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(10) April-December only
(11) January-September only
No comparable figures were collected before April 1991.
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Mr. Lilley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many (a) wholly and (b) partly-contested cases there were, and how many acquittals there were in each case, for (i) magistrates courts and (ii) Crown courts in each year since 1987. 
The table shows the number of contested hearings in magistrates courts and in the Crown court. These are divided into two categories: hearings in which the defendant entered pleas of guilty to some charges while other charges proceeded to a contest, and hearings in which no guilty pleas were entered. The total number of contests is also shown.
The table also gives both the number and the proportion of acquittals. These are again divided up into those where guilty pleas were entered to some charges, those where no guilty pleas were entered, and the total number of acquittals.
|Contests (some guilty pleas)||7,892||||7,463||||6,321||||6,505||||6,060||||5,249|||
|of which acquitted||1,131||14.3||786||10.5||653||10.3||676||10.4||644||10.6||544||10.4|
|Contests (no guilty pleas)||78,175||||100,518||||89,990||||86,519||||78,343||||67,563|||
|of which acquitted||19,854||25.4||24,424||24.3||21,300||23.7||20,644||23.9||18,498||23.6||17,161||25.4|
|Contests (some guilty pleas)||1,829||||2,471||||2,169||||2,071||||2,139||||2,036|||
|of which acquitted||639||34.9||756||30.6||700||32.3||651||31.4||585||27.3||488||24.0|
|Contests (no guilty pleas)||13,559||||18,350||||17,771||||16,538||||19,165||||18,346|||
|of which acquitted||6,459||47.6||8,471||46.2||7,920||44.6||7,409||44.8||8,014||41.8||7,709||42.0|
|Contests (some guilty pleas)||4,560||||4,296||||4,262||||3,882||||2,889|||
|of which acquitted||407||8.9||396||9.2||530||12.4||506||13.0||368||12.7|
|Contests (no guilty pleas)||66,998||||62,858||||57,639||||52,077||||37,489|||
|of which acquitted||17,916||26.7||17,294||27.5||16,263||28.2||16,122||31.0||11,922||31.8|
|Contests (some guilty pleas)||2,170||||1,641||||1,338||||1,376||||923|||
|of which acquitted||424||19.5||411||25.0||344||25.7||304||22.1||190||20.6|
|Contests (no guilty pleas)||19,813||||18,874||||19,116||||18,099||||13,134|||
|of which acquitted||8,293||41.9||8,350||44.2||8,463||44.3||8,214||45.4||5,894||44.9|
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department, how much funding the Community Legal Service has received in each year it has been in existence; and what (a) amount and (b) percentage of this has been given directly to advice-providing organisations in the form of grants to help them improve and develop their services. 
Ms Rosie Winterton: In 200001, £810 million was made available to the Legal Services Commission to fund the Community Legal Service (CLS). In that year £1.5 million, or 0.2 per cent., was given directly to a range of organisations in the form of grants.
On 8 May 2001 the Partnership Innovation Budget was set up with a budget of £15 million over three years (0.7 per cent. of total expected funding of £2,105 million). Bids were invited for initiatives intended to improve the delivery of legal services in innovative ways, and the first set of grant awards was announced in September 2001. To date, over £12 million in grants has been committed.
Mr. Wills: The Lord Chancellor's Department is exploring a number of opportunities to improve facilities within Wales. To provide new and refurbished courts, we are examining both Private Finance Initiatives (PFI), as well as evaluating the potential for shared or joint ventures.
The Gwent PFI project is already well advanced, covering the Newport, Blackwood and Caerphilly areas, and subject to the inclusion of additional magistrates courts or Court Service properties, the new or refurbished courts are planned to become operational during 2005.
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We are also exploring the prospect of joining an existing police PFI project in North Wales. Negotiations are still at an early stage but it is intended that the project should incorporate existing properties in Bangor and Caernarfon.
In addition, the Lord Chancellor's Department continues to fund a significant programme of maintenance and refurbishment work, via both the Court Service and local authorities, on the existing estate.
Mr. Cox: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what recent discussions he has had with the Church Commissioners on providing funding to ethnic community religious groups. 
Mr. Bell: In 2000 the Commissioners made available £160 million to support the work of the Church of England, particularly in areas of need and opportunity. Within the Church of England there are many parishes with ethnic community religious groups that the Church seeks to serve.
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