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Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to incorporate in Criminal Records Bureau checks data relating to foreign nationals now working in the UK in occupations in contact with vulnerable groups concerning past convictions committed abroad involving serious offences against the person. 
Joan Ryan: Recent events have made clear the complexity of the issues faced across Government and beyond. This is not helped by the differences in systems, procedures and criteria for recording and using for public protection information about criminality in this country and outside the UK. The Home Secretary has therefore instigated a Government wide review of the way in which such information is shared and used.
Mr. McNulty: For the year 2006-07 Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has an annual budget of £10.881 million. As an organisation, HMIC has a total of 144 staff working in it; however, it is not an employer in its own right. Of the 144, 71 are employed by the Home Office, six are Crown appointments and 67 are seconded from the police service or other Government Departments.
Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the statement that my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary made in the House on 15 January 2007, Official Report, column 550WS. Our counter-terrorist campaign will need to be seamless, integrated, politically driven, forward-thinking and dynamic. The conclusions of my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary's counter-terrorism review which considered how best to achieve this are with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister. We shall keep the House informed of the outcome of the review when appropriate.
Mr. Coaker: Specific funding of £25 million was provided for e-crime over the SR2000 period for 2001-02 to 2003-04. Part of these funds were used to establish the National Hi-Tech Crime Unit (NHCTU) in the then National Crime Squad, as well as transitional funding for computer forensic officers in forces. Funding for e-crime work is now incorporated in the baseline of the Serious Organised Crime Agency and the new SOCA e-crime Directorate is 20 per cent. bigger than the precursor NHTCU. In addition, the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre has been set up with£3.5 million core funding from the Home Office plus additional resources provided by industry and NGO's.
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Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many murder and manslaughter victims have been killed by assailants previously convicted of murder or manslaughter in the last 10 years. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 16 January 2007]: Available data relate to offences recorded as homicide between 1994 and 2004-05. In that period a total of 24 persons in England and Wales are known to have been killed by persons who had been previously convicted of murder or manslaughter in England and Wales.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were involved in the forced return of three coaches from Lechlade to London on 22 March; and what the costs of the operation were. 
Mr. McNulty: We have worked closely with police forces in eliminating nearly 9,000 forms nationally. Details of the forms made obsolete by individual forces are not held centrally. We remain committed to reducing the administrative burdens and eliminating the unnecessary paperwork and inefficient working practices that keep officers off the streets.
Mr. Dai Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of paperwork processed by police forces is sent abroad for secondary processing by organisations or companies prior to return. 
Steve Webb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of the Strategic Risk Register for each police force for which such a register has been produced; and if he will make a statement on the preparation of such registers. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 22 January 2007]: The assessment and management of risk is an operational matter for chief constables and the information requested is not held by the Home Office. The way in which individual forces identify and manage risk may form one element in their assessment by Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary.
Sir Michael Spicer: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government when the Minister for Local Government will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 21 November 2006 on job losses and budget cuts at Worcestershire county council. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 23 January 2007]: Planning Policy Guidance Note 13: Transport (PPG13), published in 2001, sets out the national planning policy framework for transport, including advice on how local planning authorities need to take account of aviation interests in preparing local plan policies and determining planning applications. In particular, PPG13 states that local authorities should
identify and where appropriate protect sites and surface access routes, both existing and potential (including disused sites), which could help to enhance aviation infrastructure serving the regional and local area; and
avoid development at or close to an airport or airfield development that would be incompatible with any existing or potential aviation operations.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with the Mayor of London regarding the Greater London Authority precept for 2007-08. 
Mr. Woolas: The Government have made clear that they expect the council tax increase in England to be less than 5 per cent. in 2007-08. We have had no discussions with the Mayor of London about the Greater London Authority precept increase for 2007-08.
Mr. Marsden: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what discussions she has had with colleagues in other Departments on how awareness of holocaust issues can promote community cohesion. 
Mr. Woolas: My Department is determined to ensure that the genocide committed during the Holocaust is not forgotten, is commemorated with dignity and status, and is communicated to future generations. We provide £500,000 annual funding to the Holocaust Memorial Day charitable trust. We recognise that education has a key role to play in tackling contemporary issues of prejudice, racism and religious intolerance. Both my Department and the Department for Education and Skills (DFES) support the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration, including through the production of free educational resources. The Secretary of State will be attending the UK Holocaust memorial event on 28 January.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what plans she has for the extension of the home information pack area trials; and what criteria will be used to identify locations for such extension. 
Yvette Cooper: We are intending to expand the HIP area trials to North West Wales (Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey ) and London (Southwark) to ensure the widest range of types of housing market are involved in the area trials to gain the broadest possible experience in advance of 1 June 2007. We will be announcing further details regarding these trials shortly.
Mr. Betts: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many local authorities have submitted discretionary schemes to license houses in multiple occupancy which do not fall within the mandatory definition. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 24 January 2007]: The Department has received no applications from local authorities wishing to establish discretionary licensing schemes to license those houses in multiple occupation which do not fall within the mandatory definition. As of 6 April 2006 if a local authority operated an HMO registration scheme under the Housing Act 1985 that scheme has automatically been deemed a transitional additional licensing scheme.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what steps her Department is taking to ensure that house building programmes take into account the long-term needs of older people. 
Yvette Cooper [holding answer 25 January 2007]: Ensuring appropriate housing provision for older people is part of the wider work of the Department, particularly through the national framework set by planning policy and building regulation. The long-term needs of older people within house building programmes are being addressed through the following means:
A. Communities and Local Government is leading work on a cross-Whitehall strategy for housing and older people. The strategy will review current provision and plan for the future in the context of an ageing society. We expect to publish the strategy in summer 2007.
B. We have recently published Planning Policy Statement 3, which states that Local Planning Authorities should plan for a mix of housing on the basis of the different types of households that are likely to require housing, including the accommodation requirements of specific groups such as older people. Regional Assemblies are expected to reflect the needs of the elderly in the evidence base that they use to underpin their Regional Spatial Strategies and Regional Housing Strategies.
C. For house building programmes, we are now encouraging home builders to follow the principles set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes, which includes lifetime homes standards as an optional element. We are also considering making assessment under Code standards mandatory in future. Through the Commission for Architecture and the Built
Environment (CABE: the Governments adviser on urban design and architecture) we are also promoting take-up of the principles of Inclusive Designdesign that caters for everyones needs, including those of older people. I am placing copies of this document in the House Library, or it can be found on the intranet at:
In addition we have also announced that we will work with the Housing Corporationand its successor, Communities Englandto ensure that most government-funded new build schemes will adopt the lifetime homes standards from 2010.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how much was allocated to each local authority in Gloucestershire in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08 for concessionary fees; and how much of the allocation has been spent in each case. 
Mr. Woolas: Concessionary fares is one of the services supported through formula grant, which consists of Revenue Support Grant, redistributed business rates and, where appropriate, principal formula Police Grant.
Formula grant is an unhypothecated block grant i.e. authorities are free to spend it on any service. For this reason, and because of the method of calculating formula grant, particularly floor damping, it is not possible to say how much grant was provided for any particular service.
Data on local authorities expenditure can only be collected once the reference period has finished. Data on expenditure on concessionary fares in 2006-07 are expected to be published in November 2007.
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