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Crown Prosecution Service

Volume 450: debated on Tuesday 10 October 2006

To ask the Solicitor-General who in the Crown Prosecution Service is responsible for progress on each of the targets set out on pages 9 to 17 of the Crown Prosecution Service annual report 2005-06; to whom each person reports; what discussions he has had with stakeholders about implementation of each target; and if he will make a statement. [89689]

The public service agreement (PSA) targets for SR2004 and SR2002 are set out on pages 9 to 16 of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual report & resource accounts 2005-06. Page 17 details the progress against CPS targets.

The director of business development has responsibility for increasing the number of offences brought to justice, and the director of finance has responsibility for improving public confidence, delivering efficiencies and value for money. Both report to the chief executive. CPS performance is the responsibility of all headquarters directors.

Regular consultation on the PSA and criminal justice system (CJS) targets is conducted with CJS colleagues and other stakeholders through the work of the National Criminal Justice Board. The Attorney-General, myself, the director of public prosecutions and the chief executive are all members of the National Criminal Justice Board, and play a full and positive part in its work. CPS targets are discussed by the CPS board and compliment the PSA and CJS targets.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many copies of the Crown Prosecution Service annual report 2005-06 were produced; at what cost; to whom copies were sent; at what cost; who was consulted prior to publication; and if he will make a statement. [89690]

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) annual report and resource accounts 2005-06 were published on 18 July 2006.

The report cost a total of £22,405.95 which included the receipt of 3,000 reports. Copies of the report were distributed throughout the service's 42 geographical areas in England and Wales and copies were sent to other Government Departments and the CPS's criminal justice system (CJS) partners. Chief Crown prosecutors will have distributed copies to key local partners in their own criminal justice area; to members of their local communities; to visitors of CPS offices; and as part of local publicity or careers activity.

The report is also available on the CPS website www.cps.gov.uk and hard copy through the Stationary Office at a cover price of £19.50.

The Attorney-General's Office and other CJS departments are consulted prior to publication.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many staff work for the Manchester city crown prosecution service (CPS); and how many staff were employed by the Manchester city CPS on the same date in 2005. [92358]

On 30 September 2006, there were 124 staff in post in the city of Manchester branch and on the same date in 2005 there were 128.4.