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|National Offender Management Service: Performance Against Targets 2007-08|
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|Notes: The NOMS targets are inclusive of both public and contracted prisons.|
(1)Data relate to total programme completions (before quality reviews)
(2) MDT March data will be adjusted in June (three months lag time)
|NOMS National Targets for Prisons 2007-08: Breakdown of Public and Contracted Prison Performance|
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|Notes: Figures for public prisons exclude juvenile-only establishments and immigration centres, which are not the responsibility of NOMS.|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Bridget Prentice): My right hon. Friend the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice has today published the eighth report by the president of Appeal Tribunals on the standards of decisions made on behalf of the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions in cases which came before appeal tribunals. The major reasons given for Appeal Tribunals overturning or amending decisions were because new evidence was produced at the hearing or the tribunal took a different view of the same evidence.
In his report, the president acknowledges improvements by some of the Department for Work and Pensions agencies, particularly the Disability and Carers Service. He questions whether the current method of producing feedback via an annual report is sufficiently focused and of practical use and suggests a lower level of more direct feedback to agency decision-makers.
The Tribunals Service has in place a number of partnership agreements with Department for Work and Pensions agencies, who deal with benefits and make decisions on behalf of the Secretary of State, covering the interface as part of the end to end process of administering appeals. In addition to the agreements, regular meetings are held to review respective performance and discuss any issues to improve customer service.
Copies of the report have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses, the Vote Office and Printed Paper Office. Copies are also available on the internet at: www.tribunals.gov.uk
The Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Mr. Jack Straw): The Office of the Public Guardians annual report and accounts for 2007-08 have been laid before Parliament today. This document gives full details of the agencys performance and expenditure for the six months from its implementation on 1 October 2007 to the end of March 2008 and includes the Public Guardians annual report to the Lord Chancellor about the discharge of his functions pursuant to section 60 of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Bridget Prentice): The Government have today published the response to the consultation paper: Case Track Limits and the Claims Process for Personal Injury Claims. It summarises the responses received to the consultation paper and sets out the next steps.
Having carefully considered the responses the Government have decided to establish a new claims process which will apply to road traffic accident personal injury claims valued at between £1,000 and £10,000.
Road traffic accident cases constitute approximately 75 per cent. of personal injury claims. This new streamlined procedure provides for early notification of a claim; promotes early admissions of liability and early settlements; and removes duplication of work from the process. It introduces fixed time periods and fixed recoverable costs.
The Government have concluded that there should be no change to the small claims limits, including those for personal injury and housing disrepair claims, but that the fast track limit should be increased to £25,000.
Copies of the response have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses and can also be obtained free on the Ministrys website at www.justice.gov.uk/publications/cp0807.htm
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Maria Eagle): I am today announcing that as part of the review of the law on homicide, on Monday 28 July we will be publishing a consultation paper setting out proposals for reforms on:
partial defences to murder of diminished responsibility and provocation;
the law on complicity in relation to homicide; and
In December 2006 the Law Commission published its report on Murder, Manslaughter and Infanticide with wide-ranging recommendations for changes to the law. On 12 December 2007 I announced the second stage of the review of the law on homicide and emphasised the importance of conducting an open and transparent consultation on this important aspect of law.
Following discussions with key stakeholders both within and outside the criminal justice system we have now developed concrete proposals, including draft clauses, and we wish to put these for public consultation prior to introducing legislation.
The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (Mr. Shaun Woodward): The Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland is responsible for the administration of elections in Northern Ireland. Section 14 of the Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962as amended by Section 9 of the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006provides that the Chief Electoral Officer must submit an annual report to the Secretary of State. The annual report of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland for the year 2007-08 has been laid before Parliament today. Copies are available in the Vote Office.
The Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office (Paul Goggins): Copies of the new framework document for the Youth Justice Agency, an Executive Agency of the Northern Ireland Office, are available in the Vote Office.
This document has been reviewed and revised in line with Cabinet Office guidance on framework documents to ensure that it reflects current best practice in the management and corporate governance of agencies.
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