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The expenditure for 1997 is not readily available as the Department had not yet started preparing formal resource accounts. In terms of providing the expenditure on a cash basis, this would involve a disproportionate amount of effort as the resource accounts are prepared on an accruals basis.
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Mr. Walker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what research her Department has undertaken into the likely impact of the Legal Services Commission's decision to withdraw specialist funding from third party charities and organisations on the provision of support and advice services to the general public; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: Research undertaken by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) which underpins their consultation paper "Making legal rights a reality" points to an increasing demand for front line advice for the most needy.
Specialist support contracts give advice to providers, not directly to clients. The decision to withdraw funding for specialist support services will mean that £2.3 million will be redirected to fund about 9,000 opportunities for people to get direct legal advice in the next financial year. This will increase access to legal aid services for vulnerable people.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport pursuant to the answers to the hon. Member for North East Cambridgeshire of 8 February 2006, Official Report, columns 129496W, on casinos, if she will list the local authorities which have made representations in support of the number of regional casinos permitted by the Gambling Act 2005. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport if she will list the locations of bids submitted to the Casino Advisory Panel for (a) (i) small, (ii) large and (iii) regional casino licences and (b) combinations thereof. 
I refer the hon. Members to the Statement by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 26 January 2006, Official Report, columns 153049. We have started the initial deployments in support of some 3,300 who will deploy
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to Southern Afghanistan over the coming months. The numbers will steadily increase until they are fully operational in July this year.
Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when he expects the UK's anti-structures munition to enter service; and what measures he has put in place to guarantee security of supply. 
Mr. Ingram: My statement of 6 February announced the award of a contract for the demonstration and manufacture of the anti-structures munition (ASM). I wish to clarify that the £40 million it refers to is the value of the entire project. ASM is planned to enter service by the end of 2010. We have addressed security of supply by contracting for a lifetime buy.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the armed forces have been designated as homeless in (a) Bedfordshire, (b) the East of England and (c) the UK in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. 
Information about local authorities' actions under homelessness legislation in England is collected in respect of households, rather than persons, and distinguishes the number accepted as eligible for assistance, unintentionally homeless and in a priority need category. Following extensions to these categories in July 2002, persons vulnerable as a result of having served in Her Majesty's regular armed forces have a priority need for accommodation, and the number accepted where this was the determining factor are separately identified. Information reported by local
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authorities in Bedfordshire, the East of England and England in each year or part year since 2002 is presented in the table.
These figures will not necessarily represent all cases of homelessness involving ex-forces personnel, as some may be concealed within other main priority need categoriessuch as households with dependent children, or an expectant mother.
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|2002 (August to December)||0||11||38|
|2005 (January to September)||1||3||60|
I refer the hon. Member to the answers given to the hon. Member for Putney (Justine Greening) on 27 February 2006 (question 49184), and to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar (Mr. Pickles) on 27 February 2006 (question 49775).
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