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Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will limit the ability of people who pleaded guilty to murder and receive life sentences to appeal against such sentences. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: No. There is no right of appeal against a life sentence imposed following a conviction for murder because this is a mandatory sentence. However, it is appropriate that there should be a right of appeal against life sentence tariffs in murder cases because they are imposed by the court, according to what it thinks is appropriate taking into account the seriousness of the offence, on the basis of its assessment of the facts of the individual case.
Mr. Sutcliffe: Section 19 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980 makes provision for the manner in which magistrates courts are to decide whether offences that are triable either way should be tried summarily or on indictment. It will be slightly modified when the new allocation arrangements in Schedule three to the Criminal Justice Act 2003 are brought into force.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been for the non-consensual sexual penetration of a male in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Coaker: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of defendants convicted at all courts for offences relating to non-consensual sexual penetration of a male, in England and Wales, for 2001 to 2004 are contained in the following table. 2004 data shows the inclusion of a new list of offences brought under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, which came into effect on 1 May 2004. 2000 data are not being provided as prior to the implementation of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 which commenced on 8 January 2001, the offence of buggery (under s.12 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 as subsequently amended) would have included instances of consensual as well as non-consensual acts. Statistics for 2005 court proceedings will be available in the autumn of 2006.
|Number of defendants convicted at all courts for offences relating to non-consensual sexual penetration of a male in England and Wales, 2001 to 2004( 1,2)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete.
However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts, and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3,4) Data for 2001 to 2003 include offences from the following principal statutes:
Sexual Offences Act 1956 (amended by the following amendments: Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, and the Sexual Offences Act 2000), and Sexual Offences Act 2003.
Data for 2004 include a list of new offences under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) males and (b) females in England and Wales were (i) prosecuted for and (ii) convicted of offences under sections (A) 35 and (B) 36 of the Malicious Damage Act 1861 in 2005. 
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many forensic psychiatrists per 100,000 population are available to assess the mental state of individuals taken into custody in each police authority area. 
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when (a) he and (b) his Ministers have (i) met and (ii) had telephone conversations with the editors of the national press to discuss Home Office policy since January 2006; and where the meetings took place. 
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria he used in making the decision to transfer the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality to another post in his Department. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department have stayed overnight in (i) five star, (ii) four star and (iii) three star hotels on foreign visits in each of the last three years. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost was of overnight accommodation for (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department staying overnight in (i) mainland Great Britain, (ii) Northern Ireland, (iii) the Republic of Ireland and (iv) other countries in each of the last three years. 
David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discounts are available in relation to hotel accommodation used by (a) civil servants and (b) special advisers in his Department. 
Mr. Byrne: There is no single percentage discount figure available on hotel bookings. The Home Office, through its appointed contractor, negotiates rates for individual hotels or hotel chains subject to city location. All hotels offer their standard rate (the rack rate) which will then be discounted either to a Government rate available to all individuals carrying out work on behalf of the Home Office or other public sector bodies or, subject to there being sufficient volume room usage, special rates for individual departments. Generally the Home Office achieve savings on average of 30 per cent. on standard rates.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have been prosecuted for using mobile telephones while driving since the new laws restricting mobile telephone use while driving were introduced. 
|Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 1) , England and Wales, 2003 to 2004|
|Number of offences|
|(1) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3) introduced 1 December 2003. Source: Court Proceedings Database.|
|Proceedings at magistrates courts and findings of guilt at all courts for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks( 1) England and Wales, 1980-2004|
|Number of offences|
|Total proceedings||Findings of guilt|
|n/a = data not available|
(1) Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 143 (2)
(2) Magistrates courts only.
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Mr. Lansley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission of its investigations into the death of Mr. de Menezes in London on 22 July 2005 and the conduct of the Metropolitan Police to be published. 
Mr. McNulty: Publication of the outcome of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) investigations into the events surrounding the fatal shooting of Mr. Jean Charles de Menezes is a matter for the IPCC as the independent body which carried out the investigations.
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