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Agency Newsletters

Mr. Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what are the current security classifications of the newsletters produced for the staff of the (a) Defence Analytical Services Agency, (b) Defence Postal and Courier Agency and (c) Naval Manning Agency; how often each newsletter is produced; and when each was first produced. [46799]

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Mr. Spellar: This is a matter for the Chief Executives of the Agencies concerned. I have asked them to write to the hon. Member.

Letter from Brigadier Tweedie McG. Brown to Mr. Matthew Taylor, dated 29 June 1998:




Letter from Fabian Malbon to Mr. Matthew Taylor, dated 29 June 1998:



Letter from Paul Altobell to Mr. Matthew Taylor, dated 29 June 1998:




Northern Ireland

Mr. Olner: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the (a) number and (b) names of individual members of the armed forces killed while serving in Northern Ireland since 1982. [38405]

Dr. Reid [pursuant to his reply, 20 April 1998, c. 462-65]: I should make it clear that the information given related only to those members of the armed forces killed by terrorist action while serving in Northern Ireland.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Adjournment Debates

Mr. Flynn: To ask the President of the Council if she will list each hon. Member who has had more than (a) one, (b) two and (c) three adjournment debates in the current Parliament. [46467]

Mrs. Ann Taylor: The following statistics include ½ hour end of day, 90 minute and ½ hour Wednesday morning adjournment debates as at 19 June 1998.

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Number
Members who have had two debates
Miss Diane Abbott2
Ms Candy Atherton2
Mr. Tony Baldry2
Mrs. Jackie Ballard2
Mr. Hugh Bayley2
Mr. Bob Blizzard2
Dr. Peter Brand2
Mr. Julian Brazier2
Mrs. Angela Browning2
Ms Karen Buck2
Mr. Simon Burns2
Mr. Paul Burstow2
Mr. David Chaytor2
Mr. Michael Clapham2
Mr. John Cryer2
Mr. David Davis2
Mr. Nigel Evans2
Mr. Christopher Fraser2
Mr. Roger Gale2
Mr. Barry Gardiner2
Mr. Christopher Gill2
Dr. Evan Harris2
Mr. Oliver Heald2
Mr. John Healey2
Mr. David Hinchliffe2
Mr. Alan Hurst2
Mr. Alan Johnson2
Ms Tess Kingham2
Mr. Archy Kirkwood2
Dr. Ashok Kumar2
Mr. Oliver Letwin2
Mr. David Lidington2
Miss Anne McIntosh2
Mr. Alasdair Morgan2
Mr. Patrick Nicholls2
Mr. Eddie O'Hara2
Mr. David Prior2
Mr. Bill Rammell2
Mr. Alex Salmond2
Mr. Adrian Sanders2
Mr. Brian Sedgemore2
Mr. Keith Simpson2
Mr. Richard Spring2
Dr. Phyllis Starkey2
Mr. Desmond Swayne2
Mr. Peter Viggers2
Mr. Nigel Waterson2
Dr. Alan Whitehead2
Mr. Dafydd Wigley2
Mr. John Wilkinson2
Mr. Michael Wills2
Mr. Derek Wyatt2
Mr. Tim Yeo2
Three debates
Mr. David Amess3
Mr. Norman Baker3
Mr. Harry Cohen3
Mr. Tony Colman3
Mrs. Claire Curtis-Thomas 3
Mr. Edward Davey3
Mr. David Drew3
Mr. Jim Fitzpatrick3
Mr. George Galloway3
Dr. Ian Gibson3
Mr. Simon Hughes3
Mr. Archie Norman3
Sir Michael Spicer3
Dr. George Turner3
Mr. Charles Wardle3
Miss Ann Widdecombe3
More than three debates
Mr. Martin Bell4
Dr. Vincent Cable4
Ms Roseanna Cunningham4
Mr. Matthew Taylor4
Mr. Llew Smith5
Mr. Tam Dalyell7
Mr. Austin Mitchell7

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HOME DEPARTMENT

Traffic Policing

Ms Hewitt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to set a police key performance indicator to reduce the rate of death and injury on the road. [46922]

Mr. Michael: The Government recognise the important contribution which traffic policing can make towards promoting community safety. We regard traffic policing as a central part of the police's responsibility for maintaining law and order, preventing and detecting crime, and reducing death and injury on the roads.

Traffic policing, however, is only one of the several types of policing which are crucial in tackling crime and disorder. The Home Secretary's national key objectives and key performance indicators are intended to reflect the Government's major initiatives and key priorities, and their number needs to be limited if priorities are to remain clear. Traffic policing should, though, be included in local objectives where police authorities consider that to be appropriate. Performance indicators for the police published by the Audit Commission include the number of road traffic accidents involving death or personal injury.

In 1987, the Department of Transport introduced a target to reduce casualties by one third by the year 2000 compared with the average for 1981-85. As at 1997, fatalities were down 36 per cent. and serious casualties were down 42 per cent. despite an increase in motor traffic of 52 per cent. The Government will be setting a new road traffic target for Great Britain for reducing casualties by the year 2010. It will be incorporated into a coherent road safety strategy, reflecting the Government's work on an integrated transport policy. The objective is to have a new road safety headline target and sub-targets agreed and set during 1998.

The Government are committed to reducing the number of fatalities and injuries which occur on our roads, and we are carefully considering a range of further measures to improve the safety of all road users against the background of our integrated transport policy.

Probation Service

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what changes there have been in the funding of the Probation Accommodation Grants Scheme operated by the Inner London Probation Service since 1 May 1997. [47065]

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Ms Quin: Excluding grants for accommodation training, the Inner London Probation Service received £1,344,218 in 1997-98 and £1,308,742 in 1998-99 in Probation Accommodation Grants Scheme funding, which represents an improvement of £35,476 on what was originally envisaged in the previous Government's spending plans.

Since 1 April 1995, local probation services, not the Home Office, have been responsible for the administration of grants to the independent sector for offender accommodation (the "Probation Accommodation Grants Scheme"--PAGS). Prior to that date, the Home Office paid providers directly, regardless of their area of location.

When the grants were devolved, this was on the basis that payments to each probation service would be tapered over about five years until the proportion of the total accommodation grant paid to each service was in proportion to the total revenue grant paid to each service under the national cash limits formula. This has meant that some services have received stepped increases in their accommodation grants whilst others, including the Inner London Probation Service, have received decreased grants.

Victim Support

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the provision of support for, and information to, the victims of mentally disordered offenders who by reason of their disorder are committed for medical treatment. [47010]

Ms Quin: Both the Home Office and the Department of Health are committed to improving the level of support and information provided to the victims of crimes committed by people with mental disorders. Due consideration needs to be given to confidentiality of personal information, but I hope the first results of the work we are undertaking will be seen in the next few months, in the form of a Department of Health leaflet for victims about the care and discharge arrangements for mentally disordered offenders.


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