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The financial data includes probation boards, National Probation Directorate and latterly National Offender Management Service HQ.
Comparisons over a long period of time are difficult due to machinery of government changes and accounting changes.
After adjusting for organisational changes, accounting changes and inflation, the real terms increase in the Resource budget from 1996-97 to 2006-07 is about 70 per cent.
Expenditure is not recorded in the categories requested under (i), (ii) and (iii).
All figures exclude electronic monitoring.
Financial data for 2006-07 is subject to audit and for 2007-08 is planned expenditure.
David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) what the average sentence handed down by courts in Wales for rape was in each of the last three years; 
(2) what the average sentence handed down by courts for rape was in (a) England and (b) each of the regions in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested, for the years 2003 to 2005, is contained in the following table.
Information for 2006 will be published in the autumn.
|Average custodial sentence length for rape offences( 1) , all courts, England and Wales, 2003 to 2005|
|Average sentence length( 2)|
|Region||Rape of males and females|
|(1) Principal offence basis.|
(2) Months, excludes life and indeterminate sentences.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns, the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 618-20W, on security measures, by how much court capacity has been expanded to deal with existing and anticipated case load relating to terrorism; and how much further expansion is planned. 
Ms Harman: I can confirm that a review is currently taking place on the capacity of the courts to deal with existing and anticipated case load relating to terrorism. The review includes a security upgrade programme of appropriate existing courts, which is already in progress and feasibility studies which have been commissioned to look at any additional court capacity which may be required in the future.
David Simpson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of sexual offences in Wales (i) in total and (ii) broken down by offence in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Data extracted from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of people proceeded against and found guilty of sexual offences in Wales, by offence class, 2003 to 2005 is in the following table.
|Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts, for all sexual offences, broken down into Offence Class, in Wales, 2003 to 2005( 1,2)|
|Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|(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.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns 60-62WS, on the Supreme Court, how much will be spent on (a) professional adviser fees and (b) the non-capital element of the fit out costs, including (i) loose furniture, (ii) IT services and (iii) library books. 
Vera Baird: As mentioned in the written ministerial statement, 14 June 2007, Official Report, columns 60-62WS, the set-up costs related to the Middlesex Guildhall are expected to be an additional £14.3 million. These costs will be spread over the five years of the programme and are broken down as follows;
|Breakdown of Supreme Court set up costs|
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