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Ms Blears: I am not aware of any representations concerning the effectiveness of Farm Watch, other rural crime initiatives, or concerning rural crime with regard to farmland. The Government are committed to
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tackling rural crime and has a £30 million Rural Policing Fund, specifically intended to enhance policing in rural areas.
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sexual assaults were recorded in each Basic Command Unit area of each metropolitan police force in each year for which Basic Command Unit information has been available. 
Ms Blears: Numbers of sexual assaults are not available at Basic Command Unit (BCU) level, although the total number of sexual offences have been published at this level. The metropolitan police forces are taken to be the Metropolitan Police Service, City of London, West Midlands, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Northumbria. The published information is available via the Research Development Statistics (RDS) website, at the following locations:
200102 and 200203 BCU data:
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many hand-held speed-detecting radar guns are in operation in the UK, broken down by (a) police force and (b) Safety Camera Partnership. 
Caroline Flint: The information is not available centrally. It is a matter for chief officers of police to decide on the number and type of speed detection devices to purchase from the overall funds allocated to them.
Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if his Department encourages the fitting of window security reinforcement systems as part of the campaign to reduce vehicle crime; and if he will make a statement; 
Ms Blears: The Home Office New Car Security Guidance published in 1998 encouraged car manufacturers to fit glazing that would resist attack by methods commonly used by criminals for a minimum of 30 seconds. This standard applies whether conventional laminated glazing or security film is fitted. Officials are considering the merits of using the recently issued German test standard to measure whether products meet this Home Office requirement. In addition, any glazing (laminated or when fitted with security film) has to meet the appropriate standards set out in the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Directive 92/22/EEC and UN/ECE Regulation 43 to ensure safety and durability. We will encourage the fitting of any laminated glazing or security film that meets statutory requirements and makes a significant contribution to vehicle crime reduction.
We aim to raise motorists' awareness of the benefits of laminated glazing through Home Office publicity material, particularly the booklet "Steer Clear of Car Crime" and our website www.secureyourmotor.gov.uk. We also provide links from our Department for Transport websites to the insurance industry website (www.ncsr.co.uk) which provides motorists with information about their assessment of each car's ability to resist criminal attempts to gain entry.
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1997, broken down by amounts spent on (a) paintings and (b) sculpture; what the single most expensive piece of art purchased by his Department since 1997 has been; how much it cost; and what the total revenue raised by his Department through sales of works of art has been since 1997. 
Mr. Pearson: The annual amount spent on the acquisition of Works of Art by the Northern Ireland Office and Northern Ireland Departments in each financial year since 1997 is detailed in the table. The single most expensive piece of art purchased in that period has been a painting entitled 'Red Chard' at a cost of £7,650. No revenue has been raised through sales of works of art since 1997.
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Mr. Donaldson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what steps he has taken to consult the families concerned prior to the publication of the Cory Report; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Murphy: The Government are committed to publishing Justice Cory's report as soon as possible, in line with the judge's terms of reference. It remains my priority to inform the families as soon as possible in advance of publication, while bearing in mind my obligations to Parliament.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland for what reasons those with a colostomy in Northern Ireland no longer qualify for the Disabled Persons Blue Badge Scheme; if he will reverse this decision; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Spellar: The Northern Ireland House Condition Survey 2001 found that 377,800 homes in Northern Ireland have oil-fired central heating systems. A further 61,500 homes have dual-fired central heating, where in the great majority of cases oil was the primary fuel.
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