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Mr. Dhanda: The Government do not set a budget for spending on youth services. Local authorities decide what should be spent, taking into account Government policy and local needs. For 2006-07 local authorities in England reported that they intended to budget £403 million on youth services. Figures for 2007-08 are not yet available.
|Number of offences recorded|
|Crime type||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||1 April 2006 to 28 February 2007|
|(1) All other offences includes fraud and forgery, offences against the state and other notifiable offences.|
Central Statistics Unit, PSNI
Mr. Heald: To ask the Prime Minister (1) pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 29 March 2007, Official Report, columns 133-5WS, on machinery of Government change, what the estimated cost is of the machinery of Government changes; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) for what reason 25 special advisers named for the Prime Minister were listed in his written ministerial statement of 24 July 2006, Official Report, column 87WS, on special advisers, but salary details included for 22; and how many of his listed special advisers are unpaid. 
The Prime Minister: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. I refer the hon. Member to the written ministerial statement I made on 24 July 2006, Official Report, columns 86-91WS. Information on the number of special advisers before 2003 was provided at regular intervals. This information is available in the Libraries of the House.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Prime Minister pursuant to his written ministerial statement of 26 April 2007, Official Report, column 27WS, for what reasons he appointed Dr. Michael Goodman to write the official history of the Joint Intelligence Committee; and if he will place in the Library Dr. Goodmans biographical details. 
The Prime Minister: I have appointed Dr. Michael Goodman to write the official history of the Joint Intelligence Committee because he is an expert in the field. Dr. Goodman is a lecturer at Kings College London where he specialises in the study of intelligence.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter dated 2 May 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the subject of his oral answer of 2 May 2007, Official Report, column 1505, on Iraq. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received on e-petitions; how much was spent on promoting e-petitions in each year since the project was created; how much is planned for the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The Government have taken significant steps in recent years to tighten up the security of the electoral process, and assist the police and prosecutors in tackling electoral fraud. These measures are primarily established by the Electoral Administration Act 2006 and associated secondary legislation.
Vera Baird: Legal aid reform will mean that we can help as many people as possible and place legal aid on a sustainable basis for the future. It will enable us to shift resources away from criminal legal aid, so that we can spend a greater proportion on civil and family legal advice and assistance.
Bridget Prentice: I have met with Sam Younger, Chairman of the Commission to discuss performance standards. I have also formally responded to the Commission's consultation paper on developing registration performance indicators. A pilot of these is now well under way and the Commission intends to roll out a set of electoral registration performance indicators to administrators by December 2007.
Bridget Prentice: The Government are committed to increasing registration rates. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 has a number of measures to increase levels of electoral registration. These include:
Imposing a new duty on Electoral Registration Officers to take all necessary steps to ensure a comprehensive register.
Increasing the time available for registration by enabling people to register up to 11 days before the election.
Introducing performance standards for Electoral Registration Officers. We expect the performance standard concerning electoral registration to come into effect by December 2007.
32. John Robertson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will place a duty on electoral registration officers to use all available databases to compile the electoral register. 
Bridget Prentice: The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced a new duty to help Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) increase registration rates and compile a more accurate register. This includes:
sending the annual canvass form more than once to an address;
making house-to-house inquiries on one or more occasions;
making contact by such other means as the registration officer thinks appropriate; and
inspecting any records that the ERO is permitted to inspect, such as council tax and housing databases.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether the Electoral Register will be updated automatically following changes of address notified to the National Identity Register. 
Ms Harman: We have undertaken two audits in the past two years to establish how existing witness facilities meet established minimum standards. Following those audits over £3.3 million has been invested in both magistrates and Crown courts to improve facilities. Examples of work undertaken include the re-decoration and re-furnishing of witness waiting rooms as well as the purchase of toys and games for child witnesses.
Bridget Prentice: The Government hold information on registration figures only as of 1 December 2006, and the number of postal voters as of 1 January 2007. Using this information provides the following percentages for the local government electorate in Gloucestershire:
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