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Crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in which a police officer was injured by a firearm (excluding air weapons), by police force area 1997-98 to 2005-06
Police force area Total injuries

1997-98

London Region

2

Northamptonshire

1

Nottinghamshire

1

West Midlands

2

England and Wales total

6

1998-99 ( 1)

Devon and Cornwall

2

Greater Manchester

3

Leicestershire

1

London Region

5

England and Wales total

11

1999-2000

Avon and Somerset

1

Cheshire

1

London City of

1

Staffordshire

1

West Midlands

4

England and Wales total

10

2000-01 ( 2)

Greater Manchester

5

London Region

1

South Yorkshire

2

England and Wales total

8

2001-02

London Region

1

Staffordshire

1

Warwickshire

3

West Midlands

5

England and Wales total

10

2002-03 ( 3)

Gloucestershire

1

London Region

6

Northamptonshire

2

West Midlands

3

England and Wales total

12

2003-04

Cheshire

1

Devon and Cornwall

1

London Region

7

Nottinghamshire

1

West Midlands

2

West Yorkshire

2

England and Wales total

14

2004-05

Avon and Somerset

2

Devon and Cornwall

1

Greater Manchester

7

Hampshire

1

Humberside

1

London Region

9

West Midlands

2

England and Wales total

23

(1) There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.
(2) Numbers of some recorded crimes may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.
(3 )The national Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.

Police: Industrial Action

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what contingency plans are in place for security in circumstances in which industrial action is taken by the police; and if she will make a statement. [174393]

Mr. McNulty: It is unlawful for the police to call for industrial action among officers.

Police: Interpreters

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance is issued to police forces on the provision of (a) sign language interpreters and (b) lipspeakers for hearing-impaired people detained or questioned by the police. [177213]


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Mr. McNulty: Guidance is contained in the “National Agreement on arrangements for the use of interpreters, translators and language service professionals in investigations and proceedings within the criminal justice system”. Annex C and D of the National Agreement give detailed guidance on how to source the appropriate language service professionals when a registered one is not available and how to identify the right mode of communication with a person who has a hearing impairment. Copies of the National Agreement have been placed in the Library. Additional guidance is issued in individual force areas at the discretion of the chief officer.

Police: Training

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum number of new police officers is that can be trained by each English police force in 2007-08. [175578]

Mr. McNulty: It is currently estimated that a total of 5,455 new recruits will undertake police officer training in England between 2007 and 2008. The Metropolitan Police Service also plans to recruit 1,072 additional police officers during the same period, although this figure is variable. Such estimates are dependent on a number of factors based on funding, the number of applicants meeting the strict selection criteria and the capacity of forces to recruit and develop individuals.

Security Industry Authority

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what procedures the Security Industry Authority uses to validate previous addresses of licence applications who have lived abroad in any part of the preceding five years; [175541]

(2) how the Security Industry Authority (SIA) validates information supplied by applicants for an SIA licence who have been resident in the UK for less than 12 months; and how many applications for an SIA licence from such applicants have been refused because information supplied proved inaccurate since the SIA was established. [175535]

Mr. Coaker: Information on the procedure to establish previous addresses and other information provided in licence applications can be found on the website of the Security Industry Authority (SIA) and in the SIA’s booklets “Get Licensed” and “SIA Licence Application Form Guidance Notes”. Both documents are available on the SIA website at:

All applicants for the SIA licence must provide an address history with no gaps and include overseas addresses (where appropriate) covering a five year address history for the purposes of a Criminal Record Bureau check. In addition applicants must provide identification documents. At least one document must show a current address, at least one must show the applicant’s date of birth and at least one must include photo ID.


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If the applicant has lived overseas or they have spent six continuous months or more outside the UK, they must provide evidence of a criminal record check from the relevant country or countries which is subject to checks by the SIA.

If applicants do not provide a full five-year address history the SIA will return the application form to them. If this information is not forthcoming a licence will not be issued to the applicant.

The SIA does not keep information on the numbers of refused applications for an SIA licence from applicants who have not been resident in the UK for more than 12 months.

Violent Crime Action Plan

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she plans to publish the violent crime action plan. [182853]

Mr. Coaker: We currently plan to publish the tackling violence action plan during February.

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the violent crime action plan will include proposed primary legislation. [182855]

Mr. Coaker: The tackling violence action plan will contain a wide range of proposals to tackle violent crime. It is possible that some may involve legislation but no final decisions have yet been made.

Duchy of Lancaster

Tony Blair

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster whether Tony Blair has sought access to Government papers for work on his memoirs; and if he will make a statement. [181081]

Edward Miliband: The Ministerial Code sets out the rules in relation to the clearance of memoirs and access to official papers. As has been the practice under successive administrations, any discussions between former Ministers and the Cabinet Secretary, including requests for access to papers, are undertaken on an in-confidence basis.

Innovation, Universities and Skills

Education: Prisoners

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills which academic courses undertaken by prisoners had the 10 (a) highest and (b) lowest pass rates in the latest period for which figures are available. [180306]

Mr. Lammy: The information requested is not collected centrally.


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Specialised Diplomas

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what mechanisms he plans to employ to train teachers to prepare pupils studying for the new school diplomas; where he expects such training to be delivered; what organisations in the (a) public and (b) private sector he expects to deliver such training; and if he will make a statement. [180441]

Mr. Lammy: My colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families are providing a nationwide programme of free training and support to prepare staff in schools and further education (FE) colleges to teach the first five Diplomas and functional skills.

This work is being delivered through eight partner organizations from the school and FE sectors. These are the national college of School Leadership (NCSL), the Centre for Excellence in Leadership (CEL), the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA), Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the Quality Improvement Agency (QIA), the Specialist Schools and Academies trust (SSAT), the National Assessment Agency (NAA) and the Secondary National Strategies (SNS).

To prepare teachers and lecturers to deliver Diplomas, QIA and SSAT offer a three-day training package to all Diploma practitioners, which covers the Diploma model, employer engagement, and is developed in conjunction with Sector Skills Councils. The training events are delivered in a range of venues with at least one of the days delivered on site in a relevant occupational setting. The face-to-face training is supplemented by a range of electronic and hard copy materials and access to local teacher development networks.

We are also working closely with the awarding bodies that will be offering diploma qualifications to ensure that their offer of support to schools and colleges complements this range of training.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Afghanistan: Capital Punishment

Mr. MacShane: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make representations to the government of Afghanistan to stay the execution of the death sentence imposed on the journalist Sayed Parwez Kaambakhsh charged with insulting Islam. [183312]

Dr. Howells: The Government were concerned to hear about the case of Sayed Parwez. We are opposed to the death penalty for any crime. We fully support the right to freedom of expression and the right to a fair trial. We are pursuing the matter in Afghanistan through the EU and UN. The office of the UN Special Representative in Afghanistan has already called publicly for a review of the case.


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