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I undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 15 July 2008, (Official Report, column 314W) about training at RAF Halton.
This information relating to the number of Service Personnel who received any training at RAF Halton in each year since 2000 is set out below.
Information prior to Financial Year 2000-01 is not held centrally and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
The downturn in RAF numbers receiving training from 2004-05 onwards was due to drawdown measures taken by the RAF to reach its reduced target strength of 41,000 and was part of the Government's spending review.
For some training courses it has not been possible to differentiate between the actual numbers attending for each service; in this case the total number appears as tri-service.
In addition to the data supplied above, Defence Dental Services (DDS) training at RAF Halton is shown separately in the table below. Data for DDS prior to 2003 are not available and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
I am placing a copy of my letter in the Library of the House.
Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of members of the Taliban who were (a) killed and (b) captured in each of the last 24 months. 
Des Browne: Regarding the number of Taliban killed in Afghanistan, I have nothing to add to the answer I gave on 6 May 2008, Official Report, column 832W, to the hon. Member for Romford (Andrew Rosindell).
As regards detention, I refer the hon. Member to my answer on 9 June 2008, Official Report, column 66W, to the hon. Member for Chichester (Mr. Tyrie).
The Ministry of Defence is undertaking a review of its detention records and I will write to the hon. Member when the review has been completed.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was spent on (a) heating, (b) electricity and (c) water bills for (i) No. 10 Downing Street and (ii) Chequers in each of the last five years. 
Phil Hope: The information requested for No. 10 Downing street is not held centrally and to obtain it would incur disproportionate costs.
Chequers was established under the Chequers Estate Acts 1917 and 1958 and is administered by independent trustees.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many charities closed down in each year since 1997. 
Phil Hope: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the Charity Commission. I have asked the Chief Executive of the Charity Commission to reply.
Letter from Andrew Hind, dated 8 September 2008:
As Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, it falls to me to answer your question (223270) regarding how many charities have closed down, in each year, since 1997.
I attach below a table which sets out the number of charities added and removed from the register, in each year, since 1997. Charities are usually removed from the register because they have either ceased to operate or merged with other charities.
The table below does not, necessarily, represent all charities which have closed down but only those who, by law, were required to register with the Commission. The threshold for registration was an annual income of £1,000 until April of this year when that threshold was raised to £5,000.
Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what estimate he has made of the funding received by all charities from the Government in each year since 1997. 
Phil Hope: Both central and local government spend significant sums of money on charities and other third sector organisations every year. The following amounts were received by the sector.
|Amounts received by sector (£ million)|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how much was claimed in reimbursable expenses by press officers in his Department in each of the last three financial years. 
Phil Hope: Information on how much the Cabinet Office has spent on reimbursable expenses by press officers in each of the last three financial years is not separately recorded on the Department's accounting system and is therefore not available.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what steps the (a) Cabinet Office and (b) Prime Minister's Office have taken to monitor the cost of its mail services in the last 12 months. 
Phil Hope: The Prime Minister's Office forms an integral part of the Cabinet Office estate. Mail services are predominantly provided by the Cabinet Office's facilities management providers who decide the most economical method of sending mail externally, unless instructed by the customer to use a specific service such as recorded or special delivery.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster which organisations have received (a) free and (b) discounted room hire from (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the commercial value of the discount was in each case. 
Phil Hope: This information is not held centrally and can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Sandra Gidley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster how many Ministerial (a) cars and (b) bicycles there are; and at what cost they were provided in each of the last three years in each category, broken down by department. 
Phil Hope: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr. MacNeil) on 30 June 2008, Official Report, column 576-78W and to the information published by the Secretary of State for Transport on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 116-18WS.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster what the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) most recent projections of population densities in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland in (i) 2031, (ii) 2056 and (iii) the most distant date for which figures are available are; what population density in each such area is in 2008; and what recent comparison the ONS has made of population density in the UK and other EU member states. 
Phil Hope: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the Authority to reply.
Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 10 September 2008:
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what the most recent projections of population densities in (a) the UK, (b) England, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) Northern Ireland are for (i) 2031, (ii) 2056 and (iii) the most distant date for which figures are available; what population density in each such area is in 2008; and what recent comparison the ONS has made of population density in the UK and other member states (223149).
Population densities for the UK and constituent countries for 2008 are provided in table A. The population densities for the other years requested have not been updated since my previous responses to PQs 169303 (3 December 2007), 177466 (18 February 2008), 205787 (19 May 2008) and 207695 (2 June 2008).
|Table A: Projected population density of the UK and constituent countries, 2008|
2006-based national projections, ONS
There has been no recent update of the population densities of the EU member states. Therefore the most recent such figures are as calculated by the UN and provided in my reply to the PQ dated 3 December 2007 mentioned above (169303).
As previously advised in my replies to the earlier PQs from you, the underlying assumptions for the projections are demographic trend based and should not be seen as predictions.
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