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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research since 1992 has been conducted into interviews with (a) witnesses and (b) vulnerable witnesses; who conducted the research; and when it was published. 
It published a further report in 2001 entitled "National Evaluation of the PEACE Investigative Interviewing Course" by Colin Clarke and Rebecca Milne. This covers the interviewing of suspects as well as witnesses and victims of crime. It includes a literature review.
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Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of armed response team call outs were to (a) air weapons and (b) replica weapons incidents in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Maples: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, for each police authority in England, the amount spent on pensions in (a) each of the last three years and (b) the current year, and the percentage each figure represents of that authority's total revenue spending in each of those years. 
|19992000 Net pensions||200001 Net pensions||200102 Net pensions|
|Police||Costs £000||As a proportion of net expenditure Percentage||Costs £000||As a proportion of net expenditure Percentage||Costs £000||As a proportion of net expenditure Percentage|
|Avon and Somerset||25,869||14.84||29,290||16.16||31,585||16.65|
|City of London||8,211||14.19||9,052||15.36||9,578||16.05|
|Devon and Cornwall||25,008||14.29||25,535||13.96||28,313||14.81|
Actual expenditure for 19992000, estimates for 200001 and 200102.
The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (police statistics)
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is on requiring the prioritisation of street crime by chief constables; and what statutory power he has to require them to prioritise specified categories of crime. 
Mr. Denham: Finding effective means of tackling street crime is a Government priority following a rapid rise in such offences in recent years (including a 13 per cent. rise in robbery offences in the year up to March 2001). To achieve this, the Government are working jointly with the 10 forces which account for over 80 per cent. of such offences, and who have agreed collectively to make street crime a priority as part of this multi-agency initiative.
Mr. Denham: The Secretary of State does not have, nor does he need, a statutory power to have a meeting with a chief constable to discuss any topic. The Secretary of State may, however, require a chief constable to submit a report to him on any matter concerned with the policing of the chief constable's police area under s.44 of the Police Act 1996.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory power the Government have to require the dismissal of chief constables; and what powers he exercised in respect of the dismissal of the chief constable of Sussex. 
Mr. Denham: Under current provision, a police authority has the powers to call upon its chief constable to retire in the interests of the effectiveness and efficiency of the force. Exercise of that power is subject to the safeguard of requiring the approval of the Secretary of State. The Secretary of State has a reserve power to direct the police authority to take action; where he does so, he is required by statute to appoint an inquiry to consider the circumstances. These powers are contained in sections 11 and 42 respectively of the Police Act 1996, which carried forward powers established under the Police Act 1964.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what statutory power the Government have to require the submission of (a) weekly and (b) other reports on specified categories of crime to (i) the Prime Minister, (ii) his Department and (iii) other Ministers. 
Mr. Denham: Although sections 45(1) and 58 of the Police Act 1996 enable the Secretary of State to require a range of information to be provided by chief officers, the use of this power has not been considered. The Street Crime Initiative benefits from the committed participation of the 10 police forces involved.
|Type of permit||Number issued|
|Business and commercial||105,016|
|Sports and entertainments||5,532|
|Training and work experience||6,838|
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