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Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (1) whether she has sought the views of Ofwat on the recommendations in Chapter 14 of the Walker Review of water service charges; 
(2) what assessment she has made of the merits of applying the recommendations of chapter 14 of the Walker Review of water service charges to South West Water; 
(3) if she will consider the introduction of a nationally-funded vulnerability tariff for water customers to protect those areas with exceptionally high household charges. 
Richard Benyon: Ministers will examine the conclusions of the Walker review and respond to them in due course.
Meanwhile, as recommended in the Walker review, Ofwat is looking at the specific recommendations outlined in chapter 14 concerning water charges in the south-west. We will consider Ofwat's findings once they are available.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average time taken to complete court care proceedings was in each local authority area in each year since 2003-04. 
Mr Djanogly: The following table shows the average number of weeks from the date an application was lodged to the date an order was made for care and supervision cases in England and Wales. Statistics for 2009-10 are not yet available. Data are presented by HM Courts Service areas, as a local authority area breakdown is not collected centrally and could be obtained only through the inspection of individual case files at disproportionate cost. Data are provided for county courts from 2003-04 to 2008-09. For Family Proceedings Courts data are only available for 2008-09 based on the same geographical areas. Completed cases are counted by child for the Family Proceedings Courts and by orders made for the county courts.
|Average number of weeks from application to order for care and supervision cases in England and Wales|
|HMCS area||County courts||Family Proceedings Courts|
| Notes: 1. The data are taken from the HMCS FamilyMan System and Family Case Tracker. 2. The figures cover cases only where a care order or a supervision order was made. The figures do not include include other care and supervision disposals (e.g order refused, order of no order) and do not include other order types (e.g. emergency protection, secure accommodation). 3. The figures reflect the mean number of weeks from application to order. This means that the numbers of weeks taken for each order have been added up and the total has then been divided by the number of orders. 4. The figures count the number of care and supervision orders disposed in each year.|
5. Figures for FPCs prior to 2008-09 are unavailable on the same geographical areas.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many care proceedings cases in each local authority area are currently open in the family courts; how many were open in each of the last five years; and how many have reached a conclusion (a) in 2010 to date and (b) each of the last five years. 
Mr Djanogly: Table 1 shows the number of care and supervision cases outstanding as at the end of December in each year from 2005 to 2009 in the Family Proceedings Courts and County Courts of England and Wales. Data are presented by HM Courts Service areas as a local authority area breakdown is not collected centrally and could be obtained only through the inspection of individual case files at disproportionate cost.
|Total number of care and supervision outstanding cases in the Family Proceedings Court||Total number of care and supervision outstanding cases in the County Courts|
1. The data are taken from the HMCS FamilyMan System and Family Case Tracker.
2. The figures relate to the new HMCS areas.
3. The total number of outstanding cases show the total number of care and supervisions cases open at the end of December each year.
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