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 23 February 2015

Friday 5 September 2014
Monday 8 September 2014
Tuesday 9 September 2014
Friday 12 September 2014
Tuesday 16 September 2014
Wednesday 17 September 2014
Thursday 18 September 2014
Friday 19 September 2014
Monday 22 September 2014
Tuesday 23 September 2014
Thursday 25 September 2014
Friday 26 September 2014
Monday 29 September 2014
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Wednesday 1 October 2014
Thursday 2 October 2014
Monday 6 October 2014
Tuesday 7 October 2014
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Thursday 9 October 2014
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Thursday 16 October 2014
Friday 17 October 2014
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Friday 24 October 2014
Monday 27 October 2014
Wednesday 29 October 2014
Monday 3 November 2014
Tuesday 4 November 2014
Wednesday 5 November 2014
Thursday 6 November 2014
Friday 7 November 2014
Monday 10 November 2014
Monday 17 November 2014
Tuesday 18 November 2014
Monday 24 November 2014
Wednesday 26 November 2014
Thursday 27 November 2014
Friday 28 November 2014
Thursday 4 December 2014
Friday 5 December 2014
Monday 8 December 2014
Tuesday 9 December 2014
Wednesday 10 December 2014
Friday 12 December 2014
Monday 15 December 2014
Tuesday 16 December 2014
Wednesday 17 December 2014
Thursday 18 December 2014
Friday 19 December 2014
Monday 22 December 2014
Tuesday 23 December 2014
Monday 5 January 2015
Tuesday 6 January 2015
Wednesday 7 January 2015
Thursday 8 January 2015
Monday 12 January 2015
Tuesday 13 January 2015
Friday 16 January 2015
Monday 19 January 2015
Wednesday 21 January 2015
Thursday 22 January 2015
Friday 23 January 2015
Monday 26 January 2015
Tuesday 27 January 2015
Wednesday 28 January 2015
Friday 30 January 2015
Monday 2 February 2015
Tuesday 3 February 2015
Wednesday 4 February 2015
Thursday 5 February 2015
Friday 6 February 2015
Monday 9 February 2015
Tuesday 10 February 2015
Wednesday 11 February 2015
Thursday 12 February 2015
Friday 13 February 2015
Monday 16 February 2015
Tuesday 17 February 2015
Wednesday 18 February 2015
Thursday 19 February 2015
Friday 20 February 2015
Monday 23 February 2015
Tuesday 24 February 2015
Wednesday 25 February 2015
Thursday 26 February 2015
Friday 27 February 2015
Monday 2 March 2015
Tuesday 3 March 2015
Wednesday 4 March 2015
Thursday 5 March 2015
Friday 6 March 2015
Monday 9 March 2015

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 5 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why permission was not granted to the Ulster Aviation Society to hold open days at the Maze/Long Kesh site on the 23 and 24 August 2014.

AQW 35254/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 8 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Anderson (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they discussed Welfare Reform with the Prime Minister at their meeting in July 2014 to review progress on the joint economic pact.

AQO 6540/11-15

2. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of how the programmes in Together: Building a United Community can be used to tackle anti-social behaviour amongst young people.

AQO 6542/11-15

3. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they are protecting front line services to victims and survivors in the difficult economic environment.

AQO 6544/11-15

4. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they plan to fulfil Programme for Government 2011-15 Commitment 16 to Develop the 'One Plan' for the regeneration of Derry/Londonderry, incorporating the key sites at Fort George and Ebrington.

AQO 6547/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will place a copy of the communication from his department of 23 May 2014 in the Assembly Library, that alerted Departments with sponsored North South Bodies, of concerns his Department had on the regularity and legality of grant payments to these Bodies, as referred to at page 79 of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Resource Accounts for year ended 31 March 2014.

AQW 35425/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 9 September 2014

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

1. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

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

AQO 6505/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 12 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

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

AQW 35716/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 16 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 35243/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

2. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education for an update on the introduction of greater flexibility in school starting age.

AQO 6592/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 17 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why he has not answered AQW 34060/11-15 within ten working days; and when he intends to provide an answer.

AQW 35327/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 18 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what cuts will be made to their budget as a result of the lack of agreement on Welfare Reform.

AQW 35401/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35429/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 19 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. 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

2. 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

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, having regard to the express requirement of the North/South Co-Operation (Implementation Bodies) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 for approval of grants to North/South Bodies from his Department and the clear direction of A.2.3.1 of 'Managing Public Money Northern Ireland', for his assessment of whether expenditure by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on grants by its North/South Bodies in 2013/14, without approval from his Department, was illegal; and if so, to detail the resultant consequences.

AQW 35469/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 22 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Storey (North Antrim)

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

AQO 6627/11-15

2. Mr T Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQO 6628/11-15

3. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

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

AQO 6633/11-15

4. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

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

AQO 6634/11-15

5. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

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

AQO 6636/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 23 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

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

AQW 35628/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 25 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

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

AQW 36278/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 26 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 35850/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 29 September 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

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

AQW 35928/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 30 September 2014

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 28359/11-15, what do the departmental records show as to ministerial meetings with Trevor Turkington since May 2007.

AQW 35935/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) what consultation took place with his Department over the sale of National Asset Management Agency's (NAMA) Northern Ireland debt portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management; (ii) what role did Northern Ireland representatives on NAMA play; and (iii) the role played by his Department and the Northern Ireland Executive.

AQW 35938/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the future of companies whose financing debts were sold as part of National Asset Management Agency's Northern Ireland debt portfolio to Cerberus Capital Management, particularly given the experience with US fund Blackstone in the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 35939/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 1 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 35993/11-15

2. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 36025/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 2 October 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of training suppliers who provide services for young people participating on the Training for Success Programme; and how many provide training for young people in East Londonderry.

AQW 36046/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 6 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr P Weir (North Down)

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

AQO 6749/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 7 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to provide a breakdown of the £1bn stated by the First Minister which would be subtracted from the Northern Ireland Block Grant in the event that the Welfare Reform package is not implemented.

AQW 36318/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 8 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36354/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 9 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

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

AQW 36408/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 14 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on selecting a representative to sit on the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

AQW 36606/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 16 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the proposed age legislation, including timescale, which will include provision for goods, facilities and services and protect against discrimination on the grounds of age.

AQW 36823/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 17 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the Terms of Reference for the Disability Strategy Monitoring Group and the role of the group.

AQW 36853/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 36865/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 21 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they had a direct or indirect role in initiating the consideration of providing public funding for the Frampton/Martinez fight.

AQW 36999/11-15

2. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

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

AQW 37032/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 37001/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr A Attwood (West Belfast)

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

AQO 6885/11-15

5. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

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

AQO 6890/11-15

6. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

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

AQO 6891/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 22 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what was the role and knowledge of the deputy First Minister in the approach to the Treasury giving rise to the offer of a £100m loan.

AQW 37427/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 24 October 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the change in numbers of Protestants (a) applying to; and (b) being appointed to the Equality Commission, in each of the last three years.

AQW 37287/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 27 October 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

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

AQW 37343/11-15

2. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

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

AQW 37344/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 29 October 2014

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

1. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 37437/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 3 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

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

AQO 6929/11-15

2. Mr E Poots (Lagan Valley)

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

AQO 6930/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQO 6931/11-15

4. Mr A Easton (North Down)

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

AQO 6932/11-15

5. Ms M Fearon (Newry and Armagh)

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

AQO 6933/11-15

6. Mrs P Cameron (South Antrim)

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

AQO 6934/11-15

7. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

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

AQO 6936/11-15

8. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

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

AQO 6937/11-15

9. Mr W Irwin (Newry and Armagh)

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

AQO 6938/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 4 November 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 37705/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQW 37783/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 6 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

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

AQW 37838/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 37846/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 7 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the travel and subsistence costs incurred by their Department on trips outside Northern Ireland in each year of the current Assembly mandate, broken down by the costs incurred by (i) the First Minister; (ii) the deputy First Minister; (iii) special advisers; and (iv) support staff.

AQW 37928/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 37926/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 10 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) the persons or bodies to whom their Department has provided hospitality; and (ii) the cost of providing this hospitality in each of the last 12 months.

AQW 37940/11-15

2. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

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

AQO 6977/11-15

3. Mr A Maskey (South Belfast)

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

AQO 6982/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 17 November 2014

Questions to the Minister of Justice

1. Mr C Boylan (Newry and Armagh)

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

AQO 7049/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 18 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 38055/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

2. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

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

AQO 7068/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

3. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQO 7086/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 24 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 38426/11-15

2. Mr D McIlveen (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the work of the Commissioner for Older People.

AQO 7106/11-15

3. Ms M Fearon (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the comments made by the EU Human Rights Commissioner that the cost of dealing with issues of the past should be met by the British Government.

AQO 7112/11-15

4. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what representations have been made to their Department on the closure of the Japanese Tobacco Industry factory in Ballymena.

AQO 7111/11-15

5. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, given their responsibility for legacy issues, for an update on any progress that has been made in the current talks process.

AQO 7113/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 26 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

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

AQW 38575/11-15

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

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

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

AQW 38570/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 27 November 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, given that his response to AQW 22188/11-15 is in the present tense, whereas the question asked for clarity on the situation prevailing in May 2007, whether a list of all organisations visiting the Maze site since May 2007 can now be provided.

AQW 38633/11-15

2. Mr M Copeland (East Belfast)

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

AQW 38697/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

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

AQW 38686/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 28 November 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Ms R McCorley (West Belfast)

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

AQW 38766/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 4 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

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

AQW 39030/11-15

2. Mr A Attwood (West Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) the number of staff at each grade currently employed by their Department; and (ii) the number staff at each grade employed by their Department at the restoration of devolution in 2007.

AQW 39530/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

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

AQW 39001/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 5 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many bunkers under the auspices of the Northern Ireland Executive are currently in existence; and how often are they upgraded in light of any perceived threat which might materialise requiring their use.

AQW 39102/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

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

AQW 39070/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 8 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

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

AQW 39138/11-15

2. Mr A Maginness (North Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the scoping exercise to examine the impact of the closure of the Childcare Vouchers scheme, as recommended by the Committee for the Office of the First Minister and deputy First Minister.

AQO 7220/11-15

3. Mr E Poots (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what steps they are taking to ensure equality is embraced by all sides of the community.

AQO 7221/11-15

4. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the progress made on legacy issues in the current talks process.

AQO 7222/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why the Programme for Government 2011/15 commitment to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services has not yet been delivered.

AQO 7224/11-15

6. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why a baseline budget has yet to be established for Together: Building a United Community.

AQO 7229/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 9 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many applicants for the post of Victims' Commissioner were ‘deemed appointable’ in the competition in which the former Commissioner was ultimately successful.

AQW 39227/11-15

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many of the current applicants for the vacant post of Victims' Commissioner are ‘deemed appointable’.

AQW 39229/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

3. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of academic and non-academic staff in the (i) University of Ulster; and (ii) Queen's University, that have annual salaries of (a) between £100,000 - £149,999; (b) between £150,000 - £199,999; (c) between £200,000 - £239,999; and (d) £240,000 and above.

AQW 39228/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

4. Mr D Hilditch (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given the recent levels of major crime, for an update on the National Crime Agency in Northern Ireland.

AQO 7248/11-15

5. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice for an update on his Department's Estates Strategy/HQ Accommodation Project.

AQO 7256/11-15

6. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice what plans he has to meet with the new Commissioner of An Garda Síochána.

AQO 7257/11-15

7. Mr M Brady (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Justice how his Department ensures that the role of the Policing and Community Safety Partnerships is maintained through the transition to the new 11 council structure.

AQO 7258/11-15

8. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice for his assessment of current staff morale within the Northern Ireland Prison Service.

AQO 7259/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 10 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the Executive office in Brussels has carried out an analysis of the impact the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on our local economy, the agri-food sector and the provision of public services.

AQW 39293/11-15

2. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether their Department is showing overspend on their budget for this financial year; and if so, by how much and what has led to this overspend.

AQW 39675/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 12 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the resource Departmental Expenditure Limit for the Victims and Survivors Service in the current financial year in addition to the allocations as a result of in-year monitoring; and to detail the allocations for the 2015/16 draft Budget.

AQW 39427/11-15

2. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the capital allocations for Together Building a United Community in 2015/16 will be allocated to each project; and whether the resource requirements have been factored into the 2015/16 draft Budget.

AQW 39428/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 15 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) the total level of capital receipts generated by their Department in each year since 2011; (ii) each individual asset; (iii) its location; (iv) when it was sold; (v) by whom it was purchased; and (vi) for how much it was sold.

AQW 39504/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 16 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the anticipated cost for the annual expenditure of a reconstituted Civic Forum as a result of the current talks process.

AQW 39599/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what was the outcome of the panel established under Section 3 of the Civil Service (Special Advisers) Act 2013 in respect of Paul Kavanagh; and what is Mr Kavanagh's current status within their Department.

AQW 39593/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 17 December 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 when they will ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to withdraw the UK derogation on the European Convention on Human Rights that allows religious discrimination in the employment of teachers and contributes to the economic costs of division in Northern Ireland society.

AQW 39625/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 18 December 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 their assessment of the recent all-party talks and whether they are likely to lead to the devolution of Corporation Tax in the near future.

AQW 39751/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

2. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how many paintings and sketches by John Luke are held by National Museums Northern Ireland; and how many are currently on display in the Ulster Museum.

AQW 39699/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 19 December 2014

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

1. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he has any plans for extra provision to be supplied west of the Bann to tackle the issues of historical under investment in this region.

AQW 39789/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 22 December 2014

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

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the total spent on each of the (i) capital; and (ii) other projects which have not proceeded since May 2007, including the loss resulting from each project.

AQW 39838/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 23 December 2014

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they have considered implementing the proposals contained within the Committee for Finance and Personnel's Report on the Inquiry into Flexible Working in the Public Sector that are applicable for their Department and its agencies.

AQW 39911/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the level of cuts proposed to the budget of the North South Ministerial Council by their Department's budgetary proposals.

AQW 39917/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 5 January 2015

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 (i) the Social Investment Fund applications received from organisations in Upper Bann; (ii) the current status of each application; and (iii) when funding will be forthcoming.

AQW 39960/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the Executive will be able to support the Irish Rugby Football Union's bid to host the Rugby World Cup 2023.

AQW 39993/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why Programme for Government 2011/15 commitment number 44, to extend age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services, has not been delivered.

AQW 39998/11-15

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the nature of any recent communication with the Commissioner for Older People in respect of extending age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.

AQW 40000/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

5. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he has put plans in place to monitor the impact of his proposal to apply for European Social Fund funding on the voluntary and community sector.

AQW 40036/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 6 January 2015

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 37000/11-15, who directed or requested the Head of the Civil Service to ask the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to meet with Cyclone Promotions.

AQW 40082/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 7 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on legislation to outlaw age discrimination in the provisions of goods, facilities and services.

AQW 40124/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

2. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether it is mandatory to display MOT discs on vehicles.

AQW 40130/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 8 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what progress has been made in establishing a crisis fund for migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

AQW 40200/11-15

2. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what measures are in place to ensure that no individuals or organisations use funds for ethnic minority engagement for their own electoral purpose and that any conflicts of interests of people involved in campaigns such as “Vote! You are at Home” are declared.

AQW 40201/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 12 January 2015

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how she plans to sustain beef and sheep farming in the Less Favoured Areas in the future.

AQO 7294/11-15

2. Ms M Fearon (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the processing of Single Farm Payments.

AQO 7300/11-15

3. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the number of Single Farm Payments still to be issued.

AQO 7301/11-15

4. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to outline any progress made on flood alleviation in East Belfast.

AQO 7302/11-15

5. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the flood threat in Newry.

AQO 7303/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 13 January 2015

Questions to the Minister of Education

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education, given the proposed cuts to school budgets, if Special Educational Needs provision can be protected.

AQO 7327/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 16 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, in light of Dr Raied Al-Wazzan’s comments on the Radio Ulster Talkback programme on 9 January 2015, whether they are considering withdrawing grants offered by their Department to the Belfast Islamic Centre.

AQW 40547/11-15

2. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when the next round of the Ethnic Minority Development Fund will be available.

AQW 40551/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 19 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when the Sexual Orientation Strategy will be published.

AQO 7341/11-15

2. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they have considered their Department ceasing to be a service delivery department and instead becoming a co-ordinating office of the centre.

AQO 7342/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 21 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the organisations in receipt of funding through the Minority Ethnic Development Fund, including the total amount of funding allocated to each.

AQW 40305/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how the Racial Equality Unit is working with community leaders in areas where recent racially motivated attacks have been most prevalent.

AQW 40306/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on funding availability for community and voluntary groups and organisations through the Minority Ethnic Development Fund.

AQW 40307/11-15

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

4. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to his recent statement to the Assembly advising that his Department provides funding to Trade Unions, to detail (i) how much is paid annually to Trade Union Officials; (ii) how many officials this payment covers; and (iii) how much it costs to administer Trade Unions dues.

AQW 40327/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 22 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail all community and voluntary groups in East Londonderry that have received funding from their Department since 2011.

AQW 40389/11-15

2. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what allocation has been made from their budget towards the modernisation of Brandywell Stadium.

AQW 40900/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 23 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much funding has been supplied by their Department to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups since May 2007.

AQW 40421/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why, after ten months, AQW 31865/11-15 has not been answered.

AQW 40424/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 36823/11-15, why there has been a delay in answering this question; and when an answer will be given.

AQW 40451/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning who is delivering the Learning Access Engagement Programme.

AQW 40459/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what communication his Department has had with the Northern Ireland Hotels Federation regarding VAT rates; and whether he has plans to raise the issue of a separate VAT rate for the Northern Ireland tourism/hospitality sector with HM Treasury.

AQW 40452/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

6. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the (i) number; and (ii) percentage of public transport passengers, across the three Translink service providers, who will be affected by higher fare increases due to differential pricing changes to different routes than the headline averages of 5.3 per cent for Metro, 4 per cent for Ulsterbus and 4.5 per cent for NI Railways.

AQW 40464/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 26 January 2015

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for a breakdown of the distribution of the £3 million allocated to boxing, detailing (i) each club that received funding; (ii) the amount received; and (iii) the purpose for which it was given.

AQW 40816/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of times planning enforcement action has been initiated against rogue operators of clothes recycling bins as a result of their bins not having planning permission.

AQW 40506/11-15

3. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the number of times enforcement action has been taken by the Planning Service against rogue operators of clothing charity donation bins; and (ii) the number of cases where enforcement action has resulted in charity clothing donation bins without planning permission being removed from the unauthorised site or successfully being granted planning permission.

AQW 40508/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Gardiner (Upper Bann)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much has been (i) spent; and (ii) allocated on the Social Investment Fund since 2011; and how much of the original £80m allocation remains available.

AQW 41166/11-15

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

2. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the progress of the Adoption and Childcare Bill.

AQW 40582/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

3. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much Translink has spent on (i) diaries; (ii) calendars; (iii) advertising; and (iv) other merchandising items, in each of the last five years.

AQW 40557/11-15

4. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much NI Water has spent on (i) diaries; (ii) calendars; (iii) advertising; and (iv) other merchandising items, in each of the last five years.

AQW 40566/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 28 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they, or their representatives, have had any discussions with paramilitaries or their representatives; and if so, to detail the nature of the discussions.

AQW 40596/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

2. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, given the intent of the Assembly to oppose water charges and his recent budgetary restraints, whether he plans to order NI Water to stop the installation of water meters with immediate effect.

AQW 40628/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 30 January 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what percentage of the Military Covenant their Department has adopted as policy; and what percentage has been implemented.

AQW 40772/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the locations of the automatic teller machines that benefit from the rural area rates exemptions.

AQW 40757/11-15

3. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what is his Department's definition of a rural area for the purpose of qualification for the rates exemption of automatic teller machines.

AQW 40758/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

4. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much revenue Translink received from advertising in each of the last five years.

AQW 40792/11-15

5. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) how many employees of Translink are entitled to free transport; (ii) whether free transport is also available to their families; (iii) if so, how many families can access free transport; and (iv) what was the cost in each of the last five years.

AQW 40793/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 2 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister, pursuant to AQW 38186/11-15, to detail which Department is co-ordinating a cross departmental action plan on Female Genital Mutilation to which they are contributing.

AQW 40811/11-15

2. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on Urban Villages, as part of the Together: Building a United Community strategy.

AQO 7452/11-15

3. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what steps they have taken to work with the Department for Social Development to reduce fuel poverty, in line with their Department’s objective of tackling disadvantage and reducing poverty.

AQO 7456/11-15

4. Mr F McCann (West Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the progress of the Social Investment Fund.

AQO 7457/11-15

5. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what action they are taking to address child poverty.

AQO 7458/11-15

6. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline how they are working with the Strategic Investment Board to increase the number of social clauses used by Executive Departments in their contracts.

AQO 7461/11-15

7. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the implementation of the Social Investment Fund.

AQO 7462/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

8. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why (i) AQW 35425/11-15; (ii) AQW 35467/11-15; (iii) AQW 35468/11-15; and (iv) 35469/11-15 have not been answered.

AQW 40829/11-15

9. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why AQW 35935/11-15 has not been answered.

AQW 40830/11-15

10. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why (i) AQW 35938/11-15; and (ii) AQW 35939/11-15 have not been answered.

AQW 40831/11-15

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

11. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of (i) beds; (ii) doctors; and (iii) nurses in each of Northern Ireland’s Type 1 Emergency Care Departments, in each of the last ten years.

AQW 40850/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

12. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the Housing Executive are allowed to source European funding for stock insulation issues.

AQW 41336/11-15

13. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what efforts are being made to tackle homelessness.

AQO 7466/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 3 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister who will fund the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval anticipated in the Stormont House Agreement.

AQW 40860/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the job creation and additional Gross Value Added targets, as specified in the One Plan, are on schedule to be achieved.

AQW 40901/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they are working with other Departments to address multiple deprivation in rural areas.

AQW 40903/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

4. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on the redevelopment of Belfast Central Library as the regional library for Northern Ireland.

AQW 40944/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

5. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether the proposed cut to SureStart in the draft Budget will be reversed as a result of the revised Budget 2015/16.

AQW 40914/11-15

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

6. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of whether changing the Meals on Wheels service from a daily chilled service to providing 14 days of frozen meals will be detrimental to the health of the older population.

AQW 40935/11-15

7. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the impact of the shortage in General Practitioners; and what steps he is taking to mitigate against the future impact on healthcare delivery to patients.

AQW 40941/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 4 February 2015

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 relationship between the Implementation and Reconciliation Group anticipated in the Stormont House Agreement and the other bodies to be established in relation to dealing with the past and in particular in respect of the Oral History Archive and the Independent Commission on Information Retrieval.

AQW 40961/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what will the Implementation and Reconciliation Group, as anticipated in the Stormont House Agreement, do for the first five years of its existence.

AQW 40962/11-15

3. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the savings to be made by their Department from the public sector voluntary exit scheme, over each of the four financial years commencing 2014/15.

AQW 40982/11-15

4. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the benefits arising from connections developed by their Brussels Office with similar offices from other EU regions.

AQW 40983/11-15

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

5. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the circumstances required and procedures followed when a paramedic car is dispatched.

AQW 40985/11-15

6. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he will direct the Health and Social Care Board and Health and Social Care Trusts to publish waiting times for audiology services.

AQW 41521/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

7. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many staff are deployed by his Department to fill grit boxes in North Belfast.

AQW 40956/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 5 February 2015

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr K McCarthy (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how many staff, at Deputy Principal grade and above, based in Dundonald House have indicated their willingness to relocate to Ballykelly.

AQW 41098/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

2. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many agency workers are employed by each council, broken down as a percentage of the total workforce.

AQW 41094/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why AQW 35938/11-15 has not been answered.

AQW 41070/11-15

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

4. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the projected savings envisaged by the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust in relation to restricting the Meals on Wheels Service by providing a fourteen day supply of frozen food.

AQW 41048/11-15

5. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the projected total cost difference in the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust providing fresh daily meals and fortnightly frozen meals.

AQW 41080/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 6 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what actions have been taken to increase the diversity of Public Boards since the publication in January 2014 of the Under-Representation and Lack of Diversity in Public Appointments in Northern Ireland report by the Commissioner for Public Appointments.

AQW 41146/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what plans are in place to review the law and regulations governing the uses of snares.

AQW 41142/11-15

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

3. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what measures are being taken by his Department to alleviate GP waiting times in North Down.

AQW 41141/11-15

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the average waiting time for GP appointments in North Down in each week of the last three years.

AQW 41143/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 9 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the Minister of the Environment consulted the Executive regarding Northern Ireland driving licences not displaying the Union Flag.

AQW 41179/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 10 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether an evaluation has been completed on the Ethnic Minority Development Fund; and if so, whether it has been published.

AQW 41300/11-15

2. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the organisations that have (a) applied for; and (b) received funding as part of the Ethnic Minority Development Fund for Tier 1 and Tier 2, in each of the last three years.

AQW 41301/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

3. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on the redeployment of DVA staff in Coleraine.

AQO 7551/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, within the context of the normal process of natural wastage and the experience of recent years, how long it would have taken to reduce the public service by 20,000 without an exit scheme, relying rather on a recruitment freeze.

AQW 41238/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

5. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether he will contact HMRC to ensure they exercise their discretion in ensuring that where more than one child benefit book is issued, the allocation between separated parents is conducted in a fair and proportionate basis and not dependent on the goodwill or lack of the parent holding the child benefit book.

AQW 41241/11-15

6. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the current 'one parent takes all' approach taken by HMRC to the allocation of child benefit books.

AQW 41242/11-15

7. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of whether all periods of care should be taken into consideration when calculating the level of care provided by a parent for child benefit purposes.

AQW 41243/11-15

8. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the neighbour renewal spend, including the largest project spend, broken down by council area, in each of the last five years.

AQW 41260/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 11 February 2015

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

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much his Department has spent on 'reviews' since May 2011.

AQW 41380/11-15

2. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40970/11-15, to detail (i) when the business case was made for this particular position; (ii) given there was a requirement for the position, how it will be filled in the future; and; (iii) when the position will be filled.

AQW 41903/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 12 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

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

AQW 41415/11-15

2. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the urban regeneration projects of Together: Building a United Community, including the proposed timescale for completion.

AQW 41416/11-15

3. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the removal of interface barriers, in line with the commitment to have all of barriers removed by 2023.

AQW 41418/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

4. Ms C Ruane (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the (i) number of new school builds; and (ii) the total financial investment in South Down, and schools that serve South Down, in each of the last eight years, broken down by (a) school; (b) investment received.

AQW 41396/11-15

5. Ms C Ruane (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the (i) number of schools who have benefited from the School Building Programme and/or Minor Works investment in South Down, and schools that serve South Down, in each of the last eight years, broken down by (a) school; and (b) investment received.

AQW 41397/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 40783/11-15, for his assessment of the capacity of further education colleges to independently provide this type of intervention; and what impact falling enrolment figures will have on the future of this programme.

AQW 41426/11-15

7. Mr G Kelly (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to list the organisations who failed to pass European Social Fund selection on the basis of not providing management accounts.

AQW 41916/11-15

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

8. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) what steps have been taken by the Western Health and Social Care Trust to liaise with parents of children who were given the wrong vaccination at Omagh Academy; (ii) the background to the mistake; (iii) what steps have been taken to ensure this does not happen again; and (iv) whether the results of the investigation by the Public Health Agency be published.

AQW 41982/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

9. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the current average cost of an appeal against a benefits related decision issued by the Social Security Agency.

AQW 41422/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 13 February 2015

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

1. Mrs P Cameron (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department is taking to address the illegal dumping of tyres in New Mossley, Newtownabbey.

AQW 42123/11-15

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

2. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the cost of administering a two tier system for prescription charges.

AQW 41843/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

3. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 38745/11-15, (i) how much has been spent on the resurfacing works on the Sandown Road, east Belfast, to date; and (ii) what appraisal mechanisms are in place to ensure the standard of the work is of a sound and consistent nature.

AQW 41490/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 16 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the range of schemes and services available to assist children and young people, in areas of social deprivation which do not qualify for Neighbourhood Renewal or Sure Start provision.

AQW 41569/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the text of the Stormont Castle Agreement will be placed as a matter of urgency in the Assembly Library.

AQW 42186/11-15

3. Mr A McQuillan (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the projects funded by the Social Investment Fund.

AQO 7568/11-15

4. Ms C Ruane (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline any progress made in the development of the Gender Equality Strategy, including any associated budget to see the Strategy realised.

AQO 7570/11-15

5. Mr I McCrea (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the benefit the £1.4 million allocation from the Social Investment Fund to community hub projects will bring to Mid Ulster.

AQO 7571/11-15

6. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how they intend to improve victims' services.

AQO 7572/11-15

7. Mr E Poots (Lagan Valley)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the implementation of their departmental responsibilities for the Stormont House Agreement.

AQO 7573/11-15

8. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when they will publish the restructuring plans for Executive Departments.

AQO 7574/11-15

9. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Racial Equality Strategy.

AQO 7575/11-15

10. Dr A McDonnell (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when they plan to bring forward proposals to the Executive relating to the needs of those victims of clerical abuse that fall outside the scope of the Hart Inquiry.

AQO 7576/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

11. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the progress made on the Northern Ireland Investment Fund.

AQO 7588/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

12. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail speed restrictions at (i) primary; and (ii) post-primary schools in North Down.

AQW 41568/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

13. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 38453/11-15, to detail (i) the identity of the nine local providers that were market tested; (ii) how specifically each of these were market tested; (iii) the outcome or feedback of each of the market tests; (iv) the officials in the Northern Ireland Housing Executive that carried out market testing; (v) the most recent costs and companies involved with providing vehicles under a hire or lease agreement; (vi) the status of the arrangement with the two companies; and (vii) whether the contract has since been tendered through the traditional exercise, and if not, to outline the reasons.

AQW 41581/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 17 February 2015

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

1. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the funding her Department has awarded to South Down, in each of the last five years.

AQW 41634/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

2. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what representations have been made on behalf of former employees of City Link, Nutts Corner to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to accelerate their claims for National Insurance Fund redundancy payments.

AQW 41975/11-15

3. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, following the rejection of Training For Women Network's Phase 1 ESF application, what action he will be taking to ensure this situation will be resolved urgently.

AQW 42002/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

4. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel when he will approve the business case which would allow the Northern Ireland Housing Executive to pay their employees the agreed salary increase of 2.2 per cent due 1 January 2015 and a one-off non-consolidated payment of £100, pro-rata for part time staff, which was due in December 2014.

AQW 42181/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 18 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the number of Confucious Institute arrangements in the rest of the United Kingdom in addition to the Northern Ireland project; and whether development plans by the Chinese authorities for each are organised separately.

AQW 41649/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what are the arrangements and scales of payment applicable to legal representatives appearing before, and on behalf of, the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, specifying whether brief fees or daily attendance fees, or both, are paid, and whether preparation time is separately remunerated.

AQW 41686/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much has been paid in legal fees in respect of the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry.

AQW 41687/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

4. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the formal process and timeline for projects entering the appeals process for the present funding round of the European Social Fund programme.

AQW 42071/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) why AQW 33937/11-15 remains unanswered; (ii) when he was provided with a draft answer by officials; and (iii) when he will provide an answer to the question.

AQW 41691/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

6. Ms M Boyle (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when he will bring a paper on the A5 road project to the Executive.

AQW 42061/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

7. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what is the total cost to Northern Ireland of not levying the bedroom tax as happens in England and Wales.

AQW 42256/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 19 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure's Irish language Strategy was approved by the Executive; and if not, whether the Strategy should have been brought to the Executive.

AQW 41740/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail (i) why AQW 31865/11-15 remains unanswered; (ii) when they were provided with a draft answer by officials; and (iii) when they will provide an answer to the question.

AQW 41742/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether there are plans to include children and young people in the extension of age discrimination legislation to the provision of goods, facilities and services.

AQW 41763/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

4. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 40818/11-15, whether he will ensure that each withdrawn patrol is reassessed in relation to the risks posed to pupils cycling or walking to and from each school.

AQW 41747/11-15

5. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the budget for each school in Upper Bann in 2015/16; and what percentage of a cut this represents in comparison to the budget of 2014/15; and when school principals and Board of Governors will be informed of new budgets.

AQW 41760/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

6. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many Protestant staff are employed at St Mary’s University College, Belfast.

AQW 41776/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

7. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) when the Northern Ireland Housing Executive salary increase of 2.2 per cent payable from 1 January 2015 will come into effect; and (ii) when the one-off non-consolidated payment of £100, pro-rata for part time staff, due in December 2014 will be paid.

AQW 42182/11-15

8. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the delay in processing salary increases for Northern Ireland Housing Executive staff; and to detail when a resolution to this matter is expected, including when increases and arrears will be paid to those affected.

AQW 42187/11-15

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

9. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients (i) are currently waiting longer than one year; and (ii) are now on the waiting list and are expected to have to wait longer than one year for orthopaedic surgery, broken down by (a) District Council; and (b) Health Trust and Social Care Trust.

AQW 41739/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

10. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what assurances he has had from Translink that Limavady will continue to receive a town bus service adequate to the needs of its people.

AQW 41758/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 20 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the review of good relations indicators.

AQW 41785/11-15

2. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the delivery of good relations funding.

AQW 41786/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister (i) why AQW 29444/11-15 remains unanswered; (ii) when they were provided with a draft answer by officials; and (iii) to provide an answer to the question.

AQW 41794/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister (i) why AQW 28365/11-15 remains unanswered; (ii) when they were provided with a draft answer by officials; and (iii) to provide an answer to the question.

AQW 41795/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

5. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what consideration he has given to the addition of the Queen's University Belfast and Ulster University to the CAO system as well as the UCAS system to increase the number of students from across the border attending these two universities.

AQW 41813/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

6. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 40716/11-15, and given the precautionary requirements of Article 6(3) of the Habitats Directive, (i) to specify the evidence which supports his contention that this material was (a) processed aggregate; (b) came from a regulated source; and (ii) to identify the source.

AQW 41841/11-15

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

7. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40119/11-15, to detail the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme payments received by the Health and Social Care Board; and how these payments have been used.

AQW 41808/11-15

8. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why has he allowed the South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust to action the full closure of the Bangor GP Ward when it was originally proposed for temporary closure.

AQW 41816/11-15

9. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, following the public rally supporting the Downe Hospital, whether he can provide an assurance that all services will be fully restored at the hospital and existing services safeguarded.

AQW 42407/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

10. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the proposed flood alleviation scheme at Finaghy can be enforced under legislation; and whether it is subject to planning approval.

AQW 41806/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 23 February 2015

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

1. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development which breeds of dogs are required to be muzzled and on a lead when in public.

AQW 41917/11-15

2. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what is the rationale for the requirement for greyhounds to be muzzled and kept on a lead when in public.

AQW 41918/11-15

3. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what regulations, or departmental guidance, advises that greyhounds should (i) not be kept as pets; (ii) not be encouraged for rehoming; and (iii) be kept in external kennels.

AQW 41919/11-15

4. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development why there are legal distinctions drawn between greyhounds and other domestic breeds of dogs.

AQW 41920/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what budget has been set for the new Liofa book clubs initiative; and whether this comes out of the libraries budget.

AQW 42540/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

6. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on his consideration on dealing with zero hour contracts; and when he will bring forward legislative proposals.

AQW 41863/11-15

7. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the cost of the Steps 2 Success programme, broken down by region.

AQW 41926/11-15

8. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the cost of the Steps 2 Success programme in each of the centres in Contract Area 1.

AQW 41929/11-15

9. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the cost of the Steps 2 Success programme in each of the centres in Contract Area 2.

AQW 41931/11-15

10. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the cost of the Steps 2 Success programme in each of the centres in Contract Area 3.

AQW 41932/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of staff employed by InterTradeIreland, broken down by religion.

AQW 41885/11-15

12. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she will take the necessary steps to create an Enterprise Zone, around and including the current the JTI site in Ballymena.

AQW 42406/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

13. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the full extent of the mineral extraction currently taking place at 17 Shinnagh Road, Mullaslin, Carrickmore, County Tyrone (i) has planning permission; (ii) is fully compliant with all necessary regulation; and (iii) has been screened for environmental effects under the Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

AQW 41910/11-15

14. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) if the ongoing mineral extraction taking place at 17 Shinnagh Road, Mullaslin, Carrickmore, County Tyrone is unauthorised; (ii) what actions his Department has taken to date; and (iii) how these actions accord with his policy that unauthorised quarrying requires the most rigorous and prompt enforcement action, as stated to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 5 November 2014.

AQW 41912/11-15

15. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the current enforcement position in relation to unauthorised sand extraction from Lough Neagh Special Area of Protection.

AQW 42528/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of whether people who will see an increase in their rates through Reval 2015 NI will be those who have suffered the consequences of the recent recession most heavily.

AQW 41882/11-15

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

17. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40951/11-15, to detail the stations that will benefit, including the number of replacement vehicles each will receive.

AQW 41860/11-15

18. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what protocols and guidelines he will issue to GP practices to improve patient appointment requests within acceptable limits.

AQW 41866/11-15

19. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the progression of a Children’s Palliative Care Strategy, following the public consultation that ended on 28 March 2014.

AQW 41933/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

20. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41604/11-15, whether all departmental and courts service staff are aware of the requirement not to abuse disabled parking bays, even on private departmental property.

AQW 42286/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

21. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, since January 1 2013, to list the 50 roads with the highest number of surface defects; and the 50 roads with the highest number of complaints about surface defects.

AQW 41865/11-15

22. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how many incidents or complaints about surface defects in roads have been reported or recorded since 1 January 2013.

AQW 41868/11-15

23. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether the report on the cause of the flooding in the Toome Road and Queen Street area of Ballymena has been published; and what potential solutions have been found.

AQW 42534/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

24. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the support provided by the Social Fund and Community Care Grants system to working parents on a low income, who have a child with a disability.

AQW 41862/11-15

25. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail all planned scheme works for Mount Vernon, Belfast.

AQW 41896/11-15

26. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why the Warm Homes Scheme contract cannot be extended beyond 31 March 2015; and why it is suggested that rules of procurement are a barrier.

AQW 41904/11-15

27. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the proposed hardship top up fund will fully compensate any individuals who may lose all their benefits as a result of Welfare Reform.

AQW 42424/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 24 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the departmental and arm's-length body buildings that are equipped with defibrillators; and how many staff in each of these buildings are trained in (i) the use of defibrillators; and (ii) C.P.R.

AQW 41934/11-15

2. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to their Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 41936/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for their assessment of the imbalance in terms of community background and gender within the staff of the Equality Commission; and what steps are being taken to address same.

AQW 42027/11-15

4. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail delivery against targets in the Play and Leisure Implementation Plan to date.

AQW 42037/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the prevalence of bovine viral diarrhoea in cattle.

AQW 41983/11-15

6. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what actions are being taken to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea from cattle.

AQW 41985/11-15

7. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development why there is no independent monitoring body for the greyhound racing industry; and whether she has any plans to establish such a body.

AQW 41987/11-15

8. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development who is responsible for the regulation of the greyhound racing industry.

AQW 41989/11-15

9. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether she has any plans to update legislation on the control of greyhounds.

AQW 41991/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

10. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what support her Department can provide to local newspapers, given their importance to the local community.

AQW 41954/11-15

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what are the current reserves of Waterways Ireland; and how are these reserves utilised.

AQW 42014/11-15

12. Mr S Lynch (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether Libraries NI has provision for signage in a language other than English.

AQW 42367/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

13. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Education what measures his Department have implemented in recent years to (i) protect frontline services; (ii) target social need; and (iii) increase investment in new school builds.

AQW 41972/11-15

14. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 42098/11-15, how many of the 21 temporary Senior Executive Officer posts created within the Western Education and Library Board during 2014 were made permanent.

AQW 42341/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

15. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the departmental and arm's-length body buildings that are equipped with defibrillators; and how many staff in each of these buildings are trained in (i) the use of defibrillators; and (ii) C.P.R.

AQW 41935/11-15

16. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to his Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 41940/11-15

17. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 40429/11-15, (i) how many applications were received to the previous round of funding; and how many of the 135 applications were succesful; and (iii) to list the groups that were successful in reaching Stage 2 of the application process.

AQW 41967/11-15

18. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why former employees of City Link, Nuts Corner are facing delays in receiving basic payments from the National Insurance Fund administered by the Redundancy Payments Service in the Insolvency Service.

AQW 41976/11-15

19. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many groups' application to the current round of the European Social Fund have been rejected at Stage one for failure to include management accounts.

AQW 42010/11-15

20. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he has launched an investigation into tendering process for applications to the European Social Fund.

AQW 42011/11-15

21. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many organisations have appealed the decision to eliminate them from the latest European Social Fund application process.

AQW 42012/11-15

22. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how community voluntary sector organisations, which do not keep management accounts, can apply to the European Social Fund.

AQW 42013/11-15

23. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many applications to the European Social Fund were received either in full, or in part, after the deadline for submissions.

AQW 42036/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

24. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to his Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 41941/11-15

25. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what support her Department can provide to local newspapers, given their importance to the local community.

AQW 41953/11-15

26. Mr D Bradley (Newry and Armagh)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 40788/11-15, whether the £1.2million cost of the investigation into the NI Events Company included the £166,084 spend by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure on audits, reviews of financial transactions and contracts.

AQW 42041/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

27. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether there are any concessions for Republic of Ireland taxis and wedding cars operating in Northern Ireland, in terms of obligations to fully comply with Northern Ireland regulations; and if so, for his assessment of whether this would distort fair competition.

AQW 42025/11-15

28. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether any guidelines have been produced and applied in planning applications for hydro-electric schemes in rivers; and whether restrictions, other than extraction distances, are in place regarding the number and location of dams, weirs and turbines.

AQW 42422/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

29. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to his Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 41937/11-15

30. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will carry out a structural review of the business rates system in Northern Ireland, following the announcement of a review of the business rates system in England by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

AQW 41948/11-15

31. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of how the rise of e-commerce is likely to impact upon the current high street business rates system in Northern Ireland.

AQW 41959/11-15

32. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will publish the business case related to the Executive’s Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42003/11-15

33. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether the flexibility to use £200 million borrowing for a Voluntary Exit Scheme, identified for the 2015/16 budget period, can be carried forward into later years if it is not utilised in 2015/16.

AQW 42006/11-15

34. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, should Corporation Tax powers be devolved, how decisions on the domicile of corporations will be made.

AQW 42026/11-15

35. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 33958/11-15, to detail the estimated costs of the proposal; and whether it has been budgeted for in 2015/16.

AQW 42030/11-15

36. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 33958/11-15, whether his proposal paper has been discussed by the Executive, including whether discussions have concluded; and to outline any indicative schedule for the resolution of this matter.

AQW 42031/11-15

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

37. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the state and condition of ambulances.

AQW 41938/11-15

38. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the business case and timeline for investment in the Clark Clinic, Belfast.

AQW 41978/11-15

39. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps he is taking to ensure that telephone numbers provided to patients to access specialists nurses for information and advice are not diverted to answer phone for prolonged periods; and whether he will ensure that when staff are on leave that these numbers will be answered by appropriate nursing staff.

AQW 41993/11-15

40. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40741/11-15, for his assessment of the real term benefits of collating data on GP waiting lists to ascertain the likelihood of potential increases in Emergency Department attendance.

AQW 42016/11-15

41. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40408/11-15, to detail the number of cancer patients transferred to GB for specialised treatment, broken down by cancer type, in the last three years.

AQW 42017/11-15

42. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the current level of reserves of each Health and Social Care Trust, including how these reserves are utilised.

AQW 42023/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

43. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether he can ensure that all staff who availed of the Voluntary Exit Scheme were provided with the correct holiday entitlement.

AQW 41999/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

44. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much money has been spent on upgrading footpaths in the Kilcooley estate in Bangor, over the last four financial years.

AQW 41956/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

45. Mr D McAleer (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline his plans for investment in rural areas.

AQW 41996/11-15

46. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how much has been spent on repairs to damp in multi-storey flats in the last five years, broken down by constituency.

AQW 42039/11-15

47. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on management surveys carried out on multi-storey flats to assess the properties for asbestos.

AQW 42040/11-15

48. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of management surveys being carried out on all multi-storey flats including those which are owner-occupied.

AQW 42042/11-15

49. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the criteria for the distribution of funds from the hardship top up fund.

AQW 42504/11-15

50. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Social Development who will be responsible for the distribution of the hardship top up fund.

AQW 42542/11-15

51. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether the recommendation from the Department of Finance and Personnel, that disciplinary proceedings were warranted against Stephen Brimstone over his treatment of Cllr Jenny Palmer, was acted upon; and if so, when and with what outcome.

AQW 42578/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 25 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the proposed Bill of Rights.

AQW 42082/11-15

2. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when (i) AQW 40551/11-15; (ii) AQW 40201/11-15; (iii) AQW 40200/11-15; and (iv) AQW 37838/11-15 will be answered.

AQW 42099/11-15

3. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what plans they have to extend the application of Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to all schools in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42101/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the number of quangos linked to their Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 10 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42108/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what consideration has been given to microchipping greyhounds rather than the current identity method of tagging the dogs' ears.

AQW 42066/11-15

6. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what proposals her Department has to improve the genetic quality of the beef stock herd.

AQW 42109/11-15

7. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what proposals have been agreed with the EU Commissions in Brussels to ensure the sustainability of family based farming enterprises, within the parameters of the Single Farm Payment and the new Rural Development programme.

AQW 42110/11-15

8. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what role her Department will have to play to ensure a successful implementation of statutory based rural proofing.

AQW 42111/11-15

9. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what reform proposals are envisioned for her Department in order for it to be more farmer centred, with less cumbersome bureaucracy.

AQW 42112/11-15

10. Mr J Byrne (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how the Young Farmers Entrance Scheme is being progressed.

AQW 42113/11-15

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development how much in Single Farm Payment funding was paid to farm businesses in each constituency, in the last year for which data is available.

AQW 42116/11-15

12. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what steps she has taken to identify the ownership of the two high risk reservoirs discussed at a recent Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development meeting; and when their ownership will be identified.

AQW 42119/11-15

13. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the efficiency of her Department in processing Single Farm Payments in 2015 compared to 2014.

AQW 42132/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

14. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, pursuant to AQW 40913/11-15, to detail the times and dates of these patrols; and whether any actions or prosecutions resulted from these patrols.

AQW 42045/11-15

15. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to her Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 42095/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

16. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education how many mainstream post-primary schools in Fermanagh and South Tyrone have (i) failed; and/or (ii) had concerns noted, following Special Educational Needs inspections in each of the last two academic years.

AQW 42078/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

17. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the appeals process for European Social Fund applications.

AQW 42046/11-15

18. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning when the appeal process into applications which failed at stage one of the European Social Fund will conclude.

AQW 42120/11-15

19. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he will ensure a co-ordinated approach by the Regional Colleges in the analysis of the success of jobs fairs that they host or help to organise, so best practice is replicated across the sector.

AQW 42131/11-15

20. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the training programmes available for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 64 years.

AQW 42465/11-15

21. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what public consultation or equality impact assessments were completed prior to the decision to end support for the Learner Access and Engagement Programme.

AQW 42550/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

22. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the analysis undertaken to arrive at the aspiration to make tourism a £1billion industry in Northern Ireland by 2020.

AQW 42047/11-15

23. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether her Department will undertake an assessment of any new council tourism targets, to ensure that her Department meets her aspiration of making tourism a £1billion industry by 2020.

AQW 42048/11-15

24. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for an update on the performance of the small business loan fund.

AQW 42068/11-15

25. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what consideration has been given to extending the gas network in the East Down area to Newcastle.

AQW 42117/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

26. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 22801/11-15, for an update on the action taken to date to address the issue of the disused building formerly known as Drumglass Hospital.

AQW 42090/11-15

27. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to his Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 42092/11-15

28. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what level of income will be derived in the first year of the increased carrier bag levy.

AQW 42130/11-15

29. Mr J Spratt (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what plans his Department has put in place to process planning applications for sites that will move from Castlereagh Council into Belfast City Council as a result of RPA.

AQW 42591/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

30. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 39830/11-15, to detail the number of people who died in their own home during 2013, broken down by constituency.

AQW 42104/11-15

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

31. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 40038/11-15, to outline the terms of reference for the review into the clinical negligence settlement management process.

AQW 42086/11-15

32. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41050/11-15, whether he has any plans to proceed with those bids submitted to the Change Fund that were not accepted

AQW 42087/11-15

33. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the appropriateness of the blanket policy of the Health and Social Care Board to reimburse only those expenses incurred in relation to treatment by an independent healthcare provider where this is part of a local waiting list initiative, given that some patients who are on waiting lists in areas where such initiatives have ceased.

AQW 42103/11-15

34. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether he has considered the merits of extending to Northern Ireland the recently announced programme to screen newborn babies in England for four rare genetic disorders.

AQW 42105/11-15

35. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what differences exist in the screening of newborn babies in Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom for genetic disorders.

AQW 42106/11-15

36. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update to AQW 35542/11-15, in view of his indication of a decision in early 2015.

AQW 42107/11-15

37. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the number of hospital beds in the Foyle constituency dedicated to mental health patients; and how this number compares to (i) two; (ii) five; and (iii) ten years ago.

AQW 42126/11-15

38. Mr P Ramsey (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the percentage of his budget spent on hospital meals.

AQW 42127/11-15

39. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the emergency ambulance provision for the Derry city area.

AQW 42133/11-15

40. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of occasions in each of the last three years when emergency ambulance provision in the Derry city area fell below standard levels.

AQW 42134/11-15

41. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry statement at the recent Committee for Health, Social Services and Public Safety meeting that income to Northern Ireland from the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme is likely to rise by an additional £30M next year, whether these additional funds could be used to fund a Specialist Drugs Fund.

AQW 42543/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

42. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice for his assessment of Prison Service staff morale.

AQW 42052/11-15

43. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many Prison Service staff are currently on sick leave; and how this compares to each of the last five years.

AQW 42053/11-15

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given prosecuting counsel in crown court matters are self-employed and drawn from a panel, whether they are bound by a set fee, a maximum fee or whether they command their own fee, in each case undertaken; and which area within his Departmental budget meets these fees.

AQW 42074/11-15

45. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41875/11-15, whether there was no verbal communication of mistaken identity.

AQW 42627/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

46. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for his assessment of the dial a lift community transport service.

AQW 42085/11-15

47. Mr S Moutray (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much compensation has been paid for damage caused to vehicles by road defects in Upper Bann, within the last three years.

AQW 42115/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

48. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of households in fuel poverty in North Down.

AQW 42070/11-15

49. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 39423/11-15, whether landlords in receipt of housing benefit for tenants must be registered under the Landlord Registration Scheme; and if not, whether registered payments have been stopped or if there a final date for registration from the date of the introduction of the scheme or a timescale from the purchase of tne property to let to complete the registration.

AQW 42077/11-15

50. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what short term support grants are available for small voluntary charitable community groups to help cover the cost of providing transport for clients to and from day centres.

AQW 42079/11-15

51. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what provision exists for small voluntary charitable community groups to enable them to bring people with psychological, physical and learning disabilities to and from day centres.

AQW 42080/11-15

52. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, following the success of the renovation of a number of derelict dwellings in Ballysally, Coleraine, what progress is being made in the renovation of the remaining derelict dwellings in the estate.

AQW 42129/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 26 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the process to secure City Deal status from Westminster in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42188/11-15

2. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail any discussions which have taken place in relation to achieving City Deal status in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42189/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the progress being made on the United Youth programme of Together: Building a United Community, to ensure that it extends to Young People in rural areas.

AQW 42200/11-15

4. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what discussions have taken place regarding, or consideration given to, using Peace IV money to fund the comprehensive Mental Trauma Service referred to in paragraph 27 of the Stormont House Agreement.

AQW 42206/11-15

5. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what discussions they have had with the Minister for Social Development and other Executive colleagues to secure the future funding of the Supporting People Programme.

AQW 42212/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

6. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what was the operating cost of the Ministerial car in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 42138/11-15

7. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to list the consultancy firms that provided financial services to his Department in each of the last five years; and the amount paid to each firm for these services.

AQW 42146/11-15

8. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether Rivers Agency would consult with Waterways Ireland on a decision to change the differential water levels between Upper and Lower Lough Erne by three feet at one time; and what impact such a change would have on the ability of cruisers to safely navigate Lough Erne.

AQW 42150/11-15

9. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what discussions she has had with Executive colleagues on the retention of the Supporting People Programme; and for her assessment of the importance of support in rural communities to facilitate independence and tackle isolation.

AQW 42211/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

10. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what consideration has been given to establish a forum to discuss policy around the management of Lough Erne.

AQW 42148/11-15

11. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how Waterways Ireland work with Rivers Agency to ensure that, during times of changing waters levels as decided by Rivers Agency, Lough Erne remains navigable for cruisers.

AQW 42149/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

12. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42185/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

13. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for a gender breakdown of (i) senior management; and (ii) junior management employed by InvestNI.

AQW 42152/11-15

14. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps must be taken to facilitate the establishment of an enterprise zone in Derry.

AQW 42165/11-15

15. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment when the assessment of the pilot enterprise zone designated for Coleraine will be completed.

AQW 42166/11-15

16. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether she will take steps to extend the operations of URICA to Northern Ireland, to support small businesses with slow payment problems.

AQW 42167/11-15

17. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 41056/11-15, whether InvestNI has a role in the evaluation or processing of tourism grant payments in the Rural Development Programme.

AQW 42168/11-15

18. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 41057/11-15, whether the fund will be on a match funding basis with individual councils.

AQW 42169/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

19. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment which statutory agency has lead responsibility for the collection of litter and enforcement action in relation to the illegal dumping of litter in to Lough Erne.

AQW 42153/11-15

20. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the amount spent on retrieving litter from Lough Erne from (i) January to June 2012; and (ii) January to June 2013.

AQW 42154/11-15

21. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the Environmental Impact Assessment relating to drilling for gas adjacent to Woodburn Reservoir is complete; and whether it considered the presence of the reservoir.

AQW 42175/11-15

22. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42178/11-15

23. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, given that a domestic planning application for a farmer asks for proof that the applicant has been farming for six years, whether this criteria will change for young farmers.

AQW 42195/11-15

24. Mr M Devenney (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on the current planning application for North West One in Londonderry; and what timeframe is in place for a decision.

AQW 42196/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

25. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will take steps to extend the operations of URICA to Northern Ireland to support small businesses in dealing with slow payments.

AQW 42161/11-15

26. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42179/11-15

27. Mrs D Kelly (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel why he has not given final clearance to the pay remit for Housing Executive staff for their salary increase of 2.2 per cent, which was due in January 2015.

AQW 42183/11-15

28. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of public procurement as a means of stimulating innovation.

AQW 42203/11-15

29. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what discussions he has had with his Executive colleagues on the retention of the Supporting People Programme.

AQW 42210/11-15

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

30. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42180/11-15

31. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what discussions he has had with Executive colleagues on the retention of the Supporting People Programme.

AQW 42213/11-15

32. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41316/11-15, to detail the current number of audiology consultants employed in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42214/11-15

33. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41318/11-15, for his assessment of the real term benefits of collating data concerning patients transferred for specialist treatment in GB.

AQW 42216/11-15

34. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of Recommendation 8 of the Donaldson Review into Health and Social Care governance arrangements, specifically on the lack of system-wide data.

AQW 42217/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, following the dissident republican prisoner actions in Roe House and the associated protest outside HMP Maghaberry on Monday 1 February 2015, how many staff are, or have been, off sick as a result.

AQW 42160/11-15

36. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41235/11-15, and with reference to the Compensation Payments – April – September 2013 publications on his Department’s website, to detail the compensation paid to officers since October 2013 as per the format outlined to include the category, number of claims closed, compensation and costs.

AQW 42163/11-15

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to offences being committed inside a prison facility, how the Prison Service decides what is to be adjudicated internally and what is a court matter

AQW 42164/11-15

38. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice where court cases, that would have been held in Newtownards courthouse, will be held if the courthouse is closed.

AQW 42171/11-15

39. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice to outline the timescale and consultation and decisions on the proposal to close a number of courthouses.

AQW 42172/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

40. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether there are any plans to extend the 30mph speed limit from Culcavy Road onto the Halftown Road, given its residential status.

AQW 42184/11-15

41. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what can be done to provide wheelchair accessibility from Adelaide Street Railway Station to Windsor Park football ground, given that there are two footbridges to cross when travelling to and from the stadium.

AQW 42194/11-15

42. Ms P Bradley (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of street lights in North Belfast awaiting repair.

AQW 42198/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

43. Mr T Clarke (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development when an adjustment is made to household income via tax credit, how the Housing Benefit Section within his Department is updated.

AQW 42174/11-15

44. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the number of houses that have benefited from Housing Support Services through the Supporting People Programme in North Down since 2012.

AQW 42176/11-15

45. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many Housing Executive properties are vacant in (i) North Down Borough Council; (ii) Donaghadee and Millisle; and (iii) Northern Ireland.

AQW 42177/11-15

46. Mr M Devenney (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what his Department is doing to ensure that advice services such as the Citizens Advice Bureau are sustained with the possibility of an increase in demand following Welfare Reform.

AQW 42197/11-15

47. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on a strategy for the delivery of generalist advice services.

AQW 42199/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 27 February 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether their Department will use Intermediary Funding Bodies to implement the Social Investment Fund; and to detail who these bodies are and their role.

AQW 42245/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many successful applicants of the Social Investment Fund in the Northern Zone received a letter of offer; and further to the receipt of a letter of offer, how many have received funding.

AQW 42246/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether there is money ring-fenced to fulfil successful applications of the Social Investment Fund; and whether money was ring-fenced to fulfil successful applications when the Social Investment Fund was agreed by the NI Executive in May 2012.

AQW 42248/11-15

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the consultancies used to process Social Investment Fund applications; and for a breakdown of the costs of using these consultancies.

AQW 42249/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what representations she has made to the UK Government regarding its participation in the analysis of member states implementation of the Birds & Habitats Directive, ahead of the proposed refit of this directive.

AQW 42266/11-15

6. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail to legalities of using barbed wire or similar wire products on fencing in fields where animals are kept.

AQW 42267/11-15

7. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development whether any research has been undertaken on the impact on animal welfare of using barbed wire in fields where animals are kept.

AQW 42268/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

8. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the funding she has awarded to darts and darts clubs, in each of the last three years.

AQW 42263/11-15

9. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether her Department recognises darts as a sport.

AQW 42264/11-15

10. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how she is helping local mountain bikers to develop to Olympic level.

AQW 42270/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

11. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of building Fairhill Primary School, Kinallen.

AQW 42241/11-15

12. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of placing any additional mobile classrooms since the building of Fairhill Primary School, Kinallen.

AQW 42242/11-15

13. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of building Donacloney Primary School, Donacloney.

AQW 42243/11-15

14. Mrs B Hale (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the cost of placing any additional mobile classrooms since the building of Donacloney Primary School, Donacloney.

AQW 42244/11-15

15. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of pupils considered ineligible for inclusion in the Summary of Annual Examination Results exercise in a (i) grammar school; and (ii) secondary school because the pupil (a) has died; (b) was unable to sit any examinations, either through serious illness, including mental health issues, or pregnancy; (c) has transferred to another school or has emigrated; (d) is in a special unit approved by the Department; (e) has a statement of Special Educational Needs; (f) has been placed in the EOTAS1 scheme; (g) has serious welfare issues that have culminated in the inability to sit any examinations; or (h) has been withdrawn from the school with the consent of their parent or guardian, in each of the last five years.

AQW 42250/11-15

16. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he will consider convening a cross-party working group to devise a more sustainable approach to the transfer system.

AQW 42257/11-15

17. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 41585/11-15, how many pupils in each Education and Library Bard waited longer than 9 months from the referral from the school until their first appointment with an educational psychologist in 2014.

AQW 42277/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

18. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what was the operating cost of the Ministerial car in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 42218/11-15

19. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many external students St Mary’s Teacher Training College has accepted solely to complete the Catholic Certificate of Religious Education, in each of the last five years; and the facility from which each student transferred to complete the qualification.

AQW 42237/11-15

20. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for an update on the pilot Welding Academy which he launched in partnership with Harland and Wolff and Belfast Metropolitan College.

AQW 42258/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

21. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, pursuant to AQW 40905/11-15, to detail the Departmental infrastructural projects which have been put out to tender; and for an update on each project.

AQW 42247/11-15

22. Mr C Hazzard (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment (i) what postcode areas are included on the final list for roll out of the Broadband Improvement Scheme; (ii) what is the expected time of completion for each postcode area; (iii) what improvements will be made in each area; and (iv) what infrastructural change this will entail.

AQW 42544/11-15

23. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how the Northern Ireland Tourist Board intends to market the Temple art project by David Best, which takes place in Derry between March 14 and 21 March 2015.

AQW 42592/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

24. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what was the operating cost of the Ministerial car in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 42219/11-15

25. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the groups in North Down that have received funding from the carrier bag levy; and the funding each group received.

AQW 42259/11-15

26. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what assessment he has made of the delivery of services for users in Northern Ireland of driver and vehicle licensing functions.

AQW 42260/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

27. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the outstanding wage settlements in the public sector.

AQW 42234/11-15

28. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the equal pay claim from Northern Ireland Office and PSNI administrative staff; and to outline the reasons for the delay.

AQW 42252/11-15

29. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant to AQW 37627/11-15, for an update on the resolution of equal pay claims for PSNI and former Northern Ireland Office staff.

AQW 42265/11-15

30. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, pursuant of AQW 39683/11-15, to detail the mechanism in place for allocating Northern Ireland's share of the financial resource identified in dormant accounts.

AQW 42275/11-15

31. Mr D McKay (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether, as part of the Executive’s policy making and economic planning, he will provide NISRA with the requisite funding to take part in the Office for National Statistics' Wealth and Assets Survey.

AQW 42278/11-15

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

32. Mr T Lunn (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether there are any plans to introduce a podiatric surgery facility in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42230/11-15

33. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what steps each Health and Social Care Trust is taking to increase the amount of recycling and reuse to increase efficiencies.

AQW 42269/11-15

34. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the implementation of the General Practitioners Work Force Planning Group Report recommendations.

AQW 42276/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

35. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prisoners are currently housed in HMP Maghaberry.

AQW 42220/11-15

36. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prisoners housed at HMP Maghaberry are categorised as republican.

AQW 42221/11-15

37. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what were the total running costs of HMP Maghaberry, in each of the last three financial years.

AQW 42222/11-15

38. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice how his Department will measure any impact on crime rates of the budget cuts to Railway Street drug addiction service.

AQW 42233/11-15

39. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, if Magherafelt Magistrates Court cases are to transfer to Dungannon Court House for hearing, how the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service intends to cope with the additional vehicles in a car park which is not currently accommodating existing vehicle levels.

AQW 42238/11-15

40. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41235/11-15 and with reference to the Compensation Payments – April – September 2013 publication on the departmental website, to detail the compensation paid to paid to prisoners, civilian staff and members of the public, since October 2013 as per the format outlined and to include, Category, Number of Claims Closed, Compensation and Costs,

AQW 42239/11-15

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether an offence committed by a prisoner, that is adjucated within the prison facility in which the offence was committed, is added to the prisoner's criminal record.

AQW 42240/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

42. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 36903/11-15, for an update on funding for a new Transport Hub at the former Waterside Train station.

AQW 42228/11-15

43. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the introduction of resident parking schemes.

AQW 42253/11-15

44. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, in view of the number of fatalities on the stretch of the A26 from Dunsilly to Ballymena, whether he will commission a full safety review of this road.

AQW 42254/11-15

45. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42255/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

46. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the claim that Supporting People saves the public purse in excess of £125m per annum; and what discussions he has had at Executive level on the retention of the Programme.

AQW 42229/11-15

47. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are any changes planned to the protected tenancies scheme before May 2016.

AQW 42261/11-15

48. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many sanctions, which have resulted in financial penalties, have been applied to people claiming benefits, in each of the last five years.

AQW 42271/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 2 March 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr P McGlone (Mid Ulster)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to outline the current position in relation to the continued financial support for the Delivering Social Change Improving Literacy and Numeracy Signature Project.

AQW 42290/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what work, either by way of scoping in respect of redress models, or otherwise, has been undertaken by their Department in preparation for the outcome of the Historical Institutional Abuse investigation.

AQW 42297/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister in view of the protraction of the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry and the advancing years of many victims, what consideration has been given to a parallel redress process.

AQW 42298/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why a meeting which was cancelled in September 2014 with Amnesty International and Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse, in respect of matters relating to scoping studies and the work of the Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry, has not been rescheduled.

AQW 42299/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to list the minority ethnic and local community organisations who (i) submitted applications to the Minority Ethnic Development Fund 2013-2015; and (ii) who subsequently received funding.

AQW 42309/11-15

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what is the projected timeframe for the full implementation of the Social Investment Fund.

AQW 42310/11-15

7. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what are the identified themes further to the completion of the Social Investment Fund application process.

AQW 42311/11-15

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Minority Ethnic Development Fund.

AQW 42312/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister who is the primary point of contact for the Social Investment Fund Northern Steering Group.

AQW 42313/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

10. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 41182/11-15, why there have been no discussions with the Department of the Environment on river pollution by fuel launderers and subsequent possible poisoning of water sources available to livestock and destruction of fish stock.

AQW 42284/11-15

11. Mr G Robinson (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what action her Department is undertaking to ensure local community groups will be supported to locate to the former MOD base at Ballykelly.

AQW 42318/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

12. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the departmental support (i) awarded to local groups to commemorate the centenary of the First World War in (a) 2014; and (b) 2015; (ii) what proposals she has for support these groups in the (a) 2015/16; (b) 2016/17; (c) 2017/18; and (d) 2018/19 financial years; and (iii) what discussions she has had with her counterpart in the Republic of Ireland.

AQW 42302/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

13. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education whether he will provide, or place in the Assembly library, a copy of the figures for the 2014/15 census of primary and post-primary pupils with Special Educational Needs, broken down by Education and Library Board.

AQW 42292/11-15

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department plans to raise with Translink the lack of a direct bus service between Bangor and the Ards Peninsula for school pupils and their parents.

AQW 42314/11-15

15. Mrs S Overend (Mid Ulster)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the proportion of female headteachers to total headteachers in primary schools with (i) under 700; and (ii) over 700 pupils.

AQW 42316/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

16. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether the provisions for employees who are dismissed on the insolvency of their employer, contained in the Employment Rights Act 1996, apply fully in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42305/11-15

17. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether Northern Ireland residents have the same employment and redundancy rights in law as other UK citizens, in terms of protection in cases where their employers become insolvent and enter administration.

AQW 42306/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

18. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the grant aid awarded by InvestNI to Firstsource for its Derry plant; and whether this grant aid was conditional on the plant operating for a period of time without a reduction in employee numbers.

AQW 42293/11-15

19. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what actions are being taken to encourage competition and compel transparency in pricing in the domestic gas supply market.

AQW 42304/11-15

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether there is any regulation that requires retailers, particularly large retailers, to provide seating for customers.

AQW 42319/11-15

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline any action taken by her Department to encourage cable companies to expand their services to provide greater consumer and business choice in broadband provision.

AQW 42320/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

22. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail any rivers polluted by fuel launderers, including fish kills as a result of the pollution, in each of the last five years.

AQW 42288/11-15

23. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for an update on the setting up of a public inquiry into waste crime in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42307/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

24. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the likely impact on the community background of the public service of a 20,000 staff reduction through a voluntary exit scheme.

AQW 42300/11-15

25. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for his assessment of the likely impact on the community background of the Civil Service of a 20,000 staff reduction across the public service through a voluntary exit scheme.

AQW 42301/11-15

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

26. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41185/11-15, to detail the developmental options being considered.

AQW 42321/11-15

27. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41053/11-15, for his assessment of the equality implications of such decisions that restrict services from a departmental and regional perspective.

AQW 42322/11-15

28. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the review into the Supplement for Undergraduate Medical and Dental Education.

AQW 42323/11-15

29. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the Health and Social Care Board will make a decision on residual demand funding for Health and Social Care Trusts, specifically in relation to Action on Hearing Loss Hear to Help services operating in each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42324/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

30. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prisoners are currently housed in HMP Magilligan.

AQW 42279/11-15

31. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what is the maximum amount of prisoners that can be housed at HMP Maghaberry.

AQW 42280/11-15

32. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice what is the maximum amount of prisoners that can be housed at HMP Magilligan.

AQW 42281/11-15

33. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prison officers are employed at HMP Maghaberry.

AQW 42282/11-15

34. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many prison officers are employed at HMP Magilligan.

AQW 42283/11-15

35. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41129/11-15, whether the prisoner in question will be held liable for these costs; and if so, as opposed to an immediate warrant situation, whether they could be recouped from prison earnings.

AQW 42287/11-15

36. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41406/11-15, whether the Northern Ireland Courts and Tribunals Service and his Department consider the extra 12 vehicles were (i) obstructive and restrictive to the flow and manoeuvring of traffic; and (ii) placing the car park at over capacity.

AQW 42289/11-15

37. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41411/11-15, to address points (i) and (ii) of the question in respect of the differences in sentencing outcomes if brought to court by charge sheet or Public Prosecution Service summons.

AQW 42291/11-15

38. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41078/11-15, to detail the breaches of the rule of being in possession of an unauthorised article in each prison, over the last four years.

AQW 42294/11-15

39. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41134/11-15, to detail (i) the finds which caused concern; and the (ii) actions taken as a result.

AQW 42296/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

40. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether his Department plans to raise with Translink the lack of a direct bus service between Bangor and the Ards Peninsula.

AQW 42317/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

41. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the number of landlords registered under the Landlord Registration Scheme, broken down by council.

AQW 42647/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Tuesday 3 March 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how many managers are employed on foot of Victims and Survivors Service funding in Wave Trauma Centre; and for their Department's assessment of the staff balance between managers and other staff.

AQW 42325/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister how much of the Victims and Survivors Service funding allocated to Wave Trauma Centre is spent on (i) staffing and operating costs; and (ii) victims services; and for their assessment of whether the balance is providing value for money.

AQW 42326/11-15

3. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether their Department is aware that money for victims services in Wave Trauma Centre has run out for 2014/15 and for their assessment of the management of funds and the balance and priorities struck between running costs and providing services to victims; and whether it is planned to provide further funding to Wave Trauma Centre in this financial year.

AQW 42327/11-15

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what are the arrangements in respect of an employee of Wave Trauma Centre also serving on a Quango in terms of receiving a full time salary from Wave Trauma Centre and payment for quango service.

AQW 42328/11-15

5. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the role of the Northern Ireland Executive within the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.

AQW 42333/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

6. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development what plans she has to update current, or introduce new, legislation on the regulation of snares.

AQW 42352/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

7. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of quangos linked to his Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 11 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42329/11-15

8. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education whether any application to the Change Fund was made to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics subjects in primary schools or to give further resources to Sentinus.

AQW 42330/11-15

9. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education where in Northern Ireland teachers can be trained specifically for Special Educational Needs skills; and if they have to travel to Birmingham for training, what financial support is given to help them attend the course.

AQW 42331/11-15

10. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline his Department’s efforts, working with higher education institutions and the Irish government, to reduce the obstacles, relevant to his Department, to student mobility between north and south and to implement the recommendations of the IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council report on student mobility.

AQW 42345/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

11. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether he will promote other courses of potential economic benefit to fill spaces left by the withdrawal of full-time and part-time undergraduate courses from the Ulster University prospectus.

AQW 42343/11-15

12. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning which (i) full-time; and (ii) part-time undergraduate courses have been withdrawn from the Ulster University prospectus since the 2012/2013 academic year, broken down by campus.

AQW 42344/11-15

13. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many complaints have been received, in each of the last five years, in the Coleraine Campus of the Ulster University regarding actions or decisions taken by senior management personnel; and how many of these are unresolved two years after the initial complaint.

AQW 42346/11-15

14. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, pursuant to AQW 40118/11-15, for further details on the review of higher education funding, including (i) the commencement and completion dates; (ii) the areas to be reviewed; and (iii) the individuals or groups who will carry out the review.

AQW 42347/11-15

15. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning (i) to detail (a) the Maximum Student Numbers (MaSN); (b) the number of full time students, for each of the higher education institution in each of the last three years; (ii) when the review of MaSN will commence; and (iii) who will carry out the review.

AQW 42348/11-15

16. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the opportunities identified by each of the higher education institutions in teaching and learning in accordance with Graduating to Success.

AQW 42350/11-15

17. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail his Department’s efforts, working with higher education institutions and the Irish government, to reduce obstacles to student mobility between north and south and to implement the recommendations of the IBEC-CBI Joint Business Council report on undergraduate mobility.

AQW 42351/11-15

18. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the (i) higher and further education courses associated with transport management that have been cut from the syllabi; (ii) employment rates of former students on these courses; and (iii) process by which education institutions decided to cut these courses.

AQW 42384/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

19. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether a cost benefit analysis has been carried out on the various options for reducing Air Passenger Duty.

AQW 42342/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

20. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he, his Special Advisor or his immediate predecessor, is, or has been, a member of Friends of the Earth or any other environmental organisation; and if so, to detail the environmental organisation and when any membership ceased.

AQW 42362/11-15

21. Mr S Wilson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the dates he has met with Friends of the Earth, including the purpose of the meetings.

AQW 42363/11-15

22. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the options open to his Department if it discovers it has granted a planning permission unlawfully; (ii) the mechanisms that exist for it to rectify that error; and (iii) whether he is aware of any precedent in Northern Ireland where a decision maker has sought to challenge and quash its own planning decision.

AQW 42375/11-15

23. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 30406/11-15, whether an estimated total cost of the clean up operation at Campsie has been reached; and who will pay for the clean up.

AQW 42381/11-15

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 estimated cost of (i) the refurbishment of the premises currently occupied by the headquarters of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) at Dundonald House; and (ii) the temporary relocation costs of DARD headquarters, if the relocation to Ballykelly were not to proceed and Dundonald House had to be retained.

AQW 42380/11-15

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

25. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of children in the Western Trust Health and Social Care Trust with high medical needs, such as complex disabilities, life limiting diseases and terminal illnesses.

AQW 42335/11-15

26. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on supported living provided by South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust at the former Ravara House in Kilcooley, Bangor.

AQW 42337/11-15

27. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the future of all nursing and residential care comes which fall under the auspices of each Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42358/11-15

28. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41519/11-15, for his assessment of the health benefits and potential savings of implementing National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Clinical Excellence Guidance CG32.

AQW 42359/11-15

29. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of the projected implications his Department's 2015/16 budget will have on community and voluntary organisations and their subsequent ability to provide vital frontline services to the public.

AQW 42360/11-15

30. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the financial resource rebate received by his Department through the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme; and for a breakdown of where this resource will be, or has been, allocated.

AQW 42361/11-15

31. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what progress has been made with regard to the 5-7 hospital networks recommended in Transforming Your Care.

AQW 42377/11-15

32. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on Recommendation 2 of the North South Feasibility Study.

AQW 42378/11-15

33. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 32034/11-15, to detail the latest figures for (i) the number and value of unfitted insulin pumps; (ii) the date these pumps were purchased; and (iii) the date these pumps will become obsolete as a result of the removal of the manufacturer's warranty due to excessive storage periods, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42385/11-15

34. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether the guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence on the use of insulin pumps is being fully implemented in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42386/11-15

35. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he is taking to ensure the availability of insulin pumps in each Health and Social Care Trust meets the levels of demands and that resources will be available to protect the public investment by transferring pumps to other Trust areas where demand exists.

AQW 42387/11-15

36. Mr R Beggs (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 32034/11-15, to detail the difference between insulin pumps that have been designated for adults and those designated for paediatric use.

AQW 42388/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

37. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many Prison Service staff, who left under the voluntary early retirement scheme on 31 March 2012, have subsequently been told that their pension was miscalculated; and what action has been taken to rectify this problem.

AQW 42353/11-15

38. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many young offenders in each of the last three years were from a foster care background.

AQW 42357/11-15

39. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41792/11-15, whether he will order a review into why legal aid was granted to the level of senior counsel for each defendant in this case.

AQW 42368/11-15

40. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41712/11-15, why this is not suitable for consideration given the role of prisons is purportedly to rehabilitate, but also from the perspective of responsibility of public safety.

AQW 42369/11-15

41. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what past experience the Northern Ireland Prison Service change managers have in situations such as Roe House, compact arrangements for separated prisoners and prisoner stand-offs to the degree which recently occurred in HMP Maghaberry; and what is the role of the change managers in respect of these matters.

AQW 42370/11-15

42. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41713/11-15 , given this figure is extremely low against the number of court bail breaches in which sureties are lodged, will he take action to ensure that such sureties are seized.

AQW 42372/11-15

43. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice when he will be in a position to table proposals to the Executive regarding securing the necessary capital funding to rebuild Magilligan Prison.

AQW 42383/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

44. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant AQW 41408/11-15, whether this taxi rank is available for the use of all taxis and not exclusively for the contracted firm.

AQW 42371/11-15

45. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to detail the ratio of spending on roads compared to public transport in each year of the 2011-15 Budget; and that which is planned for the 2015-16 Budget.

AQW 42373/11-15

46. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) how much has been spent on road resurfacing work on the (a) Upper Newtownards Road; (b) Sandown Road in the last twelve months; (ii) for his assessment of the work undertaken; and (iii) whether there are any plans to repair any remaining bumps or potholes.

AQW 42374/11-15

47. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what arrangements are in place to ensure that stones and gravel are cleared from the cycle lanes; and how often the cycle lanes on the Sydenham by pass and on the A2 Belfast to Bangor road are swept.

AQW 42376/11-15

48. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what approximate percentage of Translink's annual expenditure is spent on (i) salaries, pensions and other associated costs; and (ii) fuel.

AQW 42382/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

49. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 40785/11-15, whether the eligibility criteria for receiving measures to increase energy efficiency under the Warm Homes Scheme has changed since 2012/13.

AQW 42332/11-15

50. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 41066/11-15, what recent engagement he has had with members of the Joint Government/Voluntary and Community Sector Forum; and to detail the number of times the Joint Forum has met in the last twelve months.

AQW 42334/11-15

51. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the housing association new build for the Kilclief Gardens area of Kilcooley, Bangor.

AQW 42336/11-15

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many houses have yet to be allocated in Clanmil Housing Association's new development in Bloomfield Estate, Bangor.

AQW 42338/11-15

53. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on the progress of the pensioners' bungalows at Ballyree Drive in Bloomfield Estate, Bangor.

AQW 42339/11-15

54. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether any housing associations have plans for new build housing in the Rathgill area of Bangor.

AQW 42340/11-15

55. Ms M McLaughlin (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for an update on negotiations between the Social Security Agency and staff regarding the future of Lisahally Processing Unit in Derry.

AQW 42349/11-15

56. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) what procurement process the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is required to follow in respect of the appointment of an interim manager; and (ii) under what circumstances the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is required to seek Ministerial approval.

AQW 42364/11-15

57. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail (i) what procurement process was followed in respect of the appointment of an interim manager for the Disabled Police Officers Association of Northern Ireland; (ii) the engagement of the same firm to carry out a forensic audit of the Association and the engagement of an IT security firm to extract information from the Association’s computer and mobile telephones; (iii) why tendering was not considered appropriate; and (iv) what consideration was given to whether a conflict of interest might have been created.

AQW 42365/11-15

58. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development who in the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland is responsible for any failure to follow correct procurement procedures.

AQW 42366/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Wednesday 4 March 2015

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 actions have been taken pursuant to section 28D of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

AQW 42393/11-15

2. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when a Programme for Government 2015/16 will be published.

AQW 42399/11-15

3. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister when a legislative programme for 2015/16 will be published.

AQW 42400/11-15

4. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what consideration has been given to the merits of a twelve per cent rate of Corporation Tax to compete with the Irish Republic.

AQW 42464/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

5. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development following the recent Common Agricultural Policy reform, what action she is taking to address the concerns of potato farmers, who are unable to acquire sufficient conacre land to continue their business.

AQW 42389/11-15

6. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of applications from each constituency received by the Rural Borewells Scheme in (i) 2013; and (ii) 2014; and the number which were successful.

AQW 42390/11-15

7. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, pursuant to AQW 41001/11-15, how many of the 2,748 assisted households were in East Londonderry.

AQW 42395/11-15

8. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Programme; and whether it is on course to reach its Tackling Rural Poverty and Social Isolation framework objective by March 2015.

AQW 42397/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the Rural Borewells Scheme; and whether she has plans to open the scheme for applications in 2015.

AQW 42401/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

10. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what input her Department has had to the planning application E/2013/0093/F in relation to the protection of salmon.

AQW 42414/11-15

11. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether her Department's decision to hold a consultation on an Irish language Bill was approved by the Executive; and if so, when.

AQW 42427/11-15

12. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what discussions she had with the Minister of Finance and Personnel to try and prevent cuts to the Arts Council.

AQW 42475/11-15

13. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how her Department will ensure that people with disabilities are given equal access to sport, given the cuts to Disability Sport NI.

AQW 42477/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

14. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 41364/11-15, for an update on the pilot Full Service Programmes and whether the Full Service approach will be pursued further by his Department in 2015.

AQW 42396/11-15

15. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the total number of children who were awarded pre-school places funded by each Education and Library Board in 2013/14.

AQW 42408/11-15

16. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the total number of two year old children who were awarded pre-school places funded by each Education and Library Board in 2013/14.

AQW 42409/11-15

17. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the total cost of (i) all funded pre-school places; and (ii) funded pre-school places for two year olds in 2013/14, broken down by Education and Library Board.

AQW 42411/11-15

18. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education to outline the decision making process and criteria used by each Education and LIbrary Board when awarding a funded pre-school place to a two year old child.

AQW 42412/11-15

19. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the average cost of referring a child to Educational Psychology Services.

AQW 42413/11-15

20. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of teaching posts that will be declared redundant in the next academic year.

AQW 42451/11-15

21. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education what steps have been taken to ensure that school meals are, and continue to be, nutritional following reductions in funding.

AQW 42452/11-15

22. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the number of (i) males; and (ii) females excluded from post-primary schools in the last five years, broken down by school.

AQW 42453/11-15

23. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Education whether his Department has any plans to introduce permanent English as an Additional Language teaching posts in post-primary schools.

AQW 42454/11-15

24. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education what progress has been made in advancing the 22 new build projects announced on 22 January 2013.

AQW 42455/11-15

25. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education what progress has been made in advancing the fifteen new build projects announced on 24 June 2014?.

AQW 42456/11-15

26. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the capital budget for new builds and the schools enhancement programme for 2015/16.

AQW 42457/11-15

27. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education what facility his Department has to enable schools to understand where they are in the waiting list to receive capital funding for new build projects, or the schools enhancement programme.

AQW 42458/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

28. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the differences between conventional and unconventional drilling specifications on a drilling licence application.

AQW 42410/11-15

29. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, following recent announcements of price reductions by Electricity Companies, whether she plans to have any discussions with gas companies as to when they hope to be in a position to reduce their prices.

AQW 42470/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

30. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he has any plans to review the tractor speed limit and the maximum weight limit for tractors and trailers in the light of the recent statement by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport.

AQW 42394/11-15

31. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, if specified on a planning application, to detail the differences between conventional and un-conventional drilling.

AQW 42403/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

32. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what are the contractual terms, including the financial arrangements, pertaining to the use of the Stormont Estate for the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.

AQW 42391/11-15

33. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether he will place a copy of the business case for the 20,000 staff exit scheme across the public service in the Assembly library.

AQW 42392/11-15

34. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the business case/pay remit currently with his Department for approval for staff of the Housing Executive; (ii) when this issue was presented to his Department for consideration; and (iii) when he expects to make a decision on this matter.

AQW 42405/11-15

35. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the objectives and expected outcomes of the Northern Ireland Civil Service Voluntary Exit Scheme for Administrative Assistants and Administrative Officers.

AQW 42437/11-15

36. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether his Department intends to carry out an economic impact assessment of the Civil Service Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42440/11-15

37. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what impact assessment has been carried out on the likelihood of the Northern Ireland Civil Service having a younger age and experience profile following the proposed Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42442/11-15

38. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) when Industrial Tribunals started to digitally record its substantive hearings; and (ii) why this practice began.

AQW 42459/11-15

39. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) whether all substantive Industrial Tribunal hearings are digitally recorded; and (ii) the criteria applied in determining whether or not to digitally record a hearing.

AQW 42460/11-15

40. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the number of litigant requests for digital recordings of Industrial Tribunal hearings since practice directions were issued on 7 May 2012; and (ii) the number of digital recordings subsequently issued to litigants.

AQW 42461/11-15

41. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what evaluation was made of compulsory redundancy schemes to reduce the public sector.

AQW 42474/11-15

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

42. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the number of patients receiving dialysis in each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last three years; and for his assessment of the capacity of each Trust to meet demand within their respective catchment area.

AQW 42402/11-15

43. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 41251/11-15, for further details on the advice provided in AQW 38677/11-15 on ‘the efforts that are being made to address’ the difficulties recruiting staff for a pain management clinic.

AQW 42404/11-15

44. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many elective surgeries have been cancelled in each Health and Social Care Trust in each of the last twelve months.

AQW 42415/11-15

45. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many patients, who have had elective surgery postponed in the last year, are still waiting; and how long each patient had to wait for their surgery to be rescheduled, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42416/11-15

46. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the (i) type; and (ii) number of elective surgery cancelled within the twelve months, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42417/11-15

47. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what measures he is taking to reduce pressure on the Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Hospital; and what plans he has in place to increase bed capacity in the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust to ease pressure in Emergency Departments.

AQW 42418/11-15

48. Mr M McGimpsey (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many additional staff have been employed to increase the capacity of the Emergency Department at the Royal Victoria Hospital.

AQW 42420/11-15

49. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether, in relation to acute mental healthcare, (i) there is no suitable space, accommodation or environment at the South West Acute Hospital site; and (ii) the Tyrone and Fermanagh Hospital site continues to offer the appropriate environment and physical setting for the care of patients with acute mental health issues and if his Department will commit to this site for the delivery of acute mental health services into the future based on the excellence of patient care and the effective and efficient spending of public money.

AQW 42447/11-15

50. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail (i) the number of patients who suffer from ME and Fibromyalgia; and (ii) the availability of specialist consultants and support services for local patients who suffer from these illnesses.

AQW 42448/11-15

51. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety whether there is funding available within the Western Health and Social Care Trust to provide specialist wheelchairs and other necessary equipment for patients who are bed bound as a consequence of suffering from ME and/or Fibromyalgia.

AQW 42449/11-15

52. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the approximate number of prescriptions issued in each of the last five calendar years.

AQW 42463/11-15

53. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of whether his Department could achieve greater efficiencies in the future by opening up to public tender the awarding of pharmacy tenancies within local hospitals.

AQW 42471/11-15

54. Mr B McCrea (Lagan Valley)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how much has been spent on Genitourinary Medicine Clinics in each of the last three financial years, broken down by Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42473/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

55. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to the case of Dwayne Mullan and his sentencing at Dungannon Magistrates Court in November 2014, for his assessment of the Pre-Sentence Reports compiled by the Probation Board of Northern Ireland, and the various recommendations by a number of agencies contained therein.

AQW 42434/11-15

56. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 40980/11-15, to provide the final costs, or an estimate of same, of translators for this case.

AQW 42435/11-15

57. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41355/11-15, to detail any similar school visits made in each of the previous two years.

AQW 42438/11-15

58. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) whether lawyers are self-regulated in claiming funds from legal aid; and if not (ii) to outline the accountability of the Legal Services Agency NI or his Department to scrutinise legal aid claimed in both criminal and civil cases to ensure they fully meet the criteria and all actions, advices and expenses claimed for were fully carried out, particularly in cases of high cost.

AQW 42439/11-15

59. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice to detail the amount of money spent on Limavady Court House on maintenance and repairs in each of the last five years.

AQW 42467/11-15

60. Mr J Dallat (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice what plans will be put in place to protect Limavady Court House as a listed building.

AQW 42468/11-15

61. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what assurances he can give that the Transmission X-Ray Full Body Scanners proposed to be used in prisons detect non-metallic items and smaller packaged items like drugs.

AQW 42478/11-15

62. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice what protocols are in place in prisons if a Prison Officer or staff member receives injuries due to (i) an incident with, or assault by, prisoners; and (ii) an accident at work; and how are these incidents or accidents are recorded.

AQW 42479/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

63. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what input his Department has had on the new P1 for planning application E/2013/0093/F, in relation to the number of traffic movements through local communities and villages considering the volume of water to be used and the volume of waste water produced.

AQW 42419/11-15

64. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the approval of a business case and funding allocation for Phase 3 of the replacement and extension of the Rossory Wastewater Pumping Station’s existing pumped sewer.

AQW 42421/11-15

65. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 28743/11-15, for an update on the independent review of the project consultant’s work in respect of the completion of the Appropriate Assessment process and the adequacy of the screening work previously carried out by Mouchel on the A5 Western Transport Corridor project.

AQW 42425/11-15

66. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development how much (i) salt; and (ii) grit is currently in stock for the winter treatment of roads.

AQW 42428/11-15

67. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development for an update on the progress of the proposed new through road from Beechfield Estate, Donaghadee to the Newtownards Road.

AQW 42429/11-15

68. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new road resurfacing schemes in Bangor are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42430/11-15

69. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new road resurfacing schemes in Holywood are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42431/11-15

70. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new road resurfacing schemes in Millisle are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42432/11-15

71. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new road resurfacing schemes in Donaghadee are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42433/11-15

72. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 41458/11-15, what assurances he can give that no public announcements made on trains or at Central Station advising that onward journeys are available through use of said taxi company as a transport partner, preferred operator or similar.

AQW 42436/11-15

73. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development which body has jurisdiction over the naming of bridges.

AQW 42441/11-15

74. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development to outline the process by which a bridge can be renamed, including the criteria used.

AQW 42443/11-15

75. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what criteria is used to determine whether signage highlighting its name is used on a bridge.

AQW 42444/11-15

76. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what criteria is used by his Department to define a bridge.

AQW 42445/11-15

77. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what official status or recognition is given to the name of a bridge.

AQW 42446/11-15

78. Mr C Ó hOisín (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQO 7060/11-15, what is the alternative route for the A6 referred to in his answer.

AQW 42450/11-15

79. Mr O McMullan (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, pursuant to AQW 41255/11-15, when the finished report into the project will be published; and whether there will be a consultation carried out.

AQW 42466/11-15

80. Mrs J Cochrane (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether he will introduce legislation to place a 20mph speed limit in the vicinity of lit or operational school crossing signs which have been installed through the safer routes to school programme.

AQW 42469/11-15

81. Mr B McElduff (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development whether his Department will investigate, in association with other relevant agencies and Departments, the availability of land in public ownership on the Brookmount Road Omagh, in close proximity to St Conor’s Primary School, for the purposes of providing additional parking capacity in that area.

AQW 42472/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

82. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 40865/11-15, whether he will review his response more specifically by (i) referring to the interim manager rather than the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland; (ii) by referring to any power to share information with persons other than public bodies; and (iii) whether any such order was actually made by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

AQW 42398/11-15

83. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, following recent media coverage regarding the possible adverse consequences of retro fit cavity wall insulation, for his assessment of the impact this will have on homes in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42462/11-15

84. Mr P Frew (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail all works planned by the Housing Executive in Ballykeel, Ballymena in the next three years.

AQW 42476/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

85. Mr P Flanagan (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Assembly Commission whether it has been approached by Tourism Ireland with regards to the prospect of Parliament Buildings joining the Global Greening Initiative; and (ii) whether it has considered participating in the Initiative.

AQW 42423/11-15

86. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Assembly Commission what involvement it had, and with what return, in respect of the grant of the use of Stormont grounds and facilities for the Ice Cross Downhill World Championship.

AQW 42426/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Thursday 5 March 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the funding which has been provided for research into sexual violence and abuse, including the strategies which address these directly, since 2011.

AQW 42484/11-15

2. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister to detail the date of the most recent meeting of the Inter-Ministerial Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence; and the number of times it has met since 2011.

AQW 42485/11-15

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Regional Strategy Action Plan as associated with the Inter-Ministerial Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence, including the resources allocated to implement such a strategy.

AQW 42488/11-15

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the Inter-Ministerial Group on Domestic and Sexual Violence.

AQW 42489/11-15

5. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether age discrimination legislation relating to goods, facilities and services will be developed within the current mandate.

AQW 42499/11-15

6. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what support has been given from the Social Investment Fund to projects in North Antrim.

AQW 42507/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

7. Mr M Ó Muilleoir (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the investment made by her Department, and its arm's-length bodies, in GAA (i) capital build; and (ii) other programmes since 2011, broken down by county.

AQW 42535/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

8. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 41968/11-15, whether he will take action to increase the number of Special Educational Needs inspections in these instances, on the grounds that seven years between inspections is too long and may not even be enough to ensure the requirements of a special needs pupil are being met adequately in the duration of their time at the school in question, even if they remain in the same school for the minimum five years.

AQW 42501/11-15

9. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 40927/11-15, what discussions his departmental officials have had with looked after children throughout the development of the policy.

AQW 42502/11-15

10. Miss M McIlveen (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 41103/11-15, to detail when the 2014/15 Entitlement Framework Audit data will be available.

AQW 42503/11-15

11. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education what assessment has been made of the Special Educational Needs Early Years Capacity Building Programme in the South Eastern Education and Library Board.

AQW 42524/11-15

12. Mr D Kinahan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Education how many places (i) are reserved; and (ii) have been appointed for Catholic Church representatives on the Board of Governors of Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42525/11-15

13. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Education how many (i) full time; and (ii) part time teaching positions were available in each of the last three years.

AQW 42527/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why appropriate guidelines were not issued for the appeals process for applications to the European Social Fund.

AQW 42516/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why separate appeal dates were issued for European Social Fund applications (i) rejected on technicalities; and (ii) rejected as being financially unviable.

AQW 42517/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to list the organisations that applied to deliver the European Social Fund in North Down and Ards.

AQW 42518/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the rationale for using European Social Funds for core departmental responsibilities; and whether his Department considers the European Social Fund to represent additionality.

AQW 42519/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail any contingency plans for gap funding should the outcome of applications European Social Fund not be known by 1 April 2015.

AQW 42520/11-15

19. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning when scrutiny will be completed of the business case for the expansion of Ulster University's Magee campus to ensure that it meets the requirements of the Northern Ireland Guide to Expenditure Appraisal and Evaluation.

AQW 42521/11-15

20. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the time scale for a decision by the Department of Finance and Personnel on the business case for the expansion of Ulster University's Magee campus.

AQW 42522/11-15

21. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how many students have qualified as (i) primary; (ii) post-primary teachers, in each of the last three years.

AQW 42533/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

22. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment for a breakdown of the £2.1 billion pound bid submitted to the European Investment Fund by her Department's Energy Division.

AQW 42536/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

23. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) how many staff are employed in the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) in Northern Ireland; and (ii) what interaction takes place between DVSA NI and DVSA UK.

AQW 42482/11-15

24. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of whether any decision made in relation to E/2013/0093/F will set precedence for other similar applications.

AQW 42508/11-15

25. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he plans to develop a Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment that would encapsulate any future applications similar to E/2013/0093/F.

AQW 42509/11-15

26. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what due diligence is undertaken on companies prior to the granting of planning permission as detailed in E/2013/0093/F, specifically in relation to their environmental performance track record.

AQW 42510/11-15

27. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what cognisance is taken of the 'flaring effect' as detailed in the P1 of E/2013/0093/F.

AQW 42513/11-15

28. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 40835/11-15, to confirm his Department's position that, for the purpose of Environmental Impact Assessment screening, an urban development project, as defined within Schedule 2.10(b) of the Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012, only applies to proposals located within defined settlement limits.

AQW 42529/11-15

29. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 40835/11-15, whether the construction of a development of 19 dwellings comprising an area greater than 0.5ha and located within a defined settlement requires an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) determination, whereas that same development outside of any settlement, located within an Area of High Scenic Value, adjacent to a Special Area of Conservation, does not require screening for EIA.

AQW 42530/11-15

30. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) whether his Department has, or intends to, enter into an agreement, with the Ulster Farmers Union that farmers will no longer be prosecuted or sanctioned for low level pollution incidents; (ii) whether this practice has been adopted in any other region of the UK; (iii) whether there are no adverse implications for achieving compliance with the stringent requirements of the Water Framework Directive as a result; and (iv) what expert advice he received before agreeing to enter into such an agreement.

AQW 42531/11-15

31. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline all current applications for Judicial Review of decisions made by (i) his Department's Planning Office; and (ii) the Northern Ireland Environment Agency.

AQW 42532/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

32. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what plans are in place for Departments to transform their business practices to ensure that, following the Voluntary Exit Scheme, permanent benefits and value for money improvements can be achieved and staffing numbers stay reduced in the long term.

AQW 42491/11-15

33. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the information available on civil servants’ skills, performance and experience; and how this will be used to make decisions on retention and departure in the proposed Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42492/11-15

34. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether Executive Departments have finalised detailed workforce plans ahead of the proposed Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42493/11-15

35. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the governance arrangements associated with the Voluntary Exit Scheme; and whether decisions on departures will be peer reviewed, signed off at Permanent Secretary level and where necessary subject to internal audit.

AQW 42494/11-15

36. Mr J McCallister (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether the Head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service will work with Permanent Secretaries to provide strategic oversight and active monitoring of the proposed Voluntary Exit Scheme.

AQW 42495/11-15

37. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel whether there is provision for waiver of Industrial Tribunal fees for litigants of limited financial means.

AQW 42496/11-15

38. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the number of litigant requests for written transcripts of Industrial Tribunal hearings since practice directions were issued on 7 May 2012; and (ii) the number of written transcripts subsequently issued to litigants.

AQW 42498/11-15

39. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail (i) the number of people (a) available for work; and (b) in work; and (ii) the number of job vacancies in each of the last three years.

AQW 42526/11-15

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

40. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to outline the measures which have been taken to produce a targeted health promotion approach to raising awareness of the health and social care needs arising from sexual violence and abuse, since 2011.

AQW 42486/11-15

41. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, given that it is proposed that the 95 per cent exceptionality criteria be removed in respect of access to specialist drugs, whether he anticipates any other percentage threshold.

AQW 42505/11-15

42. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety when the first patient will receive access to medicine through the new Drugs Fund he announced on 17 February 2015.

AQW 42523/11-15

43. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, in relation to the current £27 million spend on cancer drugs, for a breakdown of expenditure by (i) name of drug; (ii) type of cancer it is applicable to; and (iii) the number of recipients of each drug.

AQW 42537/11-15

44. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for his assessment of whether the proposed specialised medicines fund will result in patients in Northern Ireland having restricted access to specialised cancer drugs when compared with those in England and Scotland.

AQW 42538/11-15

45. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, with regard to the proposed specialised medicines fund, to detail (i) the projected annual spend on specialised drugs under the fund; and (ii) the estimated projected income that would be received from prescription charges.

AQW 42539/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

46. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, in relation to the community placement of John McDermott, (i) whether an error was made in this matter; (ii) whether a review has been conducted into its handling; and if so, (iii) what is the nature and purpose of the review.

AQW 42480/11-15

47. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, given his release was subject to stringent terms, why Eamon Foley has not been returned to custody for refusing to sign the Sex Offender Register.

AQW 42481/11-15

48. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41232/11-15, whether this Risk Assessment template is standard for all prisoners seeking temporary leave.

AQW 42483/11-15

49. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 41789/11-15, for a breakdown of the category of sex offender in each district.

AQW 42487/11-15

50. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice for a breakdown of the £17-19m annual cost of Legacy Inquest Cases anticipated in the Stormont Castle Agreement.

AQW 42497/11-15

51. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice how much of the £17-19m annual cost of Legacy Inquest Cases anticipated in the Stormont Castle Agreement is funding for legal aid.

AQW 42500/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

52. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new footpath resurfacing schemes in Donaghadee are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42511/11-15

53. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new footpath resurfacing schemes in Millisle are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42512/11-15

54. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new footpath resurfacing schemes in Holywood are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42514/11-15

55. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what new footpath resurfacing schemes in Bangor are planned between now and the end of this financial year.

AQW 42515/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

56. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the rationale used to reduce the funding provided to the Areas at Risk programme for Beechfield Estate, Donaghadee.

AQW 42490/11-15

57. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to explain the various options and elements deployed in Table A of Annex A of the Stormont Castle Agreement.

AQW 42506/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Friday 6 March 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister whether they will put the potential for UK wide promotion of road racing as an agenda item on a forthcoming British Irish Council meeting, particularly the Isle of Man TT and the North West 200.

AQW 42546/11-15

2. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister why no capital projects have been supported in North Antrim under the Social Investment Fund.

AQW 42575/11-15

3. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the progress of the disability strategy.

AQW 42593/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

4. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development to detail the number of quangos linked to her Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 19 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42577/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

5. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding her Department has provided to Foras Na Gaelige in each of the last three years.

AQW 42551/11-15

6. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding Foras Na Gaelige received from the (i) Executive; and (ii) Irish Republic's government, in each of the last three years.

AQW 42552/11-15

7. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what funding her Department has provided to the Ulster-Scots Agency in each of the last three years.

AQW 42553/11-15

8. Mr W Humphrey (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure how much funding the Ulster-Scots Agency received from the (i) Executive; and (ii) Irish Republic's government, in each of the last three years.

AQW 42554/11-15

9. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure for an update on a Government E-strategy for Northern Ireland.

AQW 42561/11-15

10. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure whether her Department plans to reintroduce funding for reimaging projects.

AQW 42569/11-15

11. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what will be the cost of the consultation on the Irish Language Bill.

AQW 42570/11-15

12. Mr N McCausland (North Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to place a copy of the business case for the new Liofa book clubs initiative in the Assembly library.

AQW 42605/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

13. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education when the construction will begin of new premises for the next primary and post-primary schools in the controlled sector in East Londonderry.

AQW 42547/11-15

14. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Education, pursuant to AQW 42159/11-15, whether there is a policy within his Department or the Education and Library Boards whereby only Stage 5 SEN pupils are permitted to be considered for classroom assistance.

AQW 42559/11-15

15. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education what programmes exist within secondary level education to raise awareness of cyber bullying and social media exploitation.

AQW 42562/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

16. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning for his assessment of the Employment Service Support Programme; and whether it will be extended beyond March 2015.

AQW 42560/11-15

17. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning how much funding is committed to the current European Social Fund programme.

AQW 42579/11-15

18. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what is the anticipated underspend in the current European Social Fund programme.

AQW 42580/11-15

19. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning what opportunities exist to extend the current European Social Fund programme.

AQW 42581/11-15

20. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of project applications submitted to the European Social Fund by each further education college.

AQW 42582/11-15

21. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the childcare provision in each regional college, including the number of places and the cost to students of a place.

AQW 42601/11-15

22. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether Queen’s University, Belfast and Ulster University accept Essential Skills qualifications as acceptable alternatives to GCSEs.

AQW 42602/11-15

23. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning whether there are minimum class sizes for Essential Skills courses.

AQW 42603/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

24. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the number of quangos linked to her Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 19 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42576/11-15

25. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps her Department is taking to maximise the potential of the equine industry, and open it up to new markets such as China.

AQW 42587/11-15

26. Mrs K McKevitt (South Down)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to outline the routes of the two races organised for the Giro Gran Fondo on 21 June 2015.

AQW 42590/11-15

27. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment how much funding was allocated to companies in each constituency by InvestNI for staff development and training, in each of the last five years.

AQW 42604/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

28. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether the new councils are prepared to take on local planning issues.

AQW 42571/11-15

29. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment how many staff will be transferred to the new Ards and North Down council from the Planning Service.

AQW 42572/11-15

30. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail the planning powers that will transfer to local councils.

AQW 42573/11-15

31. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what steps his Department has taken to ensure the safety of horse riders using the roads; and whether he would consider introducing legislation to make it compulsory for all riders to wear a riding hat and high visibility clothing.

AQW 42586/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

32. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel what action his Department is taking to ensure a fair and consistent rating for riding schools, equestrian centres and livery yards, so that they can operate economically and offer more people the experience of taking up horse riding as a sport.

AQW 42585/11-15

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

33. Mr F McKinney (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the drugs and treatments that will be provided to patients under the proposed specialised medicines fund.

AQW 42541/11-15

34. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what are the latest food hygiene ratings for the public eating areas in each of the acute hospital.

AQW 42548/11-15

35. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what is the predicted time-scale for the placement of a Consultant Neurologist Multiple Sclerosis Specialist in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42564/11-15

36. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, pursuant to AQW 39822/11-15, whether he can confirm the location of the mental health unit for the southern sector of the Western Health and Social Care Trust.

AQW 42566/11-15

37. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety for an update on the public consultation on the future of paediatric congenital cardiac services.

AQW 42567/11-15

38. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many specialists in ME and Fibromyalgia Symposium are currently employed in Northern Ireland.

AQW 42583/11-15

39. Mr T Buchanan (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what care is available in each Health and Social Care Trust for people diagnosed with (i) ME; and (ii) Fibromyalgia Symposium.

AQW 42584/11-15

40. Mr P Girvan (South Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety why the Northern Health and Social Care Trust changed their admission policy for adults with severe learning difficulties attending residential respite facilities.

AQW 42588/11-15

41. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to detail the follow-up appointment arrangements following a Duchenne Muscular Dystrohphy patient receiving treatment with Translarna; and how this impacts on the availability of physiotherapy treatment for other children.

AQW 42589/11-15

42. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what was the average waiting time for a hip replacement operation in each of the last three years; and what efforts are being made to reduce waiting times.

AQW 42596/11-15

43. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety how many firefighter work related deaths have occurred in each of the last five years; and how this compares with other regions of the UK.

AQW 42597/11-15

44. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what support the Fire and Rescue Service is being given to invest to save.

AQW 42598/11-15

45. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what non-statutory services would be cut in the the event of a 5 per cent reduction in the Fire and Rescue Service budget.

AQW 42599/11-15

46. Mr D McNarry (Strangford)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what action he will take to improve the availability of out-of-hours doctors to alleviate the pressure on the Emergency Department at Craigavon Area Hospital.

AQW 42600/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

47. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice, following the trial of a number of people in connection with the death of Kevin McDaid in Coleraine in 2009, to detail the total cost of the preparation and trial from May 2009 to completion.

AQW 42549/11-15

48. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many courthouses which have had drop-down bollards installed (i) have reported operational issues with the bollards; and (ii) do not have all bollards fully functioning.

AQW 42555/11-15

49. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice whether the supplier of the drop-down bollards at courthouses also carried out the installations; and who is responsible for ongoing maintenance and repair.

AQW 42556/11-15

50. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice to list the courthouses which have had drop-down bollards installed; and to detail cost of (i) installation; and (ii) maintenance at each courthouse.

AQW 42557/11-15

51. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice what further consideration has been given to the introduction of Sarah’s Law; and what challenges or difficulties would be faced in introducing and enforcing such a law.

AQW 42558/11-15

52. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Justice how his Department is working with arm's-length bodies to address cyber bullying and harassment.

AQW 42563/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

53. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when he was first presented with the findings of the public local inquiry into the proposed duelling of the A6 Derry to Dungiven strategic roads proposal; and for an update on the status of this proposal.

AQW 42568/11-15

54. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the residents’ parking scheme in the Bogside area of Derry will be implemented.

AQW 42595/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

55. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 41744/11-15, what assessment he has made of the impact on charities of the different approaches to the regulation of charities adopted in England and Wales and in Northern Ireland; and whether this approach to investigation adopted by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland represents value for money.

AQW 42545/11-15

56. Mr R Hussey (West Tyrone)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 42075/11-15, (i) to detail the debt involved; (ii) to publish the asset register; (iii) what publicly funded items were recovered; (iv) what reviews and inspections were completed by his Department over the three years prior to this organisation failing; (v) what steps have been taken in relation to the office holders who oversaw this collapse; and (vi) what lessons have been learned by his Department.

AQW 42565/11-15

57. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 41798/11-15, and if the report on Rinmore was presented to the Board of the Housing Executive at its meeting on 15 December 2010, why is there no reference to the report in the minutes of that meeting.

AQW 42574/11-15

Questions to the Assembly Commission

58. Mr M Nesbitt (Strangford)

To ask the Assembly Commission what was the cost to the Assembly of staging the Red Bull Crashed Ice event.

AQW 42594/11-15

Questions for Written Answer
on Monday 9 March 2015

Questions to the First Minister and deputy First Minister

1. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister for an update on the introduction of age discrimination legislation.

AQW 42620/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

2. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the status and progress of the Trap, Vaccinate and Release programme.

AQW 42628/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure

3. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (i) to detail the role of the Sports Matters Monitoring Group; (ii) the date of its most recent meeting; and (iii) whether it has commissioned any reviews of the Sports Matters Strategy since 2011.

AQW 42622/11-15

4. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the provision for low cost or free leisure and social activities which meet the needs of disabled children from low income families.

AQW 42623/11-15

5. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure to detail the number of quangos linked to her Department on (i) 8 May 2007; and (ii) 20 February 2015; and how many people served on the quangos on these respective dates.

AQW 42643/11-15

6. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure what level of assistance will be offered to the organisers of the Walled City Tattoo in Londonderry in 2015.

AQW 42657/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Education

7. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Education how much funding has been provided to Rathgill Community Association for delivering Sure Start Programmes.

AQW 42606/11-15

8. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Education whether there are any schemes for adults contained within the Delivering Social Change Signature Programme of Improving Literacy and Numeracy.

AQW 42615/11-15

9. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Education to detail the spending per pupil, broken down by constituency, in each of the last five years.

AQW 42619/11-15

10. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Education how many children benefited from the Delivering Social Change Improving Literacy and Numeracy Signature Programme.

AQW 42650/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Employment and Learning

11. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the number of employment tribunal cases involving (i) teachers; and (ii) non-teaching members of school staff where the decision taken by the school Board of Governors has been rejected following input from a third party organisation; and to provide the name of third party organisations who would provide input into an employment tribunal.

AQW 42632/11-15

12. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to detail the (i) number; and (ii) value of outstanding claims for payment on the current European Social Fund programme.

AQW 42638/11-15

13. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why the departmental email account hadn't a large enough capacity to cope with applications to the European Social Fund; and why this was not anticipated.

AQW 42639/11-15

14. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning to outline the process that followed the submission of hard copy applications to the European Social Fund; and why there was no check list performed alongside the issuing of receipts.

AQW 42640/11-15

15. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning why more departmental support was not available to groups applying to the European Social Fund; and why answers to applicants queries were not made available to all applicants.

AQW 42641/11-15

16. Mr P Weir (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Employment and Learning, in light of the departmental letters on management accounts, whether the current European Social Fund appeals process is now defunct; and if so, with what will it be replaced.

AQW 42642/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment

17. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the eligibility criteria for the Broadband UK Connection Voucher Scheme.

AQW 42624/11-15

18. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment whether Invest NI funding offers contain any stipulations regarding trade union membership.

AQW 42629/11-15

19. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what steps she will take when issuing a licence for fracking or conventional drilling, that would ensure that farmers and landowners are aware of the process being undertaken under their ground.

AQW 42661/11-15

Questions to the Minister of the Environment

20. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what recent engagement he has had with district councils in respect of utilising council space which will now be vacant following the reformed council structures, from April 2015.

AQW 42611/11-15

21. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment whether he plans to introduce legislation to ban the hunting of wild animals with dogs.

AQW 42612/11-15

22. Ms A Lo (South Belfast)

To ask the Minister of the Environment, pursuant to AQW 41705/11-15, to confirm, that unlike the Champion v North Norfolk District Council case, planning approval K/2013/0072/F was subject to Appropriate Assessment; and for his assessment of the Court of Appeal ruling that there is no material distinction between the test for Environmental Impact Assessment and the test for Appropriate Assessment as regard the threshold of likelihood of significant effects.

AQW 42630/11-15

23. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment for his assessment of whether fine and ultra-fine particles between PM2.5 - 0.1u microns are particularly damaging to human health by inhalation; and what assurance can provide to residents in East Belfast that the incinerator proposed by Bombardier will not release such particulates into the atmosphere.

AQW 42652/11-15

24. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment what is the safe level for emissions of fine and ultra-fine particles between PM2.5 - 0.1u microns from the proposed Bombardier incinerator.

AQW 42653/11-15

25. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of the Environment to detail (i) the amount of ash that will be produced annually from the Bombardier incinerator; (ii) the types of ash; (iii) the chemical composition of the types of ash; and (iv) the toxicity of the types of ash.

AQW 42654/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Finance and Personnel

26. Mr C Lyttle (East Belfast)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel for an update on the progress of the Apartments Bill.

AQW 42613/11-15

27. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel, in light of the Minister for Employment and Learning's decision not to ban zero hours contracts and given that contracted service providers to the Civil Service often use zero hours contracts, whether the current position within NI Civil Service and its stance against zero hours contracts will be affected; and if not, why this is the case,

AQW 42626/11-15

28. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel (i) for his assessment of the figures published by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland showing that the number of leavers in the public service in Northern Ireland has averaged over 20,000 per year for each of the last five years; and (ii) to detail the justification for borrowing £700m to fund an exit scheme to secure 20,000 leavers.

AQW 42633/11-15

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

29. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what assessment has been made of the number of Fire Service appliances that are unavailable for a proportion of the day due to the lack of staff resources.

AQW 42609/11-15

30. Mrs J Dobson (Upper Bann)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what changes recipients of the Independent Living Fund will see after 30 June 2015; and whether he can provide an assurance that current users will not have their support reduced.

AQW 42631/11-15

31. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety what funding has been provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups by each Health and Social Care Trust since 2011.

AQW 42634/11-15

Questions to the Minister of Justice

32. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice, pursuant to AQW 42084/11-15, whether this is being dealt with as an internal prison charge or a an external court matter.

AQW 42625/11-15

33. Lord Morrow (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)

To ask the Minister of Justice how many cases are currently within the court system in which human trafficking is a charge or charges, broken down by court division.

AQW 42637/11-15

34. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister of Justice (i) how many (a) prosecutions; and (b) convictions have been secured for a breaches of a (i) liquor license; and (ii) restaurant license, in each of the past ten years; (ii) for what reason did the breach occur; and how many restauranteurs have been (a) prosecuted; and (b) convicted for charging customers corkage fees, in each of the past ten years.

AQW 42649/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Regional Development

35. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what major new road projects are planned for the 2015/16 period.

AQW 42616/11-15

36. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what changes will take place in his departmental operations in North Down from April 2015.

AQW 42621/11-15

37. Mr S Agnew (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development (i) whether the Environmental Statement prepared for the Derry to Dungiven A6 duelling proposal, considered or assessed the likely environmental effects of the strategic roads project on the illegal waste at Mobuoy Road; and whether this renders the ES inadequate in terms of Article 2(1) of the European Directive 2011/92/EU and calls into doubt any findings of the public inquiry.

AQW 42655/11-15

38. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what is the current estimated daily traffic volume using the A26 at the Causeway Hospital location.

AQW 42656/11-15

39. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development when the passing loop on the Londonderry to Coleraine railway line will be complete.

AQW 42658/11-15

40. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development what further input his Department has had on the site entrance and changes to road condition of the new P1 for planning application E/2013/0093/F.

AQW 42659/11-15

41. Mr R Swann (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Regional Development, in relation to planning application E/2013/0093/F, where the applicant will source the water for their processes; and where they will dispose of their waste water as detailed in the new P1.

AQW 42660/11-15

Questions to the Minister for Social Development

42. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development why the Social Return on Investment report for Rathgill in Bangor has not been published.

AQW 42607/11-15

43. Mr A Easton (North Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether funding for Small Pockets of Deprivation for Rathgill Community Association, Bangor will continue in 2015/16.

AQW 42608/11-15

44. Ms C Sugden (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of the Boiler Replacement Scheme; and what consideration has been given to extending the scheme in 2015.

AQW 42610/11-15

45. Mr C Eastwood (Foyle)

To ask the Minister for Social Development whether there are plans to re-evaluate the 25 per cent margin of change required in gross income before a reassessment is carried out to determine the amount payable in Child Maintenance Service payments.

AQW 42614/11-15

46. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what specific schemes exists to address the issue of fuel poverty in the private rented sector.

AQW 42617/11-15

47. Mr S Dickson (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development for his Department’s position on the enforceability of legislation limiting or prohibiting up-front fees when renting homes.

AQW 42618/11-15

48. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what funding has been provided to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender groups by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive since 2011.

AQW 42635/11-15

49. Mr J Allister (North Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development, pursuant to AQW 41690/11-15, to detail (i) each project he refers to as having been assisted by way of salaries and running costs; (ii) the amount of money each listed project received per year over the last ten years for (a) salaries; and (b) running costs.

AQW 42636/11-15

50. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many liquor licences have been surrendered in each of the last ten years.

AQW 42644/11-15

51. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development how many new licences for the sale of alcohol in pubs have been issued in each of the last ten years.

AQW 42645/11-15

52. Mr A Ross (East Antrim)

To ask the Minister for Social Development what sanctions are available for breaches of (i) liquor; and (ii) restaurant licences.

AQW 42646/11-15

53. Mr S Rogers (South Down)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to outline the additional protections afforded to private tenants, that are not already covered by existing legislation, by the introduction of the Landlord Registration Scheme.

AQW 42648/11-15

54. Mr G Campbell (East Londonderry)

To ask the Minister for Social Development to detail the estimated number of homes that have cavity wall insulation which, due to the date of installation or other defects, is currently inadequate.

AQW 42651/11-15

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