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Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Home Office research findings Nos. 23, 24 and 25 will be published; and if he will make a statement. [16660]

Mr. Maclean: Research findings 23 "Obscene, Threatening and Other Troublesome Phone Calls" and 24 "Young People and Crime" were published on 19 January. No. 25 "Anxiety about Crime: findings from the 1994 British Crime Survey" was published on 10 January. Copies are available in the Library.

Fire Service College

Mr. Alex Carlile: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the future of the Fire Service College at Moreton-in-Marsh.[16665]

Mr. Sackville: I refer the hon. Member to the reply given to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Erdington (Mr. Corbett) on 13 February, column 517.

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Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the accounts for the national fire service college for the year 1994-95; and what was the overall financial result. [16731]

Mr. Sackville: The fire service college annual report and accounts will be laid before the House on 27 February.

North Wales Fire Service Authority

Mr. Barry Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will visit the North Wales fire service authority at the Llandudno HQ. [17327]

Mr. Sackville: My right hon. and learned Friend has no plans to visit the North Wales fire service authority in the near future.

Mentally Ill Prisoners

Mr. Straw: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is (a) the number of prisoners waiting removal or transfer to a psychiatric hospital under Mental Health Acts provisions, (b) the number of prisoners

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considered by prison doctors to be sufficiently mentally ill to occupy an in-patient bed in a prison health care centre, (c) the number of prisoners considered by prison doctors to require some form of mental health care but not removal or transfer to a psychiatric hospital or in-patient treatment in a prison health care centre and (d) the number of prisoners transferred to hospital by direction of the Home Secretary under sections 72 and 73 of the Mental Health Act 1959, sections 47 and 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983, or other provision in each year since 1979.[17008]

Miss Widdecombe: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the temporary Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from Richard Tilt to Mr. Jack Straw, dated 26 February 1996:

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply to your recent Question seeking certain statistical information about prisoners suffering from mental disorders.

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Immigration (Carrier's Liability) Act 1987

Mr. Madden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many carriers operating between Malaysia and the United Kingdom have incurred penalties under the Immigration (Carriers' Liability) Act 1987; what is the total number of (a) claims made, (b) penalties paid and (c) unpaid penalties to date; and if he will make a statement. [17333]

Mr. Kirkhope: Two airlines operate direct services between Malaysia and the United Kingdom. Both carriers have incurred charges on their routes from Kuala Lumpur. The amounts involved are:

The amount incurred reflects 415 breaches of the Act.


Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for Walsall, North's letter of 23 January, ref. 1671/96. [17160]

Mr. Sackville: A reply was sent on 22 February.

Metropolitan Police

Mr. Congdon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for each year since 1979 (a) as at 31 March and (b) as at 31 December for the Metropolitan police what was (i) the number of police officers, (ii) the number of police constables, (iii) the man-hours available for beat duties and (iv) the number of civilians. [14719]

Mr. Maclean: In December 1995, there were nearly one quarter more officers on the strength of the Metropolitan police than in 1979. Police time on patrol is up by over one third compared with 1984, when such records began. Civilian strength has increased by almost one tenth since 1979 and over 2,600 posts previously filled by police officers have been civilianised. The more detailed information requested is given in tables I to III.

Table 1: Strength, Metropolitan police(37)

At 31 March At 31 December

(37) With the exception of the figures for December 1995 (see note 2) all the figures given are as published in the Home Office summary of police manpower, copies of which are placed in the Library of the House. They include officers seconded to the Met but not officers seconded out to regional crime squads and central service.

(38) Figures for 31 December 1995 are as notified by the Metropolitan police; Home Office figures are not yet available.

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Table 2: Deployment of officers on street duties

Street duty mandaysPercentage of overall(39) mandays

(39) Source: Metropolitan Police. Percentages based on figures for the full 12 months period in each case except 1995 (see footnote 2).

(40) Figure given is for January to September 1995; final figures for 1995 are not yet available.

Table 3: Strength, Metropolitan police civilian staff(41)

YearAt 31 MarchAt 31 December

(41) Figures for Metropolitan police civilian staff are published in the annual reports of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. They include traffic wardens and school crossing patrols. From 1992 the figures have been published as at 31 March, not 31 December. Figures marked * are additional unpublished Metropolitan police data; no figures at 31 March are available for the years prior to 1985.

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