Beverley Hughes: The grant in aid allocated to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) in the financial year 199091 was £13,500,000 and is £19,900,000 for the current financial year 200203 (both amounts rounded to the nearest £100,000).
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to introduce legislation relating to the interception of communications and the use of computers which use selected keywords and numbers to determine which communications are intercepted. 
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Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 2 July 2002]: The interception of communications is governed by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. "External" communications, which are defined by that Act as those sent or received outside the British islands, may be intercepted under a warrant: in particular, section 8(4) of the Act provides for a warrant for the interception of external communications only. The conditions for obtaining such a warrant are set out in sections 58 and 15 of the Act.
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 3 July 2002]: A warrant for the interception of communications of any kind can only be issued personally by the Secretary of State to those persons specified in section 6(2) of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. Those persons are:
the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service;
the Director of Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ);
the Director-General of the National Criminal Intelligence Service;
the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis;
the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary (now the Police Service of Northern Ireland);
the Chief Constable of any police force maintained under or be virtue of section 1 of the Police (Scotland) Act 1967;
the Commissioners of Customs and Excise;
the Chief of Defence Intelligence; and
a person who, for the purposes of any international mutual assistance agreement, is the competent authority of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what extra resources have been made available since 16 April to fund the expected increase of remands into custody of juvenile offenders; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn [holding answer 2 July 2002]: £53 million has been made available for this year to provide additional juvenile secure places, tagging of juveniles on bail and after release from custody and extension of intensive supervision and surveillance programmes.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average delay was incurred in the last year for which figures are available before prisoners receive representation packs after they are recalled to prison; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn [holding answer 2 July 2002]: The Prison Service target for issuing representation packs to determinate sentence prisoners after they have been recalled to prison is five working days. During the 12 month
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period ending 31 May 2002, 76 per cent. of representation packs were issued within target. Information on the average delay in issuing these packs is not held centrally and to provide it would incur disproportionate cost.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many probation areas in England and Wales operate bail information schemes; in how many cases by probation area information on bail was provided to the courts in the last year that figures are available; in how many of these cases the court ordered conditional bail; and if he will make a statement. 
Hilary Benn [holding answer 2 July 2002]: 36 areas operated bail information schemes in 200102, covering some 60 per cent. of magistrates courts in England and Wales. In some areas schemes will have been focused in particular courts rather than delivered as an area-wide service.
The list of numbers of bail information reports prepared by each area in 2001 is in the table. Bail information reports are only one of the reports available to the court to assist in reaching a decision on whether to order conditional bail in any case and no statistics are collected for the number of such cases.
The National Probation Directorate is currently reviewing the coverage of bail information schemes to identify the scope for increasing the number of magistrates courts covered by such a scheme and developing performance measures to monitor and improve the quality of the information provided in reports.
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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 3 July 2002]: The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 is a direct response to the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry. The Government brought forward amendments to the Race Relations Act 1976 to strengthen the duties placed on public authorities. The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 presents both a challenge and an opportunity to public authorities. So for the first time we have placed a statutory duty on Criminal Justice System organisations to eliminate racial discrimination and also to promote race equality and good race relations when carrying out their functions.
My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer, my right hon. and noble Friend the Attorney-General and my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary are responsible for the justice system in England and Wales. We have published Race Equality Schemes setting out how the new duties apply to our Departments and the action we will take to fulfil those duties.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been taken in conjunction with other European states to increase security after the events of 11 September 2001. 
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 3 July 2002]: Heads of State and Government of the European Union (EU) endorsed an Action Plan on 21 September, following the terrorist attacks in the United States. The Action Plan sets out agreed decisions on a range of measures to combat global terrorism and to improve practical co-operation among member states. The Action Plan includes:
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Setting up a team of EU member states' anti-terrorist experts who can ensure timely collection and analysis of information and intelligence and draft threat assessments;
Rapid implementation of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism by all EU member states;
Requirement that the potential impact on the fight against crime and terrorism is fully considered in drafting European Community legislation;
Measures on freezing of assets and evidence and
Review of the EU's relations with third countries in the light of their support for counter-terrorism.