HC Deb 02 May 2001 vol 367 cc675-6W
Miss Widdecombe

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, (1) pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Taunton (Jackie Ballard), of 27 March 2001,Official Report, column 594W, what the nature of the work undertaken by Lord Birt was; and if he will make a statement; [159978]

(2) if he will place in the Library copies of the research on crime undertaken by Lord Birt in his capacity as the Government's adviser on crime; [159982]

(3) pursuant to his answer of 25 April 2001, Official Report, column 285W, what were the conclusions of Lord Birt's analysis of existing data on offenders, offences, victims and crime reduction; and if he will place them in the Library;[159979]

(4) what work Lord Birt has undertaken in his role as the Government's adviser on crime other than that which contributed to "Criminal Justice: The Way Ahead" (Cm 5074); and if he will make a statement on work being undertaken by Lord Birt. [159868]

Mr. Straw

[holding answer 1 May 2001]: Lord Birt's work has ranged widely over the criminal justice field. His advice, research and analysis are reflected in the Government's strategy document, "Criminal Justice: The Way Ahead" (Cm 5074). Lord Bin continues to provide advice on issues as requested by the Prime Minister.