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Judiciary: Public Appointments

Keith Vaz: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many of the Judicial Appointments Commission staff are secondees from her Department. [123964]

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 grades—three senior civil servants, three personal secretaries, one span 9, 10 span 8’s, five span 7’s, one faststreamer, 13 span 6’s, 18 span 4’s and 22 span 3’s.

Middlesex Guildhall

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. [122799]

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:

(Planning application ref: 06/03462/FULL and 0603463/LBC).


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Unpaid Fines

Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs why her Department discontinued the Operation Payback campaign to tackle offenders who do not pay fines. [123773]

Ms Harman: The Operation Payback campaign has been postponed to a date to be fixed, due to operational reasons.

Voting Rights: Prisoners

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. [123774]

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.

Home Department

Bokhari Family

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. [112352]

Mr. Byrne: I wrote to my hon. Friend on 20 February 2007 with the information requested.

British Citizens: Convictions Abroad

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; [117796]

(2) how many notifications (a) the Serious Organised Crime Agency and (b) its predecessor organisations received from his Department of British
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citizens convicted abroad in each of the last five years; and what percentage were entered on to the Police National Computer. [117797]

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.

Burglary

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. [123784]

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.


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Community Policing: Liverpool

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. [123686]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 28 February 2007]: I have been asked to reply.

The street crime warden service is operated by Liverpool city council’s 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.

Crime: Victims

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. [121939]

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.

Departmental Fixed Assets

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. [110790]

Mr. Byrne: The table sets out the Department’s 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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Date of Sale Description Sale proceeds (£)

2004-05

1 October 2004

Land (Prison). Finnamore Wood

820,930

1 January 2005

Land (Farm). Stocken

181,888

1 February 2005

Land (Farm). Hollesley Bay

484,000

1 February 2005

Land (Farm), Lindholme, Misterton

104,054

1 March 2005

Land, Hollesly

197,000

1 March 2005

Land, Hollesly

61,801

1 March 2005

Land. Wayland Social Club

247,500

1 March 2005

Land, Ashford Road, Leicester

603,236

1 June 2004

8 Hoods Farm, Aylesbury

250,000

1 June 2004

Blantyre House, Broadoak Horden

215,050

1 June2004

14 Langdale Drive, Liverpool

160,000

1 June2004

15 Blackabrook Avenue, Dartmoor

66,000

1 August 2004

32 Bryony Way, Feltham

190,282

1 September 2004

55 Georgia Road, Brixton

250,574

1 September 2004

34 Meadow Road, Long Lartin

157,000

1 February 2005

5 Orchard Way, Stanford Hill

87,525

1 February 2005

7 Orchard Way, Stanford Hill

87,627

1 March 2005

Oxley Hollesly

160,000

1 March 2005

Ashford Road, Leicester

900,000

2005-06

27 July 2005

Horseferry House, Horseferry Road, London

32,350,000

23 November 2005

8 Derby Street, Prescott

90,123

9 August 2005

Green park Industrial Estate

22,500

7 November 2005

26 Sandon Road

101,843

25 August 2005

4 Haysbrook Avenue

200,619

20 October 2005

Unit 8, Metropolitan Business Park, Blackpool

155,000

30 January 2006

Bean Street, Hull.

175,000

11-13 Cookson Street, Blackpool

161,000

9 March 2006

10-12 Salisbury Street, Deeside

150,000

21 November 2005

7 Spring Gardens, Manningham

142,000

23 December 2005

Clarence House Hall

200,000

16 August 2005

Clint Mill, Cornmarket.

125,000

15 February 2006

18 Woodlands Road

302,000

1 Stanley Place, Chester

635,000

27 January 2006

34 Foundation Street

700,000

6 October 2005

Silverlands

615,351

6 October 2005

210 Chiswick Road, London

1,717,737

10 March 2006

1 Woodgreen Place

170,038

20 October 2005

100,001

Telecom system spares disposal

36,787

Telecom system spares disposal

36,787

Telecom system spares disposal

13,795

Telecom system spares disposal

27,590

Telecom system spares disposal

110,361

Telecom system spares disposal

18,393

1 July 2005

Land (Farm) Hollesley Bay

104,025

1 July 2005

Land (Farm) Hollesley Bay

342,000

1 July 2005

Land (Farm) North Sea Camp

550,000

1 July 2005

Land (Prison) Springhill

100,000

1 August 2005

Land, Stores Corner

22,278

1 December 2005

Land (Farm), Lindholme, Misterton

880,000

1 December 2005

Land Aldington

3,556,225

31 December 2005

Land (Prison), Rochester

37,012

1 February 2006

Land Lancaster Farms Oatland

405,900

1 February 2006

Land Lancaster Farms

900,000

1 March 2006

Land (Farm) New Hall

66,500

1 July 2005

Farm Buildings, Hollesley Bay

74,673

1 July 2005

86 Limpsfield Avenue, Brixton

189,000

1 July 2005

52 Jebb Avenue, Brixton

159,000

1 July 2005

57 Jebb Avenue, Brixton

159,000

1 July 2005

43 Woodvale Avenue, Brixton

216,000

1 July 2005

25 Heights Terrace, Dover

84,000

1 July 2005

17 Ruggles Brise Road, Feltham

170,000

1 July 2005

School House, Grove Road, Portland

185,000

1 July 2005

45 First Avenue, Wormwood Scrubs, London

300,000

1 July 2005

59 First Avenue, Wormwood Scrubs, London

300,000

1 July 2005

51 Craignish, Brixton

252,500

1 August 2005

17 Brooklyn House, Brixton

100,000

1 August 2005

60 Jebb Avenue, Brixton

154,000

1 August 2005

78 Jebb Avenue, Brixton

158,000

1 August 2005

82 Jebb Avenue, Brixton

160,000

1 August 2005

86 First Avenue, Wormwood Scrubs, London

300,000

1 December 2005

Farm Buildings, Lindholme

500,000

1 December 2005

20 Lysander Close, The Mount

230,000

1 February 2006

Farm Buildings, Kirkham

1,108,365

1 February 2006

8 The Drive, Littlehey

185,000

1 February 2006

24 Buckley Farm Lane, Buckley Hall

86,681

1 February 2006

22 Buckley Farm Lane, Buckley Hall

86,681

1 March 2006

26 Burley Crescent, Ashwell

95,000

1 March 2006

3 Pollards Wood Road, Brixton

231,383

1 March 2006

46 Armley Grange, Leeds

147,000


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