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Ms Harman: A bankruptcy order is made on the petition of the debtor or one of his creditors when the court is satisfied that there is no prospect of the debt being paid. The following table shows the number of bankruptcy orders made at either Bury St. Edmunds or Ipswich county courts since 1998, the earliest year for which statistics are available. Bury St. Edmunds and Ipswich are the only two county courts in Suffolk which deal with insolvency matters.
Bankruptcy petitions should be presented in the court that deals with the area where the debtor has lived or traded for the longest period in the previous six months. However, the insolvency jurisdictions of particular county courts are not directly comparable with standard geographies such as counties or
parliamentary constituencies. For these reasons, figures shown in the table will not be an exact measure of bankruptcies in Suffolk.
|Number of bankruptcy orders made at Bury St. Edmunds or Ipswich county courts: 1998 to 2006|
|Number of bankruptcy orders made in Bury St. Edmunds county court||Number of bankruptcy orders made in Ipswich county court||Total for Bury St. Edmonds and Ipswich county courts|
| Source: Insolvency Service|
Mr. Cash: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will publish maps showing the precise new boundaries of parliamentary constituencies in England following the recent Boundary Commission report. 
Bridget Prentice: Volumes 3 and 4 of the Boundary Commission for Englands Fifth Periodical Report set out in some detail, on maps produced by Ordnance Survey, where the proposed new boundaries for parliamentary constituencies in England would lie.
We have no current plans to make more detailed constituency maps available. However, once the current draft order is made we will be exploring with the Boundary Commissions and Ordnance Survey the possibility of producing more detailed constituency maps.
Philip Davies: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much was spent by the court system on interpreters in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Ms Harman: The information requested is not collected centrally (and could be provided only at disproportionate cost) for interpreters used in the Crown court and criminal hearings in the magistrates courts. In each of the last five years the costs of interpreters for civil and family hearings are as follows:
|(1) As at end September.|
Changes to the financial systems used to pay interpreters have taken effect in the last couple of years and the figures quoted are therefore approximate. Her Majestys Courts Service is currently undertaking some analysis of interpreters booked in the last year to try to identify trends in the increase of bookings and subsequent cost.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what effect she expects the forthcoming reorganisation of her Department to have on the allocation and organisation of Government buildings; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Harman: In accordance with normal practice for machinery of Government changes, responsibility for those buildings wholly occupied by staff transferring to the Ministry of Justice will also be transferred. Arrangements for building(s) that will be shared between the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice will be managed in accordance with normal practice for jointly occupied buildings that form part of the Governments civil estate.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs whether the 50 Queen Anne's Gate building will be home to the Ministry of Justice; and if she will make a statement. 
David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints of bullying have been investigated in her Department in the last 12 months; and how many complaints have been upheld. 
Ms Harman: During the last 12 months (for the period April 2006 to March 2007) the Department for Constitutional Affairs has received 16 official complaints about bullying, of which two were upheld and two were partly upheld.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs when the Government will publish its review of electoral systems currently in use in the United Kingdom; and if she will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The review is currently under way in the Department for Constitutional Affairs. The review will include information on the recent elections for the Northern Ireland Assembly in March 2007 and the up-coming elections for the National Assembly for Wales and the Scottish Parliament this week. It is anticipated that the review will be completed within the lifetime of this Parliament. Ministers will take decisions on any next steps, if necessary, after the review is completed.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many complaints under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have been awaiting allocation to a case officer of the Information Commissioners Offices (ICO) for (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) nine months and (d) longer, broken down by ICO (i) regional offices and (ii) teams; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Harman: As of 31 March 2007 the number of complaints under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 awaiting allocation to a case officer at the Information Commissioners Office, broken down by time and team, was as detailed in the following table.
|Time period/team||Belfast||Cardiff||Team 1||Team 2||Team 3||Team 4||Team 5||Team 6||Total|
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs on what date the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal notified (a) the Home Office and (b) HM High Commission, Islamabad, of its decision in the case of Mrs. K. U.N., wife of Mr. I. G. of Aylesbury (reference OA/26058/2006), which was heard on 7 February and promulgated on 19 February. 
Bridget Prentice: Information shows that the immigration judge determination for appeal reference OA/26058/2006 was served upon the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) of the Home Office on 19 February 2007.
In entry clearance and family visitor appeals the determination is served upon the Border and Immigration Agency (formerly the Immigration and Nationality Directorate) who will arrange for the forwarding of the determination to the entry clearance post that made the original refusal.
Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many EU Council meetings the Lord Chancellor has attended since taking up her post; and who represents her if she is unable to attend. 
Bridget Prentice: The Department for Constitutional Affairs is represented at EU Justice and Home Affairs Council meetings by my right hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, Baroness Ashton of Upholland as she is the Minister responsible for EU and international business. She attends all such Council meetings unless there is no business relevant to the Department. Baroness Ashton has attended 16 Council meetings since taking up her post.
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