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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreignand Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the Palestinian Authority (a) to allow Christian Arabs the right to pursue their religion, with particular reference to the right to pray on the Temple Mount and (b) to prevent encroachment on and inappropriate use of Christian holy sites. 
Mr. Rammell [holding answer 17 March 2005]: We have received no representations from the Christian Palestinian population with regard to access to the rightto pray at the Haram ash-Sharif Temple Mount area. We have received representations from the Christian Palestinian community regarding difficulties in accessing sites holy to Christians, as well as Jews and Muslims, but these concerns focus on measures taken by the Israeli rather than Palestinian authorities.
Jerusalem has a unique religious and cultural importance for Christians, Jews and Muslims, and we attach great importance to ensuring access to Jerusalem and freedom of worship there for those of all faiths.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations he has made to the Peruvian Government concerning the arrest of Pastor Jose Garcia Pena on terrorism charges. 
Mr. Rammell: British embassy officials in Lima have recently spoken to the Peruvian Justice Ministry about the case of Pastor Jose Garcia Pena. We understand that Pastor Jose Garcia Pena was temporarily released from custody on 11 March.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions have taken place with Russia concerning the presidency of the G8; and what Russia's stated priorities are for their presidency. 
All G8 members, including Russia, are involved in G8 discussions. In addition to these multilateral discussions, we have had a wide range of contacts with the Russians at official and Ministerial level to discuss both their and our G8 presidency themes. The Russians have begun to prepare for their 2006 G8 presidency, but have not yet made any announcements of their priorities.
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Mr. Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment has been made of the progress being made in Saudi Arabia in introducing elements of democracy; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Rammell: We welcome the municipal elections which are being held in Saudi Arabia as a first, but important, step in the growing involvement of the people in political decision-making. We look forward to the development of this process and particularly welcome the Government of Saudi Arabia's commitment to extend voting to women.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (1) if he will raise with the Spanish government air pollution from the oil refinery at La Liniea near Gibraltar; 
Mr. MacShane: The Government hopes that the new trilateral forum will provide a suitable atmosphere in which to discuss issues such as these. However, at the present time we believe that local environmental issues such as these are most appropriately addressed under the local cooperation forum of the Government of Gibraltar-Mancommunidad del Campo de Gibraltar Joint Committee. This Committee has already established a joint epidemiological study to investigate the alleged high incidence of cancer cases in the area.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the administration costs associated with each benefit were in the last year for which figures are available; and what percentage of expenditure on each benefit was accounted for by administration costs. 
Mr. Pond: Information is not available in the format requested. In accordance with the requirements of Resource Accounting and Budgeting, the Department now accounts for its administration and benefit expenditure by Strategic Objective, as set out in its public service agreements (PSA), and by individual Requests for Resources (RfRs), as set out in the Department's Estimates and Accounts.
However, we have always been clear that we will only move people on to the new scheme when we are sure that the new arrangements are working well. This is a sensible approach to implementing a major change and does not amount to maladministration. Compensation is therefore not appropriate.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions whether Ministers in his Department have issued written instructions to override his Department's accounting officer's objections since 1997. 
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many households below average income there were in (a) East Midlands and (b) Leicester South constituency in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Pond: In 200203, an estimated 69 per cent. of households in the East Midlands had incomes below the GB mean on the Before Housing Costs income measure, and 66 per cent. on the After Housing Costs measure.
These estimates use the same definition of income used in the Households Below Average Income Series, which is sourced from the Family Resources Survey. It is not possible to provide robust estimates for (b) because of small sample sizes.
Linda Gilroy: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people have found work through new deal programmes in Plymouth since 1997, broken down by (a) the new deal for young people, (b) the new deal for over 25s and (c) the new deal for lone parents. 
|Programme||Individuals into work|
|New deal for young people||3,390|
|New deal 25 plus||660|
|New deal for lone parents||1,900|
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in the City of York have (a) enrolled on and (b) found work through each of the Government's new deal programmes. 
|Programme||Individual starts||Individuals into work|
|New deal for young people||1,400||840|
|New deal 25 plus||890||390|
|New deal for lone parents||1,060||640|
|New deal 50 plus (up to and including|
|New deal 50 plus (from April 2003)||||50|
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