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Winter Fuel Payments

Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many pensioners (a) were eligible, (b) applied for and (c) have received winter fuel payments in each year since payments started, broken down by constituency in Northern Ireland. [28847]

Mr. Hanson: The information requested is shown in the following table. Information on winter fuel payment applications is unavailable.
Winter fuel payments (WFP) by parliamentary constituency 2000–01 to 2004–05—Awards made and eligible population

1992 parliamentary constituencyEligible population (MYE 2000–01)2000–01 Number of WFP receivedEligible population (MYE 2001–02)2001–02 Number of WFP received
Belfast East19,34317,57019,08617,555
Belfast North18,91216,98018,70916,753
Belfast South17,28815,62816,99415,466
Belfast West13,78612,23213,73812,244
East Antrim15,16213,97015,37514,285
East Londonderry14.91413,19515,28913,611
Fermanagh and S Tyrone16,32113.12416,45613,499
Lagan Valley17,64916,22017,94116,670
Mid Ulster12,94111,44213.13111,687
Newry and Armagh16,17614,30216,35314,594
North Antrim19,06117,28919,37817,757
North Down18,33116,66918,54716,959
South Antrim15,82214,36816,24114,881
South Down17,09715,20517,36015,555
Upper Bann17,09115,50617,41615,839
West Tyrone13,31711,56513,49811,838

1992 parliamentary constituencyEligible population (MYE 2002–03)2002–03 Number of WFP receivedEligible population (MYE 2003–04)2003–04 Number of WFP received
Belfast East19,01117,55518,96417,593
Belfast North18,65416,64818,52816,725
Belfast South16,92915,47816,91115,540
Belfast West13,82012,38713,92012,601
East Antrim15,71314,72816,09715,234
East Londonderry15,67714,00316,14614,460
Fermanagh and S Tyrone16,77313,81517,10214,391
Lagan Valley18,21817,13818,63617,737
Mid Ulster13,44911,98913,80812,423
Newry and Armagh16,72914,96717,13615,472
North Antrim19,83118,30120,42319,058
North Down18,89117,39719,26918,027
South Antrim16,76415,41817,26616,053
South Down17,57715,98218,02916,516
Upper Bann17,76616,24218,22216,771
West Tyrone13.77812.15614,08412.478

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1992 parliamentary constituencyEligible population (MYE 2004–05)2004–05 Number of WFP received
Belfast East18,90817,334
Belfast North18,40816,212
Belfast South16,84215,276
Belfast West13,97812,424
East Antrim16,51815,344
East Londonderry16,58814,566
Fermanagh and S Tyrone17,45914,464
Lagan Valley19,12617,952
Mid Ulster14,17812,527
Newry and Armagh17,57615,623
North Antrim21,03019,257
North Down19,83318,288
South Antrim17,79916,347
South Down18,50916,758
Upper Bann18,63916,833
West Tyrone14,41712.643

Eligible population figures are taken from Mid year estimates (MYE) published on All individuals aged 60 and over


1911 Census

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. [28026]

Ms Harman: From January 1 2005 to date The National Archives has recorded 143 requests, under the Freedom of Information Act, to see sections of the 1911 decennial census. In accordance with the Act and with Government policy, the National Archives considers each request for access to the 1911 returns on a case by case basis, in consultation with the Office for National Statistics as the transferring department. So far it has not been possible to grant any of these requests because they are covered by S.41 exemption of the Act relating to breach of confidence.


Jon Trickett: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance her Department has issued to coroners on the means of establishing the identification of dead persons. [27602]

Ms Harman: The means of identification are a matter for the coroner's judgment and will depend on the individual circumstances. We have not issued specific guidance to coroners.

Mrs. Moon: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what guidance the Department has issued to coroners on making their reports available to doctors who request them; and if she will take steps to encourage coroners to make reports available when they are requested. [28725]

Ms Harman: Guidance was issued by the Home Office in the form of a circular, No 62/1994. This commended the recommendation of the Clothier Report into the Beverley Allitt murders that, in every case, coroners should send copies of post-mortem reports to any consultant who has been involved in the patient's care
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prior to death, whether or not demanded, under the coroners rules. Any decision in an individual case is a matter for the coroner concerned. My officials will, however, discuss this matter at the next of their regular meetings with coroners.

Courts Employee Pension Scheme

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what inquiries her Department has made into the collapse of the courts employee pension scheme; [27306]

(2)what representations have been made to her about the collapse of the courts employee pension scheme; [27307]

(3) what assessment she has made of the effects of the merger of the courts employee pension scheme with the courts directors pension scheme. [27308]

Ms Harman: The pension schemes for staff in this Department or in Her Majesty's Courts Service has not collapsed. Accordingly there have been no representations made.

There is a single pension scheme (the principal civil service pension scheme) in operation within this Department and its agencies including Her Majesty's Courts Service.

Electoral Administration Bill

Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether Labour party officials had sight of the draft or final copy of the Electoral Administration Bill before it was placed in the public domain. [26172]

Ms Harman: I can confirm that no Labour party officials had sight of the draft or final copy of the Bill before it was introduced before Parliament.

Electoral Register

Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what assessment she has made of the effect of individual registration on registration levels in Northern Ireland. [20146]

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Mr. Hanson: I have been asked to reply.

Individual registration in Northern Ireland was introduced as part of the Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 and has substantially enhanced the accuracy and integrity of the Electoral Register in Northern Ireland.

Since then, however, there has been an annual downward drift in numbers registering mainly due to the requirement to hold an annual canvass with individuals having to provide information afresh each year. To combat this, the Government, after consulting the political parties and the Electoral Commission, is introducing legislation that will further reform and modernise the electoral registration arrangements. These measures will lift the burden on electors and refocus resources on more effectively targeting those not registered.

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