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The latest available figures for newly diagnosed cases of cancer (incidence) are for the year 2006. Numbers of newly diagnosed cases of cancer for the years 2000 to 2006 for (a) England and for (b) each ward of Henley constituency are in Table 1.
|Table 1: Registration of newly diagnosed cases of cancer( 1) : England, and each ward( 2) of Henley parliamentary constituency, 2000 to 2006|
|(1) All cancers, coded to C00-C97 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10), excluding non-melanoma skin cancer (C44).|
(2) Both the parliamentary constituency and the wards are based on boundaries as of 2008.
Office for National Statistics.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office with reference to the answer of 17 November 2008, Official Report, column 244W, on Ministerial policy advisers, how much was spent on severance payments to special advisers in each year prior to 2007-08 for which records are held. 
Angela E. Smith: Since 2002-03, the Government have published information about the numbers and cost of special advisers, including the cost of severance payments. The total cost of severance payments to special advisers in each year from 2002-03 to 2006-07 is set out as follows.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office how many members of the Cabinet Offices security staff have (a) been suspended, (b) been dismissed and (c) resigned in the last eight months; and for what reasons in each case. 
Adam Afriyie: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office what proportion of computers in Government departments run (a) Microsoft Office software, (b) Open Office software and (c) other open source office software. 
Angela E. Smith: Information on non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs) is published in the annual Cabinet Office Public Bodies report. Copies are available from the Libraries of the House. Public Bodies 2008 reports that the total number of NDPBs fell by around 8 per cent. since 1997from 857 to 790 in 2008.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprenticeships, with particular reference to apprenticeships within the automotive industry. 
Kevin Brennan: This Department and the Department for Children, Schools and Families currently fund Apprenticeships for adults and young people in a number of occupations in the automotive industry in England. Apprenticeships will play a key role in our response to the current economic downturn. Earlier in the year my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister announced a £140 million package to provide an extra 35,000 Apprenticeship places over the coming year in both the public and private sectors to help boost the countrys competitiveness.
Last month we announced that businesses across the country with a proven track record of delivering Apprenticeships would share £11 million to create 3,000 new places by employing apprentices over and above the number they already employ. This will help these businesses support smaller companies in their supply chains. Companies benefiting from this funding include: Scania; Daf Trucks; Ford; BMW; Mercedes Benz; and Jaguar Land Rover.
Looking to the future, we have set ambitious targets for the growth of the Apprenticeships programme. Apprenticeships provisions are being taken forward as part of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill, including provisions to ensure that an Apprenticeship place is available for all suitably qualified young people by 2013.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many apprenticeships were awarded to individuals subsequently discovered to be illegal immigrants in the last year for which figures are available. 
Kevin Brennan: All apprentices must be entitled to work in the UK in order to take up an apprenticeship and, as with any employment, it is the employers responsibility to check all prospective employees entitlement to work in the UK, or they risk breaking the law.
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