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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) immediate and (b) long-term support his Department plans to put in place for forces families upon the return of soldiers from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. 
Derek Twigg: When service personnel return from operations they receive post operational leave (one working day for every nine calendar days deployed), which enables them to spend quality time with their families and friends, to assist in the process of adjustment. All service personnel and their families have access to significant single service welfare resources, which are permanently available to assist them with any difficulties they may encounter following the return of the serviceman or woman. This can be accessed through unit welfare and community support staff. Service personnel and their families also have access to independent Confidential Support Line provided by the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help. In addition units provide a broad spectrum of welfare support and briefings prior to, during and after operations.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 6 December, Official Report, column 448W, on spare parts, how many losses in transit there were in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. 
Mr. Ingram: The reported total value of the losses in transit for financial year 2005-06 was £4.8 million, consisting of 2,823 items; and for the first nine months of financial year 2006-07 the total value of losses recorded is £2.1 million, consisting of 1,731 items. Data are not held in such a way that enables the separate identification of spare parts.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether he plans to provide all troops in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan with hardened living accommodation as protection against mortar fire; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Ingram: We are continuing to improve the protection of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan against the effects of indirect fire through a range of measures depending on the nature of the threat. For a variety of logistical reasons there are no plans at present to provide all troops in either theatre with the kind of purpose built steel and concrete structures that provide some hardened protection against mortars.
Des Browne: The UK currently deploys unmanned aerial vehicles in Afghanistan and has access to coalition unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq. Together with other capabilities, this provides UK forces with tactical situational awareness and improves the force protection to deployed troops. We keep under review the requirement for reconnaissance, surveillance and wider force protection capabilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Dr. Julian Lewis: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) Royal Navy warships and (b) Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels (i) on which design work began and (ii) for which orders have been placed since the 1997 general election. 
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will take steps to determine whether the device recently discovered in Streatham Park Cemetery is an unexploded bomb dating from World War Two. 
Mr. Ingram: The MOD provides explosive ordnance clearance support to Police Forces under standing arrangements with the Home Office. The device referred to in Streatham Park Cemetery features on a list of Second World War unexploded bombs compiled many years ago from wartime and post-war records. Bomb sites were examined at the time and the decision was taken that buried devices did not represent a danger to life. If munitions become unearthed then specialist military units, at the behest of the police, will dispose of the ordnance.
Mr. Wallace: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what occasions (a) he and (b) departmental Ministers have been requested to appear before committees of (i) devolved institutions and (ii) the European Parliament since 2004; on what topic in each case; how many and what proportion of such requests were accepted; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Francois: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer on how many occasions civil servants in his Department and its agencies have been given permission to attend the Labour Party conference to carry out departmental business in the last three years. 
John Healey: Where officials are required to attend party conferences to carry out essential official business unconnected with the conference, this is done in accordance with section 4.4 of the civil service management code.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what the Office for National Statistics estimate is of the total registered electorate eligible to vote in UK general elections in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your question concerning what the Office for National Statistics estimate is of the total registered electorate eligible to vote in the UK general elections in (a) England, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. I am replying in her absence. (119477)
The attached table shows the number of registered electors by the constituent countries of the UK (excluding attainers) for 1997 to 2005. Data for 1 December 2006 will be published on 22 February 2007 and will be downloadable from:
|Total number of registered electorate eligible to vote in the UK and its constituent countries, 1997 to 2005|
Office for National Statistics (ONS)
Tony Baldry: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 30 January 2007, Official Report, column 232W, on mortality statistics, how many people died as a result of a stroke in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006 in (i) Northern Ireland, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales. 
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2007, Official Report, column 232W, on mortality statistics, how many people died as a result of a stroke in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care trust in (i) 2003, (ii) 2004, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2006. I am replying in her absence (119233)
The table attached provides the number of deaths where stroke was the underlying cause of death in each (a) strategic health authority and (b) primary care organisation1 in England, the total number in Wales, and in England and Wales combined, for 2003 to 2005 (the latest year available). A copy has been placed in the House of Commons Library.
The totals given here for England and Wales are slightly lower than the corresponding figures given in the Answer of 30th January. Figures broken down by NHS organisation differ from national figures in excluding deaths of people not usually resident in England and Wales, and are based on the year of registration of death rather than the year of occurrence.
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