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A leading teaching union has welcomed proposals to guarantee anonymity to teachers who are subject to allegations from students. A Department for Education and Skills consultation document does not grant teachers a statutory right of anonymity but makes it clear that anonymity should be preserved until a teacher is charged. Chris Keates, general secretary of the National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers, said the proposals struck the right balance between protecting teachers from false allegations and protecting children from abuse.

Statistics released by the Department for Constitutional Affairs last week show that the average time from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders in England and Wales fell to 65 days in November 2004, down one day from the previous measurement. It means youth justice bodies remain comfortably ahead of the DCA's target to reduce average arrest-to-sentence times from 142 days in 1996 to 71 days. The average arrest-to-sentence time across magistrates' courts was 57 days in November 2004. cases sentenced in the crown court took an average of 179 days, a slight rise.

The new political map of Scotland came into effect this week after the Privy Council gave its backing to the Boundary Commission's plan to reduce the number of Scottish MPs at Westminster from 72 to 59. The move means that Holyrood and Westminster will no longer share the same boundaries, as the Scottish Parliament will continue to have 129 MSPs. …

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