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18. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of (a) the number of recorded crimes in (i) England and Wales and (ii) Greater London in 2010 and (b) the percentage of each that will be cleared up in that year. 
Caroline Flint: The available information relates to the Bassetlaw Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and shows that between 200203 and 200304 there was a fall in all acquisitive crime of 244 offences or 4 per cent.
Mr. Clarke: I published Improving Opportunity, Strengthening Society", our race equality and community cohesion strategy, on 19 January. The aim of the strategy is to deliver a cohesive society built on opportunities for all, establishing mutual expectations of all citizens and tackling hatred and discrimination.
This is not about putting all people from minority ethnic communities in one category and those from the majority in another. Rather, it is about identifying and responding to the specific needs of different communities.
The strategy is not rhetoric. It is focused on practical action and measurement, with a comprehensive cross-Government Public Service Agreement target to monitor and reduce race inequalities between 2005 and 2008.
Ms Blears: All police officers, including those dedicated to traffic duties have the same powers. Their deployment and operational practice is a matter for individual chief officers. The first three National Policing Plans make it clear that we expect the police to give roads policing appropriate attention and we have built on this by the Roads Policing Strategy statement issued jointly earlier this month by the Home Office, the Department for Transport and the Association of Chief Police Officers.
22. Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with Muslim leaders in the UK regarding anti-terrorism legislation. 
Mr. Clarke: I and other Ministers have met representatives of the Muslim communities, including the Muslim Council of Great Britain, on several occasions to discuss their concerns. They have also met with officials in the Home Office and relevant officers in the police service.
Representatives of the Muslim communities have also played an active part in Counter Terrorism Powers: Reconciling Security and Liberty in an Open Society"the consultation process on the Government's counter-terrorism powers, both by submitting written responses and in attending public consultation events.
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23. Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with chief constables regarding the deployment of officers to enforce the law relating to driving while using hand-held mobile telephones. 
Caroline Flint: It is for chief officers to decide how most effectively to deploy their resources in accordance with local and strategic plans and the National Policing Plan. We have not specifically discussed this issue with them. The Association of Chief Police Officers has welcomed the new specific offence as a straightforward method of dealing with this dangerous behaviour and the police will enforce the offence as operationally appropriate.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been prosecuted for driving while using a hand-held mobile phone since the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) (No. 4) Regulations 2003 came into force; what the Government are doing to enforce legislation in this area; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: Data for 2003 on police actions (written warnings, fixed penalty notices and court proceedings) related to the new offence of driving while using a hand held mobile telephone will not be available until late March 2005.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to encourage liaison between the different authorities and bodies with a role in reducing antisocial behaviour. 
Ms Blears: The Government recognises that partnership working at a local level is the key to tackling crime and antisocial behaviour effectively. We are supporting agencies to identify and deliver local solutions to local problems by working together within the Crime and Disorder Partnership framework.
Our TOGETHER campaign, which targets a wide range of practitioners, actively promotes partnership working and offers practical assistance that can help local agencies to work together in delivering effective interventions.
Ms Blears: 'It's Your Call' is part of the next step of the TOGETHER campaign. This initiative is part of the commitment made by Action Areas to raise levels of action and to make services more accessible to the public. Newcastle, Gateshead, South Tyneside and Sunderland are the first areas in the country to go live with the new 'It's Your Call' phone line. The service will be launched in 21 additional TOGETHER Action Areas and Trailblazers in a phased approach over the next six weeks.
A new single number 0845 605 222, encouraging people to report antisocial behaviour, will be promoted on poster sites and on phone boxes in participating areas. Running in parallel, two million door-drops
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highlighting the new service will be distributed, and postcards giving feedback when action has been taken will also be utilised by the participating areas.
The TOGETHER ActionLine is a separate service which provides help and advice to practitioners to improve their response to antisocial behaviour. The ActionLine, complimented by the TOGETHER website helps practitioners to become confident in using the powers available to them and gives them access to innovative and creative solutions and enable them to network and share knowledge and successes.
|Area||Total ASBOs issued|
|Tees Valley region(46)||41|
|from 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 by pfa||1|
|from 1 June 2000 to 30 June 2004 by local|
|Redcar and Cleveland council||3|
|Stockton on Tees BC||6|
|from 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 by pfa||0|
|from 1 June 2000 to 30 June 2004 by local|
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