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Paul Goggins: We have made human trafficking a priority for the UK presidency of the EU. We are in the process of planning agendas and discussion papers for both formal and informal ministerial meetings and other ministerial discussions. We are looking at the options for a high level discussion on trafficking. Tackling trafficking was discussed at the recent G8 ministerial meeting in Sheffield on 1517 June.
In addition, the Hague Programme commits the EU Commission and EU Council to drawing up an action plan on trafficking, and we are currently discussing with the Commission and EU partners the best way to focus discussion on this during our presidency at a working level. We want to deliver an action plan which is evidence-based, action-orientated, takes an end-to-end approach and provides a basis for positive action against trafficking.
We are committed to improving operational co-operation and will hold a joint seminar with Eurojust in October on organised immigration crime which will open a dialogue with EU partners on the investigation and prosecution of trafficking cases. Council working groups will also be considering a range of relevant initiatives.
The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000, places a positive duty on all public authorities, including the MPS, to promote race equality. In the MPS this duty is driven by its Race Equality Scheme, which was republished on 31 May 2005. Training, procurement activities and access to information and services are also included within the Race Equality Scheme. All corporate policies have been assessed for their impact on diverse groups and are published together with arrangements for ongoing monitoring, consultation and review.
In addition, the MPS was one of the first forces to adopt the new national assessment procedures for police recruitment. The assessment centre tests candidates' attitudes to race and diversity. Those who do not score sufficiently highly are not offered a job irrespective of how well they do in the rest of the selection process. I understand that the MPS has also produced guidance
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for potential recruits and training school staff on appropriate behaviour, tolerance, respect and politeness. This puts a responsibility on new recruits and training school staff to eliminate and not tolerate racist behaviour.
In December 2003, the Metropolitan Police Authority commissioned Sir Bill Morris to review professional standards and employment matters in the Metropolitan Police Service. The Inquiry was launched in January 2004 and its report was published in December 2004. Taking forward the recommendations of the Inquiry will form part of the MPS's continued to commitment to tackle institutional racism.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions his Department has held with local authorities regarding the Police Reform II White Paper, Building Communities, Beating Crime, on (a) increasing accountability and (b) community and locally elected officials determining policing priorities; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: We had responses from, amongst others, the Association of Police Authorities (APA), Local Government Association, the Welsh LGA, the County Councils Network and 14 local authorities to the White Paper. Both ministers and officials have regular discussions with the APA and local government representatives on a variety of issues, including ways of strengthening the accountability of the police service. We will be consulting both police and local authorities over the details of the Government's plans to confer powers on local people to trigger action by community safety partners in response to persistent local problems. The community and locally elected representatives already have a significant say in determining policing priorities through Police Authorities, whose membership includes a majority of elected councillors. Police Authorities have a central duty to determine the policing priorities for the area in consultation with the local community.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's contingent liability is for the potential cost of failure of the Airwave contract; what assessment he has made of the level of risk of failure of the Airwave contract; and if he will list the factors that he has identified could lead to a failure of the Airwave contract. 
Hazel Blears: There are no contingent liabilities with regard to the Airwave contract. Roll-out of the Airwave network is now complete, with no operational, technological or health and safety issues to be resolved.
The number of deaths during or following police contact in London for each of the last five years is as follows. All deaths relate to the Metropolitan Police area. There have been no deaths
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within the City of London Police area. The Home Office does not collate statistics on the number of injuries in police custody.
|19992000||16 deaths, 10 in police custody|
|20002001||seven deaths, two in police custody|
|20012002||nine deaths, three in police custody|
|20022003||17 deaths, nine in police custody|
|20032004||15 deaths, six in police custody|
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average cost to public funds, including national insurance contributions and pension contributions, of employing a (a) community warden or neighbourhood warden, (b) police community support officer and (c) police constable in England is expected to be in 200506. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was contributed to the Metropolitan Police by each London borough through the Metropolitan Police precept in each of the last three years; how much each borough is expected to contribute in the 200506 financial year; what these figures represent as a percentage of the overall budget of (a) the authority concerned and (b) the Metropolitan Police in each year; what the ratio of contribution to the precept by borough to number of police officers in post in the borough (i) was in respect of each borough in each year and (ii) is in respect of each borough in 200506; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: These are matters for the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Greater London Authority which determines the police precept. I will ensure that they receive a copy of the question and reply to my hon Friend directly in response to your concerns.
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of efficiency savings his Department has required Hertfordshire constabulary to find in each year since 1997. 
An efficiency target for the police service was introduced in 19992000. From that year until 200405 each Police authority was required to make efficiency gains each year of 2 per cent. of net revenue expenditure. A new target was set in Spending Review 2004. For the period from 200506 to 200708 authorities are required to make cumulative efficiency gains of 3 per cent. per year, half of the total to consist of cashable gains. Details of Hertfordshire's performance from 19992000 to 200405 (estimated) and the value of the target for 200506 are set out in the table.
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|Net revenue expenditure (£ million)||102.4||121.1||131.8||133.0||143.0||152.7||161.1|
|Efficiency target (percentage)||2||2||2||2||2||2||3|
|Efficiency target (value £ million)||2.0||2.4||2.6||2.7||2.9||3.1||4.8|
|Gains achieved (percentage)(81)||2.39||2.03||2.50||2.30||2.27||2.00|||
|Gains achieved (£ million)(81)||2.45||2.46||3.30||3.06||3.25||3.1|||
Hazel Blears: The term police officer" is not defined in primary legislation, but it was used in the police conduct regulations 2004 (SI 2004/645), where it is defined in regulation 3(1) as a member of a police force or special constable.
they refuse, police are provided with a power of arrest and they also have powers to seize sound equipment in certain circumstances. The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 extended powers in relation to illegal raves taking place indoors and to make it an offence for a person given a direction under section 63 to attend any other trespassory rave within 24hours.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police patrol vehicles, (b) police vans, (c) unmarked police vehicles and (d) other police vehicles are available in Greater London; and if he will make a statement. 
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