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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of defendants who elected for trial by jury at the Crown court (a) were subsequently convicted and had previous convictions and (b) were acquitted and had previous convictions. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested is not collected centrally. Research conducted by the Home Office showed that nearly 90 per cent. of convicted offenders who had elected trial in 1989 had previous convictions and over a third had more than 10 previous convictions.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total gross running cost to his Department for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds for visits exclusively within the United Kingdom by (a) him and (b) Ministers in the last 12 months. 
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Mr. Straw: The available information on the cost of travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other allowances met from public funds for ministerial visits exclusively within the United Kingdom between 1 February 2000 and 31 January 2001 is set out. The figures include where relevant the cost of an accompanying Private Secretary.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: This Government are committed to improving standards of animal welfare and I am pleased to report that since May 1997, we have agreed a significant number of measures designed to prevent the unnecessary suffering of animals, these include:
revising pre-export procedures for sheep and pigs destined for fattening, production or slaughter in other European Union member states;
announcing a review of the Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 to ensure that we have veterinary para-professionals are effectively regulated;
supporting the private Member's Bill which became the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 2000: this will allow for better care to be made of commercial animals while proceedings under the Protection of Animals Act 1911 are in hand;
legislation to prohibit fur farming in England and Wales--the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000;
agreeing, during the United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union, the European Union Zoos Directive which requires zoos to accommodate animals under conditions that satisfy their biological and conservation requirements;
creating the Zoos Forum which advises the Government on all zoo matters and came into existence following a review of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981;
updating the Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo Practice;
commissioning a review of the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 to look at its effectiveness;
supporting a private Member's Bill which became the Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999, a measure aimed at tightening regulation of commercial dog breeding establishments, and the issue to local authorities of related detailed guidance;
preparing, with the Association of Circus Proprietors, a code of practice on the care and welfare of animals in travelling circuses;
making an order that allows for an indefinite prohibition of the culling of seals on the east coast of England.
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we are promoting the fullest application of the 3Rs--the replacement of procedures with others which do not use animals, the reduction of the number of animals used and the refinement of procedures to minimise pain and suffering.
In addition to our commitment to the 3Rs, the other main individual measures this Government have introduced since the election to ensure that animals are used only where fully justified are as follows. We have:
increased the budget made available to the Animal Procedures Committee to sponsor research on alternatives by 45 per cent. to £265,000 for 2000-01;
banned the use of animals to test alcohol and tobacco products;
increased the size of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate from 18 to 21, and recruited seven new inspectors to fill these and other vacancies;
introduced a requirement that all establishments licensed under the 1986 Act have local ethical review processes as a complement to the existing controls under the Act;
announced our intention never to allow the use of Great Apes (gorillas, chimpanzees, pygmy chimpanzees and orang-utans);
ended the licensing of the LD50 test and of tests for skin corrosivity and phototoxic potential where valid alternatives exist.
Mr. Straw: Provisional expenditure on alcoholic drinks for official guests at ministerial functions in the last 12 months to 31 January 2001 was £3,007. The cost of alcoholic drinks taken with meals when entertainment is provided by civil servants for official guests cannot be identified separately.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total gross running costs were to his Department in the last 12 months of (a) stationery and (b) printing and publishing. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total gross running costs to his Department of the non-departmental public bodies accountable through his Department in the last 12 months. 
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Mr. Straw: The Cabinet Office publication, "Public Bodies 2000", contains information for the 1999-2000 financial year of the total costs to Departments of sponsoring their non-departmental public bodies. "Public Bodies 2000" was published on 4 January 2001 and copies have been placed in the Library.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what has been the total gross running costs to his Department of fees and disbursements paid to consultants in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's total gross running costs were for travel, including fares, subsistence, accommodation and other expenses met from public funds, but excluding such costs for journeys and stays exclusively within the United Kingdom, (a) since 1 May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many visits abroad have been made by him and his Ministers on departmental business (a) since 1 May 1997 and (b) in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths were caused by police cars in each year from 1996 to 2000, broken down by police authority. 
Recommendations from the report "Police Pursuit Driver Training", issued in September 1998, which have been taken forward on a national basis are well advanced and many forces are now working towards full implementation of the report. National standardised police pursuit driver training courses are now available.
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|Avon and Somerset||2||80||0||21||0||72||1||86|
|City of London||0||12||0||6||0||10||0||0|
|Devon and Cornwall||0||33||0||26||0||15||0||19|
|Total England and Wales||15||1,930||15||2,123||11||1,863||14||1,760|
All figures for financial year e.g. 1 April-31 March.
A blank cell indicates that the force did not provide the data for that year.
The figures are numbers of deaths/injuries, not numbers of accidents.
The figures refer only to accidents involving police vehicles which were engaged in immediate/emergency response or pursuit at the time of the accident.
The figures include both police and civilian casualties.
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