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Ref No Member Question Tabled Date for Answer
AQW 37779/11-15

Mrs J Cochrane

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in light of the financial strain and resource limitations faced by all Departments and the Executive's acknowledgement that the work of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has the most pressing need, whether they will consider rebalancing ministerial priorities and making a strategic decision to reallocate junior ministerial posts to the DHSSPS.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

AQW 37783/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37750/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much could be raised by selling surplus land owned by her Department.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37775/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether she sought the advice of her College Advisory Group on the delivery of the Level 2 Agricultural Qualification for the Young Farmer Scheme delivered at the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise; and to publish any advice she received.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37734/11-15

Mrs K McKevitt

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014

AQW 37725/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what financial support her Department provides to Coleraine Borough Mini Soccer.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37752/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much could be raised by selling surplus land owned by her Department.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37772/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what consideration has been given to the reallocation of departmental resources to provide greater assistance to the Ulster Orchestra.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37726/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of children in (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary schools that have dyslexia.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37766/11-15

Mr D McKay

To ask the Minister of Education how much his Department is planning to invest in cycling for pupils and school staff.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37759/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what opportunities exist for universities to use their reserves to meet funding shortfalls.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37771/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the level of reserves held by each of the local universities.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37795/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many additional PhD places, which are financially supported by business and philanthropy, his Department has matched funding for in each year since 2012.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37798/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of departmental funded PhD places available in each year since 2012.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37799/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of Post-Graduate awards that his Department has provided in partnership with universities, in each year since 2011.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37800/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many additional PhD places his Department has provided funding for in areas of economic relevance, since 2012.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37801/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the increase in the number of further education qualifications provided for by his Department in each year since the launch of his Department’s Skills Strategy.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37733/11-15

Ms A Lo

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQO 6832/11-15, why a number of the portfolio companies are facing winding up proceedings from the fund manager E Synergy; and what action InvestNI is taking to address this situation.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Monday 27 October 2014

AQW 37722/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what role her Department has in securing export accreditation for Northern Ireland food products into China; and what steps her Department has taken.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37729/11-15

Mr P McGlone

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 36539/11-15, (i) how many days have been allocated for Barry McGuigan and Carl Frampton to act as Northern Ireland Ambassadors; (ii) what activities this will involve; and (iii) how the Tourist Board's social media and digital content will be shared through fan bases.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37754/11-15

Mr O McMullan

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what role her Department is playing in the preparation of an development plan for mid and east Antrim from 2015.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37786/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what inward investment benefits have resulted from the International Sales Conference stakeholder event that was held in Portstewart in March 2011.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37791/11-15

Mrs D Kelly

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department, and InvestNI, are developing the opportunities for social enterprises to expand, develop and become involved in entrepreneurial opportunities; and what funding has been allocated to assist these enterprises.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37792/11-15

Mrs D Kelly

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she has any plans to carry out a review of the role and functioning of small business support, including the work of the enterprise agencies.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37802/11-15

Mr C Ó hOisín

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what progress has been made with the Department of the Environment on levies on the disposal of end of life tyres.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37803/11-15

Mr C Ó hOisín

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how her Department has advanced the provision of a recycling charge here and in Britain.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37732/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37097/11-15, whether fonaCAB signed a declaration stating they had an operating centre at Kingspan Stadium which was exempt from planning permission; and if so, to place a copy in the Assembly Library.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

AQW 37794/11-15

Mr C Ó hOisín

To ask the Minister of the Environment what progress has been made with the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment in relation to levies imposed on the disposal of end-of-life tyres.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Friday 24 October 2014

AQW 37727/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister of the Environment what additional actions will be taken to improve the quality of beaches following the latest Good Beach Summit.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37731/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37176/11-15, whether private hire taxi regulation could be rectified directly with the relevant operators bringing them in line with legislation instead of changing the system to the detriment of other service providers.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37735/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 36336/11-15, on how many occasions in the last four calendar years has a request been made under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 Directed Surveillance Application; and of these, how many were (i) granted/approved; (ii) refused; and (iii) pending.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37736/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, on how many occasions the Director of Road Safety and Vehicle Regulation has been accompanied by the Driver and Vehicle Agency Chief Enforcement Officer to meetings with or regarding Value Cabs at their offices in Belfast; and to detail the (i) date and time; and (ii) the minutes of each meeting.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37738/11-15

Mr O McMullan

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether his Department is monitoring new councils to ensure they have their community plan in place for 2015.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37748/11-15

Mr O McMullan

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the rationale for a farmer requiring an expensive permit to bring tyres onto their farm for agricultural use,

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37753/11-15

Mr R Swann

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 37305/11-15, to provide a breakdown of the taxi offences for the last three years.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37756/11-15

Mr K McCarthy

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the length of time that the Waterfall Walk at Crawfordsburn Country Park has been inaccessible; and (ii) the timescale for repair.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37767/11-15

Mr D McKay

To ask the Minister of the Environment what bicycle parking facilities he plans to provide for staff and visitors to County Hall in Ballymena.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37781/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the approximate change in numbers of public hire taxis between January 2009 and January 2014.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37790/11-15

Mr G Robinson

To ask the Minister of the Environment why elected representatives have been unable to contact the Coleraine and Londonderry planning offices by telephone or email for over a week.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37796/11-15

Mr C Ó hOisín

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the result of his Department's investigation into the discrepancies between the levies charges by retailers under the Duty of Care system and those in Britain in respect of end-of-life tyres.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37797/11-15

Mr C Ó hOisín

To ask the Minister of the Environment, in relation to the levies charged by retailers for the disposal of end-of-life tyres, what efforts have been made to obtain the power to regulate the collection and utilisation of the levy.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37730/11-15

Mr R Swann

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what legal action can be taken against an individual who collects payment for rates from a tenant for a premises they do not own, and then fails to make that payment to the rightful landlord or authority.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37741/11-15

Mr R Swann

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37758/11-15

Ms B McGahan

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37780/11-15

Mr G Campbell

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

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37740/11-15

Mr O McMullan

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of supportive housing units in each Health and Social Care Trust.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37746/11-15

Mr O McMullan

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of supportive housing units required in each Health and Social Care Trust to comply with Transforming Your Care.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37760/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he supports the Action on Hearing Loss lip reading campaign and their call for all hearing aid users to be referred to a lip reading class.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37761/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what measures are in place to monitor Health and Social Care Trusts to ensure that they comply with the agency ranking system when recruiting locum doctors.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37762/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether agencies who supply locum doctors that are not employed through the agency’s payroll are permitted to charge his Department or Health and Social Care Trusts for (i) Working Time Directive allowances; and (ii) National Insurance contributions.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37763/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been paid to locum framework agencies in respect of (i) Working Time Directive allowances; and (ii) National Insurance contributions, since December 2013.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37764/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome clinic in Belfast City Hospital has closed.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37765/11-15

Mr R Swann

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 37022/11-15, whether a 'complex case panel' is only constituted to deal with 'complex child protection cases'.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37773/11-15

Ms M McLaughlin

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline his plans to support the increase of 7 per cent in GP activity in the last twelve months.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37777/11-15

Ms M McLaughlin

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline his proposals to support the Healthy Living Alliance.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37782/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the arrangements in place by the Western Health and Social Care Trust to deal with the demand for access to a consultant neurologist for clinics in the South West Acute Hospital.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37784/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what initiatives will be taken to reduce the current waiting times for orthopaedic surgery for people living in County Fermanagh.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37789/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail all legal costs incurred by the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland since its establishment.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37721/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) how the matters originally listed for hearing on 9 June 2014 at Newtownards Court under Proceedings ID 14/0353 were settled; (ii) if the matters were settled between the parties, was the Court advised of the basis of settlement; (iii) if so, when; and (iv) under what terms did the parties advise the Court that the matter was being settled.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 29 October 2014

AQW 37724/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister of Justice for a breakdown of the cost of the research and report he commissioned into prostitution in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37737/11-15

Mr R Hussey

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37143/11-15, how it was determined that the provision of an in-house translation service would cost more than the current system of £1.3m per annum; and, given the sums paid in E and F District, how an in-house service is deemed too costly.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37739/11-15

Mr R Hussey

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 37143/11-15, what discussions his departmental officials have had with officials in the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in relation to translator costs.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37755/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of Justice whether a person was transferred to Burren House as part of his pre-release; and if so, on what date was he transferred from Maghaberry.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37757/11-15

Mr R Swann

To ask the Minister of Justice what penalties are in place for people who collect rent or rates for premises without the permission of the owner.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37720/11-15

Mrs B Hale

To ask the Minister for Regional Development why it is necessary to have Royal Assent granted on Off Street Parking by 1 April 2015 as per clause 112 of Local Government Act (NI) 2014.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37728/11-15

Mr P McGlone

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 36808/11-15, and in relation to the work carried out by Enterprise Managed Services on behalf of NI Water during the 2008/2009 contract period, (i) to detail the property types that were surveyed during this period; (ii) to detail the type of meter being installed; and (iii) whether they were (a) internal fits; (b) meters screwed into existing boundary boxes; or (c) boundary box and meter installs.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37742/11-15

Mr D McKay

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much training are Roads Service engineers receiving on the provision of adequate cycling infrastructure.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37743/11-15

Mr D McKay

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans he has to make Galgorm Road, Ballymena safer for cyclists.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37744/11-15

Mr D McKay

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what improvements he is considering for cyclists that wish to transport their bicycles on Translink buses.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37745/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what funding does his Department provide to the Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37747/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what funding does his Department provide to the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37749/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much could be raised by selling surplus land owned by his Department.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37776/11-15

Mr J Spratt

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the amount of cash reserves held by each of his Department's arm's-length bodies.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37785/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, following the decision to amalgamate Coleraine Inst and Coleraine High School, what discussions will be held with the education authorities on the traffic implications of the newly enlarged school.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37787/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans his Department has in place to address the sewage odour at the Rossorry Church Road, Enniskillen.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37788/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the submission of a business case to address sewage and odour problems in the West End of Enniskillen.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37751/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the total number of claimants for Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in each local government district in (a) May 2007; and (b) September 2014 and in each case, what percentage of the working age population was accounted for by JSA claimants.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37768/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many people have been barred from operating a charity due to an investigation by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland or court conviction.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37769/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the investigatory powers of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37770/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many compliants regarding the conduct of (i) an individual; and (ii) organisations have been received by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37774/11-15

Ms M McLaughlin

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline his proposals in relation to the minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37778/11-15

Mr J Spratt

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the Urban Villages project.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37793/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on decontamination works at Fort George.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

AQW 37723/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Assembly Commission how much has been spent on art each year since May 2007; and what is the current value of the Assembly's collection.

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Wednesday 5 November 2014

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