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Police (Medical Retirement)

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many medical retirements from the police there have been in the last 10 years as a result of periodontal deformities which exceed 3 mm. [132801]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Under the Police Pensions Regulations 1987 (as amended) a police officer may be retired on the ground that he or she is permanently disabled. For these purposes disablement means inability, occasioned by infirmity of mind or body, to perform the ordinary duties of a male or female member of the force. It would be a matter of fact whether a periodontal deformity could render a police officer unable to perform the ordinary duties of a police officer.

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department's approved medical standards for police recruitment were last approved (a) in total and (b) in respect of periodontal conditions. [132800]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office Guidelines on Medical Standards of entry to Police Forces were first issued to forces on 13 February 1995. They were endorsed by the Association of Local Authority Medical Advisers and the Association of Chief Police Officers' Joint Working Group on Organisational Heath, Safety and Welfare. The guidelines were reviewed and re-issued to forces on 3 March 1998. No separate review has been undertaken of periodontal conditions, in relation to which the current guidelines recommend that forces should consider carefully any candidate with evidence of poor dental hygiene.

DNA

Mr. Dalyell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will refer to the Law Commission the question whether the restrictions on the use of DNA to be found in section 643(B) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 should be maintained. [131478]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: I am looking at this issue carefully to determine whether to propose changes to section 64 (3B) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. I do not consider it necessary at present to seek advice from the Law Commission on this issue.

Ms Elaine Moore

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress he has made in settling on a figure to compensate Ms Elaine Moore following her wrongful arrest and imprisonment in July 1998. [131362]

Mr. Straw: I am not aware of any application for compensation having been received by the Home Office in respect of Ms Moore's case. If an application is received, it will be dealt with in the usual way. It falls to me, as Secretary of State, to decide whether in principle an applicant qualifies for compensation. The amount of any award is determined by the independent assessor, Sir David Calcutt QC.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Enforcement Procedures Review

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what assessment he has made of the Enforcement Procedures Review which was due to end in June. [133350]

Mr. Lock: We have been engaged in a comprehensive review of the enforcement of civil court judgments since 1998 and the first phase ended in June 2000. In that phase we have:




Copies of the paper on this work have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. It outlines the conclusions reached to date. Many of the proposals have already been exposed in consultation. This paper provides information on the current state of play of the enforcement review. The proposals remain subject to refinement, particularly as we examine in more detail the issues arising from the second phase of the review. Its terms of reference are:



I am also pleased to announce that Professor Beatson has now submitted to the Lord Chancellor his "Independent Review of Bailiff Law: Report", copies of

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which have also been placed in the Libraries of both Houses. This report will inform the work of the second phase of the review.

It is the Government's intention to issue a White Paper after the review is complete. It will also cover some issues which arise in the enforcement of the orders of the criminal courts.

Access to Justice (Funding)

Mr. Burnett: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department on how many occasions since May 1997 his Department has (a) authorised and (b) refused requests for funding in exceptional individual cases, under section 6(8)(b) of the Access to Justice Act 1999, for representation before (i) a tribunal, (ii) an inquest and (iii) a public inquiry. [R] [132709]

Mr. Lock: Before 1 April 2000, the Lord Chancellor had the power to direct the Legal Aid Board to grant legal aid in exceptional individual cases, under section 4 of the Legal Aid Act 1988. Since 1 April, when the Access to Justice Act came into force, he may direct or authorise the Commission, under section 6(8)(a) of the Act, to fund cases in those circumstances he chooses to specify. He may also authorise funding in exceptional individual cases under section 6(8)(b) of the Act, but only where the Legal Services Commission asks him to do so. In March, the Lord Chancellor issued detailed directions setting out the circumstances in which he would expect the Commission to request his authorisation. The numbers of directions and authorisations the Lord Chancellor has given, and of refusals by him and the Commission, are shown in the table.

Directed or authorised Refused
1988 Act1999 Act1988 Act1999 Act
Tribunals0120
Inquests2601
Public inquiries0001

Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Stunell: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many of the written parliamentary questions tabled to his Department between 19 October 1999 and 20 April have not received substantive answers, excluding those not answered (a) citing disproportionate cost, (b) stating that the information is not available, not held centrally, or not held in the form requested and (c) citing commercial or other confidentiality. [132461]

Mr. Lock: I refer the hon. Member to the written answer that I gave him on 18 July 2000, Official Report, column 162W and to the written answer I gave to the right hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Mr. Maclennan) on 22 June 2000, Official Report, column 295W.

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