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Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases had been recorded on the register of referrals for overseas corruption on the latest date for which figures are available; and how many cases recorded on the register were (a) investigated, (b) researched to establish whether an investigation was merited, (c) closed after investigation and (d) passed to another agency in each year since 2001. 
The register of referrals for overseas corruption was maintained by the National
Criminal Intelligence Service from 14 February 2002 after sections 108 and 109 of the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act (2001) came into effect. On 1 August 2005, the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) took over responsibility for maintaining the register.
|Calendar year||Cases recorded||(a) Investigated (following research)||(b) Researched||(c) Closed after investigation|
|(1) From 14 February 2002.|
(2) To 30 June 2009.
In respect of part (d) of the question, approximately 30 cases have been passed on to other agencies since the register was opened. A year-by-year breakdown cannot be provided as records are not kept in this format.
Sir Menzies Campbell: To ask the Solicitor-General what meetings (a) she and (b) her officials have had with (i) representatives of business organisations, (ii) representatives of individual companies and (iii) other persons on the prosecution of corruption offences in the last 12 months; and what representations have been received on the matter in that period. 
The Solicitor-General: Officials from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) frequently meet with representatives of business organisations and individual companies, professional advisers and other interested parties such as non-Government organisations. These meetings often involve discussions about the prosecution of corruption offences as well as other counter-fraud matters. The SFO encourages an open dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders on corruption and continues to receive representations from these on how it can improve its approach to this important issue.
The Solicitor-General: The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has welcomed and responded to the recent consultation by the Law Commission on the Admissibility of Expert Evidence in Criminal Proceedings. It has also been assisting the independent Forensic Science Regulator in producing a set of Quality Standards for Forensic Experts which have been the subject of consultation. The CPS has established an internal advisory Expert Evidence Assurance Panel (EEAP) to support the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in this area; and it continues to contribute to key criminal justice agencies' work in this field.
Andrew Stunell: To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of (i) men and (ii) women for acts of domestic violence there were in (A) Stockport, (B) Greater Manchester and (c) the North West in each of the last 10 years. 
The Solicitor-General: The following tables show the number of defendants prosecuted by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in Stockport, Greater Manchester, and the North West for offences of domestic violence in each of the five years (these are the years for which complete records are available). CPS data are confined to defendant case outcomes in a set of proceedings. Information on arrests has been provided by the Home Office in the following tables. This information is captured on a different basis, and cannot easily be associated with CPS data.
Outcomes are divided into convictions, including guilty pleas as well as convictions after trial, and unsuccessful
outcomes, comprising all other outcomes. Figures are shown separately for male and for female defendants. The North West comprises CPS Cumbria and CPS Lancashire.
|Domestic violence outcomes by gender of defendant|
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