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Anne Main: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when her Department began to measure its carbon emissions; what the volume of those emissions was in the last period for which figures are available; when her Department started to offset those emissions; what the cost is expected to be of offsetting her Departments emissions in 2006-07; and if she will make a statement. 
My Department started to offset emissions for air travel from April 2006, figures for the first years operation are still being calculated, and this exercise will be extended in line with the cross-Government target for central office estate to be carbon neutral by 2012.
Bridget Prentice: A privacy impact assessment has not been produced for the CORE project, as it is not expected that CORE will impact on individuals privacy. The CORE information system will mirror the information held on local registers and access will be subject to the same regulations as for access to the local registers.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if her Department will introduce legislation to require companies to disclose fully the details of any loss of personal data about their customers as soon as possible after the loss has occurred. 
Vera Baird: All data processing that takes place in the UK must comply with the Data Protection Act 1998. At a European Union level, the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services is currently under review; this review includes public consultation on proposals to require telecommunications network and service providers to notify regulators and customers of all breaches of their data security. The next stage of the review is the EU response to the consultation which is to be published in summer 2007. The Department of Trade and Industry organised a parallel consultation, involving a wide range of stakeholders, to the EU review and responded to the EU consultation on behalf of the United Kingdom on 27 October 2006. The Government will consider carefully the EU response to this consultation and this will help to inform our on-going consideration of relevant domestic legislation.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what area of office space her Department and its agencies used in central London in (a) 2004 and (b) 2006; and if she will make a statement. 
Vera Baird: In 2004 the Department occupied 45,986.12 sq m of leasehold office accommodation in central London, whilst the total for Her Majestys Court Service was 1,642.58 sq m. For 2006 the figures were 44,393.16 sq m and 4329.89 sq m respectively. From 1 April 2006 the newly created Tribunals Service became an agency of the Department with leasehold office accommodation totalling 5,226.00 sq m in central London.
In 2004 neither the Department nor its agencies owned the freehold to any of their London properties. Since 2006 Her Majestys Court Service has held the freehold to 2297.00 sq m of office accommodation in London as a result of the transfer of work from the magistrates courts.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the provisions in the Electoral Administration Act 2006 relating to (a) signatures being required in polling stations and (b) regulation of loans in Northern Ireland will be implemented; and what the reasons are for the time taken to bring these provisions into force. 
Bridget Prentice: Provisions relating to signatures being required in polling stations have not been commenced as the wording in the Electoral Administration Act 2006 does not provide for a clear sanction to withhold a ballot paper. Consequently, to avoid confusion, it has been decided not to commence this provision until the legislation can be amended to remove any uncertainty. With regard to the regulation of loans in Northern Ireland, these provisions have not been commenced as different arrangements exist in Northern Ireland in relation to the funding of parties. Consequently, the detail of the secondary legislation dealing with this matter will be complex and technical, and requires further development and consultation before it can be put in place.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps she is taking in response to the conclusion of her Departments research unit in its report on the Exeter Small Claims Mediation Scheme on (a) appeal or complaints procedures and (b) other mechanisms for accountability; and if she will make a statement. 
These concerns were addressed when the original Exeter small claims mediation scheme was relaunched in June 2005, as one of three small claims pilots that the Department set up to test mediation in small claimsin Exeter, Reading and Manchester.
Evaluations of all three pilots showed that the scheme based at Manchester county court gave the highest combination of customer satisfaction and settlement rates. As a result, the Department has put in place an implementation strategy to roll out further schemes based on the Manchester model with effect from March 2007.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 11 January 2007, Official Report, column 688W, on freedom of information requests, what information was requested in each freedom of information request which was exempt under section 36. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2007, Official Report, column 631W, on parliamentary boundaries, whether the Boundary Commission (a) has sought and (b) plans to seek the award of costs against those who brought the review. 
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs pursuant to the answer of 10 January 2007, Official Report, column 632W, on prisoner voting, what length of time allows a remand prisoner to be regarded as a resident and therefore allowed to vote in the constituency where the prison is located. 
Bridget Prentice: The term 'sufficient' is not defined in electoral law. The electoral registration officer is required to determine whether the anticipated length of time a person is detained on remand is sufficient to allow entry onto the register in the constituency where that person is held.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, pursuant to her answer of 5 December 2006, Official Report, column 352W, on Scottish Members voting rights, what research her Department has undertaken on the likely effect of changing the voting rights of hon. Members for Scottish constituencies on public confidence in the parliamentary process. 
Bridget Prentice: The Government believe that there is no case for altering the fundamental principle of the constitution that all MPs have equal rights and can therefore vote on any matter before them. It has therefore not undertaken any research into the public impact of such a change.
Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) what discussions he has had with the German Government on the inclusion of funding for universal access to anti-retroviral drugs on the agenda for the G8 finance ministers meetings in 2007; 
Ed Balls: The Government are fully committed to playing their part in turning the tide against AIDS. That is why we made AIDS a centrepiece of our 2005 G8 and EU Presidencies, leading to an international commitment to achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care by 2010. As UNAIDS recently said, if this target is to be met, donors must deliver on the Gleneagles commitment to provide an additional $50 billion in aid by 2010.
The Government have been working with Germany to ensure their presidency of the G8 builds on the progress made in 2005. And we strongly welcome Angela Merkel's recent announcement that addressing the impact of AIDS on women and children will be a top priority under the German presidency. We will continue to work with the German Government at all levels on this and the wider Gleneagles agenda, including aid volumes and support for mechanisms such as the Global Fund for Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria and UNITAID, both of which provide funding for anti-retroviral drugs.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will break down by Department the estimate and projection for central Government asset sales in 2006-07 and 2007-08 in table B21 of his 2006 pre-Budget report. 
Jo Swinson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what discussions he has had with representatives of the banking industry on the impact of excessive bank charges on social exclusion among low income families. 
Ed Balls: Treasury Ministers and officials hold discussions with the banking industry on a wide range of issues as part of the process of policy development and delivery. As was the case with previous Administrations, it is not the Governments practice to provide details of all such discussions.
John Barrett: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the target time is for providing a substantive response to hon. Members correspondence by the Claimant Compliance section of HM Revenue and Customs in Preston. 
Ann Winterton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when the Paymaster General will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Congleton of (a) 27 June, (b) 28 July, (c) 9 August, (d) 8 September, (e) 5 October, (f) 22 November and (g) 6 December 2006, on levying VAT on charitable goods. 
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 18 January 2007, Official Report, column 1339W, on the employee exit survey, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on open ended responses to the exit survey referred to in the exit questionnaire report. 
John Healey: The responses to the open-ended comments section of the exit survey contain information which is confidential and could be used to identify specific individuals. It would be inappropriate for this information to be in the public domain.
Ms Buck: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what estimate he has made of the tax revenue from (a) the English for speakers of other languages teaching industry and (b) fees paid by foreign students learning English. 
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer (1) if he will place in the Library a copy of the settlement letter sent by his Department to the Home Office agreeing its budget for the years covered by the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review following the 2006 pre-Budget report; 
(2) if he will place in the Library a copy of the settlement letter sent by his Department to the Department for Education and Skills agreeing its capital budget for the years covered by the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review following the announcement in the 2006 pre-Budget report. 
Mr. Timms: Details of the Home Office settlement for the Comprehensive Spending Review are available in the 2006 Budget. Details of the Department for Education and Skills capital settlement for the CSR are available in the 2006 pre-Budget report. As is usual practice, further details of the settlements will be published in the CSR White Paper in 2007. Details of both Departments financial plans will be available in the central Government supply estimates, which are published in February, November and May of each year. Further details of Home Office and Department for Education and Skills spending can be found in their departmental reports.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many people died from (a) Clostridium difficile and (b) meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in each year since 1997, including neonates, broken down by Government office region. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking how many people died from (a) Clostridium difficile and (b) Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in each year since 1997, including neonates, broken down by Government Office Region. (112363)
Special analyses of deaths involving MRSA and Clostridium difficile are undertaken annually by ONS for England and Wales. These are published in Health Statistics Quarterly. The latest year for which such figures are available is 2004. The information requested is given in the attached tables.
Since 1986 ONS has used the internationally recommended death certificate for neonatal deaths. This means that these deaths cannot be assigned an underlying cause of death.(1) Neonatal deaths have been included in the mentioned causes.
(1 )Office for National Statistics (2005) Mortality Statistics: Childhood Infant and Perinatal, Series DH3 No.36, Office for National Statistics: London.
|Table 1: Number of death certificates where Clostridium difficile( 1) was (a) mentioned and (b) recorded as the underlying cause of death( 2) , by Government office region, 1999 and 2001-2004( 3,4)|
|(1) Identified using the methodology described in Office for National Statistics (2005) Report: Deaths involving Clostridium difficile: England and Wales, 1999-2004. Health Statistics Quarterly 30, 56-60.|
(2) Excludes neonatal deaths.
(3) Deaths registered in 1999, deaths occurring in 2001 -2004.
(4) Data for 1997-98 and 2000 are not available. The reason for this is explained in the above report and in background note 1.
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