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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what his latest estimate is of the date when the 1901 Census on-line service will become available (a) at designated service centres and (b) generally to on-line searchers. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: QinetiQ Ltd. is continuing to work on the technical enhancements. Rigorous testing will be completed during the next few weeks. These enhancements are intended to make the site sufficiently robust to permit general Internet access, and are being done with a sense of urgency. However, the most important consideration is to ensure that the service is re-launched successfully. The system will again be made available to designate service centres as part of the general re-introduction of the site. General on-line searches will be available as soon as practicable following testing.
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what criteria were used to select the people who were employed to check the transcriptions onto computer of the 1901 Census returns. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The individuals employed by the Public Record Office to quality assure the 1901 Census transcribed data were required to undertake and pass a transcription test in reading late-nineteenth century handwriting.
Mr. Wills: The Government's policy is that decisions on the number and location of magistrates courts in England and Wales are for the individual magistrates courts committees to determine, in consultation with their local paying authorities.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the European Union directives and regulations relating to her Department that have been implemented in each of the last four years, specifying (a) the title and purpose of each, (b) the cost to public funds of each and (c) the cost to businesses of each. 
Mr. Wills: No directives or regulations relating to the Lord Chancellor's Department came into effect in 1998 or 1999. The information for the following years is set out in the table. The costs to public funds given do not take account of officials' time, which is not readily quantifiable.
|Title||Purpose||Cost to public funds||Cost to business|
|Directive 98/5/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 16 February 1998||To facilitate the practice of the profession of lawyer on a permanent basis in a member state of the European Community other than the state in which the qualification was obtained||Negligible||Negligible; if anything businesses gained as a result of easier access to European markets|
|Council Regulation (EC) No. 1347/2000 of 2 May 2000||To establish rules relating to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in matrimonial matters and in matters of parental responsibility for children of both spouses||£3,500 for the production of forms and leaflets||Negligible|
|Council regulation (EC) No. 1348/2000 of 29 May 2000||To establish common rules throughout the EU for the transmission of legal documents in cross-border civil and commercial matters||Negligible||Negligible, since the scheme replaced bilateral agreements and a Hague Convention|
|Council Regulation (EC) No. 44/2001 of 22 December 2000||To establish updated rules relating to jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters||Negligible||Negligible|
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Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what plans his Department has to appraise the environmental implications of its Spending Review submission to the Treasury. 
Dr. John Reid: As part of my Department's Spending Review submission to the Treasury, we will, in common with other Departments, report on the sustainable development of our bids which will detail any environmental impact.
Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many environmental appraisals have been published by his Department since 1 January 2001; and if he will list the last four. 
It is normal practice in the Department for the implications of administrative and policy decisions to be analysed rigorously prior to any decision being taken. If environmental considerations emerged, appropriate appraisals would be conducted.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what his estimate is of the (a) annual cost and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department, (ii) his agencies and (iii) other public bodies for which he has had responsibility in each of the last four years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total area in square feet of all empty properties owned by (a) his Department, (b) his agencies and (c) other public bodies for which he has had responsibility was in each year since May 1997. 
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Dr. John Reid: The only work carried out to ministerial private offices has been as a result of moving to different buildings, for operational purposes. The cost of these works cannot be separated from the overall cost of all the works associated with these relocations.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland on what dates training seminars on the role of defence lawyers have been held for individual criminal justice agencies; what the programme was and how many people attended each seminar; if he will place a copy of training materials used in the Library; and what plans he has for future events of this kind. 
Mr. Browne: Individual criminal justice agencies will be responsible for developing training seminars on the role of defence lawyers, working with the Law Society, which has welcomed the recommendation in the Criminal Justice Review and confirmed a willingness, wherever practical, to contribute constructively to its implementation.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the objections are of the Chief Constable to the application in Northern Ireland of section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 requiring the establishment of a register of persons who have applied for and been granted a licence to carry a firearm. 
Jane Kennedy: The Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 is not applicable to Northern Ireland. However, information on all firearms certificate holders is currently held on a Police Service of Northern Ireland computer system.
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