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Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent discussions his Department had with the Crown Prosecution Service on the case of Alexander Litvinenko; 
(2) what discussions his Department has had with the Russian authorities on the case of Alexander Litvinenko in the last three months. 
Joan Ryan: Discussions have taken place between the Home Office and the CPS about mutual legal assistance issues including mutual legal assistance requests that were made, via the UK Central Authority at the Home Office, to a number of other countries during the course of the domestic police investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko. Home Office officials also spoke with the Crown Prosecution Service concerning the transmission of the extradition request for the person alleged to have murdered Mr. Litvinenko.
Home Office officials have also been in contact with the Russian Prosecutor General's office, by both letter and telephone to provide updates on progress being made with the Russian request for assistance in their investigation into the case, and concerning the documentation of the extradition request.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all British animal research and breeding establishments will be compliant with the new Europe-wide guidelines on laboratory animal housing and care as set out in the revised Appendix A to the Council of Europe Convention ETS 123 which will come into force on 15 June; 
(2) by what date he estimates that all British animal research and breeding establishments will be compliant with the revised Appendix A to the Council of Europe Convention ETS 123. 
Joan Ryan: Council of Europe Convention ETS 123 makes provision for the protection of vertebrate animals used for experimental and other scientific purposes. The UK Government have signed and ratified the Convention.
In implementing the Convention, parties are required to have regard to the guidelines for the accommodation and care of protected animals set out in Appendix A to the Convention. A revised Appendix A, to which the UK Government made a significant contribution, was adopted in June 2006.
The Home Office has actively advised those seeking to commission, refurbish, operate and equip animal facilities to have regard to the revised Appendix A guidelines in their planning, policies and practices both as the new provisions emerged during the revision process and following their formal adoption. In addition, we have widely circulated a note for users, prepared by the Animal Procedures Committee, explaining the key features of the revised Appendix. Work has also begun on amending the current Home Office Codes of Practice to take account of its revised provisions.
As a result of the actions we have taken so far, we are already seeing the revised guidelines reflected in United Kingdom practice. However, it is not possible to estimate by what precise date all animal research and breeding establishments will be fully compliant. Further information on the relevant transitional arrangements and timescales will be set out in the revised Codes of Practice which we aim to publish in 2008 after the requirements for consultation and Parliamentary scrutiny, set out in sections 21(3) and 21(5), respectively, of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986, have been met.
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were breached in (a) England and Wales and (b) Gloucestershire in each year since the introduction of the penalty; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 6 March 2007]: Antisocial behaviour order (ASBO) breach data are currently available up to 31 December 2005 for ASBOs issued since 1 June 2000. The available information is given in the following table.
|N umber of persons proven in court to have breached their ASBO in England and Wales and in the Gloucestershire criminal justice system (CJS) area( 1) in each year|
|(1)( )ASBOs may be issued in one area and breached in another. In this table ASBOs breached in Gloucestershire are counted irrespective of whether issued in Gloucestershire or not.|
(2) From 1 June 2000. No ASBO breach data are available prior to this date.
1. It is possible for an individual to breach their ASBO in more than one year, so persons may be counted more than once in this table.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
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Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 23 February 2007, Official Report, column 985W, on antisocial behaviour orders, how many and what percentage of antisocial behaviour orders included (a) an individual support order and (b) an intervention order in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Coaker: Information is given in the table on the number of individual support orders given in 2005 (latest available). This pre-dates the joint campaign by the Home Office, Youth Justice Board and her Majestys Court Service to increase take up which began early in 2006 and is continuing. Data for subsequent periods will be published in due course.
|Number of individual support orders( 1) given at the magistrates court, in addition to an antisocial behaviour order, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, 2005England and Wales|
|(1) Available at the magistrates courts only with ASBOs issued, on application, to juveniles (age 10-17).|
Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many antisocial behaviour orders were (a) issued and (b) breached in each month of the last five years in (i) each region and (ii) each London borough. 
Mr. Coaker: Data collected centrally on the number of antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued are compiled on a quarterly basis. Data, up to 31 December 2005 (latest available), broken down by Criminal Justice System (CJS) area are given in table A.
Information on the number of ASBOs issued by the local authority area within which prohibitions have been imposed is published annually. It can be found on the crime reduction website at: http://www.crime reduction.gov.uk/asbos/asbos2.htm and is given in table B.
ASBO breach data are available annually by CJS area only. Information is given in table C.
|Table A: Number of antisocial behaviour orders issued at all courts as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, by Criminal Justice System area, year and quarter, 2001 to 2005, England and Wales|
|CJS area||Total issued||Jan-Mar||Apr-Jun||Jul-Sep||Oct-Dec||Total||Jan-Mar||Apr-Jun||Jul-Sep||Oct-Dec||Total|
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