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Police (Hertfordshire)

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on funding to facilitate the establishment of an anti-corruption policy for Hertfordshire constabulary. [5411]

Hazel Blears: The Government have put significant extra resources into the police service in England and Wales. Expenditure on policing to be supported by Government grant or spent centrally on services for the police has risen by over 39 per cent. or £3 billion between 2000–01 and 2005–06.

No specific provision is made available to tackle local corruption. The resources that each force allocates to tackle this problem is an operational matter for the chief constable. You may therefore wish to redirect your query to him.

Prevention of Terrorism Act

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been subject to the control orders introduced by the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005; and how many of those individuals were previously detained under existing powers relating to terrorism. [1389]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer the right hon. Member to my statement of 16 June when I made my first three monthly report to Parliament on the exercise of control order powers.

Proceeds of Crime Act

Mr. Denham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value is of the funds so far recovered under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 as a result of the actions of law enforcement agencies in Hampshire. [5637]

Hazel Blears: Information is not available in the form requested. The total value of cash forfeiture orders and confiscation orders obtained by Hampshire constabulary since implementation of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in March 2003 is £155,425. In addition, between 2003–04 and 2004–05 Hampshire constabulary
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obtained confiscation orders under earlier legislation with a total value of £476,816. Information on the value of orders obtained by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in Hampshire is not available.

Retinal Scans

John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to allow the use of retinal scans in the police national computer database. [4617]

Hazel Blears: At present there are no requirements to retain retinal scan data. If a case was made retention of such data would be on IDENT1 (the police service identification platform).

Sexual Offences Act 2003

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 6 June 2005, Official Report, column 244W, on Sexual Offences Act 2003, what data will be collected to evaluate the effectiveness of the Act. [4766]

Paul Goggins: To evaluate the effectiveness of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, we will collect statistical data relating to recorded crime, prosecutions and convictions, as well as evidence from statutory and non-statutory bodies who work within the field of sexual offending.

Vehicle Checks

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many road-side vehicle checks were carried out by the Metropolitan Police in each year since 1997. [2513]

Paul Goggins: Information is not collected in the broad terms requested.


Big Lottery Fund

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what consultations he has on the appointment of a person to represent Northern Ireland on the Big Lottery Fund. [7095]

Mr. Hanson: The appointment of a person to represent Northern Ireland will be considered once the Big Lottery Fund has been legally established. There will be discussions with DCMS about the arrangements for making this appointment.

Bombardier C-Series Programme

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assistance is provided by his Department to Bombardier's C-Series programme. [7055]

Angela E. Smith: The UK Government have signed a Letter of Intent with Bombardier Inc. and Short Brothers plc agreeing in principle to provide a combination of Launch Investment and Selective Financial Assistance towards the development and production of wings, engine nacelles and composite
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empennage structures for the Bombardier C-Series aircraft programme. The total package of up to £180 million comprises a £25 million repayable Launch Investment contribution and £30 million Selective Financial Assistance from Invest NI and £125 million repayable Launch Investment from DTI. This is subject to a programme launch decision by Bombardier.

Business Grants

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding has been allocated
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to (a) Business Start Up, (b) Promoting Entrepreneurs and (c) Enterprise Northern Ireland in each of the last three years. [7662]

Angela E. Smith: The information is as follows.

(a) Invest NI has allocated the following funding to start-ups broken down by three market segments targeted by entrepreneurs, ie Global, Export, and Locally focused within Northern Ireland.

Market segment2002–032003–042004–05Total
Externally focused3,724,721.004,073,934.002,915,158.0010,713,813.00
Globally focused0.000.002,169,167.002,169,167.00
Locally focused (Start A Business Programme)2,211,735.002,610,307.003,068,017.007,890,059.00

(b) Invest NI spend on the Entrepreneurship Development Team over the last three years is:

In the same year Invest NI spend associated with the Accelerating Entrepreneurship Strategy/Go For It campaign is:

However almost every aspect of Invest NI work involves entrepreneurial activity so the real figure for entrepreneurial activity is much higher.

(c) Invest NI has provided the following fees to Enterprise Northern Ireland for the delivery of the Start A Business programme:

Child Poverty

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what research his Department has carried out into the levels of child poverty in North Belfast; and if he will make a statement. [5345]

Angela E. Smith: The Northern Ireland Multiple Deprivation Measure 2005 Report was published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency on 26 May 2005 (a copy is available in the Library). The report details levels of deprivation in 890 small areas (namely super output areas, or SOAs) covering Northern Ireland, with an average SOA population of just under 2,000 people. North Belfast constituency was one of the areas included in this report.

The following table lists the 40 super output areas that lie in the Belfast, North constituency, along with the Income Deprivation Affecting Children measure (IDAC) and their SOA ranking within Northern Ireland. The SOAs in Belfast, North range from New Lodge_l, the third most deprived SOA in Northern Ireland where 87 per cent. of children experience income deprivation, to Cavehill_2 (rank 839) where 4 per cent. of children experience income deprivation. Measured by the IDAC, 15 of the 40 SOAs in North Belfast are in the top 10per cent. of most deprived SOAs in Northern Ireland.

The Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister is currently producing a ten-year strategy for children and young people. It will be firmly rooted in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and expressed in terms of five high level outcomes for children covering: health; education, learning and enjoyment; economic and environmental well-being; making a positive contribution to society and safety and stability.

It will be underpinned by the availability of quality research and information, support for parents, families and communities and the involvement of children and young people in decisions affecting their lives. A children's research database is being compiled which will focus on a wide range of issues including poverty levels experienced by children.

Government are currently consulting on an Anti-Poverty Strategy will also bring a focus to child poverty issues and the Northern Ireland Regional Action Plan, which will be the main vehicle for monitoring and reporting progress on tackling poverty and social exclusion issues across Northern Ireland Departments, will contribute to the UK Government's target of halving child poverty by 2010 and eradicating it by 2020. A copy of the consultation document has been placed in the Library.
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Income deprivation affecting children—North Belfast(41)

Income deprivation affecting children
SOA nameScoreRank
New Lodge_l0.873
New Lodge_30.836
New Lodge_20.7415
Water Works_l0,7417
Water Works_30.5865
Water Works_20.5195
Chichester Park_l0,50104
Chichester Park_30,35214
Chichester Park_20.26326

(41)For every super output area in North Belfast parliamentary constituency where a rank of 1 is the most deprived SOA and a rank of 890 is the least deprived SOA in Northern Ireland.
One of the deprivation measures relates specifically to children; the Income Deprivation Affecting Children (IDAC) measure. This measures the percentage of a SOA's children under 16 who were living in households in receipt of income support or income based job seekers allowance or in families in receipt of working families tax credit/disabled persons tax credit whose equivalised income was below 60 per cent. of the UK median before housing costs.

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