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John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Multi-agency Public Protection Panel Arrangements; and if he will make a statement. 
Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 16 June 2005]: Multi-agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) are regularly reviewed at a local level by Strategic Management Boards (SMB), formed of senior staff from the Police, Probation and Prison Service. Since 200102, each SMB has produced an annual report on the MAPPA arrangements. These reports show that the arrangements have made a significant difference to the way the public is protected from the risks posed by sexual and violent offenders. I have also commissioned an independent study of MAPPA by De Montfort University, due to be published later this year, and a joint inspection by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Probation, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, starting in September. All of these reports will be made available in the Library once they are published.
(3) what discussions he has had with the (a) British Association for Shooting and Conservation and (b) other shooting organisations about the guidelines relating to the shooting of foxes and ground game at night. 
I understand that Defra has no plans to review the current policy on shooting of foxes and ground game at night. Consequently there has been no need to consult stakeholders. Under the provisions of the Firearms Act 1968 a person under 14 may not be granted a firearm certificate in any circumstances. A person between 14 and 17 may be granted a certificate in order to possess a firearm provided that the police are satisfied that the individual concerned is fit to possess the gun without being a danger to the public safety and
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has a good reason for possessing it. We are currently considering the many responses to the consultation paper we issued last year on how our firearms controls and laws might be revised.
Hazel Blears: The deployment of Community Support Officers (CSOs) is an operational matter for the Chief Constable (Barbara Wilding). The Home Office Police Service Strength Statistical Bulletin, which will be published later this month , will provide data on the number of (CSOs) in each police force at 31 March 2005. Information on Community Support Officer (CSO) strength is not collected at Basic Command Unit level.
Hazel Blears: Information on strength at basic Command Unit (BCU) level is collected annually and reflects the position at the end of March for each year. Information on BCU strength is only available from 2002 and is set out in the table. The deployment of officers to BCUs is a matter for the Chief Constable (Barbara Wilding) and within the H" Swansea Divison deployment of officers is a matter for the Divisional Commander.
|Year (as at 31 March)||Number of Police Officers|
Airwave, the new police radio system, is now available to all 51 police forces in England, Wales and Scotland. Airwave currently has over 125,000 users, and is expected to be fully operational in most forces by the summer of 2006.
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Paul Goggins: Following summary conviction for failure to supply the correct details for registration, there is a possible maximum fine at level three on the standard scale (currently £1,000). Community rehabilitation and curfew orders are also available under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
Nia Griffith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the provisions of the Violent Crime Bill relating to replica guns include the sale of (a) such guns and (b) plastic ammunition from catalogues from companies based (i) in the UK and (ii)abroad. 
Clause 30 of the Violent Crime Reduction Bill makes it an offence to manufacture, sell or import a realistic imitation firearm whose appearance makes it indistinguishable, for all practical purposes, from a particular make or model of firearm or from a firearm falling within an existing category of firearm. The ban does not cover plastic ammunition. It will apply to all methods of sale. People who buy from companies based abroad will not be able to import their purchases.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many volunteers have been (a) recruited and (b) identified by the Experience Corps since its inception; and of those how many (a) have been actively volunteering as a result of being identified and (b) were already actively volunteering. 
Paul Goggins [holding answer 4 July 2005]: The Experience Corps explicitly targeted individuals with little or no previous experience of volunteering. Whilst the Home Office has not continued to monitor volunteers within the Experience Corps, the organisation states that a significant number of these volunteers are still engaged in a range of volunteering opportunities.
Hazel Blears: The information contained in the first table gives the number of offenders found guilty of Possession of offensive weapons without lawful authority or reasonable excuse", by London borough, 1996 to 2003.
|Inner London magistrates courts(86)|
|City of London Police|
|Guildhall Justice Rooms||15||8||3||5||2||6||15||10|
|Camberwell Green/Tower Bridge||64||84||81||89||88||123||155||118|
|Greenwich and Woolwich||54||58||69||44||57||67||69||63|
|Inner London Juvenile Courts(87)||72||4|||||||||||||
|Outer London boroughs|
|Barking and Dagenham||15||16||22||10||21||33||47||49|
|Richmond upon Thames||11||7||3||7||7||18||13||10|
|Total Metropolitan Police||908||975||859||713||855||1,145||1,455||1,236|
|Total Greater London||923||983||862||718||857||1,151||1,470||1,246|
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many weapons have been handed in to police in the High Wycombe area under the recent amnesty; and if he will make a statement. 
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