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Mr. Watts: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what representations she has received advocating a judicial appointments commission; and if she will place copies in the Library. 
During his period of office the Lord Chancellor has received representations proposing the establishment of a judicial appointments commission with more than supervisory functions over the existing appointments system, from the following organisations:
Doncaster and District Law Society:
the Association of Women Barristers;
the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; and
a number of private individuals.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will list the reports produced by the Lord Chancellor's Department which relate to the criminal justice system since 1978. 
Mr. Wills: The information requested is not held centrally within the Lord Chancellor's Department and can be supplied only at disproportionate cost. However, research reports relating to the criminal justice system that have been commissioned and published by LCD Research Secretariat since it was established in 1996 are listed:
March 2000"The effects on magistrates of learning that the defendant has a previous conviction", S. Lloyd-Bostock.
April 1999"Reducing delay in the criminal justice system: the views of defence lawyers", L. Bridges and M. Jacobs.
May 1999"An empirical analysis of standard fees in magistrates' court criminal cases", A. Gray, P. Fenn and N. Rickman.
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June 1997"Judicial appointments commissions: the European and North American experience and the possible implications for the United Kingdom", C. Thomas and K. Malleson.
September 1997"Expenditure on legal services", M. Hope, LCD economist (review paper).
November 1997"Ethnic monitoring of defendants appearing at Leicester magistrates' court in 1995", Home Office and Professor Philip Bean.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will require sex offenders convicted overseas to sign the sex offenders register when they live in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: We are keen to do all we can to protect the public, especially children, from sex offenders. Sex offenders whose offences were committed overseas and who act in a way that gives the police reason to believe they pose a risk to the public can be made subject to a sex offender order, which will require them to comply with the requirements of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 (the register) and can impose restrictions on their behaviour. They can also be the subject of a Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel which will form a plan to manage the risks they pose.
We were aware of this issue when we announced the review of Part I of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 and it was discussed with relevant agencies and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) during the review.
That discussion is reflected in the consultation paper, which was published in July 2001. The review concluded there is no mechanism by which offenders convicted overseas could reliably be made aware of a duty to register with the police when coming to the United Kingdom. the review therefore proposes that where the police become aware of the arrival or presence in the United Kingdom of a sex offender convicted overseas of offences equivalent to those in the United Kingdom that trigger registration, they should be able to apply to the courts for an Order to Register as a Sex Offender. We are currently analysing responses to the review.
Mr. Robert Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has had with the Department for Health about contingency measures to be introduced in the event of a smallpox outbreak. 
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 5 February 2002]: Home Office and Department of Health officials have regular meetings to ensure cross-Government preparedness for responding to a deliberate chemical/ biological release. This work includes arrangements for responding to a smallpox outbreak.
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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been convicted of football-related offences in England and Wales in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Denham: An extensive array of legislation is in place for tackling football-related disorder. The Government expect the police and courts to make full use of the powers that have been placed at their disposal. The Government work with the police and football authorities in order to ensure that offenders are identified and prosecuted.
Mr. Denham: 166 defendants were proceeded against in England and Wales in 1998 for selling tobacco, etc. to persons under 16. Figures for 1999 and 2000 1 were 127 and 161 respectively. Figures for 2001 will be available in the autumn.
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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the security services concerning a case, details of which have been supplied to him in a letter dated 1 February; and if he will make a statement. 
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