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Alan Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of his Department's building programme budget was allocated to (a) energy self-generation and (b) water recycling measures in the 200405 financial year. 
Mr. Touhig: The Ministry of Defence does not allocate separately identifiable funds for energy self-generation or water recycling measures within the building programme budgets. Thus the information required is not held centrally and to give a full answer would incur disproportionate costs.
However, this Department's policy is to strive to maximise its energy supply from renewable sources by exploiting all value for money, through-life renewable energy supply opportunities. A range of appraisal tools and evaluation methodologies have been mandated within the Department to prompt consideration of a wide range of energy and water management measures including self generation and water recycling
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army (TA) personnel (a) are serving in Iraq and (b) have served in Iraq since the start of the conflict, broken down by TA (i) section and (ii) rank. 
Mr. Touhig: There are currently some 660 members of the TA serving in Iraq. Some 9,394 TA personnel have served in Iraq since the start of Operation TELIC. A more detailed breakdown will be placed in the Library of the House.
Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister if he will amend the Ministerial Code to include guidance on the content of speeches given by spouses of Ministers where the speech may be construed as being relevant to Government policy. 
Sir Robert Smith:
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will apply for permission to the EU to reduce the rate of VAT levied on labour-intensive services in respect of bicycle repairs; 
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(2) pursuant to the ECOFIN agreement in February, what plans he has to apply for permission to reduce the rate of VAT levied on labour-intensive services in respect of district heating. 
Dawn Primarolo: The VAT reduced rate for the repair of bicycles is one of a number introduced into EU legislation on an experimental basis whose objective is to create employment opportunities by stimulating demand through lower prices. The Government have always chosen not to participate, as we believe that our employment objectives are better targeted through measures such as the welfare to work strategy and New Deal, which have contributed to the 2.3 million rise in employment since 1997.
District heating does not form part of the labour intensive services experiment, but the agreement reached at the January ECOFIN meeting does allow member states to apply for this reduced rate. We continue to review whether this reduced rate would offer the best-targeted and most efficient support for our social objectives.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will revise the statutory definition of biofuels to include biofuels which have not been made using the transesterification process. 
John Healey: Fuel is eligible for the rate of duty for biodiesel (currently 27.10 pence per litre) if it meets the legal definition of biodiesel for tax purposes set out in section 2AA of the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979. Conformity with this definition rather than the method of production determines whether a fuel is deemed as a biodiesel for tax purposes.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many births there were to women resident in Lancashire health authority (a) in maternity hospitals, (b) in midwife-led units, (c) at home and (d) at other locations in each year since 2000. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your request for the number of births to women resident in Lancashire Health Authority (a) in maternity hospitals, (b) in midwife-led units, (c) at home and (d) at other locations in each year since 2000. (59026)
For health administration purposes Lancashire falls within the Cumbria and Lancashire Strategic Health Authority area and the table below relates to live-births to women usually resident there at the time of the birth. Since information is not available centrally on which hospitals are mid-wife led units, figures are presented for categories (a) and (b) combined.
Hospitals where more than 30 live births took place in any year over the period 2000 to 2004 have been shown individually; the remaining ones have been aggregated in the 'Other hospitals' sub-total. Births in the 'Elsewhere' category are mainly those occurring on the way to hospital or at a private residence which is not that of the mother.
|Year of occurrence|
|Place of occurrence||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004|
|(a) and (b)|
|Sharoe Green Hospital||3,578||3,635||3,435||3,680||2,559|
|Sharoe Green Unit Royal Preston Hospital||0||0||0||0||1,329|
|Queens Park Hospital||3,539||3,477||3,490||3,666||3,674|
|Victoria Hospital, Blackpool||2,737||2,604||2,578||2,745||2,930|
|General Hospital, Burnley||2,083||2,146||2,112||2,214||2,343|
|Royal Infirmary, Lancaster||1,590||1,651||1,653||1,770||1,879|
|West Cumberland Hospital||1,220||1,172||1,131||1,212||1,222|
|Furness General Hospital||1,014||1,033||918||1,065||1,083|
|Ormskirk District General Hospital||795||845||848||976||1,055|
|Helme Chase Maternity Unit||488||403||258||286||286|
|City Maternity Hospital, Carlisle||431||0||0||0||0|
|Fairfield General Hospital||333||319||276||289||329|
|Airedale General Hospital||291||229||229||217||236|
|Chorley and District Hospital, Chorley||191||250||207||227||273|
|Christiana Hartley Maternity Hospital, Southport||109||117||107||45||12|
|Birch Hill Hospital||97||2||0||0||0|
|Bolton General Hospital||60||64||64||63||77|
|St. Marys Hospital, Whitworth Park||54||62||66||36||60|
|Liverpool Womens Hospital||50||46||48||44||68|
|Royal Victoria Infirmary||27||16||23||27||35|
|Royal Albert Edward Infirmary, Wigan||0||0||0||0||37|
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