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Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of homes allocated to asylum seekers by (a) NASS and (b) local authorities have been inspected in the last 12 months. 
Mrs. Roche: Inspections have been carried out on 100 per cent. of properties provided by the private sector and included on the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) database at 1 October 2000. Inspections have been carried out on 55 per cent. of properties provided by the private sector and included on the NASS database since 1 October. Inspections have been carried out on 5 per cent. of public sector accommodation included on the NASS database since 1 October 2000.
Mr. Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the areas where youth inclusion projects will be operational by March; and what resources will be allocated to each. 
Mr. Boateng: The Youth Justice Board managed youth inclusion programme aims to provide funding for 70 projects, of which 59 are now operational and another seven are expected to go live by March 2001.
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The areas where youth inclusion projects will be operational by March 2001 are listed in the table.
|Projects currently operational|
|Central, Barrow Island and Walney North||Barrow-in-Furness|
|Gascoigne and Barking Roding Valley||Barking and Dagenham|
|Farnworth SRB area||Bolton|
|Church End Estate||Brent|
|Mixenden and Ovenden||Calderdale|
|Acre Rigg, Dene House and Dene Hill Wards in Peterlee||Easington|
|Beacon Lough East, Springwell, Leam Lane||Gateshead|
|North Fulham neighbourhood||Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Tottenham and Wood Green||Haringey|
|Holloway and Tollington||Islington|
|Dalgarno||Kensington and Chelsea|
|Clapham Park Estate||Lambeth|
|Middleton||Leeds City (South)|
|Sandford-Ganners area of Bramley||Leeds West|
|Gurnos and Galon Uchaf Estates||Merthyr Tydfil|
|West Middlesbrough NDC area||Middlesbrough|
|Sandfields||Neath Port Talbot|
|Radford and Lenton NDC area||Nottingham|
|Hathershaw and Fitton Hill||Oldham|
|Lawson, Rokingham, Heygate and Draper||Southwark|
|Biddick Hall||South Tyneside|
|Woodhouse Close Estate and St. Helen Auckland Estate||Wear Valley|
|Caia Park Estate||Wrexham|
|Projects expected to be operational by March 2001|
|East Brighton||Brighton and Hove|
|Fincham, Woolfall Heath and Hillside areas of Huyton||Knowsley|
|Stansfield Estate, Burslem||Stoke-on-Trent|
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Mr. Charles Clarke: Soft-point ammunition in use by the police service is designed to transfer the maximum energy or "stopping power" to the target. It is less likely to endanger others by passing through the immediate target, or ricocheting from a hard surface. It is not intended to cause unnecessary injury.
It is not in the public interest to publish technical advice on the performance of ammunition suitable for police use. It contains information which could put both police officers and members of the public at risk and undermine the operational effectiveness of the police service.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been made in (a) Northumbria, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) West Yorkshire, (d) Merseyside, (e) the West Midlands and (f) Greater Manchester. 
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|Avon and Somerset||11|
|Devon and Cornwall||1|
|Met. Police area||18|
Siobhain McDonagh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the average fine levied on those found guilty of selling cigarettes to children aged under 16 years in 1999-2000. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The available information has been taken from the Home Office's Court Proceedings Database. Ninety persons were fined after being found guilty of selling tobacco based products (including cigarettes) under section 7 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933, as amended by Section 1 of the
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Children (Protection From Tobacco) Act 1991, to children aged under 16 years in 1999. The average fine levied was £237.
Two persons were fined after being found guilty under section 3 of the Children (Protection From Tobacco) Act 1991 for selling unpackaged cigarettes to children under 16 in 1999. The average fine was £200.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representatives he has received on the length of time taken to process shotgun certificate renewal; what the average length of time taken to process shotgun certificate renewals in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) North Yorkshire was in (i) 1996 and (ii) 2000; and how frequently local authority firearm consultative committees should meet. 
Figures for average renewal times are not collected centrally and were not so collected in 1996. We understand from information as is immediately available that the average time taken to renew a shotgun certificate is as follows, the 1996 figure being an estimate.
|Average renewal time in weeks||1996||2000|
The main reason for this increase in most forces is that following Lord Cullen's report into the Dunblane tragedy, most forces have moved from renewing shotgun certificates by post to visiting applicants personally prior to renewal.
The Home Office has not issued advice on how often local firearms consultative bodies should meet; nor have we received any representations on this issue in recent years. We understand that those forces that do hold such consultative meetings do so between two and four times a year.
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