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Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will issue instructions to the Metropolitan Police to ensure that in hunting for the wild cat near Sydenham, they use every effort to tranquilise and capture the animal and not to kill it. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 4 April 2005]: This is an operational matter for the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. He tells me that that presently there is no active search taking place for a wild cat" in Sydenham. Should officers encounter any animal which could be considered dangerous they will deal with it in an appropriate manner and in accordance with the Association of Chief Police Officers Manual of Guidance on the Police Use of Firearms.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will consider introducing
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proposals to extend section 97 of the Magistrates Courts Act 1980 and Schedule 3 paragraph 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 to allow prosecutors to summon all potential witnesses to a magistrates court for a deposition. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the existing requirements are for taping the statements of interviews of witnesses by the police which could later be submitted for review by the prosecution. 
Paul Goggins: Guidance on interviewing vulnerable or intimidated witnesses, including consideration of video recording, is contained in Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Guidance for Vulnerable or Intimidated Witnesses, including Children". This guidance became operational in May 2002 when it superseded Memorandum of Good Practice on Video Recorded Interviews with Child Witnesses for Criminal Proceedings".
The Sure Start local programme in Seaforth and Bootle was approved in 2001 to provide services to 700 children under four and their families in the wards of Church and Linacre. The Neighbourhood Nursery
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attached to this local programme, is located in the Linacre ward and opened in June 2004 delivering 62additional child care places to families living in the area.
The community midwife provides breast feeding support sessions at birth, six weeks and 17 weeks. The rate of take up of these sessions has gone up from 34.4 per cent. in 200203 to 37.9 per cent. in 200304 at birth; 8 per cent. to 13.9 per cent. at six weeks and 4 per cent. to 8.6 per cent. at 17 weeks.
|Programme name: Seaforth and Bootle (£)|