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The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

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The Lord Falconer of Thoroton: 10 staff are employed by the Labour Party in the Political Office in No. 10.

Criminal Justice System and Ethnicity

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by Lord Bassam of Brighton on 7 February (WA 63), whether they are aware of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the Belgian Linguistic Case (No. 2) (merits) (1986) indicating that, although the European Convention on Human Rights does not confer a right to a certain sort of trial, where a state goes beyond its obligations under Article 6 in providing a certain sort of trial, it must do so without discrimination by virture of Article 6 read in conjunction with Article 14.[HL992]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Bassam of Brighton): Yes. As indicated in the Answer given to the noble Lord on 7 February, Official Report, WA 63, the Government are determined to ensure that criminal justice legislation does not discriminate on the grounds of race of ethnic origin.

Police Pursuit Driver Training Document

Lord Campbell of Croy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many police forces have accepted the Association of Chief Police Officers' police pursuit driver training document, issued in September 1998.[HL932]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: I expect to be in a position to send you a substantive reply by 10 March 2000.

Corpus Juris

Lord Pearson of Rannoch asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Answer by Lord Bach on 25 November 1999 (H.L. Deb., col. 648), whether there are any clauses in the European Union treaties which might allow the Corpus Juris project to come into effect by majority voting; and, if so, whether they will identify those clauses.[HL1042]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: In our opinion, there are no such provisions. Although Article 280(4) of the European Community Treaty enables the Council to adopt legislation by qualified majority voting (and co-decision with the European Parliament) to prevent and fight fraud against the financial interests of the Community, Article 280(4) also provides that such measures "shall not concern the application of national criminal law or the national administration of

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justice". The proposals in the Corpus Juris project would have a major impact on national criminal law in all member states, and are therefore excluded. Some of the proposals in Corpus Juris could be introduced through legislation under Title VI of the Treaty on European Union, but they could only be adopted through unanimity. Alternatively, they might be introduced as a proposal for closer co-operation between a majority of member states under Article 43 of that Treaty. A proposal under Article 43 would require the unanimous support of the member states concerned, and member states which did not wish to take part in the closer co-operation would not be affected.

Police Recruitment Plans

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3 February (WA 48), whether they will list for each police force the number of recruits whom it had planned to recruit over each of the next three years from April 2000 before the grant of money from the Crime Fighting Fund was announced.[HL1040]

Lord Bassam of Brighton: In their bids for a share of the recruitment scheme of the Crime Fighting Fund, forces provided information on their planned recruitment over the next three years. The table shows the projected appointments on probation, excluding transfers in from other forces. Actual recruitment levels will depend on the chief officer's decisions in the light of the available resources--including the outcome of the 2000 Spending Review now under way.

Projected Appointments on Probation
Avon & Somerset658080225
City of London505252154
Devon & Cornwall884870206
Greater Manchester244279257780
North Wales575757171
North Yorkshire606360183
South Wales192162162516
South Yorkshire808080240
Thames Valley180175166521
West Mercia(1)665090206
West Midlands330330330990
West Yorkshire105105105315

(1) West Mercia uncertain about level of budget: 31 or 66 will be recruited in 2000-01.

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