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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Employment if he will take steps to ensure that impartial information on abortion and early motherhood is made available to pupils in schools as a part of their sex education. 
Jacqui Smith: In July 2000 we issued new sex and relationship education guidance for schools. The guidance explains that secondary schools should teach, among other things, about the responsibilities and the consequences of becoming a young parent and the arguments for delaying sexual activity. It also emphasises that there are strongly held views and religious beliefs about abortion and that the religious convictions of pupils and their parents should be respected.
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England and Wales have used provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, with special reference to curfew and antisocial behaviour orders. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: To date over 140 anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) have been granted in England and Wales since the provision came into force and many more applications are in the pipeline. ASBOs have been taken out in a variety of cases and with considerable success. In accordance with the commitment given by my right hon. Friend when he was at the Home Office, we will be starting a review of the operation of ASBOs in the new year and its findings and recommendations will be published.
No applications have been received from local authorities to establish child curfew schemes under section 14 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Following consultation with local authorities and the police we propose to extend the upper age limit to 15 and are considering what other improvements might be made.
13. Mr. Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of total natural wastage of police officer numbers in (a) the current year and (b) next year. 
Mr. Straw: In their bids for a share of the recruitment scheme of the crime fighting fund, forces provided information on their projected wastage. Those projections were for total wastage, excluding transfers, of 5,366 officers in 2000-01 and 5,425 officers in 2001-02. Overall wastage has declined in the last three years from 5.2 per cent. to 4.7 per cent., and it is about half the level of the civil service.
|Total number of police officers|
|Total for England and Wales||124,614|
(28) Seconded officers are those attached to the National Crime Squad, National Criminal Intelligence Service and to central services, such as National Police Training
Mrs. Roche: We are implementing proposals from the recent report "Making a Difference: Reducing Police Paperwork", and on 28 November we issued police forces in England and Wales with a revised "Manual of Guidance for the Preparation, Processing and Submission
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of Files". This will reduce considerably the number of forms officers have to complete when they pass cases to the Crown Prosecution Service.
33. Dr. Palmer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to improve the computer systems used by law enforcement agencies in order to ease administrative burdens on police. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Government are providing £46 million to police forces to automate key administration of justice tasks. The electronic handling of information by the police and within the criminal justice system will substantially reduce the administrative burden on those organisations.
We are providing £37 million to implement a modern management information system across the police service. This will improve management of performance in forces while reducing the burden of providing statistics and information on performance.
The Home Office is also providing £500 million for the introduction of a modern, secure radio system for the police, Airwave. That system will meet officers' needs for voice communications as well as the provision and receipt of data from any location. Considerable police time will be saved from that more efficient electronic method of working.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: We have long made it clear that no change will be made to the system by which hon. Members are elected without the approval of this House and the consent of the people of this country in a referendum. We are, however, keen to modernise voting procedures where necessary, which is why the Representation of the People Act 2000 enables local authorities to experiment with different ways of voting at local elections.
Mrs. Roche: The British Crime Survey published last October shows that there was an overall fall of 10 per cent. in crime levels in 1997 and 1999. It showed that there had been a 4 per cent. reduction in violent crime, a 15 per cent. reduction in vehicle related thefts and a 21 per cent. reduction in domestic burglary.
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on 12 December 2000, copies of which are available in the Library and on the internet. Among other statistics, these confirm the recorded crime figures published on 18 July 2000, which showed that in the 12 months to March 2000 vehicle crime was down by three per cent. and domestic burglary was down by six per cent.
Mr. Mike O'Brien: The Government announced the first round of 50 successful bids for the neighbourhood wardens' grant on 18 September. These schemes are in the process of being set up and are expected to become operational in the new year. A further 42 schemes were deferred for development. Redefined proposals had to be submitted by 15 December. We will announce the outcome of these bids as soon as we can.
24. Mr. Goggins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action he is taking to enable the police to share information about anti-social tenants with social landlords other than local authorities. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: We encourage the police service to share information on anti-social behaviour with other agencies, including social landlords, provided only that the disclosure is legal and likely to be beneficial. The Performance and Innovation Unit is examining the law and policy on data sharing and confidentiality, and we will consider the case for further action in the light of its findings.
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