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Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people in (a) Torbay constituency, (b) the South West and (c) England were disqualified from driving as a result of an offence of (i) drink-driving, (ii) speeding and (iii) dangerous or reckless driving in each of the last 10 years. 
Claire Ward: The number persons disqualified from driving as a result of convictions for (i) drink driving, (ii) speeding and (iii) dangerous or careless driving in the South West and England in each of the last 10 years is shown in tables 1 and 2 as follows.
|Table 1: Disqualifications imposed at all courts in the South West Government office region( 1) , for selected motoring offences, from 1998 to 2008( 2, 3)|
|(1) Includes: Avon and Somerset police force area; Devon and Cornwall police force area; Dorset police force area; Gloucestershire police force area; Wiltshire police force area. (2) It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. (3) Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. Note: Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.|
|Table 2: Disqualifications imposed at all courts in England, for selected motoring offences, from 1998 to 2008( 1, 2, 3)|
|Offence type||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004( 4)||2005||2006||2007||2008|
|(1) It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. (3) Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008. (4) Figures given include revised figures for Sussex police force area. Source: Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.|
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking how many persons reported to vote in each parliamentary constituency are registered as resident abroad. (316404)
ONS has data, collected by local authorities, on the number of UK citizens resident overseas who are registered to vote in parliamentary elections in the United Kingdom. However it is not possible to distinguish those who actually voted.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals regarding decisions on funding certificates have been referred to a review panel comprising more than one member in each of the last five years. 
Bridget Prentice: A review panel is an independent body made up of solicitors and barristers from which adjudicators, assessors and committees are appointed to review decisions made by LSC staff in regional offices.
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many applications for legal aid funding have been referred to the Special Cases Unit in Brighton in each of the last five years; and how many of those were (a) accepted, (b) refused and (c) referred to the adjudicator in each such year. 
Bridget Prentice: The Special Cases Unit does not necessarily only receive applications for funding. Funded cases are also transferred to SCU when the referral criteria are met. Only since 2007 have all SCU's cases been recorded to SCU specifically. The figures from that point are reported in the table. Because of the transfer of cases these figures do not relate directly to Committee or Adjudicator decisions of applications.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many new housing matters were started by the Legal Services Commission in 2008-09; and how many have been started in 2009-10 to date; 
(3) how many applications for acts of assistance relating to housing the Legal Services Commission (LSC) received in (a) 2008-09 and (b) 2009-10 to date; how many such applications were accepted; and what percentage of the total number of requests to the LSC each figure represents. 
Controlled Work, also known as legal help, covers basic levels of advice and representation, not including representation in court. The Legal Services Commission (LSC) allocates specific volumes of New Matter Starts to providers. An act of assistance is each instance in which a provider gives legal help to a client, including face to face and telephone advice (New Matter Start) and there is no need for providers to apply to the LSC for each case.
Licensed Work, also known as civil representation, accounts for all other types of civil work, with the exception of Very High Cost Cases, which are managed under specialist contracts. Funding applications need to be submitted to the LSC for each case. The LSC decides whether funding criteria and the merits test are met. Funding limits in relation to the work are then set, which may be varied on application by the client.
Legal aid providers contract with the LSC to undertake an agreed number of new matter starts in legal help within specific categories of law. The numbers of applications for legal help are unknown because they are received and assessed directly by the legal services provider. Therefore, while the LSC can determine the number of matters started within a certain category of law, such as housing, it cannot determine how many applications have been made. Table A shows the numbers of housing new matter starts for legal help.
|Table A : Legal h elp new matters started figures|
|1 April to 30 November 2009||2008-09|
|(1) Community Legal Advice telephone service-providing help on a range of civil categories for eligible clients.|
(2) Community Legal Advice Centres-LSC and local authority commissioned centres, providing integrated face to face advice in housing, debt, welfare benefits, employment, community care and family.
(3) Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme-available in most county courts in England and Wales providing free on the day advice and representation to individuals at risk of losing their home.
Many of these figures can be found in the statistical information packs published on the LSC website:
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