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Malcolm Wicks: I refer the hon. Member to the Energy White Paper of 2003, and the Regulatory Impact Assessment for the recent consultation on the Renewables Obligation Review which highlight the wider case for supporting renewable forms of electricity generation.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Prime Minister how many letters to his Office from hon. Members in session (a) 200405 and (b) 200506 remain unanswered, broken down by those which are (i) one month old, (ii)two months old, (iii) three months old, (iv) four months old and (v) over six months old. 
I received 513 letters from Members of Parliament for the 200405 session, and to date have received 266 letters from Members of Parliament for the 200506
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session, including invitations and requests concerning constituency matters, which were dealt with as appropriate. Information regarding the dates on which individual pieces of correspondence were answered is not held in the format requested.
The Prime Minister: For these purposes my Office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I refer the hon. Member to Table C of The Civil Service Statistics 2004", copies of which are available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Prime Minister how much has been spent on (a) maintaining, (b) decorating and (c) otherwise improving 10 Downing street since 1 May 1997; how much (i) has been spent on wallpaper since 1 May 1997 and (ii) was spent on wallpaper between 1992 to 1997; and what plans there are for further such spending. 
The Prime Minister: Refurbishment and maintenance at 10 Downing street is part of a continuing programme of work. The Downing street complex is maintained to standards appropriate to its Grade 1/2 listed status in consultation with English Heritage. The building also fulfils an important representational role.
For details of maintenance, decorating and otherwise improving 10 and 11 Downing street between May 1997 and 200001, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 24 July 2002, Official Report, columns 137071W.
The expenditure in 200102 was partly attributable to the installation of comfort cooling across the complex. It also covered maintenance, conversion of rooms into office accommodation, modernising of a meeting room, replacement of the water tank, replacement staircase carpeting and the continuing upkeep of the State Rooms. Only a small proportion relates to work on the Prime Minister's personal accommodation.
The Prime Minister: For figures before 200203 I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Yeovil (Mr. Laws) on 25 March 2003, Official Report, columns 12527W. Figures since then are set out in the table.
Before 200102 the infrastructure costs for the Prime Minister's Office were managed from central Cabinet Office budgets and could be made available only at disproportionate cost. To enable a direct comparison with the previous answer the costs from 200203 onwards have been shown both including and excluding the infrastructure element.
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Ms Harman: On 16 March 2004 the Oxfordshire coroner decided not to resume the inquest which he had adjourned pending Lord Hutton's public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the death of Dr. David Kelly.
We are currently considering how the electoral registration system in Great Britain might be improved both to improve security and increase access. This consideration is being informed by the recent
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Constitutional Affairs and Office of the Deputy Prime Minister Select Committee report Electoral Registration and by the various Electoral Commission reports on the subject. Additionally, my Department recently published a policy paper for discussion, which invited comments on some aspects of electoral registration. This paper is available in the House Library.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what plans she has to regulate firms who handle claims for compensation for endowment mis-selling; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The Government plan to provide for the introduction of statutory regulation of claims management companies in the Compensation Bill. We are currently considering the scope of regulation.
Ms Harman: There are no plans to implement section 60 of the Family Law Act 1996. Provisions to protect victims from domestic violence are provided for in the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many Freedom of Information Act 2000 applications to see sections of the 1911 decennial census for England and Wales have been (a) received and (b) rejected by the National Archives since 1 January. 
Ms Harman: In the period from 1 January to 15 July 2005, The National Archives received 72 applications. After consultation with the Office for National Statistics (ONS) as the transferring department, 47 of these applications have not been granted, because they are covered by s.41 of the FOI Act. The remaining 25 applications are currently being considered on a case by case basis in consultation with ONS.
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