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Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy Act) 1998

Mr. Beith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers included in the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 have been used; on how many occasions; and if he will make a statement. [67922]

Mr. Straw: Records indicate that, as of today's date, no cases have come to court in the United Kingdom involving the use of the powers in sections 1-4 of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 (concerning proscribed and specified organisations). However, investigations continue and use of the powers is of course, available for the future. As to sections 5-7 of the Act (conspiracy to commit offences outside the United Kingdom), information on their use is not collected centrally, but it is expected that data on convictions will begin to become available in Spring 1999.

European Parliamentary Elections

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in (a) COREPER and (b) other working groups of the Council of Ministers concerning the proposals of the European Parliament for changes to arrangements for elections to the European Parliament after 1999. [67931]

Mr. George Howarth: The European Parliament adopted proposals for Common Principles for elections to the European Parliament on 15 July 1998. These were considered by the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER) on 10 September and 9 December 1998 and referred to the General Affairs Working Group of the Council. Discussion there is continuing and the General Affairs Working Group will report to COREPER in due course.

Metropolitan Police

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the property owned by the Metropolitan Police Force which is currently for sale; what representations he has received on such sales; and if he will make a statement. [68048]

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Kate Hoey: The Receiver for the Metropolitan Police District tells me that relevant information is updated monthly. As at 31 December 1998, the property for sale or planned for sale was:

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    Manchester Road, Isle of Dogs

    182 Manford Way, Redbridge

    Maurice Drummond House, Greenwich

    St. Johns Hall, Monck Street, Westminster

    101, 111 and 135 Morton Way, Enfield

    81 and 95 Mount Pleasant, Barnet

    MRD Rowdell Road, Northolt

    71 Mungo Park Way, Bromley

    54 Neasden Lane, Harlesden

    14-18 Shepherdess Place, 7 Nile Street, Shoreditch

    Northumberland Park Section House, Tottenham

    7 Oakways, Greenwich

    355 Old Street, Clerkenwell

    Olwen House, Loman Street, Southwark

    Paul Breen Section House, Sydenham

    1-8 Priory Close, Spelthorne

    Putney Police Station and Section House

    Pen-y-Gwaith, Gwenned

    10 Ramilies Place, Soho

    55A-H Redcliffe Road, Kensington

    Rochester Row Police Station, Westminster

    28 and 30 Roke Road, Kenley

    1-11 Rosslyn Crescent/24-34 Station Road, Harrow

    4 Saxonbury Avenue, Spelthorne

    1 Southbourne Close, Harrow

    86 Sparrow Drive, Orpington

    17 Springfield Gardens, Bickley

    St. Ann's Road, Hounslow

    361-367A St. Margaret's Road, Isleworth

    403 St. Margaret's Road, Richmond

    St. Mary's Lane Police Station, Upminster

    Staines Police Station

    68 Station Approach, Hillingdon

    24, 32 and 36 Stratton Avenue, Sutton

    2 Stumps Hill Lane, Bromley

    175A Swakeleys Road, Uxbridge

    21 The Briars, Broxbourne

    1-6 The Close, Redbridge

    9-10 The Close, Redbridge

    3 The Green, Spelthorne

    2 and 4 The Oaks, Ruislip

    Tottenham Court Road Police Station, Camden

    27 Trewenna Drive, Hertsmere

    2 Turks Close, Hillingdon

    28-30 Wanstead High Street, Wanstead

    70 Waterfall Road, Enfield

    108 Watling Street, Bexley

    Welling Police Station, Welling

    West Hendon Police Station and adjacent land, West Hendon

    53A Westbury Road, Kingston

    58 York Road, Barnet

The Prime Minister has received a Petition signed by many people, calling for Collier Row Police Station to be retained.

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My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has received several letters from Mrs. Burgess, and from an hon. Member on her behalf, about the proposed closure of Chislehurst Police Station.

The Receiver tells me that in addition:

    as to 23-24 Station Road and 1-11 Rosslyn Crescent, Harrow, the members of a mosque adjoining the site have objected to the sale of land to a housing association by open tender as they wish to acquire the site for a mosque."

Child Protection

Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with police forces on their responsibility for bringing to the attention of local social services departments their concerns for the welfare and protection of children who might be at risk; and if he will make a statement. [67988]

Mr. Boateng: Home Office officials are involved in continuing dialogue with the Association of Chief Police Officers about issues of child protection.

It has long been recognised that effective child protection work is best achieved through good inter-agency co-operation, a view most recently endorsed in the report of a thematic inspection of police child protection functions by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

"Working Together under the Children Act 1989--A Guide to arrangements for inter-agency Co-operation for the Protection of Children from Abuse" provides guidance for inter-professional and inter-agency co-operation, including between the police and social services. That guidance is currently being revised following a consultation exercise last year. Both the police and social services are contributing to that work which is being led by the Department of Health.

I am sure that the police are well aware of the need to bring to the attention of local social services departments any concerns they have about possible child abuse, in the same way that I would hope that social services would notify the police at the earliest opportunity when they come across a case which constitutes, or may constitute, a criminal offence.

CID Officers

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the advantages and disadvantages of putting CID officers into uniform for part of the working week. [68052]

Mr. Boateng: It is an operational matter for chief constables whether they make provision available for transfer of officers between Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and uniform duties, and the rotation of staff within specialisms, to allow for career development leading to a wider experience of policing.

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