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From March 2004 the Home Office and the Security Industry Authority (SIA) have had extensive discussions with local authority licensing staff in preparation for the introduction of door supervisor licensing. The SIA continues to work in partnership with the police and local authorities to ensure that licensing requirements are met by individuals and companies throughout the private security industry.
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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he plans to introduce the race for justice project commissioned by the Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Criminal Justice Board across the rest of England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The race for justice project was commissioned in 2002 to identify the views of the minority ethnic communities about their perceptions of the agencies that work within the Criminal Justice System in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. It was designed to engage with black and minority ethnic communities, increase awareness, address concerns and try to increase confidence in the criminal justice system. In particular, the project has worked with newcomers to the area, producing a booklet 'Welcome to Britain' which addresses some of the main issues for newcomers to the Hampshire area.
It is important that all LCJBs develop projects which reflect their local circumstances and that this is tailored to needs locally rather than seeking to simply introduce the Hampshire and Isle of Wight approach nationally.
Fiona Mactaggart: The minimum qualifications for psychologists employed at each secure training centre are defined in the contracts with the operators. The Hassockfield contract requires a degree in psychology leading to graduate registration with the British Psychological Society. The contracts for Medway, Rainsbrook and Oakhill each require a degree in psychology or an approved behavioural science degree.
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Anne Main: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes his Department has made in procedures for checking whether sex offenders are entering the UK; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: All people coming to the UK are required to provide evidence of their identity and nationality. This is usually done by means of a passport or identity card. In addition checks are made against the UK watch list in all cases for non-EEA citizens and on a risk assessed basis for EEA citizens.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tagged offenders re-offended while tagged in (a) Romford, (b) Havering and (c) Essex in the last period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what co-operation the police are providing to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs to tackle organised fraud in relation to tax credits; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: I understand that Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC) investigators meet regularly with the police to discuss areas of mutual interest including organised fraud in the tax credits system. There are established mechanisms between HMRC and the police for the exchange of information and intelligence in relation to specific criminal activity. Where resources permit the police have been able to assist HMRC both in the arrest of suspects and in searching premises for evidence.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to amend section 62A to E of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 to streamline the procedure for the removal of illegally encamped Travellers. 
Paul Goggins: Sections 62A to E of the Criminal Justice and Public Order 1994 were introduced by the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 to provide the police with an additional power to deal with unauthorised encampments. The Government keeps all existing enforcement powers under review to ensure that they are adequate and public agencies are using them effectively.
The terms of reference for Sir Michael Lyons' independent inquiry require him to make recommendations on how best to reform council tax, taking into account revaluation of domestic property. My right hon. Friends the Deputy Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer have agreed with Sir Michael that he will extend his work so that he can consider issues relating to
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the functions of local government and its future role, as well as, and prior to, making recommendations on local government funding. The Government have introduced into the House the Council Tax (New Valuation List for England) Bill which provides for the postponement of council tax revaluation. This will enable revaluation to take account of the Lyons Inquiry's extended work which will inform the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.
The Office for National Statistics (ONS) compiles statistics of unemployment from the Labour Force Survey following International Labour Organisation definitions. Estimates of unemployment are not available for wards as the survey sample size for such areas is too small.
However, ONS also compiles statistics for local areas of people claiming jobseeker's allowance. The attached table shows annual averages for 1996 to 2004 for wards within the Cleethorpes constituency.
|Cleethorpes Beacon Hill||139||107||94||92||87||77||61||62||53|
|Habrough and Stallingborough||44||30||35||35||26||20||18||16||22|
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