and Language Therapists are members of community mental health teams managing Dementia patients.

AQW 35580/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

38. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the number of visits made by political representatives from Dáil Éireann and Seanad Éireann to dissident republicans in Maghaberry Prison in (i) 2012; (ii) 2013; and (iii) 2014.

AQW 35531/11-15

39. Mr P Givan (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice what procedures exist for requests from politicians outside of the United Kingdom entering Northern Ireland prisons and meeting prisoners.

AQW 35532/11-15

40. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to case number 12/087229 and 12/087230 at Downpatrick Magistrates Court, to detail (i) the dates on which this case has been listed, and for what reason; (ii) the reasons for the delay; and (iii) whether a Legal Aid certificate has been granted; and if so, (a) the total has been paid to date and the estimated final cost; and (b) whether an extension has been granted to cover counsel.

AQW 35537/11-15

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many complaints have been made of harassment, including threats or menacing communicated by or at the behest of prisoners, broken down by (i) prison facility; (ii) how communication took place; and (iii) the subsequent action taken, in each of the last three calendar years.

AQW 35538/11-15

42. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 32575/11-15, to detail (i) whether this is an accurate response given it is a matter of public record that the original contracted term expired on 31 August 2013; and (ii) the departmental source or agency that drafted the reply.

AQW 35539/11-15

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why a former prisoner at the Prisoner Assessment Unit (PAU) has been permitted to return to Burren House despite assurances from the Prison Service that this would not be the case, and particularly in light of offending being committed whilst resident in the PAU.

AQW 35540/11-15

44. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why the Disabled Police Officers Association Northern Ireland has to identify Police Fund clients individually, when the Benevolent Fund is only required to provide numbers.

AQW 35559/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35526/11-15

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail how much has been spent on grass cutting in the North Down area, in each of the last two years.

AQW 35527/11-15

47. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why local residents were not informed of the new sewerage facility at Clandeboye Primary School prior to the commencement of works.

AQW 35528/11-15

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department spent on creating new roads, in each of the last two years.

AQW 35529/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department spent on creating new footpaths, in each of the last two years.

AQW 35530/11-15

50. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 34553/11-15, whether the road sweeper and vacuum tanker available for use in the Ballymena area are sufficient to cover this area; and if these vehicles are owned by his Department or owned privately.

AQW 35534/11-15

51. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35535/11-15

52. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much has been spent on, or budgeted for, the rebranding of Roads Service to Transport NI.

AQW 35551/11-15

53. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the benefits of rebranding Roads Service to Transport NI.

AQW 35552/11-15

54. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why Roads Service have changed their name to Transport NI.

AQW 35553/11-15

55. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the plans for capital works on the Gransha Road roundabout in Bangor.

AQW 35554/11-15

56. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether, in developing the Belfast Rapid Transit ticketing system, he will ensure that passengers using the service will not be penalised if they break their journey to or from the city centre.

AQW 35557/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

57. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) the Housing Associations which are actively interested in providing suitable social housing for older people; and (ii) the housing schemes underway, or that are planned, for the West Tyrone constituency, as well as the procedures involved for securing necessary schemes in the future.

AQW 35575/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35608/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35628/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

3. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQW 35606/11-15

4. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the Strangford Lough restoration plan.

AQW 35627/11-15

5. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps she has taken to assist farmers in protecting their farms and livestock from crime.

AQW 35640/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

6. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on a Northern Ireland Sports Museum.

AQW 35638/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

7. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 34788/11-15, whether the use of locally produced food is not already specified in tenders for the supply of food to schools; and to detail the plans to make this a stipulation in future tenders.

AQW 35586/11-15

8. Mr J Wells (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education why the South Eastern Educational Library Board will not provide a bus to take children who live in the Kilcoo area to Drumadonnell Primary School.

AQW 35588/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 33797/11-15, for a breakdown of the £710,000 expenditure on hospitality by his Department's arm's-length bodies.

AQW 35615/11-15

10. Mr R Newton (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education how many assaults on teachers were recorded in (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary schools in academic years (a) 2011/12; (b) 2012/13; and (c) 2013/14, broken down by education and library board.

AQW 35619/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

11. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the number of work placements in East Londonderry that are available to students at the Northern and North Western Regional Colleges.

AQW 35605/11-15

12. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning who is currently delivering the Extractives and Minerals Processing apprenticeship frameworks; and who will deliver the frameworks in future.

AQW 35621/11-15

13. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what qualifications or accreditations does a body or individual require to deliver the Extractives and Minerals processing apprenticeship frameworks.

AQW 35622/11-15

14. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of students from Targeting Social Need areas enrolled in each university and college, for each of the last three (i) academic; and (ii) financial years.

AQW 35642/11-15

15. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of students who have (i) applied for; and (ii) received student hardship funding in each of the last three academic years, broken down by each university and college.

AQW 35643/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how many new jobs have been created in East Londonderry in the last twelve months.

AQW 35603/11-15

17. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35629/11-15

18. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she has had discussions with her UK counterpart regarding the Kurdistan region of Iraq, and the potential impact that current events could have on possible inward investment projects.

AQW 35635/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether there is concern in his Department or any of its agencies that showing the video footage taken by enforcement agency staff at Ravenhill Stadium on 23 August 2013 could prove detrimental to the argument for the proposed Single Tier Taxi system in its current format.

AQW 35584/11-15

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update, including timescales, on the provision of approved taxi meter centres.

AQW 35600/11-15

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what regulations will be introduced in relation to the fitting of taxi meters.

AQW 35601/11-15

22. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what provisions will be put in place to ensure that the setting and fitting of taxi meters does not create any conflict of interest, by ensuring that there is not a connection between those responsible for the installation of meters and companies that will use their services.

AQW 35604/11-15

23. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (a) the areas of architectural and townscape importance; (b) healthier living environments; (c) conservation areas; (d) areas of townscape/village character; (e) historic parks; (f) gardens and demesnes that have been established in the East Belfast constituency by the adoption of the Belfast Metropolitan Area Plan.

AQW 35632/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

24. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35633/11-15

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

25. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35581/11-15

26. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the capacity of health services in East Londonderry to deal with the potential health and safety risks of hosting major events.

AQW 35582/11-15

27. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has considered how people who are dependent on the Independent Living Fund will maintain their independence from July 2015.

AQW 35583/11-15

28. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of days recorded as sick absence by staff in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, broken down by month, for each of the last five years.

AQW 35585/11-15

29. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the report into Children's Cardiac Services.

AQW 35589/11-15

30. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Northern Ireland.

AQW 35591/11-15

31. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the Public Health Agency's 10,000 Voices project.

AQW 35595/11-15

32. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the thirteen recommendations presented by the College of Emergency Medicine in July 2014.

AQW 35596/11-15

33. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the concerns raised by the Ambulance Service in August 2014 in relation to staffing and morale issues.

AQW 35597/11-15

34. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what percentage of posts in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service are vacant; and to detail the longest period that a vacancy has existed.

AQW 35609/11-15

35. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the rate of sick absence in the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, in the last twelve months.

AQW 35610/11-15

36. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of (i) the current system for determining the value of generic drugs which dictates the amount recuperated by community pharmacists who dispense them; and (ii) it is appropriate to continue to use cost predictions made in England in relation to generic drugs, given market differences and additional costs of transportation and delivery to Northern Ireland, in the context of a devolved health administration.

AQW 35616/11-15

37. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the negotiation of the contract for community pharmacists; and whether he will ensure that it reflects the value of the professional advisory services which they provide to patients in addition to their responsibility for dispensing.

AQW 35617/11-15

38. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will review the funding allocation model for the Supplement for Undergraduate Medical and Dental Education, which is weighted towards training in secondary care, given the implications of Transforming Your Care and the need for increased numbers of medical graduates to pursue a career in General Practice.

AQW 35618/11-15

39. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33234/11-15, to detail (i) the shortfall in spend compared to the funding initially earmarked for the Personality Disorder (PD) Strategy; (ii) the amounts allocated to the delivery of the PD Strategy during each of the last four financial years; and (iii) the proposed spend on delivering the PD Strategy during the next financial year.

AQW 35630/11-15

40. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33234/11-15, to detail (i) the facilities and services available to patients within the Community Personality Disorder (PD) Service, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust; (ii) the process by which a person with a PD is referred to these services in each Trust; and (iii) whether support, such as independent advocacy, is available in each Trust area to assist patients with access to PD services.

AQW 35631/11-15

41. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the role of local health commissioning groups and agencies, working in conjunction with his Department, in determining priority need for new primary care centres in rural towns and villages, including Carrickmore and Fintona in Co. Tyrone.

AQW 35646/11-15

42. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what advice his Department offers to people who take, or are concerned about others who take, legal highs.

AQW 35647/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

43. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether prisoners who abscond whilst on temporary leave are re-sentenced and returned to custody when they are detected; and if not, why this is not regarded as a crime.

AQW 35611/11-15

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) on how many occasions during 2013 and 2014 to date has the Northern Ireland Prison Service conducted drugs searches and recovered legal highs; (ii) of these how many were found to be within the banned substance category allowing for charge or penalty; and (iii) of these how many were adjudicated.

AQW 35612/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in light of the Prisoner Ombudsman report into the death in custody of Mr David Brown, why two new recruit officers who were four weeks out of training were left without senior officer supervision or experienced support; and why these officers were unable to cope with the situation.

AQW 35613/11-15

46. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what steps his department has taken to assist farmers in protecting their farms and livestock from crime.

AQW 35641/11-15

47. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether he will make representations to the United States Administration to help with the removal of barriers to the travel into and out of America of former prisoners and their extended families.

AQW 35645/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

48. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the return of Portavoe reservoir to its original state.

AQW 35587/11-15

49. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline his departmental budget for North Down in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 35590/11-15

50. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35592/11-15

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many new vehicles his Department has purchased in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 35593/11-15

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the cost of the new vehicles that his Department has purchased in each of the last three years.

AQW 35594/11-15

53. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many Door-2-Door Transport journeys have been carried out in (i) Bangor; and (ii) the rest of North Down, in each of the last five years; and how many customers availaed of the service over this period.

AQW 35598/11-15

54. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many Door-2-Door Transport journeys have been carried out in each of the last five years; and how many customers were carried on the service over this period.

AQW 35602/11-15

55. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35614/11-15

56. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 31293/11-15, how successful efforts have been to refund motorists who were incorrectly issued with Penalty Charge Notices in Florence Place, Belfast.

AQW 35620/11-15

57. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what provisions are going to be made for parking for local residents affected by work on a new sewage pumping station in vicinity of Clandeboye Primary School, Bangor.

AQW 35624/11-15

58. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for details of the bat survey which was conducted in relation to the new sewage pumping station planned for the vicinity of Clandeboye Primary School, Bangor; and what steps will be taken to ensure the habitats of bats in the area concerned are protected.

AQW 35625/11-15

59. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what steps will be taken over NI Water's communication with the public in relation to works on reservoirs in North Down; and in regards to work on a new sewage pumping station in the vicinity of Clandeboye Primary School, Bangor.

AQW 35626/11-15

60. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, given the continuing works schemes on the A37 between Coleraine and Limavady over a protracted period of time, when motorists will be able to travel uninterrupted on the route.

AQW 35636/11-15

61. Mr G Dunne (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether funding will be available for new councils to bring the off-street car parks up to an improved standard.

AQW 35639/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

62. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why income from Child Tax Credit is not disregarded when calculating entitlement to Housing Benefit.

AQW 35607/11-15

63. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when he expects the full implementation of the plan to improve Portrush Harbour and the associated works.

AQW 35637/11-15

64. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail his Department's efforts to achieve maximum uptake of social welfare entitlements, particularly in West Tyrone.

AQW 35644/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 24 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what joint initatives she has discussed or agreed with her counterpart in the Republic of Ireland to tackle cattle smuggling and illegal slaughter.

AQW 35648/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many people have qualified and been licensed in respect of the use of sprayers under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012.

AQW 35650/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what is the cost of (i) the courses to obtain a licence to use a (a) knapsack sprayer; (b) tractor mounted boom sprayer; and (ii) any other related courses provided by the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise in connection with the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012.

AQW 35651/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for how long is a spraying licence, issued under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012, valid.

AQW 35652/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development why a 2.5 day course is required to teach a farmer to use a sprayer and get a licence under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012; and whether her Department will review its approach to this issue.

AQW 35653/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much has been applied in penalties, in respect of Single Farm Payments, for breaches under the Plant Protection Products (Sustainable Use) Regulations 2012.

AQW 35654/11-15

7. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the work carried out by her Department to upgrade the Slievenaslat walking trail in Castlewellan Forest Park; and whether there are any plans to upgrade additional walking trails throughout South Down.

AQW 35664/11-15

8. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether her Department has responsibility for the Control of Greyhounds etc. Act (Northern Ireland) 1950.

AQW 35672/11-15

9. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on her plans to decentralise her Department's Fisheries Office to Downpatrick.

AQW 35704/11-15

10. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the effort and expense involved when a new herd number is issued upon the death of a herdkeeper; and whether she plans to change the current procedures which cause further distress to farming families at a time of grief.

AQW 35709/11-15

11. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the meetings and consultation she and her officials undertook to discuss and seek views on the policy options arising from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) (Pillar I Direct Payments), including details of the groups met and the number of meetings with each group.

AQW 35710/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

12. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

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

AQW 35708/11-15

13. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure why her Department did not supply the in-year monitoring round bid documents requested by the Assembly Research and Information Service.

AQW 35713/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the mobile classrooms in North Down that are available for community use.

AQW 35661/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether any mobile classrooms are surplus to requirements in North Down.

AQW 35662/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the new build for Bangor Central Integrated Primary School.

AQW 35663/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the new capital build scheme for schools in Holywood.

AQW 35665/11-15

18. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education what support is available for visually impaired children attending mainstream primary school in the South Eastern Education and Library Board, particularly children starting school for the first time.

AQW 35667/11-15

19. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education what is the current pupil to teacher ratio within controlled sector primary schools.

AQW 35685/11-15

20. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of children leaving post-primary schools with no qualifications in (i) English; and (ii) mathematics.

AQW 35692/11-15

21. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education what action his Department is taking to ensure that all children, regardless of background, achieve a good standard of literacy by eleven.

AQW 35693/11-15

22. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the timescale for the implementation of changes to the weighting of AS level and A level examinations.

AQW 35695/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

23. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for a timeline for the building of a new further education college in Coleraine.

AQW 35683/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

24. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment which companies have received financial support for investments made in East Londonderry and North Antrim, in each year since 2010.

AQW 35690/11-15

25. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the Economic Inactivity Framework.

AQW 35711/11-15

26. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what actions her Department is taking to learn from other parts of the Uk on their policies, targets and achievements in promoting innovation and attracting business to use the expertise that exists here locally and to bring their expertise to Northern Ireland.

AQW 35733/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

27. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many employees of the Driver and Vehicle Agency have been redeployed.

AQW 35656/11-15

28. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the letter of 20 June 2014 from the Director of the Road Safety and Vehicle Regulation Division was sent to all taxi licence holders, as well as taxi operator licence holders.

AQW 35668/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

29. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel how many people were awarded the Lone Pensioner Allowance in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35673/11-15

30. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what measures his Department is taking to encourage uptake of the Lone Pensioner Allowance.

AQW 35674/11-15

31. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

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

AQW 35675/11-15

32. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

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

AQW 35699/11-15

33. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

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

AQW 35705/11-15

34. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the procedures for appealing against unfair application or abuse of procurement and tendering regulations within government departments and public bodies.

AQW 35706/11-15

35. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of civil servants, broken down by Department, whose posts are located in the Greater Belfast or Bangor areas but reside in the (i) Omagh; (ii) Strabane; (iii) Cookstown; and (iv) Dungannon districts.

AQW 35707/11-15

36. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

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

AQW 35732/11-15

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

37. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to provide a breakdown of how much has been spent on Transforming Your Care to date.

AQW 35677/11-15

38. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update of the review of exceptionality clause contained in the individual funding requests for cancer drugs.

AQW 35678/11-15

39. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been allocated locally following the revised Pharmaceutical Price Regulation scheme signed in January 2014.

AQW 35679/11-15

40. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the business case for the Derry Health and Social Care campus.

AQW 35680/11-15

41. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been spent on interpretation services in (i) hospitals; (ii) GP practices; and (iii) dental surgeries, in each of the last seven years.

AQW 35682/11-15

42. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the current waiting list, per constituency, for people seeking appointments for consultations relating to neurological illnesses.

AQW 35687/11-15

43. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of people waiting for community care packages in the (i) Northern Health and Social Care Trust; and (ii) Western Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 35689/11-15

44. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost to the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service of (i) all 4x4 vehicles purchased; (ii) boats and related equipment; and (iii) all training attributed to new rescue responsibilities, in each of the last three years.

AQW 35691/11-15

45. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration he has given to extending legislation concerning learning disability to include children with autism at the moderate or high functioning end of the spectrum in order to widen the services which they can access.

AQW 35696/11-15

46. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in the absence of residential or inpatient care for people with autism who are prone to violent episodes, what options are available to families who cannot manage their child's aggression in the home.

AQW 35697/11-15

47. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what consideration has been given to providing residential or inpatient care to young people with autism who are prone to violent episodes and are not manageable in the home environment.

AQW 35698/11-15

48. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 34544/11-15, how the agreement of all parties to the repatriation of patients is assured and recorded.

AQW 35703/11-15

49. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for breakdown of the £11.4m that was shifted from acute care to community care in 2012/13, as stipulated in the Programme for Government 2011/15.

AQW 35715/11-15

50. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many staff are currently on (i) sick leave; and (ii) maternity leave within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust, particularly staff located in the Speech and Language Department.

AQW 35717/11-15

51. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what level of service should be provided for young children with Down Syndrome.

AQW 35718/11-15

52. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33234/11-15, to detail (i) the structure of the Integrated Care Pathway for patients with a Personality Disorder (PD); and (ii) the measures being taken to promote effective interfaces between PD services and other general and specialist mental health services.

AQW 35725/11-15

53. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33234/11-15, to detail (i) the structure of the inter-agency Personality Disorder Network Group including the agencies that are members of the group; and (ii) the mechanisms by which the group supports people with a Personality Disorder diagnosis and the staff involved in their care.

AQW 35726/11-15

54. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 33234/11-15, to outline the educational and training opportunities, including those that constitute Continuing Professional Development, which have been put in place for mental health professionals who will be involved in providing services to patients with a Personality Disorder (PD) as a result of broadening access to mental health services in line with the PD Strategy.

AQW 35727/11-15

55. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the provision for Speech and Language Therapy, including Makaton Signing, within the Northern Health and Social Care Trust; and the age groups covered by this provision.

AQW 35731/11-15

56. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been spent on Research and Development, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in the last five years.

AQW 35734/11-15

57. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the actions that he is taking to encourage collaboration between clinicians, the public and businesses, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 35735/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

58. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether his Department has completed a retention and disposal schedule for records; and if so, has it been properly enacted upon by his Department and its arm's-length bodies.

AQW 35655/11-15

59. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline any legislation covering the use of private CCTV cameras based on property.

AQW 35657/11-15

60. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether allowing the contract for drug-testing in the Northern Ireland Prison Service to expire without a re-tendering process having been commenced is in line with procurement best practice.

AQW 35666/11-15

61. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why persons facing serious criminal charges and brought to court under a Public Prosecution Service summons are not required, unless and until committed for Trial at preliminary enquiry, to (i) attend court in person; and (ii) enter into bail terms; and whether he plans to amend this in the interests of assuring cooperation and protection of both the investigation and witnesses or victims from interference and intimidation

AQW 35670/11-15

62. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) to list the dates of the meetings he, or his departmental officials, attended relating to police pensions; (ii) whether a Northern Ireland based lawyer was present or represented Staff Side at any of these consultations and discussions; (iii) whether minutes were taken at the meetings; (iv) if not, why none were taken; and; (v) if minutes were taken, whether they have been supplied to the Police Federation of Northern Ireland.

AQW 35671/11-15

63. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what is the current time limit for the result of a Court of Appeal case to be heard; and how many times this limit has been breached in each of the last five years.

AQW 35681/11-15

64. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice what action his Department has taken to target racist behaviour outside the Belfast area, specifically in East Londonderry.

AQW 35686/11-15

65. Mr J Craig (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given his Department's withdrawal of guidance on injury on duty pensions in Northern Ireland following legal challenges in mainland UK, to outline the timescales in which he will provide new guidelines for these pensions.

AQW 35730/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

66. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many people work at the departmental depot in Bangor.

AQW 35658/11-15

67. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether plans are in place to prepare for gritting roads during the winter.

AQW 35659/11-15

68. 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

69. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether improvements to the Northern Ireland Railways services, particularly developing rail corridors, will lead to increased ticket prices.

AQW 35688/11-15

70. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the transfer of powers for on street parking to councils will include the power to introduce resident parking schemes.

AQW 35702/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

71. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the average annual cost of running the Housing Executives network of district offices.

AQW 35669/11-15

72. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many (i) Housing Executive and (ii) registered housing association properties have been sold at a discount under the Right to Buy scheme in each council area, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35676/11-15

73. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he has any plans to provide revitalisation investment to support existing traders, improve shop frontages and promote the town of Coleraine.

AQW 35694/11-15

74. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why the Union Flag was not flown from Banbridge Social Security Office on 17 July 2014.

AQW 35700/11-15

75. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Comprehensive Development Schemes have been delivered in the last five years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35719/11-15

76. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how much his Department has spent on Comprehensive Development Schemes in the last five years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35720/11-15

77. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the Comprehensive Development Schemes delivered in South Down, in the last five years.

AQW 35721/11-15

78. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Environmental Improvement Schemes have been delivered in the last five years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35722/11-15

79. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how much his Department has spent on Environmental Improvement Schemes in the last five years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 35723/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 25 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 for an update on the devolution of corporation tax.

AQW 35744/11-15

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35785/11-15

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35786/11-15

4. 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

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many projects in East Londonderry have been supported through the Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF 2) since 2011.

AQW 35754/11-15

6. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

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

AQW 35760/11-15

7. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, 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 her Department; and (ii) what representations regarding the event were received by her Department from (a) public representatives; (b) Ministers; (c) Special Advisors; and (d) lobby interests.

AQW 35789/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

8. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education how many mobile classrooms are currently surplus to requirements; and to detail how a sporting club, charity or voluntary organisation can acquire the services of such resources.

AQW 35747/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many applications from students studying at the (i) Northern Regional College; and (ii) North Western Regional College, for financial assistance from the Further Education Fund and the College Hardship Fund, were rejected.

AQW 35751/11-15

10. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of students studying at the (i) Northern Regional College; and (ii) North Western Regional College who have received financial assistance from (a) the Further Education Fund; and (b) College Hardship Funds, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35758/11-15

11. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, of those students from the (i) Northern Regional College; and (ii) North Western Regional Colleges whose application to either the College Hardship fund or the Further Education fund was rejected, how many were referred to and received support from the other source.

AQW 35759/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

12. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department is planning to combat the low levels of Foreign Direct Investment for clinical research.

AQW 35763/11-15

13. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps her Department has taken to collaborate with the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, to promote innovative healthcare research and attract investment for clinical research.

AQW 35764/11-15

14. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much financial support Invest NI has provided to Bombardier in each of the last three years.

AQW 35784/11-15

15. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, 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 her Department; and (ii) what representations regarding the event were received by her Department from (a) public representatives; (b) Ministers; (c) Special Advisors; and (d) lobby interests.

AQW 35788/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

16. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment on how many occasions, detailing the dates and venues, have departmental officials or associated agency staff held meetings with (i) fonaCAB; and (ii) Value Cabs, or their respective representatives, in the last three calendar years.

AQW 35756/11-15

17. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment in relation to information provided to the Committee for the Environment by departmental officials that outlay for Single Tier Taxi compliance for taxi drivers requiring to purchase meters, printers and signage will total approximately £1,000, which would be recouped from the consumer/service user at 3 pence per mile within five years, to outline (i) the evidence or reports on which this estimate was based; and (ii) the investigation that has been carried out into the accuracy of the suggested figure.

AQW 35757/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what monitoring will be carried out on taxi meters to ensure they have been correctly calibrated.

AQW 35774/11-15

19. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what actions will be taken to ensure that the installation and calibration of taxi meters will be completed independently.

AQW 35775/11-15

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment why it is proposed to implement single tier taxi licensing ahead of the new regulations on taxi meters.

AQW 35776/11-15

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of prosecutions for fraudulent calibration of a taxi meter, in the last five years.

AQW 35777/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

22. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

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

AQW 35745/11-15

23. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

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

AQW 35748/11-15

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

24. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he would consider the appointment of a full-time member of staff to take forward the workforce planning proposals required for Transforming Your Care.

AQW 35737/11-15

25. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of the costs associated with the last three reports into workforce planning.

AQW 35738/11-15

26. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will respond to the College of Emergency Medicine regarding their proposals to deal with 'exit block' in Emergency Departments.

AQW 35739/11-15

27. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much his Department has spent on health and social care research, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, since 2013.

AQW 35752/11-15

28. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) how many different types of cancer drugs have been prescribed to patients; and (ii) how this compares to the number prescribed in England, since 2013.

AQW 35753/11-15

29. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether his Department intends to increase biomedical research collaboration with research based pharmaceutical companies.

AQW 35755/11-15

30. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the annual cost of the Patient and Client Council; and whether there has been a value for money assessment.

AQW 35767/11-15

31. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many hygiene failings have been identified in each hospital, in each of the last five years; and to detail the number of staff that have been disciplined as a result.

AQW 35769/11-15

32. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether there is a zero tolerance policy in relation to hospital and administrative staff failing to comply with protocols, policies and articles of governance; and if not, to outline the reasons for this.

AQW 35771/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the timeframe requirement for reporting a Level 3 Serious Adverse Incident.

AQW 35772/11-15

34. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the weaknesses of the Individual Funding Request (IFR) mechanism in relation to cancer medicines; and to outline the groups and individuals he has met to date to discuss the IFR process, including (i) the name of the groups; and (ii) the dates of the meetings.

AQW 35779/11-15

35. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the discussions he has had to date on the Individual Funding Request process; and for an update on the evaluation his Department is undertaking in relation to whether this process is working.

AQW 35780/11-15

36. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) terms of reference; (ii) estimated timescale, including the conclusion date; and (iii) patients and patient groups who have been consulted for his Department’s evaluation into the Individual Funding Request process.

AQW 35781/11-15

37. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cancer drugs provided through the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme as of January 2014.

AQW 35782/11-15

38. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he is taking to resolve the situation at the out of hours service in Strabane, which currently does not have a sufficient number of GPs.

AQW 35787/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

39. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given that Section 75 is grounded on equality, to what extent can persons within, or considering themselves to be within, Section 75, use this as mitigation for, or as, a defence in criminal proceedings.

AQW 35765/11-15

40. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) whether he is aware that some police officers do not feel they are being adequately and appropriately represented by the recognised staff associations and representative bodies over proposed pension changes; (ii) what action is being taking to address this, particularly in respect of a lack of transparency by failure to fully disclose decisions taken without proper consultation or with the views of serving officers as to being denied fair treatment; and (iii) whether the current proposed policy in its present form is lawful in the absence of appropriate consultation or engagement.

AQW 35768/11-15

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in light of recently published figures of 452 drugs finds at Maghaberry Prison in 2013, how many of the finds were (i) banned substances; (ii) prescription drugs held unlawfully; and (iii) banned and legal so-called legal highs.

AQW 35770/11-15

42. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice for an update on the future of Downpatrick Court House.

AQW 35791/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the cost to his Department of operating the Strangford ferry.

AQW 35741/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline his Department's long term plans for the Strangford ferry service.

AQW 35742/11-15

45. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many press officers are employed by his Department.

AQW 35743/11-15

46. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35746/11-15

47. 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

48. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the reasons for the 40mph speed limit on the C560 Aughrim Road, Magherafelt.

AQW 35761/11-15

49. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what public consultation was held prior to the introduction of a 40mph speed limit on the C560 Aughrim Road, Magherafelt.

AQW 35762/11-15

50. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what discussions have taken place with HM Treasury to extend the TaxSmart scheme to rail travel.

AQW 35773/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

51. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 35736/11-15

52. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many neighbourhood wardens are employed by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and to detail their (a) location; and (b) function.

AQW 35766/11-15

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 Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps her Department is taking to address rural crime, particularly farm theft, and to support the PSNI in their efforts in this area.

AQW 35829/11-15

3. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 35234/11-15, to detail the cost of felling trees.

AQW 35844/11-15

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 35295/11-15, what other tree felling programs are planned in this financial year.

AQW 35845/11-15

5. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 35864/11-15

6. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the amount of funding delivered under the village renewal aspect of the Rural Development Programme, broken down by constituency, in the last three years.

AQW 35865/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

7. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the business case for the redevelopment of Belfast Central Library.

AQW 35808/11-15

8. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

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

AQW 35838/11-15

9. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the amount of funding allocated to boxing clubs in West Tyrone, in the last three years.

AQW 35855/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education for an update on proposals to increase pupil numbers at Towerview Primary School, Bangor.

AQW 35793/11-15

11. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35801/11-15

12. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department is required to approve the Area Plans for each Education and Library Board; and if so, whether primary and post-primary plans, published in 2013 and 2014, have been approved.

AQW 35803/11-15

13. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education, given that the process of Area Planning is ongoing, to detail (i) how often this process will be reviewed; (ii) whether the findings for primary and post-primary schools will be published annually by Education and Library Boards; and (iii) the action his Department will take if any of the Education and Library Boards fail to implement the stated policy in relation to Area Planning in a timely manner.

AQW 35804/11-15

14. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education, given that the recent judgement following the Judicial Review for Drumragh Integrated College stated that the Needs Model assumes no growth in the integrated sector, when this model will be reviewed and amended in response to the judgement and the statutory duty on his Department in regard to Integrated Education.

AQW 35805/11-15

15. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

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

AQW 35806/11-15

16. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the source of funding for the three agreed Shared Education Campus projects; and whether the full funding for the projects has been agreed.

AQW 35807/11-15

17. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether performance related pay and bonuses have been paid to the staff of the General Teaching Council in each of the last five years; and if so, to detail (i) how much; and (ii) to how many individuals and whether final salaries have been enhanced for pension purposes.

AQW 35822/11-15

18. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether performance related pay and bonuses have been paid to the staff of Education and Library Boards in each of the last five years; and if so, to detail (i) how much; and (ii) to how many individuals and whether final salaries have been enhanced for pension purposes.

AQW 35823/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

19. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the range and number of higher education courses which are currently available to students who attend the Omagh Campus of the South West College; and how his Department plans to increase higher education provision in Omagh.

AQW 35853/11-15

20. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why Co. Tyrone and Co. Fermanagh has not been included to stage departmental job fairs; and whether his Department plans to host a job fair in Omagh.

AQW 35856/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

21. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the cost of conferences, including room hire, hospitality, travel and associated fees, in each of the last five years.

AQW 35802/11-15

22. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the provision of basic and superfast broadband services.

AQW 35841/11-15

23. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 35842/11-15

24. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much has been spent by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board on funding events in the Banbridge District Council area in the last three years; and to detail the events that have been funded.

AQW 35843/11-15

25. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35851/11-15

26. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the budget attached to each of the eight phases of the Northern Ireland Broadband Improvement Project.

AQW 35874/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

27. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment on how many occasions, detailing the dates and venues, have departmental officials or associated agency staff held meetings with him in which a briefing was included on the detrimental impact that the proposed Single Tier Taxi System, in its present format, will have on Belfast Public Hire Taxis and smaller private hire taxi operators.

AQW 35809/11-15

28. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35119/11-15, whether by permitting unauthorised sand extraction from Lough Neagh Special Protection Area to continue, his Department is breaching Article 6(2) of the Habitats Directive and the precautionary principle which underpins that Directive, as set out in the ruling of the European Court of Justice in Case C-127/02, Waddenzee.

AQW 35852/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

29. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether interest is accrued by the Special EU Programmes Body on peace funding; and if so, to detail (i) the total accrued; and (ii) how it has been spent.

AQW 35825/11-15

30. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35826/11-15

31. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the eligibility criteria for businesses to qualify for the Small Business Relief Scheme; and whether there are plans to extend the scheme beyond 2015.

AQW 35827/11-15

32. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 35832/11-15

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

33. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35798/11-15

34. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35799/11-15

35. 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

36. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the 'dementia tax’ faced by carers of dementia patients, to cover expenses directly related to their needs, but only partly covered by the Health Service or local council funding.

AQW 35831/11-15

37. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for a breakdown of how much his Department has spent on treating dementia since 2013, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 35839/11-15

38. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps his Department is taking to improve formal diagnosis rates of dementia, in order to ensure patients receive the correct care.

AQW 35840/11-15

39. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35846/11-15

40. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what support his Department provides to the Alzheimer's Society.

AQW 35847/11-15

41. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he plans to review the services provided to people living with dementia in North Antrim.

AQW 35848/11-15

42. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

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

AQW 35857/11-15

43. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

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

AQW 35858/11-15

44. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

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

AQW 35859/11-15

45. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

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

AQW 35860/11-15

46. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many people in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust have assessed as requiring Community Meals, in the last twelve months.

AQW 35862/11-15

47. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

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

AQW 35863/11-15

48. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) budget; and (ii) staff complement of the Personality Disorder Service across each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 35868/11-15

49. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35870/11-15

50. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35871/11-15

51. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35872/11-15

52. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the thirteen recommendations contained within 'Acute and emergency care: prescribing the remedy' published jointly by the College of Emergency Medicine, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, the Royal College of Physicians of London and the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

AQW 35873/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

53. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 33408/11-15 and his response “A more stringent multi-agency selection process is in place to select prisoners for Burren House” and “A more robust progression/regression policy is in place, and staff employed there will write reports on the prisoners for the Parole Commissioners” to detail (i) how this selection process was applied in the decision to return the prisoner to this unit and why this was acceptable given his previous offending whilst an inmate of Burren House in its former title as the Prisoner Assessment Unit; and (ii) whether this decision will be reviewed.

AQW 35810/11-15

54. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35230/11-15, whether the consultation reports have been made available to recognised staff associations and representative bodies of serving police officers, confidentially or otherwise; and if so, whether the intention is that these bodies will share the content directly with those they represent.

AQW 35811/11-15

55. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many new recruits or new intake Prison Officers are working on landings without senior officer support; and whether this practice is subject to a risk assessment.

AQW 35812/11-15

56. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice why his Department's Head of Internal Audit did not complete an audit of the Disabled Police Officers Association Northern Ireland despite an agreement to do so on 20 February 2014.

AQW 35814/11-15

57. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what assurances are required by his Department and the Northern Ireland Police Fund before relevant funding can be allocated to the Disabled Police Officers Association Northern Ireland.

AQW 35815/11-15

58. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice under what authority his Department's Security Branch allowed the Charity Commission access to the private offices of the Disabled Police Officers Association Northern Ireland.

AQW 35816/11-15

59. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much of the cuts in expenditure in the Prison Service were made to (i) its headquarters; and (ii) prisons.

AQW 35817/11-15

60. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the cuts to the budget of the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

AQW 35818/11-15

61. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the level of security checks on visitors entering prisons are the same as those carried out in (i) 2012; and (ii) 2013.

AQW 35819/11-15

62. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how current Prison Officer staff numbers at Maghaberry Prison compare with (i) 2012; and (ii) 2013.

AQW 35820/11-15

63. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how current staff numbers at Prison Service Headquarters compare with (i) 2012; and (ii) 2013.

AQW 35821/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

64. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35794/11-15

65. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of gritting vehicles owned by Transport NI.

AQW 35795/11-15

66. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) type of vehicles used by Transport NI.

AQW 35796/11-15

67. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many vehicles currently owned by Transport NI require an annual MOT test.

AQW 35797/11-15

68. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail (i) what his Department has done, or would be prepared to do, to promote public hire taxis as a method of public transport, paying particular attention to their accessibility for people with a disability; and (ii) whether he would be prepared to meet public hire representatives to discuss this issue.

AQW 35813/11-15

69. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department has spent on improving road infrastructure in Lagan Valley since 2013.

AQW 35837/11-15

70. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline his Department's evaluation of the road safety benefits of the planned A5 Western Transport Corridor.

AQW 35854/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

71. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of applicants currently registered on the social housing waiting list.

AQW 35828/11-15

72. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35830/11-15

73. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the four projects encompassing the Social Housing Reform Programme.

AQW 35833/11-15

74. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what proposals are being investigated to bridge the £758m investment gap in the Housing Executive landlord function.

AQW 35834/11-15

75. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the creation of a comprehensive rent policy.

AQW 35835/11-15

76. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what role the Strategic Investment Board has in relation to the Social Housing Reform Programme; and whether he is content that no conflicts of interest are present in that role.

AQW 35836/11-15

77. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the total number of new social housing units constructed in each of the last ten years, broken down by (a) number of bedrooms; and (b) local council area.

AQW 35866/11-15

78. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35867/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

79. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission what assessment has been conducted in respect of any health risk posed by unwrapped mints being offered within the Assembly Chamber in circumstances where they can be handled by multiple members.

AQW 35824/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 29 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35913/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35915/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35896/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail (i) the number of ear tags requiring to be replaced on an annual basis in Northern Ireland; (ii) the cost thereof; and (iii) the resulting assessment of the durability of plastic tags as opposed to metal tags.

AQW 35897/11-15

5. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what her Department is doing to safeguard redundancies at the Hillsborough site of the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute.

AQW 35923/11-15

6. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the amount of grant in aid her Department has provided to the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute in (i) 2010; (ii) 2011; (iii) 2012; (iv) 2013; and (v) 2014.

AQW 35924/11-15

7. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether her Department has considered consolidating all Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute sites and resources to create one centre of excellence at the Hillsborough site.

AQW 35925/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

8. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding her Department provided to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum, in each of the last two years.

AQW 35884/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

9. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the estimated level of savings that will result from the creation of a single Education and Library Board.

AQW 35881/11-15

10. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education for an estimate of the annual budget that will be allocated to the new support body for controlled schools.

AQW 35882/11-15

11. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education whether the new support body for controlled schools will provide support to controlled integrated schools.

AQW 35883/11-15

12. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education why learning support units are not available for primary school children in the Newtownabbey area.

AQW 35900/11-15

13. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education why there is not provision, such as an equivalent school to Cedar Lodge, for those children who do not have learning difficulties but who are unable to be educated in a mainstream setting, even when extra assistance is provided.

AQW 35901/11-15

14. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the average time is for a statement of need to be put in place; and whether there are any plans to improve this.

AQW 35902/11-15

15. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education why all schools in Newtownabbey are not part of the Multi Agency Support Team scheme.

AQW 35903/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the reasons for the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment's high expenditure on hospitality.

AQW 35906/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the reasons for the variance of spend on hospitality by each Education and Library Board.

AQW 35907/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the intake at each pre-school in North Down.

AQW 35910/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

19. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35892/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

20. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to provide a timetable for the delivery of the Northern Ireland Broadband Improvement Project.

AQW 35891/11-15

21. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35898/11-15

22. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment why the Northern Ireland Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings does not provide data broken down by constituency.

AQW 35917/11-15

23. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

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

AQW 35928/11-15

24. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what changes she envisages in the role, remit, scope and number of local economic development agencies in light of the current transformation of local government.

AQW 35931/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

25. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 34573/11-15 and his statement on 19 June 2014, to clarify what he meant by “Whilst I am aware of the concerns of Belfast Public Hire taxi drivers, I must balance these with the requirements, clearly set out by consumer and disability groups, to improve regulation for a safe, fair and fit for purpose taxi industry” when his answer clearly states that disability access compliance was already existing and accepted in Belfast Public Hire taxis.

AQW 35876/11-15

26. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQW 35878/11-15

27. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what consideration has been given to using the Small Business Research Initiative to find a sustainable solution to the processing of waste from disposable nappies.

AQW 35927/11-15

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

28. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of personnel working in the Headquarters of the Southern Command of the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service on a regular basis; (ii) the overheads for this facility; and (iii) the number of times the Area Commander and the Area Business Manager worked in Portadown in the last eighteen months.

AQW 35904/11-15

29. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35905/11-15

30. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given the stringent criteria required to qualify for the Community Meals Service, for his assessment of elderly and vulnerable people being forced to purchase ready meals which may have questionable nutritional value and be unaffordable.

AQW 35912/11-15

31. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35919/11-15

32. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35920/11-15

33. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) whether, given its success in terms of reducing morbidity and mortality, and the consequent impact on long-term care costs, there are plans to continue the ‘F.A.S.T’ awareness programme spearheaded by the Stroke Association beyond the original projected end date of 2014; and (ii) whether his Department has given consideration, in a circumstance where ‘F.A.S.T’ resources have been developed and the cost of continuing this programme is reduced, to diverting the remaining Public Health Agency monies ring-fenced for stroke awareness towards other promising initiatives such as the Stroke Association’s ‘Lessons 4 Life’ schools programme and the ‘It’s not just a funny turn’ campaign, which helps people to identify when someone has experienced a Transient Ischaemic Attack.

AQW 35921/11-15

34. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the action he will take to support the 20,000 people identified by the Alzheimer's Society as living with dementia.

AQW 35922/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to recently published figures of drugs seizures, how many seizures accounted for unlawfully held prescription drugs.

AQW 35877/11-15

36. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether there are instances of, or opportunities for, automatic transfer for prison staff to the Northern Ireland Prison Service from counterpart facilities in England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 35879/11-15

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35230/11-15, whether he has consulted directly with serving Police Officers; and if not, when he intends to do so.

AQW 35880/11-15

38. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 35258/11-15, of those prisoners transferring from outside the UK to serve their sentence in Northern Ireland, how many, transferred since 2010, have (i) repaid; and (ii) failed to repay the expenses incurred in their transfer.

AQW 35895/11-15

39. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 33830/11-15, for a breakdown of the £243,017 expenditure on hospitality by his Department's arm's-length bodies.

AQW 35899/11-15

40. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35911/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

41. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many new road projects have been cancelled by his Department in the last three financial years.

AQW 35885/11-15

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the current value of land assets held by his Department.

AQW 35886/11-15

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQW 35887/11-15

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many car parks are owned by his Department.

AQW 35888/11-15

45. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of service delivery and quality of the joint Translink and Bus Eireann x1 Service to Dublin following the utilisation of private contacted companies to partl operate this route.

AQW 35893/11-15

46. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

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

AQW 35894/11-15

47. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what additional measures are planned to increase awareness of the Cycle to Work scheme.

AQW 35908/11-15

48. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the uptake of the Cycle to Work scheme.

AQW 35909/11-15

49. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35918/11-15

50. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35930/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

51. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what communication his Department has had with landlords of privately rented properties which qualify for the Affordable Warmth Scheme, to ensure that they are registered with the Landlord Registration scheme, and give consent for energy efficiency improvements to be completed for which they must contribute towards costs.

AQW 35914/11-15

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