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Peter Bottomley: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many (a) Queen's Bench and (b) Family Division judges there are; how many there were in (i) 1974, (ii) 1984 and (iii) 1994; and what the percentage change was in each case. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs how much his Department has spent on acquiring shredding equipment for office use in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if he will list the attributable interviews that the Department's special advisers gave to (a) newspapers, (b) journals, (c) books and (d) other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004. 
Mr. Leslie: Special Advisers in my Department did not give any attributable interviews to newspapers, journals, books or any other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004. All Special Advisers' contacts with the media are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the Code of Conduct of Special Advisers.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs if he will list the attributable (a) articles and (b) contributions that the Department's special advisers made to (i) newspapers, (ii) journals, (iii) books and (iv) other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004. 
Mr. Leslie: Special advisers in the Department for Constitutional Affairs did not make any contributions to newspapers, journals, books and other media in their official capacity between 31 March 2003 and 31 March 2004.
Vera Baird: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Department for Constitutional Affairs what steps the Department has taken to publicise the availability of special measures for witnesses in the criminal courts. 
Prior to attending court the Witness in Court leaflet should be sent to every prosecution witnesses, with the witness warning letter. This leaflet includes information about the availability of special measures. The Witness Walkthrough on CJS Online also has information about special measures. In addition, Home Office circulars provide information to practitioners about special measures. Technical guidance has also been issued to the judiciary as to the way the legislation should operate on special measures and the Judicial Studies Board provides training seminars for the judiciary in which special measures are covered extensively. In each Crown court centre there is a Witness Liaison Officer, who has received training for dealing with vulnerable and intimidated witnesses and the use of special measures. It is planned to extend the use of Witness Liaison Officers to all magistrates courts by spring 2005.
The 'No Witness, No Justice' programme, which is currently being rolled out nationally, introduces dedicated Witness Care Units bringing police and the CPS together for the first time to jointly meet the individual needs of victims and witnesses. They provide a range of services, including, following charge, an initial needs assessment to identify those witnesses who would qualify for special measures, and continuous review of victim and witness needs throughout the case.
My Department has also worked with the General Council of the Bar, the NSPCC and other criminal justice agencies to produce a video "A Case for Special Measures" which is aimed primarily at the legal professions.
Special advisers hold meetings with a wide range of external representatives in their official capacity. All such meetings are conducted in accordance with the requirements of the "Code of Conduct for Special Advisers".
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales whether departmental special advisers have made appearances before parliamentary select committees in their official capacity since May 1997. 
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what the (a) cost to the Department, (b) title and (c) location was of each training course organised by his Department for its staff in each financial year since 199798. 
(a) In-house training was provided by the National Assembly for Wales under a Service Level Agreement until June 2003 and is now provided by the Department for Constitutional Affairs. There is no cost to the Wales Office for such training except for travel and subsistence for trainers. The costs for travel and subsistence are nil for years 19992000, 200001 and 200102. In 200203 we spent £1,856 and in 200304 £2,230.
|Performance Awareness||April 2002|
|Equality Awareness||July and August 2002|
|Pension Choices||September 2002|
|Evidencing Competences||December 2002|
|Records Management/Data Protection||January 2003|
|Selection Interviewing||February and April 2003|
|Performance Management||February and March 2003|
|Freedom of Information||April 2003|
|Reward and Recognition Scheme||May 2003|
|DCA Induction||September 2003|
|Away Day Training Event||February 2004|
|Health and Safety||March 2004|
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what financial penalties were paid in each financial year since 199798 to training providers by the Department for training courses prepared for its staff which were subsequently cancelled at the Department's request. 
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