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Ms Harman: As at 26 February 2007, there were 76 staff at the Judicial Appointments Commission on varying lengths of secondment from the Department for Constitutional Affairs, broken down into substantive gradesthree senior civil servants, three personal secretaries, one span 9, 10 span 8s, five span 7s, one faststreamer, 13 span 6s, 18 span 4s and 22 span 3s.
Mr. Swire: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the representations made by English Heritage to Westminster city council on the proposed alterations to Middlesex Guildhall. 
Ms Harman: I have placed in the Libraries of both Houses, representations made by English Heritage to Westminster city council on the proposed alterations to Middlesex Guildhall. All correspondence pertaining to the application for listed building and planning consent is publicly available from Westminster city council:
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs if she will make a statement on the voting rights of convicted prisoners in Scotland in UK parliamentary elections following the recent Scottish court of session ruling. 
Bridget Prentice: The recent judgment in the Scottish courts simply accords with the final view given by the European Court of Human Rights in the earlier Hirst judgment. The voting rights of convicted prisoners in Scotland have not changed as a result of either judgment.
In line with our obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights, and in light of the Hirst judgment, consultation is underway on the current arrangements in the UK which bar all convicted offenders held in UK prisons and mental hospitals from voting in UK elections. The consultation period ends on 7 March. Following this, and a second stage consultation document, proposals will be put before Parliament.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Bokhari family of Grimsby received a home visit to assess their medical needs before the recent early morning immigration enforcement visit. 
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures (a) are in place at the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) were in place at its predecessor organisations to enter information received from Foreign Office consular staff on convictions of British citizens abroad into the Police National Computer; 
(2) how many notifications (a) the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) its predecessor organisations received from his Department of British
citizens convicted abroad in each of the last five years; and what percentage were entered on to the Police National Computer. 
John Reid: The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) has housed the United Kingdom National Central Bureau (NCB) for Interpol since 1 April 2006. Previously the NCB was housed within the pre-cursor agency the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). The process undertaken in SOCA is the same as it was in NCIS.
While the NCB is not responsible for the collection and recording of information on UK nationals who commit crime abroad, the unit will receive such information during the course of international law enforcement co-operation, which is its remit. The sources of information will vary, but may include information from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. An initial assessment of the quality of the information is made. If there is insufficient identification material, more details are requested. Research is carried out against available databases in order to identify if the individual is already known or of interest to UK law enforcement. Where sufficient details of identity and offence are received, the case officer will forward this to the National Identification Service. Any existing record will be updated, or a new criminal record will be created.
Since many notifications will be contained within investigative casework, neither SOCA, nor NCIS before it, has statistics which would accurately reflect the number of conviction notifications received, or what percentage of these have been added to the Police National Computer.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the proportion of distraction burglaries that are reported to the police; and what proportion of reported distraction burglaries resulted in a conviction in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker: Figures are not available on the proportion of distraction burglaries reported to the police. However, research suggests that distraction burglaries are under- reported for many reasons including embarrassment and fear, and police and partners are engaged in a range of initiatives to encourage greater reporting.
11,552 distraction burglaries were recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2005-06. The subset of domestic burglary convictions that were a result of distraction burglary is not available centrally.
Jane Kennedy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crime wardens are working with Merseyside police within the boundary of Liverpool city council who are funded by (a) Home Office resources, (b) neighbourhood renewal fund resources, (c) new deal for communities resources and (d) local authority resources. 
The street crime warden service is operated by Liverpool city councils city watch. 43 street crime warden posts are currently funded through the Neighbourhood renewal fund by CLG. An expansion of the service, from April 2007, will see an additional 38 posts created to be funded through the safer and stronger communities block of the local area agreement by CLG and HO. No street crime warden posts are directly funded by the Home Office or from the new deal for communities or local authority resources.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to ensure that funding from the Victims Fund is made available to develop restorative justice services for those victims who want to meet the offender. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The intention of the Victims Fund grant scheme is to fund voluntary organisations that provide direct specialist support services to victims of particular crime types. It is open for these organisations to include restorative justice initiatives within their application for funding.
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which fixed assets his Department sold for more than £10,000 in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06; and what the (i) sale value, (ii) purchaser and (iii) date of sale was of each asset. 
Mr. Byrne: The table sets out the Departments fixed asset sales for 2004-05 and 2005-06. The table provides details of the asset, sale value and the date of the sale. Information on the purchaser could only be provided at disproportionate cost. Information on the date of sale of some assets is not readily available for 2005-06 and could only be provided at disproportionate cost.
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