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Dr. Stoate: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in each electoral ward in Dartford constituency claimed the winter fuel allowance in 200304; and how many claimed the allowance in 200405. 
The number of people in each electoral ward in the Dartford constituency who received a winter fuel payment in winter 200304 is in the following table. Figures are not yet available for winter 200405 but we expect the numbers to be similar.
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|Ward||Winter fuel payment recipients|
|Bean and Darenth||850|
|Farningham, Horton Kirby and South Darenth||990|
|Fawkham and West Kingsdown||1,415|
|Hartley and Hodsall Street||1,680|
|Longfield, New Barn and Southfleet||1,635|
|Sutton-at-Hone and Hawley||850|
Malcolm Wicks: Information on the number of people in the Easington constituency who received a winter fuel payment in winter 200304 is in the Library. Information on winter 200405 is not yet available but we expect the number to be similar.
Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people are in receipt of the winter fuel allowance in Warrington, North; and how much has been spent on this allowance in the constituency. 
Information on the number of pensioners in North Durham who have benefited from winter fuel payments in each year for which figures are available is in the Library.
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Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many sheltered workshops approved under the Workstep programme are operating in each of the counties and metropolitan districts in the northern region. 
Maria Eagle: Sheltered workshops are now referredto as supported factories/businesses. There are 11 Workstep supported factories/businesses operating in the Jobcentre Plus north east region. The north east region was formerly known as the as the Jobcentre Plus northern region and includes the Berwick-upon- Tweed constituency.
Remploy has eight supported factory sites in the north east: Ashington (Northumberland); Gateshead (Tyne and Wear); Hartlepool (County Durham); Jarrow (Tyneand Wear); Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Newcastle); Spennymoor (County Durham); Stockton (Cleveland) and Sunderland (Sunderland).
This is in addition to Palantine Beds in Newcastle-upon-Tyne (operated by Newcastle city council); Shaw Print in Northumberland (operated by Shaw Project) and Ayresome Industries in Middlesbrough (operated by Shaw Trust).
Shaw Project also has a number of small businesses that operate as part of the factory element of Workstep, including a garden centre and landscape business. Shaw Project is a voluntary organisation covering the whole of the north east region and does not fall within any city/county council remit.
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on what date the Export Credits Guarantee Department was informed of the decision by Alvis to use (a) PT Truba, (b) PTSK and (c) Global Select as agents in connection with the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia. 
Mr. Alexander [holding answer 4 February 2005]: Although ECGD was aware that Alvis had employed at least one agent in relation to the sale of Scorpion and Stormer vehicles to Indonesia, the exporter was not obliged under the application procedure to disclose anything in relation to any agency arrangement other than the value of the commissions payable.
|Project||KW installed capacity||Developer||Date of commissioning|
|Elean Business Park*||36,850||EPR Ely Ltd.||2000|
|Goosey Lodge Power Plant||5,000||Wykes Engineering Company (Rushden) Ltd.||2000|
|Peabody Trust, BEDZED||239||Peabody Trust||2002|
|PDM Group Widnes||2,100||PDM Group Ltd.||2000|
|Thetford Power Station||41,500||Fibrothetford Ltd. C/o Thetford Power Station||1998|
|Thornton Power Station||9,000||TPS (UK) Ltd.||2002|
|The Westfield Biomass Plant||12,500||The Westfield Biomass Plant/EPR Scotland Ltd.||2000|
|Balcas Sawmill, Laragh, Enniskillen, NI||2,700||Balcas Ltd.||2005|
|SA Cumnock WWTW*||177||Scottish Water||1999|
|Fawley Waste to Energy Plant*||8,600||Shanks Chemical Services Ltd.||2001|
|Weston Industrial Estate*||500||Network Energy Ltd.||2002|
|Total = 11||119,166|
Nigel Griffiths: Barclays data show that there were 1,700 business start-ups in Warrington Unitary Authority in 2003 and a further 1,500 in the first nine months of 2004. This represents a 15 per cent. increase on the first nine months of 2003. Business start-up data for unitary authorities are not available for before 2003.
Barclays Bank's latest survey of business creation includes non-VAT registered firms and shows that there were business 445,000 (revised) start-ups in England and Wales in 2003, a 16 per cent. increase on the year before. A further 396,000 businesses started up in England and Wales in the first nine months of 2004. This represents an increase of 14 per cent. on the first nine months of 2003.
VAT registrations do not capture all start-up activity. Businesses are unlikely to be registered if they fall below the compulsory VAT threshold, which has risen in each year since 1997. Only 1.8 million out of 4 million enterprises were registered for VAT at the start of 2003.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien:
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many volunteers have claimed (a) unfair dismissal, (b) sex discrimination, (c) race discrimination and (d) disability discrimination against
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charities at employment tribunals in the last 12 months; and what the average cost awarded in each category was. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Employment Tribunals Service does not keep statistics on particular types of claimants and respondents. However, volunteers are not currently protected as employees and would be able to bring a claim before the Employment Tribunal only if they could show that they were in or applying for employment.
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