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PFI Projects

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how much has been spent by his Department on Private Finance Initiative projects postponed pending further consideration or stopped in the last 12 months. [96801]

Jim Fitzpatrick: No money has been spent by the DTI on PFI projects suspended or stopped within the last 12 months.

Post Offices

Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post offices there were in each constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available. [95830]

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry how many post office branches there were in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest month for which figures are available, broken down by UK standard region. [96818]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The questions raised relate to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd. is directly responsible. The company compiles figures for post office branches in each parliamentary
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constituency on an annual basis. This information is placed in and is available from the House of Commons Library.

Power Stations

Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry when the Government will announce decisions allowing new power stations to be constructed. [95676]

Malcolm Wicks: Under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, the Secretary of State decides whether or not to grant permission for construction for a power station in England and Wales of above 50MW (or of above 1MW in the territorial sea) of any type, following an application being submitted to him.

It is difficult to predict the length of this process, since the time taken to decide an application depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of the project, environmental factors, the views of persons affected by the proposed development and whether there is to be a public inquiry.

Welsh Language

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry whether his Department has adopted a Welsh language policy. [94159]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Trade and Industry abides by a Welsh Language scheme which came into operation in August 2000. The scheme sets out the services that the Department delivers in Welsh to the Welsh speaking public.

Windfarms

Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry what steps his Department is taking to monitor the performance of windfarms. [95055]

Malcolm Wicks: The DTI Offshore Wind Capital Grants scheme requires that grant holders submit annual reports for three years following the commissioning of the windfarm. These reports contain a range of performance and operational data. Copies of these reports can be found on the DTI website on the publications pages at:

The department does not monitor performance for individual onshore windfarms. However the renewables sector as a whole is monitored and details can be found on the Renewable Energy Statistics (Restats) database at:


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Home Department

Antisocial Behaviour

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) antisocial behaviour orders and (b) fixed penalty notices have been issued in each (i) police authority area and (ii) local authority area in each year since they were introduced. [93821]

Mr. McNulty: A table giving the number of antisocial behaviour orders issued annually at all courts, by criminal justice system (CJS) area, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, up to 30 September 2005 (latest available), can be found on the Crime Reduction website at www.crimereduction.gov.uk. 41 of the 42 CJS areas are coterminous with police force areas (PFAs). Greater London covers both the Metropolitan and City of London PFAs. The table is further broken down into local government authority areas in which prohibitions are imposed within orders.

The Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND) Scheme was brought into effect in England and Wales in 2004 to provide police with a quick and effective means of dealing with a number of minor disorder offences. Under the scheme, a fixed penalty is issued to the offender who has 21 days to either pay the fine or seek a court hearing. Data on the number of PNDs issued for all offences in 2004, and provisional data for 2005, are provided in the following table. It is not possible to provide the number of PNDs by local authority area as this is not collected centrally.


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Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for all offences by police force area. England and Wales 2004 (final) and 2005 provisional data( 1)
Number of PNDs issued in:
Police force area 2004 2005( 2)

Avon and Somerset

508

3,187

Bedfordshire

503

1,209

Cambridgeshire

359

944

Cheshire

972

2,386

Cleveland

559

2,767

Cumbria

578

1,210

Derbyshire

656

1,579

Devon and Cornwall

1,889

5,051

Dorset

516

1,281

Durham

597

1,005

Essex

2,802

3,973

Gloucestershire

473

1,679

Greater Manchester

2,253

7,175

Hampshire

2,116

3,536

Hertfordshire

412

1,156

Humberside

1,596

3,226

Kent

767

4,959

Lancashire

5,077

10,123

Leicestershire

756

1,826

Lincolnshire

544

2,299

London, City of

60

183

Merseyside

3,929

11,668

Metropolitan

12,758

17,732

Norfolk

475

670

North Yorkshire

1,078

1,469

Northamptonshire

570

1,387

Northumbria

211

2,103

Nottinghamshire

1,060

2,058

South Yorkshire

2,098

3,678

Staffordshire

1,450

2,153

Suffolk

472

786

Surrey

203

638

Sussex

1,509

4,161

Thames Valley

1,038

5,353

Warwickshire

481

927

West Mercia

275

1,719

West Midlands

4,773

7,231

West Yorkshire

4,277

9,145

Wiltshire

610

1,045

Dyfed-Powys

459

1,172

Gwent

424

1,496

North Wales

1,255

3,578

South Wales

241

1,702

England and Wales

63,639

142,625

(1) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(2) Provisional data.

Counter-terrorism Funding

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the distribution of anti-terrorist funding is based on an assessment of the degree of risk; and if he will make a statement. [95326]

Mr. McNulty: UK funding for counter-terrorism and related matters has been increased on a number of occasions since the events of 11 September 2001. In each case, the funding was increased to meet emerging needs, including management of the relevant risks. By 2008, annual spending on counter-terrorism, intelligence, and resilience will reach £2 billion, which is double what it was prior to 9/11.

Binge Drinking

Mr. Swire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of binge drinkers. [92247]

Mr. McNulty: Findings from the 2003 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey revealed that 44 per cent. of young adults (18 to 24-year-olds) were identified as binge drinkers (i.e. they felt very drunk at least once a month).

Connaught Barracks

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what supervisory measures will be employed to stop prisoners held at Connaught Barracks, Dover entering the grounds of the Duke of York's Military School, Dover; [92967]
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(2) what funds his Department will make available for measures to separate the Duke of York's Military School from the open prison to be sited at Connaught Barracks, Dover. [92970]

Mr. Sutcliffe: No final decision on the proposal for an open prison on the site of Connaught Barracks has yet been taken.


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