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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will to reply to the letter to him dated 6 September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mrs. Saira Ahmed. 
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) fined and (b) jailed for offences relating to the non-payment of council tax, including disregarding court orders to pay council tax, since May 1997. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The information on those received into prison establishments by way of enforcement proceedings for council tax is shown in the table. The information on those fined is not recorded centrally.
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of (a) violent crime, (b) sexual crime, (c) robbery and (d) car crime have taken place in Easington constituency in the last three years; and what the rates of (i) detection and (ii) prosecution have been in each category of crime. 
|Violence against the person||1,095||929||972|
|Theft of a motor vehicle||518||461||471|
|Theft from a vehicle||695||898||566|
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many process improvement projects were active in the Criminal Cases Review Commission during 200304; and what issues they addressed. 
Fiona Mactaggart: During 200304 the Commission had six process improvement groups that were active which considered the following areas: case documentation, the Commission's relationship with applicants, external files, casework best practice, use of Investigations and Legal Advisers, and Statements of Reasons.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) complainants and (b) complaints there were to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 200304; and how many cases were involved. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints to the Criminal Cases Review Commission in 200405 concerned case review actions or decisions; and how many resulted in a change to a case decision. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Criminal Cases Review Commission received in grant aid in the year ending 31 March (a) 2004 and (b) 2005. 
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many applications for compensation made on behalf of murder victims have been refused due to the victim having been judged to have provoked their attack under section 13d of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001 in each year of its operation; 
(2) how many applications for compensation made on behalf of murder victims have been refused due to the victim having been judged to have provoked their attack under section 13d of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 1996, in each year of its operation. 
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Fiona Mactaggart: We are aiming to issue, before the end of 2005, a consultation paper on victims' services. It is likely to include ideas about the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme. There will be a three-month period for consultation.
Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to address the request from the Criminal Cases Review Commission for greater powers (a) to enforce disclosure on solicitors and others and (b) to interview witnesses overseas; and if he will make a statement. 
(a) At present the powers of the Criminal Cases Review Commission to compel the production of material are limited to material held by public bodies. The proposal that the Commission should have powers to compel disclosure to solicitors and others raises the question of whether it's powers should extend to cover private bodies and individuals. It has been decided to take this forward as part of the Government's wider consideration of a possible new statutory third party disclosure scheme, as recommended by Sir Robin Auld in his Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales. An interdepartmental working party has recently been established to undertake this work, which is concerned with the disclosure of material by any person or body other than the defendant for the purposes of criminal investigations and proceedings.
(b) Agreement has been reached in principal to extend the powers of the Criminal Cases Review Commission to seek assistance from foreign authorities by amending the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003. The Home Secretary is waiting for a suitable legislative vehicle in which to include the amendment to bring about this change.
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