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Royal Household

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the Garter Banner uniforms, decorations and other related artefacts of Kaiser Wilhelm II which relate to his honorary rank as United Kingdom Field Marshal and Honorary Colonel-in-Chief of United Kingdom regiments prior to 1914 are in the custody of the Royal Household; and if he will make a statement. [321126]

Mr. Wills: The Garter Banner and other insignia of Kaiser Wilhelm II were removed from St. George's Chapel, Windsor during the first world war. We have been unable to ascertain their location. The stall plates of Kaiser Wilhelm II are still in place in St. George's Chapel. The Royal Collection has confirmed that it holds the Robe and Garter dress of Kaiser Wilhelm II as well as two diamond Garter Stars and Badge of Kaiser Wilhelm II. No other uniforms, decorations or related artefacts are held.

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice whether the uniforms, decorations and other related artefacts of HM King George V which relate to his honorary rank as a German Field Marshall or as Honorary Colonel of German regiments prior to 1914 are still in the custody of the Royal Household; and if he will make a statement. [321127]

Mr. Wills: The Royal Collection holds a number of items relating to the honorary ranks held by HM King George V in the German armed forces. Records show that uniforms relating to the ranks of Admiral of the Imperial German Navy, Prussian Field Marshall, Colonel in Chief of the 1st Guard Dragoon Regiment and Colonel in Chief of the Kürassier Regiment Graf Getzler (Rhine) No. 8 are held. The Royal Collection also holds a number of decorations: Order of St. Hubert (Bavaria), Order of the Wendish Crown (Mecklenburg), Order of the Black Eagle (Prussia), Order of the Red Eagle (Prussia), Hohenzollern House Order (Prussia), Saxe Ernestine Order (Saxe Coburg), Order of the White Falcon (Saxe Weimar) and Order of the Rue Crown (Saxony).

Trade Unions

Mr. Syms: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many staff his Department and its agencies are seconded to trade unions; what facilities are made available to them; how many days other staff of his Department and its agencies spent on trade union activity in the latest year for which figures are available; and what recent estimate he has made of the annual cost to the public purse of such activity. [320611]

Mr. Wills: Currently the Ministry has two employees on secondment to the PCS Trade Union and their salaries are reimbursed by the union. No other facilities are made available to them as they work at Public and Commercial Services (PCS) Headquarters.

Facilities Agreements between the Ministry of Justice and the Trade Union Sides follow the provisions of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 and the ACAS Code of Practice "Time off for Trade Union Duties and Activities" available at:


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The number of days that other staff spent on trade union activity within the last year, for which figures are available, is 43,208. The estimated annual total salary cost of such activity is £6.5 million.

Young Offenders: Rape

Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many offenders of each age group were (a) convicted and (b) cautioned for (i) rape of a child under 13 and (ii) rape of a child under 16 in each of the last three years; [317738]

(2) how many offenders aged (a) 17 and under and (b) 18 and over were given a caution for rape in each of the last five years. [317739]

Mr. Straw: Information showing the number of offenders found guilty at all courts and cautioned for offences of rape of a child under 13 and under 16, by age group, England and Wales, from 2006 to 2008 (latest available) is shown in tables 1 and 2 as follows.

The number of offenders cautioned for rape, by age group, England and Wales, 2004 to 2008 (latest available) is shown in table 3 as follows.

Data for 2009 are planned for publication in the autumn, 2010.

Guidance on the use of simple cautions is clear that they should not be used for serious offences. In the vast majority of serious sexual offences a caution would not be appropriate and a prosecution would be in the public interest. The decision to caution an offender for an indictable-only offence such as rape will always be taken by the Crown Prosecution Service.

There will, however, always be exceptional cases in which it would not be in the interest of the victim or the public to prosecute, and in these circumstances administering a caution is considered to be preferable to taking no further action, and ensures that the offender is put on the sexual offenders' register and can be monitored. In some sexual offences cases, for example, it may be decided that the age, welfare or mental well-being of the victim or offender argues against putting them through a trial. In addition, children below the age of 13 cannot consent to sexual relations in law, and so such cases may be classified as rape even where the offence otherwise has the characteristics of a consenting sexual relationship.


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Table 1: The number of defendants found guilty at all courts for rape( 1) of a child under 13 and under 16, by age group, England and Wales, 2006 - 08( 2, 3)
Offence description 2006 2007 2008( 4)

Age 10-17

Rape of a child under 13

41

44

41

Rape of a child under 16

14

13

21

Sub-total

55

57

62

Age 18 and over

Rape of a child under 13

76

84

133

Rape of a child under 16

220

246

234

Sub-total

296

330

367

All ages

Rape of a child under 13

117

128

174

Rape of a child under 16

234

259

255

Total

351

387

429

(1 )Excludes attempted rape.
(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 police forces and the courts. 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.
(4 )Excludes convictions for Cardiff magistrates court for April, July and August 2008.
Source:
Justice Statistics Analytical Services-Ministry of Justice

Table 2: The number of offenders cautioned( 1, 2) for rape( 3) of a child under 13 and under 16, by age group, England and Wales, 200 6- 08( 4)
Offence description 2006 2007 2008

Age 10-17

Rape of a child under 13

12

23

22

Rape of a child under 16

1

2

4

Sub-total

13

25

26

Age 18 and over

Rape of a child under 13

-

2

1

Rape of a child under 16

-

3

5

Sub-total

-

5

6

All ages

Rape of a child under 13

12

25

23

Rape of a child under 16

1

5

9

Total

13

30

32

(1 )The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.
(2 )From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.
(3 )Excludes attempted rape.
(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 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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Table 3: The number of offenders cautioned( 1, 2) for rape( 3) , England and Wales, 2004 - 08( 4)
Age group 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008

Age 10 to 17

20

17

13

25

26

Age 18 and over

16

3

6

7

9

All ages

36

20

19

32

35

(1 )The cautions statistics relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When a defendant has been cautioned for two or more offences at the same time the principal offence is the more serious offence.
(2 )From 1 June 2000 the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 came into force nationally and removed the use of cautions for persons under 18 and replaced them with reprimands and warnings. These figures have been included in the totals.
(3 )Excludes attempted rape.
(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 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.

Business, Innovation and Skills

Business

Tim Farron: To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills how many and what proportion of businesses have employed (a) fewer than five people, (b) between five and 10 people, (c) between 10 and 20 people, (d) between 20 and 40 people, (e) between 40 and 70 people, (f) 70 people or more in (i) rural areas, (ii) urban areas and (iii) nationally in each year since 1997. [318297]

Ms Rosie Winterton: Estimates of the total number and percentage of businesses in the UK by employment band between 1997 and 2008 is shown in Table 1(1). Estimates broken down by rural and urban areas are not available for all UK businesses. However Table 2 shows estimates for businesses registered for either VAT and/or PAYE(2) between 2006 and 2008(3).

The number of UK businesses overall in all employee categories has increased by 1,076,000 (29 per cent.) between 1997 and 2008.


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Table 1: Number and percentage of businesses by employee band for the UK private sector (1997 to 2008)

Number of employees Less than 5 5 to 9 10 to 19 20 to 49 50 to 99 100 or more Total in UK private sector

1997

Number of businesses

3,326,810

191,755

107,395

49,980

15,415

16,340

3,707,695

Percentage of businesses

89.7

5.2

2.9

1.3

0.4

0.4

100.0

1998

Number of businesses

3,262,230

204,290

111,800

48,300

14,945

16,325

3,657,885

Percentage of businesses

89.2

5.6

3.1

1.3

0.4

0.4

100.0

1999

Number of businesses

3,287,955

201,835

109,280

46,955

14,450

16,470

3,676,940

Percentage of businesses

89.4

5.5

3.0

1.3

0.4

0.4

100.0

2000

Number of businesses

3,330,460

206,090

108,075

46,155

15,700

16,130

3,722,610

Percentage of businesses

89.5

5.5

2.9

1.2

0.4

0.4

100.0

2001

Number of businesses

3,344,050

200,320

112,695

54,845

18,130

16,300

3,746,340

Percentage of businesses

89.3

5.3

3.0

1.5

0.5

0.4

100.0

2002

Number of businesses

3,390,720

206,135

113,580

53,440

18,020

15,830

3,797,725

Percentage of businesses

89.3

5.4

3.0

1.4

0.5

0.4

100.0

2003

Number of businesses

3,625,825

202,965

105,845

54,800

16,230

15,720

4,021,390

Percentage of businesses

90.2

5.0

2.6

1.4

0.4

0.4

100.0

2004

Number of businesses

3,885,620

205,855

104,190

55,390

16,500

15,290

4,282,845

Percentage of businesses

90.7

4.8

2.4

1.3

0.4

0.4

100.0

2005

Number of businesses

3,941,300

207,225

106,020

54,955

17,160

15,380

4,342,045

Percentage of businesses

90.8

4.8

2.4

1.3

0.4

0.4

100.0

2006

Number of businesses

4,062,990

205,260

110,050

55,930

17,090

15,380

4,466,700

Percentage of businesses

91.0

4.6

2.5

1.3

0.4

0.3

100.0

2007

Number of businesses

4,272,060

207,595

111,165

55,655

17,145

15,465

4,679,080

Percentage of businesses

91.3

4.4

2.4

1.2

0.4

0.3

100.0

2008

Number of businesses

4,354,905

223,585

116,645

55,415

17,105

15,630

4,783,285

Percentage of businesses

91.0

4.7

2.4

1.2

0.4

0.3

100.0

Source:
'Small and Medium Sized Enterprises for the UK and Regions'-Department for Business Innovation and Skills

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