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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) documents and (b) guidance that his Department has published relating to Gypsies and Travellers since 1997. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Criminal Justice Act 2003 makes provision for trial by a judge sitting without a jury in serious or complex fraud cases, and in cases of jury tampering. Before that legislation was introduced, the White Paper Justice for All", published in July 2002, invited views on the proposal that it should be possible for a court to order non-jury trial in such circumstances. There has been no consultation about the appropriateness of jury trial in the generality of cases, since no further reform is contemplated.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many laptop computers have been used by (a) Ministers, (b) special advisers and (c) officials in his Department in each year since 1995; how many have been (i) lost and (ii) stolen in that period; what the cost was of the use of laptops in that period; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: Information on the issue of laptop computers by year is not held centrally and could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost. Records on the issue and costs of laptops also date back only to 2001 when the Home Office took on Sirius (Fujitsu Alcedo Ltd.) as its service provider.
Since 2001 only two laptops have been issued to Ministers and only six have been issued to special advisers. A total of 3,192 laptop computers have been issued to officials in the core Home Office. With regards to the loss and theft of laptop computers, in 1995 and 1996 no laptops were reported lost. In 1997 four were reported lost and in 1998 two were reported lost. Since 1998 no reports have been made for the loss of a laptop.
On the number of laptops reported stolen there were seven reports in 1995, nine reports in 1996 and 1997, one report in 1998, three in 1999 and 18 in 2000. Between the end of 2000 and 2003 there were 39 thefts of laptops reported and since 2003 there have been a further 19 thefts reported.
|1 April 2001||283,152.85|
|1 April 2002||150,029.22|
|1 April 2003||216,672.21|
|1 April 2004||168,111.83|
|1 April 2005||283,671.23|
Mr. Charles Clarke: The information available for the financial year 200405 from the interrogation of the Adelphi Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system accounts payable module indicates the cost of external consultants to the department was £46.9 million.
The information available for the financial year 200304 from interrogation of the Business and Accounting Strategic System (BASS), indicates that the cost of external consultants to the department in 200304 was £106.8 million.
The Department awards contracts in open competition according to the EU procurement regulations, based on best value for money. The use of external consultants in the Home Office provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that is not otherwise available in house.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of Statefor the Home Department what estimate he has made of the total expenditure saved in each of the last three years as a result of implementing recommendations by management consultancies within his Department. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the tariff range of sentence for those convicted under (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is; 
(2) what the average sentence given for people convicted under (a) section 18 and (b) section 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 was in each year since 2000 in (i) Essex and (ii) England. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The maximum sentence under Section 18 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is life imprisonment and under Section 20, five years. The following table shows the average custodial sentence length imposed for these offences (excluding those sentenced to life imprisonment) in both Essex and England for the years 2000 to 2003. Statistics for 2004 are due for publication in the autumn of 2005.
| Section 18 offences||Section 20 offences|
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the implications are of the award of the 2012 Olympic games to London for the (a) workload and (b) staffing levels of his Department. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Secretary is responsible for overseeing the security preparations for the 2012 Olympic games. This task will be taken forward as a high priority and the appropriate level of staffing and other resources will be allocated to the task. It is not possible to be more specific at this early stage.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of prison sentences handed down in (a) 1992, (b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2004 were for (i) six months or less, (ii) three months or less and (iii) five weeks or less; and if he will make a statement. 
The proportion of prison sentences handed down in (a) 1992,(b) 1997, (c) 2001 and (d) 2003, for (i) six months or less, (ii) three months or less and (iii) five weeks or less, is shown in the following table.
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|Six months or less||55.6||61.0||65.8||65.2|
|Three months or less||33.5||37.4||38.5||37.9|
|Five weeks or less||11.0||11.3||12.8||13.2|
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