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Action Zones

Mr. Llwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the initiatives undertaken by his Department since 1 May 1997 which have involved the establishment of (a) action zones and (b) pilot schemes limited to particular geographical areas, indicating the name of the programme and the action zone or pilot scheme areas covered in each instance. [47055]

Mr. Straw: No action zones have been established by my Department since 1 May 1997. The details of the pilot schemes we have set up in that period are:




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Incapacitant Sprays

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received that police officers in Cumbria used incapacitant spray in an inappropriate way; what assessment he has made of such reports; and if he will make a statement. [47213]

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Mr. Michael: We have not received any reports or representations on this subject. I understand from inquiries made with Cumbria Constabulary following the tabling of this question that, since the force introduced CS sprays, no complaint about use of CS has been substantiated, and that the force has seen a drop of 14.4 per cent. in assaults on officers.

Child Safety Week

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what initiatives his Department will take to promote Child Safety Week on 22 to 28 June. [47196]

Mr. Straw: I refer the right hon. Member to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Health on 25 June 1998, Official Report, column 582.

Football Hooligans

Mr. Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had over measures to combat hooliganism by UK citizens travelling to football matches abroad. [46317]

Mr. Michael: My right hon. Friend has had correspondence and discussions with the French Minister of the Interior, and there have been extensive discussions over many months between the British and French Governments, police and football authorities. In February, the Home Secretary hosted a European Union seminar on the policing of football, which was also attended by my hon. Friend the Minister for Sport and myself, at which 23 countries were represented. In March, we published the Government's strategy for the World Cup, a copy of which was sent to every hon. Member. The Government's aim throughout has been to ensure that every assistance is given to the honest and well-behaved spectator in France. Minimising hooliganism and ensuring a high level of co-operation with the French authorities are crucial parts of that.

Police operations in France during the World Cup are a matter for the authorities there, but there have been extensive discussions between British police and their counterparts in France. Police officers from England and Scotland are in France assisting the French police, and I am satisfied that arrangements for the rapid collection and dissemination of intelligence on possible offenders are in place and working.

Correspondence

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Under-Secretary of State expects to reply to the letters of 19 March and 12 May from the right hon. Member for Berwick-upon-Tweed about the treatment of Mr. James by the Prison Service and the response given by the Prison Service to inquiries from his prospective employers. [47821]

Ms Quin: Following my consideration of the correspondence, I understand that a meeting has been arranged on Wednesday 8 July for the right hon. Member to discuss Mr. James's case with Prison Service officials.

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Public Registers

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public registers which his Department have responsibility for. [47351]

Mr. Straw: My Department has direct responsibility for the following registers:














Data Protection

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what progress has been made on the Code of Practice as defined in section 122 of the Police Act 1997; [47375]

Mr. Michael: We have decided to implement Part V of the Police Act 1997 which provides for the establishment of a Criminal Records Agency. When established, the Agency will be responsible for the issue of Criminal Conviction Certificates and other forms of certificate provided for in the Act. Many of the practical issues were not addressed at the time of legislation, but consideration is now being given to the options for phasing in the provisions of the Act and the timetable for implementation. As part of this process, and in full consultation with interested groups, further consideration will be given to the Code of Practice intended to inform the use of information provided by the Agency.

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many subject access requests were received by the Metropolitan Police in (a) 1995-96, (b) 1996-97, (c) 1997-98 and (d) 1998 to date; and if he will make a statement; [47373]

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Mr. Michael: The information requested is given in the table.

1995-961996-971997-981998 to date
Total number of applications35,10054,53071,96313,754
Number of subject access requests received by the Metropolitan Police Service9,46115,03619,9623,923

The number of applications received which involve retrieval of personal data on the Police National Computer is not recorded.

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the Interpretation of the Second Principle of the Data Protection Bill 1998 creates a link to the notification requirements of that Bill. [47364]

Mr. George Howarth: Notification to the Data Protection Commissioner is one way in which the purposes for which personal data are obtained may be specified in accordance with the second data protection principle.

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons the provision with respect to medical purposes in Schedule 3, paragraph 8 of the Data Protection Bill 1998 differs from the corresponding provision in Article 8(3) of the Directive 95/46/EC. [47363]

Mr. George Howarth: The Data Protection Bill [Lords] is intended to make clear how the general provisions in the Directive should operate in the United Kingdom. Paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 sets out the circumstances in which sensitive data may be processed for medical purposes. It is fully consistent with Articles 8.3 and 8.4 of the Directive.


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