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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if she will list external (a) public relations/communications companies, (b) advertising and marketing companies, (c) management consultancies, (d) accountancy companies, (e) banking firms, (f) individual consultants and (g) other specialist consultancies used by her Department since June 2001; what actions those consultancies/companies have performed within her Department; and what costs have been incurred through use of these consultancies/companies. 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland in the last year for which her Department had responsibility for health in Scotland, what funding was made available to health authorities which include populated islands to recognise and assist in meeting patients' costs of travel for mainland treatment; what assistance was made available by each health authority to patients travelling for treatment; and if she will list the
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health authorities which included populated islands, showing their expenditure per person on those islands on assistance with travel for treatment. 
|Means Tested Scheme||Highlands & Islands Scheme|
|Argyll & Clyde||89,068||521,744|
|Ayrshire & Arran||28,095||3,383|
|Dumfries & Galloway||72,465||0|
Reimbursement made under the Highlands and Islands Scheme includes costs incurred by patients from populated islands travelling to mainland hospitals for treatment.
Health boards which include populated islands are Argyll & Clyde, Ayrshire & Arran, Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles.
Expenditure per person for assistance with travelling expenses is #27.19 in Orkney, #45.52 in Shetland and #35.72 in Western Isles. Separate figures are not available for the populations of the islands in Argyll & Clyde and Ayrshire & Arran.
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what representations she has made to Ofgem with regards to the proposed changes to the auction system for capacity to the National Transmission System at St. Fergus; 
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The grant paid to the Scottish Executive over the same period was:-
1. Figures for 19992000 are for the period 1 July 1999 31 March 2000.
2. Scotland Office figures also include expenditure by the Boundary Commission for Scotland.
The Solicitor-General: An Antisocial Behaviour Order is normally obtained by the police or a local authority. The application is made before a magistrate's court, exercising its duties as a civil court, or the County Court.
In 2001 there were 85 prosecutions for breaches of ASBOs. Of these, 69 led to a conviction, 9 were dismissed and 7 not separately dealt with. The conviction rate for breaches, taken at its lowest, is thus 81 per cent. (69 out of 85 cases)
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The Solicitor-General: During the year ending June 2002, 20 per cent. of all magistrates' courts proceedings handled by the Crown Prosecution Service were abandoned before trial, together with a further 17.4 per cent. of all proceedings in the Crown Court.
These figures include several distinct types of outcome. The magistrates' courts figure comprises of discontinuances; cases in which the defendant agreed to be bound over without a trial taking place; and cases which could not proceed because the defendant could not be traced by the police, or had died, or was found unfit to plead.
The Crown Court figure comprises of cases dropped before a jury was sworn, resulting in a formal verdict of an ordered acquittal; bind overs; and, again, cases which could not proceed because the defendant could not be traced, or had died or been found unfit to plead.
The Solicitor-General: I discuss questions of sentencing regularly with the CPS. The Attorney-General and I have the power under sections 35 and 36 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 to refer sentences passed in the Crown Court for a limited number of serious offences to the Court of Appeal for review, if it appears that the sentence passed is unduly lenient.
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service is playing a central role in the street crime initiative. It has developed with the police a Premium Service which provides experienced prosecutors to:
John Barrett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what timetable has been set for publishing an Aviation White Paper following the end of the Future Development of Air Transport consultation. 
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Mr. Jamieson: The national consultation on The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom produced a suite of seven detailed consultation documents and seven summary documents. The approximate cost of producing these documents is #556,000.
Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the cost was of employing NOP to gauge public opinion on The Future Development of Air Transport in the United Kingdom: A National Consultation Document. 
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