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Gender Impact Assessment

Jackie Ballard: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development if she will list the subject of each gender impact assessment drawn up by her Department since June 1997, indicating in each case whether the outcome has been (a) put out to consultation and (b) published. [92003]

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Mr. Foulkes: Gender impact is routinely assessed in each Evaluation Study commissioned by DFID's Evaluation Department. These studies are put out in draft for comment among persons associated with the project or programme under evaluation, and are routinely published in hard copy and on DFID's Internet Website. A global evaluation of DFID's work in promoting gender equality will be commissioned later this year.

Evaluation studies completed and published since June 1997 include:



    Pheromones Research and Development


    Whole Crop Harvester


    DDT Impact Zimbabwe


    RNR Research Synthesis


    Emergency Relief/Rehabilitation


    Emergency Aid Synthesis


    Higher Education


    Higher Education Synthesis


    Good Governance (DAC)


    Institutional Strengthening


    Privatisation and Divestiture


    Population


    Kenya Population III


    Population Synthesis


    Small Enterprise Development


    Kenya BASE K-REP Juhudi Credit


    Kenya BASE Enterprise Initiatives


    BRAC Small Enterprise Development


    Slovakia Enterprise Education


    Russia Business Planning Agency


    Small Enterprise Development Synthesis


    Privatisation


    Assistance to Russia Privatisation


    EU Programmes (joint multi-donor)


    ACP/ALA/MED Regions and ECHO.

Studies in hand include:



    Kenya SPRED


    India APPEP


    Indonesia ALPS


    Primary Education Synthesis


    Health Management


    Pakistan ADB3


    Caribbean Health


    Health Management Research Programme


    Health Sector Reform Synthesis


    Environment


    Environment Synthesis (including four Country Studies)


    Poverty


    Poverty Synthesis (including four Country Studies)


    Police


    Namibia


    Indonesia


    Uganda


    Police Synthesis


    Sustainable Agriculture


    Revenue


    Public Sector Reform

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HOME DEPARTMENT

Criminal Offences (Sentences)

Mr. Jack: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a consolidated list of criminal offences together with the minimum and maximum lengths of sentences which attach to each type of offence. [91668]

Mr. Boateng: No consolidated list of criminal offences currently exists and to produce one would be an expensive and time-consuming exercise with limited benefits. I therefore have no plans to do so.

Cyclists

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the enforcement of the law in relation to pedal cyclists who ride (a) through red lights and (b) on pavements. [91562]

Kate Hoey: Enforcement of the law in respect of cycling offences is an operational matter for individual chief officers of police. The hazards caused by cyclists who ride through red lights and who cycle inconsiderately on the pavement are recognised by chief officers and appropriate action is taken where such offences are detected. In order to assist the police, we are introducing, from 1 August, a fixed penalty for the offence of cycling on the pavement. Chief officers recognise that the fixed penalty will need to be used with a considerable degree of discretion and it cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 16. But it will provide the police service with a direct and simple means of dealing with inconsiderate cycling.

Sexual Harassment (Prison Service)

Mr. Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many allegations of sexual harassment have been made by female employees in Her Majesty's Prison Service in each of the last five years for which records are available. [91553]

Mr. George Howarth: Records have only been compiled centrally since 1998. These consist of cases notified to Prison Service headquarters by equal opportunities officers. The recorded information is given in the table:

YearNumber of allegations
January-December 199831
January-June 19995

Mr. Gordon Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual harassment in Her Majesty's Prison Service have been settled by employment tribunals in each of the last five years for which records are available. [91551]

Mr. George Howarth: The table provides information about all cases, including sexual harassment, brought under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 which were settled either by negotiation or by Tribunal decision.

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YearIndustrial/employment tribunals
19953
19965
19975
19986
19990

Home Office Headquarters

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) objectives and (b) progress of the planned re-location of Home Office headquarters from Queen Anne's Gate. [92195]

Mr. Straw: The objectives of the Home Office Central London Accommodation Strategy Private Finance Initiative project are to provide accommodation which meets Home Office and Prison Service long-term requirements for headquarters accommodation in central London; meets operational and business requirements; supports the Home Office modernisation programme; provides a healthy, safe and secure working environment for staff; and complies with Home Office and wider Government environmental policies.

An invitation to submit best and final offers was issued to three bidders in August 1998. Their bids were received in November 1998. None of these bids were acceptable and it is now proposed to invite further best and final offers based upon a revised statement of requirements. Bidders have been told that we expect to do this in September. The new accommodation is likely to be ready for occupation no earlier than 2004.

Prior Convictions

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what circumstances police may make public a defendant's prior convictions in cases where anonymity has been granted in a criminal trial. [92109]

Mr. George Howarth: The rules of evidence governing the admissibility in criminal proceedings of a defendant's criminal record apply regardless of whether anonymity has been granted in those proceedings.

The law on previous misconduct is currently under consideration by the Law Commission. The Law Commission issued a consultation paper on this subject in July 1996 and their final report is expected early next year.

European Year Against Racism

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the membership of the National Co-ordination Committee for the 1997 European Year Against Racism; what reports he has received on the Committee's work; and if he will place copies in the Library. [91536]

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Mr. Mike O'Brien: Permanent members of the National Co-ordination Committee for the 1997 European Year Against Racism are:

Permanent Members of National Co-ordination Committee for 1997 European Year Against Racism

MembershipDepartment/Organisation
Timothy KirkhopeParliamentary Under Secretary of State (Home Office)
Baroness Flather
Michael GillespieHome Office
Trevor HallHome Office
Caroline RoweHome Office
Julie ClouderHome Office
Graham BannRace for Opportunity
Marilyn MacyDepartment for Education and Employment
Paul BriceDepartment of Health
Will HaireNorthern Ireland Office
Gerald LauferDepartment of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Sukhdev SharmaCommission for Racial Equality
Colin HannCommission for Racial Equality
Sukhvinder StubbsRunnymede Trust
Kay CarberryTrades Union Congress
Loraine MartinsSia
Brian PearceInterfaith Network
Alison WheelerAssociation of Metropolitan Authorities
Robin MayhoAssociation of County Councils
Joslyn FisherAssociation of District Councils
Gordon MitchellWelsh Local Government Association
John PrestonBritish Phonographic Industry
Julie MellorCBI
Richard FlintHeart of England TEC
John JordanConvention of Scottish Local Authorities

The Report from the Commission of the European Communities on 'The Implementation of the European Year Against Racism (1997)' was issued in Brussels on 3 June 1999, and received here shortly afterwards.

Copies of the report and a covering Explanatory Memorandum are available in the Library.


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