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It should be noted that comparisons between the one and two year rates should be interpreted with caution. This is due to a slight improvement in the method used to count offenders released from custody (or starting court orders under probation supervision) when we moved to measuring reoffending over one year rather than two.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions convicted murderers detained in (a) secure mental health accommodation and (b) prisons have committed murders after their release in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The annual Home Office Statistical Bulletin Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence contains data on the number of offenders previously convicted of homicide who have been convicted of a further homicide after release or termination of sentence. The latest published version is for 2006-07. This is available at:
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Of all of the cases listed in the bulletin, one case recorded in 2004-05 involved a convicted murderer released from secure mental health accommodation. In three of the cases in the bulletin, the original index offence was manslaughter rather than murder.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on the number of individuals who have accessed housing possession court duty schemes who had received no prior legal advice in the latest period for which figures are available. 
Bridget Prentice: The Legal Services Commission does not record whether individuals accessing the Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme have received prior legal advice. However, it would not expect the majority of individuals to have done so given the emergency nature of the advice.
Bridget Prentice: Between 2001 and 2005 the Legal Services Commission funded 13 pilot duty schemes as part of their research into alternative methods of delivery of legal services. These pilots assisted approximately 5,000 people per year. A monthly breakdown for this period could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.
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John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent representations he has received from expert witnesses before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal who consider that their professional reputation has been damaged as a consequence of tribunal judgments. 
Bridget Prentice: The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal recently received a complaint from an expert witness. This was investigated and it was found that the complaint was as a result of an administrative error, and not a tribunal judgment. The tribunal service have apologised for its error.
The Prime Minister: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to him by the Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office, my hon. Friend the hon. Member for West Bromwich, East (Tom Watson) on 10 December 2008, Official Report, columns 173-74W.
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer of 4 November 2008, Official Report, columns 336-37W, on Government Departments: information and communications technology, which IP addresses are used by (a) his Office and (b) computers in (i) his private office, (ii) the offices of its communications officials and (iii) the offices of his special advisers. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Prime Minister how many special advisers were employed in 10 Downing Street at each pay band on 30 November 2008; and what the expenditure on special advisers in 10 Downing Street was in 2007-08. 
The Prime Minister: Since 2003, the Government have published on an annual basis the names and overall cost of special advisers and the number in each pay band. Updated information will be published in the usual way.
For information for 2007-08 I refer the hon. Members to the written statement I made on 22 July 2008, Official Report, columns 108-10WS. For information for 2006-07 I refer the hon. Members to the answer I gave my hon. Friend the Member for Cleethorpes (Shona McIsaac) on 25 July 2007, Official Report, column 1108W.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1308W, on departmental public expenditure, whether the figure given for the running cost of his Office in 2007-08 includes the cost of (a) the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and (b) the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Maude: To ask the Prime Minister with reference to the answer to the hon. Member for North-East Hertfordshire (Mr. Heald) of 13 November 2008, Official Report, column 1308W, on departmental public expenditure, what the figure for 2006-07 was. 
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