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Written Answers

Tuesday, 19th May 1998.


Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What, over the last two decades, have been the costs to the public purse (including private finance initiative-related costs) for studies, advice, consultancies conferences, publicity and consultations relating to Stonehenge.[HL1625]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Comprehensive figures covering the whole of the last two decades are not available. English Heritage took over responsibility for Stonehenge in 1984. It incurred no expenditure on the site between 1984 and 1991 beyond that related to its normal day-to-day responsibilities. Between 1990-91 and 1997-98, English Heritage incurred costs of some £3.7 million in relation to proposals for a new visitor centre and improving the setting of Stonehenge. Since 1993, the Highways Agency has incurred expenditure totalling some £1.8 million in developing the Amesbury to Berwick Down improvement scheme for the A.303. This 10.4 km stretch of the road passes Stonehenge, but it is difficult to attribute a specific element of the expenditure to the site itself.

Retired Civil Servants: Personal Memoirs

Baroness Denton of Wakefield asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether it is in accordance with Civil Service rules for a civil servant to sell to a newspaper, within a week after he retired, an article which criticises the Secretary of State for whom he worked, and reveals aspects of private meetings; and whether the article by Andrew Wood in the Sunday Times of 3 May was cleared by anyone in the Civil Service.[HL1772]

Lord McIntosh of Haringey: Retired civil servants are under a duty not to publish personal memoirs reflecting their experience in government or enter into commitments to do so without the prior approval of the official head of their department and the Head of the Home Civil Service. Mr. Wood did not seek any such approval. The Government regret his action.

Criminal Cases Review Commission

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    If the number of convictions overturned by the Criminal Cases Review Commission continued to be the same proportion as at present, how much public money would be saved through the release of those wrongfully imprisoned.[HL1846]

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Williams of Mostyn): Such a calculation would require too many assumptions to make it useful. The importance of correcting miscarriages of justice does not anyway depend on any consequential savings to public funds.

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many cases are awaiting consideration by the Criminal Cases Review Commission; and whether they will make additional resources available to the commission to reduce any backlog.[HL1845]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: I understand that, at the end of March, the Criminal Cases Review Commission had 818 applications awaiting detailed review: a further 223 cases were subject to such review. We are considering with the commission its current resource requirements.

Cruelty to Animals: Number of Convictions

Lord Hardy of Wath asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many convictions were recorded in cases of cruelty to animals in each of the last five years.[HL1836]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: Information on the number of offenders convicted in England and Wales for offences relating to cruelty to animals is given in Table A. Figures are provided in Table B for Scotland on the number of persons with a charge proved where the main offence was cruelty to animals. Available information on the number of convictions relating to animal cruelty in Northern Ireland is given in Table C.

Table A: Number of offenders convicted for offences relating to cruelty to animals in England and Wales, 1992-1996

Offence legislation19921993199419951996
Total offences of cruelty to animals1,1951,070883893910
Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, Sec 22(3), 23 & 25(3)53615
Protection of Animals Act 1911 (as amended)926861731754764
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Sec 842--31
Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925----------
Protection of Animals (Cruelty to Dogs) Act 1933276--**
Protection of Animals Act 193418322
Docking & Nicking of Horses Act 1949----------
Pet Animals Act 19511881265
Cockfighting Act 1952--1------
Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 19542633271716
Animal Health Act 1981, Secs 40-42, 46, 49 & Orders under Secs 8, 9, 37, 38, 39 & 436234264243
Slaughterhouses Act 1974513--1
Abandonment of Animals Act 1960, Sec 15438161319
Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962551----
Animal Boarding Establishments Act 196353--34
Riding Establishments Acts 1964 & 197042--34
Slaughter of Poultry Act 197632325
Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1968, Secs 1, 2 & 61234211316
Protection of Badgers Act 19922822262719
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Sec 9554--3
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Sec 113--361
Other enactments22112
Other associated legislation:
Game Law Acts754618569372354
Wild Birds Protection Acts61759493184

* Not applicable--repealed by the Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1988.


It is known that the recording on the Home Office court proceedings database of offences where there has been no police involvement such as those instigated by government departments and private organisations and individuals (for the above offences possibly MAFF, DETR and the RSPCA) is incomplete.

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Table B: Persons with a charge proved where the main offence was cruelty to animals including killing and maiming cattle(1) in Scotland, 1992-1996

Cruelty to animals (excluding dogs) including killing and maiming cattle11995868263
Cruelty to dogs8--415

(1) The persons in the table were proceeded against under one of the following Statutes: Abandonment of Animals Act 1960, Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act 1962, Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, Cinematography Films (Animals) Act 1937, Common Law, Local Police Acts (referring to cruelty to animals), Performing Animals (Regulations) Act 1925, Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act 1988, Protection of Animals (Anaesthetics) Act 1964, Protection of Animals (S) Acts, Protection of Animals Act 1934, Protection of Badgers Act 1992 (S1 (1) and 2" (1)), Slaughter of Animals (S) Acts, Wild Mammals Protection Act 1996 (S1) and Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

Table C: Convictions for various animal-related offences in Northern Ireland, 1993-1997

Abandoning animal1--------
Causing unnecessary suffering to animals14121686
Permitting cruelty of animals2111--
Driving animals on the road1112--
Allowing animals to wander63921
Cruelty to animals151719175
Causing unnecessary suffering to livestock22134
Causing unnecessary suffering to animals in transit----------
Overcrowding of animals in transit1----1--

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Firearms (Amendment) Acts

Lord Burton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, in view of the statement of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland in her review of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 making reference to local target shooters and "their clear commitment to maintaining the highest standards of personal behaviour and practice within their sport", they will now repeal the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.[HL1885]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: The Government have no intention of repealing either of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997. For historical reasons, the controls on the lawful possession of firearms in Northern Ireland have long differed from those on the mainland. The proposals in the Northern Ireland Office's consultation document will have no bearing on the arrangements in the rest of the United Kingdom.

Prisoners: Consumption of Alcohol

The Marquess of Ailesbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Following recent allegations by the solicitor acting for Mr. Reginald Kray, what facilities they make available for the consumption of alcohol by prisoners.[HL1840]

Lord Williams of Mostyn: There are no facilities made available for the consumption of alcohol by prisoners at any Prison Service establishments. Disciplinary charges may be brought against any prisoner who does consumer alcohol while in custody.

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