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Bridget Prentice: Under Protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession, the Channel Islands are part of the customs territory of the European Union. Consequently, the common customs tariff, levies and agricultural import measures apply to trade between the Islands and non-member countries. There is free
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movement of goods between the Islands and the member countries. Other Community Rules do not generally apply.

Dr. Gibson: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what rights and responsibilities are enjoyed by the Channel Islands under the terms of their relationship with the UK. [131748]

Bridget Prentice: The UK is constitutionally responsible for the defence and international representation of the Channel Islands. The Channel Islands make annual voluntary contributions towards the cost. As a more general principle, the Channel Islands have a right to respect for their autonomy in domestic affairs and a responsibility to give all reasonable assistance and co-operation to the UK in the exercise of its domestic and international responsibilities. The UK in turn has a right to expect this co-operation, and a responsibility to give all reasonable assistance to the Islands, and to respect their autonomy and work for its preservation. The most recent statement of the relationship between the UK and the Channel Islands is to be found in Part XI of Volume 1 of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Constitution (1973).

Courts: Pay

Keith Vaz: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what estimate she has made of the rate of local court staff turnover following implementation of the new pay system, broken down by region. [128608]

Ms Harman: The ongoing negotiations with the Trade Unions address a range of important issues, including how the new pay system will better enable the department to retain court staff. I will write to my right hon. Friend once the negotiations have been concluded.

Departments: Pressure Groups

Norman Baker: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs what meetings took place between Ministers in her Department and outside interest groups between 1 January and 31 March; and what the date of each such meeting was. [131026]

Ms Harman: Ministers in my Department meet a large number of people and groups in the course of their official duties. Between 1 January and 31 March 2007 these have included:


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Date Group Minister(s)

8 January 2007

Which?

Baroness Ashton

8 January2007

The Bar Council

Baroness Ashton

8 January 2007

The Law Society Regulation Board

Baroness Ashton

9 January 2007

National Association of Guardians Ad Litem and Reporting Officers

Harriet Harman

11 January 2007

Co-operative Legal Services

Bridget Prentice

15 January 2007

Support After Murder and Manslaughter

Lord Falconer and Harriet Harman

15 January 2007

Muttons Solicitors

Vera Baird

16 January 2007

National Youth Advocacy Service

Harriet Harman

17 January 2007

Mind; Mencap; Age Concern; Help the Aged; Royal College of Psychiatrists; English Community Care Association; Turning Point; National Autistic Society; Mental Health Foundation; Registered Nursing Home Association; Mental Health Alliance

Baroness Ashton

18 January 2007

Liberty

Baroness Ashton

18 January 2007

Four Communications

Baroness Ashton

24 January 2007

The Next Step Foundation

Bridget Prentice

24 January 2007

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

Lord Falconer

25 January 2007

General Medical Council; Age Concern; carers UK; Alzheimer’s Society; ResCare; British Medical Association; Royal College of Psychiatrists; Mental Health Foundation; Mencap; Motor Neurone Disease

Baroness Ashton

Association; National Advisory Group on Learning Disabilities and Ethnicity; National Autism Society; Mind

29 January 2007

The Bar Council

Lord Falconer

30 January 2007

Allen and Overy; Berwin Leighton Paisner; Clifford Chance; DLA Freshfields; Herbert Smith; Linklaters; Norton Rose; Slaughter and May; Simmons and Simmons; Pinsent Masons; Law Society; Bar Council; College of Law; The Sutton Trust

Lord Falconer

30 January 2007

UK Joint Economic Trade Committee

Baroness Ashton

5 February2007

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys; The Chartered Institute of Paten Attorneys; AS Biss and Co

Baroness Ashton

6 February 2007

Association of Chief Police Officers

Lord Falconer

12 February 2007

Commission for Equality and Human Rights

Lord Falconer

19 February 2007

Fathers for Justice

Harriet Harman

20 February 2007

British Youth Council; The Electoral Commission; The Hansard Society; X-Change; National Children's Bureau; English Secondary School Association

Bridget Prentice

20 February 2007

Society of Editors

Baroness Ashton

21 February 2007

Law Society Solicitors' Regulation Authority; Law Society Legal Complaints Service

Bridget Prentice

21 February 2007

Eaves Housing

Lord Falconer

22 February 2007

The Electoral Commission

Lord Falconer and Bridget Prentice

22 February 2007

UK Joint Economic Trade Committee; Arlington Aharma Solicitors

Baroness Ashton

22 February 2007

Rights and Humanity

Baroness Ashton

26 February 2007

Standing Together against Domestic Violence

Harriet Harman

26 February 2007

The Financial Times

Baroness Ashton

26 February 2007

The Telegraph Group

Lord Falconer

27 February 2007

The Council of Europe

Bridget Prentice

27 February 2007

The Guardian; The Independent; The Evening Standard; The Sunday Times; The Sunday Telegraph; The Daily Telegraph

Baroness Ashton

28 February 2007

The Law Commission

Vera Baird

28 February 2007

Coventry Youth Group

Bridget Prentice

1 March 2007

Legal Services Ombudsman

Bridget Prentice

5 March 2007

BBC; The Independent; ITN; Reuters; The Financial Times; The Guardian; Periodical Publishers Association; The Times

Baroness Ashton

7 March 2007

Four Communications

Baroness Ashton

8 March 2007

Bar Standards Board

Bridget Prentice

8 March 2007

Which?

Bridget Prentice

12 March 2007

ITN

Harriet Harman

12 March 2007

Law Centres Federation

Vera Baird

12 March 2007

Co-operative Insurance Services

Vera Baird

15 March 2007

Master of the Faculties; The Institute of Trademark Attorneys; The Association of Law Costs Draftsmen; Office of the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner; The Council for Licensed Conveyancers; Consumer Complaints Board; The Bar Standards Board; The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys; The Bar Council; The Solicitors Regulation Authority; The Law Society

Bridget Prentice

19 March 2007

The Coroners Society

Harriet Harman

19 March 2007

Clifford Chance; UK Joint Economic Trade Committee

Baroness Ashton

19 March 2007

Citizens Advice

Vera Baird

20 March 2007

Imkaan

Baroness Ashton

21 March 2007

Parliamentary Education Unit

Bridget Prentice

23 March 2007

Ashiana

Baroness Ashton

26 March 2007

Co-operative Legal Services

Bridget Prentice

26 March 2007

Bristol City College Student Group

Bridget Prentice

26 March 2007

The Guardian

Baroness Ashton

27 March 2007

The Law Society; The Bar Council

Bridget Prentice and Baroness Ashton

27 March 2007

The National Governors’ Association

Baroness Ashton

27 March 2007

NHS Confederation

Baroness Ashton

28 March 2007

Himat

Baroness Ashton

28 March 2007

Interights

Baroness Ashton

28 March 2007

Equal Opportunity Commission; Amnesty; Employers Forum on Age; Employers Forum in Belief; Fawcett Society; Gender Trust; Help the Aged; Men's Aid; Opportunity Now; Runnymede Trust; Women's National Commission

Vera Baird

12 April 2007

Liberty

Baroness Ashton


Departments: Redundancy

Justine Greening: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs how many people in her Department and its predecessor participated in (a) involuntary and (b) voluntary staff exit schemes in each year since 1997-98; and if she will make a statement. [131541]

Ms Harman: The information is as follows:


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(a) There have been no involuntary staff exit schemes since 1997-98.

(b) The number of employees who have taken voluntary early departure since 1997-98 is set out in the following table. These figures are for the period 1 April to 31 March.

Early Retirement Early Severance

1997

118

251

1998

24

45

1999

3

0

2000

2

1

2001

0

0

2002

0

0

2003

0

0

2004

3

1

2005

3

1

2006

76

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