|Previous Section||Index||Home Page|
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to answer question 162351, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6 November, on work-permit holders. 
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what charitable and voluntary organisations which provide support to victims of domestic violence and abuse received support from the Victims Surcharge in 2007-08; how much each organisation received; and what procedures there are for applications to be made to the funds; 
Services supporting the 64 specialist domestic violence courts in operation at the end of 2006-07 were automatically considered for funding for 2007-08 upon receipt of satisfactory performance information.
Invitations to bid for funding were sent on 8 June 2007 from the SDVC steering group to all Home Office regional directors, Government office DV leads, the SDVC expert panel, Crown Prosecution Service co-ordinators, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership chairs, HMCS area directors and Justices' clerks. Those contacts were asked to forward the invitation to services in non-SDVC areas and those whom they knew to be interested in SDVC accreditation.
Services were invited to apply for funding on the provision of service workload information, level of accredited training completed, supervision and monitoring structures, evidence of partnership working (for example their level of involvement with multi-agency risk assessment conferences), plans to develop a SDVC and/or other project initiative such as links to support in the family courts.
The revenue raised from the Victims Surcharge has been used to fund a wide range of services for victims and witnesses. This includes:
Witness Care Units; Victim Support Plus; Independent Domestic Violence Advisors; and the Victims Fund. Many of these services are not gender specific. Survivors UK, which provides targeted support for male victims of sexual abuse and rape, received a grant of £30,000 in 2007-08 from the Victims Fund. This grant has been renewed for 2008-09.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what contribution (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department made to the Freedom of Information Live 2008 conference on 3 June 2008; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each such contribution. 
Mr. Wills: I gave a keynote address to the FOI Live conference on 3 June 2008. A Ministry of Justice official contributed to the conference by delivering a Practitioner Update presentation and two other officials chaired sessions at the event. The presentations and recordings from the event are available on the University College London Constitution Unit website:
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many court orders were issued for the repossession of homes in (a) Hemel Hempstead constituency, (b) each local authority area in Hertfordshire and (c) England in each year since 1997. 
The civil procedure rules state that all claims for the repossession of land must be commenced in the district in which the land is situated. However, county courts jurisdictions are not coterminous with the borough boundaries, and therefore any single courts repossession actions are likely to relate to homes in a number of different boroughs.
|Table 1: Mortgage( 1) possession orders( 2, 3 ) in the county courts( 4) of Hertfordshire since 1997|
|Table 2: Landlord( 7, 8, 9) possession orders( 2, 3 ) in the county courts( 4) of Hertfordshire since 1999|
|(1) Mortgage data include all types of lenders.|
(2) Orders include both suspended orders and non-suspended orders.
(3) The court, following a judicial hearing, may grant an order for possession immediately. This entitles the claimant to apply for a warrant to have the defendant evicted. However, even where a warrant for possession is issued, the parties can still negotiate a compromise to prevent eviction.
(4) Does not include the small number of possession actions entered in the High Court.
(5) The roll-out of the Possession Claim On-Line (PCOL) system in late 2006 has affected the availability of court-level data on mortgage possession orders. As a result, it is only possible to provide court-level figures for those courts with direct on-site PCOL access for 2007. Therefore, upward adjustments have been made for the missing data at HMCS regional level, which for Hertfordshire is the South East.
(6) Courts now closed or merged with other county courts.
(7) Landlord data include all types of landlords.
(8) Court level data are not available for all landlord possession actions prior to 1999.
(9) Landlord possession orders made through standard and accelerated procedures.
Ministry of Justice.
|Next Section||Index||Home Page|