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Prime Minister

Heathrow Airport

Justine Greening: To ask the Prime Minister what meetings officials from his Office have had with BAA on (a) Crossrail and (b) expansion of Heathrow Airport since June 2007; if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each of those meetings; and if he will make a statement. [183608]

The Prime Minister: My officials and I have meetings with a wide range of organisations and individuals on a range of subjects.

Justine Greening: To ask the Prime Minister when officials in his Office were first shown a draft of the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” public consultation document; and if he will make a statement. [183609]


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The Prime Minister: Department for Transport officials engaged with other Government Departments, including my Office, at various stages during the development of the “Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport” consultation document.

The draft consultation document, including the consultation stage impact assessment, received collective clearance in November 2007.

Justice

Compensation: Mining

Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what plans he has to recompense miners for the mishandling of their compensation claims as set out in the Legal Services Complaints Commissioner's report entitled Investigation into the Handling of Coal Health Compensation Schemes Complaints by the Legal Complaints Service and Solicitors Regulation Authority dated 15th January 2008. [183605]

Bridget Prentice: The responsibility for dealing with complaints about solicitors is a matter for the Law Society, as the legal profession is currently self-regulating. However, I am aware of Members continued interest regarding claims under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme and I am particularly grateful to colleagues who have assisted, working with the Law Society's Legal Complaints Services to resolve outstanding issues and raise awareness. The Government believe that it is important that miners who complain to the Law Society about their claims under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme get the level of service and compensation that they deserve. The Government have sought regular updates from the Law Society to ensure that progress is being made in continually improving the service, and are awaiting a detailed response from the Law Society to the Legal Services Complaints Commissioners' Special Report.

It is our understanding that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has authorised investigations into 60 firms of solicitors; 20 firms have been referred to the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal and the SRA has won the first three disciplinary cases heard there. To date, solicitors have refunded over £3 million to miners and this figure is expected to rise as more investigations are completed. The Legal Complaints Service has received 2,884 complaints to date, of which 2,038 have been closed. This has resulted in excess of £700,000 being recovered for former miners or their relatives.

The Government have legislated in the Legal Services Act 2007 to create an independent Office for Legal Complaints, which will remove complaints handling from the legal professional bodies it will also enable approved regulators to deal more effectively with cases of widespread wrongdoing in the future.

Coroners

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on what dates, in chronological order, the inquests into the deaths of (a) Sergeant Simon Hamilton-Jewell, (b) Corporal Russell Aston, (c) Corporal Paul Long, (d) Corporal Simon Miller,
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(e) Lance Corporal Benjamin Hyde, (f) Lance Corporal Thomas Keys, (g) Captain James Linton, (h) Captain David Jones, (i) Major Matthew Titchener, (j) Warrant Officer Colin Wall, (k) Corporal Dewi Pritchard, (l) Fusilier Russell Beeston, (m) Corporal Ian Plank, (n) Private Ryan Thomas, (o) Rifleman Vincent Windsor, (p) Sapper Robert Thomson, (q) Corporal Richard Ivell, (r) Private Christopher Rayment, (s) Private Marc Ferns, (t) Lance Corporal Paul Thomas, (u) Fusilier Stephen Jones, (v) Corporal Marc Taylor, (w) Private David Lawrence, (x) Private Kevin McHale, (y) Sergeant Stuart Gray, (z) Private Paul Lowe, (aa) Private Scott McArdle, (ab) Sergeant Paul Connelly, (ac) Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, (ad) Major Matthew Bacon, (ae) Captain Ken Masters, (af) Sergeant Christian Hickey and (ag) Sergeant John Jones took place. [178694]

Bridget Prentice: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the following table and tables attached to a written ministerial statement made today on progress with the inquests into the deaths of service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Name of deceased Date of inquest heard

Captain James Linton

24 February2004

Private Kevin McHale

17 August 2005

Corporal Richard Ivell

17 August 2005

Private Christopher Rayment

21September 2005

Fusilier Stephen Jones

21 September 2005

Sapper Robert Thomson

21 September 2005

Corporal Dewi Pritchard

11 October 2005

Major Matthew Titchener

11 October 2005

Warrant Officer 2 Colin Wall

11 October 2005

Fusilier Russell Beeston

11 October 2005

Lance Corporal Paul Thomas

12 October 2005

Captain David Jones

16 November 2005

Private Marc Ferns

16 November 2005

Sergeant Stuart Gray

14 December 2005

Private Paul Lowe

14 December 2005

Private Scott McArdle

14 December 2005

Rifleman Vincent Windsor

18 January 2006

Gunner David Lawrence

15 February 2006

Corporal Marc Taylor

15 February 2006

Corporal Russell Ashton

13 March 2006

Sergeant Simon Hamilton- Jewell

13 March 2006

Lance Corporal Benjamin Hyde

13 March 2006

Lance Corporal Thomas Keys

13 March 2006

Corporal Paul Long

13 March 2006

Corporal Simon Miller

13 March 2006

Corporal Ian Plank

5 April 2006

Private Ryan Thomas

16 May 2006

Sergeant Paul Connolly

17 May 2006

Major Matthew Bacon

22 May 2006

Captain Ken Masters

27 June 2006

Sergeant John Jones

27 July 2006

Sergeant Chris Hickey

15 September 2006

Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel

(1)

(1) Date listed for hearing 31 March 2008

Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice upon what dates, in chronological order, the
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coroner's inquests upon the deaths of (a) Lance Corporal Barry Stephen, (b) Trooper David Jeffrey Clarke, (c) Staff Sergeant Chris Muir, (d) Lieutenant Alexander Tweedie and (e) Lance Corporal James McCue took place. [183210]

Bridget Prentice: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the following table and the tables attached to a written ministerial statement made today on progress with the inquests into the deaths of service personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. Inquests were not held into the deaths of Trooper Clarke, whose body was not found, or Lieutenant Tweedie, who died of his injuries in Scotland. Inquests were, however, held into the deaths of Corporal Stephen Allbutt (12 July 2007) and Lance Corporal Karl Shearer (24 to 26 January 2007) who died in the same incidents. At the inquests into the deaths of Corporal Allbutt and Lance Corporal Shearer evidence was heard about the deaths of Trooper Clarke and Lieutenant Tweedie respectively.

Name of deceased Date of inquest heard

Staff Sergeant Chris Muir

14 August 2003

Lance Corporal Barry Stephen

23 February 2005

Lance Corporal James McCue

16 November 2005


Custodial Treatment

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what the average distance was between the place of custody of (a) male prisoners, (b) female prisoners and (c) young offenders and recorded home address in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many of each category were detained more than (i) 50 and (ii) 100 miles away from home in each such year. [178748]

Maria Eagle: The following table shows the average distance from home for male and female prisoners and young offenders (male and female under 21 years) in each of the last 10 years.

Miles
Average distance from home for male prisoners Average distance from home for female prisoners Average distance from home for young offenders

1998

52

63

51

1999

56

66

53

2000

55

63

52

2001

53

65

51

2002

53

64

51

2003

52

68

49

2004

51

62

48

2005

50

58

47

2006

50

58

50

2007

49

55

50


The following table shows the number of male and female prisoners and young offenders (male and female under 21 years) held between 50 and 100 miles, and over 100 miles from home in each of the last 10 years.


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Male prisoners held Female prisoners held Young offenders held
between 50 and 100 miles from home over 100 miles from home between 50 and 100 miles from home over 100 miles from home between 50 and 100 miles from home over 100 miles from home

1998

12,500

9,000

950

500

2,500

1,200

1999

13,200

10,400

900

700

2,600

1,350

2000

13,200

10,200

900

600

2,700

1,250

2001

13,000

9,700

1100

800

2,850

1,050

2002

13,600

10,900

1000

1000

2,650

1,250

2003

13,200

10,900

1000

1100

2,450

1,100

2004

14,900

9,200

1100

900

2,600

1,050

2005

14,600

8,800

900

600

2,550

1,050

2006

16,000

10,000

1100

800

2,950

1,200

2007

17,100

10,100

1000

800

2,850

1,300


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