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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice his Department has issued to primary care trusts on their provision of insurance cover for the wheelchairs and mobility scooters they supply to younger people with disabilities. 
Ann Keen: The Department has not issued any such guidance. However, it is standard practice in national health service procurement to require suppliers to have adequate product and public liability insurance cover in place.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what the average waiting time is in each primary care trust for those under the age of 18 years for the provision of a wheelchair; and whether there are any arrangements for their provision by a third party in each trust. 
Ann Keen: Information is not collected centrally on waiting times for wheelchairs for children. It is for each primary care trust to assess local needs and allocate funding accordingly. They are best placed to determine which type of wheelchair is provided, after detailed clinical consultations and patient evaluation.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 21 October 2009, Official Report, column 55WS, on the draft Census (England and Wales) Order 2009, (1) which Minister approved the wording and proposed questions in the draft Order for the 2011 Census; 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent questions asking
i) which Cabinet Office Minister approved the wording and proposed questions in the draft Order for the 2011 Census; (299249)
ii) whether a privacy impact assessment has been prepared in relation to the proposed questions to be asked in the 2011 Census; (299406)
iii) when the privacy impact assessment for the 2011 Census will be published; (299462)
iv) what the most recent estimated total cost of the 2011 Census to the public purse is; and in which years the expenditure will be incurred; (299448)
v) whether the results of the 2011 Census rehearsal that took place in October 2009 will be published; (299479)
vi) what maximum fine may be imposed on a householder for not answering, in whole or in part, the 2011 Census. (299482)
i) The proposed questions in the Draft Census Order (England and Wales) 2009 have been created independently from Ministers by the Office for National Statistics following extensive consultation. The wording of the Draft Census Order was subsequently approved by Angela E. Smith, Minister of State for the Cabinet Office, and by Welsh Ministers in the Welsh Assembly, prior to the Order being laid in Parliament. The Domestic Affairs Committee was informed.
ii and iii) Privacy considerations have been integral in determining the recommended questions. A privacy impact assessment has been prepared and is due to be published on 20 November on the census website.
iv) the most recent estimated total cost of the 2011 Census in England and Wales is £482 million. This covers the period 2005-2016. The following table gives a breakdown by year.
Provision of £450 million has been made up to the period 2011-2012. Provision for later years will be subject to future spending reviews and will cover the final stages of data and output processing, dissemination and a number of subsequent output services and releases.
The cost and financial control of the 2011 Census was outlined in the White Paper "Helping to shape tomorrow" which was published in December 2008
v) The main aims of the rehearsal which is being undertaken in areas within Lancaster, Isle of Anglesey and Newham were to:
prove the field procedures
prove the effective management of the rehearsal operation
prove the key field supporting systems
prove the recruitment, training and payment of field staff
prove that an address register of sufficient quality can be delivered
prove local authority and community liaison
rehearse the integration of systems and subsequent data processing
test the census communications campaign.
There are no plans to release statistical output from the rehearsal but an evaluation report will be published in spring 2010.
vi) The penalty for non-completion of a census return is specified in Section 8 (1) of the Census Act 1920 which states "a
fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale". The standard scale is that set out in the Criminal Justice Act and is currently a maximum of £1,000. The imposition and amount of the fine is at the discretion of the Magistrate within the limits of the standard scale under the Criminal Justice Act.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what directions Ministers have given to the UK Statistics Authority on the 2011 Census under section 2 of the Census Act 1920, as amended. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many charities were removed from the Charity Commission's register for (a) ceasing to exist or operate due to merger, incorporation or transfer of funds, (b) ceasing to exist or operate for other reasons, (c) voluntary removal below the minimum threshold and (d) duplicate registrations and other corrections in each financial year since 1997-98. 
As Chief Executive of the Charity Commission, Andrew Hind has been asked to answer your written question regarding removals from the Register of Charities. As the Executive Director with responsibility for this area of our work, I am responding in his absence. You asked how many charities were removed from the Charity Commission's Register for (a) ceasing to exist or operate due to merger, incorporation or transfer of funds, (b) ceasing to exist or operate for other reasons, (c) voluntary removal below the minimum threshold and (d) duplicate registrations and other corrections in each financial year since 1997-98.
The table below sets out the number of charities which were removed from the Register, in each financial year, since 1997-1998 with the reasons recorded for their removal.
|Reason for removal||1997-98||1998-99||1999-2000||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09||Total|
The removal figures for 2008-09 show an increase over previous years as a result of our work to improve the accuracy of the Register of Charities. A key aspect of our current strategy is the prompt removal of charities that are inactive and with which we can no longer establish contact, and this is reflected in the rising number of charities categorised above as "Ceased to exist or operate for other reasons". In addition, a number of charities have voluntarily been removed from the Register recently because they fall under the £5,000 registration threshold. Smaller charities are not required to register with us; the threshold for registration was an annual income of £1,000 until April 2007 when this threshold was increased to £5,000. Charities whose income now falls under this threshold are entitled to request voluntary removal from the Register, and as one part of our partnership work with umbrella bodies, a number of charities have requested voluntary removal from the Register over the past few months.
I hope this is helpful.
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