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Mr. Robert G. Hughes: No. Current open government initiatives plus the further commitments set out in the White Paper on Open Government, Cm 2290, will provide a more practical alternative to freedom of information legislation.
Mr. Hanson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will bring forward proposals to amend the Protection of Badgers Act 1992 to allow police officers powers of entry on to private land.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of those who applied for asylum (a) since 26 July 1993 and (b) since 1 January 1994, and are liable to detention under paragraph 16(1) and 16(2) of schedule 2 and paragraph 2 of schedule 3 to the Immigration Act 1971 have been detained under these provisions.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: On 28 October 1994 a total of 702 people who had sought asylum were detained. This figure includes people awaiting the setting of directions for removal following refusal of the application, as well as those whose application was under consideration or subject to appeal. Of this figure, 332 were detained under paragraph 16(1) of schedule 2, 306 under paragraph 16(2) of schedule 2 and 64 under paragraph 2 of schedule 3 of the Immigration Act 1971. Information on the percentage of those applying for asylum since 26 July 1993 and 1 January 1994, who were detailed, is available only at disproportionate cost.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers have been detained under the provisions of section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 (a) since 26 July 1993 and (b) since 1 January 1994; and how many asylum seekers are currently detained under those provisions.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: Section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration Appeals Act 1993 refers to appeals from the immigration appeals tribunal. It has no provisions for the detection of asylum seekers, but at 31 October 1994 there was one case in detention awaiting the outcome of such an appeal.
Dr. Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many asylum seekers are currently detained under the Immigration Act 1971; and how long, on average, those detainees have been held.
Column 1166figure includes people awaiting the setting of directions for removal following refusal of the application, as well as those whose application was under consideration or subject to appeal. Of this figure, 216 had been in detention less than one month, 118 between one and two months, 262 between two and six months and 106 had spent longer than six months in detention.
Mr. George: To ask the Secretary of State for Home Department what the actual establishment for the police was for each year since 1978 in (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) the west midlands and (e) H division, Walsall.
Mr. Maclean: The information for England and Wales and the West Midlands police is set out in the table. The position in Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. The setting of divisional establishments within the West Midlands police is for the chief constable to decide.
Establishment of police service in England and Wales<1> as at 31 December |England and |West Midlands|H Division Year |Wales |Police |(Walsall) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 1978 |118,967 |6,509 |423 1979 |119,765 |6,509 |423 1980 |120,261 |6,509 |423 1981 |121,353 |6,684 |421 1982 |121,480 |6,684 |419 1983 |121,802 |6,684 |419 1984 |122,233 |6,684 |419 1985 |122,457 |6,684 |417 1986 |123,514 |6,684 |424 1987 |124,370 |6,684 |427 1988 |125,390 |6,754 |451 1989 |126,592 |6,830 |450 1990 |127,588 |6,893 |459 1991 |128,265 |6,958 |461 1992 |128,972 |6,977 |460 1993 |128,859 |6,977 |470 1994<2> |128,954 |6,991 |470 <1> Includes central service, regional crime squads and inter-force units. <2> Establishment as at 31 August 1994.
Mr. George: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional police officers have been released to operational duties as a result of civilianisation in the past five years in each of the following areas: (a) England and Wales, (b) Scotland, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) the west midlands and (e) H division Walsall.
Mr. Maclean: Over the last five years--1989 to 1993--the following number of police officer posts have been civilianised thereby releasing those police officers for redeployment to other tasks. It is a matter for individual chief officers to decide how these additional resources should be used.
England and Wales - 3,327 posts
West Midlands police - 61 posts
Progress on civilianisation within Scotland and Northern Ireland is a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Scotland and my right hon. and learned Friend the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Information on H division Walsall is not readily available.
Mr. Maclean: Consultation is currently under way with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Superintendents Association, the Police Federation, the Association of County Councils and the Association of Metropolitan Authorities. My right hon. and learned Friend will decide on the appropriate level and type of wider consultation in the light of recommendations made by the review in its final report at the turn of the year.
Mr. McAllion: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the nature, length of time and extent of the consultation exercise he intends to carry out in response to the recommendation of the Home Office review of core police functions.
Mr. Nicholas Baker: The Home Office gave provisional approval on 31 October to the making of byelaws by Stockton-on-Tees borough council prohibiting the consumption of intoxicating liquor in designated parts of Yarm and Thornaby; and to the making of similar byelaws by Yarm town council in respect of two areas under its control.
Mr. Michael Forsyth [holding answer 24 October 1994]: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.
Letter from Derek Lewis to Ms Joan Ruddock, dated 2 November 1994:
The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question on the average cost per prisoner place.
The average cost per prisoner place in 1993-94 was £22,712. This figure excludes exceptional items consisting of the costs of holding prisoners in police cells and compensation for abandonment of plans to relocate the Prison Service headquarters to Derby.
Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department from which police authorities police officers were seconded to Dorset police authority to police the annual Conservative party conference in
Column 1168Bournemouth; and how many officers were seconded from each of those authorities.
Mr. Grocott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which former hon. Members of this House have been appointed since 1988 by his Department to quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations; and if he will list, in each case, the title of the post, the salary, the duration of the appointment and the party which each represented as an hon. Member.
Trustee of the Community Development Foundation
Appointed January 1992 for 3 years
Right Hon. Lord Carlisle of Bucklow, QC
Chairman of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Appointed 1 March 1989 until 31 March 1995
Deputy Chairman of the Police Complaints Authority
Appointed for 3 years from 1 August 1993
Former Member of the Parole Board
Fee Paid; £139 per attendance
Appointed 1 June 1991 for 3 years
Member of the Firearms Consultative Committee
Appointed 1989 for 2 years
Member of the Parole Board
Fee Paid; £149 per attendance
Appointed 1 August 1994 for 2 years
Chairman of the Firearms Consultative Committee
Appointed for 5 years from 1989
Member of the Horserace Betting Levy Board
Appointed 1988 for 3 years extended until 1994
Trustee of the Community Development Foundation
Appointed 1986, extended until 1994
Norman Miscampbell, QC
Member of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board
Fee £246 per day
Appointed 22 March 1993 until 31 March 1995
Column 1169Lord Wyatt of Weeford
Chairman of the Horserace Totalisator Board
Appointed 1976; reappointed 1993 for 2 years Labour
Information in respect of the parole local review committee is not readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. The committees ceased to exist from October 1994.
Mr. Howard: I would refer the hon. Member to the reply given by the then Financial Secretary to the Treasury, my right hon. Friend the member for Loughborough (Mr. Dorrell), to my hon. Friend the member for Hertfordshire, West (Mr. Jones) on 30 November 1993, column 391 .
Mr. Maclean: My hon. Friend has himself informed us of a number of representations which he has received about the Bill, and we have also received a small number--in similar terms--direct from members of the public in Cleveland.
I am confident that the people of Cleveland generally will appreciate that fears expressed about the Bill are misplaced and that it has a valuable part to play in fighting crime and protecting the public.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make it his policy to require that if the British Board of Film Classification finds it necessary to edit a section of a film under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Bill the board should state in full the reasons for the editing of the film.
Mr. Maclean: The British Board of Film Classification already provides the owner to the rights of a video in which it requires cuts with an explanation of those cuts. Owners who consider the decision by the board to be overly strict have a right of appeal to the video appeals committee, which has the power to vary the decision made by the board.
If in future the board reviews a work already classified before the introduction of the new statutory criteria, the owner of the work will similarly have the right of appeal against any fresh decision by the Board.