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Drug Interventions Programme

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which areas are covered by the Drug Interventions Programme; and if he will make a statement. [33240]

Paul Goggins: The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) provides a route out of crime and into treatment for drug misusing offenders, using their contact with the Criminal Justice System as an opportunity to engage them in treatment and support. The intensive elements of the programme, which include testing for class A drugs on charge for certain trigger offences, are operational in 97 basic command units (BCUs) (67 Drug Action Teams) within England and three drug/alcohol partnerships in Wales. Other key elements of DIP are delivered in all areas of England and are being rolled out in Wales.

The intensive areas are listed in table 1. Since the programme began, over 31,000 drug misusing offenders have entered treatment through DIP. Latest figures show that over 2,000 DIP clients entered treatment in October 2005 and that the programme is on course to achieving the target of 1,000 offenders per week entering treatment by March 2008.

From 1 December, the police in Greater Manchester, Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire police force areas, are able to test for class A drugs on arrest for certain trigger offences as an alternative to on charge for those who test positive and require them to attend an assessment with a drug worker. These new powers will be expanded further on 31 March 2006. Acquisitive crime—to which drug related crime makes a substantial contribution—is going down and fell by 12 per cent. in the year to April 2005.
Table 1: DIP intensive areas

Police forceDAT
Avon and SomersetBristol
Greater Manchester PoliceBolton
North Lincolnshire
North East Lincolnshire
Metropolitan PoliceBrent
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
North WalesColwyn Bay
NottinghamshireNottingham City
South WalesCardiff
South YorkshireBarnsley
Thames ValleyOxfordshire
West MidlandsBirmingham
West YorkshireBradford

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ECHR and ECJ Judgments

David Mundell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which domestic laws have been amended following judgment against the UK by the European Court of Human Rights and the European Court of Justice in the last 10 years. [30844]

Ms Harman: I have been asked to reply.

The information requested is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

EU Travel Bans

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department further to the answer of 21 November 2005, Official Report, column 1748W, on EU travel bans, what mechanisms exist for (a) the Immigration and Nationality Directorate and (b) his Department to monitor compliance with travel bans. [34396]

Mr. McNulty: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate and the Sanctions Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office liaise closely to ensure that the UK complies with its international obligations in respect of travel bans. Details of all those subject to EU, and UN, travel bans are placed on appropriate databases.

These databases are updated regularly and are available to UK immigration officials responsible for ensuring that those excluded individuals are refused leave to enter or remain in the UK. Section 8B(2) of the Immigration Act 1971 ensures that any leave to enter or remain in the UK is cancelled on becoming an excluded person.


Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what reports he has received of breaches of the Hunting Act 2004; and what steps were taken in response. [33350]

Hazel Blears: The investigation of reported breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 is a matter for the police. The Association of Chief Police Officers has issued guidance for police forces on the practical aspects of enforcing the Act and a training package.

Identity Cards

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has conducted (a) research studies and (b) tests on the prevention of data leakage of contactless technology via skimming and eavesdropping in relation to the identity card scheme. [32084]

Andy Burnham: The identity card scheme will secure information on the identity card through a number of methods, including the use of anti-skimming technology. The identity cards programme has reviewed technical methodologies for anti-skimming measures for contactless cards which are compliant with International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) recommendations
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for machine-readable travel documents. It is also working with the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) as part of setting requirements for card and chip design. Ultimately, before the identity card can be launched, any card used by the scheme will undergo a full security accreditation to ensure that it is capable of protecting sensitive data to the appropriate level.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the (a) total and (b) net cost of (i) integrating the proposed identity card scheme into his Department's IT systems and (ii) the ongoing operation of the scheme within his Department. [31111]

Andy Burnham: The Home Office has developed its current best estimate of the cost of using the ID cards scheme to support the services which it oversees and these costs have been incorporated into the business case. The Ministerial Committee on Identity Cards which oversees the work on benefits planning and realisation, is chaired by my hon. Friend the Minister of State Tony McNulty and I represent the interests of Home Office and the services it oversees on the Committee.

In deriving these estimates account has to be taken of current and planned levels of investment in similar or related technologies and the types of use required to support the particular services which the Home Office oversees. Not all services will require a high degree of integration between the ID cards scheme and other IT systems. Where there may be a need for integration, some costs can be absorbed into the usual cycles of system upgrades and technology refreshes.

We cannot release the detailed estimated costs for integrating IT systems and the ongoing operation of the identity cards scheme within the Home Office and the services which it oversees at this stage as these elements may be acquired from the market. The estimates are therefore commercially sensitive and to release them may prejudice the procurement process and the Department's ability to obtain value for money from potential suppliers.

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department has conducted (a) research studies and (b) tests in accordance with national standards on basic access control on the durability of contactless chips and cards when they are subjected to regular swiping in order to disclose information kept on the card in relation to the identity card scheme. [32083]

Andy Burnham: The Identity Cards programme has conducted a review of studies into the use and durability of contactless chips and cards suitable for use in an identity cards scheme as well as wide-ranging market sounding survey to gain the views of a cross section of suppliers in the smartcard value chain.

This survey concluded that a ten year life for a contactless card was feasible. It should be noted that swiping, to enable basic access control, is only likely to be required when the card is used as an international travel
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document. Indeed, more recent reader technologies use a camera to read the machine readable characters on a card or passport and therefore do not require the document to be swiped.

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