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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. 
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.
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. 
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 (£)|
|(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.|
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice.
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. 
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. 
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.
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. 
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.
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.
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.
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. 
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.
|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|
|(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.
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice
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. 
The number of males and females proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty
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)|
|Force||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
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