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made. District auditors will provide a further check on how the money has been spent.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what considerations underlay his assessment of the needs of the Wiltshire police force in allocating grant to facilitate the change over to the new Wiltshire police authority; and what representations he has received concerning the level of grant.

Mr. Maclean: Under section 32 of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994 initial financing grants totalling £17 million are available for police force use in preparing to assume their new role from 1 April 1995 of being answerable to new free-standing police authorities.

Claims from police forces for initial financing grant for police force use were measured against the relative need of each police force as assessed with the assistance of Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary.

A provisional claim for initial financing grant for police force use was submitted by the chief constable of Wiltshire in a letter of 26 August 1994. A detailed claim was submitted by the clerk of the Wiltshire police authority in a letter of 15 December 1994.

Mr. Faber: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much initial financing grant is to be made available to the Wiltshire police force to facilitate the change over to the new Wiltshire police authority; and what guidelines are issued by his Department for its use.

Mr. Maclean: Under section 32 of the Police and Magistrates' Courts Act 1994, an allocation of £400,000 of initial financing grant for use by Wiltshire constabulary has been provisionally approved. Guidance on the use of this grant was provided in a Home Office letter of 8 July 1994 to chief constables and clerks of police authorities.

Police forces will be required to submit formal claims for their initial financing grants with accompanying evidence of incurred or committed expenditure before the end of the current financial year. Subsequently, district auditors will provide a further check on how the money has been spent.

Appeal Applications

Mr. Fraser: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications have been made in the last year by the immigration department for leave to appeal against a decision of an immigration adjudicator; in how many cases leave has been given; and in what percentage of cases where leave has been given the subsequent appeal by the Home Office was successful.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: According to the records of the immigration appellate authorities, in 1994 the Home Office made 691 applications for leave to appeal against adjudicators' determinations; leave was granted in 195 cases. It is not possible to give the percentage of cases where the subsequent appeal was successful because the appeal has yet to be heard in some of the cases in which leave was granted in 1994. Of the Home Office appeals which came before the Immigration Appeal Tribunal in 1994, 113 were successful.

Unique Identification Numbers

Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reasons he is continuing


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to require police officers to wear visible unique identification numbers;

(2) what plans he has to discontinue the requirement for police officers to wear unique identification numbers visible on their uniforms.

Mr. Maclean: Issues relating to police uniforms are primarily operational matters which are for decision by chief officers of police, but I continue to agree with the advice given by the then Home Secretary--now Lord Callaghan in Home Office circular 13/1968--that

"it is in the interests both of the public, and of the police themselves, that the police should continue to wear numbers on their uniforms".

Junior Doctors

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average time taken to process work permits for appointments of junior doctors to health authorities and as a percentage of the overall average for all work permits; how many junior doctor applicants were appointed to jobs in (a) the Yorkshire and Humberside health region and (b) nationally in the last year for which figures are available; how many are currently before his Department; and when the initial application was made for each one.

Mr. Nicholas Baker: The available information relates to post- graduate doctors and dentists undergoing further medical training, for which a work permit is not required, and to qualified doctors and dentists who are in employment, for which a work permit is required. The average time taken in 1994 to grant extensions of leave to remain in these categories and to all trainees or persons in work permit employment is given in the table. The other information requested is not available.


Average time between application and the grant of leave to               

remain, 1994                                                             

Category of leave to           |<1>Number of days                        

remain                                                                   

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Post-graduate medical trainees |29                                       

All trainees                   |33                                       

                                                                         

Doctors and dentists in                                                  

  employment                   |49                                       

All employment cases           |50                                       

<1> Excludes the time which some cases spent, during the first half of   

1994, in Lunar house before being passed to the casework section and may 

thus understate slightly.                                                

Mud Deposits (Roads)

Mr. Morley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been in each of the last three years for the depositing of dangerous amounts of mud on public roads by agricultural vehicles.

Mr. Maclean: The information requested is not available centrally.

Domestic Violence

Mrs. Golding: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the organisations invited to comment on the draft inter- agency circular on domestic violence; which organisations responded; and what was the length of time allowed for consultation on the draft circular.


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Mr. Maclean: Following initial consultations with a number of organisations in June and July 1994, the Home Office wrote to the organisations listed on 15 September to invite comments on the draft circular by 7 October. I understand that, in addition to this, the Department of Health wrote to a number of statutory and voluntary agencies on 21 September and 4 October inviting responses by 7 and 12 October respectively.

(*denotes those organisations from which responses were received).

Organisations contacted by the Home Office

Allied Dunbar Charitable Trust Ltd.

Association of County Councils

Association of District Councils*

Association of London Authorities

Association of Metropolitan Authorities*

Association of Chief Officers of Probation

Catholic Marriage Advisory Council*

Central Probation Council

Charnwood Borough Council Domestic Violence Panel*

Crime Concern*

Domestic Violence Intervention Project, London

Dorset Police Headquarters Child Protection Unit*

Essex Probation Service*

Family Welfare Association

Federation of Army Wives*

Hammersmith and Fulham Domestic Violence Forum*

Health Visitors' Association*

Hereford Women's Aid

Islington Council, Women's Equality Unit*

Jewish Marriage Council*

Jewish Women's Aid*

Keighley Domestic Violence Forum

Leeds Inter-Agency Project*

London Boroughs Association*

London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham Community Safety Unit* Manchester, Crown Prosecution Service*

Merseyside Probation Service*

Metropolitan Police Community Affairs Branch*

MIND

Mid Glamorgan County Crime Prevention Co-ordinating Committee* National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux*

National Association of Probation Officers

National Board of Catholic Women*

Network*

Northern Ireland Women's Aid

Nottinghamshire County Council*

Nottinghamshire Domestic Violence Forum*

ONE plus ONE*

Pro-Act*

Probation Managers Association*

Refuge*

Relate*


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Roehampton Institute, Department of Sociology and Social Administration*

Royal College of General Practitioners*

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing*

Royal College of Psychiatrists*

Royal College of Surgeons

Scottish Women's Aid

Somerset County Council Social Services Department*

Southall Black Sisters*

South Glamorgan Probation Service*

South Somerset Domestic Violence Project*

South Yorkshire Probation Service*

Swindon Women's Aid*

Tavistock Marital Studies Institute*

Thames Valley Police, Family Protection Unit*

The Body Shop Foundation

The Housing Corporation*

The Samaritans*

The Sanctuary

Trades Union Congress Equal Opportunities Department

Unison

University of Bradford, violence, abuse, and gender relations unit*

University of Bristol, Domestic Violence Research Group* University of Wales Department of Social and Administrative Studies*

Victim Support*

Wales Assembly of Women*

Wearside Women in Need*

West Midlands Probation Service*

Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Social Services Department* Williscroft and Co.

Wolverhampton Domestic Violence Forum

Women's Aid Federation (England)*

Women's National Commission*

Welsh Women's Aid*

Organisations contacted by the Department of Health

Bradford Community NHS Trust

Bradford Health Authority

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse Catholic Child Welfare*

Childline*

Children's Legal Centre*

Family Rights Group

Hammersmith and Fulham Social Services Department*

Home-Start UK*

Kensington and Chelsea Social Services Department*

Kidscape*

Leeds Community and Mental Health Services*

Leeds Health Authority*

Leeds Family Health Services Authority*

Liverpool Social Services Department*

National Children's Bureau*

National Children's Homes for Action*

National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children* NEWPIN

Parents against Injustice

Parentline Opus

Standing Committee on Sexual Abuse of Children

The Michael Seiff Foundation*

United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust*

Voluntary Organisations Liaison Council for Under Fives*


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