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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 1 June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr.Michael Addie. 
Hilary Benn: The letter of 1 June from my right hon. Friend for Manchester, Gorton, on behalf of his constituent Mr. Michael Addie was received in DFID on 10 June. A reply was issued on 12 July. I apologise for the delay.
Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what discussions he has had with the US Administration regarding the impact of cotton subsidies on African Caribbean Pacific countries. 
Mr. Thomas: The EU and US cotton subsidies are among the clearest examples of trade distortion by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). The UK was among the EU member states who pushed hard for maximum reductions in EU trade distorting subsidies to cotton in the 2003 reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) both as an end in its self and to push the US to address their subsidies.
The West African countries most adversely affected by depressed world prices (with support from EU donors including the UK) have been successful in getting special attention paid to cotton in the context of the Doha Development Agenda and a special sub-group on cotton has been set up in the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agriculture negotiations. Brazil also successfully challenged US cotton subsidies in the WTO, with the result that the US has to end some of its subsidies. We have pushed the US to comply with this ruling. DFID also provides support to International NGOs who work with developing countries in preparing for WTO agriculture negotiations, including on cotton.
Mark Simmonds: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what his policy is on the level of UK development assistance to Uganda, in the event of a change to the Ugandan constitution to enable the President to serve a third term. 
Hilary Benn: The UK has set aside £70 million of development assistance for Uganda in 200506. £50 million of this has been allocated for Poverty Reduction Budget Support (PRBS). Our PRBS agreement with the Government links disbursement to criteria on macro-economic and sector performance and governance. All the criteria that determine disbursement levels are taken from the commitments in the Government of Uganda's own Poverty Eradication Action Plan and are designed to ensure our support is transparent and predictable. We intend to take a decision on the level of disbursement in 200506 in September when we will assess performance against all the agreed indicators.
The issue of lifting the limit on presidential tenure, like other proposed changes to the constitution, is for Ugandans to decide. We trust the process for doing this will carry the confidence of the Ugandan people and Parliament. The governance criteria in our PRBS agreement are focused on the quality of the overall transition process leading up to elections in March 2006.
Data from the Home Office Court Proceedings database on the number of people
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prosecuted for abduction in London, 1997 to 2003 is contained in the table.
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|Offence description||Principal statute||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Abduction of children||Child Abduction Act 1984 S.1 &2 as amended by the Children Act 1989||19||11||18||12||12||12||14|
|Abduction of female having interest in property||Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.1 7 (in part)||||||1|||||||||
|Abduction of female by force||Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.1 7 (in part)||2||||2|||||||||
|Abduction of unmarried girl under 16||Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.20||2||2||3||||||3||1|
|Abduction of unmarried girl under 18||Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.1 9|||||||||||||||
|Abduction of female defective||Sexual Offences Act 1956 S.21|||||||||||||||
Hazel Blears: An acceptable behaviour contract (ABC) is agreed and signed at a meeting with the individual involved in the antisocial behaviour and one or more lead agencies. This meeting should be used as an opportunity for the individual and his or her family (if the individual involved is a young person) to discuss the impact their behaviour has had on others. The meeting may also be used as an opportunity to challenge any evidence put forward in support of making the ABC. ABCs are not statutory orders and therefore it is for local authorities to decide details such as what evidence may be used to support an ABC and how this evidence is tested. Our publication A guide to antisocial behaviour orders and acceptable behaviour contracts" provides guidelines on ABCs for local authorities.
Mr. Henderson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) Airwave health monitoring study by Imperial College London and (b) the Airwave Patterns of Use Study by the University of Birmingham Institute of Occupational and Environmental Medicine have been published; and if he will place copies in the Library. 
Hazel Blears: The Imperial College work is a long-term study. The results will not be available for several years. The University of Birmingham work has now been completed and the report will be published as soon as possible.
Mrs. Dorries: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many alcohol-related crimes there have been in (a) the constituency of Mid-Bedfordshire and (b) the county of Bedfordshire since 1997. 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether any antisocial behaviour orders have been (a) applied for and (b) granted in respect of an individual who uses a wheelchair; 
(3) how many antisocial behaviour orders with (a) one condition, (b) two conditions, (c) three conditions, (d) five to 10 conditions, (e) more than 10 conditions and (f) 20 or more conditions were issued in each year since 1999. 
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what evidence his Department has evaluated on the effects of antisocial behaviour orders on individuals with a disability; 
Hazel Blears: Our publications A guide to anti-social behaviour orders and acceptable behaviour contracts" and Guidance on publicising antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs)" together with information provided by our TOGETHER website and Action Line, provides comprehensive guidance for all practitioners, including courts, police authorities and local authorities.
This guidance sets out that, where an individual has a known or suspected disability, a needs assessment should always be carried out. In addition, the courts and
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practitioners are familiar with disability discrimination legislation which provides a general safeguard when taking court action against an individual that has a disability.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders have been issued in (a) criminal and (b) civil courts in (i) England, (ii) the Teesside region and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency. 
|On conviction||On application||Total issued|
|Hartlepool Borough Council||1||6||7|
|Middlesbrough Borough Council(12)||3||26||29|
|Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council(12)||1||9||10|
|Stockton on Tees Borough Council||0||6||6|
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an individual's physical or mental condition which affects their ability to carry out normal day-to-day actions is taken into account by (a) courts, (b) local authorities and (c) the police when deciding whether to apply for an antisocial behaviour order; and whether any antisocial behaviour orders have been (i) applied for and (ii) granted in respect of individuals. 
Hazel Blears: Our publications A guide to antisocial behaviour orders and acceptable behaviour contracts" and Guidance on publicising antisocial behaviour orders" together with information provided by our TOGETHER website and Action Line, provides comprehensive guidance for all practitioners, including courts, police authorities and local authorities.
This guidance sets out that, where an individual has mental health problems or a known or suspected disability, a needs assessment should always be carried out. In addition, the courts and practitioners are familiar with disability discrimination legislation which provides a general safeguard when taking court action against an individual that has a disability.
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Hazel Blears: Antisocial behaviour orders are community-based orders designed to protect individuals or whole communities from behaviour that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to others. They involve local communities in the collection of evidence and in helping to enforce breaches. They also encourage local people to take an active role in protecting their communities and making them safer places in which to live.
Hazel Blears: The Government's plan for civil renewal, Together We Can", is about empowering citizens to work with public bodies to set and achieve common goals. It will encourage more citizens to work with local agencies to obtain antisocial behaviour orders to tackle persistent problems where that is appropriate, and also involve more local people in developing strategies and activities for positive community action to help conflict resolution and youth inclusion. In providing co-operative and restorative options to deal with potential antagonism between citizens, the plan will contribute to the reduction of the level of antisocial behaviour and the need for antisocial behaviour orders.
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