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Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will change the method of Government recruitment advertising in Northern Ireland to ensure that such job vacancies are advertised in publications read by all main sections of the community. 
Angela E. Smith: Recruitment advertising for vacancies in the Northern Ireland civil service is governed by the Northern Ireland civil service commissioners' code and is in accordance with the Department of Finance and Personnel's Equality Scheme. Advertisements are placed in three local daily papers to achieve a broad readership across the community. For some specialist posts a wider range of publications may be used. All vacancies are also advertised on the recruitment service website and the Jobcentre online website.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pupils in Northern Ireland assessed as blind left school with (a) five or more and (b) no GCSE passes in each of the last three years. 
Angela E. Smith:
Figures for 200405 are not yet available. Out of a total of 15 children with a statement of special educational needs who were recorded as blind
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and who left school in the previous three years, seven achieved five or more GCSEs at grades A*-G, and six achieved no GCSEs. Because of the very small numbers in any one year, it is not appropriate to break the figures down into individual years.
Angela E. Smith: Education and Library Boards (ELBs) assess and make provision for pupils on an individual basis, in line with the Code of Practice on the Assessment of Special Educational Needs and the supplement to it.
All of the ELBs have staff qualified to teach children with visual impairments, including those staff attached to the peripatetic support services. In addition support is available from Jordanstown Schools' outreach service.
Depending on the needs of the individual, ELBs make available large print literature, Braillers and appropriate ICT equipment and software. Schools themselves may also purchase specialist items through their dedicated SEN budgets.
Mr. Hanson: Information is not available on the number of Jobseekers Allowance claimants who are suffering from sight loss. At August 2005, 234 people on incapacity benefit were categorised as suffering from blindness or low vision.
To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what firms provide personal television and telephone facilities to patients at hospitals in
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Northern Ireland; what daily rates are charged in each case; how many patients at each hospital have used these facilities in each of the last three years; and whether concessionary rates are available to long-term patients at each hospital. 
Mr. Woodward: The provision of personal television and telephone services in hospitals are matters for individual Health and Social Services Trusts. Trusts have provided the following information about these services.
|Daily rates |
|Number of patients|
availing of facilities in
previous three years
Concessions offered for
long stay patients
|Belfast City Hospital Trust||Patientline UK Ltd.||£3.50 per day (24 hour access)||Outgoing calls from the bed10p per minute Incoming calls: Peak49p per minute. Off peak39p per minute||Information not available||Television: Patients 60 and over50 per cent. discount. Long stay patients (over 2 weeks) 50 per cent. discount. Free television for children (under 16). Free television to patients who may benefit from the service but unable to afford it (at the discretion of ward staff)|
|Royal Group of Hospitals Trust||Patientline UK Ltd.||£3.50 per day (24 hour access)||Outgoing calls from the bed-10p per minute. Incoming calls: Peak 49p per minute Off peak39p per minute||Information not available||Television: Patients 60 and over£1.70. Long stay patients (over 2 weeks)£1.70. Free to age 16 and under. Everyone gets 1 hour of free TV a day|
|Ulster Community and Hospitals Trust||Patientline UK Ltd.||£3.50 per day (24 hour access)||Outgoing calls from the bed10p per minute Incoming calls: Peak 49p per minute. Off peak3 9p per minute||Information not available||Television: Patients 60 and over£1.70. Long stay patients (over 2 weeks)£1.70. Free to age 16 and under. Everyone gets 1 hour of free TV a day|
|Mater Hospital Trust||Hospital Telephone Services Ltd.||||£2 for continuous 24hr period for the rental of equipment; 10p per minute for outgoing calls; 17p per minute for incoming calls||Information not available||No concessionary rates|
|Causeway Hospital Trust||BT Payphone Services (bedside only)||||Outgoing calls at BT payphone rates. Incoming calls 25p per minute from BT landlines||Information not available||No concessionary rates|
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what has been the cost of (a) vandalism and (b) theft to (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in East Londonderry constituency in 2005. 
The cost in relation to theft in schools is only available for the Western Education and Library Board. This amounted to £8,405 in the 2005 calendar year. The North Eastern Education and Library Board cannot provide the figure until May 2006 when their yearly statement of losses are collated.
The cost of vandalism and theft in voluntary grammar and grant maintained integrated schools is not available, Such costs are borne by individual schools from their LMS budget or are the subject of insurance claims.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much his Department spent on witness protection in (a) 200304, (b) 200405 and (c) 200506; and what the projected spending is for 200607. 
Mr. Jim Murphy: The Better Regulation Task Force was an independent advisory body, established in 1997 to advise the Government on regulatory issues. At the end of 2005 it was replaced by the Better Regulation Commission.
During its existence the Better Regulation Task Force undertook over 40 studies on a wide range of regulatory issues and published its advice and recommendations in a series of reports.
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