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Martin Horwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many of those prosecuted under the provisions of the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 received custodial sentences, excluding suspended sentences, in each year since its introduction. 
Mr. Hanson: The requested information is contained in the following table.
|Number sentenced( 1) for offences under the Protection of Badgers Act 1992, all courts, England and Wales 1992 to 2006|
|Total sentenced||Immediate custody|
|(1) Principal offences basis. Note: The offence of 'Failing to give up a dog for destruction to having custody of a dog whilst disqualified' is an offence under the Badger Act (1992) and the Dangerous Dogs Act (1991). It has been included in these figures, although it is not possible to tell which Act was intended when sentencing. These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system. Source: NOMS Analytical Services, Ministry of Justice.|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) 15, (b) 16 and (c) 17-year-olds were on remand in each police authority area in each year since 1997; and how many went on to serve a prison sentence. 
Mr. Hanson: The numbers of 15 to 17-year-olds held on remand (incorporating untried and convicted unsentenced) in all prison establishments in England and Wales since 1997 can be found in the following table. A breakdown by police authority area is not available.
|Population of under 18-year-olds held on remand since 1997 (as at 30 June)|
The following table gives the percentages of prisoners of all ages held on remand(1) where the outcome of the court proceedings is a period of immediate custody. This information is not available for 15 to 17-year-olds separately.
(1) Includes persons remanded in custody by magistrates during proceedings or on committal.
These figures are taken from the Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2006, tables 8.20 and 7.11, copies of which can be found in the House of Commons Library and which can also be found at the website:
These figures have been drawn from administrative IT systems, which, as with any large scale recording system, are subject to possible errors with data entry and processing.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what the role of the Building Research Establishment was in the home information pack area trials. 
Caroline Flint: Building Research Establishment were sub contracted by Ipsos MORI to assist in the analysis and write-up of the findings of the area trials.
Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what payments the (a) Core Cities Group, (b) Thames Gateway London Partnership and (c) Housing Corporation made to Connect Public Affairs in each of the last five years; on what dates; and for what purpose in each case. 
Caroline Flint: The Housing Corporation has not made any payments to Connect Public Affairs during this period. The Core Cities Group and Thames Gateway London Partnership are independent of my Department and are open to employ public relations agencies directly. Any information should be sought from them.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many conservation areas there are in England. 
Mr. Iain Wright: English Heritage publish information on conservation areas in their annual publication Heritage Counts. The most recent edition, Heritage Counts 2007, quotes a figure of 9,374 conservation areas in Englanda figure first quoted in Heritage Counts 2005with the following qualification:
"After the publication of Heritage Counts 2005, it became apparent while updating the figures that English Heritage had not been informed of all conservation area designations and the data gave an inaccurate representation of the total number. Heritage Counts 2005 quoted a figure of 9,374 conservation areas as of April 2005. SHER 2002 had quoted a figure of 9,027 as of June 2002. Data from local authorities collected as part of the Best Value Performance Indicator regime give a different figure of 9,273 conservation areas in England in 2005-06.
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