Helen Goodman: Oral statements are one of the most valued and effective parts of the House's proceedings. The Government have no plans to propose any changes to present procedures, though we are always open to representations from hon. Members on this as on other matters.
40. Angela Watkinson: To ask the Leader of the House what the Government's policy is on the right of right hon. and hon. Members representing Scottish constituencies to vote on matters relating to England where responsibility for such matters in Scotland has been devolved to the Scottish Executive. 
Helen Goodman: The Prime Minister has previously set out the Government's policy to the House on the 3 July. This Government do not accept that there should be any discrimination in the rights of hon. Members to take part in the business before the House. English votes for English laws would lead to the break up of the Union. This Government believes in the Union and will do nothing to harm it. Constitutional issues are the responsibility of my right hon. Friend the Justice Secretary.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Leader of the House what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each meeting she attended with the Prime Minister in (i) the week commencing 19 November and (ii) the week commencing 26 November. 
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) now monitors all rape cases to ensure consistent good practice. The CPS works with the voluntary and community sector and the police to improve the service to victims and to build stronger cases. A cross government group is overseeing performance to address local variations in investigation and prosecution.
17. Mr. Bone: To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of the effect of the UK's anti-trafficking legislation on the ability of the Crown Prosecution Service successfully to prosecute trafficking offences. 
The Solicitor-General: I am satisfied that our human trafficking legislation is as effective as possible to ensure the Crown Prosecution Service is able to prosecute successfully those who commit such offences. In addition the Crown Prosecution Service is tasked with keeping under review the anti-trafficking legislation under the UK Action Plan on Trafficking.
18. Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Solicitor-General what discussions she has had with the Crown Prosecution Service over the decision of the west midlands Crown Prosecution Service and West Midlands Police to refer the programme Undercover Mosque to Ofcom; and if she will make a statement. 
19. Miss McIntosh: To ask the Solicitor-General what progress has been made towards those elements of the Government's criminal justice system targets for which she has responsibility; and if she will make a statement. 
The Solicitor-General: I have responsibility for the persistent young offender and victims and witnesses criminal justice targets. The PYO pledge was to halve the average time from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders from 142 days to 71 days. The average time for the quarter to September 2007 was 62 days. In the year to June 2007, in 59.7 per cent. cases, victims and witnesses were satisfied with the handling of matters by the police and other criminal justice agencies. This is on course to meet the 60.1 per cent. target by the end of March 2008.
It is not possible for operational reasons to give specific details on these cases but they include an investigation into Energy Financing Team Ltd in Bosnia, an investigation into Kellog Brown and Root in connection with Nigeria and a number of other countries, an investigation into the construction of the Unesco-financed Bibliotecha Alexandria in Egypt and an investigation into reinsurance involving the National Insurance Institute in Costa Rica.
11. Simon Hughes: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners what representations the Church Commissioners have received on the Prime Ministers proposal to change the role that Ministers and civil servants play in relation to some Church appointments. 
Sir Stuart Bell: Following the Governments Green Paper, the archbishops issued a consultation paper on Crown appointments in the Church in October. In light of the views expressed in the consultation period, which ended on 7 December, the archbishops will shortly decide what proposals to put to General Synod in February.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions she has had with (a) the police and (b) Ministerial colleagues on the establishment of a police central e-crime unit. 
On 17 October 2007, my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr. Darling), announced that funding would be made available through the comprehensive spending review for the establishment of a National Fraud Reporting Centre.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 4 December 2007]: Since 1997, the Government have been working to: increase the early identification of (and intervention with) victims of domestic violence; ensure that effective advice and support is provided to victims of domestic violence; improve the criminal justice response to domestic violence; and to manage perpetrators to reduce risk.
These aims have been underpinned by the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 and an annual cross-Government National Delivery Plan for Domestic Violence (since 2005) to progress this work both nationally and locally.
(i) strengthening the criminal justice response to domestic violence through the development and expansion of Specialist Domestic Violence Courts to 64 systems in England and Wales, ensuring that domestic violence coordinators are located in every police force, probation and Crown Prosecution Service area, and rolling out perpetrator programmes to all probation areas; and
(ii) improving the safety of identified high risk victims of domestic violence through the development of Independent Domestic Violence Adviser services and Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences, with over 100 areas currently supported.
|Summary of steps the Government have undertaken to protect people from domestic violence since 1997|
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