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Elections: Legislation

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission pursuant to the answer of 16 May 2007, Official Report, column 749W, on elections: legislation, if he will place in the Library a list of the cases referred to in the Crown Prosecution Service’s files on alleged offences under electoral legislation indicating (a) what each alleged offence was, (b) the location of the alleged offence and (c) what the final outcome was of each case. [142195]


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Peter Viggers: The Commission informs me that it is not in a position to provide the information requested. I refer my hon. Friend to my answers to him on 27 March 2007, Official Report, column 1481W, and 16 May 2007 Official Report, columns 748-49W. The Commission remains in contact with the Crown Prosecution Service and intends to report further by the end of the year.

Elections: Local Government

Mrs. Spelman: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what the timetable is for periodic electoral reviews for each tier of local government in England. [141868]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that the boundary committee for England completed a programme of periodic electoral reviews of all 386 local authorities in England in October 2004. The Commission has no plans to direct the committee to conduct a further programme. It can direct the boundary committee to undertake electoral reviews of individual authorities at any time.

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what advice the Electoral Commission has provided on combining the date of the 2009 European parliamentary elections and 2009 local elections; and if he will make a statement. [142189]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it has provided no such advice. The Commission was, it also informs me, consulted by the Department for Communities and Local Government on a proposed Government amendment, now made, to the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill to allow the date of ordinary local elections to be moved in years when there are European Parliamentary elections so that the two elections could be combined. The Commission has recommended that the provision should also include a time limit by which such powers must be exercised.

Elections: Scotland

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what criteria the Electoral Commission used to choose its independent observer to review the issues with the Scottish Parliamentary and local elections in 2007. [142191]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it sought to appoint a non-partisan person independent of the Commission from outside the United Kingdom with extensive electoral administration experience; good knowledge of electoral processes and practices; and some familiarity with the type of legal framework within which the United Kingdom electoral system operates.

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what the terms of reference are of the
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review into the Scottish 2007 elections; and what discretion the review team has to extend the terms. [142203]

Peter Viggers: The Commission informs me that it placed a paper in the Library setting out the full terms of reference and scope of the review on 21 May, and that the review team may examine any aspect of the elections that it thinks may be relevant. I also refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Lanark and Hamilton, East (Mr. Hood) on 23 May 2007, Official Report, column 1307W.

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the independent review into the Scottish 2007 elections is being administered on the Electoral Commission’s premises. [142211]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that it has secured separate office accommodation for the review team in Edinburgh, from which it is expected to carry out the bulk of its work.

Electoral Commission: Manpower

Mr. Heald: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission whether the two new (a) corporate communication officers and (b) media relations officers planned to be employed by the Commission are in addition to its existing staff complement. [142190]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that both media relations officer positions and one corporate communication officer position are established posts. The other Corporate Communication Officer post is a six month fixed term appointment, additional to the existing staff complement.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Agriculture: National Income

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the gross value added (GVA) of farming in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) the UK was in each year since 1979; and what proportion of total UK GVA this represented. [144229]

Barry Gardiner: The information available is presented in the following table. Regional data are only available from 1995.

Note that the fall in Agricultural GVA in 2005 is partly a consequence of the introduction of the Single Payment Scheme which is not included in output (as it is decoupled from production) and therefore does not appear in gross value added.


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Agricultural gross value added at basic prices
UK South West Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly
Value ( £ million ) Percentage of total UK GVA Value ( £ million ) Percentage of total UK GVA Value ( £ million ) Percentage of total UK GVA

1979

3,971

2.2

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1980

4,404

2.1

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1981

4,925

2.1

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1982

5,620

2.2

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1983

5,485

2.0

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1984

6,299

2.1

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1985

5,636

1.8

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1986

5,874

1.7

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1987

6,215

1.7

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1988

6,336

1.5

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1989

7,014

1.5

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1990

7,132

1.4

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1991

7,282

1.4

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1992

7,851

1.4

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1993

8,919

1.5

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1994

9,304

1.5

(1)

(1)

(1)

(1)

1995

10,206

1.6

1,211

0.2

197

0.03

1996

9,911

1.5

1,156

0.2

175

0.03

1997

8,242

1.1

1,023

0.1

153

0.02

1998

7,471

1.0

891

0.1

141

0.02

1999

7,208

0.9

852

0.1

138

0.02

2000

6,700

0.8

759

0.1

121

0.01

2001

6,783

0.8

800

0.1

124

0.01

2002

7,151

0.8

880

0.1

138

0.01

2003

7,881

0.8

963

0.1

162

0.02

2004

7,613

0.7

897

0.1

155

0.01

2005

5,325

0.5

706

0.1

129

0.01

2006

5,580

0.5

(2)

(2)

(2)

(2)

(1 )Not available
(2) Not yet available

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