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Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he plans to publish his response to the consultation on the law on damages; what the reasons are for the time taken; and if he will make a statement. 
The consultation on the law on damages closed on 27 July 2007. The consultation paper considered proposals put forward in a series of Law Commission reports and consequently covered a number of distinct and complex issues. There were 103 responses, many very detailed, that required careful consideration. This work has taken longer than planned, partly because of the scale or the response and the inherent complexity, and partly because of by the need to divert resources to deal with other pressing issues. The Government do, however, intend to publish a response paper outlining the way forward as soon as possible.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) review and (b) task-force projects his Department and its predecessor have commissioned in each of the last five years; what the purpose of each such project is; when each such project (i) began and (ii) was completed; what the cost of each such project was; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Wills: The Ministry of Justice does not hold this information centrally. To collate this level of information would require a detailed trawl across the Department which would entail disproportionate cost.
Mr. Wills: The figures requested are shown in the following table. The increase in the level of payments in 2005-06 was principally caused by one fraudulent transfer which resulted in payments of more than £8.1 million. The raised level of payments in subsequent years is attributable to a range of factorsincluding increasing numbers of registered transactions, greater availability of credit providing more opportunities for fraudsters, increases in property values resulting in the losses from each fraud being higher, and more professional as opposed to domestic frauds. The number of frauds must be seen against the overall numbers of transactions processed in each year. For example, in 2007-08, Land Registry processed 5,638,226 applications to alter the register and there were 60 successful indemnity claims based on fraud.
|Indemnity payments relating to fraud (£)||Number of fraud related indemnity claims|
|(1) The figures for 2008-09 are based on information currently available to be finalised when Land Registrys audited accounts are published later this year. This figure can change. The Audit Committee are due to sign off the accounts in June.|
Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what estimate he has made of the number of (a) title registries and (b) deeds for properties which have been altered by fraudulent means in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Wills: It is not possible to provide these figures as no such estimates have been made. Land Registry tracks the level of fraudulent alterations to the register by reference to claims received for indemnity based on fraud rather than against estimates of the number of fraudulent alterations which would necessarily be speculative.
Ex-service personnel, including those within the criminal justice system, have access to national health service treatment and services. Prison mental health care transferred fully to primary care trusts in 2006, and all prison mental health services are now mainstreamed within the NHS. On entering custody, the reception screening tool assesses all prisoners health concerns, including mental illness, and can refer them to mental health in-reach teams within the criminal justice system. A person whose mental illness is too severe to justify their remaining in prison can be transferred to NHS secure services.
In its response to Lord Bradleys report on people with mental health problems or learning disabilities in the criminal justice system, the Government make it clear that veterans involved in the criminal justice system is an important group, and whose needs will also be taken into account as the delivery plan to address Lord Bradleys recommendations is developed.
Mr. Hanson: The Youth Justice Board will be commissioning 191 beds in Secure Childrens Homes in England and Wales from 1 July 2009. This figure was determined by examining the average level of demand for secure training centre and secure childrens home beds over a three-year period and determining the optimum number of secure children's home beds to be commissioned in the current contracting round.
The Youth Justice Boards decision not to offer Orchard Lodge a new contract was taken following a comprehensive evaluation of a tender exercise. The evaluation panel assessed the quality of all tenders received based on the quality of the responses to the specifications issued, and a financial evaluation on submitted bed prices. Any decision about the future of Orchard Lodge will be taken by the private operator, Glen Care.
Mr. Straw: The following table provides the numbers of prisoners held in all prison establishments in England and Wales as at 30 June in each year from 2004 to 2008, showing the percentage of foreign national prisoners:
|All prisoners (number)||Foreign nationals (number)||Foreign nationals (percentage)|
For the period 2004 to 2007:
Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prison disturbances requiring the deployment of (a) Tornado support officers and (b) the police there have been in prisons in England and Wales in each of the last 12 years for which figures are available; and what the (i) cause, (ii) nature and (iii) cost to the public purse of the disturbance was in each case. 
Mr. Hanson: The information is not held in the form required and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. There are a variety of types of incident where Tornado teams may be deployed, predominantly concerted indiscipline, hostage taking and incidents at height. As Tornado teams will not have been deployed to all of these incidents, the information could be obtained only by examining each incident in detail. Similarly police presence at incidents is not centrally recorded.
There have been just four major incidents of disorder since 1996, and the incident at Ashwell in April was the first since the disturbance at Lincoln in October 2002. Between 1990 and 1995 there were 11 major incidents of disorder, including Manchester, which lasted 25 days, and Pucklechurch, where the entire prison was destroyed (both in 1990).
David Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what average percentage of probation board and trust expenditure was incurred on salaries paid in respect of management positions higher than Band 4 on the national job evaluation scheme in (a) England and (b) Wales in 2008-09; 
(2) what average percentage of probation board and trust expenditure was on probation board members (a) salaries and (b) associated expenses in (i) England and (ii) Wales in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Hanson: This information is not held centrally and is not available in the format requested in the 42 probation areas where it is held. To obtain this information would therefore incur a disproportionate cost.
The Ministry of Justice does not hold information centrally on the breakdown of mortgage possession orders according to the nature of dispute. This is because one of the main administrative computer systems used in the county courts for possession cases (CaseMan) does not identify the specific nature of dispute for these orders. Changing the administrative system to create the necessary field to capture this information would incur disproportionate cost.
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