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Crown Prosecution Service

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Solicitor-General how much has been allocated in the Crown Prosecution Service budgets for (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices for the employment of agency staff in each of the last three years. (305414)

The following table indicates the budgets allocated for the employment of agency staff by the Crown Prosecution Service for London and each of its 42 operational areas in each of the last three years.

£

Area

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

34,000

57,600

90,438

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

5,720

Cheshire

1,400

3,633

Cleveland

7,028

Cumbria

15,000

210

Derbyshire

97,101

78,837

69,307

Devon and Cornwall

18,320

4,800

Dorset

Durham

41,574

54,743

Dyfed Powys

9,203

7,000

1,500

Essex

100,500

177,905

245,653

Gloucestershire

2,500

3,000

Greater Manchester

1,451

29,474

37,590

Gwent

7,127

5,500

Hampshire

Hertfordshire

20,000

Humberside

61,921

19,813

9,881

Kent

53,883

93,312

143,062

Lancashire

22,592

24,193

48,750

Leicestershire

8,000

Lincolnshire

10,780

11,000

Merseyside

Metropolitan and City

39,581

Norfolk

8,000

10,000

Northamptonshire

1,000

20,000

23,000

Northumbria

North Wales

31,473

8,150

12,450

North Yorkshire

10,248

2,581

Nottinghamshire

South Wales

12,000

7,605

South Yorkshire

18,933

22,400

Staffordshire

Suffolk

111,529

15,572

Surrey

1,500

9,000

Sussex

5,000

10,000

Thames Valley

2,200

27,600

99,450

Warwickshire

8,000

8,000

West Mercia

62,859

West Midlands

West Yorkshire

212,286

211,539

244,488

Wiltshire

7,200

1,900

CPS Direct

26,080

5,100

21,000

Organised Crime Division

240,505

Special Crime Division

Counter Terrorism Division

Headquarters

1,274,068

676,529

694,526

Business Centres

240,500

161,000

195,205

Total

3,872,318

2,603,426

2,704,735

To ask the Solicitor-General what professional qualifications or skills are required of a Crown Prosecution Service area business manager. (305439)

The Crown prosecution Service (CPS) requires its Area Business Managers (ABMs) to meet the leadership, core and professional skills requirements specified by the Professional Skills for Government (PSG) frameworks. We do not currently require further formal professional qualifications from staff to fill these roles. All ABMs are encouraged to undertake external accredited learning, such as Diplomas from the Institute of Leadership and Management. They are also required to maintain their finance, procurement, risk and performance management skills throughout the year, through a programme of learning and development.

To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service (a) spent and (b) allocated for the purposes of equality and diversity services in each of the last five years. (305440)

The following table shows how much the Crown Prosecution Service has (a) spent and (b) allocated for the purposes of equality and diversity services in each of the last five years.

£ million

Total E and D budget allocated

Total E and D expenditure

2004-05

1.8

1.7

2005-06

2.2

2.0

2006-07

2.2

2.2

2007-08

2.4

2.4

2008-09

2.4

2.4

To ask the Solicitor-General how much the Crown Prosecution Service spent on transporting to and from court at all stages prior to the conclusion of a trial defendants who had been arrested under bench warrants not backed for bail in each of the last five years. (305441)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has no role in the transportation of those accused of offences at any stage of legal proceedings.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many diversity and equality managers have been employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices in each of the last five years; and at what cost such managers were employed in each such year. (305442)

From 2004 to 2007 the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) employed 10 Equality and Diversity Managers, one representing each of the 10 regional Service Centre groups, which included London. From 2007 to date, there have been two Equality and Diversity managers employed in London and 14 in the remaining parts of England and Wales, aligned to the CPS Group structure. The costs for employing such managers in 2004-05 were £319,230, in 2005-06 £320,770, in 2006-07 £321,660, in 2007-08 £458,724 and in 2008-09 £601,952.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many disciplinary rulings have been made against Crown Prosecution Service staff in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices in each of the last five years. (305446)

The number of Crown Prosecution Service staff dismissed for cause in each of the last five years is detailed in the following table. The CPS has not made any member of staff redundant over this period.

Number of Crown Prosecution Service staff dismissed for cause, 9 December 2009

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

Casework

1

2

1

Headquarters

1

1

2

3

CPS London

6

2

3

6

3

CPS Avon and Somerset

1

CPS Bedfordshire

1

CPS Cambridgeshire

CPS CPSD

CPS Cheshire

1

CPS Cleveland

1

1

CPS Cumbria

CPS Derbyshire

1

1

1

CPS Devon & Cornwall

1

CPS Dorset

1

CPS Durham

1

1

CPS Dyfed Powys

CPS Essex

1

CPS Gloucestershire

1

CPS Greater Manchester

2

1

1

CPS Gwent

1

CPS Hampshire

1

1

1

CPS Hertfordshire

1

CPS Humberside

1

CPS Kent

CPS Lancashire

1

CPS Leicestershire

1

1

1

CPS Lincolnshire

1

CPS Merseyside

2

CPS Norfolk

1

2

1

CPS North Wales

CPS North Yorkshire

1

1

CPS Northamptonshire

3

1

CPS Northumbria

1

CPS Nottinghamshire

2

2

CPS South Wales

1

3

CPS South Yorkshire

1

1

CPS Staffordshire

CPS Suffolk

CPS Surrey

CPS Sussex

1

2

CPS Thames Valley

1

3

CPS Warwickshire

1

CPS West Mercia

1

CPS West Midlands

2

2

CPS West Yorkshire

1

1

CPS Wiltshire

Total CPS

30

17

15

14

22

To ask the Solicitor-General how many Crown Prosecution Service staff have been (a) dismissed for cause and (b) made redundant in (i) London and (ii) each of its 42 regional offices in each of the last five years. (305447)

Over the last five years, there have been 256 disciplinary rulings made against Crown Prosecution Service staff. A breakdown of disciplinary rulings for this period is provided in the following table:

Disciplinary penalties by area

Number

Area

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

London

4

7

5

8

7

Casework Directorate

Avon and Somerset

1

1

1

Bedfordshire

1

4

2

1

4

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

1

1

1

Cleveland

2

Cumbria

1

Derbyshire

2

2

4

2

Devon and Cornwall

1

Dorset

Durham

1

1

1

Dyfed-Powys

1

Essex

1

1

1

Gloucestershire

1

Greater Manchester

1

3

3

2

3

Gwent

1

HQ

1

2

2

4

2

Hampshire and IOW

1

4

Hertfordshire

1

2

2

Humberside

1

1

1

Kent

1

Lancashire

1

5

5

1

1

Leicestershire

1

2

1

Lincolnshire

Merseyside

1

9

5

1

1

Norfolk

1

1

Northamptonshire

1

1

1

North Wales

North Yorkshire

1

Northumbria

1

1

1

2

3

Nottinghamshire

2

2

1

5

South Yorkshire

1

6

2

3

South Wales

1

3

1

Staffordshire

2

1

Suffolk

1

7

Surrey

3

Sussex

Thames Valley

1

6

1

7

Warwickshire

1

Wiltshire

West Mercia

1

1

West Midlands

1

8

4

11

3

West Yorkshire

2

1

3

3

1

CPS Direct

1

1

1

Total

20

64

54

56

62

To ask the Solicitor-General how many Crown Prosecution Service staff in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices took more than 10 days of sick leave in each of the last five years. (305448)

Figures for the number of staff who have taken more than 10 days’ sick leave in the five years since April 2004 are detailed in the following table.

Number of staff in each CPS area with more than 10 days sickness absence in the respective years. 8 December 2009

April-March

Area

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

HQ

79

91

89

75

66

Casework

24

24

33

39

38

CPS Direct

23

11

14

16

10

CPS Avon and Somerset

29

28

26

36

39

CPS Bedfordshire

4

2

5

7

13

CPS Cambridgeshire

14

10

16

6

10

CPS Cheshire

21

18

14

21

25

CPS Cleveland

20

19

30

24

21

CPS Cumbria

11

28

31

22

18

CPS Derbyshire

31

33

33

31

40

CPS Devon and Cornwall

37

36

39

38

31

CPS Dorset

14

15

13

8

14

CPS Durham

17

17

11

14

21

CPS Dyfed/Powys

2

13

25

14

14

CPS Essex

29

34

27

42

53

CPS Gloucestershire

5

10

8

14

15

CPS Greater Manchester

81

82

94

79

81

CPS Gwent

13

17

21

10

17

CPS Hampshire

34

35

41

37

46

CPS Hertfordshire

22

17

14

20

18

CPS Humberside

15

9

12

19

21

CPS Kent

33

33

33

30

26

CPS Lancashire

45

55

56

45

43

CPS Leicestershire

23

25

26

23

21

CPS Lincolnshire

13

22

17

16

19

CPS London

244

290

286

316

283

CPS Merseyside

57

76

70

80

76

CPS Norfolk

6

14

6

16

19

CPS North Wales

6

11

18

9

8

CPS North Yorkshire

8

12

19

13

14

CPS Northamptonshire

7

6

10

17

11

CPS Northumbria

55

48

41

59

54

CPS Nottinghamshire

32

22

27

45

47

CPS South Wales

25

47

41

51

51

CPS South Yorkshire

34

35

35

25

32

CPS Staffordshire

17

36

27

23

17

CPS Suffolk

12

10

14

10

8

CPS Surrey

9

11

25

20

6

CPS Sussex

28

22

22

20

29

CPS Thames Valley

18

33

35

34

32

CPS Warwickshire

2

1

6

5

5

CPS West Mercia

29

35

40

35

41

CPS West Midlands

104

85

109

113

91

CPS West Yorkshire

53

44

61

49

73

CPS Wiltshire

18

13

8

11

5

Grand total

1,403

1,535

1,628

1,637

1,622

Notes:

1. Total number of staff who had more than 10 working days lost to absence in the rolling year

2. Data extracted from epayfact (CPS Payroll System)

To ask the Solicitor-General how many senior Crown Prosecution Service staff at grades above level D are High Court advocates; and at how many court sessions such staff advocated in court in each of the last five years. (305449)

The Crown Prosecution Service currently employs 99 staff above level D who are higher court advocates. During the 2008-09 financial year, higher court advocates at level E or above conducted prosecutions at 1,425 sessions in the Crown court or higher courts. The following table shows the data for the last five completed years. For the years since 2007-08, these data include principal crown advocates, whose main function is the preparation and presentation of serious and complex cases at the crown court, as well as other senior lawyers in the CPS whose main function is in managing the operation of the prosecution service in London and across each of the 42 CPS areas. These staff are graded as senior civil servants, chief crown prosecutors, and level E unit heads.

Higher court advocates, Crown court attendances by grade

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Grade

Number of sessions

Number of HCAs

Number of sessions

Number of HCAs

Number of sessions

Number of HCAs

Number of sessions

Number of HCAs

Number of sessions

Number of HCAs

Senior Civil Servants

2

1

6

1

11

1

3

1

2

3

Chief Crown Prosecutors

59

16

74

19

112

19

64

22

49

23

Level E

440

72

1,113

70

1-204

72

1,834

71

1,334

67

Principal Crown Advocate

0

0

0

0

40

6

Total

501

89

1,193

90

1,327

92

1,901

94

1,425

99

To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of staff employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices are designated as frontline staff. (305450)

The CPS currently employs a total of 8,885 staff. 8,231 of these, or 93 per cent., are designated as frontline staff, as they carry out or support the prosecution process. The following table shows the number of staff in each of the CPS areas, and the proportion of frontline staff.

Area

Total staff

Number of frontline staff

Percentage of frontline staff

Casework

356

356

100

Headquarters

654

0

0

CPS London

1,369

1,369

100

CPS Avon and Somerset

182

182

100

CPS Bedfordshire

73

73

100

CPS Cambridgeshire

75

75

100

CPS CPSD

163

163

100

CPS Cheshire

112

112

100

CPS Cleveland

103

103

100

CPS Cumbria

83

83

100

CPS Derbyshire

120

120

100

CPS Devon and Cornwall

128

128

100

CPS Dorset

77

77

100

CPS Durham

97

97

100

CPS Dyfed Powys

61

61

100

CPS Essex

193

193

100

CPS Gloucestershire

56

56

100

CPS Greater Manchester

473

473

100

CPS Gwent

83

83

100

CPS Hampshire

247

247

100

CPS Hertfordshire

117

117

100

CPS Humberside

120

120

100

CPS Kent

181

181

100

CPS Lancashire

261

261

100

CPS Leicestershire

123

123

100

CPS Lincolnshire

71

71

100

CPS Merseyside

256

256

100

CPS Norfolk

92

92

100

CPS North Wales

83

83

100)

CPS North Yorkshire

87

87

100

CPS Northamptonshire

78

78

100

CPS Northumbria

274

274

100

CPS Nottinghamshire

180

180

100

CPS South Wales

243

243

100

CPS South Yorkshire

196

196

100

CPS Staffordshire

146

146

100

CPS Suffolk

70

70

100

CPS Surrey

85

85

100

CPS Sussex

171

171

100

CPS Thames Valley

248

248

100

CPS Warwickshire

43

43

100

CPS West Mercia

151

151

100

CPS West Midlands

512

512

100)

CPS West Yorkshire

330

330

100

CPS Wiltshire

62

62

100

Total CPS

8,885

8,231

93

To ask the Solicitor-General how many (a) solicitors, (b) barristers and (c) non-legal staff are employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (i) London and (ii) each of its 42 regional offices. (305451)

The numbers of (a) solicitors, (b) barristers and (c) non-legal staff for each of the CPS areas are detailed in the following table.

Number of solicitors, barristers and non-legal staff in the Crown Prosecution Service—9 December 2009

Barristers

Solicitors

Associate prosecutors

Non-legal

Total

Casework

69

92

0

193

354

HQ

21

34

0

596

651

CPS Direct

39

108

0

15

162

CPS Avon and Somerset

28

51

11

93

183

CPS Bedfordshire

6

23

6

38

73

CPS Cambridgeshire

8

20

5

41

74

CPS Cheshire

7

39

8

57

111

CPS Cleveland

7

28

6

61

102

CPS Cumbria

5

25

5

47

82

CPS Derbyshire

7

35

6

72

120

CPS Devon and Cornwall

14

35

8

67

124

CPS Dorset

8

23

7

39

77

CPS Durham

1

34

6

56

97

CPS Dyfed Powys

2

20

3

38

63

CPS Essex

23

44

11

112

190

CPS Gloucestershire

6

16

3

31

56

CPS Greater Manchester

33

148

32

262

475

CPS Gwent

5

25

4

47

81

CPS Hampshire

29

68

14

134

245

CPS Hertfordshire

24

26

7

61

118

CPS Humberside

12

32

9

68

121

CPS Kent

24

42

10

105

181

CPS Lancashire

17

79

11

154

261

CPS Leicestershire

12

34

9

67

122

CPS Lincolnshire

7

20

4

40

71

CPS London

188

283

70

814

1,355

CPS Merseyside

13

79

14

150

256

CPS Norfolk

11

21

7

53

92

CPS North Wales

6

26

6

45

83

CPS North Yorkshire

6

26

7

48

87

CPS Northamptonshire

5

21

6

46

78

CPS Northumbria

9

90

13

162

274

CPS Nottinghamshire

11

52

13

105

181

CPS South Wales

18

74

14

138

244

CPS South Yorkshire

8

60

11

118

197

CPS Staffordshire

8

53

10

76

147

CPS Suffolk

7

19

6

39

71

CPS Surrey

14

25

5

42

86

CPS Sussex

21

55

11

83

170

CPS Thames Valley

26

62

15

142

245

CPS Warwickshire

4

14

3

22

43

CPS West Mercia

10

43

14

82

149

CPS West Midlands

38

158

27

283

506

CPS West Yorkshire

17

98

24

192

331

CPS Wiltshire

9

17

5

31

62

Total CPS

843

2,377

466

5,165

8,851

To ask the Solicitor-General in how many cases prosecuted in each of the last five years the Crown Prosecution Service opposed bail; and in how many such cases in respect of which legal proceedings have been completed bail was not granted. (305455)

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) does not maintain central records relating to applications for bail.

To provide this information would involve checking paper records across the CPS and would incur disproportionate costs.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many consultations the Crown Prosecution Service has initiated in each of the last five years; what the cost was of each such consultation; how many external consultants were contracted to provide services in respect of each such consultation; and what changes to prosecution policy were made as a consequence of each such consultation. (305456)

The Crown Prosecution Service’s answer is provided in the following table:

Year of consultation exercise

Publication that was the subject of consultation

Whether external consultants were used

2004

Prosecuting cases of Domestic Violence

No

Code for Crown Prosecutors

No

2005

Children and Young People

No

Race Equality Scheme

Yes, external consultants used to conduct a consultation workshop.

2006

Prosecuting cases of Bad Driving

Yes, external consultants used to facilitate two focus groups and prepare reports based on the discussions.

Single Equality Scheme

Yes, external consultants used to conduct a consultation workshop.

Prosecuting cases involving the Intentional or Reckless Sexual Transmission of Infection

Yes, external consultants used to facilitate two focus groups and prepare reports based on the discussions.

Disability Hate Crime

Yes, external consultants used to facilitate a focus group and prepare a report based on the discussions.

2007

Racist and Religious Hate Crime

No

Crimes Against Older People

Yes, external consultants used to facilitate two focus groups and prepare reports based on the discussions.

Prosecuting cases of Homophobic and Transphobic Hate Crime

No

Violence Against Women Strategy

No

2008

Prosecuting cases of Domestic Violence

Yes, external consultants used to conduct a consultation workshop.

Prosecuting cases of Rape

No

Supporting Victims and Witnesses with Mental Health issues

Yes, external consultants used to facilitate two focus groups and prepare reports based on the discussions. (Same exercise for both publications.)1

Supporting Victims and Witnesses with Learning Disabilities

2009

Code for Crown Prosecutors (Note: this has been the subject of two separate consultations in 2009. The Director of Public Prosecutions considered that a number of issues had arisen that necessitated further consultation).

No

Public Prosecution Service: Setting the Standard

No

Assisted Suicide

No

Core Quality Standards

No

1 Represents a brace.

It is not possible to provide the discrete costs of the consultation exercise for each publication without incurring disproportionate costs.

The CPS has been able to identify which consultation exercises have involved the use of external consultants, although it has not been possible to provide the number of external consultants instructed without incurring disproportionate costs. Where external consultants have been involved only a single consultancy firm will have been contracted.

It is likely that there will have been changes made to each of the publications set out in the table following the end of the respective consultations, as the views and responses received in each of the consultation exercises were the subject of careful consideration, and the CPS will have incorporated suggested changes where they improved the publication. However, the CPS has not been able to identify the discrete changes made to each publication following consultation, as to provide this information for each publication would involve checking stored paper records across the CPS and again incur disproportionate costs.

It should also be noted that, as of 9 December 2009, the consultations on Assisted Suicide, Core Quality Standards, and the Code for Crown Prosecutors have not yet concluded, and no decisions have yet been made as to whether and how the publications should be revised in light of the responses received.

To ask the Solicitor-General how many complaints of bullying, harassment or discrimination on grounds of (a) sexual orientation, (b) race, (c) disability and (d) gender were made against Crown Prosecution Service staff in (i) London and (ii) each of the 42 regional offices in each of the last five years; and how many such complaints are unresolved. (305457)

Until 9 December 2009, there have been a total of 28 internal complaints relating to bullying, harassment or discrimination. Fourteen of these complaints are currently ongoing. None of these complaints relate to (a) sexual orientation; nine relate to (b) race; six relate to (c) disability and two relate to (d) gender. 11 of these complaints relate to bullying and harassment but were not categorised under the headings listed in (a) to (d). 12 internal complaints were raised in London—they included five race complaints, one disability complaint and six relating to bullying, harassment and discrimination. The remaining 16 complaints were raised in the CPS's areas outside London. A breakdown is provided in Table 1.

In 2008, there were a total of 36 internal complaints made relating to bullying, harassment or discrimination. Seven of these complaints are currently ongoing. None of the complaints relate to (a) sexual orientation; six relate to (b) race; six to (c) disability; and four relate to (d) gender. The remaining 20 internal complaints relate to bullying and harassment but were not categorised under the headings (a) to (d). From the 36 internal complaints, 12 were raised in London (they included three race complaints and nine complaints relating to bullying, harassment and discrimination). The remaining 24 were raised in the CPS's areas outside London. A breakdown is provided at Table 2.

Prior to 2008, the CPS only held central records on the number of complaints made under the generic heading of bullying, harassment or discrimination. In 2005 there were 36 complaints, 15 of which were raised in CPS London; in 2006 there were 28 complaints with 15 being raised in London; and in 2007, there were 26 complaints, three of which were raised in CPS London. The following tables provide a further breakdown of the areas.

Table 1: 2009

Area

Bullying, harassment discrimination

(a) Sexual orientation

(b) Race

(c) Disability

(d) Gender

London

16

25

31

HQ Casework Directorate

31

Cleveland

1

Durham

31

Essex

1

Humberside

31

Lancashire

1

1

Nottinghamshire

31

Surrey

31

Thames Valley

31

31

2

West Mercia

1

West Midlands

1

West Yorkshire

1

Total

11

0

9

6

2

1 Four ongoing

2 Two ongoing

3 Ongoing

Table 2: 2008

Area

Bullying, harassment, discrimination

(a) Sexual orientation

(b) Race

(c) Disability

(d) Gender

London

19

23

Avon and Somerset

1

HQ Casework Directorate

1

Derby

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

Essex

1

Gwent

1

HQ

2

1

Kent

1

Leicestershire

1

Nottinghamshire

2

Northumbria

1

South Yorkshire

1

Surrey

1

Thames Valley

1

West Mercia

1

West Midlands

2

1

West Yorkshire

22

1

Total

20

0

6

6

4

1 Five ongoing

2 One ongoing

Table 3: 2007

Area

Bullying, harassment, discrimination

London

3

Avon and Somerset

1

HQ Casework Directorate

2

CPS Direct

1

Cumbria

1

Derby

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

Essex

1

Hampshire and Isle of Wight

1

HQ

1

Humberside

1

Lancashire

1

Leicestershire

1

Manchester

1

Norfolk

1

Suffolk

1

Thames Valley

2

West Midlands

3

West Yorkshire

2

Total

26

Table 4: 2006

Area

Bullying, harassment, discrimination

London

15

HQ Casework Directorate

2

Durham

2

Essex

1

Hertfordshire

1

Lancashire

1

South Wales

1

Surrey

1

Thames Valley

1

West Midlands

1

West Yorkshire

1

Wiltshire

1

Total

28

Table 5: 2005

Area

Bullying, harassment, discrimination

London

15

Cumbria

1

Derby

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

East Midlands

1

Eastern

1

Essex

1

Gwent

1

HQ

2

Humberside

1

Kent

1

Manchester

2

South East

1

South Wales

1

South Yorkshire

1

Thames Valley

1

West Midlands

4

Total

36

To ask the Solicitor-General how much was spent by Crown Prosecution Service staff in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices on (i) travel and (ii) subsistence in each of the last five years. (305458)

The following tables show how much was spent by Crown Prosecution Service staff in London and each of its 42 offices on (i) travel and (ii) subsistence in each of the last four years. The figures for 2004-05 are no longer available as a result of a change in accounting system during that year.

Travel

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

80,414

92,187

92,234

116,518

Bedfordshire

20,510

23,157

22,886

22,549

Cambridgeshire

60,824

53,906

45,981

53,813

Cheshire

73,325

62,901

71,833

85,647

Cleveland

45,615

41,899

38,510

33,289

Cumbria

88,644

79,033

87,394

82,845

Derbyshire

50,311

49,800

47,765

42,848

Devon and Cornwall

89,544

116,126

94,659

104,329

Dorset

32,519

38,591

40,462

43,829

Durham

54,281

53,471

47,426

50,369

Dyfed Powys

68,122

73,198

66,589

80,802

Essex

99,287

93,554

96,230

104,940

Gloucestershire

38,401

30,785

36,613

39,722

Greater Manchester

138,971

153,659

184,757

211,512

Gwent

48,817

42,442

45,155

52,935

Hampshire

93,650

98,894

92,338

95,567

Hertfordshire

34,408

37,211

38,702

43,630

Humberside

64,722

58,446

59,517

61,016

Kent

74,676

84,495

88,522

115,270

Lancashire

152,816

144,778

134,196

139,149

Leicestershire

34,641

33,953

34,818

35,110

Lincolnshire

54,688

63,412

64,090

50,606

Merseyside

109,556

103,538

97,001

94,493

Metropolitan and City

185,162

215,926

157,986

155,153

Norfolk

71,164

62,063

58,023

55,124

Northamptonshire

33,197

33,625

31,932

39,363

Northumbria

111,988

81,207

66,151

70,815

North Wales

94,038

83,142

93,363

95,135

North Yorkshire

63,879

70,541

72,613

81,681

Nottinghamshire

51,994

51,606

45,312

70,325

South Wales

124,112

133,425

119,534

125,453

South Yorkshire

61,233

59,720

62,586

90,697

Staffordshire

105,831

81,433

81,871

82,467

Suffolk

66,540

58,470

63,127

60,644

Surrey

28,079

28,098

37,633

34,726

Sussex

56,047

53,921

55,262

66,581

Thames Valley

132,172

122,253

122,779

146,999

Warwickshire

26,133

34,387

35,779

42,426

West Mercia

104,313

104,240

121,212

108,683

West Midlands

116,426

107,732

88,880

109,419

West Yorkshire

144,963

124,295

130,596

132,654

Wiltshire

63,126

62,339

75,437

75,378

CPS Direct

91,665

107,043

132,151

138,911

Organised Crime Division

13

196,557

184,450

190,913

Special Crime Division

133,264

71,860

78,125

Counter-terrorism Division

29,041

53,430

41,970

Headquarters

1,624,171

1,387,312

1,568,736

1,759,717

Business Centres

152,697

173,519

234,452

257,345

Total

5,117,685

5,224,597

5,392,831

5,871,491

Subsistence

£

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Avon and Somerset

17,534

17,827

16,799

23,161

Bedfordshire

8,831

7,797

6,543

5,207

Cambridgeshire

17,379

16,262

12,141

9,318

Cheshire

7,409

8,416

4,561

24,773

Cleveland

10,428

12,649

7,837

8,275

Cumbria

21,039

13,792

10,776

11,461

Derbyshire

8,213

12,831

7,514

7,248

Devon and Cornwall

28,068

55,794

36,208

24,860

Dorset

12,569

15,135

12,374

12,311

Durham

5,600

6,238

9,724

3,298

Dyfed Powys

14,760

15,039

12,165

16,755

Essex

20,442

24,684

19,989

26,381

Gloucestershire

9,964

6,255

5,227

5,811

Greater Manchester

39,879

44,281

48,784

48,398

Gwent

11,976

6,727

10,996

7,254

Hampshire

20,801

34,070

16,488

15,376

Hertfordshire

12,511

22,912

16,242

4,356

Humberside

13,215

13,927

13,065

10,960

Kent

12,954

18,429

17,509

28,536

Lancashire

17,955

13,707

15,629

18,176

Leicestershire

10,952

10,780

4,851

5,662

Lincolnshire

12,230

13,538

6,636

3,697

Merseyside

22,824

17,278

23,107

15,804

Metropolitan and City

51,133

80,549

39,165

35,873

Norfolk

14,938

8,258

7,308

8,398

Northamptonshire

5,499

8,741

7,742

6,540

Northumbria

18,539

23,394

18,265

20,626

North Wales

18,655

16,607

8,571

9,452

North Yorkshire

5,621

6,480

4,603

5,146

Nottinghamshire

8,193

5,973

7,287

9,563

South Wales

30,800

26,625

18,565

23,106

South Yorkshire

11,496

15,791

14,711

16,366

Staffordshire

10,470

8,351

9,089

6,088

Suffolk

11,302

12,165

10,815

6,974

Surrey

4,146

3,276

4,486

8,313

Sussex

12,050

14,430

15,137

12,308

Thames Valley

31,704

23,557

13,384

18,464

Warwickshire

2,356

8,220

3,442

3,548

West Mercia

24,835

35,732

24,549

20,672

West Midlands

23,579

20,775

14,296

16,362

West Yorkshire

27,130

36,646

25,108

19,533

Wiltshire

14,896

16,969

13,521

11,092

CPS Direct

39,159

56,039

38,087

52,236

Organised Crime Division

14

175,468

195,696

194,636

Special Crime Division

43,732

22,644

39,708

Counter-terrorism Division

22,098

32,164

49,623

Headquarters

767,901

677,041

632,617

553,362

Business Centres

67,752

106,440

102,207

110,252

Total

1,559,701

1,861,726

1,618,624

1,595,318

To ask the Solicitor-General how many days of sick leave were taken by Crown Prosecution Service employees (a) on average and (b) in total in (i) London and (ii) each of the 42 regional offices in each of the last five years; and what estimate she has made of the average cost per head to her Department of such leave (A) in total and (B) at each location in each such year. (305459)

The average number of days sick absence taken by Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) staff in 2008-09 was 8.5 days per staff year. A total of 69,841.5 working days were recorded as sickness absence at an estimated salary cost of £1,045 per head. The following table shows the absence rates, total absence days and estimated salary cost per head for each CPS area for the previous five year period to March 2009.

Average number of sick days for CPS areas

April to March

CPS

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

Avon and Somerset

7.5

7.4

6.7

6.8

9.2

Bedfordshire

3.5

3.5

5.5

6.7

6.4

Cambridgeshire

9.5

6.3

7.3

7.2

8.3

Cheshire

8.4

8.5

5.8

7

9.2

Cleveland

10.1

9.0

10.2

10.9

7.1

CPS Direct

7.0

5.0

5.2

5.8

5.2

Cumbria

7.1

17.6

19.7

10.8

10.2

Derbyshire

13.6

10.5

11.9

13.1

13.9

Devon and Cornwall

13.6

14.3

11.9

11.9

9.9

Dorset

7.7

13.5

8.4

7.8

12.5

Durham

10.1

8.2

9.2

7.1

11.8

Dyfed-Powys

3.7

11.7

12.2

7.8

6.7

Essex

10.4

13.6

14.4

13

10.2

Gloucestershire

4.3

6.7

8.3

12.1

9.3

Greater Manchester

8.5

8.0

8.6

6.9

8

Gwent

5.9

6.3

9.1

6.2

6

Hampshire

7.0

8.2

8.4

7.4

8.1

Hertfordshire

8.7

7.9

6.2

6.2

5.5

Humberside

6.6

6.1

4.4

8

10

Kent

12.7

9.5

8.2

7.1

6.9

Lancashire

8.3

10.5

9.7

8.5

7

Leicestershire

10.2

11.1

9.5

8.8

8.2

Lincolnshire

8.8

16.0

9.4

8.7

14.2

London

9.5

10.8

9.5

10.6

9.6

Merseyside

10.9

12.7

11.1

10.9

10.1

Norfolk

5.7

8.6

4.8

7.4

11.4

North Wales

4.8

8.5

9

6.3

3

North Yorkshire

5.3

9.1

7.5

5.4

4.7

Northamptonshire

6.0

4.7

5.9

7.7

7

Northumbria

11.5

10.1

8.3

10.5

8.3

Nottinghamshire

9.3

6.8

7.5

11.5

13.2

South Wales

5.3

11.7

8.9

9.1

11

South Yorkshire

9.4

10.3

8.9

6.8

7.8

Staffordshire

6.5

13.0

7.6

7.2

9

Suffolk

9.0

7.3

9.6

7.7

5.3

Surrey

5.4

9.8

13.8

12.7

6.6

Sussex

8.6

8.1

6.6

7

9.6

Thames Valley

4.9

8.4

6.3

6.5

5.4

Warwickshire

4.5

2.5

5.2

4.4

6

West Mercia

11.0

11.4

12.3

8.8

11.6

West Midlands

8.8

8.6

9.7

8.3

7

West Yorkshire

8.5

6.6

8.9

8.8

11.8

Wiltshire

10.9

10.1

7.8

6.8

5.5

Total CPS

8.5

9.4

8.7

8.6

8.7

Total number of sick absence days per CPS area

April to March

CPS

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

Casework

1,636.5

1,934

1,666

2,154

2,069

HQ

4,254.5

5,294.5

4,244.5

4,606

4,705.5

Avon and Somerset

1,252.5

1,265.0

1,404

1,537.5

1,878.5

Bedfordshire

261.0

232.5

385.5

537.5

549.5

Cambridgeshire

656.5

440.5

556

522.5

625

Cheshire

894.0

864.5

696

915

1,135

Cleveland

994.0

968.5

1,103.5

1,333

1,062

CPS Direct

1,075.5

767.5

700

813.5

541.5

Cumbria

483.0

1,234.5

1,582

942.5

867

Derbyshire

1,512.5

1,206.0

1,419

1,740.5

2,046

Devon and Cornwall

1,615.0

1,703.5

1,618

1,817

1,390.5

Dorset

542.0

901.5

582

555

831

Durham

846.5

649.0

767

669

1,057.5

Dyfed-Powys

227.5

745.5

822

611

646

Essex

1,790.5

2,213.5

2,077

2,186.5

2,245

Gloucestershire

232.0

360.5

463

620.5

766

Greater Manchester

3,885.0

3,771.0

4,641.5

3,732.5

4,216

Gwent

485.0

597.5

860.5

561.5

553.5

Hampshire

1,595.5

1,889.0

2,184

1,942

2,419.5

Hertfordshire

977.5

917.5

779.5

855.5

691

Humberside

711.5

668.5

600

1,025

1,108

Kent

2,262.5

1,611.5

1,593.5

1,305.5

1,218

Lancashire

1,982.5

2,470.0

2,632.5

2,390

2,165

Leicestershire

1,182.5

1,366.5

1,332

1,274.5

1,226

Lincolnshire

655.0

1,188.5

798.5

841

926.5

London

12,440.0

14,590.5

14,415.5

15,005

1,5493.5

Merseyside

2,712.0

3,440.0

3,286

3,803.5

3,626

Norfolk

523.5

822.0

513.5

808

1,135.5

North Wales

366.0

653.5

728

596.5

328

North Yorkshire

417.0

699.5

713

548

635

Northamptonshire

455.0

349.0

511

733

650

Northumbria

2,922.0

2,513.5

2,251

2,992.5

2,384.5

Nottinghamshire

1,564.0

1,071.5

1,465

2,273

2,453

South Wales

1,242.0

2,638.5

2,413.5

2,601.5

2,736.5

South Yorkshire

1,667.0

1,805.0

1,881

1,448

1,939

Staffordshire

933.5

1,870.0

1,076.5

1,033

1,238.5

Suffolk

590.5

497.0

760

623

445

Surrey

408.5

711.5

1,167.5

1,000

462

Sussex

1,285.0

1,191.0

1,031

1,173

1,664

Thames Valley

1,064.5

1,773.5

1,597

1,857.5

1,543.5

Warwickshire

164.0

92.0

239.5

209.5

382

West Mercia

1,522.0

1,575.0

2,051.5

1,633.5

1,764

West Midlands

4,360.5

4,335.5

5,459.5

4,875

4,856

West Yorkshire

2,520.5

2,031.5

2,978

2,797.5

4,128

Wiltshire

673.5

624.0

500

370.5

381.5

Total CPS

69,841.5

78,545.0

80,545.5

81,870

85,184

Estimated cost per head of sickness absence

April to March

CPS

2008-09

2007-08

2006-07

2005-06

2004-05

Casework

611.39

1,127.44

1,042.28

1,359.85

1,259.84

HQ

865.21

1,124.65

866.64

737.20

757.56

Avon and Somerset

915.29

852.07

958.65

1,050.20

1,383.57

Bedfordshire

475.52

444.49

777.12

1,017.99

1,126.48

Cambridgeshire

1,164.19

763.53

980.72

974.81

1,114.13

Cheshire

1,061.63

1,012.48

849.92

1,021.21

1,269.14

Cleveland

1,283.51

1,076.11

1,187.67

1,501.13

1,209.50

CPS Direct

877.56

615.90

753.39

1,048.32

Cumbria

773.96

1,933.55

2,480.42

1,510.42

1,460.84

Derbyshire

1,676.35

1,264.35

1,553.56

2,014.47

2,374.13

Devon and Cornwall

1,678.09

1,743.74

1,489.03

1,720.64

1,425.26

Dorset

936.18

1,698.48

1,137.14

1,196.12

1,858.42

Durham

1,160.66

1,054.63

1,202.58

1,086.04

1,646.49

Dyfed-Powys

496.02

1,468.41

1,581.73

1,106.88

1,324.30

Essex

1,233.87

1,634.97

1,680.12

1,740.84

1,853.26

Gloucestershire

551.00

794.32

1,088.91

1,385.04

1,777.70

Greater Manchester

1,092.40

955.61

1,162.66

984.31

1,147.27

Gwent

777.17

817.63

1,332.73

845.63

861.78

Hampshire

859.12

951.82

1,150.90

1,055.43

1,423.92

Hertfordshire

1,111.18

993.96

868.39

954.80

876.22

Humberside

788.58

695.24

629.75

1,164.77

1,376.61

Kent

1,662.50

1,151.07

1,169.79

1,013.59

913.50

Lancashire

1,010.24

1,284.40

1,337.31

1,219.39

1,095.86

Leicestershire

1,278.64

1,335.68

1,342.57

1,350.11

1,216.11

Lincolnshire

1,226.97

1,931.31

1,267.62

1,401.67

1,700.89

London

1,208.56

1,291.19

1,327.61

1,429.59

1,464.80

Merseyside

1,408.97

1,490.67

1,350.56

1,617.13

1,587.18

Norfolk

756.80

1,008.11

658.73

1,086.02

1,501.79

North Wales

586.48

987.85

1,127.51

994.17

560.33

North Yorkshire

637.48

1,057.38

1,131.89

878.21

1,055.47

Northamptonshire

775.83

596.97

927.10

1,238.18

1,110.42

Northumbria

1,418.34

1,214.70

1,082.87

1,455.50

1,177.89

Nottinghamshire

1,155.62

809.85

1,134.48

1,681.21

1,851.04

South Wales

679.78

1,411.54

1,245.99

1,458.24

1,602.81

South Yorkshire

1,131.18

1,248.14

1,257.30

957.67

1,317.66

Staffordshire

850.38

1,548.41

976.54

935.69

1,128.41

Suffolk

1,121.95

850.13

1,253.51

1,011.36

760.21

Surrey

639.18

1,101.13

2,003.68

1,811.59

848.15

Sussex

999.44

967.69

872.91

1,086.11

1,538.89

Thames Valley

570.88

981.09

870.47

1,100.41

1,004.50

Warwickshire

507.26

284.76

741.87

689.14

1,204.77

West Mercia

1,340.57

1,383.45

1,901.76

1,646.67

1,903.26

West Midlands

1,132.71

1,041.80

1,262.94

1,197.20

1,214.00

West Yorkshire

1,015.84

772.21

1,153.07

1,106.61

1,703.84

Wiltshire

1,444.77

1,210.75

1,058.33

908.09

868.97

Total CPS

1,045.46

1,141.13

1,188.07

1,219.76

1,310.03

To ask the Solicitor-General how many and what proportion of staff employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in (a) London and (b) each of its 42 regional offices are from black and minority ethnic groups; and whether a comparative estimate has been made of the proportion of the population comprised of people from black and minority ethnic groups in each such area. (305485)

The current representation of black and minority ethnic (BME) staff in the CPS is 15 per cent. This compares with a national figure of 12.4 per cent. of the working age population being of BME origin. The CPS employs 41 per cent. BME staff in London, its highest representation of BME staff, compared with 35.8 per cent. of BME people of working age in London. In other CPS areas, the representation of BME staff range from 1 per cent. in Cumbria and North Yorkshire to 23 per cent. in West Midlands compared with a BME working population of 0.4 per cent. and 26.9 per cent. respectively. The following table provides a detailed breakdown of the data.

Black and minority ethnic staff

CPS areas

Community—working age

Number

Percentage

Total

Number

Percentage

Total

CPS London

567

41

1,369

1,851,500

35.8

5,177,300

CPS Avon and Somerset

9

5

182

38,100

4.7

816,500

CPS Bedfordshire

16

22

73

80,300

21.4

375,200

CPS Cambridgeshire

9

12

75

25,100

6.7

376,400

CPS Cheshire

5

4

112

12,300

2.0

614,000

CPS Cleveland

3

3

103

13,700

4.0

344,900

CPS Cumbria

1

1

83

1,200

0.4

295,400

CPS Derbyshire

13

11

120

34,700

5.7

608,700

CPS Devon and Cornwall

6

5

128

10,600

1.3

817,500

CPS Dorset

9

12

77

16,100

2.9

553,700

CPS Durham

4

4

97

5,500

1.5

372,900

CPS Dyfed Powys

0

61

2,300

0.8

293,500

CPS Essex

14

7

193

59,200

5.8

1,021,100

CPS Gloucestershire

5

9

56

32,400

5.2

629,100

CPS Greater Manchester

41

9

473

202,300

13.9

1,455,200

CPS Gwent

4

5

83

7,800

2.3

336,000

CPS Hampshire

11

4

247

63,900

5.0

1,284,800

CPS Hertfordshire

19

16

117

56,900

8.7

657,300

CPS Humberside

4

3

120

10,800

6.5

166,500

CPS Kent

13

7

181

39,300

4.7

833,200

CPS Lancashire

12

5

261

93,700

9.0

1,042,200

CPS Leicestershire

27

22

123

111,400

18.9

589,800

CPS Lincolnshire

4

6

71

14,600

2.4

599,900

CPS Merseyside

6

2

256

35,600

4.3

822,800

CPS Norfolk

6

7

92

12,100

2.5

492,400

CPS North Wales

3

4

83

2,900

0.7

399,500

CPS North Yorkshire

1

1

87

12,600

1.9

675,700

CPS Northamptonshire

16

21

78

46,000

8.7

530,800

CPS Northumbria

9

3

274

39,800

4.6

869,500

CPS Nottinghamshire

13

7

180

64,500

9.3

695,700

CPS South Wales

13

5

243

36,900

4.8

762,300

CPS South Yorkshire

10

5

196

64,400

9.6

669,900

CPS Staffordshire

7

5

146

34,600

5.3

651,700

CPS Suffolk

3

4

70

14,300

3.4

418,000

CPS Surrey

13

15

85

67,900

8.8

769,600

CPS Sussex

10

6

171

45,000

5.0

895,500

CPS Thames Valley

36

15

248

157,800

13.1

1,203,700

CPS Warwickshire

7

16

43

23,700

7.3

322,700

CPS West Mercia

5

3

151

23,100

3.3

707,200

CPS West Midlands

117

23

512

429,200

26.9

1,593,100

CPS West Yorkshire

32

10

330

203,800

13.4

1,520,800

CPS Wiltshire

2

3

62

5,900

2.2

264,000

Business Centres total1

14

10

147

1

1

1

Casework total1

71

20

356

1

1

1

Head Quarters total1

92

18

507

1

1

1

CPS Direct

18

11

163

1

1

1

Total

1,300

15

8,885

4,151,700

12.4

33,526,000

1 Staff in these divisions work in multiple locations across the country including home working.

Notes:

1. Data taken from quarterly Intranet Stats published to CPS Infonet.

2. Data may be subject to change due to retrospective changes in the HR database.

3. Data exclude career break staff.

4. Communities data taken from ONS NOMIS database (Labour Force Statistics).

Source:

HR database Trent as at 1 October 2009.