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Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what visits (a) he and (b) the Minister of State with responsibility for prisons have undertaken to (i) prisons, (ii) young offender institutions and (iii) secure training centres since 28 June 2007. 
|Visits to prisons, young offender institutions and secure training centres since 28 June 2007|
HMPHer Majestys Prison'
HMYOIHer Majestys Young Offender Institution
HMRCHer Majestys Remand Centre
STCSecure Training Centre
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what entertainment or hospitality members of the Departments management board have received in each of the last three financial years; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: Paragraph 4.3.5 of the Civil Service Management Code sets out the rules on the registration of hospitality. The Government are committed to publishing an annual list of hospitality received by members of departmental boards. The first list for 2007 will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the current calendar year.
John Mann: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how his Department plans to handle complaints about the management of compensation claims of miners when the original claimant has died but a surviving family member wishes to pursue the complaint on their behalf. 
Where the original claimant of miners compensation has deceased, the estate (or those acting on behalf of their dependants) can make a complaint to the Legal Complaints Service about how the original claim was handled by a solicitor.
This arrangement applies for existing and future cases and is not limited to miners compensation cases, rather is part of general LCS policy.
If a solicitor failed to comply with a decision by an adjudicator to pay compensation to the family of a deceased client, the case would be referred to the Solicitors Regulation Authority, who would ask the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal to order enforcement of the compensation decision.
In future all Legal complaints will be handled by the Office for Legal Complaints Ombudsman Scheme, as provided for by the Legal Services Act 2007, which will be completely independent of legal professions. The OLC is expected to be operational by late 2010.
Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many complaints the Information Commissioner has processed in the last 12 months; what was the average amount of time taken by the Information Commissioner to process these complaints; how many of these complaints have taken over (a) six months, (b) 12 months and (c) 24 months to be processed; and if he will make a statement. 
The ICO receives complaints under the Data Protection Act (DPA), the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR), the Freedom of Information Act (FOI), and the Environmental Information Regulations (EIR).
|Total complaints completed||Average completion time (days)||Completed cases taking over 6 months||Completed cases taking over 12 months||Completed cases taking over 24 months|
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) with reference to the answers of (a) 16 January 2007, Official Report, columns 1027-28W, (b) 22 May 2007, Official Report, column 1252W, and (c) 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 111W, on the issuance of penalty notices for disorder for 10 to 15-year-olds, what factors have contributed to the length of time it has taken to publish the evaluation of the pilot project; and when the evaluation report was first given to Ministers; 
(2) how many penalty notices for disorder have been issued to 10 to 15-year-olds in the six pilot police force areas, broken down by (a) police force area and (b) offences committed; and how many such penalty notices were (i) paid in full within the 21 day suspended enforcement period, (ii) paid in full outside the 21 day suspended enforcement period, (iii) registered as fines, (iv) contested in court and (v) cancelled; 
Mr. Hanson: I refer the hon. Member to my reply of 26 November 2007, Official Report, column 112W, the evaluation report will be published as soon as possible. The report is going through validation and until that has been completed, it cannot be published. Also, as that process has not been completed, the report has not yet been seen by Ministers. The report will contain details of the number of notices issued and other details such as payment rates but until it is published, I am not in a position to provide that information. No decision has been made about extending the use of penalty notices for under-16s.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the Answer of 20 November 2007, Official Report, column 820W, on consent to medical treatment, when he expects the Public Guardian to produce the first annual report on the implementation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 
The MCA gives the Public Guardian statutory functions and requires him to make an annual report to the Lord Chancellor about the discharge of those functions. The first annual report of the Office of the Public Guardian will be published in April 2008 covering the operation of the Agency and the Public Guardians statutory responsibilities.
Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will ask the Electoral Commission to report on (a) the suitability of existing safeguards against anonymous donations and (b) the extent to which the Abrahams case is an isolated incident. 
The Electoral Commission announced on 26 November that they had launched a formal investigation into whether there has been any failure to comply with the provisions of PPERA in connection with a number of donations made to the Labour party. The Commission has now referred matters to the Metropolitan Police Service. It is not therefore appropriate for the Government to comment on this matter.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of those convicted of burglary received a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years in (a) England and Wales and (b) North West Cambridgeshire. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table gives the proportion of offenders that received a custodial sentence for burglary from 1995 to 2005. The figures are given for England and Wales and for Cambridgeshire Criminal Justice Area (CJA) as data for areas within CJAs are not available. They cover burglary in a dwelling and other burglaries.
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|Sentenced||Immediate custody||Proportion (Percentage)||Sentenced||Immediate custody||Proportion (Percentage)|
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