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Mr. Illsley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the option for a clearing house model is being considered in respect of the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communication Data Draft Code of Practice; whether such a model will be included in the revised draft; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: In pre-consultation on the revised draft Code of Practice for the acquisition and disclosure of communications data, under Chapter II of Part I of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, representations have been made to the Home Office by a commercial clearing house service that the revised draft Code of Practice should include an explicit reference that such a service may be used by public authorities. Those representations are being considered.
Presently the powers designated to CSOs vary from force to force and we are currently consulting with stakeholders on whether to establish a set of standard powers that all CSOs would have. The consultation paper can be found on the Home Office website at:
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Government believe that the European Union has an important role to play in the fight against terrorism. While the prime responsibility for protection of citizens remains a national one, effective co-operation by EU member states, supported by appropriate EU bodies, is a key part of our response to this threat.
Following the attacks in Madrid on 11 March 2004, the EU drafted an Action Plan to combat terrorism. This contained a list of measures for implementation at both an EU and national level. In the wake of the London bombings the 13 July Extraordinary JHA Council committed to accelerate delivery of outstanding proposals in the plan. This is a priority for the current UK presidency and we are on course to achieve a great deal. However, there is still much to do and the current Action Plan is due for replacement by the end of December.
We aim to deliver a revised and refreshed plan, together with a strategic framework that would give a greater sense of direction to EU counter-terrorism co-operation. The EU will continue to build on current achievements to maximise the effectiveness of its efforts.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes were committed on London Underground in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by offence. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) levels of and (b) detection rates for (i) violent crime, (ii) car crime, (iii) sexual crime, (iv) burglary and (v) robbery were in the Ribble Valley constituency in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
The available information relates to the number of offences recorded for Ribble Valley Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), and is given in the following table. The introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 in May 2004 resulted in substantial changes to the sexual offences. In particular, the redefining of the offences of exposure into the sexual offences group resulted in substantial increases in this category nationally. Statistics on detections for Ribble Valley are not available.
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|Offers type||Number of offences|
|Violence against the person||424|
|Theft of a motor vehicle||54|
|Theft from a vehicle||171|
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the rates for (a) mugging, (b) violent crime and (c) burglary in each ward in the Waverley borough council area in each of the last five years. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the crime detection rate for offences of (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) robberies, (d) burglaries and (e) theft of a vehicle was in the constituency of Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland. 
Hazel Blears: Detection rates are recorded at basic command unit (BCU) level. Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland comes within the Middlesbrough BCU and the detection rates for the crimes requested are given in the table.
|Offence type||Detection rate (percentage)|
|Violence against the person||44|
|Theft of a motor vehicle||9|
Mr. Hunt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the 20 wards with the (a) highest and (b) lowest crime rates for (i) mugging, (ii) violent crime and (iii) burglary. 
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average time taken was by each police force to process applications for firearms certificates to police firearms licensing departments in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by police authority area. 
Mr. Francois: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress has been made, in terms of (a) headcount reductions and (b) cost savings, in achieving the efficiency objectives set for the Department by the Gershon review. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: Performance during 200405 was reported in my Department's Annual Report (Cm 6528); my Department's Autumn Performance Report will also describe performance against the value for money target.
Hazel Blears: The responsibility for the training of police officers in the investigation of historical child and adult sexual abuse cases is currently held by individual police forces. However there are a number of national programmes currently being developed by the National Centre for Policing Excellence, which is a business unit of Centrex, who are the main police training provider.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reforms have been made in response to the Home Affairs Committee's Report on historical sex abuse investigations in 2002. 
Hazel Blears: Since 2002, guidance has been issued for the police on appropriate techniques for investigating allegations of historical child abuse. This is included in the "Senior Investigating Officer's Handbookthe Investigation of Historical/Institutional Child Abuse" produced by the Association of Chief Police Officers. This handbook is now being revised and we anticipate that a new draft will be presented to the Association of Chief Police Officers for their comments in April 2006.
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued on the appropriate measures to be taken by agencies involved in historical sex abuse investigations to minimise the potential disruption to the alleged offender's private and professional life. 
Hazel Blears: There is no guidance to the effect stated but I am confident that police officers involved in historic sex abuse investigations treat suspects with sensitivity and do whatever is .reasonable to minimise the disruption to the suspect's private and professional life. Those who are unhappy with the way they have been treated by the police have an avenue of complaint through the Chief Constable and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
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