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Mr. Redmond: To ask the Secretary of State for Wales what instructions were issued to his Department's offices and agencies in respect of flying the European Union flag on 8 May; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Gwilym Jones: Information for the 1996-97 settlement is given in the following table. This information is also available in the "Local Government Finance Report (Wales) 1996-97," a copy of which is in the Library of the House.
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|Unitary||Standard spending assessment per head of population (£)(6)|
|Isle of Anglesey||889|
|Neath Port Talbot||860|
|Rhondda, Cynon, Taff||866|
|The Vale of Glamorgan||796|
(6) The usually resident population at 30 June 1994 as estimated by the Registrar General.
Mr. Donald Anderson: To ask the Attorney-General how many wasted costs orders have been made by courts against the Crown Prosecution Service in the last accounting year, with the breakdown of each Crown Prosecution Service area and the total sums for such areas and further broken down by the Crown courts and the magistrates courts. 
The Attorney-General [pursuant to his answer, 14 May 1996, c. 384-285]: Information is now available about the number of costs awards against CPS central casework One such order was made in the magistrates courts and four in the Crown court. That answer also overstated the number of costs awards in the magistrates courts for the CPS Yorkshire area, by including some awards in favour of the CPS. The actual number of awards against the CPS was 11. An amended table is set out.
|Number of cost awards against CPS|
|Area||Crown courts||Magistrate's courts||Amount paid £|
1. Information is not available to establish the enactment under which the orders were made and awards of costs made otherwise than in accordance with the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 may be included.
2. The information in relation to the number of awards is limited to Crown courts and magistrates court cases. It does not include cost awards made in the higher court.
3. The number of awards relates to all cases dealt with by the CPS areas, but does not include any orders made in respect of the specialised work handled by central casework.
4. Information about the amounts actually paid includes payments in respect of orders made in the higher courts and those in respect of the specialised work handled by central casework, but the amounts paid cannot be broken down by type of court.
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15. Mr. Pope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officer hours were lost during the financial year 1995-96 due to injuries sustained as a result of assaults by prisoners; and what was the estimated cost to the Prison Service. 
Miss Widdecombe: Absence by prison officers due to assaults on duty is recorded in terms of days rather than hours lost. The total number of days lost for this reason was 11,788 in 1995-96. The cost to the Prison Service is £543,150.
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Mr. Maclean: There are strict law against the misuse of imitation firearms and the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1994 further strengthened the law. The Government's evidence to Lord Cullen's inquiry into the events at Dunblane discusses controls on imitation firearms and we shall take account of any comments Lord Cullen makes.
19. Mrs. Helen Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to review his Department's policy in respect of the issue of (a) shotgun and (b) other firearm licences to those aged under 18 years. 
Mr. Maclean: Lord Cullen's inquiry into the circumstances of the tragedy at Dunblane will also examine wider issues including the controls on firearms. On 21 March the Government announced a review of firearms controls in Great Britain. As part of that review, the Government have provided detailed evidence to Lord Cullen's inquiry. Any changes to the firearms controls must await the outcome of that inquiry.
21. Mr. Tony Banks: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what additional resources are being made available to the Metropolitan police in respect of crowd control during Euro 96. 
Mr. Maclean: Policing outside football grounds is part of normal police duties, and costs are met from existing resources. The cost of policing inside the stadia will be met by the Football Association.
Police tactics for Euro 96 include the use of modern technology to transmit quickly to the regional centres photographic images of those involved in any disorder. The Football Trust is meeting the cost of this equipment, which is being made available close to the grounds hosting matches, in New Scotland Yard and in the national criminal intelligence service football unit.
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The present framework has kept gambling well-ordered and crime free but we believe there is scope to reduce unnecessary regulation. We have proposed changes for casinos, bingo clubs and advertising of commercial gambling; and we are considering the position of the pools.
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Mr. Kirkhope: The present framework has kept gambling well-ordered and crime free but we believe there is scope to reduce unnecessary regulation. We have proposed changes for casinos, bingo clubs and advertising of commercial gambling; and we are considering the position of the pools.
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