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Annette Brooke: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how much funding has been allocated to training for paediatricians giving testimony for the prosecution in child abuse cases for 2007-08. 
Ms Harman: A coroner must hold an inquest into deaths which are reported to him which he has reasonable cause to suspect of being unnatural. This would usually include diseases contracted at work such as mesothelioma. Investigations into these kinds of deaths will continue in a reformed system, but will be governed by national standards set by a new chief coroner.
Ms Keeble: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what representations her Department has received on the conduct of inquests into deaths caused by mesothelioma; and if she will make a statement. 
Ms Harman: I have received the report of the British Lung Foundation on the investigation of mesothelioma deaths. My officials attended the launch of the report and have met subsequently with representatives of the British Lung Foundation. The reports recommendations will be taken into account as reform proposals are further developed.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all inmates detained in Crown court cells have been subject to the minimum standard of induction as required by Prison Service Order 0550; who was responsible for conducting the induction procedures; what level of training those responsible for the induction received; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: Prison Service Order 0550 provides instructions and guidance on the induction process for prisoners on arrival at a prison establishment. As such it is not applicable to the exceptional use of court cells, which are used only as a measure of last resort if accommodation in prison and police cells is exhausted.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether all inmates detained in Crown court cells have been subject to the minimum standard of health screening as required in prison service orders; who was responsible for conducting the health screening; what the minimum level of training is for those responsible for conducting the screening; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: Arrangements are in place for prisoners held in court cells to be assessed by a qualified health care professional. Further health screening will take place on reception at the prison to which they are allocated.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice whether each instance of accommodation provided for inmates in Crown court cells corresponds with the minimum standards as laid down in Prison Service Order 1900; and if she will make a statement. 
Prison Service Order 1900 provides guidance for the certification and use of prison accommodation and is not applicable to the use of
court cells, which are used only as a measure of last resort if accommodation in prison and police cells is exhausted. Appropriate staffing levels and procedures are in place in order to ensure prisoners are held in safe and decent conditions.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what level of supervision is provided to prisoners detained overnight in Crown court cells; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: Staffing levels are determined on a site-by-site basis in order to ensure safety and decency, good order and control. In addition to an appropriate level of staff provided by the relevant prisoner escort contractor, there is prison service governor grade supervision.
Mr. Hanson: It is a legal requirement for prisoners to be held in the custody under the authority and direction of a constable. When court cells are in use, this role is discharged by a prison service governor grade.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many prisoners have been held overnight in Crown court cells since the beginning of 2007; and if she will make a statement. 
Grant Shapps: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice which (a) advertising agencies and (b) other organisations supplied consultancy services for advertising campaigns for (i) her Department and its predecessor and (ii) its agencies in each of the last five years; and what the cost of these services was. 
Mr. Hanson: Since my Department, the Ministry of Justice, was established on 9 May 2007, it has not commissioned any consultancy services for advertising campaigns. Its predecessor Department, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, did not use consultancy services for advertising campaigns.
Danny Alexander: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what (a) services and (b) products her Department and its predecessor has procured from Remploy in the last 12 months; and at what cost. 
Ms Harman: The Ministry of Justice was created on 9 May 2007, and my response relates to the former Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) and those bodies which were part of the Home Office and are now part of the Ministry of Justice.
In the financial year ending 31 March 2007, the DCA procured from Remploy: (a) Book-binding services for Court Registers and Publications to the value of £8,635.70 and Disability Training services to the value of £3,858.47. (b) The DCA has not purchased any of Remploys products. Total expenditure was £12,494.17.
Mr. Vara: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice pursuant to the answer to the right hon. Member for Gordon (Malcolm Bruce) on 6 June 2007, Official Report, columns 592-600W, on driving under the influence, how many convictions there were in each police authority area in England and Wales for the offence of drink driving in each year between 1995 and 2001. 
|Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1 ) by police force area, England and Wales, 1995 to 2001|
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||1995||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act ss. 4 (1) & (2); 5 (1) and (b); 6 (4) and 7 (6).|
(2) In 2000 problems encountered with the electronic submission of data directly from the courts resulted in shortfalls in summary motoring offences for Northamptonshire from June onwards. This shortfall continued in 2001.
(3) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
(4) Not available.
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.
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