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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will bring forward legislation to enable unborn children to be treated as separate victims in criminal cases; what recent representations he has received about the issue; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: It is not necessary to change the law so that unborn children may be treated as separate victims. Under section 58 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 it is an offence to act to procure a miscarriage (subject to the Abortion Act 1967). And under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, it is an offence for any person intentionally to destroy the life of a child capable of being born alive. Injury to a foetus, if proved, is likely to be treated in law as an injury to the mother and prosecutable under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. The loss of an unborn child may also be taken into account as an aggravating factor in sentencing any person convicted of killing or harming the mother.
We have received correspondence on this issue from relatives of a murder victim who was pregnant at the time of her death; and a petition with 910 signatures following the death of an unborn child as the result of a road traffic accident.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will implement (a) the certification procedures for bailiffs and (b) the taking control of goods provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007; and if he will make a statement. 
Maria Eagle: My Department remains committed to implementing (a) the certification procedures for bailiffs and (b) the taking control of goods contained in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.
To implement these provisions, underpinning rules and regulations will be required. A scoping exercise has now commenced to determine the development of these with the results informing the timetable for consultation and implementation. We expect this timetable to be completed by May 2008.
Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many consultations undertaken by private contractors his Department commissioned in the last 12 months; who carried them out; and what the cost was of each. 
Maria Eagle: In the last 12 months my Ministry has not commissioned private contractors to carry out any consultations in their entirety. However, private contractors, including third sector organisations, have carried out certain aspects of a number of consultations for the Ministry of Justice. Details are in the following table.
|Name of consultation(s)||Name of private contractor||What they have been commissioned to do||Cost (£)|
35 days consultancy work, contracted to draft MoJ consultation paper, help analyse responses and help produce final strategy paper. Also contracted to help analyse responses to NOMS Third Sector Action Plan and help develop final NOMS Action Plan
|(1) Grant funding.|
(2) Please note that while this consultation was funded by the Ministry of Justice it was commissioned by the Office of Manpower Economics (OME). OME provides the secretariat for the Senior Salaries Review Body (SSRB).
While there have been some voluntary early departures between 1997 and 2005, information about redundancy costs is not held centrally due to previous machinery of Government changes and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
For the ex DCA cost of voluntary redundancies since 30 June 2006 is £17,488,631. The cost for HMPS since it became part of MoJ on the 5 May 2007 is £4,804,164. There have been no voluntary or compulsory redundancies from NOMS since they became part of the Ministry of Justice. There are also three cases for early departure from CICA, which is sponsored by OCJR which have been approved at a cost of £244,971.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many people received (a) custodial and (b) non-custodial sentences on conviction for offences which included the carrying or use of a firearm in each of the last five years. 
In such instances as a robbery or violent assault where an individual has used a firearm or other offensive weapon then they will principally be sentenced for the more serious transgression, and the figures for such more serious offences do not isolate the specific use of a firearm in such circumstances.
|Persons sentenced( 1) for possession of a firearm( 2) , all courts, England and Wales 2002-06, England and Wales|
|Number of offenders|
|Type of sentence||8103||8104||8117||8126||8127||8129||8230||8235||8136||8137||8170||8171||Total|
|(1) Principal offence basis.|
(2) Possession of a firearm includes the offences of:
8 81/03 possessing firearm without certificate:
81/04 possessing shotgun without certificate;
81/17 possessing or distributing prohibited weapons;
81/26 carrying firearm in a public place
81/27 carrying loaded firearm in a public place;
81/29 trespassing with firearm in a building (Group I);
81/30 trespassing with firearm in a building (Group II);
81/35 possession firearm by person previously convicted of crime (Group I);
81/36 possession firearm by person previously convicted of crime (Group II);
81/37 possession firearm by person previously convicted of crime (Group III);
81/70 possessing weapon designed for discharge of noxious liquid;
81/71 possessing firearm disguised as other object.
(3) Non-custodial sentences include absolute and conditional discharge, fine, community sentence, suspended sentence and otherwise dealt with.
These figures have been drawn from administrative data systems. Although care is taken when processing and analysing the returns the detail collected is subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large scale recording system.
RDS-NOMS, Ministry of Justice
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