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Mr. Sutcliffe [pursuant to the reply, 11 June 2007, Official Report, c. 888W]: I erroneously informed my right hon. Friend that the number of female prisoners at 30 April this year was 4,502. The figure should in fact have read 4,370.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what assessment she has made of the likely impact on the number of fire incidents across the prison estate of (a) Prison Service Instruction 09/2007 and (b) a complete ban on smoking within prisons; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: On average there are about 1,000 fire incidents each year in prison but too little time has elapsed since PSI 9/2007 came into force for any assessment to be made on the impact of the PSI.
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many trainee probation officers are expected to qualify in 2007-08, broken down by probation area; and how many in each area she expects will subsequently be offered a contract of employment. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The numbers of trainee probation officers due to qualify in 2007-08 are contained in the following table. The trainees will graduate at the end of September so it is too early to know precisely how many vacancies there will be at that stage. It is already clear, however, that a significant number of graduates will not be offered contracts of employment with their training probation areas. Every effort will be made to re-deploy displaced graduates across the country because some employers are likely to have excess vacancies, but it is clear that not all graduates will be placed upon graduation.
|Trainees due to qualify in September 2007-08|
Mr. Sutcliffe: The average total cost of training a probation officer is approximately £74,102. This figure includes the trainee's salary cost, related pension contribution and university administration cost and is calculated over a two year period.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what steps her Department is taking to ensure greater transparency in the recommendation of Crown appointments to the dependencies. 
Michael Gove: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice if she will take steps to ensure that regional assemblies are classed as public authorities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 
Vera Baird: Organisations such as regional assemblies will be considered in the context of any review of extending the coverage of the Freedom of Information Act. We have no plans to review the coverage of the Act at present.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of sentences were taken to appeal by (a) the Attorney-General and (b) the convicted person in each of the last five years. 
Ms Harman: The following table shows, for each of the last five years, the number and percentage(2) of applications regarding sentence received by the Court of Appeal Criminal Division (a) upon referral by the Attorney-General and (b) upon lodgement by the convicted person. Figures regarding appeals against sentence by persons convicted in the magistrates court are not collected centrally and cannot be provided except at disproportionate cost.
|(1 )The number of applications received by the Court of Appeal during any calendar year does not relate directly to the number of defendants convicted during the same calendar year.|
(2 )Percentage of referrals/applications for leave to appeal received by CACD compared to number of defendants convicted in the Crown court.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) in how many and what proportion of cases heard by small claims courts claimants had legal representation in each year since 1990; 
(2) what average payment has been made to successful claimants in cases heard by small claims courts where the claimant (a) had and (b) did not have legal representation in each year since 1990; 
Ms Harman: Detailed information concerning small claims was not collected centrally until 1996. Figures relating to legal representation, average awards and average waiting time for the years since 1996 are provided in the following tables.
|Legal representation||Monetary award (£)|
|Yes||No||Percentage legally represented||Legally represented||Not legally represented|
|(1) Figures have been weighted and rounded to provide overall national figures.|
1. The figures relate only to those cases allocated to the small claims track with a claim value of £5,000 or less.
2. The data is collected from 29 selected county courts by way of a sample exercise conducted every February, July and October.
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