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Lynne Jones: To ask the Solicitor-General on how many occasions since 1997 law officers' advice had been presented to the Cabinet orally, prior to the Attorney-General's oral presentation to the Cabinet of his advice on the legality of the war in Iraq. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General, how many unduly lenient sentences for crimes committed by serving police officers have been referred to the Court of Appeal in (a) England, (b) Essex and (c) Southend in each of the last five years; and how many appeals have been upheld in each of those years. 
The Solicitor-General: Records are kept by the Legal Secretariat to the Law Officers on the cases referred to Law Officers by prosecution agencies and those brought to the attention of Law Officers by direct correspondence. Records kept in the present form commenced in 2002.
Records are not organised by offenders' employment. Therefore, it is not possible to identify with certainty the number of references for the period when records commenced involving serving police officers.
2004Two cases were received by the Law Officers which involved police officers. The first concerned a retired Yorkshire constabulary officer. This was referred to the Court of Appeal which concluded the sentence was not unduly lenient. The second concerned a retired Metropolitan police officer. This was not referred to the Court of Appeal.
Mr. Barnes: To ask the Solicitor-General what procedures (a) Government Departments and agencies and (b) local authorities with independent prosecuting authority for particular criminal offences use to forward details of convictions, cautions and intelligence on possible criminals to (i) the Criminal Records Bureau and (ii) the Police National Computer; what amendments to these procedures are proposed in relation to the National Intelligence Database; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General pursuant to her answer of 8 March 2005, Official Report, column 1637W, on Crown Prosecution Service (Essex Pilot), how many offences have been brought to justice through statutory charging in each of the areas where statutory charging is in operation. 
The Solicitor-General: Between 17 May 2004 and 9 November 2004, statutory charging became operational in 14 police/CPS Areas. The number of cases which received early advice and charging decisions, and were finalised as convictions in each area since the area's implementation of statutory charging are as follows:
|Avon and Somerset||2,721|
|Total (all 14 areas)||46,663|
The Solicitor-General: The Criminal Justice Chief Inspectors' Group intend to include a follow-up to the joint inspection of Investigation and Prosecution of Cases Involving Allegations of Rape" (the report of which was published by HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary in April 2002) in its programme for 200506. Details of the programme have not been finalised, it is likely to be in the second half of the year.
Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much has been spent in legal fees by the Adult Learning Inspectorate in contesting the unfair dismissal and sex discrimination cases brought by Mrs Lesley Virr; and who authorised this expenditure. 
Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills if she will make a statement on the proposed replacement of child protection measures with the integrated children's system. 
In the longer term, as the ICS becomes widely used, its supporting IT system will enable child protection and other children's services staff to identify children on the system who have been the subject of enquiries into whether they are at risk of suffering, or have suffered, significant harm; have been the subject of a child protection conference; or who are the subject of a child protection plan.
Once the system is developed and operating, there will no longer be a need for local authorities to maintain a Child Protection Register separate from or additional to the Integrated Children's System. No date has yet been identified for this change to be completed.
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