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Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many officials in his Department have received honours; and how many honours are held by his officials, broken down by category of honour. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: During the period from New Year 1998 to New Year 2003, a total of 97 State Servants in the Northern Ireland Administration and the Northern Ireland Office received honours, as follows:
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|Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath (KCB)||3|
|Commander of the Order of the Bath (CB)||9|
|Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)||12|
|Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)||24|
|Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)||49|
This figure is taken from Hospital Statistics 200102 and includes all Programmes of Care. The average number of available beds is defined as those beds in wards which are open overnight, measured at midnight. Hospitals may also have a number of beds in wards which are only open during the day. Beds reserved for day care admission or regular day admission are not included.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many women from Great Britain gave birth at hospitals in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what the length of time was before delivery commenced that each patient presented at hospital. 
Mr. Flight: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his Department's (a) total managed expenditure, (b) total spending on Information Technology and (c) spending on Information Technology as a proportion of its total managed expenditure was in each financial year since 199798. 
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|TME (£)||Total Information Technology spend (£)||Proportion of total (%)|
(35) Estimated outturn
(36) Full-year estimate
(37) The Figures for 200303 are based on estimates only. Provisional outturn figures are not yet available.
The introduction of Resource Accounting and Budgeting within the Northern Ireland Administration means it is not possible to make meaningful comparisons between outturn information across the years requested. However, the following table shows Total Managed Expenditure (TME) for NI Departments, total spending by the core Departments on Information Technology (IT) and spending on Information Technology as a proportion of total departmental TME for 200001 and 200102.
|TME for NI Departments (£ million)||Core Departmental Spend on IT(38) (£ million)||IT as a proportion of Total TME (%)|
(38) This does not include spending on IT by Executive Agencies
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what costs have been incurred by the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety as a result of its Irish language policy; and if he plans to discontinue this practice. 
Mr. Browne: In the financial year 2002/03, the cost associated with Irish translations for the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety amounted to £107,500. There are no plans to change the current arrangements and the existing practice with regard to the use of Irish will remain as it is for the time being.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland when the location of a second specialist elective surgical centre in addition to Lagan Valley Hospital will be confirmed. 
Mr. Browne: In my announcement of 24 February 2003 on Developing Better Services, in addition to a protected elective centre at Lagan Valley Hospital, I said that the new acute hospital to the north of Enniskillen will be designed to include a protected elective centre. I also announced that the current proposals for a protected elective facility at South Tyrone should also be taken forward.
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During the financial year 200203, 184 staff within the 11 departments of the Northern Ireland administration were retired on medical grounds. The details of the medical condition giving rise to these ill-health retirements are not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland pursuant to his Answer of 19 May 2003, Official Report, column 594W, whether the policy described was followed in the case of Mr.McKenna and when the internal policy on harassment and bullying commenced operation with the Department of Education. 
Jane Kennedy: The Department of Education has had a policy on harassment in place since December 1995. I can confirm that in investigating the complaint against the named individual the internal policy was fully adhered to and that the individual was afforded the opportunity to obtain in full a copy of the written complaint.
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what is the most recent date that a multiple sclerosis sufferer from Northern Ireland has commenced (a) beta interferon and (b) glatiramer treatment. 
Mr. Browne: A Business Case has been approved for the redevelopment of Muckamore Abbey Hospital as a purpose built 115 bedded regional core hospital. Funding of £5 million has been secured through the Reinvestment and Reform Initiative (RRI) to take forward the first phase of the project which will provide
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for the development of a 35 bedded regional admissions and assessment service and a 23 bedded regional forensic assessment and treatment service. Construction of Phase 1 is due to commence in September 2003 with a completion date of May 2005.
A Business Case has also been approved for the replacement of the current Stradreagh Hospital with a 43-bed in patient treatment assessment unit, a 20-place challenging behaviour unit and a 5-place rehabilitation unit. RRI funding of £4 million has been secured for the project. Initial work has commenced making good progress and is on track for completion in November 2004.
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