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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there are in Coventry; how many are from ethnic minorities; and what measures there are to encourage more people into the police service. 
The Crime Fighting Fund was established to provide chief officers with resources to recruit 9,000 extra officers, over and above their previous recruitment plans for the three-year period from April 2000 to March 2003. West Midlands police has been allocated 523 Crime Fighting Fund recruits over the three years.
The first ever National Recruitment Campaign for the police service was launched in August last year to assist forces to meet their recruitment targets. By 25 November 2001 there had been more than 45,000 expressions of interest in joining the police service. 1,837 of these have been passed to West Midlands police for further action.
Annabelle Ewing: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of parliamentary questions replied to by his Department were the subject of a holding answer in the last three Sessions of Parliament. 
Mr. Blunkett: In the last three parliamentary Sessions, 4,749 named day parliamentary questions (the only type for which holding replies are used) have been tabled to the Home Office. Of these, 1,015or 21 per cent.were given a holding answer. The figures for each session are given in the table.
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Mrs. Lait: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, in real terms, for each year since 1979 (a) the total sums of money spent directly by his Department in Scotland and (b) the total sums of money allocated by his Department for spending in Scotland through (i) the Scottish Office, (ii) the Scotland Office and (iii) the Scottish Executive. 
Mr. Blunkett: The information requested is not readily available. Public expenditure information by territory and function is available in the Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses (PESA) 200102 (Cm 5101) for the years 199596 to 19992000, and earlier years are available in previous PESA publications. Copies of these publications are available in the Library.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if employees of local authorities who carry out duties within Dungavel Detention Centre have (a) been fingerprinted and (b) had photographic records taken. 
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on Home Office policies to improve community relations in areas which have suffered from recent disturbances. 
Mr. Denham: The Government took immediate steps in response to the disturbances last summer. In the short term, we made available £7 million to fund additional summer activities for young people. In addition £3 million has been made available to fund the appointment of community facilitators for those areas most in need.
Other measures taken by Government and proposals for further action are set out in the report of the Ministerial Group on Public Order and Community Cohesion. That report will be published tomorrow together with the report of the independent Review Team, led by Ted Cantle, announced by my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary in his statement of 10 July 2001, Official Report, column 663. Copies will be placed in the Library.
Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the letters of reflection that are to be prepared by Ministers as a result of the scrutiny of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Bill, indicating in each case when the letter is to be deposited in the Library. 
|Private Secretary to the Home Secretary||Rt. hon. Denzil Davies MP||23 November||SIAC and appeals|
|Private Secretary to the Home Secretary||Mark Fisher Esq. MP||27 November||Definition of "terrorist"|
|Lord Rooker||Lord Dixon-Smith||28 November||Disclosure of information|
|Lord Rooker||Lord Philips||28 November||Disclosure of information|
|Beverley Hughes MP||Humfrey Malins CBE MP||29 November||Security of pathogens and toxins|
|Beverley Hughes MP||Tam Dalyell MP||29 November||Security of pathogens and toxins|
John Cryer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reach a decision on the application for leave to remain by Victor Dan Iliescu (HO Ref. JS33533/3(S); PO 01423/01). 
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the (a) use and (b) role in punishment and rehabilitation of young offender institutions run by the Army. 
The Army do not run young offender institutions for the Home Office. They do, however, operate the Military Corrective Training Centre (MCTC) in Colchester. The MCTC is a detention facility for men and women of the armed forces who have been sentenced to undergo a period of corrective training in accordance with the provisions of the Imprisonment and Detention (Army) Rules 1979.
MCTC also provides rehabilitation training for those personnel that are to be discharged from the service, on completion of sentence, so that they develop their potential for self-sufficiency and responsible citizenship.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received in the past four years in respect of British summer time being retained throughout the year. 
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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations the UK has made to the USA in respect of bringing the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty into force before the end of this year. 
In order for the CTBT to enter into force, it requires the signature and ratification of 44 named states. At present, 31 of these countries, including the UK, have done so. The UK has consistently urged all states that have not yet done so to sign and/or ratify the Treaty. We continue to make our support for the Treaty clear to the US and others, most recently on 11 November in New York when the Foreign Secretary addressed the Conference on Facilitating the Entry into Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty.
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