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Widowers

Mr. Rhodri Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what estimate her Department has made of the numbers of widowers who would be entitled to a widow's pension if the current scheme for women were to be extended to men; what estimate she has made of the numbers of children of widowers who would benefit from equal treatment being extended to their fathers; and if she will make a statement. [48621]

Mr. Denham: The number of widowers who would be entitled to a Widow's Pension or Widowed Mother's Allowance if the current scheme for women were extended to men is estimated to be up to 100,000.

It is estimated that up to 30,000 children would be covered by the extension of equal treatment to their fathers.








Motability

Mr. O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security, pursuant to her answers of 25 June 1998, Official Report, columns 624-25, on Motability, if she will hold meetings with hon. Members who have a constituency interest, and with representatives of the motor manufacturing industry, to discuss the implications of the paper, Motability: MFL's Maintenance and Residual Value Proposals, before these proposals are implemented. [48594]

Mr. Denham: My noble Friend the Baroness Hollis of Heigham will be discussing the implications of the paper Motability: MFL's Maintenance and Residual Value Proposals with representatives of Ford Motor Company

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Ltd, the Disabled Driver's Association, colleagues from the Department of Trade and Industry and Motability, in the near future. Motability have advised that they would be happy to arrange to discuss this issue in detail with hon. Members who have an interest.

Armed Forces Personnel

Mr. Rendel: To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security how many armed forces personnel are currently claiming benefits. [48559]

Mr. Keith Bradley: The only available source of data about the number of armed forces personnel in receipt of Social Security benefits is the Family Resources Survey (FRS). This asks respondents in private households in Great Britain for a job description, and therefore includes only armed forces services personnel living at private addresses in Ministry of Defence (MOD) establishments. The latest year for which FRS information is available is 1996-97. For that year, in around half the cases where the respondent was identified as being in the armed forces, the individual, or their partner (if they had one) was in receipt of at least one Social Security benefit. Almost exclusively, the only benefit in payment was Child Benefit.

On 1 April 1997, there were the full-time equivalent of 212,800 UK armed forces services personnel resident in the United Kingdom. Published MOD statistics do not identify within this number servicemen living at private addresses.



DUCHY OF LANCASTER

Public Registers

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster if he will list the public registers which his Department has responsibility for. [47357]

Dr. David Clark [holding answer 29 June 1998]: The only register that my Department is required to hold and publish by law is a register of all Statutory Instruments which have been made. The Queen's Printer is required under the Statutory Instruments Act to ensure publication of a list of the Statutory Instruments which have been registered, and this is currently undertaken by The Stationery Office Limited.

MINISTER WITHOUT PORTFOLIO

Millennium Dome (Sponsors)

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Minister without Portfolio if each zone in the Millennium Dome has a sponsor; and if he will list each committed sponsor to each zone and the amount of the sponsorship contribution. [45137]

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Mr. Mandelson: Five zones have confirmed Founding Partner sponsors:






The New Millennium Experience Company is in advanced discussions with sponsors of a further five zones. Over £100m of sponsorship support has been identified. Further announcements will be made shortly.

Millennium Dome (Human Figure)

Mr. Peter Ainsworth: To ask the Minister without Portfolio what representations he has received on the sex of the giant human figure in the Millennium Dome. [47280]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 23 June 1998]: The New Millennium Experience Company and I have received a few letters from members of the public about the figure. The Company have tried wherever possible to take into account the views expressed in drawing up the detailed design brief.

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Millennium Dome (Air-conditioning)

Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Minister without Portfolio what representations he has received about the use of HFCs in the proposed air-conditioning for the Millennium Dome. [48073]

Mr. Mandelson [holding answer 1 July 1998]: I have received representations about the air-conditioning system within the Dome from a number of individuals and organisations, both for and against the system chosen.

DEFENCE

RAF Rudloe Manor

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what functions are carried out at RAF Rudloe Manor; and which organisations are based there. [46840]

Dr. Reid: RAF Rudloe Manor is an administrative establishment providing accommodation and support for a number of defence organisations. The following units are located there:

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UnitFunction
RAF Provost and Security ServicesSecurity support, criminal investigations and provost operations assistance to the RAF
Provost and Security Services (Western Region)Specialist police and security support to all RAF establishments within the West Midlands, the West Country and Mid Wales
Defence Vetting Agency (RAF)Security clearances for RAF military and civilian personnel, and defence industry employees.
Defence Communication Services AgencyThe Services Management Centre of the Agency, including the Primary Network Control Centre of the Defence Fixed Telecommunications Service
Detachment of 1001 Signals Unit, RAFParticipation in the operation of the UK military communications satellite system

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ATTORNEY-GENERAL

Restricted Enforcement Unit

33. Mr. David Heath: To ask the Attorney-General what contribution his Department makes to the work of the restricted enforcement unit. [47150]

The Attorney-General: None.

International and Organised Crime

34. Mr. Kidney: To ask the Attorney-General how the Crown Prosecution Service is joining with the national crime squad to fight international and organised crime. [47151]

The Attorney-General: The nature of the work of the National Crime Squad means that in many cases there will be an ongoing requirement for specialist legal advice from the earliest stage right through the investigation. The CPS and the National Crime Squad are working together to ensure that need is met.

Barristers' Fees

35. Mr. Pickthall: To ask the Attorney-General what representations he has received about the monitoring and assessment of barristers' fees. [47152]

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The Attorney-General: No specific representations have been received about monitoring barristers' fees. Concerns have been expressed by the Bar about the disparity between prosecution and defence fees in the Crown Court.

Crown Prosecution Service

36. Mr. Bercow: To ask the Attorney-General when he last discussed the future of the Crown Prosecution Service with (a) the Home Secretary and (b) a chief officer of police in England and Wales. [47153]

The Attorney-General: I frequently discuss matters of mutual interest with Ministerial colleagues including my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary. Officials from the Crown Prosecution Service likewise have frequent discussions with representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers. These discussions promote co-operation and effective joint working between agencies in the criminal justice system and are a key feature of the Government's commitment to improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System generally.

Mr. Spring: To ask the Attorney-General if he will make a statement on reform of the Crown Prosecution Service. [47155]

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The Attorney-General: I published the report of the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service (the Glidewell Review) on 1 June 1998. Its main thrust, which we accept, lies in proposals for reordering CPS priorities to focus more on the core business of prosecuting, greater separation of management from legal work, greater autonomy for the areas and better prospects for staff.

We immediately accepted the recommendation for the appointment of a Chief Executive and work is already underway within the CPS and other Departments to consider the recommendations. I expect to provide the House with a progress report in the Autumn.


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