Mr. Gunnell : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will ensure that, in murder cases where hon. Members have raised the conviction with members of the Government, transcripts or notes of the trial are retained longer than the five year norm provided that the hon. Member is still seeking a review of the case, regardless of whether it has gone to appeal.
Mr. John M. Taylor : If an hon. Member seeks a review of a murder case, he, or others, may purchase any transcript required within the five- year period. On request, the Department will supply details of the contractor responsible for keeping the particular record. Applications for leave to appeal are required to be lodged within 28 days and reasons to justify any extension of time are required. If there has been an application for leave to appeal, transcript relevant to the grounds of appeal will have been obtained and will be retained indefinitely in appeals against a murder conviction. The Royal Commission on criminal justice made no recommendation to extend the five-year period for the keeping of a verbatim record and I see no case to do so.
Mr. Gunnell : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what arrangements are made for the storage of transcripts or notes of the trials in murder cases which have gone to appeal.
Mr. John M. Taylor : The verbatim record is kept for five years after it was taken, regardless of whether there is an appeal. Transcripts are not automatically produced for cost reasons, but may be purchased if required within the five-year period.
If there is an appeal against a murder conviction, any transcripts purchased by the Court of Appeal and the documents provided by the Crown court to the Court of Appeal are retained indefinitely by arrangement with the Public Record Office.
Mr. Gunnell : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will make it his policy, in circumstances in which the Home Office has requested from an hon. Member representing the interests of a convicted murderer a statement concerning that case, to provide the hon. Member on request with a transcript of the relevant portions of the trial including the summings up by counsel for the defence, the prosecution and the trial judge.
Mr. John M. Taylor : Verbatim records of murder trials are retained for five years. If a transcript is required by an hon. Member, the Home Office, or another organisation or person, it must be purchased within the five-year period. The contractor responsible for keeping the records will be
Column 204required to meet any such request. It would not be appropriate for my Department to meet the costs of such transcription.
A verbatim record of the evidence and a trial judge's summing up is always taken, but prosecution and defence closing speeches are not matters of evidence or law which a jury are required to have regard to. A record of these may not be available as there is no requirement to record them.
Mr. Alex Carlile : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the rank of the officer or officers of the City of London police who on or about 1 April 1992 prepared letters purporting to have been written, respectively by the right hon. Member for Tweeddale, Ettrick and Lauderdale (Sir D. Steel) and Mr. D. W. Freeman in connection with a case under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office ; what disciplinary proceedings have been taken ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Nigel Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officers in each police force in the United Kingdom have had to retire from their jobs as a result of injuries caused by assault in each year since 1979.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The information requested is not held centrally for police forces in England and Wales. I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland that this is also the case for Scotland. If individual forces were able to provide the information requested, it could be collected only at disproportionate cost.
I understand from my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland that his Department holds information about retirements from the Royal Ulster Constabulary from which the information requested could be extracted in respect of former RUC police officers. If my hon. Friend writes to him, he will provide the information.
Mrs. Roche : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how he expects the recommendation in his White Paper that civilian staff employed for police purposes should be employed by the chief constable to work in practice.
Mr. Charles Wardle : It is too early to say how the detailed arrangements for the employment of civilian staff in the police service will be managed. Civilian staff have an increasingly important part to play in the provision of a good quality police service. It therefore seems appropriate, and in the interests of all those working in the police service, that the civilian staff should be directly employed by the chief constable.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what ways United Kingdom legislation will have to be changed to implement the resolution on family reunification adopted by the Ministers responsible for immigration at their meeting in Copenhagen on 1 and 2 June ; and what cost implications this will have.
Mr. Allen : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the international conventions and fundamental provisions in national legislation which the Ministers responsible for immigration indicated would be taken into account in their resolution on family reunification at their meeting in Copenhagen on 1 and 2 June ; and which of these obligations are relevant to the implementation of this resolution in United Kingdom law.
Mr. Charles Wardle : It is not possible to provide an exhaustive list of all the international conventions which the United Kingdom has ratified or the provisions in domestic legislation which might be relevant. However, the following are likely to be applicable : 1. International Conventions
(a) The United Nations Convention on Human Rights ;
(b) The European Convention on Human Rights ;
(c) The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child ; (
(d) The European Convention on the Adoption of Children ; (
(e) The United Nations Convention on Refugees.
2. Domestic legislation
(a) The Immigration Act, 1971 ;
(b) The Marriage Act, 1949 ;
(c) The Children Act, 1989 ;
(d) The Adoption Act, 1976, together with the equivalent Act and Order for Scotland and Northern Ireland ;
(e) The Family Law Reform Act, 1987.
Mr. Nigel Evans : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures will be taken against those veterinary surgeons who continue to dock the tails of dogs ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Bottomley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate for each year since 1967 the number of times a week people drive motor vehicles after consuming more than the legal limit for alcohol for drivers and the number of related deaths each year.
Mr. Maclean : Such estimates are not available. However, the average weekly number of screening breath tests in England and Wales for the years 1968 to 1992 and the number of fatalities per year involving illegal alcohol levels are as follows :
|Average number of |Annual number of |screening breath |fatalities in |tests per week |accidents involving |illegal alcohol |levels<1> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1968 |980 |- 1969 |1,130 |- 1970 |1,400 |- 1971 |1,860 |- 1972 |2,310 |- 1973 |2,540 |- 1974 |2,380 |- 1975 |2,580 |- 1976 |2,580 |- 1977 |2,520 |- 1978 |2,730 |- 1979 |3,150 |1,790 1980 |3,460 |1,570 1981 |3,400 |1,540 1982 |3,980 |1,670 1983 |4,630 |1,200 1984 |4,000 |1,280 1985 |4,810 |1,130 1986 |5,830 |1,060 1987 |7,690 |980 1988 |8,520 |840 1989 |10,400 |870 1990 |11,480 |800 1991 |10,810 |700 1992 |10,210 |- <1> Source: Department of Transport. Figures for years prior to 1979 not available. Figures for 1992 not yet available.
Mr. Grocott : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the former Members of this House who have been appointed since 1988 by his Department to quasi autonomous non-governmental organisations ; and if he will list in each case the title of the post, the salary, the duration of the appointment, and the party which the former hon. Member represented.
Trustee of the Community Development Foundation
Appointed January 1992 for 3 years
Right hon. Lord Carlisle of Bucklow, QC
Chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Appointed 1 March 1989 until 31 March 1995
Member of the Police Complaints Authority
Column 207Appointed for 3 years from October 1992
Member of the Parole Board
Fee Paid ; £139 per attendance
Appointed 1 June 1991 for 3 years
Member of the Firearms Consultative Committee
Appointed 1989 for 2 years
Chairman of the Firearms Consultative Committee
Appointed for 5 years from 1989
Member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board
Appointed 1988 for 3 years extended until 1994
Trustee of the Community Development Foundation
Appointed 1986, extended until 1994
Norman Miscampbell, QC
Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Fee £246 per day
Appointed 22 March 1993 until 31 March 1995
Lord Wyatt of Weeford
Chairman of the Horserace Totalisator-Board
Appointed 1976 ; reappointed 1993 for 2 years
Information in respect of the parole local review committees is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information in respect of the Fire Services Examination Board is not available.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Mr. Jon Owen Jones, dated July 1993 : The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent question about the current standard hourly rate for prison security guards. Subsequent to the introduction of Fresh Start in 1987 prison officers receive an annual salary paid monthly. They are conditioned to an average week of 39 hours net, any additional hours worked are compensated for by time off in lieu as they are a non overtime grade.
Prison Officers have a seven point pay scale with a 10 and 15 year increment. The hourly rate ranges from £7.42 at the minimum to £9.25 at the 15 year point. These salaries are part of the annual pay negotiations between the Treasury and the Prison Officers Association and will be uplifted from 1 April 1993. Any increase will be within the Government pay restraints and be limited to between 0 to 1.5 per cent. increase.