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Police Officers (Leeds)

Mr. Clifton-Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the total number of police officers in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999 in the Leeds, Central constituency. [85704]

Mr. Boateng: I understand from the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire that the number of police officers in the Millgarth Division of Leeds which covers the Leeds Central constituency was as follows:

YearNumber of officers
31 March 1997224
31 March 1998228
31 March 1999220

Shamrock Ltd.

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how often Shamrock Ltd. of Henfield, West Sussex, (or the relevant certificate holder) is inspected by the Animal (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate; and when it was last inspected. [86110]

Mr. George Howarth: This establishment is generally visited on a monthly basis: there have been four visits so far this year, three of which were unannounced. It was last inspected in May and that visit was unannounced. I also visited the establishment myself on 15 December last year.

Imported Primates

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many primates imported into the UK for research purposes in the last five years from (a) China, (b) Mauritius, (c) Indonesia, (d) the Philippines and (e) other countries were (i) dead on arrival at the UK and (ii) suffered serious injury during transit, broken down (1) by the species of primate, (2) the place where the death or injury was discovered, (3) the cause of the death or injury and (4) in the case of injury, disposal of the primate. [86102]

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Mr. George Howarth: Records made available to the Home Office show that during the last five years, 11 deaths have occurred in consignments of non-human primates arriving in the United Kingdom for use in regulated procedures in this country. One further animal is recorded as having sustained serious injury, necessitating euthanasia on arrival. The details are as follows:


Mr. Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Weston-super-Mare of 11 January concerning Avon Probation Service. [85657]

Mr. George Howarth: The letter in question was unfortunately misplaced in the Home Office. This was an unacceptable failure, and staff have been informed accordingly. A considered reply has been sent and the action promised in that reply has been completed.

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Stop and Search

Mr. Gerald Howarth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and search operations have been conducted by the Metropolitan Police in each month in 1999; and what was the total number of reported crimes for each month. [85560]

Kate Hoey: The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis has provided the following data:

1999Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 stop and searchTotal notifiable offences

Judicial and Police Co-operation

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he expects to take place in the Council of Ministers relating to judicial and police co-operation in respect of the use of joint teams of police officers to investigate fraudulent transactions within the United Kingdom arising from the receipt of funds from the European Union. [85674]

Kate Hoey: The draft Convention on mutual assistance on criminal matters between the Member States of the European Union includes a provision on joint investigation teams. This would provide for co-operation between the competent authorities of the Member States, including judicial, police and customs authorities, in the use of joint investigation teams to carry out criminal investigations in one or more Member States. The provision applies to criminal activities in general, and does not refer specifically to financial fraud affecting European Union funds. The detail of this provision is subject to further negotiation.

European Treaties

Mr. Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list in respect of the new Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum concerned with matters arising from Title IV of Articles 61 to 69 of the consolidated Treaty on the European Community, the policy of Her Majesty's Government concerning those matters in respect of which by virtue of Protocol 4 of the Treaty of Amsterdam the United Kingdom has no current obligation; if representatives of Her Majesty's Government may participate in consideration of those matters; and, in respect of Article 3 of Protocol 4 of the Amsterdam Treaty enabling the United Kingdom or Ireland to enter into obligations not yet made, what consultation and scrutiny procedures will be adopted prior to such notification to the President of the Council. [86227]

Kate Hoey: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply given by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary to the right hon. Member for Penrith and The Border (Mr. Maclean) on 12 March 1999, Official Report, columns 380-82, concerning future United Kingdom participation in the

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new Free Movement Chapter (Title IV, Articles 61-69 of the consolidated version of the Treaty establishing the European Community).

As a member of the Council, the United Kingdom will be able to participate fully in the discussion of all measures proposed under the Free Movement Chapter, both in the new Strategic Committee on Immigration, Frontiers and Asylum and in Council working groups, but the United Kingdom will not have a vote on measures in which it is not participating.

All new proposals under the Free Movement Chapter will be deposited for Parliamentary scrutiny, according to the rules governing First Pillar business. The subsequent Explanatory Memorandum will indicate whether or not it is intended to participate in the measure in accordance with Articles 3 or 4 of the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Sexual Offences Review

Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all those organisations which made a submission to his Department's sexual offences review; and if these submissions are publicly available. [85928]

Mr. Boateng: A full list of organisations who have made a submission to the sex offences review as at 27 May 1999 is as follows:

    National Foster Care Association

    National Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Children Area

    Children's Services, Preston

    The Tizard Centre, University of Kent at Canterbury

    CONTACT (National Association of Child Contact Centres)

    BJFCS (British Juvenile & Family Court Society)

    Sexual Freedom Coalition

    NOTA (The National Organisation for the Treatment of Abusers)

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    Christians for Human Rights

    School of Social Sciences, University of Teesside

    Thames Valley Crime Intervention Service

    London Borough of Hackney

    Hull Women's Centre

    National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual Campaign

    Campaign for Homosexual Equality

    Soroptomist International of Midland East

    MACA (Mental After Care Association)

    Metropolitan Police

    Gay Men's Health Matters HIV Prevention Project

    Open Door

    West Yorkshire Lesbian Gay Bisexual & Transgendered Policing Initiative

    Suzy Lamplugh Trust

    Terrence Higgins Trust

    National Aids Trust

    The Royal College of Psychiatrists

    The Diocese of Southwark


    Legal Committee of the Joint Council of Her Majesty's Stipendiary Magistrates

    BGWS (Boys & Girls Welfare Society)

    Yorkshire MESMAC

    Northern Ireland Gay Rights Association

    Police Federation of England & Wales

    Union of Liberal & Progressive Synagogues


    Wyre Forest Women's Aid.

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