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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: A list of the organisations proscribed by law was set out in my right honourable friend the Home Secretary's Written Answer of 8 December 2003 (col. 238W) in another place.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The table details the number of incidents occurring in Great Britain since 1993 that are considered the responsibility of republican groups. Incidents include bomb attacks (including letter bombs), finds of improvised explosive devices, arrests, shooting incidents and hoaxes. Incidents in Ireland are matter for the Northern Ireland Office.
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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Our preferred option for repatriating unsuccessful Afghan asylum seekers is by assisted voluntary return. However for those who do not leave voluntarilyincluding those of Sikh or Hindu originappropriate enforcement action will be considered. In April 2003 we began enforcing the return to Afghanistan of those who have exhausted their appeal rights and have been found not to be in need of international protection. Returns are only enforced to those areas of Afghanistan with adequate security and infrastructure.
The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Government are keen to explore opportunities to minimise any burden that may be associated with the audit of the Best Value performance plans prepared by the 41 Best Value town and parish councils. We intend to discuss the detailed implications of this proposal with the Audit Commission shortly. Each Best Value town and parish council receives a grant of £30,000 per annum towards the cost of auditing their performance plans and carrying out other Best Value requirements.
Regarding the non-statutory triennial audit in respect of other parish councils, we understand that the commission does not hold details of individual councils that participated in the scheme, hence it is not possible to make a direct comparison with current audit costs. However, overall, the external audit fees for all parish councils have reduced from £2.4 million in 2001 to £1.4 million in 2002.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): No studies of the efficacy of United Kingdom anthrax vaccine against inhalation anthrax have been undertaken in humans. Animal studies with the UK vaccine suggest that although a single immunisation will induce a response, optimum protective immunity is achieved by administering booster doses. Most vaccines require several doses to achieve and maintain protective immunity and the anthrax vaccine is not expected to be different. In 1991, anthrax vaccine and pertussis vaccine were co-administered, rather than being combined and given in one injection. In February 1991, the decision was taken to drop pertussis from the anti-biological warfare programme.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin): The population of Scotland is 5,062,011; Wales 2,903,085; and Northern Ireland 1,687,267. These figures are taken from the 2001 census.
Scotland has 129 MSPs of which 73 are constituency members and 56 list members; Wales has 60 AMs of which 40 are constituency members and 20 list members; and Northern Ireland has 108 members, six from each of the 18 constituencies.
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Subsidy returns from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
1. Expenditure is in £ million shown to the nearest £0.1 million.
2. Allerdale recorded rent rebate (housing benefit (HB) paid to local authority (LA) tenants) expenditure of £6,396 in 200001, £2,538 in 200102, and an estimated rent rebate expenditure of £2,586 in 200203.
3. Total rent allowance expenditure (HB paid to non-LA tenants) information for 200203 is taken from "initial final" audited subsidy returns provided to ODPM by the local authority. This total is subject to revision in the "final" audited subsidy return.
4. A split in rent allowance expenditure by tenancy type is not provided on the subsidy returns from the local authority. However, the split of expenditure on tenants of registered social landlords (housing associations) and private landlords has been estimated using quarterly administrative data, which provide average award and caseload information by tenancy type.