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The Attorney-General (Lord Goldsmith): Serious Fraud Office statistics are recorded by trials completed in each reporting year (5 April to 4 April). The table below shows the results for the last five years:
|Financial Year (April to April)||Trials prosecuted in year||Number of Defendants in Trials completed||Number of convictions in trials completed (by defendant)|
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): In treating Iraqi prisoners within their custody, United Kingdom forces will act in accordance with all the relevant obligations under international law. This includes any transfer of Iraqi prisoners to the custody of the United States authorities. As we have indicated before the arrangements agreed with other coalition partners make clear that prisoners captured by the UK will not be removed from Iraq without our agreement.
Lord Bach: The Ministry of Defence is examining the best means of meeting the Armed Forces' strategic airlift needs in the light of the new chapter to the Strategic Defence Review and the military campaign in Iraq. However, no decisions have yet been made regarding the procurement or leasing of additional capability.
The Minister for Trade (Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean): We have frequent contact with the US administration on a wide range of issues relating to Iraq, including oil. Both we and the US have made clear on many occasions that Iraqi oil belongs to Iraq and that it should be used for the good of the Iraqi people. The resolution which we and the US put before the UN Security Council envisages a role for an international body to ensure transparency in expenditure of Iraqi oil revenues.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): I am pleased to announce that we are putting in place a single, flexible crime fighting fund to help local agencies better tackle crime and drug-related crime. The new Building Safer Communities fund brings together into a single funding stream funding that was previously provided through three separate crime reduction programmes: the Communities against Drugs Programme (CAD), the Safer Communities Initiative (SCI) and the Partnership Development Fund (PDF).
In announcing the new funding for CAD, the SCI and the PDF in January, the Home Secretary indicated that he wished to consult with local groupsthose at the sharp end, including CDRPs, DATs, voluntary groups and national bodies concerned with crime reductionabout whether they wished to see a merger of these programmes in order to reduce the bureaucratic burden on them, thereby allowing them to concentrate on delivery rather than paperwork. There was clear support for the idea of a merger and a single pot of funding but a strong wish to ensure that the level of drugs spend was maintained.
Practitioners have been aware for some time that plans were being drawn up for this new fund, and activities are already well under way to spend the money, with many already drawing down grant and progressing their work. My department will today be issuing administrative guidance on how the new fund will operate and formal conditions of grant.
This is a three year funding programme and CDRPs can expect to receive the same levels of funding in 200405 and 200506. My officials are devising monitoring procedures to ensure that accountability at CDRP level for their spend, including that on drugs crime, is fully preserved, and that the balance of spend between the different aims of the CAD programme is maintained.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin): I am today announcing the publication of the Charity Commission's spring departmental report for 2003. Copies of this report are available in the Library.
The Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster (Lord Macdonald of Tradeston): The Highways Agency lights roads in accordance with the British Standard for Road Lighting, BS5489. This provides for sufficient but not excessive light to enable people to use the roads safely. Local authorities also light roads to the British Standard.
Lord Macdonald of Tradeston: The European rail traffic management system (ERTMS) year 1 progress report, published by the Strategic Rail Authority and the Rail Safety and Standards Board on 19 May 2003, does not state a value of preventing a fatality (VPF) figure. The report states that the total cost of implementing ERTMS level 2 system D is now estimated to be £3.7 billion over 40 years, and that overall ERTMS will deliver an estimated £7.5 billion worth of benefits over that period, of which an estimated £347 million comes from safety benefits. A copy of the report is available in the House Library.
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