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John Austin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which functions of the probation service in England and Wales will be the subject of (a) contestability and (b) private tendering during (i) 200506 and (ii) 200607. 
Paul Goggins [holding answer 15 December 2004]: I am currently considering how best to introduce contestability within the probation service in England and Wales and will make an announcement in due course.
Contestability opens up competition to all sectorspublic, private and voluntary and community. Private tendering will continue to be used by the probation service where appropriate, including for example technical and IT services, but the norm under contestability will be for all sectors to be invited to bid for the delivery of services for offenders.
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Paul Goggins: The Home Office conducts an assessment of public attitudes to prison and its alternatives through its own research, including the British Crime Survey, as well as through the consideration of other research and representations.
There is a national visibility scheme in place to identify community work done by offenders. The 'Clean-Up Week' campaign, launched on 14 March, involved thousands of people in deciding which local projects should be undertaken by offenders. These included cleaning up prominent eyesores and enhancing the local environment as part of their community sentence.
Publicity about the new sentences introduced this month under the Criminal Justice Act 2003 provides an opportunity for further information to be given to the public about the range of sentences available to the
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court and the need to target them effectively so as to reduce reoffending, protect the public and increase public confidence in the criminal justice system.
Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether departmental special advisers have attended meetings with external (a) bodies and (b) individuals, in their official capacity and without Ministers, since May 1997. 
Ann Winterton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the special constabulary force strength of each constabulary was in each of the last 30 years; what plans he has to increase special constabulary force strength; and if he will make a statement. 
Research suggests that the main reason for the fall in numbers is external commitments, with ineffective management and deployment also contributing. A number of specials leave to join as regular officers so there is no overall loss to the policing family. The Government are working with stakeholders (particularly the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)) on range of measures to improve Specials' recruitment, management and deployment, including the implementation of Home Office/ACPO Good Practice Guidance designed to help forces attract and hold on to Specials, ensuring their time and skills are properly valued and used to best effect.
|As at March:|
|Avon and Somerset||651||688||759||621||547||459||400||364||345||305|
|Devon and Cornwall||434||1,102||1,148||1,024||918||870||804||689||645||602|
|London, City of||608||77||86||76||64||56||43||36||42||54|
|Total all forces||20,026||19,775||19,874||18,256||16,484||14,347||12,738||11,598||11,037||10,988|
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers arriving at Heathrow airport by air between (a) 04.00 and 05.59 and (b) 06.00 and 06.29 hours were transfer and transit passengers in the last period for which figures are available. 
Charlotte Atkins: The number of transit passengers arriving at Heathrow airport between 04.0005.59 and 06.0006.29 hours in 2004 were 434 and 3,292 respectively. In total, there were 67,343,000 passengers at Heathrow airport in 2004. Overall around 35 per cent. of passengers at Heathrow are transfer passengers. No reliable data are available on the time of arrival and departure of transfer passengers.
Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers departed from Heathrow by air between 07.00 and 07.59 hours in the last period for which figures are available; and how many were transfer and transit passengers. 
1,370,000 passengers departed from Heathrow by air between 07.00 and 07.59 hours in 2004. Of these, 207 were transit passengers, resulting from a single diverted flight. There were 67,343,000 passengers at Heathrow airport in 2004. No reliable data are available on the time of arrival and departure of transfer flights, but overall 35 per cent. of passengers at Heathrow airport in 2004 were transfer passengers.
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Dr. Tonge: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many passengers (a) departed from and (b) arrived at Heathrow by air between 06.00 and 06.59 hours in the last period for which figures are available; and how many were transfer and transit passengers. 
Charlotte Atkins: 965,000 passengers departed from Heathrow by air between 06.00 and 06.59 hours in 2004 and 2,556,000 passengers arrived. During this period, 34,000 transit passengers arrived and no transit passengers departed. There were 67,343,000 passengers at Heathrow airport overall in 2004. 35 per cent. of all passengers at Heathrow in 2004 were transfer passengers. No reliable data are available on the time of arrival and departure of passengers on transfer flights.
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