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Ref No Member Question Tabled Date for Answer
AQW 36695/11-15

Mr C Lyttle

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why there has been a failure to reference the seventh Delivering Social Change Signature Programme; and whether they will ensure that the Play and Leisure Signature Programme is given equal standing with the other Signature Programmes.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36715/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36716/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36717/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36719/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36720/11-15

Mr C Eastwood

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36735/11-15

Mr S Agnew

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36736/11-15

Mr S Agnew

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) how much funding has been allocated to the Household Energy and Thermal Efficiency Programme; and (ii) whether a panel of technical experts has been established to advise on the nature and implementation of this programme.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36728/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps her Department has taken to encourage the wider community to promote and facilitate farm safety.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36730/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline the steps her Department has taken to provide greater access to support and services which will assist and encourage safe working on farms.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36740/11-15

Mr S Moutray

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of visitors to Tollymore Forest Park in the last two years.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36751/11-15

Mr B McCrea

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 35925/11-15, for her assessment of the consolidation of the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute sites.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36752/11-15

Mr B McCrea

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much the Agri-Food and Bioscience Institute has paid in the last year to use its site at Newforge; and what percentage of this site is currently in use.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36729/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for her assessment of the cuts to funding for local public services which has led to Libraries NI making recent staff cuts; and what reassurances she can give to staff that her Department is working to mitigate the effects of funding cuts.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36731/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to outline the provisional of facilities for the development of sport at an elite level; and whether there are plans to expand the provision of these resources.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36732/11-15

Ms C Sugden

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail her Department’s role in the Ballymena Business Centre initiative to provide twenty arts and craft businesses five months free retail space in Ballymena town centre; and whether there are plans to encourage this initiative beyond the Ballymena area.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36754/11-15

Mr B McCrea

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether her Department plans to investigate and report on the governance and affiliation issues which prevented some athletes from participating in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, in order to prevent a reoccurrence in 2018.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36671/11-15

Mr C Hazzard

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36722/11-15

Mr A McQuillan

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36737/11-15

Mr S Agnew

To ask the Minister of Education what home tuition support is provided to pupils studying for A-levels examinations who cannot attend school due to illness, in the South Eastern Education and Library Board.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36675/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the long term future for the services, training opportunities and skills based classes currently provided by the Northern Regional College based at Union Street, Coleraine.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36712/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many student accommodation places each university provided in each of the last ten years; and how these figures compare with the growth in the number of university places.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36713/11-15

Mr C Boylan

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36714/11-15

Mr C Boylan

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36718/11-15

Mr C Boylan

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36755/11-15

Mr P Flanagan

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 36394/11-15, to detail the proposed location of the 72 nominal, new mast sites.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36734/11-15

Mr S Agnew

To ask the Minister of the Environment what is the process to have a path designated as a public right of way; and what criteria is used to judge an application for such a designation.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Friday 3 October 2014

AQW 36682/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of the Environment who is responsible for enforcing Local Landscape Policy Areas.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Monday 6 October 2014

AQW 36670/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, in relation to the incident in which a taxi driver is alleged to have assaulted a woman following a pick up in Carryduff and drop off at the Carr Road area of Lisburn on 16 September 2014, to clarify that his departmental agencies are working with PSNI to establish whether this vehicle was pre-booked for the fare as per his Department's regulations and the requirement of all private hire taxis, or was it hailed on the street.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36684/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the revenue generated from MOT centres, in each of the last two years.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36685/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the current number of MOT centres.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36687/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the current number of weighbridges.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36704/11-15

Mr P Frew

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on wind farm applications in North Antrim, including how many have been (a) approved; and (b) refused in the last ten years; and how many are currently in the planning system.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36705/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 35226/11-15, whether he regards meetings of the Committee for the Environment as being in the public domain; and whether his concerns could be allayed by having the footage shown to the Committee.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36710/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of visitors to (i) Crawfordsburn Country Park; and (ii) The Fort in Helen's Bay; in each of the last five years.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36739/11-15

Mr J Craig

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given that his Department had to remove Sinn Féin posters in Lagan Valley following the elections in May 2014, to detail the cost incurred by his Department and whether Sinn Féin has been invoiced for this cost.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36741/11-15

Mr S Moutray

To ask the Minister of the Environment what plans he has to re-open the café in Tullymore Forest Park.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36749/11-15

Mr B McCrea

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of road deaths since 2010; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce road deaths.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36680/11-15

Mr P Frew

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the unemployment figures for (i) Ballymena; (ii) Ballymoney; and (iii) Moyle in each of the last three years.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36673/11-15

Mr R Swann

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the answer provided to AQW 32355/11-15.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36690/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 36038/11-15, when the regional imaging review (i) commenced; and (ii) will be completed; and when the current Northern Ireland Picture Archiving and Communications System contract will be reviewed.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36692/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the waiting times for orthopaedic procedures, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust, in each of the last three years; and how he will improve waiting times.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36693/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the biologic treatments for people with severe rheumatoid arthritis; and to detail how he plans to improve the access to treatment.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36694/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the Health and Social Care Board assists GP practices to seek additional improvement grant funding via applications to EU funding.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36696/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of people with significant lower limb impairment.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36698/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many stroke survivors have full cognitive function but cannot access regular exercise using suitable equipment in close proximity to their home.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36699/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the extent to which high level spinal injury standing training (C5/C6 and Higher) is available in rehabilitation settings and community settings.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36700/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many stroke survivors have experienced significant secondary complications following discharge from rehabilitation or acute centres of care.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36701/11-15

Mr F McKinney

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the provision of physiotherapists for people with a leaning disability.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36702/11-15

Dr A McDonnell

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36703/11-15

Mr P Frew

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on what improvements to services available for people with autism have been made in the last twelve months.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36706/11-15

Mr P Frew

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline what improvements have been made under the Dementia Strategy in terms of Early Assessment and Diagnosis for Alzheimers.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36709/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what strategies are being pursued to reduce the amount of compensation claims in the Health Service.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36725/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what percentage of the prison population are receiving medication for mental health conditions.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36738/11-15

Mr S Agnew

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he is aware of the situation whereby young people in Beechcroft Child and Mental Health Services inpatient unit are being denied access to education if they are enrolled in further education; and if so, what steps are being taken to ensure that this situation is remedied.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36753/11-15

Mr J McCallister

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he will take to re-establish full time Emergency Department cover at Downe Hospital.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36689/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of Justice whether Northern Ireland Prison Service drugs testing is out of contract.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Friday 3 October 2014

AQW 36677/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister of Justice to explain his reference in replying to AQO 6682/11-15 to criminal activity by dissident unionists; and to identify any such groups to which he was referring.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 8 October 2014

AQW 36672/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister of Justice, following the seizure of a multi-million pound illegal drugs haul in International waters off the coast of the Irish Republic, which involved the National Crime Agency, which organisations would be involved should a similar operation be required in waters off the Northern Ireland coast.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36683/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) for a breakdown of costs of all court matters, including the trials which collapsed or where aborted, in the case of Darius Porcikas for the offences committed on 13 July 2011 and heard at Craigavon Crown Court, shown by (a) legal aid including law firm, junior and senior counsel; (b) prosecution; (c) interpreter services, and (d) any other relevant expenditure; or (ii) for an estimated total cost if final figures are not yet known.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36686/11-15

Lord Morrow

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 36138/11-15 and given that there are officers who are dissatisfied with their regional board representatives and central committee, and these officers face sanctions if they raise concerns, (i) whether there is a facility which his Department will recognise to represent the views of these officers; and (ii) whether he will conduct a review into the running of the Police Federation to include member satisfaction.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36691/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) why the Juvenile Court is moving from Townhall Street courts to Laganside; (ii) what consultation was carried out with the Judges who preside in this court; and (iii) what arrangements are in place to meet the welfare obligations towards juvenile users of the court.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36697/11-15

Mr A Easton

To ask the Minister of Justice which public bodies have the authority to remove Department of Justice records for examination.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36721/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the reoffending rate for people sentenced to (i) short; and (ii) long prison sentences.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36723/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister of Justice how the reoffending rate in Northern Ireland compares to other UK jurisdictions.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36724/11-15

Mr A Ross

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the prison population in each of the last ten years.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36733/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister of Justice what was the average cost per prisoner held in 2013 in (i) Maghaberry; and (ii) Magilligan prisons.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36674/11-15

Mr G Campbell

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what progress is being made on the replacement of the existing rail station in Portrush.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36678/11-15

Mrs J Dobson

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36681/11-15

Mr P Frew

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the work undertaken to resolve the flooding problem on the Toome Road and Queen Street area of Ballymena.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36711/11-15

Mr P Weir

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the restoration of Portavoe reservoir.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36726/11-15

Mr G Robinson

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36727/11-15

Miss M McIlveen

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36747/11-15

Mr G Dunne

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what plans are in place for gritting roads during periods of severe winter weather.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36750/11-15

Mr B McCrea

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much his Department has spent on improving road infrastructure, including resurfacing, in the (i) Newry City; (ii) Derry City; and (iii) Belfast City council areas, since 2013.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36676/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister for Social Development, in relation to the reference at page 15 of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive's (NIHE) Draft Corporate and Business Plans to Savills' housing stock condition survey of NIHE stock in 2009 having "recently been revisited", to detail (i) when; (ii) how it happened; and (iii) the outcome of the survey.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36679/11-15

Mr J Allister

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 27463/11-15, where it was explained that as a buffer and accountability mechanism the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) Director of Transformation would report to the NIHE Chief Executive; and to whom the Director of Transformation now reports to within the NIHE.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36688/11-15

Mr G Campbell

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36707/11-15

Mr C Boylan

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on when his Department will provide funding to the Armagh Neighbourhood Renewal Area.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36708/11-15

Mr C Boylan

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the date of the (a) most recent; and (b) next inter-departmental meeting on neighbourhood renewal.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36742/11-15

Mr G Dunne

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36743/11-15

Mr G Dunne

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36744/11-15

Mr G Dunne

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36745/11-15

Mr G Dunne

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on his Department's position on the revitalisation of Queen’s Parade, Bangor.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36746/11-15

Mr M Copeland

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 35867/11-15, to detail the number of people who were classified as being in housing stress in each year.

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

AQW 36748/11-15

Mr R Beggs

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

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Wednesday 15 October 2014

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