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Mr. Wyatt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will visit prison personnel at HM Prisons (a) Swaleside, (b) Elmley and (c) Standford Hill to discuss the contestability test; 
(2) at which other prisons contestability tests will be conducted following those at HM Prisons Swaleside, Elmley and Standford Hill; and what implications for terms of employment of prison staff the contestability test has. 
We are announcing one competition relating to prisons at this time. No decision has yet been taken about the future programme. If the public sector Prison Service is successful in its bid for running prisons on the Isle of Sheppey, there will be no changes to terms of employment of prison staff as a result of the competition. Should the public sector Prison Service be unsuccessful in its bid for running prisons on the Isle of Sheppey, then management of the undertaking" will transfer to the private sector bidder.
All staff will form part of the undertaking" and will therefore transfer to the new employers under the protection of TUPE (Transfer of Undertaking; Protection of Employment Act). TUPE provides that staff will transfer on such existing terms and conditions as those provided by the previous employer and thereafter changes in such terms and conditions will be negotiated directly between the new employer and the employees/recognised trade union as appropriate.
Additionally, the recent establishment of the Code of Practice on Two-Tier Workforce, agreed by both the TUC and CBI, now makes provision that any new staff joining the transferred undertaking after the date of transfer must be employed on comparable terms and conditions as the existing workforce, hence creating a level playing" field in terms of competition between bidders.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 February 2005, Official Report, columns 84748W, on Private Mario Clarke, when a Home Office large murder inquiry system opened on the death of Private Mario Clarke; how many (a) officer hours were expended and (b) statements were taken (i) up to 31 January 2003 and (ii) in each month since January 2003; how many lines of inquiry were being pursued in relation to the death of Private Mario Clarke on 26 December 2003; and on what date a closing report was recorded. 
The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis reports that up to 31 January 2003 a total of
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76 statements were taken. In each month since 31 January 2003, the following number of statements have been taken.
Ms Blears: The use of operational techniques in police investigations is an operational matter for the police. The Association of Chief Police Officers have advised that dip-sampling", also referred to as trawling", is rarely used during the course of police investigations. The use of dip-sampling" is invariably limited to investigations involving allegations of historical sex abuse in care or residential homes, where the police need to identify any corroborating evidence relating to the allegations under investigation.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will revise the Statutory Code of Practice to ensure that all public bodies recognise and monitor Sikhs for the purposes of the Race Relations Act 2000. 
Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 15 March 2005]: Ihave no current plans to revise the current Statutory Code of Practice on the duty to promote race equality under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000. The Statutory Code encourages public authorities to use the same ethnic classification system as the one used in the2001 census, but it does provide public authorities with a degree of flexibility to add extra ethnic categories to fit their particular circumstances, providing these fit in with the census categories. This approach ensures consistency, allowing comparisons to be made over time and across different areas.
Mr. Todd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last reviewed the list of Sikh organisations included in the list of groups proscribed in the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Ms Blears: The list of proscribed organisations is keptunder regular review as a matter of policy, the Government do not comment on whether particular organisations are being considered for proscription or de-proscription under section 3 of the Terrorism Act 2000. Such decisions are only taken after the most careful consideration and on the basis of the best possible security advice.
|As at 31 March||Special constable numbers|
|2005 (18 March)||33|
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