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Handguns

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects compensation to be paid to Mr. Michael Wellum of Wrenwell Farm, Denbury, Devon, for his handguns surrendered on 18 August and whose claim for compensation was submitted on 21 August 1997; and if he will make a statement on the reasons for the delay. [28352]

Mr. Michael: The Option A and B elements of Mr. Wellum's compensation claim in respect of large calibre handguns and his accompanying ex gratia application in respect of small calibre pistols were processed on 23 January 1998. The Option C elements of the claim and application will be considered at a later date under the published arrangements for processing compensation claims. There has been no "delay" in this case. I have explained to the House on many occasions why firearms compensation claims take time to process.

Civil Servants

Mr. Duncan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list by grade the number of officials in his Department at grade 3 or above who have (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, (d) changed jobs within the Department, (e) moved to another Department and

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(f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department since 1 May. [27463]

Mr. Straw [holding answer 5 February 1998]: No senior civil servants in the pay band covering posts at the level equivalent to grade 3 or above have since 1 May 1997 (a) taken early retirement, (b) taken official leave, (c) been dismissed, or (d) changed jobs with the Department. Three have (e) moved to other Departments. None have (f) been offered and rejected an alternative position (i) within the Department and (ii) in another Department during this period.

Crime

Sir Brian Mawhinney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the oral answer of 2 February 1998, Official Report, column 709, if he will specify those areas of local government activity which will show resource savings as a result of the implementation of statutory duties on local authorities as contained in the Crime and Disorder Bill [Lords], and estimate the amount of savings in each case. [27945]

Mr. Michael [holding answer 5 February 1998]: The nature and precise extent of such savings will vary from one local authority to the next, depending on the kind of crime and disorder problems in each area identified by the audit which the Crime and Disorder Bill will require, and the priorities of the crime and disorder strategies as agreed with key partners locally. It is not possible to put any meaningful figures on this yet, but we expect there to be potential for considerable savings. This point was broadly acknowledged by many of the local authorities which responded to our invitation to comment on these proposals before the Bill was published.

Examples of local government activity which might benefit from these proposals include:




Just as importantly, the Crime and Disorder Bill will put local authorities where they should always have been--in the forefront of the fight against crime. Local surveys have shown time and again that this is seen as a core activity for local government by the people which it exists to serve. We are determined to give local authorities the powers they need, and want, to meet this wholly legitimate demand by local communities.

Ethnic Minorities

Mr. Fitzpatrick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of section 11 teachers in each local education authority. [26754]

Mr. Mike O'Brien: The following table shows numbers of posts (in full-time equivalent terms) approved for section 11 funding, as at 31 January 1998, which are specifically designated as to be filled by qualified teachers.

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LEANumber of posts
Barking and Dagenham18.2
Barnet49.544
Bedfordshire54
Berkshire64.5
Bexley7.04
Birmingham235.19
Bolton52.1
Bradford235.6
Brent65
Brighton and Hove9
Bristol*39
Bromley1
Buckinghamshire59.2
Bury21.5
Calderdale29
Cambridgeshire40.5
Camden91.7
Cardiff*29.6
Cheshire5
Coventry101.5
Croydon74.1
Darlington*9
Derby*108
Devon4.5
Doncaster6.4
Dudley46
Ealing70.8
East Sussex5.3
Enfield80
Essex2
Gateshead2
Gloucestershire18
Greenwich45
Hackney162.5
Hammersmith and Fulham29.5
Hampshire4.95
Haringey150.05
Harrow34.5
Havering3
Hereford and Worcester10.7
Hertfordshire87.45
Hillingdon18
Hounslow76.5
Hull*2.7
Islington92
Kensington and Chelsea43.5
Kent71.59
Kingston-upon-Thames7.08
Kirklees143
Lambeth128.1
Lancashire163.8
Leeds7.85
Leicester69.1
Leicestershire13.8
Lewisham83
Lincolnshire6.1
Liverpool13
Luton103
Manchester96
Merton18
Middlesbrough*29
Newcastle3.7
Newham6
Newport*18
Norfolk8.6
North East Lincolnshire2.1
North Lincolnshire5
North Tyneside10
North Yorkshire4
Northamptonshire35
Nottinghamshire90.6
Oldham70.75
Oxfordshire37.1
Poole*2
Portsmouth10.5
Redbridge119.2
Richmond4
Rochdale54
Rotherham18.5
St. Helens0.7
Salford4.6
Sheffield88.5
Shropshire6.89
Somerset3.5
South Tyneside8.5
Southampton22.612
Southwark45.2
Staffordshire*39
Stockport4.55
Suffolk18.2
Sunderland6.81
Surrey17.5
Sutton5.5
Swansea*16
Swindon*8.625
Tameside19.4
Tower Hamlets277.7
Trafford19
Wakefield18
Walsall81.5
Waltham Forest102.08
Wandsworth83.5
Warwickshire55.7
Westminster105.5
West Sussex13.5
Wigan4.5
Wolverhampton83.6

Note:

Since local government reorganisation in 1996 or 1997, LEAs marked * have managed section 11 provision in the areas of neighbouring local education authorities which are not listed separately in the table.


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TREASURY

School Children's Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax) Bill

Mr. Loughton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer for what reasons the Economic Secretary is not willing to meet the hon. Member in charge of the School Children's Clothing and Footwear (Value Added Tax) Bill to discuss its Second Reading on 6 February. [27936]

Dawn Primarolo: As Financial Secretary, I am responsible for the matter raised by the hon. Member. Other commitments, including preparatory work on the Budget which the Chancellor will present on 17 March, preclude a meeting at present.

Publications

Mr. Gale: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list by title the publications produced by his Department between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998. [26335]

Mrs. Liddell: The list of the main publications produced by HM Treasury between 1 May 1997 and 31 January 1998 is as follows:

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