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Hilary Benn [holding answer 17 June 2002]: In order to ensure that Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) Disclosure Applications are processed accurately and in the interests of public safety 42 questions are asked of applicants. This is the case for all applicants, whether their positions are voluntary or paid.
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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people who were awarded work permits to recruit them to (a) UK police forces, (b) UK schools and (c) the UK NHS from (i) India, (ii) South Africa, (iii) Bangladesh and (iv) Jamaica have returned to those countries in the last five years. 
The full number of work permit approvals issued for the Government, health and medical industry and education and cultural industry, for (i) India, (ii) South Africa, (iii) Bangladesh and (iv) Jamaica for the previous five years is listed in the table. It encompasses all of the sector, including the United Kingdom police forces, United Kingdom schools and the national health services (NHS), but also any other employers within these sectors. The way in which information is collated does not provide a separate breakdown for the requested specific employer groups.
|Health and medical sectors|
|Education and cultural sectors|
The figures for 19972001 are for the calendar years. Figures for 2002 are for those up until 18 June.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will propose amendments to the criminal injuries compensation legislation in order to entitle victims of child abuse to benefit from the funds in those cases where the victim (a) lived with abuser and (b) the abuser was a close relative. 
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significant changes to the scheme with effect from 1 April 2001. As part of that exercise we considered whether to change the rule which precludes payment of compensation for intra-family sexual abuse which occurred before 1 October 1979. However, we decided for a number of reasons that the rule should not be changed.
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost has been of policing (a) demonstrations and other events arguing against legal restrictions on hunting and (b) hunting events (i) in 2001 and (ii) so far this year. 
Hugh Bayley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of vandalism, criminal damage and other offences apparently carried out by those supporting hunting were reported to the police (a) in 2001 and (b) so far this year. 
Mr. Denham: Figures for incidents reported to the police are not collected centrally. Details of those that the police then record as crimes are submitted to the Home Office by forces. Overall totals are broken down by type of offence, but information on the motivation of those who carry them out is not included.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent analysis he has made of a link between changes in crime and changes in the number of children (a) born to teenage women, (b) born outside marriage, (c) born into poverty and (d) in one-parent families; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 19 June 2002]: There is no evidence of a link between changes in the level of crime and changes in the number of children born to teenage women, outside marriage or in one parent families. Research, however, has suggested that the following risk factors are cumulatively important:
poor parenting (including neglect, abuse, harsh and inconsistent discipline, lack of supervision and marital conflict);
association with delinquent peers, siblings and partners;
low measures of intelligence, poor performance and persistent truancy;
high levels of impulsiveness and hyperactivity; and
being brought up by a criminal parent or parents. 1
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Mr. Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with his Dutch colleagues about Dutch Somalians who have left the Netherlands to settle in the UK. 
Beverley Hughes: We are aware of increasing numbers of individuals of Somali origin arriving in the United Kingdom and claiming local authority support. It is in response to this issue that we have introduced an amendment to the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill. The purpose of this amendment is to clarify in law the duty that local authorities have to provide social assistance to these individuals, and will limit support available to this category of person when they have support available elsewhere.
The Dutch have recently expressed concern about this issue. My officials are in the process of liaising with other Government Departments and the Dutch Embassy in London about setting up channels of communication with the Dutch in response to this issue.
Mr. Grieve: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet the representatives from the Sikh Secretariat on 4 July to discuss the issues set out in the Sikh Agenda for the UK Government; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 21 June 2002]: My noble Friend Lord Filkin is meeting a group of representatives from a number of Sikh organisations, likely to include one from the Sikh Secretariat, on 31 July to discuss issues relating to the British Sikh community.
Mr. Denham [holding answer 24 June 2002]: Official statistics on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued are based on quarterly returns received from magistrates' courts committees (MCCs). From 1 April 2001 MCC areas were aligned with all police force areas.
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|Police force area/MCC||ASBOs issued|
|Avon and Somerset||27|
|Devon and Cornwall||11|
|England and Wales||518|
(62) Including City of London
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