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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will inquire into the reasons for the time taken by Devon and Cornwall police to investigate the Surrey police's review of deaths at the Deepcut army barracks; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: The terms of reference for this Inquiry require the Devon and Cornwall constabulary to examine a number of issues as they relate to the Surrey police investigation into four deaths at Deepcut Barracks.
These matters are not straightforward and include, among other things, issues around the disposition of officers and others involved in the investigation. These matters are very challenging and deal with issues that have not previously been examined by a police inquiry. A substantial number of documents have had to be examined in close detail and cross referenced to other material and witnesses. The inquiry is essentially a review of four deaths over a seven year period in five distinct and different areas.
Stephen Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the normal payment terms are for his Department to settle the invoices of building contractors who have performed work for the Home Office. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The normal payment terms for the Home Office to settle the invoices of building contractors who have performed work for us is within 30 days of delivery and receipt of a valid invoice.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the companies from which his Department has purchased goods and services of a total value above £1 million in each of the last three years; and how much was spent in respect of each company. 
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Department has spent on ensuring that his residence has adequate security measures in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Chaytor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were disqualified from driving for a period of over two years in each of the last five years; how many subsequently applied to the sentencing court for part of the disqualification period to be lifted on grounds of hardship; and how many were successful. 
Available information taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database on the number of disqualifications imposed on drivers for motoring offences for a period of two years and over from 1999 to 2003 (latest available), is given in the table.
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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average waiting time to have an appointment for drug rehabilitation treatment was in 200405 with the consultant psychiatrist employed by the Health Partnership Trust in St. Albans; and what proportion of his patients are the subject of drug rehabilitation requirements and a drug treatment testing order. 
Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what responsibilities will fall to his Department as a result of EU Public Procurement Directive 2004/18/EC; and what actions his Department plans to take in response to the Directive. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) is currently running a consultation on the draft regulations implementing the new EU Directives on procurement in the public sector (Directive 2004/18/EC) which ends on 12 September. Following this consultation period the deadline for implementation into UK law is 31 January 2006. Once the UK regulations are published the Home Office will be responsible for adhering to the requirements of the new directive which consolidates the current supplies, services, and works directives. The OGC will be issuing guidance on implementation which will be promulgated to all procurement specialists in the Home Office.
Mr. Charles Clarke:
A list of all Command Papers produced by Departments from 10 May 2001 to the end of June 2005, prepared by the Office of Public Sector
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Information (OPSI) has been placed in the Library. This list by Department details the Command Paper number, title and date of publication.
A list of Command Papers from 2001 onwards is also available on the OPSI website at www.opsi.gov.uk with links to the Command Papers where known. The list can be viewed alphabetically by Department as well as numerically."
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he expects that the Government's proposal on Identity Cards will help individuals to verify that they are not dealing with bogus officials. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The statutory purposes of the Identity Cards Scheme are to facilitate the provision of a convenient method for individuals to prove registerable facts about themselves to others and the provision of a secure and reliable method for registerable facts about individuals to be verified wherever that is necessary in the public interest.
Identity Cards will assist the public to verify the identity of individuals, as the public will be able to visually compare the photograph on the Identity Card with the individual that is before them. Members of the public will also be able to compare the name on the card with the name of the individual that they are expecting. However it is not proposed that Identity Cards will have the occupation of the individual either on the face of the card or contained within the register, neither would there be any legal obligation for an official to produce a card on request.
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for selling alcohol to under-age children in each year since 1997 in (a) England and (b) each region. 
Andy Burnham: The available information from the Home Office Court Proceedings database, relating to those prosecuted against for selling alcohol to under-age children in England and each region, 1997 to 2003, is shown in table 1.
The penalty notice for disorder scheme provides for persons who commit specified penalty offences to be issued with a fixed penalty notice instead of being prosecuted. The offence of selling alcohol to persons aged under 18 was added to the PND scheme on
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1 November 2004 for use on bar or off-licence staff, licensees will be prosecuted to enable action to be taken to revoke their licences. Table 2 lists the number of penalty notices issued for this offence in 2004 and 2005 to the end of May.
|Selling etc., intoxicating liquor to||Licensing Act, 1964, section 169(1);||North East||34||94||41|
|persons under 18 for consumption||Licensing (Occasional Permissions)||North West||55||58||41|
|on the premises||Act 1983, schedule (sec. 3) para. 4(1)||Yorkshire and Humberside||16||22||17|
|Wholesaler selling intoxicating||Licensing Act 1964, sec. 181A(1) as||North East|||||||
|liquor to a person under 18||added by Licensing Act 1988, sec. 17||North West|||||||
|Yorkshire and Humberside|||||||
|Selling etc., intoxicating liquor||Licensing Act, 1964, section 169(1);||North East||18||18||8||40|
|to persons under 18 for||Licensing (Occasional Permissions)||North West||27||35||73||198|
|consumption on the premises||Act 1983, schedule (sec. 3) para. 4(1)||Yorkshire and Humberside||22||29||14||8|
|Wholesaler selling intoxicating||Licensing Act 1964, sec. 181A(1) as||North East|||||||||
|liquor to a person under 18||added by Licensing Act 1988, sec. 17||North West||2||||||7|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||||2|||||
|Selling etc., intoxicating liquor to persons||Licensing Act, 1964, Section 169(1);||North East||1||8|
|under 18 for consumption on the premises||Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act||North West||32||45|
|1983, schedule (sec. 3) para. 4(1)||Yorkshire and Humberside||8||39|
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