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Mr. Swayne: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what recent representations he has received regarding the APW Electronics Pension Fund; what assistance will be made available to its members; and if he will make a statement. 
The Government believe that solvent employers should ensure that there are sufficient funds in schemes which are winding up to meet the full costs of the rights accrued by scheme members. Regulations came into force on 15 March 2004 that introduce a "full buy-out" requirement to ensure that where a scheme is wound up and its sponsoring employer is solvent, the scheme members are more likely to receive the pensions they expect.
It is also possible for individual scheme members, in certain circumstances, to opt to have some or all of their State Scheme rights restored for the period they were contracted-out, an option that may be pursued by the APW scheme members.
Maria Eagle: DWP was formed in June 2001 from Department of Social Security and parts of the former Department for Education and Employment, including the Employment Service. Information prior to June 2001 could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Information is collected only for capital assets, which comprise all IT equipment, regardless of value, as well as other assets with a value of £2,500 or over.
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Information on the numbers of such assets lost, stolen or unaccounted for in each year since June 2001 is in the table.
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Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of people who entered the new deal for (a) 50 Plus, (b) 25 Plus, (c) disabled people and (d) lone parents, have found sustained employment (i) in Great Britain and (ii) in each constituency, in each quarter in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement. 
Poverty is about more than low income; it also impacts on the way people livetheir health, housing and the quality of their environment. The sixth annual "Opportunity for all" report (Cm 6239), published in September 2004, sets out the Government's
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strategy for tackling poverty and social exclusion and presents information on the indicators used to measure progress against this strategy.
Specific information regarding low income for the United Kingdom is available in "Households Below Average Income 199495200203'. It should be noted that the reporting of year on year changes of low-income rates for countries and regions are not reliable.
John Cryer: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what discussions his Department has had with the Electoral Commission regarding the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union. 
Mr. Leslie: The Strategic Plan for Criminal Justice 200408, laid before Parliament in July 2004, sets out the Government's plans for improving timeliness in the criminal justice system. It includes a number of initiatives such as the increased use of Fixed penalty notices as well as reform of the legal aid system to eliminate time wasting and delay and to focus help and support where it is most needed.
Other specific initiatives include the Criminal Case Management Programme (CCMP), which aims to improve the efficiency of the criminal justice system. As part of the CCMP, the Effective Trial Management Programme aims to reduce the number of ineffective trials by improving case preparation and progression from point of charge through to trial or earlier conclusion.
Moreover, Local Criminal Justice Boards are required to report on their timeliness performance generally and specifically on the timeliness of cases involving persistent young offenders (PYO) where the Government's pledge to reduce the time taken from 142 to 71 days was achieved ahead of target and continues to be met.
The last year that figures are available for my Department is 2004, however they relate only to the number of items of electronic devices that were in use and are not broken down by type of item. Further, they relate to DCA HQ and Associated Offices only, and exclude the court service, which does not hold this information centrally and cannot provide the information without incurring disproportionate costs.
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