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Mr. Timms: Information relating to winter fuel payments for the winters of 199798 and 199899 is not available. The information for Kettering constituency from winter 19992000 is in the following table. These figures are also available in the Library.
|Kettering constituency||Payments made|
1.Figures are rounded to the nearest five. 2.Local authorities are assigned by matching postcodes against the relevant ONS postcode directory.
Information Directorate, 100 per cent. sample.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what factors he took into account when deciding that pensioners who reached pensionable age after 25 September 2005 should not be eligible to claim winter fuel payments for the winter of 200506; 
(2) what the annual cost implications are of restricting eligibility for the winter fuel payments to those pensioners who reach pensionable age before 25 September of the year in which the allowance becomes payable. 
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Mr. Timms: To be eligible for a winter fuel payment people must have reached age 60 by the end of the qualifying week, which for this winter was the 25 September 2005. This is to ensure that the majority of payments are made before Christmas.
If the qualifying week in Great Britain had been 31 December for this winter's payment, around an additional 160,000 people in Great Britain would have become eligible to receive a payment around March 2006 at a cost of approximately £23 million.
Mr. Timms: Anyone who satisfies the conditions for receiving a winter fuel payment for any day in the relevant week is entitled to receive a payment. Decisions about entitlement are based on information in the Department's record. Customers are entitled to question decisions if the information on which they are based is incorrect.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) received a police caution for and (b) were convicted of possession of indecent photographs of children in each year since 1995. 
Paul Goggins: The information from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is contained in the table and gives the number of offenders cautioned and found guilty of possession of indecent photographs of children in England and Wales, 1995 to 2004.
|Take or make indecent||Cautioned||18||15||14||26||31||35||38||63||239||201|
|photographs of children(29)||Found guilty||44||69||103||82||139||218||289||434||1,048||978|
|Possession of an indecent||Cautioned||11||16||17||19||34||25||32||53||205||162|
|photograph of a child(30)||Found guilty||37||79||81||105||99||77||75||97||239||184|
Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals to the Criminal Cases Review Commission have been received; and how many cases the Criminal Cases Review Commission has referred back to the courts. 
The total number of applications received by the Criminal Cases Review Commission up to 31 December 2005 is 8,343. Out of these 308 have been referred back to the courts.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted during 2004 of an offence under section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of males and females proceeded against at the magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971, England and Wales, 2004 is given in the following table.
|Offence description||Principal statute||Proceeded|
|Arson not endangering life||Criminal Damage Act 1971 S.1(1) (named 'arson' by virtue of s.1(3))||1,163||850||174||172|
|Other criminal damage||Explosive Substances Act S.2 (in part) and S.3 (in part); Malicious Damage Act 1861 SS.35, 36, 47 and 48; Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Area Act 1979 S.28(1); Post Office Act 1953 S.60; Criminal Damage Act 1971 S.1 (1) (an offence or offences against the Criminal Damage Act 1971, value of damage over £5,000 or one offence under the Criminal Damage Act 1971 whatever the value of damage involved, when committed at the same time as an additional offence other than Criminal Damage)||12,032||8,157||1,327||972|
|Racially aggravated other criminal damage||Criminal Damage Act 1971 S.1 (1) as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 S.30(1) and (2)||448||195||69||34|
|Religiously aggravated other criminal damage||Criminal Damage Act 1971 S. 1(1) as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 S.30(1) and (2)||14||9||3|||
|Racially or religiously aggravated other criminal damage||Criminal Damage Act 1971 S. 1(1) as amended by the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 S.30(1) and (2)||74||43||13||9|
|Causing damage to an allotment through negligence or any unlawful act. Criminal damage, value £5,000 or less||Allotments Act 1922 S.1 9; Criminal Damage Act 1971 S.1(1); Magistrates Courts Act 1980 S.22 as amended by Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 S.46||38,714||28,620||4,105||2,876|
Mr. Gauke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to amend the criminal law in relation to environmental matters as a consequence of the judgment of the European Court of Justice of 15 September 2003. 
Fiona Mactaggart: In its judgment of 13 September 2005 the European Court of Justice annulled certain European legislation to protect the environment through criminal law because it had been adopted under the wrong treaty provisions. That annulment has no impact on the application of national laws of the United Kingdom. Moreover, the United Kingdom relied largely on existing legislation in order to comply with the instrument. The Government have no plans to amend the criminal law in relation to environmental matters as a consequence of the judgment.
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