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Peter Law: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on how many occasions the Government have asked the US Administration what the purpose has been of aircraft registered with the United States Central Intelligence Agency landing at United Kingdom (a) civilian and (b) military airports since 11 September 2001. 
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether the Government know the identity of the detainees held by the United States and referred to in paragraph 78 of the report published in March 2005 by the Intelligence and Security Committee. 
Dr. Howells: The International and Security Committee's Report described the circumstances under which UK personnel conducted or witnessed interviews with detainees held by the United States (US) authorities. Its main focus was not the identities of those detained. The Government do not have full details of all those detained by the US.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what discussions he has had with the US Administration about reports of US detention facilities which use torture in Eastern Europe. 
As EU President, my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary wrote to the US Secretary of State on 29 November seeking clarification of media reports of Central Intelligence Agency detention camps in Eastern Europe.
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I refer my hon. Friend to the US Secretary of State's statement and that of the Foreign Secretary of 5 December. These are available at http://www.state.gov/secretary/rm/2005/57602.htm and http://www.fco.gov.uk/servlet/Front?pagename=OpenMarket/Xcelerate/ShowPage&c=Page&cid=1007029391638&a= KArticle&aid=l133771542523 respectively.
Ian Pearson: The recent statement by President Mugabe is not the first announcement of uranium discoveries in Zimbabwe. It is not yet clear if the uranium is viable for extraction, or if Zimbabwe intends to invest the considerable time and money required to develop this resource. Zimbabwe is a signatory to the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In accordance with its NPT obligations, Zimbabwe has signed a nuclear safeguards agreement with the IAEA. Any proliferation in this area would, therefore, be subject to international oversight, in accordance with their safeguards agreement. We will continue to monitor the situation.
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many gerontologists are on the boards of the (a) Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and (b) Biotechnology and Biology Science Research Council; and if he will make a statement. 
(b) There are representatives on the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council's boards, committees and panels who are researching aspects of ageing in humans and animals. Two scientists who are members of the healthy organism strategy panel (whose role it is to devise the future strategy for BBSRC sponsored ageing research) and two scientists who are members of grant-awarding committees are involved in such research. In addition, two members of the bioscience for industry strategy panel and four members of grant-awarding committees are from companies with major ageing research programmes.
To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much Government funding has
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been made available for the Biotechnology and Biology Science Research Council programme of experimental research on ageing programme for the years 2002 to 2005; if he will list the (a) organisations and (b) projects to which grants have been made in each year; and if he will make a statement. 
[holding answer 2 December 2005]: BBSRC has awarded a total of £4.2 million through the experimental research on ageing initiative. Estimated spend by year is as follows:
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|Androgen, neurotrophin and amnio-acid neurotransmitter receptors in pelvic floor motorneurones throughout adult life||Santer|
Watson A. H. D.
|The basis for decreased responsiveness to immune challenge in the elderly in vivo||Akbar A. N.|
Plunkett F. J.
|Royal Free and University College Medical School|
|Gene expression profiling of brain and cognitive ageing in mice||Wilkinson L.|
|Age-related changes in the hypothalamo-pituitary -adrenal axis: Role in immunesenescence and effect of DHEA replacement||Lord J.|
|University of Birmingham|
|Variations in the density and spatial properties of the achromatic and SWS-driven retinal ganglion cells with age||Anderson R.|
|University of Ulster|
|The impact of replicative senescence on age-related tissue degeneration: an ovine model||Kipling D.|
Jones C. J.
|Proteomics of yeast ageing||Morgan A.|
|University of Liverpool|
|Antioxidant response and resistance to oxidative stress in Drosophila with respect to ageing||McLellan L.||University of Dundee|
|Ageing in the parasitic nematode Strongyloides ratti.||Viney M. E.|
|University of Bristol|
|Modification of 117 and the reversal of thymic involution in aged mice||Aspinall R.||Imperial College London|
|Cost of reproduction, caloric restriction, oxidative damage and ageing in Drosophila||Partridge L.|
|University College London|
|Structural and functional changes of muscle-tendon in ageing: implications for locomotion||Narici M. V.|
Minetti A. E.
|Manchester Metropolitan University|
|Antioxidant Response and resistance to oxidative stress in Drosophila with respect to ageing||Saunders R. D. C.||Open University|
|Extracellular reactive oxygen species as propagators of tissue ageing||Jackson M.|
|University of Liverpool|
|The effect of calorie restriction and lipoic acid supplementation on age-related redox status and transcription factor profile||Merry B. J.||University of Liverpool|
|Age-related changes in neuroendocrine signalling characterisation, underlying mechanisms and functional rescue||Ingram C. D.||University of Newcastle upon Tyne|
|Linking senescence and tissue degeneration through Werner's syndrome||Faragher R.G.A.||University of Brighton|
|Soft tissue ageing is characterised by a failure of matrix synthesis and the accumulation of fragmented matrix proteins||Smith R. K.|
Pitsillides A. A.
|Royal Veterinary College|
|Development of small molecule inhibitors of WRN: a model system of ageing||Cox L.|
Green M. H.
Naughton D. P.
Rodriguez A. M.
|University of Oxford|
Justine Greening: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether he has made an assessment of the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report Ageing: Scientific Aspects, published on 21 July 2005; and if he will make a statement. 
Alan Johnson [holding answer 2 December 2005]: The Government's response to the report was submitted to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on 4 November 2005 and I expect it to be published by the Committee in due course.
Ed Balls: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many people living in (a) West Yorkshire, (b) Wakefield district and (c) Normanton constituency have been declared bankrupt in the last 12 months; and how many such declarations occurred during the Christmas period. 
The regional breakdown available for the insolvency statistics is not directly comparable with standard administrative or electoral geographies. The insolvency regions" are areas assigned to groups of official receivers and are based around the location of county courts where the cases are heard and of courts having jurisdiction over these. As such the Metropolitan County of West Yorkshire (including Wakefield) is best matched to the Leeds official receivers office, however there is some overlap with adjoining areas. The county courts covered
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by the Leeds Official Receivers Office are Bradford, Dewsbury, Halifax, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds, Otley, Pontefract, Skipton, Todmorden and Wakefield. Bankruptcy statistics are not available at a lower geographical level than official receivers offices.
The following table records the number of individual bankruptcy orders classified under the Leeds Official Receivers' Office for the period October 2004 to September 2005 as a whole and for the months of December 2004 and January 2005 separately.
|12 month total||1,826|
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