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Written Ministerial Statements

Monday 1 February 2010

Home Department

Control Orders (Lord Carlile's Fifth Report)

The Secretary of State for the Home Department (Alan Johnson): In accordance with section 14(3), 14(4) and 14(5) of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC has completed the report on the operation of the Act in 2009, which will be laid before the House today. I am also laying before the House the Government's memorandum to the House Affairs Committee on post-legislative scrutiny of the Act.


Women's Diversionary Fund

The Minister of State, Department of Justice (Maria Eagle) : Two years ago I announced our commitment to a fundamental change in how the criminal justice system deals with women. In December last year we reported on the substantial progress made through the Government's strategy to divert women away from crime.

Today, I am announcing the creation of a Women's Diversionary Fund, a £2 million joint funding venture between the Ministry of Justice and the Corston Independent Funders' Coalition. The Women's Diversionary Fund will offer grants of up to two years and will assist us in consolidating good progress and in taking forward our strategy to divert women from crime, and reduce reoffending.

This exciting partnership between the Ministry of Justice and the alliance of charitable trusts forming the coalition represents a commitment on both sides to transform further the way women are treated by the criminal justice system. By working together in this exceptional way we will build on the initiatives already announced.

The fund will focus on:

This new initiative will support further growth in community services for women and contribute to building the confidence of courts in alternatives to custody.

Interpreters (Expenditure)

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice (Bridget Prentice): Errors have been identified in the written answers given by the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, my hon. Friend the Member for Liverpool, Garston (Maria Eagle) to the hon. Members for Wycombe
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(Mr. Goodman) on 9 May 2008, Official Report, c. 1270-71W and for Romsey (Sandra Gidley) on 2 June 2008, Official Report, c. 640-41W and by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor to the hon. and learned Member for Beaconsfield (Mr. Grieve) on 16 March 2009, Official Report, c. 955-56W and the hon. Member for Ashford (Damian Green) on 20 April 2009, Official Report, c. 337W on the subject of interpreters expenditure.

All the information the Ministry of Justice holds on interpreters expenditure is provided in the table below. I have written to the Members who received incomplete information and provided them with a full response.

Expenditure on interpreters in England and Wales by the Department and its agencies:

The Expenditure for Financial Years 2007-08 and 2008-09
To the nearest £000


Ministry of Justice HQ



HM Courts Service (HMCS)



HMCS Crown Courts paid from Central Fund Budget



Tribunals Service



Office of the Public Guardian



National Offenders Management Service(1)






(1) This figure includes translation costs as well as interpretation costs. The amounts are not separately recorded and can only be disaggregated at disproportionate costs.

The information in the table excludes the following expenditure:

It is not possible separately to identify expenditure on interpreters by magistrates courts from other magistrates court costs financed from the Central Fund Budget without incurring the disproportionate cost of examining every transaction, the supporting records for which are held locally. Sample exercises have been undertaken in the past to estimate the proportion of magistrates court expenditure that relates to interpreters but they have yielded inconsistent results.

The NOMS figure excludes expenditure by the National Probation Service which is held locally by 42 probation boards and trusts who use separate and different accounting systems. Information could only be determined at disproportionate cost through examination of local records.

Suspects, charged individuals and victims

Her Majesty's Courts Service meets interpreters' costs for victims, which are provided above. The police meet interpreters' costs for suspects and charged individuals. Police costs are funded by the Home Office.


Transport Security

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport (Paul Clark): My right hon. and noble Friend the Secretary of State for Transport, Lord Adonis, has made the following ministerial statement:

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