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Domestic Violence

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent assessment he made of the effectiveness of the use by bailiffs of powers under the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004; and if he will make a statement. [314391]

Bridget Prentice: No recent assessment has been undertaken. However in accordance with their contractual obligations, bailiffs are under a duty to check with the court before forcing entry and to assess each incident.

The contracts Her Majesty's Courts Service has with private bailiff companies also require these companies to report monthly on the use of search and forced entry powers to HMCS. Under the previous AEO contracts which ran from 1 April 2006 until 30 November 2009 there were only two occasions of forced entry used by authorised enforcement agents.

Driving Offences

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010 to question 312817, what the average fine given to a person convicted of driving without insurance was in each justice administrative area in 2008. [314785]


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Claire Ward: Pursuant to the answer of 27 January 2010, Official Report, columns 860-62W, the number of average fines imposed at all courts in England and Wales in 2008 for using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, by police force area, is given in the following table.

Average fine imposed at all courts for offences of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, by police force area, England and Wales, 2008( 1)
Police force area Average amount of fine (£)

Avon and Somerset

184

Bedfordshire

246

Cambridgeshire

207

Cheshire

275

City of London

238

Cleveland

230

Cumbria

225

Derbyshire

339

Devon and Cornwall

193

Dorset

253

Durham

188

Essex

260

Gloucestershire

225

Greater Manchester

222

Hampshire

196

Hertfordshire

251

Humberside

219

Kent

257

Lancashire

251

Leicestershire

197

Lincolnshire

233

Merseyside

193

Metropolitan Police

238

Norfolk

202

North Yorkshire

222

Northamptonshire

203

Northumbria

188

Nottinghamshire

192

South Yorkshire

205

Staffordshire

274

Suffolk

204

Surrey

256

Sussex

216

Thames Valley

257

Warwickshire

240

West Mercia

252

West Midlands

241

West Yorkshire

190

Wiltshire

263

Dyfed Powys

230

Gwent

215

North Wales

216

South Wales

196

England and Wales

229

(1) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source:
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.

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Driving Offences: Suffolk

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) convictions, (b) cautions and (c) fixed penalty notices have been given to people arrested for speeding offences on (i) the A143 and (ii) the A14 in Suffolk in each year since 1997. [314867]

Mr. Alan Campbell: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not collected centrally.

Information held by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice on motoring convictions, cautions and fines do not include information on the specific road where the speeding took place.

Employers' Liability: Insurance

Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what recent meetings he has had with the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum on proposals to create an employers' liability insurance bureau. [314158]

Bridget Prentice: : My right hon. Friend, the Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor and my noble Friend, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions, Lord McKenzie, met the Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum in October 2009 to discuss a number of issues relating to asbestos-related diseases, including issues relating to employers' liability insurance.

Legal Services Commission: Interest Charges

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the interest charged on Legal Services Commission charges has been reviewed to reflect the economic situation in the last five years. [314392]

Bridget Prentice: The statutory charge interest rate, like many private loan interest rates, is not linked to the Bank of England rate. The interest rate has been reviewed twice in the past five years. It was set at 8 per cent. (simple interest) on 1 October 2005. On 8 June 2009 a decision was taken to leave the rate unchanged. That decision was explained in a written ministerial statement made by my noble Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Lord Bach) on 8 June 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, column WS23.

Polling Stations: Disabled

Mr. Paul Murphy: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what steps are being taken to ensure disabled people have access to polling stations in the forthcoming General Election. [314555]

Mr. Wills: The Government believe that it is important that all electors have access to polling stations for all elections, including the forthcoming general election. We have introduced a number of measures to strengthen the existing arrangements and to provide additional support to make voting more accessible for all.

Local authorities are responsible for designating polling places and must carry out a full assessment of polling places at least every four years to ensure that so far as is practicable all venues are accessible to electors who are disabled.


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Inside the polling station, returning officers are required to display an enlarged version of the ballot paper in polling stations and to provide upon request at polling stations, a large hand-held sample copy of the ballot paper for the assistance of visually impaired voters. Returning officers must also ensure that each polling station is supplied with a tactile voting device which is designed to enable blind and partially sighted voters to cast their vote independently without revealing their voting intentions to a third party. We have also provided that upon application to the presiding officer, all disabled voters may cast their vote with the assistance of a companion.

Prosecutions: Misconduct

Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions of officials of Government departments have been brought for misconduct in public office in each of the last six years; and how many such prosecutions have resulted in convictions. [315160]

Claire Ward: Information showing the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, and found guilty at all courts for 'Misconduct in a public office', England and Wales, from 2002 to 2007 can be viewed in the table. Data held on the Court Proceedings Database do not separately identify those officials proceeded against who were working in Government Departments.

Offences of 'Misconduct in a public office' form part of a miscellaneous group of offences for which 2008 data are not yet separately available.

I will write to the hon. Gentleman when these data become available.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for 'Misconduct in a public office'( 1,2) England and Wales, 2002 - 07( 3,4,5)
Proceeded against Found guilty

2002

5

2

2003

-

3

2004

3

9

2005

10

4

2006(6)

8

18

2007

21

16

(1) Is an offence under Common law.
(2) Defendants proceeded against or found guilty of conspiring, aiding or abetting a public official to commit 'Misconduct in a public office' are excluded from the data in the table.
(3) The statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences the principal offence is the offence for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
(4) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(5) The number of defendants found guilty in a particular year may exceed those proceeded against, as it may be the case that the proceedings in the magistrates court took place in the preceding year and they were found guilty at the Crown Court in the following year, or the defendants was found guilty for a different offence to the original offence proceeded against.
(6) Figures provided for 2006 are the result of a validation process between the Office for Criminal Justice-Evidence and Analysis Unit and the courts.
Source:
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice

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Rape: Convictions

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) arrests, (b) prosecutions and (c) convictions of (i) men and (ii) women for offences of rape there have been in each police force area in each year since 1997. [313820]

Claire Ward: The number of males and females proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty
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at all courts for rape (including attempts) by police force area, 1997 to 2008 (latest available) is shown in the following tables.

The information requested on arrests is not collected centrally. The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, covering categories such as violence against the person and sexual offences. From these centrally reported data it is not possible to identify specific offences from within the main offence groups.

Number of persons proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for rape( 1) by sex, England and Wales 1997 to 2008( 2, 3)
1997 1998
Male Female Male Female
Force Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty

Avon and Somerset

71

10

-

-

75

15

1

-

Bedfordshire

25

6

-

-

28

5

-

-

Cambridgeshire

20

6

-

-

19

3

-

-

Cheshire

25

12

-

-

32

12

-

-

City of London

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

-

Cleveland

13

7

-

-

20

5

-

-

Cumbria

12

-

-

-

11

5

-

-

Derbyshire

36

9

1

-

37

7

-

-

Devon and Cornwall

48

14

4

-

39

20

1

3

Dorset

28

5

-

-

18

4

-

-

Durham

17

8

-

-

28

9

-

-

Essex

49

21

-

-

63

14

-

-

Gloucestershire

10

2

-

-

12

2

-

-

Greater Manchester

158

30

-

-

151

54

-

-

Hampshire

70

28

2

-

72

23

-

-

Hertfordshire

29

13

-

-

20

8

1

-

Humberside

17

11

-

-

25

8

-

-

Kent

31

16

1

-

44

11

3

-

Lancashire

72

14

1

-

64

20

-

-

Leicestershire

48

11

-

-

44

18

-

-

Lincolnshire

26

8

1

-

27

8

-

-

Merseyside

21

17

-

-

59

20

-

-

Metropolitan Police

317

116

-

-

328

111

2

-

Norfolk

19

2

-

-

20

4

1

-

North Yorkshire

16

4

-

-

15

8

-

-

Northamptonshire

4

4

-

-

14

5

-

-

Northumbria

92

26

-

-

139

23

-

-

Nottinghamshire

60

14

1

-

58

19

1

-

South Yorkshire

46

17

-

-

38

13

-

-

Staffordshire

42

13

-

-

34

11

-

-

Suffolk

19

6

-

-

28

7

-

-

Surrey

12

3

-

-

16

4

-

-

Sussex

20

15

-

-

45

15

-

-

Thames Valley

64

16

-

-

53

9

-

-

Warwickshire

6

1

-

-

9

3

-

-

West Mercia

30

13

-

-

35

12

-

-

West Midlands

107

38

1

-

151

50

-

1

West Yorkshire

89

26

1

-

105

48

-

-

Wiltshire

24

3

-

-

25

3

1

-

Dyfed-Powys

23

7

-

-

16

4

-

-

Gwent

37

13

-

-

37

4

-

-

North Wales

31

8

-

-

33

11

-

-

South Wales

64

25

-

-

87

36

-

-

England and Wales

1,948

618

13

-

2,174

671

11

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