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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General if she will list the overseas trips on departmental business that have been undertaken in each of the last five years by officials in her Department; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) result was in each case. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 12 July 2002]: All overseas travel by officials in the Departments for which the Attorney General is responsible is undertaken in accordance with the principles set out in Chapter 8 of the Civil Service Management Code. The detailed information requested about individual trips is not held centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General what the annual cost was of Ministerial salaries in her Department in (a) 199798 and (b) 200102. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 17 June 2002]: The following information relates to the financial year and the figures comprise of the salaries paid to the individuals together with Employer's Related National Insurance Contributions.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Department has spent on staff training and development in each of the last five years. 
The Solicitor-General [holding reply 17 June 2002]: The amount spent by each of the Departments for which the Attorney General is responsible in each of the last five years is set out below. Crown Prosecution Service
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Treasury Solicitor's Department
Figures for the last four years are:
Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers
HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate
Information is only available for the year 200102 as before 1st April 2001 the Inspectorate was part of the Crown Prosecution Service and training costs form part of the figures provided by the CPS. The sum expended on training in 200102 was £26,600.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff were employed by his Department on (a) 2 May 1997 and (b) 31 May 2002. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 17 June 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by my hon. Friend the Minister of State, Cabinet Office on 13 June 2002, Official Report, column 1402W.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost in 200102 was of the pay increase to staff in her Department, agencies and the non-departmental public bodies for which she is responsible; and what the cost of the forthcoming increase will be in 200203. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 18 April 2002]: Figures are only available for the year 200102.
The figures for the Departments for which the Attorney General is responsible are as follows:
Treasury Solicitor's Department (which includes Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers and HM cps Inspectorate)
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 will be accounted for by staff costs; what the figures were for 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 17 June 2002]: Figures for the year 200102 are not yet available.
The departmental expenditure limit for the Treasury Solicitor's Department, which also includes expenditure by the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, is set in net terms and takes account of receipts from charges to client Departments for legal services provided to them. It would be misleading, therefore, to show staff costs as a percentage of that figure. However, after allowing for receipts, £24,773,000 (60 per cent.) of Treasury Solicitor's Department's gross administrative costs were accounted for by staff costs in 200102.
The departmental expenditure limit for the Serious Fraud Office for 200102 was £21,850,000, of which staff costs amounted to £7,785,000 (35.6 per cent.).
The departmental expenditure limit for the Crown Prosecution Service for 200102 was £402,200,000, of which staff costs amounted to £196,600,000 (49 per cent.).
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Solicitor-General how much and what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit for 200203 had been spent by 31 May; what the figures were for 200102; and if she will make a statement. 
The Solicitor-General [holding reply 17 June 2002]: Reliable estimates for 200203 spending to 31 May are not available. Estimated outturn spending figures for 200102 can be found in Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 200203 published in May 2002 as Command Paper 5401.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General which categories of important cases require the CPS to communicate directly with complainants; and what the purpose and outcome is of these communications. 
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The Solicitor-General [holding answer 10 June 2002]: Under the current Victim's Charter the CPS must, on request, meet families bereaved as a result of crime in order to explain the decision on prosecution.
In addition, in April 2001 the CPS commenced a phased programme of implementation of the Direct Communication with Victims initiative. This follows recommendations made by Sir William MacPherson and Sir Ian Glidewell. All Areas who have implemented this initiative now:
provide all identifiable victims with a written explanation when the prosecution decide to discontinue their case, or alter charges substantially; and
in cases involving child abuse, sexual offences or racially aggravated offences, offer to meet victims to explain the basis of the decision if a further explanation is required.
Full national implementation will be completed by October 2002.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General if she will make a statement on the (a) reasons for and (b) impact of significant staff turnover within the (i) Derbyshire, (ii) Hertfordshire, (iii) Humberside and (iv) North Wales CPS regions, with reference to the training budget as a proportion of turnover on 1 January. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 12 June 2002] As with any large organisation, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has turnover of staff. Table 1 (attached) shows that, there has not been a significant staff turnover in Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside or North Wales CPS, over the last twelve months, as compared to the national average for the CPS. The main reason for the loss of staff has been resignations.
In recent months Derbyshire, Hertfordshire, Humberside have seen an increase in the number of staff employed.
Loss of staff, particularly if they are experienced, impacts on the working of any organisation. New staff requires induction and training, which may vary from going on appropriate courses to "on the job" training. Inevitably this affects the training budget. It also means new staff members take some time before they are fully effective. However, the introduction of new staff, especially where they represent an addition to the existing numbers, is to be welcomed.
Table 2 (attached) shows the proportion of each local Area budget spent on training against their total running costs.
|Area||Staff In Post (SIP) 1.1.00||Resignations*||Transfers to other Govt Depts.||per cent Turnover||SIP 31.12.00||Difference|
* All leavers during the year 1.1.0031.12.00 as a Head Count.
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|Area||SIP 1.1.01||Resignations||Transfers to other Govt Depts.||per cent Turnover||SIP 31.12.01||Difference|
|Area||SIP 1.1.02||Resignations||Transfers to other Govt Depts.||per cent Turnover||SIP 31.05.02||Difference|
|(42 Areas)||Jan, Feb &|
|Area||Running Costs||Training Costs||per cent|
Mr. Laws: To ask the Solicitor-General what proportion of advocacy by the Crown Prosecution Service met the CPS's advocacy standards in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement. 
The Solicitor-General [holding answer 11 July 2002]: Advocacy standards form a part of the annual performance appraisal of all Crown Prosecutors and performance assessment markings are awarded to reflect the individual's overall performance throughout the whole reporting period. In each of the years since 1997, more than 99 per cent of Crown Prosecutors received a performance assessment marking of Box 3 (Performance fully meets the standard required) or better in advocacy standards.
HMCPSI include advocacy standards as part of their inspections of each CPS Area. These are reported in their individual inspection reports but there is no aggregation of data in relation to any specific aspect of an Area's performance.
Under the Department's training of Higher Court Advocates, candidates must additionally pass an assessment managed by the Nottingham Law School before they can be considered for deployment as advocates in the Crown Courts.
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