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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: As a condition of their funding each of the 27 forces who currently have community support officers (CSOs) are required to provide an annual evaluation of their effectiveness to the Home Office.
Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 27 February from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Amanat Ullah; 
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Answer to the hon. Member for Cardiff, West (Kevin Brennan) of 18 March 2003, Official Report, column 702W, on the Criminal Justice Bill, how many children and young people under the age of 18 are serving detention for life under section 91 of the Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000. 
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Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Recorded crime figures include statistics on drugs offences, such as possession, and on acquisitive crimes, such as burglary, but do not record whether the latter are related to an offender's drug habits.
However, the New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (NEW-ADAM) research programme, which involves interviewing and drug testing those arrested by the police, confirms a link between drug misuse and crime, although the conclusions do not relate specifically to Hemsworth. Analysis of the data from the first eight sites in the survey, collected during 19992000, shows that 65 per cent. of arrestees provided a urine sample that tested positive for one or more illegal drug. The analysis also shows that up to 29 per cent. of arrestees tested positive for opiates (including heroin) and/or cocaine (including crack).
As a guide to the proportion of crime that is drug-related, analysis of the NEW-ADAM self-report data indicates that while only 21 per cent. of non-drug using arrestees reported having previously offended in the past 12 months, this figure rises to 75 per cent. for those arrestees who use heroin and/or cocaine/crack. Moreover, while users of both heroin and cocaine/crack represented just under one quarter of all arrestees interviewed, they were responsible for more than three fifths of all the illegal income reported.
In support of this, 55 per cent. of arrestees who reported using one or more drugs in the last 12 months and committing one or more acquisitive crimes, acknowledged a link between their drug use and their offending behaviour. This proportion rose to 78 per cent. for arrestees who said they had used heroin and cocaine/crack.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of the drug offences recorded by the police in the 12 months to December 2002 were offences of (a) possession and (b) trafficking. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Eighty-five per cent. of drug offences recorded by the police in the 12 months to December 2002 were recorded as drug possession, compared to 15 per cent. recorded as trafficking. Other types of drug offences accounted for less than 1 per cent.
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(3) what plans he has to review the scheduling of benzodiazepine drugs; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Substances known as benzodiazepines have been controlled as Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 since 1 April 1986. They have legitimate uses as medicines and are regulated under Schedule 4 Part 1 of the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, with the exception of temazepam and flunitrazepam which are regulated under Schedule 3. On 1 February 2002, the benzodiazepines under Schedule 4 Part 1 were made subject to full import, export and possession controls (temazepam and flunitrazepam were already subject to such controls).
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs keeps the classification and scheduling of all controlled drugs under regular review. Under the 1971 Act, the Home Secretary must consult with the Council before making changes to the control of individual drugs.
If any organisation or individual believes that benzodiazepines might be inappropriately classified or scheduled, they are encouraged to make submissions to the Home Office. These would be carefully considered and, if found to represent a credible case, would be referred to the Advisory Council.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) the title and subject, (b) the total cost to his Department and (c) the commissioned author or organisation of each external report commissioned by his Department in each year since 1997. 
Hilary Benn: We estimate that the total cost of external research commissioned by the Research, Development and Statistics Directorate between 199798 and 200102 (the latest year for which figures were available) was £39.3 million. In addition, the estimated total cost of other external reports included in the table was £6.7million.
The Home Office commissions a wide range of research activities that support the development of information-led policy. All research reports published by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate since 1997 are available in the House of Commons Library. Some of these publications have input from external authors as well as Home Office officials, and each publication identifies and credits the authorship of the publication. The latest list of RDS publications since 1997 has been placed in the Library.
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Omnibus Identity/entitlement card attitudinal research in Great Britain, December 2002, RSGB;
Police Standards Unit has produced one report that is publicly available, but it was written internally (on Parking Priority Areas) and they have commissioned one external report, but it is not publicly available (only to a police audienceon Streetcrime);
PSDB publish a wide range of specialist scientific reports. Where these do not bear a national security classification, they are placed on the PSDB website, and those of more general interest, have been placed in the House of Commons Library. They sometimes contain data commissioned from external scientific laboratories.
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Reconviction StudySurrey University;
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Evaluation of board funded education employment programmesInstitute of Education; and
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