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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, (1) what the cost was to her Department of answering written parliamentary questions in 2001; and how that cost was calculated; 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what have been the total salary costs of each of the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible in each of the last five years. 
Salary costs for staff working in the Legal Services Commission are set out as follows. The figures include overtime payments, but exclude social security and pension costs, and have been subject to audit.
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Mr. John Taylor: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if she will make a statement on Government policy relating to publication of census information, with special reference to information contained in the website at http://learningcurve.pro.gov.uk/ FocusOn/census/what is/intro.htm printed on the census forms for England and Wales; and what action the Public Record Office has taken to amend the information published on its website. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The specific reference is to the PRO's Learning Curve website, which is an on-line teaching resource, structured to tie in with the History National Curriculum from Key Stages 2 to 5. Its investigation "Focus On . . . The Census" is intended to encourage schools to consult census material. At one point it states "To encourage people to provide the correct details, the Government has always guaranteed that any personal information will not be made available to the public for 100 years."
This statement compresses into a single sentence the various assurances which Governments have provided about the confidentiality of census returns at different times. Early census schedules assured individuals that the information collected from them would be published in "General Abstract only" and would not be used for "the gratification of curiosity". Although the precise wording has differed for each census, all assurances given on the forms have been to the effect that information would be kept confidential. In 1966, under Section 5(1) of the Public Records Act, the Lord Chancellor signed Instrument 12 which closed the decennial censuses for 100 years.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for South-West Bedfordshire (Andrew Selous) of 25 January 2002, Official Report, columns 118586W, on Government funding of the voluntary sector, if she will list the grant schemes and other mechanisms by which the Legal Services Commission distribute funding to voluntary sector organisations. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: The Commission funds not for profit organisations in three ways. First it pays not for profit organisations under contract to deliver legal aid services to the public by means of the Community Legal Service Fund. This accounts for most of the payments to the not for profit sector.
Second the Commission pays grants to not for profit agencies in order to improve the delivery of legal aid services, for example by offering training and support to providers or developing standards to underpin new forms of service.
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Third under the Partnership Innovation Budget (PIB), which was launched on 8 May 2001, the Commission makes grants on a joint funding basis with other Community Legal Service partner organisations. This scheme helps meet local needs with innovative services that do not fit within current funding mechanisms.
It is expected that the number of participants will increase later this year as nearly 6,000 companies with Climate Change Agreements who can chose to use the scheme to meet their targets, or sell any over- achievement, start to participate.
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Mr. Berry: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (1) what Open Individual Export licences have been granted since 2 May 1997 for the export of cluster munitions; and if she will provide the (a) number of cluster munitions exported, (b) category codes and (c) final end-use destination; 
Nigel Griffiths: Licences issued covering cluster munitions are recorded on the ELATE database under ratings ML3 and ML4. These headings cover a range of other equipment including bombs, torpedoes, rockets, missiles as well as mine clearance equipment (as described on page 310 of the Government's annual report on strategic export controls for 2000). Cluster munitions are not recorded as a separate category in the annual report or on ELATE. For this reason, a breakdown by end use destination of the licences issued covering cluster munitions cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry if she will make a statement on what help is available to organisations for safer building and home safety from the modernisation fund. 
Miss Melanie Johnson: The DTI's consumer protection Modernisation Fund was launched early in 2001. To date we have earmarked £2.5 million to support local projects which offer practical home safety interventions. Many of the projects involve improvements to make homes safer such as stair handrails, child-proof window locks, home safety checks and installation of smoke alarms. In 200102 we supported 12 projects across the UK and provided support to strengthen the
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capacity of two national home safety charities, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Child Accident Prevention Trust. Applications for awards during 200203 closed on 15 February and I will announce the successful projects shortly.
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