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7 October 2013

Did you know that there are approximately 1,500,000 cattle registered in NI?

Child internet safety, rural broadband, stolen cattle, plastic bags and life expectancy are just some of the topics covered in this week's answer book [PDF].

Chris Lyttle: To ask the First Minister and deputy First Minister what action their Department is taking on internet safety for children and young people.
The actions which our Department is currently taking include working with the UK Safer Internet Centre to raise awareness of safer internet issues through participating in Safer Internet Day; working with the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland to identify potential areas for collaborative working; commissioning a survey of internet use among P7 pupils across the region;
Robin Swann: To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for an update on the Rural Broadband infrastructure upgrade.
My Department is contributing £5m of Rural Development Programme funding to the NI Improved Broadband Project. My officials have completed an analysis of rural broadband not spots and I have agreed the methodology for prioritising broadband spend will be based on multiple deprivation. The project aims to deliver 2 Megabits per second broadband services to all premises across the north of Ireland. It is expected that procurement will commence shortly. As you may already be aware my Department has already invested £1.5m in rural broadband.
Ross Hussey: To ask the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development for her assessment of the number of cattle reported as missing or stolen.
...it should be noted that there are approximately 1,500,000 cattle registered in NI and the number of cattle that are reported as missing or stolen each year represents 0.20% of the total herd.
Pat Ramsey: To ask the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure why the Sport Northern Ireland Events Programme is not yet open for applications and what support in the absence of this programme, her Department can give to the Foyle Cup.
...my Department has approved a one year pilot Sports Events Funding Programme which was launched by Sport NI on 18 June 2013, with a closing date of 2 August 2013 for applications to be submitted.
Alex Easton: To ask the Minister of Education for how much the old Bangor Grammar School site was sold.
The vested element of the old Bangor Grammar School site was sold for £1,258,200.
Daithí McKay: To ask the Minister of Education what new measures are being considered to tackle homophobic bullying in schools.
All schools are required by law to have a discipline policy which includes measures to tackle all bullying, including homophobic bullying.
Phil Flanagan: To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment to detail the contribution that exports make to the local economy.
Exports of goods and a small group of internationally-tradable services in Northern Ireland were valued at £6.5 billion in 2011, which represented 22% of gross value added (GVA). This is an increase from 20% in 2010.
Paul Girvan: To ask the Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment what plans her Department has to improve broadband services in South Antrim.
A consultation exercise, to identify areas where intervention may be required was undertaken in September 2012 and the outcome published on 5 July 2013, coupled with a refined intervention area.
Alex Easton: To ask the Minister of the Environment to outline the reduction in the use of plastic bags since the introduction of the Carrier Bag Levy.
Provisional figures from retailers indicate that 18 million single use bags were dispensed during the period 8 April to 30 June 2013... However, given that an estimated 300 million single use bags were dispensed during the whole of 2012, there is good reason to believe that a substantial reduction will be achieved over the first full year of charging.
Peter Weir: To ask the Minister of Finance and Personnel to detail the current life expectancy for (i) males; and (ii) females; and how does this compares with (i) England; (ii) Scotland; (iii) Wales and (iv) the Republic of Ireland.
The current life expectancy for Males is 77.4 and for Females is 81.8
Find out how this compares to England; Scotland; Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Members may table up to five questions for written answer each day and answers are published daily on our website at the following link: http://aims.niassembly.gov.uk/questions/writtens.aspx