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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment he has made of progress in implementing the Investment Strategy; if he will list the exceptional circumstances under which sites may be offered to other public bodies; what sites have been disposed of in this way, and under what circumstances in each case, in the last four years; and if he will make a statement. 
Dr. Moonie: The Investment Strategy was published as a result of the 2000 Spending Review, which sets out new plans for investment for 2001-02 to 2003-04. At the same time, the Government committed themselves to producing documents that would show how Departments planned to use this funding by setting out a strategic plan for both new investment and the use of existing assets. The Defence Investment Strategy is the result. The Strategy sets out the strategic context the MOD is working in, an analysis of its existing asset base, future investment plans and the systems the Department will be adopting to deliver value for money.
The exceptional circumstances under which sites may be offered to other public bodies are where it will ensure the future preservation of an area of importance for nature conservation, a listed building or scheduled monument or to preserve a community facility which would have no alternative use. Details of the sites which have been disposed of in this way over the last four years are not held centrally, and the costs of retrieving this information would be disproportionate.
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Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former service personnel have made an appointment with the Medical Assessment Programme at St. Thomas's Hospital since 21 November 2000; and how many of these appointments have been made following a referral from the individual's medical practitioner. 
Dr. Moonie: All appointments with the Medical Assessment Programme (MAP) at St. Thomas' Hospital are made as a result of a referral by the patient's GP. During the period 21 November 2000 to 1 March 2001, 47 former service personnel who served in the Gulf have been referred to the MAP. Of these 26 have been seen.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence on what dates army firing took place within each of the firing ranges in the Dartmoor National Park; and which dates were advertised in advance for the year ending 31 December 2000. 
Dr. Moonie: The advertised and actual number of days on which the Armed Forces fired on each of the three firing ranges in the Dartmoor National Park for the year ending 31 December 2000 are as follows:
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many burglaries and personal attacks for residents of (a) housing blocks owned by local authorities and housing associations and (b) privately owned houses there were in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 27 February 2001]: Crimes recorded by the police do not provide this information. The most recent results available from the 2000 British crime survey relate to 1999, and estimate the number of burglaries and personal attacks against those in privately owned houses and those renting from social and private landlords. The survey cannot provide figures for people living in
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|Social rented sector||476||710|
|Private rented sector||237||703|
(15) Includes attempts and burglary with entry.
(16) Comprises the following offences; robbery, snatch theft, wounding and common assault.
These estimates are based on the number of incidents per 10,000 households/individuals, multiplied up to represent the adult population of England and Wales.
Table 2 shows rates of victimisation in each sector (taking account of the varying number of householders in each). Tenants in private rented accommodation face the highest levels of both burglary and violent incidents, followed by social renters. The wider context needs to be borne in mind. For instance, rented accommodation is more common in urban and inner-city areas, where levels of crime are generally higher.
|Social rented sector||1,040||960|
|Private rented sector||1,061||1,755|
(17) Includes attempts and burglary with entry.
(18) Comprises the following offences; robbery, snatch theft, wounding and common assault.
Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many either-way offences were dealt with by magistrates in each year since 1987; of these how many were (a) committed to the Crown court for sentence and (b) committed for trial by Crown court; and in how many of these was mode of trial (i) elected by the defendant and (ii) referred for trial where the magistrate declined jurisdiction; 
(3) how many either-way offences were committed to trial in the Crown court in each year since 1996, showing the proportion of elected cases to all either-way cases committed for trial in the Crown court. 
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Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office court proceedings database does not contain information on whether defendants elect Crown court trial or are directed for trial there, nor does it contain details on defendants' pleas at magistrates courts. The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for triable either-way offences in England and Wales for the years 1987 to 1999 are shown in Table A, together with details of those committed for trial or sentence. Table B shows details of plea entered by defendants committed for trial on triable either-way offences at the Crown court in England and Wales for the years 1996 to 1999.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not separately record plea by type of offence at magistrates courts, but does record defendants finalised at the Crown court who elected for Crown court trial. Table C, from CPS statistics for the years 1992 to 2000, shows the proportion of defendants committed for trial to the Crown court in England and Wales for either-way offences who elected Crown court trial.
|Year||Defendants proceeded against||Defendants committed for trial||Defendants committed for sentence|
|Year||Defendants pleading guilty||Defendants pleading not guilty|
|Year||Percentage of triable either-way defendants electing to be committed for trial|
(19) Data available for April to December only
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