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On-the-spot Fines

Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what external advice he has received concerning the compatibility of on-the-spot fines imposed by police with the European Convention on Human Rights; [129240]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: As I made clear in my reply to the right hon. Member for Maidstone and the Weald, (Miss Widdecombe) on 10 July 2000, Official Report, columns 432-33W, my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister discussed a number of ideas for tackling disorderly and anti-social behaviour at his meeting with chief officers of police on 3 July. These included the possibility of on-the-spot fines or fixed penalties. The purpose of the meeting was to open up discussion and to seek the views of chief officers on the options which should be further considered rather than to present ready-made solutions.

The chief officers present broadly welcomed the idea of extending the fixed penalty system to a wider range of offences and I have asked my officials and the Association of Chief Police Officers to consider this option, and others, in the coming weeks.

Any new measures would, of course, have to comply with the European Convention on Human Rights.

Security Service

Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if all processing of personal data by the Security Service is covered by a certificate under section 28 of the Data Protection Act 1998. [129613]

Mr. Straw: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave him on 5 July 2000, Official Report, column 235W.

Asylum Seekers

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements there are for the inspection of hostels used by asylum seekers under the dispersal programme. [129940]

Mrs. Roche: There is a twin track approach to the inspection of accommodation. First of all, officials in the National Asylum Support Service have signed a Service Level Agreement with the Property Advisors to the Civil Estate (PACE) part of the Office of Government Commerce. PACE officials are responsible for inspecting properties provided by accommodation providers and ensuring that housing conditions comply with the terms of the contract. Additionally, a Performance Monitoring Inspections Team has been established to carry out inspections in conjunction with PACE to ensure that the providers of accommodation comply fully with the contract in terms of effective housing management and access to support services.

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what environmental and health and safety legislation applies to hostels used by asylum seekers; and if he will make a statement on the ways in which such legislation differs from that applying to houses in multiple occupation. [129939]

Mrs. Roche: All property must meet the requirements of the Housing Act 1985 or Housing (Scotland) Act 1987 and meet all regulatory requirements, including environmental and health and safety obligations, whether under law or regulations issued by any public or local authority and any statutory or non statutory organisation or body.

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The provider is obliged through contract and specification to ensure that all necessary planning permission has been granted by the relevant authority. Where a house in multiple occupation scheme is in place the landlord must comply with the terms of the registration with the local authority.

Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when his Department plans to take responsibility for all asylum seekers who have not yet received a final decision but who are currently supported by local authorities; and when the backlog of existing cases will be cleared. [130272]

Mrs. Roche: We have no plans at present to assume responsibility for the support of asylum seekers who have not received a final decision on their application and who are currently supported by local authorities.

We are on course to make a substantial reduction in the backlog of asylum applications by April 2001.

Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the National Asylum Support Service, in commissioning accommodation for asylum seekers, is commissioning within grant levels set for local authorities. [130273]

Mrs. Roche: Contractual negotiations between the National Asylum Support Service and potential providers of accommodation to asylum seekers are commercially confidential.

Mr. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many port-of-entry applicants the National Asylum Support Service has accepted responsibility to support since 1 April; and how many in-country applicants there have been (a) nationally and (b) in London boroughs since 1 April. [130270]

Mrs. Roche: The National Asylum Support Services (NASS) assumed responsibility for the support of those seeking asylum at ports of entry with effect from 3 April. From the same date they also assumed responsibility for those making in-country applications for asylum in Scotland and Northern Ireland. On 7 April NASS assumed responsibility for in-country applicants who made their application for asylum in Kent. Between 3 April and 10 July NASS has accepted responsibility for the support of 4,353 asylum seekers. These include all those who are eligible to receive support from NASS. It is not possible to break the figure down to show the number of port applicants receiving support. Since 1 April there have been 8,400 applications for asylum made in-country. Separate figures to show the number of applicants living in London boroughs are not available.

Grants

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the beneficiaries of (a) community support grant and (b) family support grant in (i) 1999-2000 and (ii) 2000-01, giving the sums of money paid in each grant. [129525]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 7 July 2000]: The Family Support Grant is a programme of funding for voluntary organisations which first became available in

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1998 when it was announced that £7 million would be made available over three years. The first £1 million of awards for 1999-2000 were announced in June 1999 and a further £3 million was announced in April 2000 for 2000-01. Additionally, it was agreed that the new National Family and Parenting Institute would receive £247,000 from the Home Office as part of a "joined up" funding package from five other Departments and the Welsh Assembly totalling £2 million over the three years. 1999-2002 Parentline Plus would receive £310,000 for each of the financial years in question in order to develop and expand the services already provided to parents by introducing a national freephone telephone helpline for parents.

Funding under the open competition in both bidding rounds has gone to a range of national and local organisations across the country under three strands to help support infrastructure organisations and to promote innovative work with families. Each year a grant is made available to fund projects with a specific theme aimed at plugging gap areas in provision. In 1999 the theme was working with boys, young men and fathers. This year projects working on the parenting of teenagers have been funded.

Grants paid out in the year April 1999-2000 are available for up to three years and for 2000-01 for up to two years. Grants given to voluntary organisation projects are listed; figures are given per project for both 1999-2000 and 2000-01 where applicable.

£

Voluntary organisations1999-20002000-01
National Council of One Parent Families39,51129,645
Contact A Family31,50035,000
Parent Network (two projects)90,00050,000
Parenting Education and Support Forum (two projects)90,00099,000
Family Policy Studies Centre43,16943,953
National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations38,50035,000
After Adoption38,83143,153
Trust for the Study of Adolescence32,66243,837
REU44,9830
Baby Naming Society10,0000
Fathers Direct45,00050,000
CEDC22,7002,500
Family Nurturing Network4,5242,591
Parents in Partnership Parent Infant Network36,14835,137
YMCA England43,99748,630
Newpin45,00050,000
Family Support Unit--East Birmingham7,28811,409
The Warren31,36033,566
National Children's Centre44,20045,775
National Youth Agency30,0000
Youthnet30,5110
Thomas Coram Foundation30,00050,000
Working with Men44,98548,270
Ormiston Children and Families Trust20,10023,227
National Children's Bureau12,1508,925
Black Development Agency30,00030,000
Divert Trust28,30732,689
Gingerbread10,00020,000
Families Need Fathers15,0000
Norwood Ravenswood8,4890
One plus One (one project jointly funded with the Department of Health, the other with the Lord Chancellor's Department)18,50017,000


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£

Voluntary organisations2000-01
National Council of Voluntary Child Care Organisations20,000
Child Psychotherapy Trust15,176
Working with Men22,926
National Council for One Parent Families30,000
REU (two projects)99,585
Fathers Direct50,000
Parenting Education and Support Forum14,000
Family Policy Studies Centre38,786
Family Rights Group34,284
Peers Early Education Partnership49,415
Newham Bengali Community 50,000
National Association of Child Contact Centres50,000
Parents in Partnership Parent Infant Network47,227
Family Welfare Association49,040
Disability, Pregnancy and Parenthood International49,739
Positive Parenting Publications50,000
Family Planning Association50,000
Health and Advocacy Counselling Services for Turkish and Kurdish Speaking Communities29,551
Crime Concern/Daycare Trust44,500
Divert Trust (two projects)92,364
Leeds Animation Workshop50,000
Norwood Ravenswood20,000
Community Education and Development Centre34,000
Ormiston Children and Families Trust2,453
RPS Rainer50,000
YMCA England--Parent Education and Support Unit50,000
Trust for the Study of Adolescence (two projects)97,995
Parentline Plus services to adolescents project45,000
Young Voice35,000
Barnardos Byker Sands Family Centre49,912
After Adoption48,899
NFPI befriending project50,000
One plus One befriending project50,000

Active community unit

Community support grantsAmount paid £
1999-2000
Age Concern60,000
Age Concern24,520
Age Concern49,797
Alzheimer's Society7,292
Arthritis care43,490
Black Development Agency48,000
Black Regeneration Network10,000
Bright Red Dot Foundation100,000
British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres47,363
Business in the Community113,032
Business in the Community50,000
Business in the Community52,500
Business in the Community35,906
Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum19,572
Children's Society19,013
Community and Voluntary Forum: Eastern Region38,000
Community Development Foundation-Community Forum30,000
Commmunity Service Volunteers50,000
Community Service Volunteers--RSVP154,000
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations42,000
Dark Horse Venture28,500
East Midlands Voluntary Sector Forum48,000
Educational Broadcasting Services Trust15,000
Halton Voluntary Action76,545
Help the Aged30,586
London Voluntary Service Council48,000
Media Trust200,000
MSF Union42,000
National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders20,782
National Association of Volunteer Bureaux50,175
National Association of Volunteer Bureaux73,275
National Centre for Volunteering36,211
National Centre for Volunteering12,700
National Centre for Volunteering20,700
National Centre for Volunteering46,779
National Mentoring Network35,000
National Trust10,881
National Youth Agency80,000
North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency84,375
Nottingham and District Racial Equality Council10,000
Oldham Development Agency for Community Action25,000
Pabulum23,330
Progress Trust38,183
ONE20500,000
Ravidassia Community Centre34,514
RAISE45,380
South West Forum48,000
Somali Womens' Association and Welfare Group4,050
Voluntary Action Camden112,500
Voluntary Action Luton112,500
Voluntary Organisations' Network North East10,000
Voluntary Organisations' Network North East43,000
Volunteers in Action Southwark12,760
Voluntary Service Overseas43,000
Voluntary Sector North West18,900
Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council47,530
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum for Voluntary and Community Organisations21,000
Youthnet UK827,791
Youthnet UK130,725
2000-01
Age Concern39,730
Alzheimer's Society12,500
Arthritis Care14,753
Asian Health Agency68,000
Black Development Agency58,000
Black Regeneration Network58,000
Bright Red Dot Foundation100,000
British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres42,613
Business in the Community258,354
Business in the Community50,000
Cambridge Ethnic Community Forum58,000
Children's Society24,500
Community and Voluntary Forum: Eastern Region58,000
Community Development Foundation-Community Forum30,000
Community Service Volunteers--RSVP114,000
Community Service Volunteers60,000
Council of Ethnic Minority Voluntary Sector Organisations58,000
Dark Horse Venture21,000
East Midlands Voluntary Sector Forum58,000
Halton Voluntary Action276,429
Help the Aged42,562
London Voluntary Service Council58,000
MSF Union50,000
National Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders32,084
National Association of Volunteer Bureaux3,000
National Association of Volunteer Bureaux56,100
National Centre for Volunteering2,678
National Centre for Volunteering122,739
National Children's Bureau10,000
National Mentoring Network25,800
National Trust25,708
National Youth Agency100,000
North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency270,000
Oldham Development Agency for Community Action25,000
Pabulum23,330
ONE20710,00
RAISE58,000
Ravidassia Community Centre35,200
Sandwell Volunteer Bureau60,000
Somali Womens' Association and Welfare Group8,347
South West Forum58,000
Voluntary Action Camden270,000
Voluntary Action Luton270,000
Voluntary Organisations' Network North East58,000
Voluntary Organisations' Network North East58,000
Voluntary Sector North West58,000
Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council58,000
Yorkshire and Humber Regional Forum for Voluntary and Community Organisations58,000
Youthnet UK13,125

Note:

The list does not include grants which are planned but have not yet been approved by Ministers or offered.


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