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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what has been the expenditure of her (a) Department, (b) agencies and (c) non- departmental public bodies on newspaper advertising by title in each year since 1997. 
Clare Short: The Department for International Development (DFID) expenditure on recruitment advertising in 2000 and 2001 is listed by publication on the spreadsheet. Figures for 199799 are not available.
In addition, DFID commissioned a 12 page report in The Independent on the subject of globalisation to accompany the new White Paper on Eliminating World Poverty. The report was published on 12 December 2000 at a cost of £36,589, plus production and incidental costs of £3,687.
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|By calendar year in 2000||By calendar year in 2001|
|British Medical Journal||13,104.00||9,199.80|
|British Psychological Society Appointments Memorandum||(4)||1,822.50|
|Caterer and Hotelkeeper||(4)||1,237.50|
|Chartered Surveyor Monthly||(4)||1,485.00|
|Daily News (Zimbabwe)||1,805.04||(4)|
|East African Standard||1,069.63||(4)|
|Ends ReportEnvironment Data Services||(4)||612.00|
|Ethnic Media Group (Eastern Eye, New Nation, Asian Times and Caribbean Times)||3,307.50||6,268.50|
|Evening Standard and Metro (London)||(4)||15,411.60|
|Far East Economic Review||(4)||16,732.80|
|Health Service Journal||2,170.80||4,489.20|
|Independent and Independent on Sunday||(4)||11,650.50|
|Library and Information Appointments||1,134.00||3,594.60|
|Mail and Guardian||3,768.36||663.84|
|New Civil Engineer||13,186.80||6,822.00|
|Nine to Five||(4)||1,350.00|
|RSS News-Royal Statistical Society||337.50||(4)|
|Scotland on Sunday||(4)||3,861.00|
|Society of Archivists Newsletter||(4)||180.00|
|Sunday Times (South Africa)||2,898.00||(4)|
|Sunday Times (The Times)||26,208.00||(4)|
|The Daily Nation||1,458.43||(4)|
|The East African||2,971.90||(4)|
|The Economic/Economist Website||324,850.20||448,434.70|
|The Globe and Mail||(4)||1,823.47|
|The Guardian (Tanzania)||1,281.33||(4)|
|The Guardian Weekly||16,855.65||12,046.05|
|The Herald (Glasgow)||8,818.20||22,113.00|
|The Herald (Zimbabwe)||972.90||(4)|
|The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday||7,998.75||5,338.13|
|The Times (Malawi)||829.44||(4)|
|The Veterinary Record||(4)||1,053.00|
|Times Educational Supplement||4,363.20||6,462.72|
|Times Higher Educational Supplement||12,538.60||3,464.55|
|Times/Sunday Times of Zambia||875.07||(4)|
|UK Tropical Forestry Forum||135.00||(4)|
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Although the Treasury Solicitor's Department has suffered three frauds since 1 May 1997, none has involved any cost to the budget of that Department. The first, in 1998, was a fraud within Government Property Lawyers, which at that time was a separate agency, and involved the improper use of client money, resulting in a loss of £1.2 million to the Exchequer. The second, in 2000, was the theft of jewellery to the value of £250 which reduced the proceeds of Bona Vacantia to the Consolidated Fund. The third, in 2001, involved the misappropriation of £170,000 from the proceeds of Bona Vacantia through the use of forged wills. The loss was to the Consolidated Fund. Of the sum lost, £47,000 has since been recovered and action continues to recover further sums. Details of the three frauds are set out in the Annual Fraud Report, copies of which are available in the Library.
Fraud is treated seriously by all the Departments for which the Attorney-General is responsible. There are cost implications against budgets from maintaining proactive systems of financial control and governance seeking to ensure fraud against the Departments does not occur. Such costs are, however, an integral part of the general management of the Departments and are not separately assessable.
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The Solicitor-General: The HMCPSI report on London was published 13 December 2001. The substance of any Inspectorate report is always the subject of discussion between the Law Officers in their capacity as superintending Ministers and the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is the Head of the Crown Prosecution Service. In this instance, the Attorney-General and I have been closely involved in decisions about the response to the report from the time when it appeared from the emerging finding that there were a number of issues of concern to be addressed. Additionally, I have undertaken a series of visits to units in London to establish at first-hand what have been particular problems which CPS London faces.
The environment in which CPS London operates and has operated since its creation makes it different from any other CPS areain particular, the transient nature of the population and the difficulties in recruiting and retaining qualified and unqualified staff. Now that better funding arrangements have been put in place it should be possible to recruit staff "to the level required" and to ensure that basic systems are maintained. The area is currently involved in a rolling recruitment campaign to increase the numbers of lawyers and administrative staff employed in London.
The area will be producing by the end of January a detailed "action plan" which will address all recommendations made by the CPS Inspectorate. The Attorney-General and I will take a close interest in the implementation of the plan, and this will be followed by a review.
Senior management have completed a review which is now being implemented. This has meant an increase in the number of Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutors from three to five, who exercise firmer control of the units for which they are responsible.
Much has been done already to address issues of concern, working with the police. These include dealing with the number of ineffective trials and the high rate of discharged committals. By adopting this approach the area should be able to build upon the many features of their operation which were commended by HMCPSI.
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