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Probation Service

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent changes he has made to the arrangements for probation officers interviewing offenders; and if he will make a statement. [46181]

Fiona Mactaggart: The National Probation Directorate at the Home Office updates its guidance to the Probation Service from time-to-time but there has not recently been a significant change in relation to interviewing offenders.

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the proposed changes to police boundaries on the national probation service. [46507]

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Fiona Mactaggart: We will consider how best the probation service, as well as the wider criminal justice system, can take into account changes to police structures once final decisions on future police boundaries have been taken. Co-terminosity in the criminal justice system remains an important principle.

Shoot to Kill Policy

Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the status is of the Metropolitan Police Service's policy on shooting to kill suspected suicide bombers. [45969]

Hazel Blears: All police use of firearms is subject to the usual law on the use of force. In particular, the Criminal Law Act 1967 provides that the police may use such force as is reasonable in the circumstances to effect an arrest or to prevent crime. The law applies to the operational tactics developed by police to deal with suspected suicide bombers as it does in any other case.

Speed Cameras

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was collected through fines from speed cameras in each local authority in the last year for which figures are available. [46263]

Paul Goggins: Information on the total revenue from speed camera convictions is not collected centrally. The information collected by RDS-OCJR identifies the number of fixed penalties ordered to be paid and the number and amounts of court fines issued for such
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offences within each police force area. Not all fines and fixed penalties will have been paid.

According to the Department for Constitutional Affairs, the 2005–06 national fines payment rate target is 81 per cent. and performance is currently on trajectory to achieve this.


Mr. Mullin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many detainees have committed
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suicide in (a) Harmondsworth and (b) Yarl's Wood in the last five years; and if he will list the nationalities of each. [48149]

Mr. McNulty: There have been two apparently self-inflicted deaths at Harmondsworth in the last five years. The nationalities of the two people concerned were Ukrainian and Eritrean respectively.

There has been one apparently self-inflicted death at Yarl's Wood in the last five years. The nationality of the person concerned was Angolan.