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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Judicial independence is an important facet of the court system and it is not the responsibility of the Government to issue guidelines to sentencers. Statutory responsibility for magistrates' training lies with individual magistrates' courts committees (MCCs).
The magistrates' courts sentencing guidelines are produced by the Magistrates' Association. The guidelines are able to be downloaded from the association website (http://www.magistrates-association.org.uk/) or can be obtained by application to the association's national office at 28 Fitzroy Square, London W1T 6DD.
The Criminal Justice Act 2003 established the Sentencing Guidelines Council, which now assumes responsibility for issuing guidelines to all courts. Guidance on the generic community sentence (into which the community punishment order will be absorbed) is an early priority for the council.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The average cost of a 40-hour community punishment order is £706. This figure is derived from a costing exercise carried out last year with all probation boards and includes overheads of local board HQs and training of probation officers. This is the minimum duration of a community punishment order, and therefore the minimum cost of such an order.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Sentencing Advisory Panel has not produced advice on the use of community punishment. One of the first tasks of the Sentencing Guidelines Council will be to produce guidelines for all courts on the new generic community sentence, which will subsume the community punishment order.
What is the establishment of Foden and Scammell EKA recovery vehicles in 102 Battalion REME(V); and what was the holding on 9 March; and[HL2342]
What is the establishment of Foden and Scammell EKA recovery vehicles in 104 Battalion REME(V); and what was the holding on 9 March.[HL2343]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): Both 101 Battalion REME (Volunteers) and 102 Battalion REME (Volunteers) are established to hold 20 wheeled recovery vehicles, while 104 Battalion REME (Volunteers) is established to hold 18.
|101 Battalion REME (Volunteers)||17 (11 Foden and 6 Scammell EKA)|
|102 Battalion REME (Volunteers)||21 (11 Foden and 10 Scammell EKA)|
|104 Battalion REME (Volunteers)||13 (5 Foden and 8 Scammell EKA)|
The team also supports a number of classified systems, details of which I am withholding under exemption 1, defence, security and international relations, of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information.
Lord Bach: A target date of 1 April 2004 was set to conclude the transfer of the majority of defence information systems (information infrastructure) into the defence information infrastructure integrated project team (DII IPT). Although a number of factors have impinged on progress during the past 12 months, not least the situation in Iraq, this has been largely achieved.
The remaining transfers are expected to be concluded shortly when final issues are resolved by the exporting organisations. The outstanding transfers are outside the scope of the current DII/future increment 1 migration sequence and thus are seen to have no impact on the overall implementation of the DII programme.
What is the projected headcount of the defence information systems integrated project team for the next three financial years.[HL2355]
It has been necessary in some cases to supplement the skills of the civilian and military staff employed in the IPT by more specific expertise from the commercial sector. In addition, therefore, there are currently eight contractors occupying established Civil Service posts within the IPT.
Lord Bach: The Ministry of Defence is developing a strategy for the adoption of IPv6. The adoption of IPv6 is planned to be gradual, since the department has adequate IPv4 address space to meet its current needs. Since IPv6 and v4 can coexist, no specific date has been set for cessation of the IPv4 service. New projects have been directed by DEC CCII (director equipment capability command, control and information infrastructure) to procure a dual v4/v6 capability and
Lord Bach: There are three Astute class submarines currently on order with BAe Systems. Construction time for the first of class is estimated at 95 months followed by 12 months' contractor sea trials. There are contractual incentives on BAe Systems to reduce the construction time for the second and third submarines of the class, but these times have yet to be finalised.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Education and Skills (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): The British Council manages and administers the English in Britain accreditation scheme, a voluntary quality assurance scheme for organisations providing English language teaching services in the UK. Membership of the scheme is open to private language schools, home tuition providers, and further and higher education institutions. The aims of the scheme are to protect international students who are studying English in the UK, including those from China. All member institutions must meet quality standards in the areas of management, resources and environment, teaching and learning, and welfare, and are inspected every four years.
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