Alternatives to Prison

Mr Lammy: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will require probation trusts to publish the outcome of community sentences, the details of payback schemes and reoffending rates on a fixed and permanent basis. [148447]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice publishes annually the probation trust performance ratings and other measures of performance, including completion rates for orders and licences and for community payback requirements:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/prisons-and-probation/prison-probation-performance-info

In addition, each quarter the Department publishes proven reoffending rates for offenders supervised by probation trusts:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/statistics/reoffending/proven-re-offending

Probation trusts are required to prepare an annual report giving an overview of their community payback activities. The report includes information relating to the work projects that were completed and the range of beneficiary organisations and criminal justice partner agencies. These are normally published on probation trusts' individual websites.

British Overseas Territories

Thomas Docherty: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many full-time equivalent civil servants in his Department are working on matters related to the UK Overseas Territories. [147110]

Damian Green: Within the Ministry of Justice (Ministry of Justice Headquarters, HM Courts and Tribunals Service, National Offender Management Service and Office of the Public Guardian) there are two civil servants whose responsibilities include working with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to provide justice support to the Overseas Territories. Between them the work accounts for around 0.7 of a full-time equivalent member of staff.

Buildings

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what occupation costs of each type are incurred for each property used by his Department. [143297]

Damian Green: The Ministry of Justice estate comprises over 1,600 properties, including courts, tribunals, prison and young offender institutions, prison officers' quarters and administrative properties. Information on the occupation costs (rents, rates, service charges, maintenance,

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security, cleaning and utilities) incurred for each property used by the Department is not collated centrally and this information could be provided only at disproportionate costs.

Community Orders

Justin Tomlinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what consideration he has given to extending the use of litter picking as part of community schemes. [148268]

Jeremy Wright: Community Payback requires offenders to do unpaid work which benefits the community. Members of the public are encouraged to identify Community Payback work projects for offenders. Public nomination of work projects helps to ensure that Community Payback provides real benefits to local communities. The Government plan to increase the number of Community Payback work projects nominated by members of the public.

One of the most frequently requested Community Payback tasks is the clearance of litter and illegally disposed of rubbish. These are ideal tasks to be completed by offenders undertaking Community Payback.

Coroners and Justice Act 2009

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice when he intends Section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 to be brought into force. [148387]

Mrs Grant: I intend to commence Section 36 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 in the summer, subject to parliamentary timetabling.

Courts: Sunderland

Bridget Phillipson: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice with reference to the answer of 9 February 2011, Official Report, column 241W, on courts: Sunderland, what progress has been made on the proposed rebuilding of court premises in Sunderland; and if he will make a statement. [148557]

Mrs Grant: HM Courts and Tribunals Service continues to keep the use of its estate under review to ensure it meets operational requirements. Any new investment proposals, such as the Sunderland scheme, would be part of wider considerations of the HMCTS estate as a whole.

Electronic Tagging

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will review the electronic monitoring of offenders in the UK. [148428]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice regularly reviews the performance of the electronic monitoring providers in England and Wales as part of its contract management arrangements.

We are currently putting out to competition new contracts for the delivery of electronic monitoring services in England and Wales. The new contracts will allow us to introduce the most advanced technology, improving delivery and providing better value for taxpayers.

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Electronic monitoring in Scotland and Northern Ireland is the responsibility of the respective national Executives, under the devolved criminal justice arrangements.

Employment Tribunals Service

Stephen Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will provide a breakdown, by jurisdiction, of the number of (a) monetary awards and (b) non-monetary awards made by employment tribunals in (i) 2010-11, (ii) 2011-12 and (iii) 2012-13 to date; [146340]

(2) how many unpaid employment tribunal awards and Acas settlements have been passed to the High Court enforcement officers in financial year 2012-13 to date; how many of those unpaid awards and settlements (a) have been fully enforced, (b) have been partially enforced, (c) have been enforced with payments in instalments, (d) are still ongoing and (e) have been closed as unenforceable; [146341]

(3) pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 349W, on Employment Tribunals Service, how many of the unpaid employment tribunal awards and Acas settlements passed to the High Court enforcement officers in financial year 2011-12 (a) have now been fully enforced, (b) have now been partially enforced, paid in part, (c) have now been enforced with payments in instalments, (d) are still ongoing and (e) have now been closed as unenforceable. [146361]

Mrs Grant: The Ministry of Justice publishes, annually and quarterly, statistical data on workload trends in tribunals including employment tribunals. These data include that on the volume of complaints presented to, and disposed by, employment tribunals, broken down by jurisdictional type. However, claims made to employment tribunals can be made up of one or more jurisdictional complaint(s) and, therefore, the volume of jurisdictional complaints disposed in favour of a claimant will not necessarily correlate to the number of successful claims disposed of, or to the volume of monetary awards made in favour of individual claimants.

Monetary awards can be made by employment tribunals where a claimant is successful at a hearing, or wins a default judgment. Some information is collated centrally on the number of monetary awards made but it is only partial. It includes only information in respect of most (but not necessarily all) complaints about unfair dismissal or discrimination. Data in respect of monetary awards made in other types of claims are not collated centrally nor are data on the number of non-monetary awards made. To provide them, we would have to trawl, manually, hard copy tribunal files. Accordingly, this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The tables set out the number of claims, broken down by jurisdictional type, that were successful at hearing or where default judgment was entered. They also set out, where collated centrally and available, the number of monetary awards that were made in those jurisdictional categories.

Table 1 covers data for the 2010-11 and 2011-12 financial years. Table 2 covers the same information, insofar as it is available, for the 2012-13 financial year to date. It covers only the first two quarters (April to September), where information is available to report publicly, in line with Official Statistics protocols.

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The endnotes to the tables set out further detail to explain how the data were gathered, and the limitations of its reliability.

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Number of successful and default judgment claims by jurisdiction for 2010-11 and 2011-12
 2010-112011-12
1(st) jurisdiction recorded(1)Successful at hearingSuccessful default judgmentsNumber of monetary awards made(2)Successful at hearingSuccessful default judgmentsNumber of monetary awards made(2)

Unfair dismissal

3,400

990

2,600

3,300

920

2,300

Wages Act

2,000

1,200

(3)

1,300

1,100

(3)

Breach of contract

1,600

840

(3)

990

880

(3)

Redundancy pay

1,500

1,600

(3)

1,800

1,500

(3)

Sex discrimination

140

41

170

140

26

170

Race discrimination

72

20

72

76

6

58

Disability discrimination

100

21

72

110

10

78

Religious belief discrimination

8

3

10

0

1

10

Sexual orientation discrimination

9

3

12

7

1

10

Age discrimination

39

6

26

10

10

23

Working time

400

300

(3)

340

340

(3)

Equal pay

260

1

(3)

24

1

(3)

National minimum wage

14

6

(3)

12

0

(3)

Others

1,800

650

(3)

2,300

260

(3)

All

11,400

5.600

(3)

10,400

5,100

(3)

Number of successful and default judgment claims by jurisdiction for 2012-13
 2012-13 (year to date, to end of Quarter 2 to September 2012)
1(st) Jurisdiction recorded(1)Successful at hearingSuccessful Default judgmentsNumber of monetary awards made(2)

Unfair dismissal

1,600

410

(3)

Wages Act

670

650

(4)

Breach of contract

560

440

(4)

Redundancy pay

660

670

(4)

Sex discrimination

46

10

(3)

Race discrimination

32

6

(3)

Disability discrimination

46

10

(3)

Religious belief discrimination

1

0

(3)

Sexual orientation discrimination

7

1

(3)

Age discrimination

5

4

(3)

Working time

180

150

(4)

Equal pay

1

0

(4)

National minimum wage

5

2

(4)

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Others

1,000

350

(4)

All

4,800

2,700

(3)

(1) Where data are drawn from the ET database about types of claims (rather than jurisdictional complaints) disposed of, it relates only to instances where the complaint type reported against was recorded as the first complaint within that claim. E.g. in a multi-jurisdictional claim involving unfair dismissal and sex discrimination, the database will only be able to report on the claim-level (rather than complaint-level) disposal by reference to the first-recorded complaint—in this instance unfair dismissal. Assuming the sex discrimination complaint was also successful, this would not be reported on in the 'Successful at Hearing' column. (2) Where monetary awards are concerned, the database records awards made in each applicable jurisdictional category. The cumulative number of monetary awards made, therefore, is not necessarily the same as the number of claimants who received monetary awards. Some claimants could have received awards in one claim relating to two (or more) separate complaints, for example. In these statistics, this would be recorded as two separate monetary awards. (3) Not collated centrally. (4) Not yet available. Notes: 1. Figures are rounded to the following conventions: 1000s to the nearest 100; 100s to the nearest 10. 2. Numbers are independently rounded. Source: Employment tribunal database and annual reports (HM Courts and Tribunals Service, Ministry of Justice)

An exercise is currently under way to collect the first six months of data for financial year 2012-13 (April 2012 to September 2012) for the Employment Tribunal Fast Track and these figures will be available by the end of March 2013.

Data for the second half of the 2012-13 financial year (October 2012 to March 2013) will be available in September 2013.

I will write to you with the details thereafter on each occasion.

Pursuant to the answer of 11 June 2012, Official Report, column 349W, it is not possible to provide an update for those 553 cases which remained subject, as of April 2012, to ongoing enforcement activity. While Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) collects data on a quarterly basis regarding the overall numbers and net outcomes of claimants using the Employment Tribunal Fast Track Scheme, it does not identify specific cases. It is therefore not possible to track enforcement outcomes for specific cases from quarter to quarter.

Gordon Birtwistle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how many awards for unpaid wages made to employees through the employment tribunal were not settled by the employer within (a) six months, (b) one year or (c) more than one year in each year since 2007; [147808]

(2) what estimate he has made of the total amount awarded to employees for unpaid wages through the employment tribunal process since 2007. [147879]

Mrs Grant: Monetary awards can be made by employment tribunals where a claimant is successful at a hearing, or wins a default judgment. Some information is collated centrally on the number of monetary awards made but it is only partial. It includes only information in respect of most (but not necessarily all) complaints about unfair dismissal or discrimination. Data on monetary awards made in respect of other types of complaints including those where the employer has failed to pay wages or make unauthorised deduction from wages are not collated centrally. To provide them, we would have to trawl, manually, hard copy tribunal files or judgments. Accordingly, this could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Without reliable, centrally collated, management information, it is very difficult to provide an account or reliable estimate for the number of awards, or their value. No estimate is made but the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) has commissioned a research project to examine the reasons behind non-payment of awards to ensure that any action taken in this area is targeted and creates the right incentives. The field work is about to commence and the project is due to report in June.

In May 2009, the Ministry of Justice published research, conducted by IFF Research Ltd, which considered payment and non-payment of employment tribunal awards. That research is available via the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/employment-tribunal-awards.pdf?type=Finjan-Download&slot=00000156&id=00000D55&location=0A640210

Gordon Birtwistle: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how much awarded to employees through the tribunal process for unpaid wages since 2007 remains unpaid. [147883]

Mrs Grant: Where an employment tribunal makes a judgment with an element of a monetary award, that judgment will be issued to the parties involved, and the respondent will be directed to pay as appropriate. If the respondent fails to satisfy that award (i.e. fails to make the appropriate payment), the claimant is then able to bring enforcement proceedings through, a civil court. Therefore the employment tribunal has no means of ascertaining what awards are satisfied, and what awards are not. Nor would there be any benefit for the claimant to give that information to the tribunal, as it has no powers to take any further steps. As a result there is no information held on the number of awards that are satisfied, or the number that remain unpaid.

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In May 2009, the Ministry of Justice published research, conducted by IFF Research Ltd, which considered payment and non-payment of employment tribunal awards. That research is available via the Ministry of Justice website at:

http://www.justice.gov.uk/publications/docs/employment-tribunal-awards.pdf?type=Finjan-Download&slot=00000156&id=00000D55&location=0A640210

HM Courts and Tribunals Service: Herefordshire

Jesse Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice which properties are (a) owned and (b) occupied by HM Courts and Tribunal Service (HMCTS) in Herefordshire; whether the properties owned are owned by (i) freehold and (ii) leasehold; what the extent of occupation is of each property; and whether HMCTS benefits from any leases on each such property. [147672]

Mrs Grant: HM Courts and Tribunals Service occupies three properties in Herefordshire but does not own any of these. One of the properties it occupies is operated as a PFI and the two further properties are occupied under leasehold agreements. Details of all three properties, including their extent of occupation, are included in the following table.

PropertyExtent of occupationType of occupancy

Hereford county court

1st floor only (500m(2))

Leasehold

Hereford Crown court

Majority of building (1,265m(2))

Leasehold

Hereford magistrates court

Whole building (1,644m(2))

PFI

HM Courts and Tribunals Service gains no financial benefits via sublet or Memorandum of Terms of Occupancy of space at any of these properties.

Motor Vehicles: Insurance

Andy McDonald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what undertakings or correspondence he has had from the insurance industry that motor insurance premiums will be reduced as a result of lower fixed recoverable costs in the extended portal; and if he will place any such correspondence in the Library. [147941]

Mrs Grant: At the Prime Minister's insurance summit on 14 February 2012, the insurance industry undertook to pass onto customers the savings resulting from the Government's commitment to reduce the £1,200 costs currently available to lawyers in the Road Traffic Accident Personal Injury scheme. In line with their commitment, the Government announced on 27 February that these costs will reduce to £500 on 30 April 2013.

Personation: Armed Forces

Michael Ellis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions there have been in (a) the UK and (b) Northamptonshire for crimes of deception related to the impersonation of armed forces personnel in the last 12 months. [147658]

Jeremy Wright: The Ministry of Justice Court Proceedings Database holds information on defendants proceeded against, found guilty and sentenced for criminal

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offences in England and Wales. However, not all offences are individually reported within the centrally held data. Offences of wearing military uniforms without authority under the Uniforms Act 1894 are reported as part of a miscellaneous group of offences, and it is not possible to separately identify prosecutions for these specific offences.

Statistics for Scotland and Northern Ireland are matters for the Scottish Government and the Department of Justice Northern Ireland.

Prisoners

Priti Patel: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what (a) European and (b) other international laws, conventions and directives govern the way the UK manages its prison inmates. [147752]

Jeremy Wright: The Prison Act 1952, the Prison Rules 1999 and the Young Offender Institution Rules 2000 provide the statutory basis upon which prisoners are managed in England and Wales. As public authorities, prisons must also comply with the Human Rights Act 1998, which domestically incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights. Prisons are a devolved matter and both Scotland and Northern Ireland are responsible for their own prisons.

The main European and international measures that influence the way in which prisoners are managed include:

(a) the Council of Europe Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, the Council of Europe Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.

(b) the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (and its Optional Protocol).

Sexual Offences: Witnesses

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what information his Department holds on how many barristers have been disciplined for their treatment of a witness who was testifying that he or she had been sexually assaulted. [144643]

Mrs Grant: We do not hold this information. The discipline of barristers is a matter for the Bar Standards Board, the regulatory arm of the Bar Council. The Bar Standards Board is independent of Government but has provided us with the following information.

No barristers have been disciplined by the Bar Standards Board for their treatment of a witness who was testifying that he or she had been sexually assaulted.

Work Capability Assessment: Appeals

Tom Greatrex: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many appeals against a work capability assessment decision were withdrawn following the notification of death of the appellant in (a) 2010, (b) 2011, (c) 2012 and (d) 2013 to date. [148627]

Mrs Grant: The First-tier Tribunal—Social Security and Child Support (SSCS), administered by HM Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS)—hears appeals against

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Department for Work and Pensions decisions on entitlement to employment and support allowance (ESA), decisions in which the work capability assessment (WCA) is a factor.

The following table shows the number of ESA (WCA) appeals that were withdrawn following the notification

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of the death of an appellant in 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and April to September 2012 (the latest period for which statistics have been published). Appeals can be made against elements of an ESA award made, such as the rate of entitlement, as well as against the decision to refuse ESA.

ESA (WCA) appeals(1) that have been withdrawn following notification on the death of the appellant
PeriodESA (WCA) Appeal receipts in the period(2)Number of appeals withdrawn following death of the appellant

April 2009 to March 2010

122,400

5

April 2010 to March 2011

184,800

16

April 2011 to March 2012

165,300

12

April 2012 to September 2012

117,000

6

(1) The above table includes previously published data management information and previously published. (2) Data rounded to the nearest hundred.

Youth Courts

Robert Flello: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much his Department has spent on the youth courts system in each year since 2001; [148489]

(2) how much his Department has spent on (a) improving existing court and tribunal facilities and (b) new court and tribunal facilities in each year since 2001; and how much was spent on each type of facility and each type of court or tribunal. [148443]

Mrs Grant: Owing to machinery of government changes and departmental restructures since 2001 the information requested could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.