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Regional Organisation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regional organisation his Department has; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. [58936]

Beverley Hughes: The Home Office operates through the Government offices for the regions, who carry out a number of functions at regional level such as the regional management of crime reduction and drug treatment programmes and liaison with local partnerships. A table

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setting out the structure of the Government office regions and the counties and unitary authorities in 1997 and 2002 is as follows.

Other parts of the Department with specific operational responsibilities have their own regional organisational structures. Since April 2000, the Prison Service has operated an area manager structure that is based on the Government regions. Two regions are divided between two area managers: the south-east (one for Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and one for Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and east midlands north (Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Derby and Nottingham) and south (Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Leicester and Rutland). Previously area managers had been based in London. The National Probation Service regions mirror the Government office regions.

Both the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) and the Immigration Service (IS) in Immigration and Nationality Department operate regional structures. NASS, which became fully operational in April 2000, has regional representatives in each Government region, and

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operates broadly within that regional structure, with some minor differences for local operational reasons.

The Immigration Service operates at ports and airports across the United Kingdom and had, until 2002, an Immigration Service regional organisation with four regional districts: Scotland, Northern Ireland, North-west England and north Wales; North-east England, the east midlands and East Anglia and South-west England and mid and south Wales. London and the south-east came under Immigration Service South East. From 2002 the regional boundaries of the IS were realigned to more closely match the Government office regions. The present structure, managed by regional operations headquarters in Manchester, comprises:

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Public Consultation

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. [60150]

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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The Home Office has undertaken 14 formal national public consultations since June 2001. The table lists consultations that started after 1 June 2001 and finished by the time of this response. The number of respondents in each case is noted but the percentage of those specifically consulted is not, as Departments are not routinely required to keep such records.

The figure do not include internet hits which are an increasingly popular method of the public accessing Government consultations.

Table of consultations

Subject of consultation exerciseStart dateDeadline for responsesNumber of responses(14)
The Halliday Report—making punishments work5 July 200131 October 2001305
Consultation Paper on the Review of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 199730 July 200119 October 200146
Use of x/gamma radiation scanners for the detection of clandestine illegal entrants17 July 200127 August 200130
Extension of civil penalty to eurotunnel18 July 200129 August 20018
Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code F15 September 200131 October 200110
Ratification of the driving disqualification convention25 September 200118 December 200146
Review of family visitor appeals29 October 200114 December 200123
Young people's substance misuse plans: supporting joint working at local level21 November 200111 January 2002440
Consultation paper on revising the definition of categories of deaths of members of the public during or following police contact14 December 200131 January 200214
White Paper "Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for Reform"5 December 200121 January 20021,200
Police and Criminal Evidence Act—Code A11 March 200219 April 200245
Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002, made under the Vehicles (Crime) Act 20014 January 20021 March 200226
White Paper "Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with diversity in modern Britain"7 February 200221 March 2002330
Proposed changes to the misuse of drugs legislation4 March 200217 May 20026

(14) The number of responses does not include hits on internet sites and may include both targeted and non-targeted respondents.

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