|Occupation orders made in England and Wales, by court area, 2003 - 08
|Occupation orders applied for, and made, in England and Wales between 1998 and 2002
Mr. Wills: Section 69 of the Electoral Administration Act 2006 places local electoral officers under a duty to encourage participation at statutory elections. The Government have established the electoral participation fund to support electoral officers undertaking novel and innovative projects, including activities to support the participation of young people.
In addition, under section 13 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, the Electoral Commission has a statutory responsibility to run public awareness campaigns to promote voter registration and to provide information on electoral events. I have been informed by the Electoral Commission that they will be running a public awareness campaign in the lead up to the next general election to encourage people to register to vote. By selecting particular media channels, the campaign will be targeted at groups less likely to be on the electoral register, particularly 18 to 24 year-olds. The campaign will include television, radio and press advertising, along with work on social networking websites. Through its partnership grants programme, the Electoral Commission has also funded other organisations working to increase democratic participation among young people, including Banardos, the Prince's Trust and UK Youth Parliament.
Maria Eagle: Figures on the number of prisoners convicted of murder since 1997 who have been placed in open conditions is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost by accessing the individual record of each such prisoner.
Transfer of any prisoner to open conditions will only take place if continued detention in closed conditions is no longer necessary for the protection of the public. Open conditions allow prisoners to find work, re-establish family ties and reintegrate into the community. All these are essential components for successful resettlement and an important factor in protecting the public.
Data on absconds from open prison by index offence type have been recorded centrally since 1 April 2004. Between April 2004 and November 2009, 69 prisoners convicted of murder have absconded from open prisons. Three of these prisoners are recorded as still being at large.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many hotel room nights were booked by officials in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies in each year since 2007; and how much (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies spent on fees of third-party agents in relation to booking hotel accommodation in each such year. 
The number of hotel rooms booked by the Ministry and its agencies can only be determined at disproportionate cost. Although bookings should normally be made through contracted booking agents, they may also be made by individuals directly with the costs being reimbursed through expense claims or met through the Government Procurement Card. To determine the number of hotel night rooms booked by individuals directly would involve examination of thousands of individual claims and statements held locally across the department and its agencies.
All hotel bookings by Ministers and civil servants are undertaken in accordance with the Ministerial Code and the Civil Service Management Code respectively. The annual departmental resource accounts disclose expenditure on "travel, subsistence and hospitality" in notes 10 (administration expenditure) and 11 (programme
expenditure). Resource accounts were published by the Ministry of Justice for 2007-08 and 2008-09 and prior to that by the Ministry's predecessor, the Department for Constitutional Affairs. All published accounts can be found at:
The majority of hotel bookings are arranged through travel management companies employed by the Ministry to obtain best value for money options. All other expenditure is incurred only on production of valid receipts.
The Ministry has contracts with two designated booking agents working for different parts of the business. Booking agents are contracted to secure the best value for money rates available. The Ministry does not pay fees directly to either service provider. The booking agents are remunerated instead through commission paid by the hotels themselves. The Ministry does not have any
details about the amount of commission earned by booking agents acting in its behalf.