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Mr. Baker: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to her answer of 28 March 2000, Official Report, column 76W, if she will list the meetings between Lord Levy and (a) Ministers and (b) officials within her Department on Government business other than in his capacity as the Prime Minister's personal envoy delivering messages in the Middle East. 
Mr. Stringer: To the best of my knowledge, no Minister or senior official in the Cabinet Office has had a meeting with Lord Levy since 1 May 1997 on Government business. This does not include social engagements.
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Mr. Lock: The Lord Chancellor's Department has today published the Review of the Crown Office List. The Review was chaired by Sir Jeffery Bowman. Copies have been placed in the Libraries of both Houses.
Mr. Leslie: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if the Lord Chancellor has completed his review of the terms of service of part-time judicial office-holders in England and Wales following the judgment of the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland in the Starrs case. 
Jane Kennedy: The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, and the Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland and the Lord Chancellor have agreed new arrangements for part-time judicial appointments for which the Lord Chancellor is responsible. We accord the highest value to the maintenance of judicial independence for all judges, full-time and part-time, and the arrangements have been fashioned for that purpose.
I am placing in the Library of the House two joint statements signed by the Lord Chancellor and by the Lord Chief Justices setting out these changes for the following appointments in ordinary Courts in England and Wales:
I am also placing in the Library of the House joint statements signed by the Lord Chancellor and by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales covering the following fixed-term appointments to Tribunals:
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At a later stage, there will be a further announcement about the detailed aspects of these Tribunal arrangements as they will operate in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales following consultation with the devolved administrations.
Mr. Straw: I set up the Advisory Group on Openness in the Public Sector last year to advise me on how I might facilitate a cultural change to greater openness in the public sector. The Advisory Group reported to me in December and I have carefully considered both the report and its recommendations.
The recommendations address the practical matters necessary to bring about cultural change and to implement a Freedom of Information Act. They set out a broad agenda for action which I am happy to endorse in full. I shall be looking to see how we can best give effect to that agenda and I commend the report and recommendations to all public authorities which will be brought within scope of the freedom of information regime described in the Freedom of Information Bill now before Parliament. A copy of the report has been placed in the Library and is also available on the Home Office website: www.homeoffice.gov.uk.
Mr. Charles Clarke: The statistics for April 1998 to March 1999 show that the number of police operations in which firearms were issued to officers was 10,928, a fall of over 7 per cent. on the previous year. The number of firearms incidents in which firearms were discharged by police was five, compared to three the previous year. There were no fatalities.
There was an increase of 3 per cent. to 7,791 in the number of operations in which armed response vehicles were deployed. Firearms were carried in these vehicles, but were not necessarily issued to officers on each occasion.
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|Avon and Somerset||326||312||139||88|
|City of London||275||308||307||147|
|Devon and Cornwall||90||160||133||61|
|Avon and Somerset||157||165||161||153|
|City of London||120||88||81||55|
|Devon and Cornwall||140||151||147||82|
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|City of London||23||25||34||32|
|Devon and Cornwall||21||77||58||43|
(15) These forces have changed the counting method for incidents to which ARVs are deployed
(16) No figures available
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