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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster on how many occasions since 1 April 2003 he has complained to the Press Complaints Commission about the coverage in the press of (a) Ministers or officials and (b) his Department; and how many of these complaints were upheld. 
Mr. Duncan: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many regulations have been (a) amended and (b) removed under the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 in each year since the Act was passed. 
The main provision of the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 is to allow for the reform of burdensome primary legislation by Regulatory Reform Orders (RRO). Detailed records are not kept of any ancillary changes to regulations.
Twenty-seven Regulatory Reform Orders (RROs") have been made since the Regulatory Reform Act 2001 was passed. These have delivered benefits to a range of sectors, including businesses, charities and local authorities. Details of the changes made by these orders are available in the supporting documentation accompanying these orders on the Cabinet Office Better Regulation Executive's website at: http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/regulation/regulatory_reform/act/reform_ orders.asp.
The Prime Minister: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave the hon. Member for Louth and Horncastle (Sir Peter Tapsell) at Prime Minister's questions on 14 December 2005, Official Report, columns 130102.
The Prime Minister: For these purposes my office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I have therefore asked my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) to reply. A copy of the reply will be placed in the Library of the House.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister how much was spent on his (a) Private Office, (b) Political Office, (c) Press Office, (d) Strategic Communications Unit, (e) Policy Unit, (f) Delivery Unit, (g) Office of Public Services Reform, (h) Forward Strategy Unit and (i) other associated units, in each year since 199697; and what the estimated spend for 200506 is. 
The staffing and associated costs for my Political Office are met by the Labour Party. As has been the
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case under successive Administrations, marginal costs associated with the Political Office are met from within the overall budget for 10 Downing Street.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed with President Bush, prior to the onset of hostilities against Iraq in 2003, a proposal that the UK should not take part in war-fighting, but would undertake a subsequent peacekeeping mission. 
The Prime Minister: The decision to resort to military action to ensure that Iraq fulfilled its obligations imposed by successive UN Security Council Resolutions was taken only after other routes to disarm Iraq had failed. I decided to commit UK forces after securing the approval of the House in the vote on 18 March 2003.
David Howarth: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2006, Official Report, column 64W, on torture, and his oral answer of 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 862, whether his statement that the US does not condone torture was intended to exclude other acts of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment set out in Article 16 of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. 
The Prime Minister: The US Secretary of State made clear in her public statement of 5 December 2005 on the treatment of detainees that it is US policy that authorised interrogation will be consistent with US obligations under the Convention Against Torture, which prohibit cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment".
The US Detainee Treatment Act, enacted on 30 December 2005, provides that no individual in the custody or under the physical control of the US Government, regardless of nationality or physical location, shall be subject to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. This legislation makes a matter of statute what President Bush has made clear was already US Government policy.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Prime Minister if he will list the acts of vandalism which have been perpetrated (a) inside and (b) on the outside of his Office's buildings in the last 12 months. 
The Prime Minister: For these purposes my office forms part of the Cabinet Office. I have therefore asked my hon. Friend the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office (Mr. Murphy) to reply. A copy of the reply will be placed in the Library of the House.
To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written statement of 15 December 2005, Official
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Report, column 173WS, on the Wilson Doctrine, when he expects the Government to have finished considering the advice from the Interception of Communications Commissioner on the possible implications for the Wilson Doctrine of the regulatory framework for the interception of communications. 
The Prime Minister:
I have nothing further to add to my written ministerial statement of 15 December 2006, Official Report, column 173WS, and my answers at Prime Minister's questions on 18 and 25 January.
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Margaret Hodge: The Government is committed to improved access to banking and the supply of affordable credit. We have made great progress since 1997 by implementing many of the recommendations of the Policy Action Team Report. However, we recognise that there is more to be done.
We continue to promote financial inclusion through improved access to banking and the supply of affordable credit. Two specific initiatives in our Department are the £36 million allocated to the Growth Fund which will result in more affordable credit becoming available to tens of thousands of people and the improvements to simplify and expand the interest free Social Fund Budgeting Loans scheme.
15. Richard Ottaway: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions which organisations he plans to consult on his proposals to reduce the number of people claiming incapacity benefit; and if he will make a statement. 
During this period I will engage with all our stakeholders, including claimants, employers, health professionals, local authorities, providers, disability organisations, welfare rights organisations and hon. Members.
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Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what his latest estimate is of how many people are affected by incapacity benefit reductions relating to the receipt of an occupational pension. 
Mrs. McGuire: As at May 2005 there were 30,600 incapacity benefit recipients whose benefit had been reduced by the receipt of an occupational pension. This does not include those whose benefit is reduced to nil; information on such claims is not collected centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people received incapacity benefit in Elmet constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the average time was between the start of a claim for incapacity benefit and the first personal capability assessment in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many incapacity benefit claimants have failed a personal capability assessment in each of the last four years in (a) Pathways to Work areas and (b) non Pathways to Work areas; and for what reasons in each case. 
Mrs. McGuire: The personal capability assessment uses a scoring process to assess an individual's incapacity. Where an individual's score is below the threshold for incapacity benefit or disability living allowance, the benefit will be withdrawn. It is not possible to give a further breakdown of reasons.
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