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Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to monitor compliance with the gender equality duty in respect of crimes related to domestic violence. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Equal Opportunities Commission (until October 2007) and the Commission for Equality and Human Rights (after October 2007) will be responsible for monitoring public authorities' compliance with the gender equality duty from April 2007.
The gender equality duty will cover all public functions of a public authority. It will be up to each public authority, in consultation with relevant stakeholders (such as employees and end-users) to
decide whether it should treat domestic violence as a priority gender equality objective in its gender equality scheme.
The Home Office is committed to gender equality and complying with the duty. To support the monitoring of compliance, data collected in respect of crimes related to domestic violence can be disaggregated by gender. The British Crime Surveys Inter-Personal Violence module asks both genders about their experience of domestic violence; and the police also collect data in relation to the gender of both reported victims of domestic violence and alleged perpetrators. In relation to services for victims of domestic violence funded by the Home Office, data returns include fields for both genders in relation to victims supported.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 29 January 2007, Official Report, column 133W, on Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Scotland Yard report into the murder of Dr. Andrew Lutakome Kayiira in Uganda was amended by the Ugandan Government before publication. 
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests, (b) convictions and (c) cautions for offences relating to (i) possession and (ii) dealing in class (A) A, (B) B and (C) C drugs there were in each police authority area in (1) 2005 and (2) 2006. 
Mr. Coaker: There is no consistent time series of estimates of the number of problematic drug users over the last 20 years. The Home Office has commissioned research to provide estimates of the number of problem drug users but their developmental nature means that the estimates from different studies are not directly comparable.
In 2000-01, another study used a different methodological approach and estimated that the number of problem opiate, crack cocaine or benzodiazepine users in England to be about 287,670 (within a range of about 275,000 and 300,000).
A three-year study is currently under way to provide more accurate estimates of the size of the problem drug use population. The first year results estimate there were 327,466 opiate and/or crack cocaine users aged 15 to 64 years in England in 2004-05 (within a range of 325,945 and 343,424).
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crack houses were successfully closed (a) in England and Wales and (b) by the West Midlands police in each of the last three years. 
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Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions the Metropolitan Police requested from Transport for London information on journeys made by individuals in each month since the inception of the Oyster Card. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls to the police 999 emergency services were classed as being non-emergencies in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Galloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what dates Ministers in his Department made official visits to the London boroughs of (a) Tower Hamlets, (b) Newham and (c) Waltham Forest in each year since 1997. 
Ian Lucas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many firearms were surrendered in each police authority area in accordance with the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997. 
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans the Department has to hold a national firearms amnesty; and what assessment he has made of the extent to which such measures are effective in reducing the level of firearms offences. 
Mr. Coaker: We are discussing with the Association of Chief Police Officers whether a national firearms amnesty should be held later this year. The last national amnesty in 2003 resulted in the surrender of 44,000 firearms and over a million rounds of ammunition. Taking such potentially lethal items off the streets contributes to community safety but an amnesty is just one aspect of the wider overall strategy. This includes enhancing already tough legislation through the Violent Crime Reduction Act, supporting community activity through the Connected Fund and other project funding, and working with the Association of Chief Police Officers Criminal Use of Firearms Group on a range of issues focusing on prevention, intelligence and enforcement.
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