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Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many uniformed military personnel were posted in the Westminster area for the State Opening of Parliament on 15 November 2006. 
The royal and ceremonial duties that London district personnel undertake throughout each year fall into two categories. The first is public duties which includes routine ceremonial guarding and the second is that of state ceremonial which involves regular annual parades such as the State Opening of Parliament.
The number of uniformed military personnel posted/assigned to the State Opening of Parliament held on 15 November 2006 was 70 officers and 1,110 soldiers(1). It is difficult to calculate the number posted into the actual Westminster area as the definition of area is too broad a reference. However an estimate would be approximately 15 officers and 300 soldiers.
(1) In accordance with departmental guidance figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many undercover police were posted to the Westminster area for the state opening of Parliament on 15 November 2006. 
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Get Safe Online website in protecting the public from e-terrorism. 
Research carried out last December identified 75 per cent., of people who were aware of the get safe online campaign said they would back-up their systems whilst only 50 per cent. of those who were unaware would take any action, demonstrating the initiatives effectiveness in protecting the public from online threats.
Mr. Byrne: The Invest to Save Budget is held and administrated by Treasury and exists to provide funding to help innovative projects get off the ground. ISB funding is explicitly time-limited and is not intended to sustain a project over the long-term.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what process the Government will use to assess risk of trafficking in developing the returns programme for unaccompanied children who have been refused asylum; and if he will consult non-governmental organisations in the UK in developing this programme. 
If an unaccompanied child makes an application for asylum or humanitarian protection in the UK the asylum caseworker will assess whether there is a real risk of either persecution for a 1951 Refugee Convention reason or of serious harm in the country of return. If their applications for asylum and humanitarian protection are refused children will only be returned where safe and adequate reception
arrangements exist and an assessment of each case has been carried out. We will always give proper regard to a child's welfare in performing immigration functions. We are currently reviewing our policy on the return of
unaccompanied asylum seeking children whose applications have been refused. In formulating our policy we will continue to consult non-governmental organisations.