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Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) whether the opinion in respect of royal marriages, prepared by the Attorney General and dated 28 October 1955, at the request of the Lord Chancellor, Viscount Kilmuir is still extant; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) what guidance he holds on who comes within the scope of section (a) 1 and (b) 2 of the Royal Marriage Act 1772; and on how many occasions the process in section 2 has been implemented in the last 30 years. 
Mr. Straw: Any amendment to the Royal Marriages Act 1772 that touched on Succession to the Crown would engage the Statute of Westminster 1931. The opinion that the Attorney-General provided in 1955 to the then Lord Chancellor, is publicly available on the Ministry of Justice website:
The Department holds no guidance on the scope of section 1 beyond the requirement on the face of the Act that it applies to the descendants of George II except those who are the issue of princesses married into foreign families. There is no record of the process in section 2 having been implemented in the last 30 years.
A person domiciled in a country where polygamous marriage is permitted, is free to enter into such a marriage in that country. Provided the parties follow the necessary requirements under the law of the country in question, the marriage would be recognised in England and Wales as a valid and polygamous marriage.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prisoners detained in Essex have been classified as in need of assistance for mental health problems; and if he will make a statement. 
Investment in prison mental health in-reach services has been nearly £20 million each year since 2004-05. In total, the Government are investing around £200 million on prison health services in 2006-07a substantial increase on the £118 million spent in 2002-03.
Mr. Straw: The Government announced on 5 December that it had accepted Lord Carter of Coles recommendation to build up to three Titan prisons. Lord Carter had access to a range of expertise and advice in drawing up his report and consulted a variety of stakeholders. The cost of work to date to examine the feasibility of Titan prisons is not separately identifiable.
Mr. Ingram: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there have been discussions between his Department and the Scottish Executive on the provision of high security facilities within the Scottish Prison Service for the imprisonment of terrorists convicted under the Scottish judicial system. 
Mr. Hanson: I am not aware of any discussions with the Scottish Executive on this subject. However, HM Prison Service liaises with the Scottish Prison Service and the Northern Ireland Prison Service on a range of issues of mutual interest.
Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many fines arising from speed cameras in London were (a) unpaid after exhaustion of the legal process and (b) overdue at the most recent date for which figures are available. 
The information collected by my Department identifies the number of fixed penalties ordered to be paid and the number and amounts of court fines issued for such offences within each police force area. Fixed penalties that remain unpaid after the statutory period (28 days in the case of a fixed penalty resulting from unattended camera operation) are registered as fines at one and a half times the original fixed penalty amount.
I understand concerns about these websites and the influence they may have over vulnerable people, particularly young people. As part of its review of the law relating to assisting and encouraging crime, the Law
Commission examined the issue of suicide websites and made some recommendations which the Government are considering. Those recommendations, if implemented, would update but not substantively change the law. The Law Commission were absolutely clear in their conclusion that existing law is capable of dealing with the contemporary problem posed by suicide websites.
We have looked again at this area of law in the light of recent tragic events in Bridgend but we believe that the offences of assisting and attempting to assist suicide should together be sufficient to respond to any behaviour that ought to be unlawful.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many cases are (a) under investigation and (b) awaiting court proceedings in respect of the use of imperial weights and measures; and if he will make a statement; 
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts under the Weights and Measures Act 1985 for offences related to weights and measures provisions, England and Wales 2004-06 ( 1 2)|
|(1 )These data are provided on the principal offence basis.|
(2 )Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.
However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces and courts.
As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Court Proceedings DatabaseOffice For Criminal Justice Reform
Enforcement of weights and measures legislation is undertaken by local authority Trading Standards Departments. Local authorities do not report the number of cases under investigations or awaiting trial under weights and measures legislation to my Department.
Dawn Primarolo: The Annual Abortion Statistics for England and Wales 2007 will be published in June this year. Statistics for repeat abortions for 2006 and previous years are available in the Annual Statistics, England and Wales, statistical bulletin copies of which are available in the Library.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what assessment he has made of the levels of respiratory diseases in areas which are subjected to air quality management orders in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
Dawn Primarolo: On 12 December 2007, I met with Professor Ian Gilmore, who is President of the Royal College of Physicians and Chair of the Alcohol Health Alliance. The meeting was to discuss the newly established Alliance and the action the Government are taking under its strategy Safe, Sensible, Social. The next steps in the National Alcohol Strategy.
On 21 November 2007, the Prime Minister, the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and I, met with alcohol retailers, alcohol manufacturers, enforcement agencies, representatives of local councils and doctors and academics specialising in alcohol issues, to discuss the problems of under-age drinking and binge-drinking. Professor Gilmore and other representatives of Alliance member organisations took part in this meeting.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what proportion of deaths were alcohol-related for (a) men and (b) women in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
These latest figures for alcohol-related deaths show that much more needs to be done to address the
chronic and acute harms that are caused by alcohol misuse. It is vital that we ensure that everyone understands the sensible drinking message and that the public drinks within the low risk levels.
promoting a culture of sensible drinking;
raising unit awarenessthe Department of Health and the Home Office will jointly launch a much expanded, £10 million sustained national communications campaign in spring that will raise the publics knowledge of units of alcohol and ensure that everyone has the information they need to estimate how much they really do drink;
providing more help for those who want to drink less, through a £3.2 million investment to establish a series of intervention and brief advice Trailblazer projects in health and criminal justice settings to identify people who are drinking at harmful or potentially harmful levels and to offer them help and advice; and
supporting harmful drinkersthe Government will support the development of a range of new kinds of information and advice aimed at people who drink at harmful levels and their families and friends. These will run alongside other kinds of support and advice from the national health service.
We have put in place a new NHS indicator to measure the change in the rate of hospital admissions for alcohol related harm (Hospital Episode Statistics data)the first ever national commitment to monitor how the NHS is tackling alcohol health harms. This indicator is expected to encourage primary care trusts to invest in earlier identification of people who drink too much linked to advice and support from general practitioners or hospitalsshown to be the best way of reducing the kind of everyday drinking which over time leads to liver disease and other problems.
The ONS definition of alcohol-related deaths (which includes causes regarded as most directly due to alcohol consumption) was revised in 2006. Details can be found at: www.statistics.gov.uk/statbase/Product.asp?vlnk=14496 and link on this page to Alcohol-related deaths in the UK. ONS has agreed with the GROS and NISRA that this definition will be used to report alcohol-related deaths for the United Kingdom.
Office for National Statistics (ONS), General Register Office for Scotland (GROS), Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) (published on 25 January 2008).
The introduction of the Tenth Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) for coding cause of death means that data following its implementation are not completely comparable with earlier years. Mortality data for England and Wales show that the introduction of ICD-10 resulted in a difference in the number of alcohol-related deaths below one per cent.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people were referred on for diagnosis of a suspected allergy to (a) allergy specialists, (b) paediatricians, (c) pathologists and (d) dermatologists by GPs in 2007. 
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what work his Department has undertaken with Skills for Health to develop national occupational standards for staff involved in allergy services. 
informed by best practice in delivery of health care with allergy;
based on patient-led standards ensuring high standards; and
a relevant resource for the four countries of the United Kingdom and encompass the expressed need of the voluntary, independent and public sector health care services.
Ann Keen: The Department is currently exploring the feasibility of designating a lead strategic health authority (SHA) for allergy services with interested parties, including SHAs and specialised commissioning groups.
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