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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many breaches of the late night flight curfew at Belfast City Airport there have been in each of the past five years; and which airlines were involved in each case. 
The current Planning Agreement is between the Department of the Environment and Belfast City Airport, not individual airlines. Consequently, my Department does not hold information on individual airlines delayed and late night flights.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what enforcement action has been taken against (a) airlines and (b) the operators of Belfast City Airport for breaches of the late-night flight curfew (i) in each of the last four years and (ii) to date in 2004; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Smith: No enforcement action has been taken in relation to flights which have been delayed after 21.30 hours. However, officials have been working with the airport operators to reduce the number of flight movements after 21.30, as part of an agreed Action Plan. The target is to achieve a 10 per cent. reduction in the total number of flights operating after 21.30, including a 90 per cent. reduction in flights after 23.00.
To date, during 2004, there is an overall 15 per cent. reduction in the number of flights operating after 21.30 during the extended hours period, when compared to 2003. During 2004, one late flight occurred after midnight.
This is a significant reduction, against the background that the total number of late flights (648) during 2003 represents less than 2 per cent. of the total air traffic movements.
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Mr. Pearson: Further to my earlier reply, I am now in a position to provide the information you requested. The policing cost for the period in question for 2004 was £5,552,544, compared with £5,217,215 for the previous year.
Mr. Pearson: The confidentiality of monitoring information and the categories of statistical analyses, which are published, is governed by statutory requirements and a Code of Practice agreed with the trade unions. In addition, under fair employment legislation, NICS is treated as a single entity for the purposes of monitoring. Equality of opportunity and fair participation is assessed by examining the compositional profile of the NICS at occupational groups and grade levels. It is information at this level, not the composition of particular offices or locations, which is used to inform the development of policies, practices and procedures which promote equality of opportunity and fair participation across the NICS as a whole.
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many internal transfers have taken place in the Western Regional Area of the Rivers Agency involving (a) industrial staff and (b) technical staff in each year since 2000. 
|Industrial staff||Professional and technical staff|
Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many students ordinarily resident in Northern Ireland are taking courses (a) at Northern Ireland universities and (b) at universities outside Northern Ireland. 
(a) In 200203, 44,137 NI domiciled students were enrolled at the four locally established NI higher education institutions and 3,481 were enrolled at the Open University.
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Angela Smith: Sure Start promotes and adopts a partnership approach to providing co-ordinated services for families with young children. The programme is both designed and delivered at a local level through a network of local statutory agencies and community-based voluntary organisations working in the fields of health, early education and family/parenting support. Thus, in each local area, different programmes are set up according to the range of existing services and the particular needs of the community.
Angela Smith: "Developing Better Services" and the Western Board's subsequent strategic context document "Planning for Change" detail how the Tyrone County Hospital will evolve into a local hospital, in parallel with the development of the new South West Hospital in Enniskillen. The implementation of "Developing Better Services" will provide a network of fully integrated services across Northern Ireland and the new local hospital in Omagh will play a key role in that network of services. It will continue to provide some 70 per cent. of the services that people require in hospital settings, including a local assessment and treatment unit, diagnostics including X-ray and CT scanning, a mobile coronary care service, renal dialysis, in-patient beds for rehabilitation and palliative care, and a wide range of out-patient and day case surgery services, all in modern, state of the art facilities.
During the transition to the new service model set out in "Developing Better Services", I will do everything I can to ensure that standards are maintained and that no services are removed from Tyrone County Hospital until appropriate alternative provision has been put in place.
Dr. Ladyman: During the period 19992001, the former North Staffordshire Hospital National Health Service Trustnow the University Hospital of North Staffordshire NHS Trustreceived the following amounts from the capital modernisation fund for accident and emergency.
|Wave of scheme||Details of scheme||Cost|
|First wave||To upgrade and modernise the A and E department||700|
|Second wave||To improve responsiveness, efficiency and quality of A and E services||150|
|Period of incentive|
Qualification for payment
|March 2004||At least 94 per cent, of all patients spending under four hours in A and E during March 2004||100|
|First quarter 200405||At least 95 per cent, of all patients spending under four hours in A and E during first quarter of 200405||100|
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