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Justice

Cabinet Committees

Adam Price: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which Cabinet committees and sub-committees he chairs. [181907]

Bridget Prentice: My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Straw), Chairs the Ministerial Committee on Constitution, the Ministerial Committee on Domestic Affairs, and its Sub-Committee on Justice and Crime.

The full list of Cabinet Committees, their full membership and terms of reference, is available in the Libraries of both Houses. The details are also available on the Cabinet Office website. The Prime Minister notified the House of an updated Cabinet Committee list via a written statement on 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 40WS.

Departmental Telephone Services

Rob Marris: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many 0845 or similar cost telephone numbers are used by (a) his Department and (b) related departmental bodies for public access to services. [179375]

Maria Eagle: My Department has 58 0845 telephone numbers and 53 0870 numbers which are in use for the public.

The Department does not keep a central record for related departmental bodies.


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Driving Offences: Prosecutions

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many drivers were prosecuted for (a) speeding and (b) speed-related offences in each region of England in each of the last five years. [182689]

Maria Eagle: Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against for speeding-related offences in England, by region, from 2002 to 2006 are in Table 1. Data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.

Data showing the number of fixed penalty notices issued for speed limit offences between 2001 and 2005 are in table 2. Data for 2006 will be available later this year.

Table 1: Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for speeding-related offences( 1) in England, broken down by region, 2002-06( 2, 3)
Region 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

North East

5,648

4,925

6,648

4,650

4,782

North West

17,459

19,453

17,588

18,214

19,835

Yorkshire and Humberside

7,038

7,737

13,465

15,389

15,523

East Midlands

11,598

17,763

18,309

17,609

15,551

West Midlands

11,766

12,029

17,416

14,045

11,952

East of England

23,798

20,871

21,692

27,248

25,927

London

8,498

8,677

8,888

10,959

6,626

South East

23,050

23,755

23,059

24,539

23,589

South West

14,066

19,734

19,672

21,967

23,719

England

122,921

134,944

146,737

154,620

147,504

(1) The data comprise speeding offences not detected by speed camera devices and speeding offences detected by camera devices; under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. (2) These data are on the principal offence basis. (3) 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 the courts and police forces. 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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Table 2: Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) for speed limit offences( 2 ) by Government office region, England, 2001-05
Number of offences
Region and police force area 2001 2002( 3) 2003( 3) 2004 2005

North East

79,042

74,011

100,285

118,442

83,436

North West

102,884

219,883

204,702

186,659

193,954

Yorkshire and The Humber

67,167

67,033

153,020

169,721

184,800

East Midlands

168,369

213,588

221,082

202,323

172,361

West Midlands

69,818

90,953

197,252

191,351

186,943

East

148,286

206,632

238,442

274,838

290,362

London

59,125

58,116

85,077

111,278

136,701

South East

235,500

219,791

290,925

265,901

285,203

South West

105,371

135,549

272,383

304,379

264,190

(1) Covers notices paid only where there is no further action. (2) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and the Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973. (3) Revised since original publication following amendments received from forces. Note: 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. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their limitations are taken into account when those data are used.

Elections: Pakistan

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether he has been invited by the government of Pakistan to send election observers to that country; and if he will make a statement. [181174]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

The Government of Pakistan have welcomed election observers to the forthcoming elections scheduled for 18 February. The EU will be sending a full election observation mission. The UK will be participating in this mission as well as providing bilateral election observers.

Human Trafficking: Telephone Services

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on the provision of a common helpline number for victims of human trafficking across Europe; and if he will make a statement. [181679]

Maria Eagle: We recognise the need for transnational work to combat human trafficking and welcome the continued efforts of the European Union in this area. However, we foresee some difficulties with a proposed EU hotline, including issues relating to the management and dissemination of information received and language difficulties. The value of an EU hotline over and above national arrangements and existing structures would have to be demonstrated.

Legislation: Channel Islands

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what items of Channel Islands legislation are awaiting ratification; and when each was received for ratification. [181642]

Mr. Wills: The Channel Islands legislation currently awaiting ratification is listed in the following table, in alphabetical order, together with the date each item was received:


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Legislation Date

Air Transport Permits (Repeal) (Jersey) Law 200-

October 2007

Animal Welfare (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2006

October 2095

Banking Business (Amendment No. 6) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Cash Controls (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2007

October 2007

Collective Investment Funds (Amendment No. 4) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Company Securities (Insider Dealing) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

January 2008

Competition and Trading Standards (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2007

March 2007

Crime (Transnational Organized Crime) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Criminal Justice (Aiding and Abetting etc.) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2007

August 2007

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law200-

November 2007

Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

July 2007

Criminal Offences (Jersey) Law 200-

March 2007

Drug Trafficking (Offences) (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Emergency and Health Workers (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

January 2007

Fees Charges and Penalties (Guernsey) Law, 2007

February 2007

Finance (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Financial Services (Amendment No. 3) (Jersey) Law 200-

October 2007

Financial Services (Amendment No. 4) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Forfeiture of Money in Civil Proceedings Law, 2007

November 2007

Forgery and Counterfeiting (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

September 2006

Harbours (Administration) (Amendment No. 7) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Homicide and Suicide (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

January 2007

Income Tax (Amendment No. 29) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Income Tax (Amendment No. 30) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Income Tax (Zero 10) (No.2) Law, 2007

January 2008

Income Tax (Zero 10) (Guernsey) Law, 2007

November 2007

Insurance Business (Amendment No. 6) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Law Reform (Inheritance and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2006

October 2006

Loi (1939) sur les honoraires des Avocats et des Écrivains (Repeal) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Marriage and Civil Status (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Preferred Debts, Désastre Proceedings and Miscellaneous Provisions(Guernsey and Alderney) Law, 2006

October 2006

Price and Charge Indicators (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Proceeds of Crime (Cash Seizure) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Public Finances (Amendment No. 2) (Jersey) Law 200-

December 2007

Public Order (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2006

January 2007

Regulation of Utilities (Bailiwick of Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2007

July 2007

Renewable Energy (Alderney) Law, 2007

April 2007

Road Traffic (Drink Driving) (Guernsey) (Amendment) Law, 2006

November 2006

Road Traffic (Parking Fees and Charges) (Enabling Provisions) (Guernsey) Law, 2007

May 2007

Smoking (Prohibition in Public Places and Workplaces) (Alderney) Law, 2007

April 2007

States of Jersey (Amendment No. 3) Law 200-

July 2007

States of Jersey (Amendment No. 4) Law 200-

November 2007

Terrorism (Amendment No. 2) (Jersey) Law 200-

November 2007

Trusts (Guernsey) Law, 2007

August 2007


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