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Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much compensation was awarded to GSL UK Ltd. for (a) construction works, (b) design works, (c) legal costs, (d) financial costs and (e) professional advisory costs on termination of the contract to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester. 
Mr. McNulty: No compensation has been paid to GSL (UK) Ltd. following termination of the contract to design, build and operate the accommodation centre near Bicester. All amounts certified for payment to GSL (UK) Ltd. are covered by the contract, which also allows for a number of merited payments in the event of voluntary termination of the contract by the Home Office. The information relating to those payments is not available in the form requested. It could be provided only at disproportionate cost.
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of purchasing site A at Ministry of Defence Bicester to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date his Department agreed a compensation package with GSL UK Ltd. after the contract to build an accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester was terminated. 
Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of pursuing plans for an accommodation centre for asylum seekers at Bicester (a) at planning inquiry and (b) at judicial review. 
Mr. McGovern: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 October 2005, Official Report, column 2526W, on cash-in-transit attacks, what discussions his Department has had with (a) the British Security Industry Association and (b) the police since September regarding the reduction of cash-in-transit robberies in England and Wales; and what progress has been made in developing national strategies to reduce such attacks. 
Hazel Blears [holding answer 16 January 2006]: I had a very constructive meeting with representatives of the British Security Industry Association, the GMB union and Group four Securicor on 18 January 2006, where we agreed to work together, with other partners, on devising ways to reduce the number of cash-in-transit robberies.
Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) whether the Charity Commission is required to investigate a charity more than once in relation to the same allegations without the provision of additional documentary evidence; 
This is a matter for the Charity Commission as the Government Department responsible for the regulation of charities in England and Wales. The chief executive of the Charity Commission will write to the hon. Member and a copy of his reply will be placed in the Library.
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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the Codes of Practice of (a) the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and (b) the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 are audited for compliance; who is responsible for auditing compliance; and whether the reports on compliance are published. 
Hazel Blears: Compliance with the PACE and CPIA Codes is an operational issue for the chief officer of the force concerned. Police officers are required to keep decision logs stating decisions made and the reasons for those decisions. Senior supervising officers are required to monitor and supervise the use and application of the provisions of the codes.
Any breach of the codes may result in an officer facing action under disciplinary and complaints procedures. The Crown Prosecution Service will consider the investigation into a case before deciding to charge. The Attorney-General's guidelines on disclosure place specific duties on the CPS to review police documentation under the CPIA Code; PACE Code C provisions require compliance with the guidelines when considering a decision to charge a suspect.
The courts who provide routine oversight of the police's compliance with both the PACE and the CPIA Codes, in that, for example, the defendant may raise a successful abuse of process argument at the trial based on an alleged breach; the court may decide to exclude evidence and the defendant may be acquitted as a result.
Independent Custody Visitors and Appropriate Adults are empowered to examine and report on the conditions and treatment of detainees in police custody in accordance the safeguards set out in PACE Code C.
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what period funding allocations for community support officers (CSOs) will apply; and what plans he has for funding CSOs when the current funding period expires. 
Hazel Blears: We are making available £88 million in 200607 and £340 million in 200708 through the Neighbourhood Policing Fund (NPF) to help forces increase community support officer (CSO) numbers to 24,000 by March 2008. In addition, we continue to provide funding support of £44 million in 200607 and £47 million in 200708, for a number of CSOs recruited by forces before the NPF was introduced. We have made it clear that, we will sustain the investment in CSOs and in the longer term we will put this money into general police funding.
The best information available for the financial year 200304 from interrogation of the business and accounting strategic system (BASS), indicates that the cost of external consultants to the department in 200304 was £106.8 million.
The best information available for the financial year 200405 from the interrogation of the Adelphi Enterprise resource planning (ERP) system accounts payable module indicates that the cost of external consultants to the department was £46.9 million.
The department awards contracts in open competition according to the EU procurement regulations based on best value for money. The use of external consultants in the Home Office provides the department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that is not otherwise available in-house.
Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 1 November 2005, Official Report, column 925W, on crime, what plans he has to extend the Partners Against Crime Partnership; and if he will make a statement. 
Hazel Blears: A local evaluation of this trial initiative, which was set up in partnership by Dyfed-Powys police and the Post Office Ltd., began at the end of the initiative in October 2005. I understand that the evaluation will be completed in spring 2006.
Hazel Blears: The latest figures relate to England and Wales as a whole for the period April to June 2005. The figures were published in Table A (page 10) of 'Crime in England and Wales: Quarterly Update to June 2005'.
Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimate he has made of levels of (a) violent crime, (b) car crime, (c) robbery and (d) burglary in Tamworth constituency; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences involving air weapons there have been in each division of the Staffordshire police force in each year since 2001. 
Hazel Blears: Centrally-collected data for recorded crime involving firearms in England and Wales are only available at police force level. Staffordshire Police recorded 270 offences involving air weapons in 200102, 309 in 200203 and 274 in 200304. The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures before and after this date are not directly comparable.
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