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Race Relations Training

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what anti-racist training has been provided to the dedicated search team at HMP Full Sutton. [113009]

Mr. Boateng: All dedicated search team staff at Full Sutton receive training on race relations. In addition, the dedicated search team also receives training on equal opportunities and anti-bullying, both of which incorporate an element of race relations.

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what anti-racist training is provided to Prison Service staff. [113013]

Mr. Boateng: All Prison Service staff are trained nationally, by the Prison Service's training services, and locally by each race relations trainer who must have attended the national race relations training for trainers course. All race relations training, and associated procedures, are auditable by the national standards unit and are underpinned by the Prison Service Order on Race Relations (PSO 2800), issued in May 1997, a copy of which is available in the Library. Topics covered in the training include:



    the definition and investigation of complaints and racist incidents;


    the significance of religious artefacts/objects; and


    the importance of the individual in the elimination of discrimination and the promotion of equality.

Prisoner Telephone Call Monitoring

Mr. McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what guidelines are provided to prison officers on the recording of monitored telephone conversations of prisoners; [113011]

Mr. Boateng: Guidelines to prison staff on the recording and monitoring of prisoners' telephone calls are contained in the Prison Service Security Manual, Prison Standing Order 5G, Circular Instruction 21-1992, Chapters 1 and 2 of Prison Service Order 4400 and Instructions to Governors 87-1995 and 73-1995, copies of which are available in the Library.

These require that all prisoners' telephone calls, other than in open establishments, are recorded and capable of being monitored contemporaneously and from playback of the recordings. Calls made by high and exceptional risk category A prisoners are contemporaneously monitored. Monitoring of other prisoners' calls takes place on a selective basis where there is justifiable suspicion of

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abuse, supplemented by random monitoring to the extent it is considered necessary for the purposes of security, control and the detection of crime.

Prisons (Rats)

Ms Walley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total expenditure in each of the past three financial years on controlling and treating rat infestations in prisons. [113043]

Mr. Boateng: The information requested is not available.

Regular inspections take place in all prison establishments to check for infestations of pests of all types, and establishments have contracts with pest control firms for action to be taken to deal with any infestations discovered.

Primates

Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what primates were brought into this country through Dover on 3 February having sailed on the 'Cap Afrique' from Dunkirk; what was their (a) origin and (b) destination; and what arrangements were made for their welfare during their journey. [110231]

Ms Quin: I have been asked to reply.

According to our records, 60 primates from Mauritius came into Dover on 3 February. These were inspected by a veterinary surgeon at the quarantine premises which was their destination and were found to have travelled well with no signs of ill health or disease. According to Home Office records the ship on which they arrived was the 'Cap Afrique.'

Global Cultural Diversity Congress

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the terms of reference for the review which he has asked Gurbux Singh to conduct on the Global Cultural Diversity Congress. [113586]

Mr. Straw: I have asked Gurbux Singh to conduct a review with the following terms of reference:


The findings of the review will be laid in the Library.

Police Investigations (War Crimes and Torture)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many investigations have been undertaken to date by the Metropolitan police under the provisions of the (a) War Crimes Act 1991 and (b) International Convention on Torture. [112923]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan police has informed me that, between May 1991 and 2 March 2000, 381 individuals have been investigated under the War Crimes Act 1991. He also informs me that two allegations under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 (the offence of Torture) have been investigated.

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Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Metropolitan police officers are assigned to the investigation of cases referred to the Metropolitan police under (a) the War Crimes Act 1991 and (b) the International Convention on Torture; and if he will make a statement. [112926]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan police has informed me that no officers are currently assigned to the investigation of cases under the War Crimes Act 1991.

He also informs me that no officers are assigned specifically to the investigation of allegations of torture. Officers are assigned, principally from the Organised Crime Group, as and when allegations are made.

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Police Vehicles (Accidents)

Mr. Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents involving police vehicles there were in each police area in each of the past three years; and what was the severity of the injuries incurred in each case. [112924]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information set out in the table has been provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, to which forces submit statistical returns. The statistics collect all incidents in which a police vehicle sustains damage, including those where no other vehicle is involved. Figures for the injury classifications are available only for collisions where the police vehicle was responding to an emergency call or in pursuit of another vehicle.

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1996

Total police vehicle accidentsNo immediate response/ pursuitImmediate/ pursuitFatal RTAs immediate/ pursuitsPolice serious injury immediate/ pursuitsPolice other injuries immediate/ pursuitsCivilian fatal PVAs immediate/ pursuitsCivilian serious injury immediate/ pursuitsCivilian other injuries immediate/ pursuits
Avon and Somerset50722982014521321
Bedfordshire20593190250111
Cambridgeshire256107190215047
Cheshire1941022803180516
City of London80194017004
Cleveland75227008022
Cumbria116191002000
Derbyshire320962707180414
Devon and Cornwall25064210090420
Dorset1195612002028
Durham159731800140016
Dyfed-Powys75196005004
Essex391932001151016
Gloucestershire1969113036013
Greater Manchester957(32)n/a(32)n/a07612730
Gwent195382002202
Hampshire5551612400120025
Hertfordshire22375150316016
Humberside188379006025
Kent423180270512145
Lancashire44985200272217
Leicestershire2147812002217
Lincolnshire71365002003
Merseyside3201351390310123139
Metropolitan Police3,7831,308320043352127189
Norfolk1924510006007
North Wales95229027003
North Yorkshire1314811016049
Northamptonshire134681900110214
Northumbria(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a
Nottinghamshire2981352801220412
South Wales597794002000
South Yorkshire292983301330221
Staffordshire557156390033006
Suffolk136214003003
Surrey270125260318018
Sussex4011403501190833
Thames Valley88839819035128
Warwickshire1374615007008
West Mercia17555120510005
West Midlands1,5032955300541135
West Yorkshire72815(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a
Wiltshire53103001002
Provincial total13,1253,6648500576271480555
England and Wales Total(33)16,908(34)4,972(35)1,170(36)0(36)100(36)979(36)15(36)107(36)744

1997

Total police vehicle accidentsNo immediate response/ pursuitImmediate/ pursuitFatal RTAs immediate/ pursuitsPolice serious injury immediate/ pursuitsPolice other injuries immediate/ pursuitsCivilian fatal PVAs immediate/ pursuitsCivilian serious injury immediate/ pursuitsCivilian other injuries immediate/ pursuits
Avon and Somerset47718421048009
Bedfordshire3208314005027
Cambridgeshire3031232608200510
Cheshire11183210119006
City of London62134030003
Cleveland863990150015
Cumbria133205004001
Derbyshire383842200191014
Devon and Cornwall308931800140111
Dorset1394412005034
Durham14233140115018
Dyfed-Powys4291010000
Essex3961092700180521
Gloucestershire147617003004
Greater Manchester7741955603468418
Gwent182573005000
Hampshire5947813003028
Hertfordshire1965511005017
Humberside20766180218005
Kent546138220325016
Lancashire268534102320231
Leicestershire17330260080333
Lincolnshire94267005002
Merseyside4141195904891328
Metropolitan Police4,0451,422396047419128246
Norfolk21136150140216
North Wales4894002002
North Yorkshire14051190490214
Northamptonshire139436002005
Northumbria4891804701371122
Nottinghamshire2781413802500118
South Wales5631042102110 17
South Yorkshire3571391901130212
Staffordshire6441423300240 09
Suffolk122400000 00
Surrey108551600120 14
Sussex28213834021431122
Thames Valley6883946101430356
Warwickshire135411902130 04
West Mercia27049110010007
West Midlands1,3672919906600627
West Yorkshire500(32)n/a6604530 242
Wiltshire63237006016
Provincial total12,9013,6359720597341466524
England and Wales Total(33)16,946(34)5,057(35)1,368(36)0(36)106(36)1,153(36)15(36)94(36)770

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1998

Total police vehicle accidentsNo immediate response/ pursuitImmediate/ pursuitFatal RTAs immediate/ pursuitsPolice serious injury immediate/ pursuitsPolice other injuries immediate/ pursuitsCivilian fatal PVAs immediate/ pursuitsCivilian serious injury immediate/ pursuitsCivilian other injuries immediate/ pursuits
Avon and Somerset5311492901350234
Bedfordshire1617715006126
Cambridgeshire23898220090513
Cheshire14269160414004
City of London64257006013
Cleveland443080012004
Cumbria8721110310038
Derbyshire399692002100114
Devon and Cornwall3375710007017
Dorset1295313015007
Durham184862700111022
Dyfed-Powys4092001001
Essex4061042700151223
Gloucestershire16387140090012
Greater Manchester9332106101662126
Gwent21750140120005
Hampshire56096210060114
Hertfordshire197702003110711
Humberside23670111010006
Kent44881190017044
Lancashire160290000000
Leicestershire1862080016202
Lincolnshire1853710007003
Merseyside2621135000670216
Metropolitan Police4,6451,683426045280125310
Norfolk184306003015
North Wales461060110002
North Yorkshire1405912016068
Northamptonshire91268019032
Northumbria4721415001290717
Nottinghamshire225107190223002
South Wales651168190316003
South Yorkshire4001855402301318
Staffordshire646167310019039
Suffolk168162011011
Surrey1084311008018
Sussex2234217(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a(32)n/a
Thames Valley9183507101630062
Warwickshire1235112006006
West Mercia260335006002
West Midlands1,2102013300380127
West Yorkshire453(32)n/a2902901220
Wiltshire66158005024
Provincial total12,6933,354828158642982421
England and Wales Total(33)17,338(34)5,037(35)1,254(36)1(36)103(36)922(36)10(36)107(36)731

(32) n/a appears where the force was unable to supply the data

(33) Covers all collisions involving police vehicles

(34) Collisions occurring where the police vehicle is on an immediate response or in pursuit of a vehicle

(35) Collisions where injury occurred

(36) Classification only for collisions where the police vehicle is on an immediate response or in pursuit


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