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"Bridges into the Future"

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what events were organised as part of the "Bridges into the Future" strategy in 2000; and what events are planned for 2001. [148885]

Mr. Wilson: The FCO organised over 20 promotional events around the country in 2000 targeted on visible minority ethnic communities as part of its Minority Ethnic Strategy, "Bridges into the Future". We also hosted events in the Foreign Office main building, took part in careers fairs and organised a work shadowing scheme targeted on young members of minority ethnic communities. A similar programme of events is being organised this year.

Sathya Sai Movement

Mr. Colman: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will take steps to publicise the UNESCO Clarification of 15 September 2000 relating to allegations of sexual abuse involving youths and children at the ashram of the Sathya Sai movement in Puttaparthi, India. [151562]

Mr. Wilson: The text of the UNESCO Clarification can be found on the UNESCO website at: education/highlights/media--advisory.htm, and can be made available to Members through the Library of the House.


Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on what dates representations were made by the European Union to the Government of

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Israel in the context of the EU-Israel Association Agreement, on human rights related issues since the start of the Al Aqsa intifada; and what responses have been received. [151136]

Mr. Wilson: The European Union delivered demarches to the Government of Israel on Israeli obstacles to humanitarian assistance (5 February) and on the Israeli policy of targeted physical eliminations (21 January). The EU made a further statement on 13 February which deplored the practice of eliminations or extra judicial killings of Palestinians by the Israeli security forces. The General Affairs Council has repeatedly called for closures to be lifted, most recently on 26 February. Within the framework of the EU-Israel dialogue on the Palestinian economy, the EU has also urged Israel to lift the closures and resume the payment of revenues withheld from the Palestinian Authority.


Home Detention Curfew Scheme

Miss Widdecombe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for the period between the commencement of the Home Detention Curfew scheme and 31 January 2001 inclusive (a) the total number of prisoners released on the scheme, (b) the number of prisoners convicted of each specific offence who were released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed, including specific offences committed by prisoners normally classified under the categories (i) other homicide and attempted homicide, (ii) other violence against the person, (iii) drug offence, (iv) assaults and (v) other offences, including a breakdown of the prisoners normally classified in the sub-category of other offences called other offences, (c) the average sentence (i) received and (ii) served, and the average period spent on the scheme, in respect of each specific offence, (d) the number of prisoners released on the scheme, with a breakdown of the offences committed, who (i) breached the conditions of the curfew, (ii) disappeared and were recaptured, (iii) disappeared and remain unlawfully at large and (iv) had their licences revoked, and for what reasons, (e) a breakdown of the specific offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme while on the scheme, including all offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence and (f) a breakdown of the specific offences committed by prisoners released on the scheme who committed a further offence while on the scheme that was similar in character to that for which they were originally convicted, including all offences committed by prisoners who committed more than one offence; and if he will make a statement. [148089]

Mr. Boateng [holding answer 1 February 2001]: I have written to the right hon. Member, and placed a copy of the letter in the Library.

South Yorkshire Police Authority

Caroline Flint: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of (a) the Government's financial settlement for the South Yorkshire

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Police Authority and (b) additional Government support for crime reduction in the Doncaster borough in each year since 1995-96. [149065]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Central Government supported funding for South Yorkshire Police Authority in each year since 1995-96 is shown in the table.

£ million (cash terms)

In addition in 2000-01 South Yorkshire will receive a total of £984,978 from the Crime Fighting Fund. For 2001-02, the Authority will receive a total of £2,538,000. (All Crime Fighting Fund allocations are provisional and dependent on forces meeting recruitment targets).

Projects to the value of £2,050,997 are currently being funded under the Government's Crime Reduction Programme. Three types of project are being funded, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) and Reducing Burglary schemes (over the period 1999-2000 to 2001-02) and a Neighbourhood Wardens Scheme (for the period 2001-02 to 2002-03). £1.395 million is being invested in CCTV, £0.607 million in Reducing Burglary and £0.049 million in the Neighbourhood Warden Scheme.

Several smaller sums have been provided for the Doncaster Community Safety Partnership and the New Deal for Communities Partnership. Doncaster Regeneration Partnership has also invested in crime reduction projects via its Single Regeneration Budget Schemes.

Records are not maintained of funding which has contributed specifically to crime reduction in Doncaster prior to the launch of the Crime Reduction Programme in 1999.

Police Grant

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2001, Official Report, column 72W, to the hon. Member for Stourbridge (Ms Shipley) if he will express the percentage change in funding allocation to each police authority per head of resident population in each police authority. [149180]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The percentage change in funding allocation for 2001-02 compared with 2000-01 to each police authority per head of resident population is given in the table.

Funding per head
2000-01 (£)2001-02 (£)Percentage change
Avon and Somerset Police116.69120,843.56
Bedfordshire Police114.98120.955.19
Cambridgeshire Police107.26112.154.57
Cheshire Police113.69120.716.18
City of London10,825.349,555.52-11.73
Cleveland Police152.24159.734.92
Cumbria Police126.20131.764.41
Derbyshire Police108.65114.064.98
Devon and Cornwall Police114.77119.714.30
Dorset Police104.74108.303.39
Durham Police138.05144.214.47
Dyfed-Powys Police110.98117.135.54
Essex Police108.87114.555.22
Gloucestershire Police113.95119.234.63
Greater Manchester Police149.80156.964.78
Gwent Police129.03134.924.56
Hampshire Police114.46120.104.93
Hertfordshire Police113.39117.833.92
Humberside Police132.37137.373.77
Kent Police121.43128.716.00
Lancashire Police129.87135.394.25
Leicestershire Police113.71118.444.16
Lincolnshire Police104.95109.133.98
Merseyside Police171.92179.964.68
Metropolitan Police241.04250.423.89
Norfolk Police109.46114.884.96
North Wales Police117.88125.136.15
North Yorkshire Police107.35112.364.66
Northamptonshire Police109.94114.143.82
Northumbria Police153.21160.444.72
Nottinghamshire Police126.02131.794.58
South Wales Police135.24141.794.84
South Yorkshire Police135.88141.894.43
Staffordshire Police110.06114.654.18
Suffolk Police105.65111.175.23
Surrey Police106.36102.96-3.20
Sussex Police115.01120.004.34
Thames Valley Police110.40115.824.91
Warwickshire Police107.16112.224.73
West Mercia Police103.14108.985.66
West Midlands Police149.42155.994.40
West Yorkshire Police140.59146.834.44
Wiltshire Police110.15113.713.23

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Resident population is one of a number of indicators used in the calculation of the police funding formula. Details of the indicators and their value in determining the allocation for individual forces are set out in The Police Grant Report (England and Wales) 2001-02, a copy of which has been placed in the Library.

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