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Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) which individuals and organisations have been consulted in relation to her Department's consultation Increasing Penalties for Deliberate and Wilful Misuse of Personal Data; 
Vera Baird: A list of those organisations who have been consulted on the Departments public consultation on Increasing penalties for deliberate and wilful misuse of personal data is shown on pages 7 to 9 of the consultation paper. However, this list is not meant to be exhaustive or exclusive and responses are welcomed from anyone with an interest or views on the subject covered in the paper.
John Mann: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when she last discussed with officials the length of time taken to call meetings of the solicitors disciplinary tribunal. 
Bridget Prentice: As Minister with delegated responsibility for legal services, I regularly meet with officials of the Law Society. The length of time taken to call meetings of the solicitors disciplinary tribunal was raised at a meeting I had with Law Society officials in March of this year. DCA officials also regularly update me and have regular contact with the Law Society.
John Mann: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many meetings of the solicitors disciplinary tribunal were held in 2005; and how many individual members participated at each meeting. 
Bridget Prentice: For the year 1 May 2005 to 30 April 2006, the solicitor's disciplinary tribunal (SDT) sat on 136 days for the hearing of applications. Each tribunal consists of three members in total, two of whom are solicitor members and one of whom is a lay member.
John Mann: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what the average time was between a Law Society adjudication and a hearing of the solicitors disciplinary tribunal in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Bridget Prentice: The Law Society does not maintain statistics on the time between a Law Society adjudication and the solicitors disciplinary tribunal hearing. As far as the SDT is concerned, a case starts with the lodgement of an application. A survey of all cases heard to the year ending April 2006, shows that 26 per cent. were concluded within six months of being placed before the SDT. A further 68 per cent. were concluded between six months and a year.
Bridget Prentice: The Law Society does not maintain statistics on the basis of whether the misconduct alleged was a breach of the practice rules or of other regulations. It does keep statistics on solicitors who have been subject to sanctions by the Law Society and the solicitors disciplinary tribunal.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many court cases have been dismissed in each of the last five years as a result of the lack of translation services. 
Ms Harman: The information requested is not collected. Her Majestys Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what translation services are provided during court cases where some or all of those involved do not speak English. 
Ms Harman: Interpreting services at court are provided in accordance with article 6(3) of the European convention on human rights whereby anyone charged with a criminal offence is entitled to the free assistance of an interpreter if they cannot understand or speak the language used in court. Witnesses giving evidence for either the prosecution or defence are also provided with an interpreter if required. The national agreement on arrangements for the attendance of interpreters in investigations and proceedings within the criminal justice system governs interpreting and translation services and was reissued on 6 July 2006 as Home Office circular 17/2006.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on how many occasions translation services were provided in courts in the most recent year for which records are available, broken down by (a) court and (b) language requiring translation. 
Ms Harman: The information requested is not collected centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Her Majestys Courts Service is giving consideration to the routine collection of data relating to interpreting and translation services used in court.
Hywel Williams: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what arrangements are in place to ensure that attendance allowance appeal tribunals in Wales may be held in English and Welsh. 
Vera Baird: Tribunals in Wales are normally heard in English. The tribunals service can arrange for tribunal hearings for all social security benefits, including attendance allowance, to be held in Welsh and where this is requested, will provide bilingual tribunal panel members and clerks at a venue closest to the appellant.
To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many
attendance allowance appeal tribunal hearings in Wales were held in English and Welsh in each of the last three years. 
David Cairns: The following table presents the number and proportion of children living in low- income households in Scotland from 1996-97 to 2004-05. The relative low-income measure compares against the median of the same year. The absolute measure compares against the median in the baseline year of 1996-97, uprated to remove the effects of inflation. Data are available at Scotland level only, not by constituency.
|Proportion and number of children in low income households, below 60 per cent. of GB Median Income|
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David Cairns: The Scotland Office was established on 1 July 1999 and its energy usage has since 2003 been included in DCA returns. Prior to 2003 the information was not collected as there was no requirement to report.
Jo Swinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much (a) his Department and (b) its agencies spent on (i) electricity use and (ii) water and sewerage services in each year since 1997. 
|Electricity||Water and Sewage|
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