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James Duddridge: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent re-offending rates are of (a) minors and (b) adults from Southend. [34025]

Fiona Mactaggart: Re-offending rates are not currently available on a regional basis.

Secure Training Centres

Ms Keeble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in secure training centres have been referred under the Children Act 2004 to local social services departments for reasons of child protection in each of the last three years. [35060]

Fiona Mactaggart: References are made under the Children Act 1989. Each secure training centre has a protocol, agreed with the local authority, which governs referrals. The protocol is ratified by the local Area Child Protection Committee. Where a young person (or any other person) makes a complaint which raises child protection issues, it is passed to the local authority social services department for its consideration. It is for the social services department to decide whether an investigation is warranted under section 47 of the Children Act 1989. The following table lists the number of referrals made by each centre over the last three years.
Referrals to local authorities by secure training centres of children under child protection procedures



Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many travellers have
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been convicted for not paying tax on their motor vehicles in each of the last eight years; [33867]

(2) how many travellers were convicted of criminal offences in the last five years, broken down by crime. [33868]

Fiona Mactaggart: It is not possible to provide the information requested, as travellers cannot be identified on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Voter Registration

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of the population is registered to vote in each constituency in the UnitedKingdom (a) ranked in descending order and (b) broken down by region and ranked in descending order. [36887]

John Healey: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.

Letter from Colin Mowl, dated 12 December 2005:

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Vulnerable Witnesses

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vulnerable witnesses used intermediaries provided for in the special measures for vulnerable witnesses under the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 in each of the pilot schemes; and if he will make a statement. [29342]

Fiona Mactaggart: Examination of a witness through an intermediary under section 29 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is currently available in six pathfinder areas: Merseyside; West Midlands; Thames Valley; South Wales; Norfolk; and Devon and Cornwall. Evaluation of the pathfinders will be completed by the end of March 2006 after which plans will be made for further roll out of the scheme in England and Wales.

The latest available information about the number of times that intermediaries have been used is given in the attached table.

We have issued recently information packs entitled 'What's my story?' and 'Intermediaries: Giving a voice to vulnerable witnesses' copies of which have been placed in the Library. These materials are being used to promote awareness and understanding of the intermediary scheme in the pathfinder areas.
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Intermediary scheme
start date
Number of witnesses assisted by an intermediary as at 15 November 2005(30)
Merseyside23 February 200411
West Midlands13 September 2004
(Wolverhampton area)
1 November 2004
(all courts in West Midlands)
Thames Valley2 October 200451
South Wale(31)1 February 20052
Norfolk1 February 20055
Devon and Cornwall(32)20 June 20059

(30)Data refer to the number of witnesses for whom the Office for Criminal Justice Reform has provided a registered intermediary where the intermediary has, or is expected to, carried out a communication needs analysis relating to the witness or has assisted them to understand questions or to make their answers understood during a criminal investigation or trial. Data refer only to pathfinder areas where notification of availability of the intermediary special measure has been made in accordance with section 18(2) of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.
(31)In South Wales trials are restricted to Cardiff Crown Court, Cardiff Magistrates' Courts, The Vale of Glamorgan Magistrates' Courts, Newcastle and Ogmore Magistrates' Courts, Miskin Magistrates' Courts.
(32)In Devon and Cornwall trials are restricted to Plymouth Crown Court and Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

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