Mr Knight: To ask the hon. Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission who gave authority to the BBC to project an illumination of the results of the general election onto the clock tower of the Palace of Westminster on 6 and 7 May; and whether the proposal was considered before a Committee of the House. 
Sir Stuart Bell: Approval was given by the Speaker after consultation with the chair of the Administration Committee. The Administration Committee was not able to consider the request before Dissolution.
Mr Maude: The Government believe that departmental websites should be hubs for debate as well as information-where people come together to discuss issues and address challenges-and that this should be achieved efficiently and, whenever possible using open source software. Any future development of websites run by the Cabinet Office will be assessed and reviewed against these criteria.
Mr Watson: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) how many (a) current and (b) former employees of (i) the Liberal Democrat Party and (ii) the Conservative Party have been issued with a (A) Cabinet Office and (B) 10 Downing Street security pass; 
Mr Maude: All travel management companies (TMCs) contracted to the Department are required to provide management information in Microsoft Office Excel format. The Cabinet Office utilises Microsoft Office Excel for calculations in relation to its travel costs.
Mr Maude: Cabinet Office budgets for 2010-11 have not yet been disaggregated to a level which allows identification of the expected spend for international travel by staff in 2010-11. A budget profiling exercise is currently underway and will be completed shortly.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office which five local authority wards had the lowest percentage electoral registration rate in each constituency in each region of the UK in the latest period for which figures are available. 
The security of personal data is of paramount importance to this Government as is the protection of people's rights in relation to their personal data through the upholding of the Data Protection Act. Since taking office we have moved responsibility for information security and assurance for Government Departments to the National Security Secretariat, based within the Cabinet Office and reporting to the Security Minister. The Information Security and Assurance team and the Office of Cyber Security are in the process of merging to lead a joined-up approach to information assurance and cyber security strategy and policy.
Government Departments are responsible for the protection of personal data that they handle following the rules as set out by the Cabinet Office's Security Policy Framework and the cross-Government requirements on the handling of personal sensitive data.
Mr Maude: Under the rules of the Parliamentary Pension Scheme, ministerial pension entitlements are based on the level of salary entitled to rather than taken. The Government will bring forward an Order in Council this year to reduce ministerial salaries, which will mean that there will be a commensurate reduction in pension entitlements.
Mr Maude: The National School of Government is a non-ministerial department for which I have responsibility for in Parliament. Consequently, I have asked the chief executive for the National School of Government to respond directly to the hon. Member's parliamentary questions about ministerial training.
The National School of Government works with the Cabinet Office to provide the Ministerial programme, details of which are available on the National School's website at:
Working closely with the Cabinet Office, the National School of Government's induction workshops for Ministers new to office included: a briefing on the Ministerial Code; a chance to discuss the realities of working as a Minister and working with the Civil Service; and a briefing on the learning and development opportunities available to Ministers. (24)
Mr Maude: No. 10 Downing street and the Cabinet Office do not purchase copies of PR Week. There are no subscriptions in place; however, one complementary copy is sent to the Cabinet Office and No. 10 respectively as part of individual staff membership to the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR).
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what recent discussions her Department has had with (a) the British Beekeepers' Association and (b) the National Bee Unit on bee health; and if she will make a statement. 
The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA) is an Executive Agency of DEFRA. FERA develops and delivers all aspects of bee health policy, and engages with relevant organisations on behalf of DEFRA, as well as providing supporting scientific
expertise. The National Bee Unit (NBU) is part of FERA, facilitating the Agency's policy unit's regular discussions with both the NBU and relevant organisations on all aspects of bee health.
FERA has regular discussions with the British Beekeepers' Association (BBKA) both through its involvement in the Healthy Bees Plan, in which the BBKA plays an active part, and directly through a range of other activities.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how many full-time equivalent staff at each Civil Service grade are employed in the private office of each Minister in her Department. 
Richard Benyon: The DEFRA ministerial team has four private offices staffed by a team of 26 full-time staff. The breakdown is set out in the following table. It excludes (a) staff on temporary contracts, (b) the special adviser and (c) staff employed in the Permanent Secretary's private office and parliamentary branch.
|Grade||Secretary of State||Minister of State||Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Commons)||Parliamentary Under - Secretary of State (Lords)|
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs when she plans to bring the code of practice for the welfare of game birds reared for sporting purposes into force. 
I have decided to withdraw from Parliament the Code of Practice for the welfare of game birds
reared for sporting purposes because I do not consider that it is entirely based on scientific evidence, particularly in relation to the housing of breeding birds. I have also reconvened the working group which drafted the original code, with the intention of amending the code and re-laying it before Parliament for approval as soon as possible.
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; 
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.
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.  [Official Report, 21 March 2011, Vol. 525, c. 11MC.]
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.
|Care and supervision orders made in the County Courts and High Court, England and Wales|
1. The data are taken from the HMCS FamilyMan System.
2. Figures relate to the number of children subject to each application.
3. Disposals in each year may relate to applications made in earlier years.
4. Figures are provided for County Courts and the High Court.
|Care and supervision orders made in the Family Proceedings Courts, England and Wales|
|HMCS area||April 2007 to December 2007||January 2008 to December 2008|
1. The data are taken from the HMCS FamilyMan System and One Performance Truth database.
2. Figures relate to the number of children subject to each application.
3. Disposals in 2007 and 2008 may relate to applications made in earlier years.
4. Figures are provided for Family Proceedings Court.
5. For Family Proceedings Courts the earliest available data that can be broken down by HMCS area is from April 2007. Therefore figures for 2007 relate to data from April 2007 to December 2007.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many (a) mothers and (b) fathers breached contact orders in each of the last three years; and what proportion of those breaches resulted in (i) a fine and (ii) imprisonment in each such year; 
The following table shows the number of public and private law Section 8 contact orders made in the family courts in England and Wales between the years of 2006 and 2008. 2008 is the latest year for which data on orders made have been published. Statistics on contact orders made are published by the Ministry of Justice in the annual Command Paper "Judicial and
Court Statistics", copies of which are available in the Library of the House and on the Ministry's website at:
|Section 8 contact orders made in all tiers of court between 2006 and 2008, by whether public or private law|
1. Figures presented are for England and Wales only.
2. Figures relate to the number of children subject to each application.
3. Disposals in each year may relate to applications made in earlier years.
4. Data for 2006 have been revised.
5. All tiers of court are represented in the answer; specifically the family proceedings court, county court and High Court.
Judicial and Court Statistics
Information about the number of contact orders made relating to the movement of children abroad is not held centrally, and could be obtained through the inspection of individual files only at disproportionate cost.
It is not possible to know whether a contact order was breached unless either a new contact order is applied for, or an enforcement order is applied for to enforce the original contact order. The enforcement order was introduced in December 2008. There were 1,081 applications for enforcement orders in respect of contact orders, in the county courts during calendar year 2009. Information on which parent breached a contact order is not held centrally.
As Director General for the Office for National Statistics, I have been asked to reply to your question asking what estimate has been made of the number of persons resident in each constituency eligible to vote and not on the electoral register (33).
ONS does not have the data required to answer your question. Data are collected on the number of UK citizens resident in Parliamentary Constituencies who are registered to vote, but no data are collected on the number of people who are eligible to vote but who choose not to register.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will make it his policy to abolish the practice whereby courts add a victim surcharge to penalties imposed for offences in cases where there is no victim. 
The Government are committed to ensuring that offenders pay financial reparation to victims of crime. We firmly believe that offenders should take
responsibility, regardless of the offence committed, for compensating victims and contributing toward the cost of supporting them to overcome the effects of crime. A victim surcharge of £15, used to fund victims' services, is currently applied to all sentences which include a fine.
In line with our commitments in the coalition agreement to a sentencing review, we are exploring ways in which offenders might contribute to services and support for their victims and victims generally.
Mr Djanogly: In the light of the medical evidence available on pleural plaques, the Government do not consider it appropriate to overturn the House of Lords 2007 judgment that the condition is not compensatable under the civil law of tort. The Government will proceed with the implementation of the previously announced limited extra-statutory scheme to provide one-off payments to individuals who had begun, but not resolved, a legal claim for compensation for pleural plaques at the time of the House of Lords judgment. We hope that the scheme will be in a position to start accepting claims from the end of June.
Mr Blunt: The Ministry of Justice produces annual projections of the prison population in England and Wales, most recently in August 2009. These project the prison population under three different scenarios (high, medium and low), based on different assumptions about future sentencing trends. In May 2011, the projected total populations are: 89,200 under the high scenario, 87,500 under the medium scenario and 85,600 under the low scenario. These figures incorporate the impact of the ending of End of Custody Licence (ECL).
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the prison population was in (a) May 1997, (b) in May 2001, (c) in May 2002 and (d) on the latest date for which figures are available. 
Mr Blunt: The prison population in England and Wales on the last day of May for 1997 was 60,335, last day of May 2001 was 66,012, for the last day of May 2005 was 76,141 and for 21 May 2010 (latest available) was 85,201.
The National Offender Management Service will deliver over 14,000 prison places under the prison capacity programme by 2012. A planning application for a new 1500 place prison at Runwell in Essex has been submitted to Chelmsford borough council. At the same time we are undertaking a review of sentencing and will continue to keep our prison population and capacity projections under review in the light of this.
Mr Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) mothers and (b) fathers have applied for residency orders; and what proportion of these were successful in each of the last three years. 
|Table 1: Applications for section 8 Residence Orders under the Children Act 1989 by mothers or fathers in private law cases in the High Court or County Court in England and Wales, 2007 to 2009|
|Mother||Father||Other relationship, or no information recorded||Total residence orders applied for|
|Table 2: Applications for section 8 Residence Orders under the Children Act 1989 by mothers or fathers in public law cases in the High Court or County Court in England and Wales, 2007 to 2009|
|Mother||Father||Other relationship, or no information recorded||Total residence orders applied for|
The figures reflect the number of applications made, counted by child. This means that an application was made in respect of two children will be counted twice. The figures may not exactly match previously published figures as they were produced using a more recent extract from the family court administrative data system and reflect any updates to information held in the meantime.
It is not possible to determine the proportion of the applications which were successful as no information is held centrally on which person in the relevant case receives a residence order. However, the numbers of
section 8 residence orders made in the County Court or High Court in England and Wales during 2007 and 2008, as published in the annual "Judicial and Court Statistics" report, are given in Table 3. Statistics on residence orders made in 2009 are not yet available and will be published in the next edition of the Ministry of Justice's "Judicial and Court Statistics" report in September 2010. Copies of these reports are available in the Library of the House and on the Ministry of Justice website at
|Table 3: Section 8 Residence Orders made under the Children Act 1989 in the High Court or County Court in England and Wales, 2007 to 2008|
|Private Law||Public Law|
Mr Buckland: To ask the Attorney-General if he will make it his policy to revise the Code for Crown Prosecutors, with particular reference to the rights of householders to protect their (a) persons and (b) property. 
The Code for Crown Prosecutors is issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions under Section 10 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 and provides guidance to prosecutors on the general principles to be applied in all prosecutorial decisions. It is kept under regular review to ensure that it remains in line with legislative and policy changes. It has recently been revised, following public consultation, and was published on 22 February 2010.
The DPP has additional legal guidance on the application of these broader principles in specific circumstances, including cases involving householders using force on intruders. In the light of the publication of the Coalition commitment to ensuring that people have the protection that they need when they defend themselves against intruders, consideration will be given to reviewing this guidance to prosecutors in due course.
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Attorney-General what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the (a) implementation of penalty clauses and payments in its contracts and (b) potential legal action arising from the deferral and cancellation of contracts and projects under his Department's plans to achieve cost savings; and whether those estimates are included in the total cost savings to be achieved by his Department. 
The Attorney-General: I do not have any plans to invite the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to review his policy, issued on 25 February 2010, on prosecuting cases of encouraging or assisting suicide.
The DPP published his policy following the judgment of the House of Lords in R (on the application of Purdy) v . DPP on 30 July 2009 which required him to outline the public interest factors, both for and against prosecution, that the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will take into account in considering such cases. As was outlined at the time of publication, the policy does not change the law, nor does it sanction the taking of life by another person. The policy should be read in conjunction with the Code for Crown Prosecutors which continues to apply in all cases.
Mr Knight: To ask the Attorney-General how many cases of suspected assisted suicide have been sent to the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of these cases proceeded to court. 
The Attorney-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) keeps central records of the numbers of charged offences reaching a first hearing in magistrates courts under section 2(1) Suicide Act 1961, that is, cases of assisted suicide. Table 1 outlines the numbers recorded over the last three years:
|Table 1: Charged offences reaching a first hearing in the magistrates courts|
|Number of cases|
Cases of assisted suicide have been required to be referred to CPS headquarters only since December 2008 and more detailed records are only available since then. Based both on that information and other records covering the years 2008-09 and 2009-10, the numbers of cases referred to the CPS in which a decision not to prosecute has been made over the last three years are outlined in Table 2:
|Table 2: Cases of suspected assisted suicide sent to the CPS|
|Number of cases|
These cases may include those in which it was decided that the two-stage Full Code Test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors was not met, and those which resulted in a different charged offence, for example, murder or manslaughter. These data may not be exhaustive, and do not include those charged offences that reached a first hearing in the magistrates' courts outlined in Table 1.
Chris Grayling: The Department for Work and Pensions will follow the Government policy and processes for publishing expenditure over £25,000 which are currently being developed by the Office of Government Commerce.
Mr Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many people in (a) Hartlepool constituency and (b) the North East region have been placed into employment as a result of funding from the Future Jobs Fund. 
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) what his Department's policy is on provision of pensions to pensioners by cheques; and what arrangements his Department is making for pensioners who wish to continue receiving their payments by cheque; 
Steve Webb: Making payments direct into an account, including a post office card account, is the way the Department pays pensions and benefits because it is safe, efficient and fast. Cheque payment is available for those customers who, exceptionally, cannot be paid into an account of any kind.
The Department has begun the process to replace the current system of cheques. Cheques are more vulnerable to fraud than payments into an account and the replacement product will better provide the security that is needed to protect the taxpayer against fraud and abuse. We have worked with stakeholders to ensure that the new service meets the needs of all customers who are unable to operate an account of any kind, including the more vulnerable.
The Department's statistical information is broken down by benefit or pension account rather than by individual. As at February 2010, the latest date for which information is available, the number of state retirement pension accounts paid by cheque was around 44,000, or 0.4 percent. However, some state pensioners also receive additional benefits or allowances. Overall, this means that some 90,000 pensioner accounts, around 0.7 percent, are paid by cheque in respect of state pension, pension credit or other allowance. Some of these allowances will be combined together and paid as one cheque.
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what representations he has received on funding for (a) safety improvements and (b) carriageway widening on the A15 in the last 24 months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will consider the merits of taking steps to reduce excessive charges for car parking at UK airports; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs Villiers: The setting of charges for car parking at UK airports is a commercial matter for the car park operators concerned. Airport car parks operate in a competitive environment, which offers a wide range of parking options and tariffs.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will bring forward proposals to require British aeroplane operators (a) not to charge passengers with medical conditions who require oxygen and (b) to allow the use of portable oxygen concentrators during flights. 
Mrs Villiers: This issue falls under European Regulation 1107/2006 on the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air. The regulation does not impose specific obligations to carry or provide medical oxygen in the cabin. The matter is therefore one for airlines themselves to determine.
UK airlines have a good record in this respect. Many, including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, EasyJet, Flybe and Thomson/First Choice, allow passengers to use their own medical oxygen and their own portable oxygen concentrator free of charge. This compares favourably with other European airlines.
Mr Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport when an announcement will be made on whether the planned electrification of the Blackpool to Manchester rail line will take place; and if he will make a statement. 
Mrs Villiers [holding answer 2 June 2010]: We are in the early stages of the new Government and Ministers are considering the full range of transport policy. The Government support rail electrification as it helps to reduce carbon emissions and cut running costs.
Norman Baker: The Coalition Agreement makes clear that we will encourage joint working between bus operators and local authorities. The Local Transport Act 2008 introduced a number of new bus regulations in relation to Quality Contract Schemes and Quality Partnerships Schemes in England and the related guidance has been published in full. I intend to wait for the outcome of the Competition Commission inquiry into the local bus market in England outside London before deciding on the need for any further regulatory reform of bus provision.
Dr Pugh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how much capital funding his Department has allocated to the Crossrail project for (a) 2010-11 and (b) each of the two subsequent financial years. 
Mrs Villiers: Under the Crossrail Project Development Agreement between the Secretary of State for Transport, Transport for London and Crossrail Limited, the Department for Transport has undertaken to make the following funding available:
|Amount (£ million)|
|Minister||Staff grades||Full-time equivalents|
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport whether the level of use by passengers of Levenshulme Station in Manchester makes it eligible for funding for disabled access from the Government's Access for All scheme. 
Stations were selected based on footfall, weighted by the incidence of disability in the local area so as to prioritise investment where it could deliver the maximum benefit to disabled people. In addition, approximately a third of the funding was allocated to achieve an equitable
regional spread, with train operators and others consulted on their priorities. There was not a minimum usage threshold for eligibility.
In addition, the Access for All small schemes programme has made match funding available for smaller enhancements at stations, meeting local needs. Applications to this fund have been assessed based on indicative value-for-money criteria of £1 per annual passenger. To date, around £23,500 has been offered to Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive for enhancements at Levenshulme including hearing induction loops and passenger information systems.
Norman Baker: Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, the promoters of the Manchester Metrolink system, incorporated an option in the procurement contract for Metrolink Phase 3a works to extend the contracted works to cover Metrolink Phase 3b extensions. The Deed of Variation to include Phase 3b extensions was signed on 25 March 2010.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information Network Rail has provided to his Department on its plans for cost reductions; and over what period of time he expects such reductions to be achieved. 
In addition, Network Rail has now indicated that, subject to the consent of the Office of Rail Regulation, it will reduce its spending by a further £100 million in 2010-11, reducing the company's requirement for Government funding by £100 million in the current year.
Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the planned reduction is in the number of (a) cars and (b) employees in the Government Car Service (GCS); and what the expected reduction in expenditure on the GCS is. 
Mike Penning: The plan is to save at least one third from the cost of the Government Car Service. The exact amount will be determined once decisions on the number of cars and drivers required to provide an efficient service, in line with the new Ministerial code, have been taken.
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will undertake an investigation into (a) the cost effectiveness of all park and ride schemes and (b) the
relative cost effectiveness of park and ride schemes and increased town centre parking provision; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has no plans to undertake such an investigation. The cost effectiveness of park and ride schemes will vary considerably according to local circumstances and their interaction with other local transport measures. Local authorities are best placed to determine the relative costs and benefits of park and ride schemes against alternative measures in their own areas.
Gordon Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will assess the potential effects on the level of (a) congestion on the main approach roads into London and (b) carbon dioxide emissions of reducing fares on the North Kent railway line. 
Mrs Villiers: There are no specific plans in place to assess the potential effects of reducing fares on this corridor although the Government take fare levels into account in formulating its overall approach on rail.
Jon Trickett: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what information he has received from Network Rail on the likely effects on the number of jobs in the rail industry of his Department's requirement to make £100 million in savings. 
Mrs Villiers: Network Rail has indicated that, subject to the consent of the Office of Rail Regulation, it will reduce its planned spending by £100 million in 2010-11, reducing the company's requirement for Government funding by £100 million in the current year. Network Rail has not indicated that this will have an impact upon employment levels.
Mike Penning: The Department for Transport's latest estimates of the annual cost to the UK economy of road accidents are published in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain (RRCGB): 2008 Annual Report, on page 28, table 2c. Copies of the report have been deposited in the House Library and are also available at:
Mr Kevan Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport from which highway improvement plans in the North East he expects funding reductions to be made to contribute to his Department's £112 million cost reductions. 
Norman Baker: The Department for Transport has not produced any regional breakdown for our £683 million contribution to the £6.2 billion savings announced by the Chancellor. None of the three schemes delivered by the Highways Agency that will be deferred is in the north-east. The Government will shortly announce in more detail the implications for individual grants, including transport grants, that form the £1.65 billion savings contribution from local authorities.
Mr Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what original estimate was made of the number of (a) direct and (b) indirect jobs which would be created as a result of train carriage orders which have been recently cancelled. 
Mrs Villiers [holding answer 2 June 2010]: The orders which have been signed for new rolling stock are at various stages of completion. None of these orders have been cancelled. No assessment has been made of jobs created as management of resources to build the trains is the responsibility of the train manufacturer.
Mrs Villiers: The orders that have already been signed for new rolling stock are at various stages of completion. None of these orders have been cancelled. In terms of further new orders that were being discussed with operators as part of the HLOS programme, there will be a pause (for financial year 2010-11) to assist the Department in making its contribution to the Government's in-year savings programme.
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Mr Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make it his policy to oppose proposals at EU level to introduce a mandatory requirement for speed limiters on vans; and if he will make a statement. 
Mike Penning: Speed limiters are already required on all goods vehicles of over 3.5 tonnes maximum gross weight in the interests of road safety and environmental protection. If there were to be any proposal for limiters to be required on lighter goods vehicles we would want to review the supporting evidence from the EU on costs and benefits carefully before determining what the UK response would be.
Andrew Stephenson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what his most recent estimate is of the number of UK citizens resident in Pakistan; and what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in that country. 
Alistair Burt: The number of British Nationals in Pakistan at any one time is estimated to be approximately 80,000. This figure is made up of about 40,000 visitors and 40,000 residents. The highest concentration of British Nationals is in Pakistan Administered Kashmir, in particular in Mirpur District. This figure includes those holding dual British/Pakistani nationality.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office constantly assess the security situation in Pakistan. These assessments inform our Travel Advice for Pakistan. We currently advise against all travel to several areas, including Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), and much of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. We advise against all but essential travel to North and Western Balochistan, and to parts of interior Sind.
David Mundell: The current interim arrangement for the SO are (i) one car and (ii) one driver for the Secretary of State primarily but which may be used by the Advocate-General and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State if not required by the Secretary of State. This arrangement is supplemented by pool cars if needed.
"the number of Ministers with allocated cars and drivers will be kept to a minimum, taking into account security and other relevant considerations. Other Ministers will be entitled to use cars from the Government Car Service Pool as needed".
Mr Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much expenditure his Department has incurred to date on the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier programme; and what his most recent estimate is of the total cost of the programme. 
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) Army soldiers and (b) families of Army soldiers are stationed at each base in (i) Germany and (ii) Cyprus; and what the cost to the public purse was in the last 12 months. 
Mr Robathan [holding answer 2 June 2010]: The number of Army personnel stationed in each base in Germany and Cyprus is shown in the following table. It has not been possible to determine the number of Army dependants in Cyprus within the time available and so the total number of Service dependants (which includes Royal Air Force dependants) has been provided for these locations.
|Location||Number of Army Personnel||Number of Dependants|
The cost to the public purse associated with maintaining and operating bases over the last financial year was £94.958 million for Cyprus and £528.982 million for Germany. These figures do not include any manpower costs as we would incur the vast majority of these costs wherever personnel were based.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) what recent assessment has been made of the level of security for families living on Ministry of Defence housing estates at the Colchester Garrison; and if he will make a statement; 
(2) whether additional security measures will be implemented at Ministry of Defence housing estates at the Colchester Garrison during the period for which 16 Air Assault Brigade is deployed to Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) what measures have been taken to (a) maintain and (b) increase the level of security of families living on Ministry of Defence housing estates at the Colchester Garrison since the occupation of some of the houses by civilians; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr Robathan: The policing presence at Colchester Garrison is provided by Ministry of Defence Police, with the support of police community support officers and Essex police. Current arrangements are judged to be in line with the current threat assessment. Additional policing will be provided, with the support of the Royal Military Police, when 16 Air Assault Brigade is deployed.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the designated strength was of the Ministry of Defence Police at the Colchester Garrison (a) in 1997, (b) in 2007 and (c) on the latest date for which figures are available. 
The current complement of MDP provides a community policing role at Colchester Garrison. Security is provided by the Ministry of Defence Guard Service, the Military Provost Guard Service and members of the Army unit stationed at the Garrison.
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