John Robertson: My hon. Friend will be aware of the ruling in the House of Lords at the end of October that the 12-month rule on applications under human rights law did not apply in Scotland. Thus, £70 million in compensation may be paid to prisoners. With the recent case of a prisoner who was denied IVF treatment getting a €5,000 award from the court through the convention, does my hon. Friend think that the convention is tipped the wrong way, and that it is time we started thinking of victims and put an end to this ludicrous state of affairs?
An error has been identified in the oral answer given to the hon. Member for Glasgow, North-West (John Robertson) on 11 December 2007, Official Report, column 151. The correct answer should have been:
My hon. Friend refers to the judgment in Somerville and others v. Scottish Ministers. As he says, it has an effect on time scales for bringing actions, but clarifies the legal structure of the
Scotland Act 1998. Careful consideration is required across Government here in Westminster and by Scottish Ministers.
An error has been identified in the written answer given to the hon. Member for East Dunbartonshire (Jo Swinson) on 19 November 2007, Official Report, column 537W. The correct answer should have been:
Barbara Follett: Anecdotal evidence suggests that in London 10 years ago 85 per cent. of women in brothels were UK citizens, now 85 per cent. are from outside the UK. Estimates suggest that at any one time in 2003 there were approximately 4,000 victims of trafficking for prostitution in the UK.
No research has been undertaken which would provide either evidence or provide a basis for estimates on the proportion of non-British sex workers who have been (a) trafficked and (b) subject to coercion.