Tony McNulty: Under the provisions of the Railways Act 1993, as amended by the Transport Act 2000, the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) is able to act as operator of last resort for any railway franchise but only on a temporary basis. Section 30 of the Act gives the SRA powers to "secure the provision of services until such a time as they begin to be provided under a franchise agreement". The Act reflects...
Peter Hain: I, and the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for State forWales, have recently met with senior officials of the SRA to discuss a range of issues including railways in Wales. The SRA are aware of our realistic ambitions for the Welsh rail network. The rail subsidy reduction exercise is aimed at improving value for money for the operation of the railways in Wales. As yet no decisions on the...
Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General what percentage of time was spent by senior lawyers in (a) administration and management and (b) considering cases and advocacy in the latest year for which figures are available.
Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General how many cases were handled by each lawyer per year, in each region, since the inception of the CPS; and of these cases how many were cases for the (a) magistrates' court and (b) Crown court, expressed as a percentage of total cases and as an absolute figure.
Andrew Turner: To ask the Solicitor-General what obligation rests on a defence lawyer to (a) ascertain and (b) believe the truth of matter pleaded in defence.
Ms Julia Drown: To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she is taking to ensure CPS lawyers have the skills to prosecute successfully in rape trials.
Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General what assessment she has made of how the most qualified lawyers in the CPS have spent their time since the production of Sir Iain Glidewell's report in June 1998.
Rosie Winterton: The Child Abduction Unit has, since 1992, operated from within the office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee. It has two full-time members of staff, a manager with seven years experience of this work and three additional staff to provide cover where necessary. A senior lawyer within the OS/PT office provides legal advice.
Keith Vaz: To ask the Solicitor-General how many lawyers left the Crown Prosecution Service in 2002.
Lord Bach: ...appeal in the case of Mr Shaun Rusling have yet to be finalised. Costs settled up to 22 July 2003 totalled £44,206.77, but an estimate of the total amount involved is not possible as the Treasury Solicitor is still in discussion with the defendant's lawyers regarding their costs.
Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General how many additional lawyers the CPS employed in 2002–03
Menzies Campbell: To ask the Solicitor-General which non-governmental (a) experts and (b) lawyers advised her Department on the legality of war in Iraq; how much each received in public funds; and if she will make a statement.
Claire Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Solicitor-General what steps she is taking to increase the number of lawyers in Merseyside Crown Prosecution Service.
Graham Allen: To ask the Solicitor-General what interaction takes place between local police officers and local lawyers of the Crown Prosecution Service in Nottinghamshire to improve mutual understanding of the process from arrest to charge; and if she will make a statement.
Vera Baird: To ask the Solicitor-General (1) what his policy is on writing to rape complainants to explain why a discontinued case would not proceed; (2) if he will make it his policy that the complainant should be personally visited by the Crown Prosecution Service lawyer who makes the decisions when cases of rape are discontinued.
Elfyn Llwyd: To ask the Solicitor-General if he will list the rates of pay of lawyers employed by the Crown Prosecution Service, broken down by grade.
Sir David Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General what training is given to (a) policy officials and (b) lawyers in the Law Officers' Department responsible for drafting statutory instruments; and if he will make a statement.
Sir David Amess: To ask the Solicitor-General what the rates of pay are of (a) lawyers and (b) other staff employed by the Crown Prosecution Service, broken down by grade in (i) Southend, (ii) Essex, (iii) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (iv) England and Wales.
David Borrow: To ask the Solicitor-General if he will encourage prosecutors to challenge derogatory attacks on a victim's character made by defence lawyers in mitigation.
Jonathan Djanogly: To ask the Solicitor-General what the cost per hour is of lawyers working in the Treasury Solicitor's Department.