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The following 10 companies have carried out construction and refurbishment works for the Crown Prosecution Service: Deedscan Limited; Farebother Engineering Services; G.H. Chambers and Sons; G.W. Interiors; Harold Palfreyman Limited; John Davies Interiors Limited; Rickland Limited; Sandell; Sykes and Son; and Thorndyke Limited.
The following companies have carried out construction and refurbishment works in the last 12 months for the Serious Fraud Office: P. J. Bond Construction Limited; Specialist Computer Centres; Wymer Electricals Limited; and Mitie Maintenance Limited.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Solicitor-General if she will estimate the cost of the legal services in prosecution of bilking at petrol stations in each of the last five years for (a) England and (b) Luton. 
The Solicitor-General: Crown Prosecution Service records are held in aggregate form and provide no information on the cost of proceedings in respect of particular offences. An estimate of expenditure on prosecutions for bilking, the offence of making off without payment, could be arrived at only by an examination of individual case files, and this would involve a disproportionate cost.
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The Solicitor-General: The conduct of the police and the Crown Prosecution Service in respect of Mr. Sweeting is as follows. On 16 April 2001, at 0220 hours, Mr. Sweeting was arrested after being found in possession of an air rifle in a public place. The police charged him with an offence, contrary to section 16A of the Firearms Act 1968, of possession of a firearm with intent to cause another to believe that unlawful violence would be used.
Mr. Sweeting appeared before Torbay magistrates court later that morning. The police provided the Crown Prosecution Service with a file relating to the arrest of Mr. Sweeting. The Crown Prosecutor, in accordance with his duties under the code for Crown Prosecutors, determined that there was not a realistic prospect of a conviction in respect of the offence charged, and the charge was accordingly replaced with one under section 4A of the Public Order Act 1986, using threatening behaviour with intent to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
Mr. Sweeting's case was adjourned until 15 May 2001, and the Crown Prosecutor requested further information from the police. Upon receipt of that information, the file was reviewed again, and the Crown Prosecutor decided that there was no realistic prospect of convicting Mr. Sweeting of the offence contrary to section 4A of the Public Order Act. After discussion with the police, it was decided that the case should, therefore, be discontinued, and formal discontinuance was effected by a letter of 14 May 2001.
Mr. Brady: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the compulsory retirement ages which apply to employees of his Department and of executive agencies and other public sector bodies for which it is responsible, broken down by grade or job title. 
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implications of the war on terrorism on terrorist activities in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. 
Jane Kennedy: Security in Northern Ireland is not a devolved matter, therefore no discussions have taken place between the Secretary of State and Northern Ireland political parties on the implications, if any, the international war on terrorism will have for terrorist activities in Northern Ireland.
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what assessment he has made on the impact on religious intolerance in Northern Ireland of the separation of children of different faiths into faith schools; 
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons HM Inspector of Explosives did not include in his annual report statistics on prosecutions and convictions for offences committed under the Explosives Acts in 2000; and if he will publish such information in a consistent form for each year since 1993. 
Jane Kennedy: I regret that information concerning prosecutions and convictions is not available. The processing of court statistics on the court proceedings database was suspended in April 1998. Court data are, therefore, not available for 1998, 1999 and 2000. I understand that work to capture missing data is at an advanced stage, but it will be some time before this information becomes available.
Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland if he will list the top 10 companies to which his Department contracted out their construction and refurbishment work in the last 12 months. 
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Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what (a) building and (b) refurbishment projects are planned by his Department in (i) the current and (ii) the next financial year; and what the costs will be of each project. 
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|Proposals on pension splitting on divorce (subsequently part of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill)||June 1998||Considered by the Social Security Committee|
|Draft Limited Liability Partnership Bill||September 1998||Considered by the Trade and Industry Committee|
|Draft Financial Services and Markets Bill||January 1999||Considered by a joint committee especially established for the purpose|
|Draft Food Standards Bill||January 1999||Considered by an ad hoc select committee|
|Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards) Bill||March 1999||Considered by a joint committee especially established for the purpose|
|Draft Freedom of Information Bill||May 1999||Considered by the Select Committee on Public Administration, and an ad hoc Lords committee|
|Draft Electronic Communications Bill||July 1999||Trade and Industry Committee|
|Draft Regulatory Reform Bill||April 2000||Commons Deregulation Committee; Lords Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee (both were also informally consulted on earlier drafts of the Bill)|
|Water Bill||November 2000||Select Committee on Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs|
|Export Control and Non Proliferation Bill||March 2001||Quadripartite Committee (Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry); Lords Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee|
Mr. Robin Cook: We have published more bills in draft since 1997, allowing greater scrutiny. This has clearly been beneficial and has wide support in the House. The Modernisation Committee will look at the legislative process as a whole. I see the attraction of routine pre-legislative scrutiny, but as recent events show it may be sometimes necessary to introduce emergency legislation without such scrutiny.
Mr. Allen: To ask the President of the Council what discussions he has had on putting future pre-legislative scrutiny on the internet in order to facilitate public interaction in the pre-legislative process; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Robin Cook: I support measures to make Parliament more accessible to the public and I am keen to facilitate interaction between Parliament and the public. We have made efforts to publish bills in draft so that they can be subject to pre-legislative scrutiny, which in itself allows greater public involvement in the legislative
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process. New technology has the potential to assist in this and I welcome the fact that both Parliament and Government routinely publish material on the internet.
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