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|(1 )Ministry of Justice Headquarters and Associated Offices.|
1998-99 to May 2003: Lord Chancellor's Department.
June 2003 to April 2007: Department for Constitutional Affairs.
May 2007 to present: Ministry of Justice.
The proportion of spend for 2007-08 comprises 0.32 per cent. administration expenditure and 1.33 per cent. programme expenditure.
The increase over 2006-07 reflects the creation of the new Ministry following a machinery of government change. National Offender Management Service HQ elements and Office of Criminal Justice Reform are included in the make up of the core Department in the 2007-08 Resource Accounts.
Expenditure for all years is in respect of research and development. Identifying the research element could be done only at disproportionate cost.
The proportion of spend for 1998-99 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
(2 )Office of the Public Guardian.
2001-02 to September 2007: Public Guardianship Office.
October 2007 to present: Office of the Public Guardian.
The Public Guardianship Office became an executive agency of the Lord Chancellor's Department in April 2001. The proportion of spend for 2001-02 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
(3 )HM Courts Service.
1998-99 to 2005-06: Court Service.
2005-06 to present: HM Courts Service.
The proportion of spend for 1998-99 to 2004-05 could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
(4 )Office for Criminal Justice Reform.
OCJR was launched in 2004 and therefore prior year figures are unavailable. The proportion of spend for 2007-08 was 0.23 per cent. This has been consolidated with the MOJ HQ figure as OCJR was included in the core Department in the 2007-08 resources accounts.
Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many and what proportion of staff in (a) his Department and (b) the executive agencies for which he is responsible are disabled; and what the average salary in his (i) Department and (ii) executive agencies is of (A) full-time disabled staff, (B) full-time non-disabled staff, (C) part-time disabled staff and (D) part-time non-disabled staff. 
Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of Commonwealth citizens who are registered to vote and do not have leave to remain in the UK. 
As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent Parliamentary Question asking what estimate has been made of the number of Commonwealth citizens who are registered to vote and do not have leave to remain in the UK. (224333)
The Office for National Statistics publishes information collected by local authorities on the numbers of people on electoral rolls who are registered to vote in the United Kingdom. The data available from local authority electoral returns do not make it possible to distinguish those who are Commonwealth citizens, nor do they include information on eligibility to remain in the UK.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what assessment he has made of the consequences for his Department's responsibilities of the European Court of Human Rights case X v Croatia, reported in July 2008. 
Bridget Prentice: This case involved a mother who was divested of capacity to act under Croatian law. She played no part in the adoption proceedings. The European Court of Human Rights held that there was insufficient involvement of the mother in the decision-making process and it was this that breached her Article 8 rights. In England and Wales the parent is a party to the placement and adoption proceedings. A party, or an intended party, who lacks capacity (within the meaning of the Mental Capacity Act 2005) to conduct the proceedings must have a litigation friend to conduct proceedings on his or her behalf. This means that the person is represented in the proceedings.
Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what his policy is on whether responses prepared by local authorities' freedom of information officers should be passed to council group leaders for approval or amendment. 
Mr. Wills: The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not require responses to freedom of information requests made to local authorities to be passed to council group leaders for approval or amendment and the Ministry of Justice has issued no guidance on this issue. It is the responsibility of each authority covered by the Freedom of Information Act to ensure that it complies with its statutory obligations and follows the section 45 code of practice when handling requests for information.
Mr. Streeter: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether there are any courts in England and Wales which incorporate elements of Sharia law in their work; and if he will make a statement. 
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State plans to reply to the letter to him from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 25 July 2008 (reference: 209717) on a court case. 
Mr. Hanson: The following table shows the number of prisoners who have absconded from open prisons between April 2003 and March 2008 broken down by (a) prison and (b) year. The number of absconds last year was the lowest level since centralised recording began in 1995 and levels have continued to fall in the current year. Escapes too have been falling for over a decade with the current low levels having been sustained for some years now. This is despite considerable increases in population over the same period. It is my intention to continue this downward trend.
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. The data are not subject to audit.
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