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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff at his Department are justices of the peace; and if he has a strategy for his Department to encourage members of staff to become justices of the peace. 
Staff in the Home Office (including the Prison Service) who are justices of the peace are allowed up to 18 days special leave with pay to perform their duties plus reasonable travelling time, to permit up to 26 attendances.
The Home Office is the lead Government Department for the active community initiative. Staff can take paid leave for volunteering in certain public capacities (e.g. school governors up to six days, magistrates up to 18 days). Staff in the non-agency Home Office can also take up to five days paid leave a year for any other voluntary activity.
A volunteering manager has recently been appointed, seconded from the voluntary sector, to actively promote volunteering among Home Office staff, ensure that a wide range of opportunities are available, monitor participation and evaluate the benefits to the individual and the Department.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people employed by the non-departmental public bodies for which he is responsible under the New Deal for Young People in each of the last four years have subsequently (a) found unsubsidised employment for more than 13 weeks and (b) returned to jobseekers' allowance or other benefits. 
Angela Eagle: Information on the New Deal programme has never been collected centrally for non-departmental public bodies, and those Home Office non-departmental public bodies that employ their own staff do not monitor new dealers who have left their employment.
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projects have been subject to refinancing after the contracts have been signed; and what has been the financial effect in each case. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people he expects to be employed at each accommodation centre for asylum seekers; and what estimate he has made of the salary costs of each centre. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 15 April 2002]: I refer the hon. Member to the reply I gave to the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh) on 26 March 2002, Official Report, column 895W. Estimates for staffing costs have not been made.
Royal Air Force (RAF) Hemswell, West Lindsey, Lincolnshire (Gainsborough).
Sully Hospital, Barry, South Glamorgan (Vale of Glamorgan).
Hooton Park, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire (Ellesmere Port and Neston).
Land vacated by Ministry of Defence (MOD) Logistics, Bicester, Oxfordshire (Banbury).
Air West Edinburgh (formerly RAF Turnhouse), Edinburgh (Edinburgh, West).
RAF Newton, West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire (Rushcliffe).
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Angela Eagle [holding answer 25 April 2002]: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave the hon. Member for Gainsborough (Mr. Leigh) on 10 April 2002, Official Report, column 360W, we expect that, nationally, accommodation centres will reduce the burden on local authorities due to the range of facilities provided on site. This includes education for children and adults, and primary health care facilities. We will, however, take funding considerations into account as we continue to develop our policy.
Mr. Denham: The table contains figures for total recorded robberies (including robberies of personal property and business property) in London boroughs for 19992000 and 200001. The Home Office did not collect borough figures prior to April 1999. The Home Office will publish national statistics for 200102 in the summer in its crime bulletin. The Metropolitan police have already published figures for this period, which are available on its web site.
The Metropolitan police force area is one of the 10 areas included in the Government's wider street crime initiative, which involves a concerted response to street crime across all the criminal justice and social agencies.
The 10 Force Street Crime Initiative began in April 2002 across the 10 force areas with the biggest robbery problem. The police and criminal justice agencies are working together in these areas to target and fast-track all street crime offenders. The initiative also brings together the resources and expertise of non-criminal justice system agencies to help tackle the causes of street crime and take preventative action.
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|Barking and Dagenham||514||731|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||853||911|
|Kensington and Chelsea||828||991|
(28) Based on force boundary since 1 April 2000
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Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate the Government have made of the level of direct European Union funding for the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom in the last 12 months. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 19 April 2002]: The most recent Government estimate of funding provided by the European Union (four structural funds) to voluntary and community organisations in the United Kingdom, in total, is £232,061,849 for the 200001 financial year.
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