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Helen Jones: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what percentage of the qualifying population are registered as electors in (a) each local authority in the north-west and (b) Warrington. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your questions asking what percentage of the qualifying population are registered as electors in (a) each local authority in the North West and (b) Warrington. (212308).
Table 1 gives the number of people who are registered to vote in the local/European elections as a percent of the estimated usually resident population age 18 and over, for each local authority in the North West (and Warrington), for 2006.
These percentages provide the closest available approximation to the registration rates that you requested. However they should not be interpreted as the percentage of the eligible population who are registered to vote. Not everyone who is usually resident is entitled to vote, for example foreign citizens from outside of the EU and Commonwealth are not eligible.
The figures used are for the local/ European electorate because the eligibility criteria are closer to the definition of the usually resident population than those for the parliamentary electorate (EU citizens are included and UK citizens resident abroad are excluded).
For some areas rates exceed one hundred per cent as figures for the registered electorate may be inflated. People who have more than one address may register in more than one place (e.g. students may register at parental and term-time addresses and electoral registration officers vary in how quickly they remove people from the registers after they have moved away from an area or died).
The limitations described above affect areas in different ways. This limits comparability of these figures across local authorities.
The figures provided are for the most recent year that estimates of the usually resident population are available. Electoral statistics for December 2007 are available at:
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme other/UK_Electoral Statistics_2007.xls
|Table 1: The local/European electorate as a percentage of the estimated usually resident population aged 18+ for each local authority in the North West and Warrington.|
|Area||Mid-2006( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3)|
|(1) Figures for the local/European electorate are those registered to vote if an election had been held on 1 December 2006 and refer to a qualifying date of 15 October 2006.|
(2) The estimated usually resident population are the mid-year population estimates for 30 June 2006
(3) Registration rates exceed 100 per cent. where the registered electorate exceed the estimated population of an area.
Office for National Statistics (ONS).
Mr. Moore: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 13 March 2008, Official Report, column 592W, on the Fairtrade initiative, how much his Department spent on refreshments for official departmental meetings and engagements in each of the last three financial years; and what percentage of this total was spent on Fairtrade products. 
The right hon. Gordon BrownPrime Minister
His Excellency Kevin RuddPrime Minister, Australia
His Excellency Alfred GusenbauerChancellor, Austria
Her Excellency Michelle BacheletPresident, Chile
His Excellency Mr. Dimitris ChristofiasPresident, Cyprus
His Excellency Mr. John KufuorPresident, Ghana
His Excellency Romano ProdiPrime Minister, Italy
Her Excellency Mrs. Ellen Johnson-SirleafPresident, Liberia
His Excellency Mr. Gediminas KirkilasPrime Minister, Lithuania
Her Excellency Helen ClarkPrime Minister, New Zealand
His Excellency Jens StoltenbergPrime Minister, Norway
His Excellency Mr. Robert FicoPrime Minister, Slovakia
His Excellency Mr. Thabo MbekiPresident, South Africa
The right hon. Peter MandelsonEuropean Commissioner for Trade
His Excellency Mr. Javier SolanaEU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy
The hon. Bill ClintonClinton Foundation
Mr. Dominique Strauss-KahnInternational Monetary Fund
Mr. Antonio GuterresUN High Commissioner for Refugees
Mr. Kemal DervisUN Development Programme
Mr. Pascal LamyWorld Trade Organisation
Dr. Donald KaberukaAfrican Development Bank.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 351W, on ministerial policy advisers, to which former special advisers the Cabinet Office has (a) granted and (b) withheld approval to take up an outside appointment on leaving post in (i) the Prime Minister's Office and (ii) the Cabinet Office since May 2005. 
Personal information about the applications submitted by special advisers, and other Crown servants, is made public only in accordance with
the principles and practices followed in the operation of the Business Appointment Rules. This information, which includes details of the appointments of the most senior staff and statistical data about cases at the more junior levels, is published on the website of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (www.acoba.gov.uk) and in its reports.
To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the written ministerial statement
of 27 March 2008, Official Report, column 18WS, on Public Bodies 2007, for what reason the latest edition of Public Bodies does not publish detailed information on the size and expenditure of each individual non-departmental public body. 
Mr. Watson: The Cabinet Office publication Public Bodies continues to provide headline information on the size, expenditure and membership of the non-departmental public bodies (NDPB) sector. It is now the responsibility of individual sponsor Departments to publish detailed information on their NDPBs on an annual basis.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the answer of 20 March 2008, Official Report, column 1308W, on television, in what room in Downing street the television purchased was installed.