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Mrs. Laing: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) what discussions he has had with (a) the Scottish Parliament and (b) the Scottish Executive on Clause 36 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill; 
Mr. Wills: Clause 36 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Bill triggers the Sewel convention and we have been working with the Scottish Ministers to seek the consent of the Scottish Parliament in line with the Sewel convention. The Scottish Parliament gave its consent by way of a Legislative Consent Motion on 28 January.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what proportion of persons convicted of (a) sexual offences, (b) violence against the person, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e) drug offences in each year since 1998 served the maximum applicable sentence. 
Claire Ward: There are 440 offences-each with a statutory maximum-included in the categories asked for; to extract the number of persons sentenced to or who have served the maximum in each year could be supplied only at a disproportionate cost.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much his Department spent on (a) consultants, (b) advertising, (c) publishing, (d) public relations, (e) professional training and (f) other activities for each campaign (i) operated by his Department and (ii) commissioned from other organisations in (A) 2005-06, (B) 2006-07, (C) 2007-08 and (D) 2008-09; and which organisation operated each campaign which was not operated by his Department. 
Mr. Straw: Campaigns are defined as activities undertaken by the Ministry of Justice and its executive agencies (Her Majesty's Courts Service, the National Offender Management Service, the Tribunals Service and the Office of the Public Guardian) to communicate departmental programmes and policies to the public.
The nature of the Ministry of Justice's activities, principally administering the courts, prisons, probation and tribunals systems, is such that it does not engage in such campaigns to any significant degree.
The way in which the Ministry records its expenditure does not enable us to identify all of the costs associated with specific campaigns without incurring disproportionate cost. Expenditure is recorded according to the type of expenditure and the business unit which incurs the expense. To provide a full response would therefore involve analysing individual transaction records in each of the five categories of expenditure (a) to (f) for headquarters and the Ministry's four executive agencies for the last four years to identify which costs related to campaigns, as defined.
As campaigns will, by their nature, involve advertising and publicity expenditure, the following limited information has been collated from the Ministry's business areas in respect of specific advertising campaigns:
Law Commission: Promotional advert on DCL's work placed in Modern Government magazine, in-house magazine and in Government: Public Sector Journal.
Information Commissioner's Office: Article feature and placement costs, production of public information films, full colour page advertorial in Chief Talent Officer, full page advertisement in SME Enterprise Magazine, promotion and distribution of public information films.
Elections and Democracy: National and regional press adverts for the general election, posters and radio advertising for collective campaign.
Information Policy: Production of posters, leaflets and small items of stationery for advertising the commencement of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Both initiatives are advertised mainly in the form of leaflets. The campaigns are intended to raise public awareness of the support available to witnesses and victims from the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.
2006-07: £21,000 via the Central Office of Information
Operation Payback involved intensive week-long blitzes on outstanding fines which were initiated and co-ordinated by HM Courts Service in association with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), local police and other Criminal Justice System organisations.
The National Offender Management Service (NOMS), which has responsibility for the prison and probation systems, has spent the following non-recruitment related amounts on advertising, external publicity and broadcasting. Amounts relating to specific advertising campaigns cannot be separately quantified except at disproportionate cost.
|Advertising expenditure (£000)|
|(1) The figures obtained for the financial years 2005-06 to 2007-08 is for HM Prison Service (HMPS) agency only. They exclude NOMS HQ (previously a directorate within the parent Department) which is now part of the NOMS agency from 2008-09. The figure for 2008-09 is for NOMS HQ and HMPS but excludes the National Probation Service. The 2008-09 figures are therefore not comparable to previous years.|
1. All years exclude expenditure by the 42 local probation boards and trusts which are part of NOMS, each of which operates its own separate accounting system. However, a one-off exercise undertaken in 2007-08 found that expenditure on advertising and promotion by the 42 local probation boards and trusts was £58,264. This information-gathering exercise was not repeated in any other years.
In addition to the campaigns mentioned above, the Ministry has commissioned adverts in the local media
to support the 'Justice Seen and Justice Done' campaigns that were funded entirely by the Home Office.
Campaigns are managed by the Ministry but some work is commissioned from other organisations. Advertising commissions are undertaken by the Central Office of Information, a government department which exists to provide advertising services to Government in the most cost-effective manner. The Ministry has a contract with TSO to supply the Department with a large proportion of external publications. The Ministry's publications via TSO can be found at:
Mr. Sanders: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many convictions for (a) an offence of drink driving and (b) each other motoring offence in (i) Torbay constituency, (ii) Devon and (iii) England resulted in a custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years. 
Claire Ward: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in the Devon and Cornwall police force area and England for driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs and other motoring offences (by offence type) is given in Tables 1 and 2 from 1999 to 2008 (latest available). Sentences of immediate custody imposed at all courts are given in Tables 3 and 4.
|Table 1: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts in the Devon and Cornwall police force area, of motoring offences( 1) , by offence type, from 1999 to 2008( 2,3)|
|Offence group||Offence type||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007||2008|
|(1) Offence groups are shown only where data have been reported within the period given. (2) 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. (3) 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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