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Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many electors were registered in each constituency in the year (a) before and (b) after single signatures for registration were introduced. 
The table shows the number of people registered to vote in each Westminster constituency in Northern Ireland in the years 2001 and 2002, either side of the introduction of individual registration in 2002.
The significant drop in the numbers registering was largely due to the fact that pre-2002 voters were given a years grace before their names were removed if they did not re-register. The Electoral Fraud Act 2002, which introduced individual registration, was also successful in eradicating duplicate entries and phantom names on previous registers. The register used for the May 2005 general election showed a total number of 1,148,486 people registered.
|Electorate figures in 2001 and 2002|
|Constituency||30 November 2001||1 December 2002|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court orders have been issued for the repossession of homes in each London borough in each of the past five years; and if she will make a statement. 
The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, county courts jurisdictions are not coterminous with London borough boundaries, and therefore any single courts repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.
|Number of mortgage( 1) possession orders made in county courts( 2) in London, 2001-05|
|Possession orders made( 3)|
|(1) Local authority and private (2) Does not include the small number of possession actions entered in the High Court. (3) The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.|
Clare Short: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the case of John Muhia (Home Office ref. M746233) is subject to reconsideration; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she plans to take to ensure (a) the implementation of the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry Report on Care of Young People and (b) regular inspections of services for looked-after children in the Isle of Man. 
Ms Harman: The retirement age for magistrates is 70, with two exceptions. First, if a magistrate is a chairman of the bench when he or she reaches 70, he or she need not retire until the year as chairman has ended. Second, if a magistrate is adjudicating in a case which is in progress on the day he/she reaches 70, the Lord Chief Justice may, with the concurrence of the Lord Chancellor, direct that the magistrate need not retire until the case has ended.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many working days were lost to her Department and its executive agencies in each year since 1997 due to staff absenteeism, expressed as the average annual number of absent days per employee; and what the estimated total cost to her Department and its agencies of absenteeism was in each year. 
Vera Baird: The Department records the average number of sickness absence days per employee each year, and these are published annually by the Cabinet Office in the annual Analysis of Sickness Absence in the Civil Service report. The figures that follow are extracted from data held by the DCA for 1997 and 1998, and from the Cabinet Office annual reports, which can be found for the years 1999 to 2004 on the Civil Service website at:
|Days per employee||Cost (£ million)|
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