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Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the Governments response was to the European Commissions infringement letter indicating that the UKs data protection law was deficient and that data protection Directive 95/46/EC had not been implemented; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: The European Commission, as part of its review of the implementation of the 1995 Data Protection Directive by each member state, is in discussion with the UK Government on a number of issues. Disclosing the details of those discussions at this stage would prejudice negotiations between the UK and the Commission and so prejudice UK interests. We believe that the UK has properly implemented the Data Protection Directive via the Data Protection Act 1998 and other relevant provisions of UK law.
Maria Eagle: The estimate of costs incurred to create the new Ministry was estimated at £1.5 million. These costs represented mainly IT and estate activity incurred at the time the new Ministry was created in May 2007 to ensure the new Ministry could operate effectively.
Post initial set-up, the new Ministry is taking forward many initiatives which represent normal activity required to run a large delivery Department and maintain and develop its systems. Specific work is under way, for example, to develop the organisational structure and operating model in use across the Ministry.
Much of this activity would have been necessary within either the previous Department for Constitutional Affairs or the Home Office. It is therefore not possible to identify any specific incremental costs arising as a result of the creation of the Ministry.
|Motoring offences dealt with within Gloucestershire police force area, 1980-2005|
|Number of offences|
|Speed limit offences( 1)||Dangerous driving offences( 2)|
|Written warnings||Fixed penalty notices( 3)||Court proceedings( 4,5)||Total dealt with||Written warnings||Fixed penalty notices( 3)||Court proceedings( 4,5)||Total dealt with|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973. (2) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 2 as amended by the Road Traffic Act 1991 s. 2. (3) Fixed penalty notices paid i.e. no further action. (4) Will include fixed penalty notices issued but not paid and referred to court. (5) From 1980-1997 findings of guilt at all courts, numbers of court proceedings are not available. From 1998 onwards covers total proceedings at magistrates courts. (6) Not applicable. Notes: 1. It is known that for some police force areas the reporting of court proceedings, in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. 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 police forces and the courts. 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.|
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