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Radio Communications Agency

Mr. Steen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade how many staff are currently employed by the Radio Communications Agency to evaluate reports from the five type-approvals laboratories with regard to granting CE marks under the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive. [4699]

Mr. Ian Taylor [holding answer 7 December 1995]: Fourteen staff are engaged in the handling of type approval and EMC certification applications which are received from a wide range of manufacturers, dealers and importers.

Mr. Steen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade (1) if he will ensure that Scope Marketing (Communications) Ltd., Totnes, has a CE mark granted to it by the Radio Communications Agency before 1 January 1996; [4701]

Mr. Taylor [holding answer 7 December 1995]: The Radiocommunications Agency has currently no application from Scope Marketing (Communications UK) Ltd. for an EC-type examination certificate under the Electromagnetic Compatibility Regulations 1992 No. 2372.

The agency has received 96 applications during the period April-November 1995 inclusive and has issued 29 certificates.

European Directives

Mr. Steen: To ask the President of the Board of Trade, pursuant to the statement of the Secretary of State for the Environment of 21 November, Official Report, column 454, if he will make it his policy to review past legislation in respect of additional burdens imposed by regulations implementing European directives. [5064]

Mr. Oppenheim [holding answer 11 December 1995]: It is the policy in my Department to ensure that we do not gold-plate European directives by the addition of unnecessary burdens when implementing them in the United Kingdom. We will take every opportunity to look at existing legislation in the light of this policy.

Unlawful Goods and Services

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the President of the Board of Trade if he will list the products and services which are illegal to purchase for use in the United Kingdom which can be purchased in the UK under European Union

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law on the basis that they will be used or consumed in other parts of the European Union, with particular reference to obscenity and items considered to be pornographic. [4517]

Mr. Oppenheim [holding answer 7 December 1995]: As for items or services which are obscene or pornographic, there is no obligation on the United Kingdom to permit sale in the UK of any product or service for use in other member states of the European Union, the use of which is illegal here.

Sir Teddy Taylor: To ask the President of the Board of Trade what procedures are available to local authorities to determine whether unlawful goods or services purchased in the United Kingdom for use in other parts of the European Union are taken abroad for such purposes. [4518]

Mr. Oppenheim [holding answer 7 December 1995]: The United Kingdom authorities may take action against any products or services on the UK market which are illegal for purchase here, regardless of country of destination.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Identity Cards

Mr. Bernie Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will report on the outcome of the public consultation organised on the proposal to introduce a personal identity card scheme; and if he will indicate the size of the response to the invitation to the public to make submissions. [5402]

Mr. Sackville: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. and learned Friend to the hon. Member for Dartford (Mr. Dunn) on 19 October 1995, Official Report, column 325.

Boards of Prison Visitors

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have sat on boards of prison visitors in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement. [5366]

Miss Widdecombe: The total number of members of boards of visitors in post on


Information about the numbers of members of boards from 1990 to 1992 is available only at disproportionate cost.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a breakdown of the number of asylum seekers held in detention in (a) 1979, (b) 1983, (c) 1987 and (d) 1992 by (i) nationality, (ii) gender, (iii) length of detention, (iv) place of detention and (v) immigration status at the time of application; and if he will make a statement. [5368]

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Mr. Kirkhope: The available information on the number of asylum seekers detained as at 3 April 1992 is given in table 7.1 of Home Office statistical bulletin, "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom 1990-91", issue 12/92. A copy of this publication is available in the Library. Information on the number of detained asylum seekers for earlier years is not available.

Mr. Spearing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his oral statements on asylum and immigration, Official Report, column 335, if he will list for each of the principal abuses cited the steps he has taken by (a) administrative and (b) by other means to eliminate each one other than by means of pursuing a change in legislation. [4480]

Miss Widdecombe [holding answer 6 December 1995]: As my right hon. and learned Friend made clear in his statement on 20 November, substantial resources have been invested in our asylum procedures. Further investment as well as procedural and administration improvements are now proposed in addition to our own proposals for primary legislation.

Closed Circuit Television

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the average cost of introducing one closed circuit television camera into a high street area; what is the average annual maintenance cost of one closed circuit television camera; and if he will make a statement. [5370]

Mr. Maclean: This information is not collected centrally.

Mr. Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many closed circuit televisions are currently operating in England and Wales in local and national crime prevention programmes; and if he will make a statement. [5369]

Mr. Maclean: Our most recent data indicate that there are over 300 public space closed circuit television systems either currently operating or imminently planned in England and Wales. The figures are currently being updated, however, and the situation is changing rapidly as new systems come on stream.

Drug Trafficking

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) in how many drug trafficking cases in 1994 evidence was given by alleged or confirmed drug users against their drug dealers; and if he will make a statement; [5400]

Mr. Sackville: There were 8,635 persons convicted in 1994 by the courts in the United Kingdom for drug trafficking offences. The information requested regarding the nature of evidence given in individual drug trafficking cases is not available.

Mr. Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidelines exist for the police concerning the employment of drug users in attempts

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to convict drug dealers; and if he will make a statement. [5371]

Mr. Maclean: None that are specifically geared to drug users and drug dealers, but there are guidelines strictly controlling the use of informants more generally. The management and use of informants in specific operations is a matter for the police force concerned.

Mr. Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many drug trafficking cases were tried by the courts in each year since 1991; and if he will make a statement; [5372]

Mr. Maclean: The information is given in the table.

Number of defendants proceeded against for drug trafficking offences by type of court 1991 1994 England and Wales

1991199219931994
Magistrates' courts
Prosecutions8,5359,9718,93910,376
Committed for trial at the Crown Court 5,684 6,407 5,857 6,815
Convictions1,7702,0001,6741,817
Crown Court
Total for trial4,6615,4275,1805,641
Convictions4,0944,7814,5794,969
All courts
Convictions5,8646,7816,2536,786



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