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Written Statements

Volume 406: debated on Thursday 12 June 2003

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Written Ministerial Statements

Thursday 12 June 2003

Home Department

Police Use Of Firearms

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department
(Mr. Bob Ainsworth)

The statistics for April 2001 to March 2002 show that the number of police operations in which firearms were issued was 13,991. The number of occasions on which firearms were discharged by police was 11.Armed response vehicles were deployed on 11,572 occasions and there were 5,776 authorised firearms officers in England and Wales.Full details are set out in the tables below:

Number of Operations in which Firearms were authorised
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total10,92810,91511,10913,991
Avon & Somerset889065195
Bedfordshire260190294237
Cambridgeshire437571114
Cheshire299386545419
Cleveland35762837
City of London147125340
Cumbria52243071
Derbyshire176178167275
Devon & Cornwall6165151101
Dorset6979174184
Durham1141144089
Essex590497435323
Gloucestershire525248165
Gtr Manchester160224357580
Hampshire129103114198
Hertfordshire757386112
Humberside317193158297
Kent928583115
Lancashire616267242232
Leicestershire109222217300
Lincolnshire57155336477
Merseyside4844898251,020
Metropolitan2,7422,8621,8622,447
Norfolk185239226175
Northamptonshire51575843
Northumbria6834657081,440
North Yorkshire69617292
Nottinghamshire266255233384
South Yorkshire135237127258
Staffordshire209174203232
Suffolk174165176163
Surrey60143221245
Sussex123185353248
Thames Valley158110153179
Warwickshire291194233130
West Mercia13011036117
West Midlands305362485822
West Yorkshire662813822757
Wiltshire24196645
Dyfed Powys38371828
Gwent64393020
North Wales386371195302
South Wales148255363283
Number of Authorised Firearms Officers (AFOs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total6,3086,2626,0645,776
Avon & Somerset153150135116
Bedfordshire50464548
Cambridgeshire80777356
Cheshire70757481
Cleveland78807585
City of London55737473
Cumbria98989492
Derbyshire87778180
Devon & Cornwall82119100108
Dorset72666757
Durham9610110186
Essex235228195180
Gloucestershire79777271
Gtr Manchester217218240219
Hampshire11011110087
Hertfordshire43524446
Humberside1029710296
Kent130136136113
Lancashire132143132138
Leicestershire90908569
Lincolnshire75788091
Merseyside1219610378
Metropolitan1,9511,9771,9401,805
Norfolk109110114104
Northamptonshire92757751
Northumbria123114109125
North Yorkshire83596666
Nottinghamshire120116137136
South Yorkshire901009892
Staffordshire92816771
Suffolk101989090
Surrey69717262
Sussex156131118120
Thames Valley179187185156
Warwickshire44544550
West Mercia139129130125
West Midlands929383111
West Yorkshire128110117116
Wiltshire88897171
Dyfed Powys67656177
Gwent64686657
North Wales97926783
South Wales169155143138
Number of Operations involving Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Total7,7918,2768,17911,574
Avon & Somerset837856173
Bedfordshire240172253172
Cambridgeshire27543643
Cheshire247330441523
Cleveland29251613
City of London32243039
Cumbria38212753
Derbyshire153167152253
Devon & Cornwall435212176
Dorset6669155182
Durham84673157
Essex285244206165
Gloucestershire494439140
Gtr Manchester43173302528
Hampshire1149084116
Hertfordshire26446581
Humberside277181136273
Kent74586489
Lancashire596250177192
Leicestershire109144195292
Lincolnshire42141324470
Merseyside39646675974
Metropolitan1,5731,8121,3801,667
Norfolk167210192157
Northamptonshire32213525
Northumbria5033976551349
North Yorkshire30405460
Nottinghamshire246232207333
South Yorkshire115214103221
Staffordshire185131136208
Number of Operations involving Armed Response Vehicles (ARVs)
1998–991999–20002000–012001–02
Suffolk104101103116
Surrey46110192225
Sussex0*172245189
Thames Valley139108108174
Warwickshire220158194104
West Mercia999826100
West Midlands129138243563
West Yorkshire630787785609
Wiltshire17154843
Dyfed Powys30371828
Gwent39271716
North Wales298354155265
South Wales136220298218
* these forces have changed the counting method for incidents to which ARVs are deployed.

Defence

Missile Defence

In a written statement on 5 February 2003, Official Report, columns 11–12WS. I informed the House that the Government had agreed to a US request to upgrade the early warning radar at RAF Fylingdales as part of the US missile defence programme. Since then, we have been engaged in negotiating agreements with the US intended further to develop bilateral cooperation on aspects of the US missile defence programme. The United States Secretary of Defense and I have today signed a Framework Memorandum of Understanding on missile defence that facilitates bilateral information exchanges on missile defence matters, establishes a top-level management structure to oversee cooperative work, and prepares the way for fair opportunities to be given to UK industry to participate in the US programme. It also contains general provisions for security, personnel and other administrative matters. Further MOUs are being negotiated covering the detailed arrangements for the upgrade of the Fylingdales radar, and setting up specific UK/US technical cooperative programmes. The details of these bilateral arrangements are confidential between the respective Governments at this stage.None of these agreements commits the UK Government to the acquisition or deployment of a missile defence system. But the Framework MOU is an important step forward that will enable us to improve our understanding of the capabilities of the US system, in order to inform any future decisions on missile defence for the UK or for Europe as a whole.

British Forces Post Office Agency

The Chief Executive of the British Forces Post Office Agency has been set the following Key Targets for 2003–04:KEY TARGET 1:

To meet 95 per cent. of the Customers' requirements as negotiated and agreed in Customer Supplier Agreements for the Transit of Defence Postal Service (DPS) traffic from BFPO to the Theatre of Operations (TOO), Front Line Commands (FLCs) or on board ship.

KEY TARGET 2:

To meet 95 per cent. of the Customers' requirements as negotiated and agreed in Customer Supplier Agreements for the Transit of Defence Mail Service (DMS) traffic from BFPO to customers of Defence Mail Centres (DMCs).

KEY TARGET 3:

To meet 97.5 per cent. of the Customers' requirements as negotiated and agreed in Customer Supplier Agreements for the Transit of Defence Courier Service (DCS) traffic from BFPO to the customers/TOO.

KEY TARGET 4:

To achieve an overall 3 per cent. increase in efficiency.

Defence Storage And Distribution Agency

The Chief Executive of the Defence Storage and Distribution Agency has been set the following Key Targets for 2003–04:KEY TARGET 1:

To meet the Customers' requirements as negotiated and agreed in Customer Supplier Agreements. (CSAs)

KEY TARGET 1a:

For explosive materiel: to supply 95 per cent. of available maintained munitions within demand timescales.

KEY TARGET 1b:

95 per cent. of all issues of non-explosive materiel to consumers to meet that element of the Supply Chain Pipeline Time (SCPT) for which DSDA has a responsibility.

Within the 95 per cent. target, for non-explosive materiel, the following subsidiary targets have been set in CSAs:

99 per cent. of issues to meet specified SCPT at Standard Priority Codes 01, 02 and 05;
98 per cent. of issues to meet specified SCPT at Standard Priority Code 06;
97 per cent. of issues to meet specified SCPT at Standard Priority Codes 03 and 07;
95 per cent. of issues to meet specified SCPT at Standard Priority Codes 04 and 08.

KEY TARGET 1C:

98 per cent. of all receipts that conform to the specifications laid down in the contract and/or materiel regulations to be processed within time limits agreed with each individual customer.

KEY TARGET 2:

To achieve an average 5 per cent. reduction in the unit cost of output.

KEY TARGET 3:

The value of inventory written off as a result of DSDA's actions to be less than the levels agreed within each Customer Supplier Agreement.

KEY TARGET 3a:

The value of explosive materiel written off as a result of DSDA's action to be less than the value of materiel written off during financial year 2002–03.

KEY TARGET 3b:

The value of non-explosive materiel written off as a result of DSDA's action to be less than levels agreed within each specific Customer Supplier Agreement.

Defence Transport And Movements Agency

The Chief Executive of the Defence Transport and Movements Agency has been set the following Key Targets for 2003–04:KEY TARGET 1:

To meet the Customers' requirements as negotiated and agreed in CSAs to deliver:
  • (a) 97 per cent. or more of Agency transactions and services provided under call-off contracts to be within agreed Time, Quantity, Quality and Cost (TQQC) criteria.
  • (b) At least 92 per cent. of transactions against each contract to be within agreed TQQC criteria.
  • KEY TARGET 2:

    To reduce the average unit cost of output by 2 per cent. in real terms.

    KEY TARGET 3:

    To achieve at least a "satisfactory" rating in the provision of operational transport and movements support.

    Trade And Industry

    Telecommunications Council

    The Deputy UK Permanent Representative to the European Union, Anne Lambert, attended the Council on 5 June on my behalf.The Council approved a General Agreement on the structure and tasks of a Regulation establishing a new European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). The Government supports this initiative but abstained from supporting the General Agreement on the grounds that the legal base proposed—Article 95—is inappropriate for this body.

    Council Conclusions on the World Summit on the Information Society, being held in Geneva in December, were agreed without substantial debate.

    Gender Equality

    I am pleased to announce today the publication of the report, Delivering on Gender Equality: Supporting the PSA Objective on Gender Equality 2003–06, which sets out cross-government action to tackle gender inequality and includes a set of targets which will be the basis of measuring my Department's PSA objective on gender equality.I have arranged for copies of the response document to be placed in the Library of the House.

    Northern Ireland

    Industrial Research And Technology Unit

    The Industrial Research and Technology Unit's 2001–02 Annual Report and Accounts were deposited in the Libraries of both Houses today.

    Local Enterprise Development Unit

    The Local Enterprise Development Unit's 2001–02 Annual Report and Accounts were deposited in the Libraries of both Houses today.

    Industrial Development Board

    The Industrial Development Board's 2001–02 Annual Report and Accounts were deposited in the Libraries of both Houses today.