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Part 13: Miscellaneous

826.     The majority of the costs to be incurred as a result of the extension of the limit on the period of detention without charge of suspected terrorists clause (clause 284) will fall upon the police. Costs are estimated at £0.4 million for each of the financial years 2004-2005, 2005-2006 and 2006-2007. Costs are estimated to be in the order of £0.5 million in the financial year 2007-2008 and annually thereafter. The costs to as a result of attaching a parental order to a referral order which will fall upon Youth Offending Teams and upon Legal Aid are estimated at £0.2 million and £0.1 million from the financial year 2004-2005.

827.     In the financial year 2004-2005 and annually thereafter it is estimated that 120 staff will be required by the Criminal Records Bureau to strengthen the Bureau's Registered Bodies audit function as a result of the criminal record certificates clause 298 and Schedule 29. Set against this will be a potential reduction in the Bureau's current staff complement as its role changes to focus on the intelligent customer function.

SUMMARY OF THE REGULATORY IMPACT ASSESSMENT

828.     The only provision in the Bill that will result in a significant cost to businesses is the removal of exemptions from jury service. The main points are outlined below.

829.     Of those professions previously ineligible or excused from undertaking jury service as of right, an estimated 4,500 individuals will be required to serve on a jury each year. The annual compliance cost will vary depending on the type of profession involved, but is estimated to be about £7.3m in total. These costs are new to the particular professions involved, but not to business as a whole, which currently bears, along with the public sector and wider community, the cost of providing people to attend jury service. Whether the employer or employee will bear most of the costs depends upon whether the employer decides to continue to pay the employee during the period of service. On current rates, employees who are affected by these changes would be able to reclaim an estimated £2.3m in loss of earnings.

830.     A full regulatory impact assessment is available on the Home Office Website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk

COMMENCEMENT

831.     Clause 305 contains provisions relating to the coming into force of the Bill. Section 248 and Schedule 24, section 272, section 275 to 280 come into force on Royal Assent. Chapter 7 of Part 12 (life sentences) comes into force 2 weeks after Royal Assent. The remaining provisions come into force on such dates as the Secretary of State by order appoints.

EUROPEAN CONVENTION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

832.     Section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 requires the Minister in charge of a Bill in either House of Parliament to make a statement before Second Reading about the compatibility of the provisions of the Bill with the Convention rights (as defined by section 1 of that Act). The Minister of State for Criminal Justice, Sentencing and Law Reform (the Lord Falconer of Thoroton) has made the following statement:

         "In my view the provisions of the Criminal Justice Bill are compatible with the Convention rights."

 
 
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