It's been a bad week for…

007 Granny Melita Norwood, the 87-year-old former Russian agent who spied for the USSR for 40 years and handed over top secret details of the UK's first atomic bomb. Despite earlier reports that she would get away with it, Jack Straw told the Commons last week "that in the light of Mrs Norwood's recent statements, the papers in this case are currently being studied again by the prosecuting authorities".

Rumpole of the Old Bailey creator, barrister Sir John Mortimer QC of Lord Thomas of Gresford QC's chambers at Dr Johnson's Building, who is railing against European "harmonisation" proposals which are being considered by Jack Straw. Mortimer says the proposals mean curtains for jury trials and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty, and will allow bailiffs from other European states to seize goods here -all of which, according to Mortimer, would render Rumpole "absolutely speechless".

Home Secretary Jack Straw, who is fighting to keep his credibility following allegations that he misled the public by pledging to boost police numbers by adding 5,000 officers "over and above the Police Service's recruiting plans". Critics say existing plans to reduce the number of officers mean Straw's extras will simply stabilise the numbers.

Tobacco companies. The tobacco industry faces a potential bill of hundreds of billions of dollars following a Florida appeal court judgment that tobacco companies must pay punitive damages in a lump sum for producing a defective and dangerous product. This means tobacco companies will not be able to fight each case one by one. The court is due to begin deciding the quantity of damages owed on 1 November.

Asylum seekers. The Government is considering introducing rules that asylum-seekers could be issued with deportation orders before their claims have been settled. Refugee groups claim the proposals are "indefensible" and against "natural justice".