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Mr. Alison : The members of the board of governors and their date of appointment are listed :


Member                                     |Date of appointment                              

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                                           |Ex-officio<1> (19 April                          

The Most Revd and Right Hon. G. L. Carey   |1991)                                            

Archbishop of Canterbury (Chairman)                                                          

                                           |Ex-officio<1> (18                                

The Most Revd and Right Hon. J. S. Habgood | October 1993)                                   

Archbishop of York                                                                           

The Right Revd J. Waine                    |25 February 1982                                 

Bishop of Chelmsford (Deputy Chairman)                                                       

                                           |Ex-officio<1> (1 April                           

Sir Michael Colman                         | 1993)                                           

First Church Estates Commissioner                                                            

                                           |Ex-officio<1> (19 June                           

The Right Hon. Michael Alison MP           | 1987)                                           

Second Church Estates Commissioner                                                           

                                           |Ex-officio<1> (1 January                         

Mrs. M. H. Laird                           |1989)                                            

Third Church Estates Commissioner                                                            

The Right Revd and Right Hon. D. M. Hope   |30 June 1993                                     

Bishop of London                                                                             

The Right Revd A. D. Chesters              |<2>24 September 1992                             

Bishop of Blackburn                                                                          

The Right Revd P. J. Nott                  |30 June 1993                                     

Bishop of Norwich                                                                            

The Right Revd A. M. A. Turnbull           |28 April 1988                                    

Bishop of Rochester                                                                          

The Right Revd D. R. Lunn                  |27 June 1984                                     

Bishop of Sheffield                                                                          

The Very Revd J. M. Moses                  |28 April 1988                                    

Provost of Chelmsford                                                                        

The Very Revd B. H. Lewers                 |28 April 1988                                    

Provost of Derby                                                                             

The Venerable G. G. Gibson                 |1 April 1993                                     

Archdeacon of Auckland                                                                       

The Venerable J. Richards                  |1 April 1993                                     

Archdeacon of Exeter                                                                         

The Venerable J. S. Gaisford               |<2>1 June 1991                                   

Archdeacon of Macclesfield                                                                   

The Venerable G. B. Austin                 |1 January 1980                                   

Archdeacon of York                                                                           

The Revd Canon J. A. Stanley               |28 April 1988                                    

The Revd Prebendary R. N. Inwood           |1 April 1993                                     

The Viscountess Brentford                  |1 April 1993                                     

Mr. A. Cooper                              |1 April 1993                                     

Mr. H. Gracey                              |<2>1 June 1991                                   

Mrs. P. R. Granger                         |1 June 1991                                      

Sir John Herbecq                           |1 August 1982                                    

Mr. P. A. Lovegrove                        |28 April 1988                                    

Mr. E. G. Nugee QC                         |23 August 1993                                   

Mr. J. F. M. Smallwood                     |17 November 1966                                 

Mr. D. H. L. Hopkinson (co-opted)          |<2>28 April 1988                                 

The Very Revd T. E. Evans (co-opted)       |<2>23 February 1989                              

Dean of St. Pauls                                                                            

<1> Ex-officio.                                                                              

<2> Also served previous terms of office.                                                    

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Judges (Training)

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how much training judges are having on the implementation of the Children Act 1989.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The Children Act 1989 requires that cases arising under the Act are heard by judges specifically authorised for the purpose by the Lord Chancellor. Before granting this authorisation, the Lord Chancellor requires that the judge should have had the appropriate training arranged by the Judicial Studies Board. For public law, this involves attending a seminar on the subject of care cases. District judges who handle such cases also receive training. In addition, family work is included in induction and refresher training for district judges and guidance on both public and private law work is given at one-day family law seminars held on circuits and attended by all levels of the judiciary involved in this work. The Judicial Studies Board also holds a conference each year for the family division liaison judges and the designated family judges, which is chaired by the president of the family division.

Shared Residency Orders

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many shared residency orders have been made since the Children Act 1989 came into force ; and how many have been contested.

Mr. John M. Taylor : This information is not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Shared Access Orders

Mrs. Golding : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department how many shared access orders have been made since the Children Act 1989 was implemented ; and how many of these have been contested.

Mr. John M. Taylor : Contact--formerly access--orders are made on the basis of one application and one order. There is no provision under the Children Act 1989 for shared contact applications or orders. The figures for the number of cases in which multiple contact orders have been made and which of those were contested are not available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.


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Judiciary

Mr. Allen : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will update the information given in his answer of 12 February 1993, Official Report, column 784, to the hon. Member for Nottingham, North regarding the composition of the judiciary.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The information--as at 1 January 1994--is set out. The figures for black or Asian office


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holders are believed to be correct, but the formal recording of the ethnic background of applicants for judicial office only began on 1 October 1991, so such information may be incomplete. Aggregated information is not generally kept on the average ages of judges or on their school and university background. However, the results of a recent special exercise in relation to average ages are set out.


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                                           |Number      |Average age |Men         |Women       |<1>Barrister|Solicitor   |Black/Asian              

                                                        |(years)                                                                                   

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Lords of Appeal in Ordinary                |10          |66.5        |10          |-           |10          |-           |-                        

Lords Justices                             |29          |63.0        |28          |1           |29          |-           |-                        

Heads of Division                          |4           |63.0        |4           |-           |4           |-           |-                        

(excludes Lord Chancellor)                                                                                                                         

High Court Judges                          |95          |57.6        |89          |6           |94          |1           |-                        

Circuit Judges                             |499         |57.8        |472         |27          |439         |60          |2                        

(includes Official Referees)                                                                                                                       

Recorders                                  |813         |52.0        |775         |38          |740         |73          |9                        

Assistant Recorders                        |432         |45.7        |375         |57          |357         |75          |8                        

(excludes Assistant Recorders in training)                                                                                                         

Stipendiary Magistrates                    |78          |53.1        |70          |8           |36          |42          |1                        

Industrial Tribunal Chairmen               |73          |56.4        |61          |12          |35          |38          |2                        

Value Added Tax Tribunal Chairmen          |4           |60.3        |4           |-           |3           |1           |-                        

Social Security Appeal Tribunal Chairmen   |33          |50.3        |23          |10          |8           |25          |-                        

<1>Or member of the faculty of advocates.                                                                                                          

Landlord Mortgages

Mr. Cousins : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department what changes have been agreed following the Law Commission report on transfer of landlord mortgages.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The extensive recommendations in the Law Commission's report on "Transfer of Land : Land Mortgages"--Law Com. No. 204--are still under consideration by the Government.

Statutory Sick Pay

Mr. Ingram : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department if he will provide figures for the amount his Department has been reimbursed by the Department of Social Security in respect of statutory sick pay provision for each of the past three years.

Mr. John M. Taylor : The total reimbursement by the Department of Social Security in the 1992-93 financial year was £542,025.79 ; and up to the end of December 1993 was £472,052.53. No earlier figures are available.

PRIME MINISTER

European Investment Fund

Mr. Spearing : To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to his oral answer of 1 February, Official Report, column 734, concerning the accountability of the managers of the European investment fund, for what period funds at their disposal have been part of the annual budget of the European Community ; what are the names of those who have the duty of appointing the managers of the fund and who appoints them and what are the names, experience, current employment and other relevant interests of the managers already appointed and the number of vacancies.

The Prime Minister : The proposed European investment fund cannot be established until the necessary treaty


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amendment has been ratified by all the European Community's member states. Only then can managers for the fund be appointed. Meanwhile, the situation will remain as follows :

(a) No funds are at the disposal of the managers of the fund. The funding referred to in my answer of 1 February is the provision taken by the European Community for its planned subscription to the share capital of the fund. This subscription will be paid over four years. The Community's 1994 Budget contains provision for the first tranche and was adopted on 16 December 1993.

(b) The draft statute of the fund places the ultimate responsibility for appointing the managers of the fund with the fund's general meeting. This meeting would comprise representatives of the fund's shareholders : the European investment bank, the European Community and financial institutions from member states. The EIB and the EC would hold the majority of the share capital, and their representatives at the meeting would be accountable to the EIB's board of governors, and the ECOFIN Council, respectively. (c) The draft statute envisages that day-to-day management would be in the hands of a financial committee. This would have three members, one of whom would be a representative of the EIB, one a representative of the EC, and one a representative of the financial institutions. No nomination to this committee can be made until the fund is established.

Child Nutrition

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Prime Minister what recent representations he has received from the National Children's Home in regard to child nutrition ; what reply he is sending ; what action he is taking ; and if he will make a statement.

The Prime Minister : I have received a letter from the N.C.H. Action for Children. A reply will be sent in due course.

Paper Shredders

Mr. Rooney : To ask the Prime Minister how many paper shredding machines there are (a) in 10 Downing street and (b) in the Cabinet Office.


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The Prime Minister : There are five paper shredding machines in 10 Downing street, and five in the Cabinet Office.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Radioactive Wastes (Dumping)

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place document A/C1/48/L.17 on prohibition of dumping of radioactive wastes, presented to the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, in the Library.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : The document has been placed in the Library.

Indonesia

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he knew about the proposed sale of Hawk aircraft to Indonesia when he visited Jakarta in April 1993 ; and whether this was discussed.

Mr. Goodlad : My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs was aware of the proposed sale of Hawk aircraft when he visited Jakarta in April 1993. It was referred to during that visit.

UN Register of Conventional Arms

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will use the description of item column to give details of model type of the equipment, when making the United Kingdom's 1993 return to the UN register of conventional arms.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : There are no plans to do so. This is not currently a requirement of the UN arms register.

Military Equipment Embargoes

Mr. Cohen : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the countries currently subject to embargoes on the export of British military equipment, when in each case the embargo was imposed and which equipment is covered.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We observe embargoes imposed by the United Nations on Iraq, imposed in 1991 ; Libya, 1992 ; Somalia, 1993 ; Liberia, 1992 ; Haiti, 1993 ; South Africa, 1977 ; and former Yugoslavia, 1991. The scope of United Nations embargoes is not defined ; decisions on their application are made at national discretion on a case-by-case basis. We apply all these embargoes to all military equipment.

We also observe embargoes imposed by the European Union on China, 1989 ; Syria, 1986 ; Burma, 1991 ; and Zaire, 1993. We apply the embargoes on Burma, Zaire and Syria to all military equipment. We apply the embargo on China to weapons and any equipment which could be used for internal repression.

We also observe a voluntary embargo agreed by the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe on Armenia and Azerbaijan, 1992, which we consider applies to all military equipment.

In addition, as a matter of declared national policy we refuse to supply military equipment to Argentina, since


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1982, and to Israel, since 1982--in the case of Israel, we decided in 1983 to allow the export of electronic and small non-lethal components provided they did not form part of equipment due to be put into service with the Israeli armed forces in Lebanon.

In the case of Iran, there have been restrictions since 1979. Stricter guidelines were introduced in 1984 relating to the export of all defence- related equipment. Following a review of export licensing criteria for Iran announced by the President of the Board of Trade in December 1992, new guidelines were announced to Parliament in my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs' statement of 1 March 1993.

In the case of the United Nations embargoes on Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Liberia, Haiti and the former Yugoslavia, the Government have introduced Orders in Council under the United Nations Act 1946. In all other cases, controls are effected under the Export of Goods (Control) Order 1992, and its predecessors.

Export licences have been issued in respect of equipment for United Nations and EC peacekeeping activities and for the protection of those undertaking humanitarian and media work, for example, journalists in former Yugoslavia.

Biodiversity Action Plan

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is the reason for not including the British Indian ocean territory and the Great Chagos Bank Atoll in the areas covered by the biodiversity action plan published on 25 January.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : It was decided that given the special circumstances of the British Indian ocean territory--BIOT--it would not be appropriate for the islands to be included in the national plan for biodiversity.

Access to Diego Garcia is restricted because of the defence facility on the island. Nevertheless, legislative and other measures have been implemented to protect the territory's environment. BIOT has a conservation consultant who is developing a comprehensive programme for the territory and has close links with the charity, the Friends of the Chagos, an organisation concerned with the conservation of the Chagos archipelago.

Executive Agencies

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will list the subjects on which his Department formerly answered parliamentary questions but which are now referred by him to an executive agency.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The framework documents of the Natural Resources Institute and the Wilton Park executive agency set out the responsibilities delegated to the respective chief executives. They will normally be responsible for answering questions on those matters for which they are responsible.

UNESCO

Mr. Dowd : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his policy towards renewed membership of UNESCO ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Douglas Hogg : We are continuing to keep this matter under close review, but for the moment have taken no decision on whether to rejoin UNESCO.

Paper Shredders

Mr. Rooney : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many paper shredding machines there are (a) in his private office and (b) in his Department.

Mr. Goodlad : There is one paper shredding machine in the private office and an estimated 548 machines in the Department's home and overseas offices.

United Nations

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what has been the United Kingdom's annual contribution to the funding of the United Nations in each of the last four years.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : Details of the United Kingdom's contributions to the United Nations regular budget over the past four years are as follows :

1991--$44,775,548

1992--$49,437,654

1993--$51,229,662

1994--$51,067,778--provisional

Sheikh Riaz Ahmad

Mr. Madden : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what substantive reply he has received from the French authorities concerning Sheikh Riaz Ahmad who was refused leave to enter France in December 1992 ; how many representations he has now made to the French authorities ; how many replies he has now received from the French authorities ; what further action he intends to take ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Lennox-Boyd : The British embassy has yet to receive a satisfactory explanation as to why Mr. Ahmed was refused entry to France. The embassy has sent eight notes verbales to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to which it has received four replies, none of which was regarded as satisfactory. On 11 January 1994 the consul-general called at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss Mr. Ahmed's case further. The Ministry agreed to look into the matter again.

I shall write to the hon. Gentleman as soon as I have anything further to report.

Nuclear Weapons

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is Her Majesty's Government's policy towards a cut-off convention for fissile materials available for nuclear warhead manufacture.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : We supported the United Nations General Assembly resolution last year which called for the negotiation of a convention prohibiting the production of plutonium and highly enriched uranium for nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices. Although we shall wish to consider very carefully the implications of such a convention for our nuclear deterrent, we recognise the potentially valuable contribution which a multilateral


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convention could make to non-proliferation. On 1 February, the conference on disarmament appointed a special co- ordinator to seek the views of its member states on the most appropriate arrangements for a cut-off convention.

Yugoslavia

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 28 January, Official Report, column 424 , what has been the total amount received from the United Nations for Britian's contribution of troops, equipment and expertise to the UNPROFOR mission in former Yugoslavia in each year since the operation began.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : UNPROFOR Croatia--UNPROFOR I--began in February 1992, UNPROFOR Bosnia-Hercegovina Command--UNPROFOR II--in September 1992.

United Nations reimbursements for UNPROFOR I in the financial year 1992-93 totalled £191,663.25. Reimbursements for UNPROFOR I and II in the financial year 1993-94 to date now total £17,120,698.94.

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his answer of 28 January, Official Report, column 425, if he will list the payments made to his Department by the United Nations in respect of UNPROFOR in the last three financial years covering (a) military observers, (b) military contingents, (c) other costs pertaining to contingents, (d) civilian police monitors, (e) civilian staff costs, (f) international contractual personnel salaries, (g) engineering salaries and material, (h) helicopter operations, (i) fixed-wing aircraft, (j) aircrew subsistence allowance, (k) ground handling, (l) transport operations, (m) other equipment, (n) supplies and services, (o) integrated management information systems, (p) support for peacekeeping mission and (q) technological ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : As my right hon. Friend the Minister of State for the Armed Forces explained in his answer of 28 January, Official Report , column 424 , United Nations reimbursements to date have been made up of standard rate payments for troop costs and rations only. UNPROFOR Croatia-- UNPROFOR I--began in February 1992 and UNPROFOR Bosnia-Hercegovina Command- -UNPROFOR II--in September 1992. UNPROFOR II was only brought on to United Nations assessed contribution funding from 1 April 1993. The MoD Operation Hanwood withdrew from Croatia in September 1993. United Nations reimbursements have therefore been made in the financial years 1992-93 and 1993-94 to date as follows :


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Financial Year 1992-93                                                                    

UNPROFOR I progress payments for troop costs                                              

for the period to 31 July 1992                                                            

July 1992                                                     |117,726.45                 

February 1993                                                 |73,936.80                  

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Total                                                         |191,663.25                 

                                                                                          

Financial Year 1993-94 to date                                                            

UNPROFOR I balance of refunds due for troop                                               

costs March to July 1992                                                                  

May 1993                                                      |131,899.88                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I troop costs for the month of August                                            

1992                                                                                      

June 1993                                                     |216,526.76                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I troop costs for the months of                                                  

September and October 1992                                                                

July 1993                                                     |414,643.55                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I troop costs for the month of                                                   

November 1992                                                                             

August 1993                                                   |190,521.39                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I troop costs for the month of                                                   

December 1992                                                                             

September 1993                                                |179,233.43                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I troop costs for the months of                                                  

January to March 1993                                                                     

October 1993                                                  |535,084.08                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I and II progress payments for troop                                             

costs April to June 1993                                                                  

November 1993                                                 |5,419,567.12               

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR II rations for the period April to June                                          

1993                                                                                      

November 1993                                                 |1,038,928.80               

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR II rations for the period July to                                                

September 1993                                                                            

December 1993                                                 |974,359.39                 

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR I and II progress payment for troop                                              

costs for July to September 1993                                                          

December 1993                                                 |5,112,072.48               

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR II progress payment for troop costs for October 1993                             

January 1994                                                  |1,578,704.56               

                                                                                          

UNPROFOR II progress payment for troop costs                                              

for November 1993                                                                         

February 1994                                                 |1,329,157.50               

                                                              |-------                    

Total                                                         |17,120,698.94              

HOME DEPARTMENT

Immigration Laws (Employment)

Mr. Bradley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which EC countries have laws criminalising employers for employing workers who do not have permission to work under the immigration laws of the country ; and for each country how long such legislation has been in existence.

Mr. Charles Wardle : From the information readily available we understand that most member states of the EC have penalties which involve fines and/or imprisonment for employers who employ foreign nationals who do not have the requisite permission to work. Information as to how long such legislation has been in existence is not available.

Committal Proceedings

Sir Ivan Lawrence : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conclusion he has reached on the Royal Commission on criminal justice's recommendations regarding committal proceedings.


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Mr. Howard : The Government have accepted the arguments put forward by the Royal Commission and agreed that committal proceedings should be abolished.

"Old style" or "full" committals are a costly and cumbersome process. They are open to abuse by the defence, particularly where the witness is also a victim. The much larger number of so-called "paper " committals are largely a formality, serving little purpose. Abolishing committals would reduce, in most cases, the time taken by pre-trial procedures and should allow savings to be made in court and legal aid costs.

In place of committal hearings, we propose there should be a procedure allowing cases to be transferred to the Crown court administratively. This would apply in all indictable-only cases, and in triable either-way cases once a decision on mode of trial has been reached in the magistrates court.

As recommended by the royal commission, there would still be a procedure under which the defence could argue that there was no case to answer in advance of trial at the Crown court.

Under the proposed new "transfer for trial" procedure, such an application would in most cases be considered by the magistrates on the papers. But the court would have a discretion to admit oral argument by the defence on application.

Again as recommended by the royal commission, no witnesses would be called to give evidence in these proceedings. This means there will be no question of vulnerable witnesses being requested to give evidence twice.

A new clause will shortly be tabled as an addition to the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill, which, if approved, will give effect to these proposals.

Police Performance Targets

Mr. Bayley : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those police forces which had and had not (a) published targets and indicators of performances and (b) published target times for answering telephone calls and responding to incidents requiring rapid reaction by July 1993.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The information is not centrally available. Police forces will be expected to publish performance indicators and targets for 1993-94 during the course of 1994-95. Local authorities will also be publishing the Audit Commission performance indicators.

Immigration

Mrs. Wise : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what is the current waiting time for interview in relation to settlement applications from spouses or fiances or fiancees in Pakistan ;

(2) what is the current waiting time for interviews in relation to settlement applications from spouses or fiances or fiancees in India.

Mr. Charles Wardle : The information requested is published in table 10 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin Issue 33/93 "Control of Immigration : Statistics--First and Second Quarters 1993", a copy of which is in the Library. Statistics for the third and fourth quarters of 1993 will be published in April.


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Overseas Electors

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many citizens living overseas have applied to be registered to vote in elections in each parliamentary constituency.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information on the number of British citizens overseas applying to register as overseas electors is not collected centrally. Information on the number of overseas electors included in the 1993-94 register for each constituency was published by the Office of Population Censuses and Surveys in "Electoral Statistics 1993"--EL No. 20-- copies of which are in the Library. Figures for the 1994-95 register will be published in the summer.

Taylforth Libel Case

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will call for a report from the Metropolitan Commissioner on the release to The Sun newspaper of the facts of the arrest and caution which were the subject of the recent Taylforth libel case ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Charles Wardle : I understand from the Commissioner that a reporter from The Sun telephoned the Metropolitan police press bureau seeking confirmation of the details of an incident on 17 June 1992 on a slip road of the A1. The press bureau confirmed that an incident had occurred, but did not volunteer the names of the persons involved.

Proxy Voting

Mr. McMaster : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make the application form to vote by post or proxy due to disability or physical incapacity available in braille.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : We have no plans to do so.

Crime Statistics

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidance is issued to chief constables on the reporting of criminal activity on police command and control systems and in published rates of recorded crime ;

(2) whether each police force throughout England and Wales uses the same criteria in recording criminal activity on police command and control systems and in the publishing of statistics of recorded crime.

Mr. Maclean : Statistics of recorded crime are based on rules for classification and counting which are standard for all the police forces in England and Wales. A comprehensive set of counting rules is used by police forces in order to maintain the consistency of recording multiple, continuous and repeated offences. Although these rules are issued centrally, many decisions still have to be taken locally about the recording and counting of criminal incidents.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the report of a crime on a police command and control system which is reported for information only is included in the published crime statistics.


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Mr. Maclean : The recording process starts when someone reports to the police that an offence has been committed or when the police observe or discover an offence. The police make an initial examination of the facts to determine if there is prima facie evidence that an offence has been committed ; if so, a crime report will be made out and if that offence is deemed "notifiable", it will be included in the Home Office crime statistics.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the reporting of a series of criminal acts as a continuous crime on a police command and control system is recorded as a single crime in published crime statistics.

Mr. Maclean : Notifiable offences deemed by the police to be of a continuous nature, in accordance with Home Office instructions, will be notified to the Home Office as a single offence and published as such.

Mr. Campbell-Savours : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the report of a crime on a police command and control system as tampering is recorded in the published crime statistics.


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