Written Answers to Questions
Friday 26 January 2007
House of Commons Commission
Dining Room Bookings
Culture, Media and Sport
Alcoholic Drinks: Advertising Ban
The Government take the issue of alcohol misuse seriously, particularly among young people, and set out a programme of measures in the Alcohol Harm Reduction Strategy for England in 2004. The strategy noted the work being undertaken by Ofcom to review the rules on alcohol advertising on television.
Ofcom conducted and assessed research about the impact of alcohol advertising and concluded there was insufficient evidence to support a ban. However, Ofcom’s code amendments, which came into effect on 1 January 2005, significantly strengthened the rules on broadcast alcohol advertising in many areas particularly to protect the under-18s.
In parallel with the changes to the TV Advertising Standards Code, the non-broadcast code was tightened to ensure that the content of all advertisements was socially responsible and that they did not contain a particular appeal to youth culture or links to sexual success and did not encourage antisocial behaviour. These new rules were introduced in October 2005 and have been monitored and enforced by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). I understand the ASA and the Committees of Advertising Practice will be conducting further research this year to assess the effectiveness of the new code rules and will assess whether any further changes are required.
The Department has made no separate assessment of the merits of an alcohol advertising ban.
Celebrity Big Brother
[holding answer 22 January 2007]: I apologise for not replying sooner to the letter dated 27 September from the hon. Member for South-West Surrey. This is due to an administrative error. I can confirm that I have responded to this letter on 24 January 2007. The letter dated 15 November 2006 has not been received by the Department.
The Creative Economy Programme Green Paper is due to be published before the summer recess. It will set out the strength of the creative industries to the UK economy, challenges and opportunities, and areas where Government can enable greater productivity.
Departmental Fixed Assets
In July 2005 the DCMS sold the freehold of the north east corner of the Royal Garden Hotel, London for the sum of £2.5 million to the Imperial Tobacco Pension Fund.
In 2004-05 the DCMS sold the freeholds of 30, 31 and 32 Park street, Windsor, to its lessees. The date and sale price for each was as follows:
Date Property Amount (£000) 7 January 2005 30 Park street 35 23 March 2005 31 Park street 36 29 March 2005 32 Park street 37
7 January 2005
30 Park street
23 March 2005
31 Park street
29 March 2005
32 Park street
Open Source Software
It would not be meaningful to provide an answer in percentage terms as my Department uses open source software mainly on backend systems which in themselves only make up a small percentage of total computer systems but which can be potentially accessed by a high percentage of staff.
Open source software used by my Department includes Linux, MySQL and FireFox. We will continue to use open source software in the future where it makes business and economic sense to do so.
Education and Skills
My Department has not conducted a formal Department-wide value for money review focusing specifically on management consultants or professional advisers in any of the last five years. However, the role and contribution of consultants and advisers is considered as part of reviews of specific projects and programmes and as part of standard contract management practice. We have also conducted a number of internal audit reviews and co-operated fully in external audit reviews of consultants during the period in question.
In 2005-06 the Department commissioned, via its central research budget, research totalling £6.33 million of which £2.59 million was spent in the financial year. The total expenditure in 2005-06, including the cost of research commissioned in previous years, was £13.7 million. Other research is commissioned from other funds within the Department but details of the actual expenditure in year are not held centrally.
Details of the Department's current research programme are contained in its Analytical Strategy 2006, copies of which are available from our website (www.dfes.gov.uk/research).
The following table provides the average salary of head and deputy head teachers in maintained sector schools in England and Wales in March 1997, 2001 and 2005, the latest year available. The figure for deputy head teachers for 2005 includes assistant head teachers because the data source does not allow these grades to be separately identified. Provisional information for March 2006 is likely to become available in July 2007.
£ 1997 2001 20051 Head 41,500 50,800 63,600 Deputy head2 33,200 40,300 47,000 1 Provisional 2 Deputy head teacher figures for 2005 include assistant head teachers. Note: Figures are rounded to the nearest 100. Source: Database of Teacher Records (DTR)
2 Deputy head teacher figures for 2005 include assistant head teachers.
Figures are rounded to the nearest 100.
Database of Teacher Records (DTR)
(2) what guidance he has given to Newcastle upon Tyne city council on the closure or outsourcing of its existing local authority day nurseries; and what general guidance has been given to local authority children’s services on the future of existing directly provided authorities;
(3) what representations he has received from individuals and organisations in Newcastle on (a) the Children Act 1989 and (b) the outsourcing and closure of existing local authority social service day nurseries under the Childcare Act 2006.
Newcastle upon Tyne city council has been given no guidance on the closure or outsourcing of its existing local authority day nurseries and no representations have been received in relation to the outsourcing or closure of local authority social service day nurseries in Newcastle. Details of local authority social services nurseries in Newcastle are not held centrally.
Section 8 of the Childcare Act 2006 provides that a local authority may not deliver new child care provision itself unless it is satisfied that no other provider is willing to do so or, if another provider is willing to do so, that in the circumstances it is appropriate for the local authority to provide the child care. We intend section 8 to come into force in October 2007. It will not affect the provision of child care by the governing body of a maintained school, and it will not apply to day care for children in need provided under section 18 of the Children Act 1989.
We intend to begin consulting on draft statutory guidance which will cover section 8 of the Childcare Act 2006 (and other sections relating to the new local authority duty to secure sufficient child care for working parents which will come into force in April 2008) within the next few weeks. That guidance will make clear that the restriction in section 8 relates only to new or expanding local authority child care. There is no requirement for local authorities to close their existing provision, or change it when section 8 comes into force. If, however, a local authority wishes to expand existing child care in terms of the number of places or the hours offered, or if it wishes to open new provision, the requirements of section 8 will need to be met.
Between 1 August 2005 and 1 September 2006 (latest published data) local authorities in England have reported that 12,105 education-related parenting contracts have been agreed with parents, of which 1,256 were agreed by local authorities within the Government office for the West Midlands region. In Sandwell, of which the West Bromwich East constituency is part, 195 such contracts were agreed in the same period. We do not collect data below local authority level.
Data on parenting contracts in cases of antisocial behaviour and criminal conduct are collected by the Youth Justice Board, from youth offending teams (YOTs). Between April 2005 and March 2006 (based on latest published data) YOTs in England have reported 421 such parenting contracts. During the same period 33 parenting contracts were reported by YOTs within the West Midlands region. One parenting contract was reported by Sandwell YOT. Data is not reported below YOT area.
[holding answer 25 January]: Mainstream school funding is provided through the dedicated schools grant (DSG) which sets local authorities allocations for 2006-07 and 2007-08: the allocations for 2007-08 will depend on pupil numbers in schools in January 2007 and the guaranteed unit of funding per pupil set in December 2005, which took account of the number of children for whom English is an additional language and those pupils from ethnic minorities who are underachieving.
The increase in Peterborough's DSG guaranteed unit of funding was 7 per cent. in 2006-07 and will be 6.8 per cent. in 2007-08.
The guaranteed unit of funding per pupil was set in December 2005 to provide authorities with predictability and stability over a multi-year period; local authorities were fully consulted as part of this process. I am therefore not planning discussions with individual local authorities on their DSG allocations for 2007-08.
In addition to DSG, schools also receive funding through the ethnic minority achievement grant (EMAG) for pupils for whom English is an additional language and pupils from ethnic minorities who are underachieving in the authority.
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The production cost was £18,861. However, as it is now more than three years since the guide was published, it is not possible to give an accurate estimate of the manpower costs incurred by the Department for Transport and the Department for Education and Skills in researching and writing the guide.
A total of 8,238 copies of the guide have were distributed up to the end of December 2006, 2,206 in 2003, 2,751 in 2004, 2,662 in 2005 and 619 in 2006.
Both Departments have promoted the Travelling to School project to bring about a step change in home to school travel patterns. School travel plans are seen as the key strategies in cutting congestion and pollution while allowing more pupils to take regular exercise, and the objective is for every school in England to have an approved school travel plan in place by the end of the decade. At the end of March 2006, just over 10,000 schools had a school travel plan.
An initial evaluation in 2005 of the Travelling to School project found a strong evidence base that school travel plans can be effective mechanisms for reducing car dependency on the journey to school. They can also deliver wider benefits including improvements in pupil behaviour, increased confidence and independent mobility for pupils with special educational needs, improved punctuality and school attendance, engaging schools and pupils from deprived areas, building positive relationships with local authorities and local communities and improved safety.
(2) how many students attended universities in England in each year since 1996.
The latest available information is shown in the table.
Students from: Academic year UK EU1 Other Overseas2 Total 1996/97 1,532,205 84,795 101,910 1,718,910 1997/98 1,558,585 92,850 108,115 1,759,555 1998/99 1,598,945 98,190 108,940 1,806,075 1999/2000 1,604,520 98,500 113,345 1,816,365 2000/01 1,643,865 97,395 122,330 1,863,590 2001/02 1,699,885 91,765 135,505 1,927,155 2002/03 1,764,945 90,835 164,395 2,020,180 2003/04 1,832,975 89,975 185,505 2,108,455 2004/05 1,870,715 98,855 189,575 2,159,145 2005/06 1,880,230 103,735 192,370 2,176,335 1 Includes from 2004/05 the 10 countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004. 2 Excludes from 2004/05 the 10 countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004. Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5, and are based on a snapshot count of students as at 1 December of each year. Source: Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
1 Includes from 2004/05 the 10 countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004.
2 Excludes from 2004/05 the 10 countries that joined the EU on 1 May 2004.
Figures have been rounded to the nearest 5, and are based on a snapshot count of students as at 1 December of each year.
Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).
Trade and Industry
The DTI has a policy of supporting the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative (PSFPI) through the contracted catering services. During the years in question on average 63 per cent. of food products purchased and served in 2005 was produced in the UK and in 2006 the equated to an average of 65 per cent.
Data at the parliamentary constituency level is not available. However, according to the Office for National Statistics’ Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings, median hourly pay excluding overtime in the north-west of England (including Merseyside) rose 34 per cent. since the introduction of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) (from £6.95 in 1998 to £9.32 in 2006). Though the NMW would have made some contribution to this increase, no quantitative assessment of its impact has been made.
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
(2) what assessment he has made of the latest accounts of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority; and if he will make a statement;
(3) what discussions his Department has had with the Health and Safety Executive on the effect of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s fluctuating commercial revenues;
(4) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fluctuating commercial revenues for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on the life-cycle baseline plans and near-term work plans of all NDA owned nuclear facilities; and what discussions his Department has held with the operators of these sites;
(5) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority’s fluctuating income stream on (a) the sale of Project Services, (b) the sale of Magnox Electric, (c) the competition for the contract to operate the national low level waste repository and (d) the competition of the contract to run Sellafield;
(6) what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fluctuating commercial revenues for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on accelerated decommissioning at Sellafield.
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) is a non-departmental public body responsible for the decommissioning and clean-up of the UK’s historic public civil nuclear legacy. Safety is clearly a Government priority and the NDA is responsible for ensuring this in managing its budget.
The NDA is funded by a mixture of grant in aid from my Department and income from its commercial operations. Grant in aid for the NDA in 2007-08 was settled in the 2004 Spending Round. The figure is £1,381 million. There is no question of this funding being cut.
For the last two years the level of spend by the NDA has been running at a significantly higher level that that assumed in the 2004 Spending Round. This was made possible because of unexpectedly high additional commercial income.
The performance of some of the NDA’s commercial operations is subject to uncertainty and the NDA now expects less commercial income for the financial year 2007-08 than it originally forecast. As a consequence, the NDA has asked my Department to provide additional grant to cover its additional spending plans.
The Department is in discussion with the NDA about its funding request as part of routine annual budgeting discussions, and is considering how much additional NDA expenditure (that is, above and beyond that provided by the 2004 Spending Round) can be sustained through increases in grant in aid.
The NDA’s Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06 were published on 26 October 2006 and copies were placed in the Libraries of the House. The Accounts are also available on the NDA website at: www.nda.gov.uk
(2) when he expects British Nuclear Fuels to complete the sale of Urenco; and if he will make a statement.
The valuation of Urenco is influenced by a range of different factors.
Options for selling all or part of BNFL’s stake are still being explored with BNFL’s fellow shareholders in the business and with the Dutch and German Governments. We will decide on our preferred way forward once the issues have been thoroughly explored.
By March 2008, we would expect Project Services, British Nuclear Group reactor sites and the interest in the Atomic Weapons Establishment to have been sold and the National Nuclear Laboratory set up based around the British Technology Centre in Sellafield, West Cumbria, and Nexia Solutions, which the Secretary of State announced on 24 October.
Options for selling all or part of BNFL’s stake in Urenco are still being explored with BNFL’s fellow shareholders in the business and with the Dutch and German Governments. We will decide on our preferred way forward once the issues have been thoroughly explored.
BNFL will maintain its involvement in the Sellafield Site Management Company until the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has transitioned the Sellafield contract to a new contractor.
Open Source Software
The Department supports the use of open source software where it would provide long-term benefits to the Department.
The Department has outsourced its core IT services under a long-term PFI deal to Fujitsu.
Fujitsu is responsible for making technical decisions about which software and hardware to use to meet the Department’s business needs. One of Fujitsu’s objectives is to provide the Department with best value for money and, with that in mind, Fujitsu considers whether the use of open source software would be appropriate, taking into account such issues as support costs, interoperability, migration costs and retraining.
To date, there is minimal use of open source software in the Department’s core IT services, but Fujitsu regularly reviews whether its application would benefit the Department and if this is found to be the case, its introduction will be supported.
The Office of Government Commerce has published a policy on the use of Open Source Software and the DTI’s use of Open Source Software follows this policy where appropriate.
The cash equivalent transfer value of the public sector pensions of the 10 highest paid members of staff in the DTI and its executive agencies is £3,755,000.
Each year the DTI and other departments publish details of the pension benefits and CETVs of each of the members of the senior management team in a remuneration report. This can be accessed by members of the public on the DTI external website. Details of six of the 10 highest paid members of staff are included in the last remuneration report which was based on a closing date of 31 March 2006. Of the remaining four highest paid members of staff not included in the remuneration report accounts, the CETVs of two are included in the above total; the remaining two did not have any benefits in the scheme at the close of the accounts.
Post Office Closures
Ministers have received a large number of responses to our national consultation from a wide range of people. There was a debate in the House on the post office network on 10 January and the question was also raised and discussed in the House on 18 January.
No decisions have yet been made on individual post offices. When the Government reach their final decision on their proposals following the outcome of the national consultation we will task the Post Office with beginning the detailed planning needed to implement the required restructuring.
The Department made copies of the consultation document on the Post Office network available to Members of Parliament on 14 December. The document is also available electronically through the DTI and Directgov websites. Copies have also been sent to a wide range of stakeholder groups. Copies of the document may be copied and circulated freely.
Welsh language copies of the document are available. Versions have also been prepared and distributed to the RNIB and individuals in Braille, audio tape and large print.
A team of eight officials are involved in developing Government policy for the Post Office network and have been involved in preparing the consultation document. Some 50 members of staff are available to deal with the handling of responses to the consultation document.
The question the hon. Member has asked relates to operational matters for which Post Office Ltd (POL) is directly responsible. The company has provided the following figures relating to the numbers of post office branches in the constituency. There are 42 post office branches in the Cotswold constituency, 40 classified as rural and two classified as urban. The information is placed in and available from the Library of the House.
The Government’s support helps Post Office Ltd to cover the fixed element of sub-postmasters’ pay and to meet infrastructure costs such as IT operating costs, cash distribution, direct marketing, and the agents’ information help line. As the Government’s subsidy for the network is used to cover the costs incurred by Post Office Ltd in maintaining an uncommercial network rather than specific branches, the funding is not directly attributed to individual post offices.
The Framework suppliers for the Low Carbon Buildings Programme Phase 2 have been selected, following a competitive tender process carried out in accordance with European Union procurement rules. This process is closed and no further companies may be placed on the framework. The seven framework suppliers may deliver services through sub-contractors. These sub-contractors must be within the microgeneration certification scheme that supports the programme and are selected at the sole discretion of the framework suppliers. Sub-contractors may change through the life of the programme.
The framework suppliers were chosen through a competition carried out in accordance with European Union procurement rules. A notice was placed in the Official Journal of the European Union calling for “expressions of interest”. Out of the 53 companies expressing an interest, 43 were formally invited to tender. From the 28 full bids received, 15 companies were invited to interview before the final seven companies were selected. Framework suppliers were chosen on the basis of those tenders offering best “value for money” evaluated against (i) technical merit (ii) relevant experience (iii) overall price (iv) level of understanding of the challenges involved in the large scale provision of high quality micro generation installations in a relatively short period of time (v) quality management (vi) innovative ideas.
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The stakeholder advisory group on extremely low frequency (ELF) electromagnetic fields (EMF) (SAGE) is jointly sponsored by the Department of Health, the charity Children with Leukaemia and National Grid plc. The aim of SAGE is to bring together stakeholders to identify and explore the implications for a precautionary approach to ELF EMF and make practical recommendations for precautionary measures. Its terms of reference and ways of working are described on the website www.rkpartnership.co.uk/sage. The SAGE process has been running since 2004 and the website indicates that it is expected to produce its first report this year although no specific date has been set.
SET for Success
Since 2002 the Government have set out a series of policy commitments and provided funding to realise the recommendations of Sir Gareth Robert's report ‘SET for Success’.
The 10-year science and innovation investment framework emphasised the importance of science, engineering and technology (SET) skills for the future of the UK. This was reinforced by the further programme of commitments in the March 2006 science and innovation investment framework next steps.
Research Councils are implementing those recommendations in the Roberts report on improving the attractiveness of postgraduate study and careers in higher education. For example, the minimum PhD stipend was raised to £12,000 in the academic year 2005 and to £12,300 in 2006, and has been increased since in line with the GDP deflator; a study has been undertaken to assess the impact of enhanced stipends and salaries on the recruitment and retention of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in key shortage areas; mechanisms have been put in place to support PhDs of longer duration than three years; funding for nearly 800 academic fellowships has been awarded to 79 universities throughout the UK; research councils are working with the higher education sector to enhance personal and professional skills development for research staff based on research grants; and, the concordat for contract workers is also being reviewed.
In addition to this, initiatives to secure a firm and sustainable pool of qualified people in science have included SETNET (the science, engineering, technology and mathematics network) and the science and engineering ambassadors (SEAs)programme with currently over 13,000 SEAs enthusing young people about science which will increase to 18,000 by March 2008. The UK Resource Centre for Women in SET has been set up and is working with over 70 employers to increase numbers of women in SET, and 38 schools are currently participating in an initiative run by SETNET to increase the participation of ethnic minority school children in science.
Figures are only available for trade in goods on an Overseas Trade Statistics basis. They are shown in the following table:
UK exports of goods to Laos UK imports of goods from Laos Difference 2001 2.3 7.1 -4.8 2002 1.6 10.1 -8.5 2003 3.4 9.4 -6.1 2004 1.2 16.1 -14.9 2005 1.6 4.9 -3.4
UK exports of goods to Laos
UK imports of goods from Laos
In accordance with the Department's ‘Race Equality Scheme 2006-2008’ DTI documents may be made available in languages for people in the UK who do not speak English to support appropriate access to information, at the Department's discretion and subject to demand. Examples of documents published in other languages include employee rights and fireworks safety information.
From the information available centrally, languages and costs of such translations include:
Language 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-071 Bengali 230.00 — — 400.00 2450.00 Gujarati 4760.00 — — 400.00 —2 Hindi 4760.00 — — 400.00 —2 Lithuanian — — — 218.75 —- Punjabi 230.00 — — 400.00 —2 Urdu 230.00 — — 400.00 —2 Turkish 70.00 288.75 — — 109.00 Vietnamese — 380.00 — — — Arabic 3— 3— 3— 3— 2162.67 Chinese 3— 3— 3— 3— 2132.67 1 To end December. 2 Includes costs for other language versions as indicated. 3 Information on costs not available separately.
1 To end December.
2 Includes costs for other language versions as indicated.
3 Information on costs not available separately.
Other languages, into which some documents have been translated, include Greek, Polish and Portuguese. For other languages, as for Arabic and Chinese prior to the current year, it has not been possible to identify separately, from the information available centrally, the costs of such translation work from work carried out in support of DTI business and UK Trade and Investment overseas activities, without incurring disproportionate costs.
We also produce employment RTS leaflets to migrant workers in their own language, predominantly Polish and Portuguese.
I have asked each of the agency chief executives to reply direct to the hon. Member and place copies in the Library of the House.
Policy on, and examples of, services for which translations may be considered are set out in section 3 of the Department's ‘Race Equality Scheme 2006-2008’, which is available on the DTI website.
I have asked agency chief executives to reply direct to the hon. Member and place copies in the Library of the House.
Disabled Submarine Evacuation
QinetiQ is contracted to carry out the research programme on behalf of MOD until March 2007. As part of the contract renewal process the MOD is currently reviewing the need for, and further scope of, further research involving live goats. This will include an assessment of the completeness of the data set required to construct a “safe-to-escape curve” that will meet our safety requirements. If the review concludes that the remaining uncertainty in our knowledge is unacceptable then the research programme will continue. We will examine alternative approaches to those currently undertaken but will use goats if no acceptable alternative is available.
[holding answer 23 January 2007]: Major combat activities commenced on 20 March 2003 and ceased on 1 May 2003 spanning two financial years 2002-03 and 2003-04 totalling £2,158 million. All subsequent years are considered to be peacekeeping operations.
The costs of operations are calculated on a net additional basis and audited figures are published each year in the MOD's Annual Report and Accounts. The total of the annual audited figures for the costs of operations in Iraq for the years 2002-03 to 2005-06 was £4,026 million, the sum for 2005-06 being £958 million. An estimated cost of £860 million for 2006-07 was included in the Winter Supplementary Estimates published in November. Final figures will be published in the MOD's Annual Report and Accounts for 2006-07.
Mrs. Elias was awarded damages by the Court to compensate her for injury to her feelings caused by having been discriminated against on the grounds of her national origins when her claim for an award from the Ex-Gratia Payment Scheme for Far East Prisoners of War and civilian internees was rejected under the birthlink criterion. To date, the Ministry of Defence has received eight other claims for damages for injury to feelings from individuals whose claims under the scheme were also rejected on birthlink grounds and who claim to have been discriminated against on the grounds of their national origins. These claims are currently the subject of discussion between the Department and those representing the claimants.
The Ministry of Defence is prepared to consider claims for compensation for injury to feelings resulting from discrimination on national origins grounds from any person whose claim was rejected on birthlink grounds and who, like Mrs. Elias, was of non-UK national origins.
Claimants who think that they are entitled to compensation on the same basis as Mrs. Elias should write to the Veterans Agency setting out the basis on which they consider themselves to be a person of non-UK national origins or otherwise entitled to make a claim for indirect discrimination under the Race Relations Act 1976.
All munitions undergo rigorous and comprehensive testing prior to entering service and are subject to regular in-service trials once they become part of the UK stockpile.
The trials indicate that the current failure rate of the M85 remains within acceptable service bounds, although we continue to explore ways of reducing this failure rate further, in partnership with the Prime Contractor, BAE Systems Land Systems Munitions.
The M85 sub-munition is fitted with a self-destruct mechanism, and therefore the L20A1 shell which contains M85 sub-munitions is not regarded by the UK as being a ‘dumb cluster munition’. As a result, we have no current plans to change its classification.
RAF Halton: Training
The following table shows the student take-up for Recruit Training Squadron (RTS) and Airman’s Command Squadron (ACS) courses at RAF Halton from financial year 2001-02 to date.
Training area 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 Recruit Training Squadron 3,120 3,640 3,310 1,600 1,000 Airman’s Command Squadron 2,630 2,240 2,810 4,030 2,385 Total Students 5,750 5,880 6,120 5,630 3,380 Notes: 1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
Recruit Training Squadron
Airman’s Command Squadron
1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
The current strength figures for permanent staff are as follows:
Number Military 65 Civilian 1—
Number Military 55 Civilian 1— 1 Denotes numbers less than 5 but not 0. Note: All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
1 Denotes numbers less than 5 but not 0.
All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
Logistics training at RAF Halton is conducted by two elements of the Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration (DCLPA); the Supply and Movements Training Wing (SMTW)1 and Catering Training Squadron (CTS)2.
1 SMTW is part of the Defence Logistics and Supply School, which is part of the DCLPA. It also has elements at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Cranwell.
2 CTS is part of the Defence Food Services School (DFSS), which is also part of the DCLPA.
The current strength figures for permanent staff are:
Military Civilian Supply and Movements Training Wing 35 15 Catering Training Squadron 25 1— 1 Less than 5 but not 0. Note:All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
Supply and Movements Training Wing
Catering Training Squadron
1 Less than 5 but not 0. Note:All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
Logistics training at RAF Halton is conducted by two elements of the Defence College of Logistics and Personnel Administration (DCLPA); the Supply and Movements Training Wing (SMTW)1 and Catering Training Squadron (CTS)2. SMTW provides initial professional logistics training for RAF officers and airmen, as well as advanced and specialist supply training for both RAF and other service and civilian personnel. Similarly, CTS provides initial and advanced catering and catering accounting training for RAF officers and airmen and, exceptionally, the other armed services. Both units also provide training for international students and contractors employees, where capacity permits.
The following table shows the total student take-up for logistics training courses at RAF Halton from financial year 2001-02 to date.
1 SMTW is part of the Defence Logistics and Supply School, which is part of the DCLPA. It also has elements at RAF Brize Norton and RAF Cranwell.
2 CTS is part of the Defence Food Services School (DFSS), which is also part of the DCLPA.
Training area 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 DCLPA—Supply and Movements Training Wing (Halton) 795 1,040 1,015 1,030 1,055 DCLPA—Catering Training Squadron 240 345 335 285 295 Total Students 1,035 1,385 1,350 1,315 1,350 Notes: 1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5. 2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
DCLPA—Supply and Movements Training Wing (Halton)
DCLPA—Catering Training Squadron
1. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 5.
2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.
There is no upper limit on the number of training days placed on any Territorial Army (TA) officer or soldier. We ensure that all TA officers and soldiers are allocated sufficient training days to meet an annual minimum training requirement in accordance with current TA regulations. Once trained, TA personnel become eligible for a training bounty. The number of training days consumed by a unit in any given year will vary in accordance with its strength and its place in the operational cycle.
Average tour intervals for formed Army units deployed on Op TELIC 9 are shown in the following table:
Ser Unit Previous Deployment Tour interval 1 HQ and Sigs Sqn 19Lt Bde TELIC 2 June to October 2003 36 months 2 QRL TELIC 4 May to October 2004 24 months 3 2 LANCS TELIC 2 July to October 2003 36 months 4 1 YORKS OCULUS (BOSNIA) April to September 2004 25 months 5 2 RIFLES Northern Ireland March to September 2004 31 months 6 3 MERCIAN TELIC 6 May to October 2005 12 months 7 3 RIFLES Northern Ireland September 2004 to March 2005 19 months 8 40 Regt RA TOSCA (Cyprus) June to September 2004 25 months 9 38Engr Regt TELIC 2 July to October 2003 36 months 10 19 CSS Bn 1 x Sqn deployment; March to October 2003 and 1 x Sqn deployment; November 2003 to April 2004 36 months and 30 months respectively
HQ and Sigs Sqn 19Lt Bde
TELIC 2 June to October 2003
TELIC 4 May to October 2004
TELIC 2 July to October 2003
OCULUS (BOSNIA) April to September 2004
Northern Ireland March to September 2004
TELIC 6 May to October 2005
Northern Ireland September 2004 to March 2005
40 Regt RA
TOSCA (Cyprus) June to September 2004
TELIC 2 July to October 2003
19 CSS Bn
1 x Sqn deployment; March to October 2003 and 1 x Sqn deployment; November 2003 to April 2004
36 months and 30 months respectively
RAF units operate differently from those of the Army. While a unit might be deployed for four months, RAF personnel can rotate through the unit rather than remain with it throughout. Therefore unit and personnel tour intervals are not necessarily the same.
Unit RAF unit Previous deployment Tour interval between previous and current deployment 1 Force Protection Wing TELIC May to September 2005 Eight months 3 Sqn RAF Regiment Northern Ireland until February 2006 four months
Unit RAF unit
Tour interval between previous and current deployment
1 Force Protection Wing
TELIC May to September 2005
3 Sqn RAF Regiment
Northern Ireland until February 2006
The estimated number of passengers carried between Glasgow airport and London Gatwick, London Stansted and Luton airports in 2005 were as follows:
Class Glasgow to/from: Business1 Economy2 Other3 Total London Gatwick 20,000 324,000 28,000 373,000 London Stansted — 422,000 12,000 435,000 Luton — 442,000 8,000 451,000 Total passengers 20,000 1,188,000 48,000 1,259,000 1 Includes business, club and first class tickets. 2 Includes Economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets. 3 Includes other and non-response. Source: CAA passenger survey (Glasgow airport survey, 2005)
1 Includes business, club and first class tickets.
2 Includes Economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets.
3 Includes other and non-response.
CAA passenger survey (Glasgow airport survey, 2005)
The estimated number of passengers carried between Prestwick airport and London Stansted airport in 2005 were as follows:
Class Number (nearest thousand) Business1 1,000 Economy2 489,000 Other3 7,000 Total passengers 497,000 1 Includes business, club and first class tickets. 2 Includes economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets. 3 Includes other and non-response. Source: CAA passenger survey (Prestwick airport survey, 2005)
Number (nearest thousand)
1 Includes business, club and first class tickets.
2 Includes economy (full fare and other), frequent flier scheme, inclusive/package tour, charter seat only and standby tickets.
3 Includes other and non-response.
CAA passenger survey (Prestwick airport survey, 2005)
Airport Runway Capacity
The White Paper “The Future of Air Transport”, published in December 2003, sets out the Government’s support for the development of two new runways in the south-east. This approach is reiterated in the Progress Report on the White Paper published in December 2006. The Government support the development of a second runway at Stansted Airport, and a third runway at Heathrow, provided that stringent environmental conditions can be met.
We expect BAA to make a planning application for a second runway at Stansted later this year. In addition, we expect to consult this year on further expansion of Heathrow in the light of the outputs of environmental assessment work. Following the outcome of the consultation, it will, however, be for BAA, as the airport operator, to bring forward any development proposals for Heathrow for consideration through the planning system in the normal way.
The lengths of motorways in the UK and other countries requested are published in Table 10.2 of ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2006’. A copy of this report, published on 2 November 2006, was placed in the House of Commons Library and is available at:
(2) who directed the MSC Napoli away from Cherbourg and to a British port when her condition was first reported to coastguards.
In accordance with the Anglo-French Joint Maritime Contingency Plan (Mancheplan), the Secretary of State's representative for Maritime Salvage and Intervention (SOSREP) and the French maritime authorities made an on-scene assessment of the condition of the MSC Napoli, and the French authorities assessed a number of possible locations for a place of refuge in French waters. The conclusion arising out of these assessments was that the least environmentally risky option was to tow the vessel to a place of refuge in UK waters. The south coast of England provided better options for a place of refuge than the French coast, where there were no suitable places of refuge within reasonable distance.
The Department does not provide financial assistance for local authorities that incur costs as a consequence of pollution from ships. Local authorities and others who have incurred costs as a result of pollution from a ship-source pollution incident may seek to recover their costs by lodging a claim in court in accordance with the domestic law which applies in the Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims, 1976 (LLMC).
British Waterways is leading on this project and convened a meeting of the major funding partners last week. Discussions are continuing.
The Department has offered to contribute to the costs of the lock through the Freight Facilities Grant scheme. Our contribution is based on the environmental, congestion and safety benefits expected to be achieved by the transfer of Olympic construction traffic from road to water.
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Information on current and historic duty rates for petrol and diesel can be found in Table 4 of the HM Revenue and Customs ‘Hydrocarbon Oils Bulletin’, which can be found on the HM Revenue and Customs website:
The standard rate of VAT, 17.5 per cent., is charged on main road fuels.
Taxis: Disabled People
The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination or directly by trade unions, although one appointment to the Milford Haven Port Authority is made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with such persons appearing to the Secretary of State to be representative of organised labour in Wales.
The Department holds information only for those appointments made by the Secretary of State. Of these, none are made by nomination by local authorities, although two appointments to the Milford Haven Port Authority are made, as set out in the Milford Haven Port Authority Act 2002, after consultation with Pembrokeshire county council.
Our guidance issued to Trust Ports, “Modernising Trust Ports – A Guide to Good Governance”, did not lay down any additional regulatory requirements in respect of appointments of local authority councillors. It set out a basic set of standards around which individual ports could build an appointment process tailored to their specific requirements.
The number of licensed cars in the UK and the other countries requested is published in Table 10.3 of ‘Transport Statistics Great Britain 2006’. A copy of this report, published on 2 November 2006, was placed in the House of Commons Library and it is also available at:
Vessels in Distress
In accordance with the International Convention on Maritime Search and Rescue (SAR), 1979, the UK has declared a maritime SAR region which—in broad terms—covers half the North and Irish seas, half the English channel, and much of the north eastern Atlantic. This includes large areas of international waters. The UK has specific bilateral agreements with neighbouring states about mutual support in SAR incidents. HM Coastguard co-ordinates the response to civil maritime emergencies within this region and will also support any SAR incident internationally if requested.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The Bermuda Regiment has a lights out policy during recruit camp in order to enable recruits to sleep undisturbed between the hours of 11pm and 5.45am. Should a recruit need to use the toilet during these hours, he is escorted to the ablution block by his section commander. This ensures the security of sensitive camp areas, ensures that the section commander is accountable for his recruits and helps to ensure the safety of the recruit.
The Government regularly raise human rights issues with the Chinese Government. I urged China to commit itself to a timetable for International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) ratification, and give renewed impetus to reform of all forms of administrative detention, including re-education through labour, in a letter to the Chinese ambassador in August 2006. My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary raised ICCPR ratification with Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing in September 2006. These issues were also raised at the last rounds of the UK- and EU-China Human Rights Dialogues, and will be covered at the next round of our bilateral Dialogue in February. The cases of the remaining Tiananmen dissidents were raised at the last round of the EU-China Dialogue in October 2006, and bilaterally through previous rounds of the UK-China Dialogue.
Constitution for Europe
I refer the right hon. Member to the statement by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the House on 20 April 2004, Official Report, columns 155-157.
The treaty establishing a constitution for Europe, signed in Rome on 29 October 2004, would only be ratified after a referendum.
Article 18(5) of the Treaty on European Union provides the legal base for the appointment of EU Special Representatives by the Council. Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) Joint Actions (Articles 14,18(5) and 23, Treaty on European Union) provide the legal base for the mandates of the EU Special Representatives themselves and their expenditure against the CFSP Budget.
The Council, the European Commission and the European Parliament agreed in December 2006 that €14,000,000 should be committed to the EU Special Representatives sub-heading of the 2007 European Community Budget.
The Government's decision to recommend holding a referendum on the draft treaty establishing a constitution for Europe was set out in the statement by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister to the House on 20 April 2004, Official Report, columns 155-157).
The Government make no presumption, at this stage, regarding the outcome of forthcoming discussions on the future of the constitutional treaty.
European Security and Defence Identity
The European Security and Defence Identity (ESDI) was created in 1996 and put in place arrangements for the EU, through the Western European Union (WEU), to access NATO assets for use in WEU-led operations. ESDI was superseded by the establishment of the European Security and Defence Policy (ESDP) in June 1999.
The UK is a strong supporter of ESDP. Through its ESDP missions, the EU is contributing to conflict prevention, conflict resolution and global security. UK objectives for ESDP are for it to be ‘active, capable and coherent’, in line with the recommendations of the European Security Strategy. We want ESDP to contribute to improved civilian and military European capabilities and complement NATO. We also want to see greater co-ordination between ESDP missions and other actors.
North Korea: Six Party Talks
Although the UK is not a member of the Six Party Talks (6PT), we fully support the process. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill met his North Korean counterpart Kim Kye Gwan on 16-17 January in Berlin. The aim of the meeting was to persuade North Korea to make tangible progress towards implementing the Joint Declaration of 19 September 2005 and return to the 6PT. We are hopeful that the talks may resume in the next few weeks. The Government remains in regular contact with the Chinese Government, including through our embassy in Beijing.
Open Source Software
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) currently makes no significant use of open source software, either in existing systems or in those under development.
The FCO procures IT to obtain the best value for money. In doing this we would certainly consider proposals based on open source solutions, but we have no specific objective to increase our use of open source software.
Whether United Kingdom (UK) equality and anti-discrimination legislation would apply to Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) UK-based staff serving in the Governor's office in the British overseas territories is a matter for the UK judicial authorities to decide. However, as a matter of policy, the FCO would seek to ensure that the principles underlying this legislation would be applied in the management of those staff. Whether UK legislation would apply to locally engaged staff working in the Governor's office would depend on a number of factors and would need to be assessed in each case. Local (that is, territory) legislation would normally apply to anyone not working in the Governor's office.
Shanghai Trade Expo
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), UK Trade and Investment and Department of Trade and Industry have collectively allocated £3.5 million towards the Shanghai World Expo 2010. Several other Government Departments, the English regions and the devolved administrations are actively considering their participation in this project. Although this is not a trade fair, a number of leading UK companies are in the frame for sponsorship (none have formally signed up to date). As with previous Expos, co-ordinating UK participation in Shanghai is an FCO lead. The Consulate-General in Shanghai will take the leading role in representing the UK during this six-month event.
South East Asia
The UK has a history of strong relations with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries, both bilaterally and in multilateral forums. We have no formal relations with the ASEAN organisation. We conduct our formal relations through the EU, via the EU ASEAN dialogue, the Asia-Europe meeting and the ASEAN regional forum.
I had a constructive meeting with the ASEAN Secretary-General in London on 4 December 2006. I have also met the ASEAN London committee, ASEAN ambassadors and high commissioners, most recently in September 2006. Such meetings provide an opportunity to raise a range of issues, including our relations with ASEAN and with individual ASEAN members.
Syria and Iraq
Syria has sought to improve security on the border with Iraq in recent months. The Syrian Foreign Minister, Walid Mu’allem, visited Iraq on 19 November 2006 for talks, including on security, and the two countries reopened embassies in December 2006. A high level Iraqi delegation visited Syria from 15-18 December 2006, which resulted in Ministers signing a number of Memorandums of Understanding. The decision was also taken during these meetings to establish joint committees on detainees, borders and terrorism/intelligence co-operation. President Talabani of Iraq paid a state visit to Syria from 14 until 20 January, during which he is understood to have held extensive discussions, including on security. As I said in the House on 16 January 2007, Official Report, column 651,
“there have been some very welcome moves recently. The Syrians are setting up an embassy in Baghdad, and the Iraqis have a reciprocal arrangement in Damascus. It is very good news that the two countries are establishing stronger diplomatic links: that must be seen as a positive development”.
We continue to call on the Syrians to do more to control facilitation networks in Syria.
A group calling itself the “Pattani Fighters” has claimed responsibility for the murder of two rubber plantation workers in Yala province in southern Thailand on 13 January. This is the first time a group by this name has claimed responsibility for carrying out an attack. We have not been able to assess the credibility of its claim. Since the current insurgency in southern Thailand began in January 2004, approximately 1,800 people, both Buddhists and Muslims, have been killed in the violence.
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Mental Illness: Employment
Under the Disability Equality Duty introduced by the Disability Discrimination Act 2005, DFID is required to publish and implement a Disability Equality Scheme. This is a plan setting out how we will carry out the Disability Equality Duty, monitor, and report on progress. In particular this includes our arrangements for gathering information on the effect of our policies and practices on the recruitment, development and retention of our disabled employees, including those with mental health conditions, and making use of that information.
DFID has duties under the employment provisions in part 2 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 not to discriminate against, and to make reasonable adjustments for, disabled job applicants and employees.
For mental health specifically, DFID has taken or will be taking the following actions:
we ran a mental health awareness raising seminar in October 2006 and our Director of Human Resources (HR) will follow this up with an article on ‘living with depression’;
we have developed a Mental Health Communication Strategy, which outlines the various promotional activities we have planned, including a poster campaign highlighting the role of our welfare and counselling services;
we are currently undertaking a full analysis of barriers in our recruitment programme and this will take account of the needs of people with a mental illness;
HR Division is taking steps to ensure the process for making reasonable adjustments is more robust and consistent, as well as more effective at meeting the needs of disabled staff; and
we carried out a stress Audit in 2004, and as a result, DFID’s welfare and counselling service now offer seminars for staff and managers on ‘Managing Work/Life Balance under pressure’, as well as promoting the use of ‘Askwell’, an interactive health website that gives advice on many issues, including stress.
DFID is responsible for 21 appointments to three non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs):
Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the UK
Crown Agents Holding and Realisation Board
Overseas Service Pensions Scheme Advisory Board
Only the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission is currently active. DFID is committed to the Government’s agenda for improving diversity on the boards of public bodies. To this end, and to encourage applications for all appointments from women, people from minority ethnic backgrounds and disabled people, we advertise in a range of publications and ensure that each advertisment makes it clear that applications are welcome from all parts of the community.
The UK’s 2006 White Paper on International Development commits us to tackling barriers to access to markets and financial services, and supporting microfinance initiatives in partnership with banks and regulators.
For DFID, microfinance is part of a broader strategy to promote stronger and more inclusive financial sectors. In addition to programmes that have microfinance as the central activity, DFID supports programmes to improve access to finance for poor people where microfinance is just one component. These programmes aim to encourage the entry of financial institutions into the microfinance sector and assist Governments to improve the regulatory environment for financial institutions to serve the poor.
In the last three financial years (not including the present year) DFID spent the following on microfinance and financial sector projects.
April to March: £ million 2003-04 40 2004-05 23 2005-06 23
April to March:
The totals for the years preceding this were not disaggregated and calculating this now would involve a disproportionate cost. In total, DFID has spent over £165 million to support microfinance and financial sector projects and had committed £140 million more at 31 October 2006.
DFID continues to design and implement new programmes which will improve access to finance. Since the last review of commitments in October, DFID has approved a £9.3 million, five-year financial sector development programme in Nigeria and a £32.8 million seven-year PROSPER programme in Bangladesh, which includes capacity building for microfinance institutions.
A number of the international agencies that DFID supports are active in promoting microfinance and financial sector development. The World Bank, the International Finance Corporation and several regional development banks all provide significant funding or technical assistance in these areas. We do not have the necessary level of disaggregation of figures to provide a figure for the total spent on microfinance and financial sector development.
DFID has also been successful in leveraging financing from the private sector. For example, DFID provided a first-loss facility of £820,000 via the Financial Deepening Challenge Fund that generated a total fund of £80.6 million from 13 institutional investors for the Deutsche Bank Community Microfinance Facility.
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I have had no recent discussion with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry or others on this issue. Following my discussions with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil in Malaysia in June last year, I reported to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State about the loss of habitat to oil palm in that country.
In the UK sustainable development strategy, “Securing the Future” (http://www.sustainable-development.gov.uk/ publications/uk-strategy/uk-strategy-2005.htm) we make clear that the Government are very conscious that increasing consumption of goods and services in the UK can have environmental and social consequences overseas. We believe that one of the best ways to deliver more sustainable patterns of consumption and production is through effective partnerships between all stakeholder groups.
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is a good example of this approach, involving palm oil growers, environmental organisations, and manufacturers and retailers of products containing palm oil in the development of criteria for more sustainable palm oil production. RSPO are running a number of practical projects to facilitate the implementation of sustainable best practice. More information about the Round Table is available at www.sustainable-palmoil.org
(2) what the planned date is for national coverage of the 101 Hotline;
(3) what date has been set to sign funding agreements between his Department and the Wave 2 101 Partnerships.
Evaluation and assessment of the introduction of the Single Non-Emergency Number, 101, in the five Wave 1 Partnership areas are currently ongoing. Plans for future Programme development beyond Wave 1 Partnership areas will depend on the outcome of this evaluation and assessment, including optimum costs and benefits, to be completed in autumn 2007.
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts
Data on numbers of acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs) are not collected by the Home Office as they are voluntary agreements and therefore not suitable for central data collection.
However, three annual surveys carried out by the Home Office of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) indicated that a total of 18,349 ABCs were made in England and Wales between October 2003 and September 2006.
Antisocial Behaviour Orders
Antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) data are currently available up to 31 December 2005. A table giving the number of ASBOs issued annually, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, by the local government authority area in which prohibitions have been imposed, up to 31 December 2005 (latest available), can be found on the Crime Reduction website at: www.crimereduction.gov.uk. ASBO data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.
(2) under what legislation an offender is required to be cautioned by the arresting officer before (a) being questioned about an alleged offence and (b) required to make a written statement; and if he will make a statement.
The information requested is not available as the individual circumstances of prosecutions are not centrally collected on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.
Powers relating to the conduct of police investigations are governed by the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984, and the accompanying Codes of Practice. The Code of Practice for the Detention, Treatment and Questioning of Persons by Police Officers (PACE Code C), the Code of Practice on Audio Recording Interviews with Suspects (PACE Code E) and the Code of Practice on Visual Recording with Sound of Interviews with Suspects (PACE Code F) provide clear guidance to the police on the requirements for cautioning suspects in relation to interviews and written statements and formally recording the giving of the caution. The PACE codes are subject to regular review and revision. PACE Code C was last revised in July 2006 and PACE Codes E and F were last revised in January 2006.
Community Support Officer
The following table shows the current basic salary of a police constable on commencing service, on completing initial training and in successive years. There is no corresponding scale showing police community support officers (PCSO) salaries, which are determined by the respective police authorities, and are not routinely collected centrally. Data on the other annual costs of recruiting, training and maintaining a PCSO or a police constable in the first and other years of service are not centrally held.
Amount (£) On commencing service 21,009 On completion of initial training 23,454 Pay point 2 24,813 Pay point 3 26,331 Pay point 4 27,159 Pay point 5 28,029 Pay point 6 28,830 Pay point 7 29,544 Pay point 8 30,489 Pay point 9 32,334 Pay point 10 32,985
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On completion of initial training
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Criminal Record Checks
[holding answer 17 January 2007]: Recent events have made clear the complexity of the issues faced across Government and beyond. This is not helped by the differences in systems, procedures and criteria for recording and using for public protection information about criminality in this country and outside the UK. The Home Secretary has therefore instigated a Government-wide review of the way in which such information is shared and used.
Drug Intervention Programme
Fireworks Offences: Bassetlaw
The court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform does not hold information on the number of fines issued in Bassetlaw as data is not held to that level of detail. However, there were no fines issued in 2005 in the whole of the Nottinghamshire police force area (of which Bassetlaw is a part) for fireworks offences. Court proceedings data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.
In addition, the penalty notice for disorder (PND) Scheme was introduced in England and Wales in 2004. Under the scheme, the police can issue an £80 fixed penalty for a number of fireworks offences under the Explosives Act 1875 and Fireworks Act 2003. The offence of throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare (Explosives Act) came into force in August 2002: the offences of breach of the fireworks curfew, possession of category 4 fireworks, and possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework (Fireworks Act) were added to the PND Scheme on 11 October 2004. The following table shows the number of PNDs that were issued in the Nottinghamshire police force area for 2005 and for January to June 2006 (provisional). We are unable to give the number of PNDs issued in Bassetlaw during the aforementioned period, as data are not collected to that level of detail.
Number Offence 2005 20062 Throwing fireworks 7 1 Breach of fireworks curfew 0 0 Possession of category 4 fireworks 0 0 Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework 4 0 Total 11 1 1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. 2 January to June 2006 data are provisional.
Breach of fireworks curfew
Possession of category 4 fireworks
Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework
1 Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
2 January to June 2006 data are provisional.
Foreign National Criminals
Recent events have made clear the complexity of the issues faced across Government and beyond. This is not helped by the differences in systems, procedures and criteria for recording and using for public protection information about criminality in this country and outside the UK. The Home Secretary has therefore instigated a Government wide review of the way in which such information is shared and used.