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Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 23 July 2002]: We are considering how best to carry out the consultation exercise on the regulation of access to communications data to ensure a wide-ranging and detailed debate of the issues raised and how to balance the individual's right to privacy with legitimate arrangements to safeguard national security and protect the public.
Brian Cotter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much of the £15 million grant funding to help retailers tackle crime in deprived areas has been allocated; to whom it has been allocated and over what time period. 
Mr. John Denham: The £15 million from the Capital Modernisation Fund for the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas initiative has been made available in annual instalments of £3 million in 200102, £6 million in 200203 and £6 million in 200304. Apart from a small amount set aside for administration and evaluation, all this money has been allocated to regional Crime Reduction Directors, as in the table.
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|Yorkshire and Humber||327,410||655,882||655,882||1,639,174|
For more details about the scheme, and the funding formula used, I would refer the hon. Member to the Written Answer I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Stockport (Ann Coffey) on 6 February 2002, Official Report, column 984W.
I placed in the Library at the same time a paper showing the allocation of funds to individual projects for 200102. I hope to announce shortly the projects we shall be funding in 200203.
Mr. John Denham: The Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for 200203 came into effect on 1 April 2002, following consultation with the Association of Police Authorities and the Association of Chief Police Officers. Following the Home Secretary's commitment in September last year to halve the number of indicators, there are currently 18 BVPIs as compared with 32 in 200102.
Whilst we have no plans to introduce an additional national performance indicator on retail crime, a police authority would be able to set a local performance indicator relating to retail crime should this be a particular problem locally.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of the public have been prosecuted this year for making fraudulent and malicious compensation claims against the police; and what range of penalties was imposed. 
Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 July 2002]: Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) were introduced from 1 April 1999. The data given in the table covers the period up to the end of December 2001 (latest available).
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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many compensation claims, and at what financial cost, have been made against (a) Sussex Police and (b) the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1999. 
Mr. John Denham [holding answer 18 July 2002]: The Home Office does not collect this information centrally. Information is compiled by forces according to their own management needs and is not therefore directly comparable. Information provided by the forces is as follows:
|Civil Claims in Financial Years|
|Not proceeded with||144||169||191|
|Judgement for claimant||1||5||2|
|Claims in Calendar Years
||Judgement for claimant||0||0||0
|Number of Claims||Numbers of Claims||Amount Paid (£million)|
|(incl. £5 million provision against future claims)|
(ii) Civil actions and damages: the following tables relate to actions against the police by members of the public for wrongful arrest, false imprisonment etc.
|Civil Actions received in financial years
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|Damages paid in financial years
||Out of court settlements||413||3,703||220||2,318||129||1,261
(iii) Employment Tribunals
|Number of Cases with financial settlement|
Mr. Horam: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police served in (a) the London Borough of Bromley and (b) the Orpington sector of Bromley; and what the establishment figure was in each year since 1996. 
The budgeted strength is not an establishment figure. Differences between actual and budgeted strength have a variety of causes. They may arise because patterns of recruitment to and wastage from the police service are different or because targets for strength at the end of the financial year reflect planned changes in strength, for example the allocation of officers recruited through the Crime Fighting Fund.
|Year||Budgeted Workforce Total in Bromley||Strength|
|December 1997||Not Available||464|
|December 1998||Not Available||443|
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