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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what assessment he has made of the impact of the changeover from signature to chip and PIN credit and debit cards and its effect on consumers;
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what discussions his Department has had with the banking and credit card industries on this matter; and if he will make a statement; 
Ms Blears [holding answer 4 April 2005]: Chip and PIN is a major finance and retail industry anti fraud initiative. The introduction of chip and PIN has been managed by the chip and PIN Programme Management Organisation, and actively supported by Government.
Following a successful public trial, national roll out of the scheme began in October 2003 with the aim that by 2005 a majority of plastic card transactions should be chip and PIN. The chip and PIN programme announced earlier this year that it reached all its 2004 targets for the roll out with customer research demonstrating that 71 per cent. of cardholders expect their next transaction to be chip and PIN and 45 per cent. now using it for all or most of their card payments. 1
It is currently too early to assess the effects of chip and PIN in preventing credit card fraud. The impact of chip and PIN on card fraud is expected to be seen early in 2005 and hence will first be reflected in the APACS mid-year card fraud figures to June 2005, which will be available in the summer.
Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of reported crimes in Leicester, South were classified as (a) violent crimes and (b) distraction burglaries in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the levels of (a) domestic violence, (b) violent crime, (c) vehicle thefts, (d) burglary and (e) overall crime in (i) the Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) the UK were in each year since 1997. 
Roger Casale: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage change in (a) overall recorded crime, (b) recorded violent crime, (c) burglaries and (d) vehicle thefts in Wimbledon has been since 1997. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the impact of the Serious and Organised Crime and Police Bill on the role of the custody sergeant. 
Mr. Lyons: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action is taken following a verdict by a coroner in England and Wales of unlawful killing in respect of a death of a UK national overseas. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Central records are not generally held. The estimated damage caused by the disturbance earlier this year at Harmondsworth removal centre is approximately £2.5 million. This is expected to be covered by the operator's insurance.
Following indiscipline incidents causing damage the opportunity was taken to carry out upgrades to parts of Lincoln prison (£2.6 million in 200203) and Wetherby prison (£2.3 million mostly in 200405).
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the equipment leasing arrangements entered into by his Department in each of the last two years; and what the cost is to public funds in each case. 
Photocopiers, printers/duplicators, CCTV cameras, mailing systems, vehicles, vending machines, gym equipment, floor cleaning equipment, washing machines, water dispensers/coolers, hygiene products and disposals, waste compactors and industrial equipment for workshops.
|Unit||Period (calendar/financial year)||Amount paid to consultants carrying out staff surveys (£)|
|Research, Development and||19992001||120,475|
|Forensic Science Service (FSS)||2000||12,619|
|UK Passport Service (UKPS)||1999||22,150|
|National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS)||(27)200405||1,195|
Stationery figures include bulk paper purchased to print HMPS headed paper stationery, compliments slips, information booklets and leaflets used within HMPS internal industries, purchased from James McNaughton Ltd.
Office Supplies includes all printer and copier paper and office supplies purchased by all Home Office departments using the Guilbert/Office Depot contract. From 2002, the figures include spend on computer consumables.
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