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Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the local authorities in Scotland with whom NASS has a contract for accommodation to be provided for asylum seekers; and how many places there are in each such contract. 
Children are detained in two limited circumstances: either as part of a family group whose detention is considered appropriate; or, exceptionally, as unaccompanied minors while alternative arrangements are made for their care and normally just overnight.
Mr. Denham: No applications have yet been received to establish a local child curfew scheme under section 14 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. Some local authorities and police forces have considered the possibility, but concluded that other measures should be taken to tackle specific local problems.
David Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 27 November 2002, regarding a constituent, ref 24789/2. 
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2003, Official Report, ref 88368, what criteria his Department uses to assess whether it is satisfied that suitable arrangements are in place for reception and care when removing unaccompanied minors to their country of origin. 
Beverley Hughes: Prior to return reception arrangements are considered on a case-by-case basis and possible arrangements are investigated before return is made. The most suitable arrangements are for the unaccompanied minor to be returned to his/her parents or other immediate family members willing to take responsibility for the child.
Huw Irranca-Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures have been put in place to ensure high standards among door security personnel working for nightclubs and other entertainment venues. 
Mr. Denham: The Private Security Industry Act 2001 provides for the establishment of a Security Industry Authority (SIA), which will have responsibility for licensing individuals, employed in designated sectors of the private security industry, including door supervisors. There will be two checks on people applying for licencesthe first will be a criminal record check, the second will be a check on professional competencies. It is expected that the licensing of door supervisors will begin at the end of 2003 or early 2004.
I am confident that the introduction of the SIA will, over time, contribute to the reduction of criminality in the private security industry, and help to raise standards of skills, training and supervision within the industry.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The Government's Updated Drug Strategy, launched on 3 December 2002, described the introduction, from 200304, of a comprehensive new programme of criminal justice interventions aimed at getting drug misusers out of crime into effective treatment. This programme includes, amongst other initiatives, the enhancement of existing arrest referral schemes, doubling the availability of Drug Treatment and Testing Orders, building on the current Drug Testing projects and extending the approach more widely and piloting a presumption against bail for those who refuse to access treatment. The programme will be backed up by improvements in treatment capacity and local delivery.
Some elements of the new programme, such as enhanced arrest referral, will apply across England and Wales from year one; others will be introduced on a phased basis, with the initial focus on those areas with the highest levels of acquisitive crime.
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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many teenagers he estimates have tried class A drugs in the (a) Twickenham constituency, (b) London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and (c) London; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 13 January 2003]: The 2001/02 British Crime Survey estimates that 9 per cent. of 16 to 19 year-olds in London have at some time tried a class A drug. The equivalent estimate for the whole of England and Wales is 11 per cent. The difference between the England and Wales estimate and the London estimate is not statistically significant. These data are not available at constituency or borough level.
The XDrug use, smoking and drinking among young people in England in 2001" survey estimates that 6 per cent. of school children aged between 11 and 15 years old have tried a class A drug. No geographical breakdown is available for this age group.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the new education campaign on the risks of drug misuse will start; and whether it will be standardised throughout the United Kingdom. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Due to launch spring 2003, the campaign is jointly funded by the Home Office and the Department of Health, working closely with the Department for Education and Skills. The campaign will run in England and it will build on previous awareness raising campaigns. The campaign will comprise a national framework which will be sufficiently flexible to enable it to be supported at a community level in order to respond to local priorities and needs.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if the research on the reception policies of Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany has been published; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The research on the reception policies and practice of Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands and Germany has not yet been published. Publication was provisionally scheduled for end 2002. The Home Office now anticipates publishing the results of the above research in spring 2003, subject to the usual Research Development and Statistics (RDS) publication procedures, including peer review.
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nuisance, including fireworks, between 11 pm and 7 am. This legislation is adoptive. We are considering how best to encourage local authorities to make greater use of it.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests and (b) cautions for gun possession were recorded in (i) 2002 and (ii) each of the previous five years in (A) Lancashire, (B) the North West of England and (C) Wales. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information contained in the table, which has been placed in the Library, gives the number of defendants proceeded against and cautioned for various offences of possession of firearms, 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is in relation to the return of penalties paid by road hauliers for carrying illegal immigrants; what his policy is concerning unpaid penalties; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The Government's position on the reimbursement of penalties paid under the previous civil penalty regime is clear. We are under no obligation to return any of the money paid against penalties imposed in cases which were not party to the Roth litigation. The previous legislation was not found to be unlawful. Theoretically, unpaid penalties could have been enforced but, in the light of the Court of Appeal's findings in Roth, we considered it appropriate not to take enforcement action in respect of outstanding penalties.
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