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The Solicitor-General: On their cycle of inspections Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate investigate the quality of the prosecution service as a whole including that provided by the Bar on behalf of the local Area. They do so by monitoring files, advocates and, discussing performance issues with other criminal justice system stakeholders, including the judiciary. They formally report on their findings.
In addition, a number of CPS Areas have in place local, arrangements in respect of monitoring of the Bar in relation to the prosecution of rape trials and criminal trials generally and this includes in some Areas monitoring the standard of witness care provided by counsel. Examples include monitoring of counsel by experienced caseworkers, CPS rape specialists attending for part of the trial to observe, and by addressing monitoring with the Heads of Chambers and at Joint Advocates Selection Committee as appropriate.
Vera Baird: To ask the Solicitor-General what instructions are given to the Bar by the Crown Prosecution Service about dealing with defence applications to cross-examine about previous sexual history in rape trials which are not made in advance of the trial. 
The Solicitor-General: The instructions given by the Crown Prosecution Service to the Bar regarding defence applications to cross-examine complainants about previous sexual history in rape trials are provided in the CPS Instructions to Prosecuting Advocates booklet. The booklet is published on the CPS website www.cps.gov.uk. It states:
"Sections 4143 of the Act (restriction on evidence or questions about a complainant's sexual history) were brought into effect on 4 December 2000, The House of Lords has considered this aspect of the legislation in the case of R. v. A. (judgment 17 May 2001).
In that case, the House held that prior consensual relationship between the complainant and the defendant might in some circumstances be relevant to the issue of consent. However, all the Law Lords accepted that the complainant must not be treated unfairly. The judgment emphasises "the presumption of exclusion" under the Act. Consequently, advocates should encourage the court to consider section 41 in the context of the judgment overall To do otherwise may lessen the practical effect of the reforms contained in section 41.
If the court grants leave to cross-examine a complainant about previous sexual history, it will be essential to review the position relating to special measures. It may be necessary to make an application to the court for one or more of the special measures provided by the Act or to apply to vary a pre-existing direction".
In addition, the CPS instructs experienced counsel in rape cases ensuring that scrutiny of defence applications, if made at trial, to admit evidence of previous sexual history takes place and inappropriate applications are countered, robustly.
Information, on regional distribution of staff is available in the Libraries of both Houses, and also at: http//www.civilservice.gov. uk/management_information/statistical_information/statistics/contents_for_civil_service_statistics_2003_ report/index.asp
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Mr. Darling: Uniformed traffic officers in the west midlands are paid a starting salary of £16,171, rising to a maximum of £20,200. They receive an additional allowance of up to 20 per cent. for shift working. Rates for the south-east will be determined having regard to market rates.
Mr. Yeo: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many new car registrations there were in the year to 31 December 2004 (a) in total, (b) by volume and (c) by percentage in the (i) AAA: under 100, (ii) AA: 101120, (iii) A: 121150, (iv) B: 151165, (v) C: 166185, (vi) D.1: 186200, (vii) D.2: 201225, (viii) D.3: 226250, (ix) D.4: 251275, (x) D.5: 276300, (xi) D.6: 301350, (xii) D.7: 351400, (xiii) D.8: 401450, (xiv) D.9: 451500 and (xv) D.10: 501+ carbon dioxide g/km band. 
Mr. Darling: The number of new cars registered between 1 January 2004 and September 30 2004 (the latest month for which figures are available) in total, is 2,107,329. The number of vehicles which would fall into the bands requested are:
|Band||CO 2 range||January to September 2004||Percentage|
|Band AAA||Up to 100||13||0.0|
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what (a) economic and (b) environmental
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impact assessment has been made of the decision to remove the railway track between High Marnham and Shirebrook. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 3 February 2005]: Network Rail inform me that no decision has been made to remove this track, which only serves a disused power station and is currently not used by any freight or passenger traffic. Powergen, the owners of the power station, are considering options for the future of the site.
Mr. Jamieson [holding answer 1 February 2005]: I will be writing to the hon. Member very shortly setting out the Government's position in respect of recent HRO applications made by Dover and other port authorities to which he has objected.
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