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Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what health study his Department proposes to undertake into the Airwave Police Communication System; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Denham: We have taken advice from experts and consider that Airwave is safe. The Stewart report recommended that a precautionary approach should be taken on mobile phones and health. The Home Office is, therefore, setting up a health-monitoring programme for Airwave users in the police service, inconsultation with police organisations, epidemiologists and occupational health experts. Tenders are currently under consideration.
When a force moves to Airwave, the roll out is phased, starting from the point at which forces achieve a ready for service (RFS) date. Once that date has been achieved, the move from the existing system to Airwave begins within the force. Generally, that move takes place over a period of time with the forces migrating, typically, one division at a time.
Currently, there are seven forces in various stages of migration to Airwave: Lancashire, Greater Manchester Police, West Mercia, Suffolk, Leicestershire, North Yorkshire and Northumbria. West Mercia has just become the first force to become fully live with Airwave.
Representations have been received from a range of groups, including the Police Federation, Mast Sanity, Association of National Park Authorities, residents associations and individuals. Topics have included health and safety, mast placement and potential interference with other equipment.
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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will meet representatives of the Dorset Police Authority and hon. Members representing Dorset to discuss the provisional funding settlement in Dorset police in 200304. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 January 2003]: We announced the provisional police funding settlement on 5 December. The consultation period for representations ended on 14 January. All representations received by then will be taken into account before the announcement of the final funding settlement on 5 February. I would be very happy to meet members of the Authority and hon. Members, as I have other hon. Members from other areas, but I must respect the closing date for representations on the allocation for next year.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his most recent estimate is of the average response time to grade 1 incidents by the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in (a) rural areas and (b) urban areas; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 14 January 2003]: The most recent figures available are those given in Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) annual report, published on 9 December 2002. These show that the response times for attending incidents in (a) rural areas were 85.3 per cent. within 20 minutes and (b) in urban areas 83.9 per cent. within 1 5 minutes.
Hilary Benn: There is no routinely collected data on the number of prisoners who have dependent children. However, a Home Office study of a large sample of imprisoned mothers and children, published in 1997, found that 60 per cent. of female prisoners had dependent children under the age of 18. Another
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smaller, but more recent, study of women prisoners and their work in custody, published in 2000, found broadly similar results (out of a sample of 567 sentenced women, 66 per cent. had dependent children under the age of 18).
Directly equivalent information for male prisoners is not available. However, the 1991 England and Wales prison survey showed that 32 per cent. of male prisoners had dependent children who had been living with them just before they were imprisoned; the corresponding figure for female prisoners was 47 per cent.
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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road traffic accidents there were in (a) the latest available year and (b) each of the preceding five years, broken down by police force area. 
|Police force area||1996||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001|
|City of London||476||461||448||470||417||423|
|Devon and Cornwall||6,031||6,025||5,830||5,785||5,673||5,976|
|Avon and Somerset||4,557||4,833||5,393||5,607||5,280||5,286|
|Lothian and Borders||3,487||3,456||3,549||3,188||3,293||3,200|
|Dumfries and Galloway||392||421||456||375||423||435|
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Beverley Hughes: Following my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary's statement on 2 December 2002, Official Report, column 611W, I can add that the Red Cross centre at Sangatte was emptied by 14 December 2002 and is now being dismantled by its owners, Eurotunnel.
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