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Baroness Trumpington: No decision has yet been taken on which Commissioner-designate will take on the fisheries portfolio in the light of Norwegian non-accession. It is for the incoming President to allocate portfolios in consultation with the other Commissioners-designate. We expect M. Santer to make a decision shortly.
Baroness Trumpington: We will not renegotiate the agreement reached on qualified majority voting during the recent enlargement negotiations until the 1996 Inter-Governmental Conference. Article 2(2) of the Accession Treaty for Sweden, Finland, Austria and Norway provides for the Council to make the necessary adjustments to the Treaty to take account of the non-accession of one of the applicants.
A draft Council decision to take account of Norwegian non-accession has been submitted to the European Select Committees of both Houses for scrutiny. This amends the qualified majority voting articles of the Treaty to remove Norway's allocation of 3 votes and amend the qualified majority threshold from 64 to 62. A separate Council decision, a draft of which has also been submitted to the Select Committees, will amend the Ioannina decision to apply to dissenting minorities of between 23 and 25 votes. The Council will make these decisions on 1 January 1995.
Baroness Trumpington: An Order in Council (The Consular Fees (Amendment) Order 1994) was made on 14 December which provides for changes in entry clearance application fees with effect from 4 January 1995.
A number of non-entry clearance consular fees were increased on 24 November. It is government policy that the cost of entry clearance services should be borne by the users as far as possible. Some entry clearance fees, however, have remained unchanged for many years. To avoid too great a rise in the fee for settlement and analogous services, the increase will be made in two further annual stages until full cost-recovery is achieved in 1997.
Baroness Trumpington: The situation in Chechnya has developed rapidly since Grachev and Dudaev met. We have been closely monitoring events, particularly since President Yeltsin ordered troops to intervene to restore law and order in this southern republic of the Russian Federation. We hope the parties will reach a negotiated settlement.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): My right honourable friend the Home Secretary exercised his judgment as to who were the best candidates for appointment using the criteria of the qualities listed in the information for applicants for these appointments; good communication and financial skills; the ability to challenge accepted views in a constructive way; the ability to represent a wide range of people in the community and have an understanding of their policing needs and the pressure and challenges which face the police themselves; and possession of skills and experience which would broaden the expertise available to the police authority.
Baroness Blatch: The Home Office has appointed planning consultants to advise on the handling of planning negotiations and applications for the establishment of Secure Training Centres under the provisions of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994. Where an application was refused we would study the reasons before deciding the appropriate course of action, including whether differences might be resolved
Baroness Blatch: The Law Commission's report on Conspiracy to Defraud, which contained that recommendation, was published on 7 December. We are currently considering its contents and will respond to the recommendations in due course.
Baroness Blatch: From the information collected centrally on notifiable offences, it is not possible to provide an overall figure for corporate crime. There is no information available for offences of property dealing.
Baroness Blatch: The available information shows that between 1980 and 1993 the total value of property stolen in notifiable offences of burglary was £7,225 million of which £522 million was recovered. For theft offences, the total value of property stolen was £17,407 million, of which £7,878 million was recovered. This information is not available for offences of armed robbery.
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(1) Excludes motoring offences.
Annual information on the number of offences committed and on reoffending is not readily available. An analysis of a sample of 700 court appearances for serious offences by offenders aged 10-16 in 1987 showed that there were about 1.7 offences per court appearance on average and that around 80 per cent. had a further conviction for a serious offence before the end of 1992. A separate sample of 2,150 offenders aged 10-16 cautioned in 1985 showed that around 30 per cent. were subsequently convicted of a serious offence within five years of the caution.
(2)All indictable offences plus serious summary offences.