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Mr. Wills: The Land Registration Fee Order 2009 was made following consultation with the Land Registration Rule Committee, which includes representatives from the legal professions, mortgage lenders, conveyancers, surveyors and consumer affairs. However, in keeping with previous practice in relation to the nine fee orders since 1993, of which eight reduced the level of fees, no formal impact assessment was undertaken and the periodic adjustment of fee levels is expected by businesses in this sector.
Maria Eagle: The latest statistics show a 23.6 per cent. reduction in the frequency rate of juvenile reoffending between 2000 and 2007. The Governments approach to reducing reoffending is detailed in the Youth Crime Action Plan, published last summer. This sets out the triple-track approach of enforcement, non-negotiable support and prevention.
Bridget Prentice: Following the positive indications from the evaluation of the first two pilot sites, an additional four dedicated drug court pilots commenced sitting early this year in Barnsley, Bristol, Cardiff and Salford magistrates courts. We will evaluate how the model operates at these six sites before making any decision on implementation.
Sir Nicholas Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice on how many occasions the Official Solicitor has been used by local authorities to progress the removal and adoption of a child from its birth family; and if he will make a statement. 
Bridget Prentice: The Official Solicitor is not used by local authorities in the way suggested. The Official Solicitor is an independent statutory office holder whose duties, when acting as a litigation friend, are to his client and not to any other party, be it local authority or the child who is the subject of proceedings.
The function and purpose of his office is to represent a person who lacks capacity to conduct proceedings, in civil and family cases, and proceedings in the Court of Protection, across England and Wales, where, either there is no other suitable person willing and able to act, or for some other reason, failure to do so would result in an injustice. The Official Solicitor usually becomes involved in existing proceedings because he is invited to do so by the court.
Maria Eagle: As my right hon. Friend the Member for Delyn (Mr. Hanson), the former Minister for Prisons, said in his written ministerial statement to the House on 20 April 2009, Official Report, columns 2-3WS, we will make the findings of the investigation and our conclusions on it available to the House in due course.
Maria Eagle: Offenders subject to probation supervision are assessed at the commencement of their order and throughout their sentence. They may have particular offence-related problems connected with their age or gender, and will sometimes receive specialist provision to take account of these where this will reduce their risk of re-offending and the risk of harm they pose to the public.
West Midlands Probation Area delivers particular services for female offenders, including an Approved Premise, an accredited programme for women only, and, for women who are victims of domestic abuse, women safety workers and access to domestic abuse officers. Locally, the Coventry team has close partnerships with a number of other agencies who work with females, including offenders.
Coventry's Youth Offending Team provides services specifically to young offenders aged under 18, and as a multi-agency team comprising staff from probation, social services, health, education and police, it is able to provide services to address the factors linked to young offenders' re-offending.
Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) directors, (b) senior managers, (c) specialist and delivery managers and (d) executive support and administration staff there were in each HM Courts Service office in each of the last five years. 
Bridget Prentice: A breakdown of the number of SCS and non-SCS staff (full-time equivalent) in each HM Court Service office in the last two years (as at 31 March 2008 and 2009) will be placed in the Library of the House. A new pay deal was introduced in August 2007 that unified a set of terms and conditions across the Ministry.
With the creation of HM Courts Service in 2005 MOJ inherited all unaligned legacy terms and conditions for magistrates, crown and county courts including the pay scales which were not renegotiated until the 2007 pay deal.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice if he will place in the Library a copy of the minutes of each meeting of the Land Registration Rules Committee which has taken place in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Wills: There has not been a meeting of the Land Registration Rule Committee during the past 12 months. The only matter requiring the consideration of the Rule Committee during this period was dealt with through correspondence.
Mr. Wills: Registration of title to land under the Land Registration Act 2002 does not, of itself, confer protection against development. It does, however, provide protection in other ways. For example, it gives greater security against the possibility of ownership being lost by adverse possession, or squatting as it is more commonly known.
Mr. Wills: In his statement to the House on 10 June, the Prime Minister confirmed that there will be consultation with all parties regarding new proposals for dealing effectively with inappropriate behaviour, including potentially the options of effective exclusion and recall for gross financial misconduct identified by the new Parliamentary Standards Authority and the House itself.
Claire Ward: Information showing the number of persons found guilty at all courts for having an article with a blade or point in a public place and on school premises in Dyfed Powys police force area and Wales from 1998 to 2007 (latest available) is shown in the following table. Data for 2008 will be available in November 2009.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts of knife possession( 1) in Wales, broken down by police force area, 1998 to 2007( 2,3)|
|Police force area||1999||1998||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006||2007|
|(1) Includes the following offences and statutes;|
Having an article with blade or point in public place. (Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 S.3).
Having an article with blade or point on school premises. (Criminal Justice Act 1988 S.139A (1)(5)(a) as added by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 S.4(1)).
(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.
Evidence and Analysis Unit - Office for Criminal Justice Reform
(2) what the average prison population as a proportion of the in-use certified normal accommodation in category (a) A, (b) B, (c) C and (d) D prisons in England and Wales was on the most recent date for which figures are available. 
|Adult male prisoners serving sentences|
|Total prison population||Total certified normal accommodation||Ratio (percentage)|
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