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Mr. Jack : Courts already have at their disposal tough maximum penalties for violent crimes against women, as against any victim : life imprisonment is mandatory for murder and is the maximum penalty for manslaughter, rape and the most serious woundings. Indecent assault carries up to 10 years' imprisonment. Within these maxima, it is for the courts alone to determine the most appropriate sentences in individual cases in the light of all the available information about the seriousness of the offence and the circumstances of the offender.
Under the Criminal Justice Act 1991, which came into force on 1 October 1991, the courts now have enhanced powers to sentence violent and sexual offenders ; within the statutory maxima, courts may pass longer custodial sentences than would be commensurate with the seriousness of the offence, if it is necessary to protect the public from serious harm.
Mr. Mullin : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 4 December, Official Report , column 412 , if he will list the cases in which out of court settlements or court awards were made in civil actions against the police between 1988 and November 1992 ; and what disciplinary or other action was taken in each case against the police officer involved.
Mr. Mallon : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the total number of refugees from the former Yugoslavia who have been granted entry into Britain in the past 12 months ; and what plans he has to increase the number of refugees who will be granted refuge in Britain.
Mr. Charles Wardle : In 1992, a total of about 5,600 nationals of the former Yugoslavia, excluding dependants, applied for asylum in the United Kingdom. The large majority of these applications are still under consideration and the applicants are being allowed to stay in the meantime.
In addition, as I announced to the House on 30 November 1992, we are willing to accept 1,000 ex-detainees from Bosnia and other parts of the former Yugoslavia, together with their dependants, totalling perhaps 4,000 in all. The first group of these ex-detainees have already arrived.
Sir Thomas Arnold : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he will list the number of persons found guilty of, or cautioned for, indictable offences, showing those cautioned as a percentage of all found guilty or cautioned for each of the last 10 years.
Mr. Jack : Information on persons cautioned and found guilty of indictable offences is published annually in the Command Paper "Criminal statistics, England and Wales". Tables 5.3 and 5.11 of the 1990 publication give the requested data back to 1980. The 1991 volume will be published in February 1993. Table 1 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin issue 30/92 "Cautions, Court Proceedings and Sentencing, England and Wales, 1991" gives estimated data for that year. Copies of these publications are available in the Library.
Sir Peter Emery : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the support given by the Government to voluntary and charitable organisations in 1992-93 ; and to how many charities this support was given.
Mr. Jack : The information for 1992-93 is not yet available. Details of Government support for the voluntary sector during the last year for which information is available, 1990-91, were given in the reply to a question from the hon. Member for Chislehurst (Mr. Sims) on 16 July 1992, cols 868-69.
Kent county council has since been granted leave to apply for judicial review of decisions that were taken related to the competitive tendering of prison education. The action is due to be heard in the High Court next month. To avoid prejudicing the outcome of these proceedings and to ensure continuity of education provision in prisons, after 1 April 1993, the prison service has today written to local education authorities and colleges and institutions of further education which currently provide education in prisons. The letter invites them to continue to provide education services in prison establishments on the present basis of remuneration until 31 August 1993, by when the current action and any related legal proceedings should have been resolved.
It remains the Government's intention to ensure quality and value for money in the future provision of prison education through competition and to let contracts on this basis as soon as is practicable. Accordingly, if local education authorities and colleges and institutions of further education are either unwilling or unable to continue to provide these services on the present terms until 31 August 1993, contracts will be let on the basis of the current competition from 1 April 1993. Otherwise, and subject, of course, to the outcome of the hearing, it is the intention to let such contracts from 1 September 1993.
Mr. Tipping : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 11 January, Official Report, column 597, if he will list the 30 private sector organisations which have bid to provide prison education services in 1993-94.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : No. I do not believe it is right to provide individual details of the tenderers bidding to provide future educational services to prison establishments in England and Wales while the competition is still running and decisions on the placing of contracts have yet to be taken. It could commercially disadvantage the Home Office in its negotiations and there is no expectation or understanding on the part of tenderers that the information should be made public.
Mr. Winnick : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 30 November 1992, Official Report , columns 7-8 , what account he took, during his review concerning the wartime occupation of the Channel Islands, of the documents held by the authorities in Jersey ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Kenneth Clarke : None. The Jersey records are not subject to the United Kingdom Public Records Acts and do not come within my responsibilities. Any decision relating to them is wholly a matter for the Jersey authorities.
Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what documents or means of identification have to be shown to immigration officers at British ports of embarkation by travellers to another member state of the European Community ; and for what reasons.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The Immigration Act 1971 provides that an immigration officer may require any passenger on embarkation to produce a passport or some other document satisfactorily establishing his identity and nationality or citizenship.
My right hon. and learned Friend is considering the extent to which this power should be exercised in future in relation to travellers to other EC member states.
Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many jobs section 11 funding is supporting in England and Wales currently ; and what were the figures for 1992 and in 1991.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Under new projects approved for funding from 1 April 1992, a total of 10,118 posts, in full-time equivalent terms, attract grant support under section 11. A final figure for 1991-92 is not yet available, but it is estimated that 10,425 approved posts were funded. In 1990-91, 9,662 approved posts were funded.
Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many inner city projects in England and Wales are being supported by section 11 funding this year ; and what were the corresponding figures for 1992 and 1991.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information is not available in the form requested. A project format for section 11 funding was introduced under new administrative arrangements for the grant which came into effect on 1 April 1992. The grant currently supports approximately 870 projects in England and Wales. Very many of these projects relate to activities throughout authorities' areas, both rural and urban.
Mr. Cryer : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many tyre dumps in the United Kingdom are classified as major hazard sites ; what specific precautions have been taken against fire at such dumps ; and if he will make a statement ; (2) what contingency plans have been prepared for any serious fires at major tyre dumps occurring in the United Kingdom ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : It is the duty of each fire authority to make provision for fire-fighting purposes in its area and to ensure that its fire brigade has adequate and efficient fire cover arrangements. These would include contingency plans for all significant fire risks. Those inherent in major tyre dumps, for which the fire service has available special techniques, would typically include arrangements for liaison with the other emergency services and for the evacuation of the area if necessary.
Following two recent tyre dump fires in Canada and Wales, guidance on the storage of tyres in the open air is
Column 801being revised. No tyre dumps are covered by the CIMAH--Control of Industrial Major Accident Hazards--Regulations or the
NIHHS--Notification of Installations Handling Hazardous
From 1 April 1993, all tyre storage in the open air becomes subject to the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This will require the occupier or operator of the tyre storage facility to make an application for a licence, under section 30 of the Act to the Local Waste Regulation Authority.
Mr. Wareing : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received from the Merseyside fire and civil defence authority in respect of its difficulties in fulfilling its statutory duties ; what his response has been ; and if he will make a statement.
Mr. Peter Lloyd : The chairman of the Merseyside fire and civil defence authority wrote to my right hon. and learned Friend on 30 December about the authority's difficulty in complying with the nationally recommended minimum standards of fire cover in two specific areas. I shall write to the chairman as soon as possible.
Mr. Charles Wardle : The salvage company which has been contracted to raise the Pescado on behalf of the Devon and Cornwall constabulary, is monitoring the weather closely and awaits favourable wind and sea conditions for undertaking the salvage operation.
The chief constable is responsible for the police investigation into the sinking of the Pescado and it would not be appropriate for me to comment on the investigation while it is continuing.
Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of self-help employment, social and training projects in inner city areas were supported by section 11, urban programme funds or both in the last five years.
Mr. Dowd : To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) on what date the London borough of Bromley applied for AIDS support grant for the current financial year ; and what efforts have been made by her Department to urge Bromley to apply for it ;
(2) what amount of AIDS support grant was allocated to each local authority in each year since 1990-91 :
(3) what extra costs she estimates to have been incurred by neighbouring boroughs obliged to deal with HIV/AIDS
Column 802cases turned away by Bromley social services department ; and what steps she proposes to take to recompense the neighbouring boroughs ; (4) by what date London boroughs should apply for the AIDS support grant for 1993-94 ; and what steps she will take to ensure that the London borough of Bromley applies for the grant on time ; (5) how many people in each London borough have died from AIDS : (6) how many cases of HIV have been reported in the borough of Bromley in each year for which figures are available.
Mr. Sackville : In December 1991 the Department issued a circular (LAC(91)22) inviting all social services departments in England to bid for extra resources for HIV and AIDS services in 1992-93 under the AIDS support grant scheme. Criteria for bids under this scheme are set out in the circular. Copies are available in the Library. The closing date for bids was 7 February 1992. The London borough of Bromley submitted an application in November 1992 although not in the form and detail set out in departmental guidance. By that time AIDS support grant moneys had been fully committed. The Department was, therefore, unable to allow Bromley's bid to proceed. Although not in receipt of AIDS support grant money in 1992 -93, we understand that the London borough of Bromley plans to spend £15,000 on HIV and AIDS services in the current year. We have no information to suggest that the borough has been compelled to turn away people affected by HIV.
For 1992-93 local authority social services departments will again be invited to apply for an AIDS support grant allocation. The closing date for applications will be 8 February 1993. It will, of course, be open to the London borough of Bromley to bid for funds under this scheme.
Information on the number of HIV and AIDS cases reported in individual boroughs and of deaths is not held centrally.
The table shows the AIDS support grant allocations which have been awarded since 1990-91 :
Allocations for Individual Authorities Authority |1990-91 Allocation|1991-92 Allocation|1992-93 Allocation |£ |£ |£ ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Former A's Camden |471,000 |489,840 |730,000 Hammersmith |1,003,359 |1,042,000 |1,300,000 Kensington |627,500 |652,600 |970,000 Lambeth |551,000 |573,040 |930,000 Westminster |625,000 |650,000 |940,000 Former B's Avon |127,500 |132,600 |200,000 Birmingham |194,700 |202,488 |300,000 Brent |290,000 |290,000 |400,000 Ealing |250,000 |260,000 |290,000 East Sussex |317,500 |263,690 |400,000 Greenwich |136,280 |136,280 |190,000 Hackney |322,500 |335,400 |460,000 Hampshire |106,250 |110,500 |140,000 Haringey |357,500 |371,800 |500,000 Hounslow |231,250 |240,500 |320,000 Islington |235,000 |244,400 |360,000 Leeds |234,801 |244,193 |271,000 Leicestershire |86,084 |89,527 |115,000 Lewisham |163,750 |170,300 |240,000 Liverpool |263,000 |253,000 |276,000 Manchester |486,250 |510,000 |709,000 Newcastle |130,000 |150,000 |223,000 Oxfordshire |156,250 |162,500 |240,000 Richmond |135,000 |140,400 |200,000 Southwark |215,000 |215,000 |300,000 Tower Hamlets |309,000 |321,300 |481,000 Wandsworth |165,122 |120,152 |188,000 Former C's Barking |14,000 |17,173 |32,236 Barnet |- |26,000 |40,000 Barnsley |25,000 |11,362 |23,150 Bedfordshire |25,000 |25,000 |30,000 Berkshire |25,000 |26,000 |50,000 Bexley |25,000 |26,000 |46,000 Bolton |3,500 |- |21,105 Bradford |25,000 |36,000 |200,000 Bromley |8,500 |9,520 |- Buckinghamshire |5,950 |17,640 |16,870 Bury |25,000 |26,000 |63,000 Calderdale |25,000 |26,000 |32,915 Cambridgeshire |20,860 |26,000 |41,000 Cheshire |21,000 |26,000 |39,000 City of London |25,000 |26,000 |47,000 Cleveland |17,000 |26,000 |70,000 Cornwall |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Coventry |25,000 |26,000 |68,000 Croydon |24,500 |30,000 |49,000 Cumbria |17,500 |21,000 |39,000 Derbyshire |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Devon |12,250 |25,000 |50,000 Doncaster |- |6,500 |39,000 Dorset |13,897 |17,252 |26,009 Dudley |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Durham |35,000 |36,400 |55,000 Enfield |14,938 |16,702 |50,000 Essex |25,000 |35,000 |60,000 Gateshead |16,002 |16,640 |38,500 Gloucestershire |25,000 |26,000 |43,000 Harrow |25,000 |26,000 |42,000 Havering |- |- |- Hereford |25,000 |26,000 |43,000 Hertfordshire |25,000 |26,000 |36,400 Hillingdon |23,207 |35,000 |120,000 Humberside |40,600 |42,224 |78,000 Isle of Wight |25,000 |26,000 |28,170 Kent |25,000 |30,000 |93,000 Kingston |25,000 |26,000 |64,000 Kirklees |25,000 |26,000 |49,000 Knowsley |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Lancashire |25,000 |26,000 |27,140 Lincolnshire |22,050 |22,955 |39,000 Merton |14,000 |17,178 |66,000 Newham |72,500 |110,000 |250,000 Norfolk |25,000 |26,000 |27,066 Northamptonshire |25,000 |26,000 |45,000 Northumberland |25,000 |25,000 |31,080 North Tyneside |55,623 |52,732 |67,000 North Yorkshire |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Nottinghamshire |17,003 |26,000 |60,000 Oldham |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Redbridge |18,602 |19,675 |15,374 Rochdale |25,000 |26,000 |30,436 Rotherham |24,000 |26,000 |39,000 Salford |25,000 |26,000 |32,492 Sandwell |- |26,000 |32,564 Sefton |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Sheffield |25,000 |26,000 |107,000 Shropshire |25,000 |26,000 |130,000 Solihull |4,690 |- |- Somerset |25,000 |26,000 |30,800 South Tyneside |39,613 |41,198 |56,000 Staffordshire |24,860 |26,000 |39,000 St. Helens |18,750 |20,365 |29,675 Stockport |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Suffolk |- |- |- Sunderland |23,236 |23,520 |60,000 Surrey |25,000 |25,000 |39,000 Sutton |22,260 |30,000 |57,000 Tameside |25,000 |26,000 |39,000 Trafford |17,737 |26,000 |39,000 Wakefield |25,000 |26,000 |50,000 Walsall |25,000 |26,000 |50,000 Waltham Forest |70,000 |90,000 |135,000 Warwickshire |24,570 |25,520 |33,860 West Sussex |17,500 |18,200 |23,370 Wigan |25,000 |24,290 |26,180 Wiltshire |24,000 |26,000 |39,000 Wirral |- |22,500 |39,000 Wolverhampton |14,700 |13,050 |15,727
Mr. Sackville : A national health service strategy for information management and technology was launched on 10 December. It included : new criteria for approving all substantial IT investments. Investments of £1 million or more will be scrutinised by the management executive and not approved unless the criteria are met ; new procurement procedures to secure compliance with national standards to ensure compatibility of systems across the whole NHS ; and a requirement for general practitioner systems to comply with national requirements as a condition of the GP systems reimbursement scheme.
Mrs. Roe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what advice she has received from the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment on the study by Draper et al. published on 9 January about the incidence of cancer in young people living in the vicinity of Sellafield.
Mr. Sackville : The Government welcome publication of this study. It was commissioned by the Department at the request of the Committee on Medical Aspects of Radiation in the Environment following an earlier report which concluded that there was a higher than expected incidence of leukaemia in young people living in the vicinity of Sellafield over the period 1953 to 1983. This latest study's main finding was that the incidence of cancer in the age group 0 to 24 years in the village of Seascale has continued to be higher than expected when compared with national experience and that for the whole period 1953 to 1990 this was unlikely to have arisen by chance.
The Government are grateful to COMARE for its advice. In summary, the committee accepts the study findings while acknowledging that studies of this type cannot determine the cause of the raised incidence of cancer in young people in Seascale. The committee also considers that the level of concern raised by the earlier report is maintained by this study. COMARE notes that appropriate studies commissioned by the Government to elucidate the position are proceeding. These studies comprise epidemiological, dosimetric and laboratory-based research programmes which COMARE will wish to consider alongside this latest study as part of their current
Column 805review of the situation around Sellafield. The Government look forward to receiving COMARE's full report on cancer incidence in the vicinity of Sellafield.
Following is the full text of COMARE's advice :
COMARE statement on Sellafield epidemiology study
1. In September 1989 the Department of Health requested COMARE to review the epidemiological data concerning cancer in the vicinity of Sellafield. At COMARE's request the Department of Health commissioned a study from a group of United Kingdom independent experts including Dr. Gerald Draper, Professors Cartwright and Craft. The results of the study (Draper et al BMJ reference ) have now been published and considered by COMARE.
2. The Report of an Independent Advisory Group, under the Chairmanship of Sir Douglas Black, had previously investigated the incidence of cancer in West Cumbria in the period 1953 to 1983. Draper et al review this earlier period and extends it to the end of 1990. They have considered, in particular, leukaemia and other cancers occurring at ages 0-24 years including four patients in this age range with cancer being diagnosed between 1984 and 1990. One Seascale resident is known to have developed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in 1991, which is too recent for analysis in the current study.
3. Draper et al report that the incidence of cancer arising in the age group 0-24 years in the village of Seascale has continued to be higher than the level expected on the basis of experience in the rest of the United Kingdom. Assessing the whole period from 1953 to 1990, the authors conclude that the pattern of cancer incidence in Seascale is very unlikely to have arisen by chance, although this possibility cannot be entirely excluded.
4. Analysis of information for the surrounding districts of Copeland and Allerdale, or for the rest of Cumbria, does not show an excess cancer incidence.
5. COMARE welcomed the study and has accepted its findings. In comparing the information from the period 1953 to 1983 with 1984 to 1990, the Committee noted that the four new cases identified were : two patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, one patient with Hodgkin's disease, and one patient with pinealoma. There were no additional cases of lymphoid leukaemia in the latter period although this was the most frequent type of cancer among the cases in the earlier report. The Committee also noted :
(i) lymphoid leukaemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma occurring in childhood should be considered as a continuous spectrum of disease and therefore agreed that it was appropriate to combine them in the analyses.
(ii) there is no body of medical data to suggest that Hodgkin's disease or pinealoma can be caused by radiation.
6. COMARE wish to include these new findings as part of their current review of the incidence of cancer in young people in the vicinity of Sellafield. The Committee considers that the level of concern raised by Sir Douglas Black's report is maintained by the new information provided by Draper et al. The Committee acknowledge that studies of this type cannot directly address the problem of determining the cause of the raised cancer incidence in Seascale, which remains unknown. The Committee is aware of the current hypotheses which have been made regarding the causation of these cancers and note that appropriate studies to address the issues are proceeding.
Mr. Hinchliffe : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what was the full cost to her Department of correcting the calculation for the community care special transitional grant indicative allocations to individual local authorities ; and what is her estimate of the cost to local authorities of adjusting their budgetary calculations in the light of these corrections.
Column 806circular notifying authorities of their revised allocations was issued less than two weeks after the first. A further circular would in any event have had to be issued detailing the distribution of the additional allocation of £26.8 million for authorities' additional responsibilities for severely disabled people following the closure of the independent living fund. The revised circular was able to include this and therefore give full figures for the special transitional grant.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health what representatives she has received from the daughters of the women who took the drug DES during their pregnancy ; what plans she has to assist them with compensation ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville : We have received a few representations, including some from DES Action UK, about the potential effects of Diethylstilbestrol. If an individual feels that she or he had been harmed through the mother's use of DES, they may seek legal advice on the nature of any remedy which may be open to them. I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Mr. Morgan) on 12 January, column 699 .
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list for each month in the period from July 1991 to July 1992 the number of applications to dental practice boards for approval of dental treatment above the £600 limit.
General dental services Number of applications for prior approval 1 July 1991 to 7 July 1992 England and Wales |Number -------------------------- 1991 July |6,583 August |5,308 September |4,437 October |5,746 November |4,717 December 1992 January |5,037 February |4,551 March |4,528 April |4,408 May |3,907 June |4,323 July<1> |902 <1> 1 to 7 July. Note: The prior approval by volume limit was set at £600 from 1 July 1991 to 7 July 1992 and reduced to £200 with effect from 8 July 1992. The figures show all applications for prior approval, including those made for reasons other than a cost in excess of £600.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list for each month in the period from July to December 1992 the number of applications to dental practice boards for approval of dental treatment above the £200 limit ; and if she will make a statement.
General Dental Services Number of Applications for Prior Approval: 8 July 1992 to 31 December 1992 England and Wales 1992 ----------------------------- July (8 to 31) |5,476 August |10,624 September |17,765 October |24,609 November |24,069 December |23,591 Note: The figures show all applications for prior approval, including those made for reasons other than a cost in excess of £200.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will list all of the investigations presently being carried out in relation to the West Midlands regional health authority ; and if she will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : The Department of Health and the statutory auditor are currently investigating loans made by West Midlands regional health authority to a charitable company, Health Management Trust, to assist a subsidiary company, FIP Ltd. I am also aware that the auditor is conducting a review of West Midlands regional health authority's management of Healthtrac and the management buy-out of the management services information division by Qa Business Services.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish details of the section 20(3) report issued recently in relation to the West Midlands regional health authority by the district auditor ; and if she will make a statement.
Dr. Mawhinney : Our priorities for the west midlands, which are shared with the West Midlands regional health authority, are to improve the health of the local population and to ensure that services are efficient and effective, underpinned by managerial and financial systems of the highest possible standards. Important changes have taken place in recent weeks to improve the management of the regional organisation, and I am confident that Sir Donald Wilson, the new regional chairman, will provide a strong lead on the challenging agenda ahead.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health if she will publish a table showing (i) the number of acute in-patient completed consultant episodes for the first six months of 1991-92 and the first six months of 1992-93 and (ii) the number of day cases also dealt with over these two periods.
Mr. Sackville : The total number of general and acute ordinary admissions and day cases purchased by the national health service in England, and the number of those which were day cases in the two periods, are shown in the table.
|1991-92 |1992-93 |(provisional) |000's ------------------------------------------------------------------ Ordinary Admissions and Day Cases |3,520 |3,740 Of which: Day Cases |659 |818 Note: Day cases are defined as acute elective admissions using a bed but not requiring an overnight stay.
Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her answer of 6 November 1992, Official Report , column 450 , if she will now list the members of the implementation group for Tomlinson on the future of London's health care ; and if she will make a statement.
Mr. Sackville : We are determined to eradicate this abhorrent practice. The Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985 makes it an offence to carry out any of the procedures which are known as female circumcision, but which are more accurately described as female genital mutilation. The Act also makes it illegal to aid, abet, counsel or procure the carrying out of these procedures. Further legal protection is provided by the Children Act 1989.
In October 1991 we issued guidance entitled "Working Together Under the Children Act 1989" to all local authorities, health authorities, the police, the probation service, schools, doctors and a wide range of voluntary organisations working in the child care field. This guidance contained advice on the 1985 Act and on dealing with FGM. We provide funding for FORWARD--the foundation for Women's Health and Development, which works to educate the relevant communities and the professionals concerned about FGM.
To date, there have been no prosecutions under the 1985 Act. This may be because it can be difficult to acquire evidence. Any information we receive about specific instances of alleged FGM is sent to the police, and we ask others to do likewise. It is for the police to investigate any such allegations and discuss with the Crown prosecution service how to proceed. When appropriate, we also pass details to the General Medical Council, the local social services department, and the district health authority, if the offence is said to have taken place in a private hospital or clinic registered and inspected by the DHA.