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Bridget Prentice: Since 1 April 2007 the Wiltshire and Swindon coroner has transferred the majority of the inquests which have been repatriated via RAF Lyneham in his jurisdiction to coroners closer to the deceaseds next of kin. I am keeping the handling of these inquests under review and reporting to the House quarterly on progress. The Secretary of State and I plan to meet the Wiltshire and Swindon coroner before the recess. MOJ and MOD officials will also be meeting the coroner, Wiltshire county council and Wiltshire constabulary shortly.
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Bridget Prentice: As of today there are 54 military inquests pending in the Oxfordshire coroners jurisdiction and 24 inquests pending in the Wiltshire and Swindon coroners jurisdiction. There is no backlog in Wiltshire. The vast majority of these inquests relate to deaths in the last 12 months, with many inquests relating to deaths in the last six months.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many ministerial red boxes the Department bought in each of the last five years; what the cost of each was; who the suppliers were; and what tendering process was used in selecting them. 
Maria Eagle: Red boxes are used by successive Ministers over a number of years. The specific information requested for the last five years could be provided only at disproportionate cost as the information is not recorded centrally.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or under way. 
Maria Eagle: The total cost of all private finance initiative projects for which my Department has responsibility that have been completed since 1997 is in excess of £8.0 billion and can be found on the list of signed PFI deals, available on HM Treasury's website at:
The list contains by project the annual unitary charge payments, which are projections and are conditional on the performance of the private sector contractor. Unitary charge payments are not simply repayments for the capital value of the project and will frequently include inflation, provision of services and major refurbishment.
All of the projects on the list that are overseen by the Ministry of Justice are fully operational except Avon and Somerset magistrates court, where the final site at Bristol is expected to be completed in 2007-08.
Her Majestys Prison Cardiff
Her Majestys Prison Parc
Her Majestys Prison Swansea
Her Majestys Prison Prescoed
Newport site, George street, Newport, NP20
|HMYOI Feltham Budgets 2003-04 to 2007-08|
|Budget (Net Del) As at BV4||Adjustments||Comments|
1. Budgets are allocated throughout the year.
2. The figures have been compiled at July each year for consistency.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many social workers working at Feltham Young Offenders Institute are jointly funded by the Youth Justice Board and the Department for Children, Schools and Families. 
Mr. Hanson: The Youth Justice Board has been funding two social worker posts at Feltham. Following the promotion of the senior social worker to be head of safeguarding, there is currently one social worker in post and the vacancy is being advertised. The Youth Justice Board and the Department for Children, Schools and Families have agreed that funding for the financial year 2007-08 would be provided jointly.
Maria Eagle: The relevant legislation makes it clear that persons undergoing treatment for a mental disorder are not qualified for jury service, and Sir Robin Aulds Review of the Criminal Courts of England and Wales recommended no change to the exclusion of mentally disordered persons from jury service. However, we recognise that there are potential benefits in a change to the current arrangements, particularly of a social inclusion nature. The current eligibility criteria are in need of review, and we have indicated that we will consult on modernising them. We will make it clear in due course whether and, if so, how the law is to be changed.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps his Department and the Legal Services Commission have taken to meet the recommendations of the National Audit Office report Legal aid and mediation for people involved in family breakdown; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: The Legal Services Commission (LSC) is currently awaiting the Public Accounts Committees report on the National Audit Offices (NAOs) findings. It has however already begun to implement the NAOs recommendations:
The LSC plans to start piloting family telephone advice through the existing CLS Direct telephone service in the autumn of 2007. This will enable clients seeking family advice to get information about mediation from trained operators.
As a result of decisions taken in the light of the LSCs and the then Department for Constitutional Affairs consultation Legal Aid Reform: Family and Family Mediation Fee Schemes, the decision as to whether domestic abuse is a bar to mediation will now sit with the mediator and not the solicitor.
The new Family Fee Structure will also remove the financial disincentives for solicitors to make referrals to mediation, which has historically been an obstacle to increasing mediation referrals, a fact recognised by the mediation profession and in the NAOs report.
The LSC will monitor the number of referrals made by individual firms to mediation. A report, due for implementation in October 2007, will extract information from LSC databases on the exemption from mediation reasons used by individual firms, and sanctions will be available if solicitors firms do not make appropriate and timely referrals.
The LSC is currently developing a new supplier management system to replace existing systems. This will make it easier to track cases across different schemes.
Maria Eagle: My noble Friend Lord Hunt of Kings Heath, the lead Minister for legal aid reform, has had a number of meetings with legal aid practitioners and other interested parties, including the current Law Society president to discuss various aspect of the legal aid reform programme. He currently has no plans to meet the Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire Incorporated Law Society.
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what provision has been made in his Departments budgets for the cost of (a) police cell accommodation and (b) court cell accommodation for prisoners in 2007-08. 
In 2006-07 £1,070,140 was paid for the use of police cells to hold prisoners overnight (known as Operation Safeguard). Police forces invoice in arrears and not all invoices relating to this financial year have yet been received or paid.
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison officers have resigned from the Prison Service within (a) six months, (b) one year and (c) two years of starting their employment in each of the last five years. 
|Prison officers( 1) who resigned within two years by length of service|
|Number of officers resigning|
|Period( 2)||Within first 6 months||Between 6 months and 1 year||Between 1 and 2 years||Total|
|(1) Information relating to contracted prisons is not held centrally and would require the interrogation of various reporting systems which would incur disproportionate cost. Therefore figures relate to public sector Prison Service only.|
(2) Archiving of data has meant that information on the start date of officers who left prior to July 2002 is not available.
(3) The period refers to when staff left the Service rather than joined.
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