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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the minimum time period for elementary training of a police recruit before he or she is permitted to take part in a street patrol. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 29 January 2002]: Police recruits undertake supervised street patrol with a tutor constable on completion of their initial training, normally after 20 weeks' service and follows their foundation training course (15 weeks at National Police Training, and 18 weeks at Hendon for the Metropolitan police). This training equips recruits with the knowledge and skills to perform the full range of police duties, and is consolidated through further training in force during the remainder of the probationary period of two years. Most recruits are considered ready for unsupervised street patrol after 32 weeks' service.
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answers of 25 January 2002 of the hon. Member for Sheffield, Central (Mr. Caborn), Official Report, column 1112W, on football, if he will draw the attention of the Football Association to the Football (Disorder) Act 2000 in respect of its application to footballers and club officials; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham: It is for the police and courts to enforce the measures introduced by the Football (Disorder) Act 2000 and the responsibility of the football authorities to determine whether or not to impose sporting sanctions in respect of player misbehaviour. The football authorities are aware that players are not exempt from the law of the land.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the departmental expenditure limit in 200102 will be accounted for by salary costs and pension contributions. 
Angela Eagle: There have been four increases to the cost of passports in the past 10 years. In November 1992, March 1998, December 1999 and the last recent increase in January of this year. The increases are as follows:
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Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether additional financial commitments for the Prison Service resulting from the Prison Service pay review will be met through additional central Government funding; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 1 February 2002]: This award will be contained within existing departmental expenditure limits. It will be funded by an adjustment to current Prison Service spending plans in the latter part of 200102 and during 200203. For example, some maintenance of the prison estate will be re-scheduled to take place later. Efficiency savings made from the wider Home Office budget will also contribute to the cost. Prison Service funding for 200304 onwards will be determined by the 2002 Spending Review process.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made in (a) establishing an EU register of non-human primates in breeding, supply and research establishments and (b) enforcing minimum standards of housing and care across member states; and if he will make a statement. 
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The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate monitors the implementation of minimum standards, as set out in published codes of practice, for the housing and care of animals bred, supplied and used for scientific procedures in designated establishments in Great Britain. Standards in designated Northern Ireland establishments are similarly monitored under separate inspection arrangements.
We are unable to comment on enforcement of minimum standards of housing and care in European Union (EU) states other than the United Kingdom, (UK) as set out in Annexe A of Directive 86/609/EEC, as that is not the responsibility of the UK Government.
The Home Office is playing a leading role in discussions within the Council of Europe that are expected to determine future, improved European provisions for the accommodation of animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps have been taken to ensure that non-designated overseas breeding and supply establishments of non-human primates supplying the UK are complying with the Code of Practice for the Housing and Care of Animals in Designated Breeding and Supply Establishments; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) how many wild-caught non-human primates, by (a) species and (b) purpose of procedure, are in UK facilities designated under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 24 January 2002]: The Home Office does not maintain a register of stock held at designated establishments, but there are no current project licences in force for the use of wild caught non-human primates under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
Non-designated overseas breeding and supply establishments do not comply fully with the provisions of the United Kingdom (UK) Code of Practice, which are considered by many to be the most stringent in the world. Overseas breeders who wish to supply animals for use in the United Kingdom are, however, expected to comply with the guidelines issued by the International Primate Society, and are visited by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Inspectorate, both prior to acceptance to supply non-human primates for use in the United Kingdom, and periodically thereafter.
Two sets of visits to particular overseas breeding and supply establishments were undertaken in the period October to December 2001. In addition all establishments currently supplying the UK have been visited during the last three years.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what grounds the ban on the use of great apes in research and testing in the UK was made; and if he will make a statement. 
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Angela Eagle [holding answer 4 January 2002]: In announcing, in November 1997, that the Government would not allow the future use of great apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, pygmy gorillas, and orang-utans) as laboratory animals, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary explained that this was a matter of morality. The cognitive and behavioural characteristics and qualities of these animals are such that it is unethical to treat them as expendable for research.
This policy was set out in the Supplementary Note to the Home Secretary's response to the Animal Procedures Committee interim report on the review of the operation of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Copies of this document were deposited in the Library.
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