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Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there were for (a) carrying a loaded air weapon in a public place, (b) a person under 14 having an air weapon, (c) a person under 17 having an air weapon in a public place and (d) the sale of air weapons to minors in the last five years. 
|Offence description||Statute||Year||Found guilty|
|Carrying a loaded air weapon in a public place, etc.||Firearms Act 1968, Sec 19||1996||202|
|Person under 14 having with him an air weapon or ammunition therefor||Firearms Act 1968, Sec 22 (4)||1996||12|
|Person under 17 having with him an air weapon in a public place||Firearms Act 1968, Sec 22 (5)||1996||43|
|Selling or letting on hire an air weapon or ammunition to a person under 17||Firearms Act 1968, Sec 24 (1)||1996||2|
(43) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(44) Staffordshire police were able to submit sample data only for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts in the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how much has been spent by his Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years; 
(3) how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years. 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 April 2002]: There are no central data available on how much has been spent by the Home Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers in the last five years.
In the financial year 200102, the Cabinet Office provided funds for leadership development for officials as part of the invest to modernise programme. Records available show that £583,967 was spent by the Home Department on training in leadership skills for officials from 1 December 2001 to 31 March 2002 under the excellent leaders scheme. All expenditure under the excellent leaders scheme came from a ring-fenced allocation from the Cabinet Office and not from general Home Office funds.
The aim of the excellent leaders scheme was to grow leadership skills in the senior civil service by developing their competencies. In the period December 2001 to March 2002, 84 senior members of staff received executive coaching sessions; 13 specifically tailored
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Directorate leadership conferences were held for senior Home Office staff, and 40 members of staff attended publicly available leadership programmes and training events.
Ministers in the Home Department are able to take advantage of the programmes for Ministers organised by the Centre for Management and Policy Studies (CMPS) in the Cabinet Office. This programme has not delivered training on voice coaching or training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Neither have officials received such training in the last five years.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been sent to prison in the United Kingdom for living on the earnings of, or for controlling, a prostitute in each of the last five years. 
Hilary Benn: The information requested, relating to (a) males and (b) females sentenced to immediate custody for living on the earnings of, or controlling a prostitute in England and Wales from 1996 to 2000 are shown in the table.
|Total sentenced to immediate custody|
|Living on earnings of prostitution or exercising control over prostitute||Sexual Offences Act 1956 Secs 30 and 31||26||23||23||16||12|
|Man or woman living wholly or in part on the earnings of male prostitution||Sexual Offences Act 1967 Sec 5(1)||3||1|||||||
|Living on earnings of prostitution or exercising control over prostitute||Sexual Offences Act 1956 Secs 30 and 31||2||1||1||3|||
|Man or woman living wholly or in part on the earnings of male prostitution||Sexual Offences Act 1967 Sec 5(1)|||||||||||
(45) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(46) Staffordshire Police Force were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates' courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust at a detailed level and so are excluded from this analysis.
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Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) boys and (b) girls aged under 15 years have been cautioned by police officers in the Metropolitan Police Authority for being involved in prostitution in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Blunkett: I intend to work closely with the incoming Danish Presidency with a view to taking forward the justice and home affairs work programme. Consequently, I met with Lene Espersen, the Danish Minister of Justice, on 19 June to discuss the priorities for the next six months.
My key priority will be to push forward implementation of the conclusions agreed at the Seville European Council on 2122 June on combating illegal immigration and creating a common asylum policy. Those conclusions were prompted by United Kingdom concerns at the lack of progress on asylum and immigration measures and incorporate specific ideas proposed by the United Kingdom for the purpose of advancing that work. In particular, the conclusions set deadlines for agreeing the instruments which will form the basis of the European Union's common asylum system, and I attach importance to supporting the Danish Presidency in securing agreement to the Dublin II Regulation (on responsibility for processing an asylum claim) by the end of this year.
I also intend to focus greater attention at European Union level on action against drug trafficking as part of the mid-term review of the European Union's Action Plan against Drugs 200004. Improved cross-border police co-operation, including the effective use of Europol, is also a priority, as is progress in implementing the programme of measures on mutual recognition of court
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decisions and judgments. In particular, I would like to see completion of the negotiations on the mutual recognition of financial penalties, which was a joint initiative tabled by the United Kingdom, Belgium and Sweden.
The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 came into force on 2 April. It places a general duty on specified public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discriminationand to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups.
where those from different backgrounds have similar life opportunities; and
strong and positive relationships are being developed between people from different backgrounds in the work place, in schools and within neighbourhoods.
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within their day to day operations. It focuses upon 16 themes covering housing, leisure, education, media, and training and employment schemes. Copies have been placed in the Library.
Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been provided to each authority for tackling racism and promoting community cohesion in the last 12 months. 
a summer activity programmein response to last summer's disturbances; we made £7 million available to fund summer activities with over 200,000 beneficiaries. We have released further funding for a similar and extended programme for this year, including additional activities in those areas with high levels of street crime;
a community support team programmethis is providing support to areas such as Burnley, Bradford and Oldham to help build the capacity of these areas in promoting community cohesion.
Additionally, and in recognition of the need to genuinely build cohesion into the agenda of local government, the Government recently announced that community cohesion will form one of the key themes of the Government's beacon council scheme.
Draft guidance for local authorities has also been produced in conjunction with the Commission for Racial Equality and the Local Government Association. This sets out practical ways in which local authorities can integrate community cohesion into day-to-day operations. Copies have been placed in the Library.
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