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Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the HomeDepartment what assessment his Department has made of the impact of holocaust memorial day in increasing awareness of and drawing conclusions from the holocaust; and what plans he has for future commemorations. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Home Office quantitative polling research included four questions about holocaust memorial day (HMD) in the August 2004 and February 2005 surveys. The February 2005 research findings show a significant increase in awareness with 77 per cent. of those interviewed having heard of HMD (compared with 53 per cent. in August 2004) and 66 per cent. agreeing that events like HMD have an important part to play in combating racism and discrimination (compared with 51 per cent. in August 2004).
To give a comparison, in February 2004 a BBC survey revealed only 55 per cent. of the UK's population had ever heard of Auschwitz. A new BBC survey conducted in January 2005 has shown that now 94 per cent. of the population in the UK has heard of Auschwitz. This awareness is not just superficial, with half of the UK population feeling that they now know quite a lot about the holocaust, compared to only 30 per cent. last year. In establishing HMD the Government wanted to drive up awareness and understanding of the holocaust. The televised national event in January, preceded by a reception for survivors at St. James's Palace in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen and supported by other media programming about the holocaust, has succeeded in this aim. Understanding the continuum of
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hatred and marginalisation that led from racist abuse to mass genocide will help new generations to stand up to anti-semitism, racism and intolerance.
The 2005 commemoration provides an excellent basis for the work of the new Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which will shortly be launched and will assume responsibility for the delivery of HMD from now on.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions of people found to have experimented unlawfully on human embryos there have been in each year since 1997. 
Ms Blears: Persons found guilty for offences of experimenting on human embryos over 14 days under section 41 of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 cannot be separately identified in the statistics collected centrally.
Mr. Gray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 March 2005, Official Report, column 1110W, on Inland Revenue, when the Inland Revenue first advised his Department that it had a necessary and proportionate requirement to use covert human intelligence sources; and when his Department advised (a) Inland Revenue and (b) other Departments making use of informers to conduct a review of their informers and practices for dealing with them prior to the coming into force of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. 
When approached by the Home Office in late 1999, as one of a number of public authorities that used or might use covert human intelligence sources, the Inland Revenue indicated that it did use such sources and wished to continue doing so but within the statutory framework which was to be provided by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. At no time prior to
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the coming into force of the 2000 Act did the Home Office advise the Inland Revenue, or any other public authority, to review its practices for dealing with informers.
Richard Burden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the funding base of the National Missing Persons Helpline; what representations he has received in respect of funding by his Department for the helpline; and if he will make a statement; 
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many copies of Neighbourhood PolicyYour Police, Your Community, Our Commitment (a) have been printed, (b) have been distributed to date and (c) have been distributed unsolicited; and what the costs to date are of (i) design, (ii) printing and (iii)distribution. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 22 March 2005]: The publication Neighbourhood PolicingYour Police, Your Community explains the Government's policies on community based policing. It is intended for those who work in policing and for the communities they serve.
The Parole Board is required to take account of the Secretary of State's Directions when determining whether or not an offender held in custody is of sufficiently low risk to be released into the community.
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The panel of the Board will consider the matter either on the papers or at an oral hearing, depending on the type of release and the status of the offender. Depending on the matter before the Board for consideration, the Board will have some or all of the following available to them:
We have introduced a national assessment and selection process across all forces which tests candidates' against seven competencies identified as requirements for a recruit police officer, including community and customer focus and respect for race and diversity.
In particular, it comprehensively tests candidates' attitudes to race and diversity. Candidates' attitudes are tested at least seven times across all the exercises in the assessment centre, including at interview, in interactive role play exercises and through written assessment.
The exercises are all contextually based. Putting people through a range of exercises, using a range of assessment instruments when people are under pressure, makes it difficult for candidates to conceal attitudes and behaviours.
Moreover, candidates are failed automatically if they demonstrate inappropriate behaviour through their behaviour or language while at the assessment centre. This includes outside the testing environment, when they are in the corridors, waiting areas, and other public areas.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) headcount and (b) whole-time equivalent (i) police officers and (ii) civilian staff have been employed by Sussex police in each of the last 10 years. 
| Officers||Police staff|
|Home office police grant||3,473||4,288|
|Revenue support grant(22)(5507620023)||1,516||2,055|
|National non-domestic rates(22)(5507620023)||1,035||770|
|Total other grants(24)||||658|
|Revenue raised from council tax(22)||947||2,047|
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the central Government grant to Nottinghamshire constabulary was in (a) 19992000 and (b) 200405; and if he will make a statement. 
|General grants(26)||Specific grants(27)||Capital|
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