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Thames Gateway

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what consultation there has been between the Government and (a) Essex county council, (b) Thurrock council, (c) Basildon council, (d) Havering council and (e) Barking and Dagenham council in connection with the plans to build the Thames Gateway. [25084]

Yvette Cooper: They have been closely involved in the development of the Thames Gateway. Essex county council, Thurrock council and Basildon council are members of the sub-regional Thames Gateway South Essex Partnership. In different parts of the Gateway, different arrangements apply. Thurrock council is represented on the Board of the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, which is leading regeneration of the Thurrock area. Essex county council and Basildon district council are members of the Basildon Renaissance Partnership, which is promoting development in the Basildon area. Havering council and Barking and Dagenham council are represented on the board of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, which is taking forward regeneration at the London end of the Gateway.


Asylum Law Provision

Mr. McGovern: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many asylum cases have been undertaken by lawyers paid for under legal aid or community legal service funding in each of the past three years. [32729]

Bridget Prentice: The following figures have been provided by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) for the immigration category of work:

Controlled work matters started:

Controlled work covers the provision of legal advice and legal representation before the Immigration Appellate Authorities.

The total certificates issued:

Licensed work relates to other legal representation.

The figures cover solicitors and not-for-profit suppliers. The figures do not split matters started or certificates issued under the LSC immigration contract by asylum and non-asylum cases. The LSC records matters started rather than cases started and for controlled work there is likely to be more than one matter start per case in some instances.
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Court Performance Targets

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (1) what the national performance targets are for Crown courts; and what the performance of each Crown court in Devon and Cornwall has been against those targets; [32060]

(2) what the national performance targets are for magistrates courts; and what the performance of Torquay Magistrates Court has been against those targets; [32061]
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(3) what the national performance targets are for county courts; and what the performance of the (a) Torquay and (b) Newton county courts has been against those targets. [32062]

Ms Harman: The following tables set out the key performance indicators for the Crown, county and magistrates courts and the national target levels for 2005–06. The tables show performance figures for the Crown court centres in Devon and Cornwall, magistrates courts data, which is only available at the Devon and Cornwall area level, and county court data for Torquay. Newton Abbot county court was closed on 30 March 1996 and merged with Torquay county court.
Devon and Cornwall area statistics—Financial year to date, April to October 2005

Devon and Cornwall crown court
CourtsIneffective trial rateIneffective trial rate national targetNumber of sitting days (FYD)Allocation of days for sittings (FYD)
Devon and Cornwall10.917.0989.5889

(22) Barnstaple's ineffective trial rate is 0.0% due to the fact that the cases in that court were either cracked or effective.
Sitting days allocated at area level.

National targets

Committals for trial—78% 16 weeks or less
Section 51 (Narey/Sent for trial)—78% 26 weeks or less
In custodyOn bailCustody and bailIn custodyOn bailCustody and bailSentence 10 weeks or lessAppeals 14 weeks or lessAll types % in target
Devon and

Devon and Cornwall magistrates courts

April to August (FYD)National target (days)
Persistent Young Offenders
Devon and Cornwall5971
Magistrates courts only53
Crown court only195

Data for persistent young offenders financial year to date is only available for the period April to August. The target for persistent young offenders is not split into separate targets for the magistrates courts and Crown court.

Devon and Cornwall magistrates courts

Ineffective trials
Ineffective trial rate (April to September 2005)22.8
National targets for 2005–0623.0
Enforcement of penalties
April to September 2005 (FYTD)99.7
National payment rate target in 2005–0681

Torquay county court

Small Claim
%<=15 weeks (Target 78%)91.3
Fast Track
% <=30 weeks (Target 78%)81.5
Multi Track
%<=60 weeks (Target 78%)81.0
% Dealt on time (not targeted)89.1
Attachment of earnings
All Disposals
% <= 10 weeks (Target 70%)78.6


Percentage dealt in time
(<=2 weeks)(<=10 weeks)Dealt in respective times (target=70%)
Charging Orders96.194.895.5
3rdParty Orders100.0100.0100.0

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Children Act Private Law Orders

Parental Resp. orders (PRO)
% <=40 weeks91.3
s.8 Contact
% <= 40 weeks71.5
s.8 Residence
% <=40 weeks78.3
s.8 Specific issue
% <=40 weeks100.0
s.8 Prohibited steps
%<=40 weeks100.0
Private (PRO and s.8)
% <=40 weeks (Target 70%)76.2

Departmental Staff

Mike Penning: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many staff in her Department were (a) civil servants, (b) contractors and (c) other staff for each year since 1997. [27449]

Ms Harman: The answer cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.


Abandoned Vehicle Recovery

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much was spent on (a) recovering and (b) disposing of abandoned vehicles in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997. [7098]

Angela E. Smith: Removal and disposal of abandoned vehicles is primarily a district council function. However, where an obstruction is caused on the highway, there is a responsibility for roads service. An analysis of recovery and disposal costs is not available and figures for councils can be provided only for the last three years, as this was not held centrally until 2002–03.

The expenditure for clearing abandoned vehicles in Northern Ireland since 1997 is set out in the following table.

Roads service expenditureDistrict council expenditureTotal

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