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James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will place a copy of the report from the President of the Association of Chief Police Officers on gun and gang crime in the Library. 
Mr. Coaker: In August 2007, the Home Secretary requested an assessment from ACPO of the scale and nature of the problem of gun crime, particularly as it relates to young people and gangs. This report was produced as an internal discussion document to inform the developing debate and has been discussed at meetings of the Ministerial Taskforce overseeing the Tackling Gangs Action Programme. The report is also informing on-going research work and a guide for local authorities.
Mr. Coaker: The first meeting of the ministerial task force for the Tackling Gangs Action Programme was held on 19 September 2007. Since then, it has met on 24 October, 28 November and 22 January. The next meeting is on 18 March 2008.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police applications to covertly monitor and record conversations between defendants and their legal representatives were approved in each of the last five years. 
The Government do not comment on such matters. However, in his recently-published report the Chief Surveillance Commissioner, the right hon. Sir Christopher Rose, stated that since at least 2005 there
were no such applications and that there was no reason to believe that there was any unauthorised surveillance taking place.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 12 December 2007, Official Report, column 682W, on terrorism, how many days Lord Carlile of Berriew worked as the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation in each year since his appointment. 
40 days on the report of the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2001;
40 days on the report of the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2002 and 2003;
40 days on the report of the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2004; and
50 days on the report of the operation of the Terrorism Act 2000 in 2005.
Although he does not explicitly mention the number of days he worked in his reports for 2006 onwards, I understand that Lord Carlile of Berriew worked some 69 days as independent reviewer of terrorism legislation between 11 April and 31 December in 2006 and for 42 days as independent reviewer of terrorism legislation between January and 25 August 2007. The figures for the period post 25 August are not yet available.
Mr. Coaker: No estimates are available from the recorded crime statistics collected by the Home Office. It is not possible to identify the number of thefts where metal was stolen. Such offences are recorded in the Other theft classification and cannot be separately identified from other items stolen.
In addition, the Home Office no longer collects recorded crime statistics on the value of property stolen. This data collection ceased in the late 1990s because the data were not considered to be reliable.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were (a) reported stolen and (b) recovered in each of the last three years, broken down by police force area. 
Mr. Coaker: The available data relating to offences of theft of a motor vehicle are given in the following table. The Home Office ceased to collect data on the number of vehicles recovered in 2001-02.
|Offences of theft of a motor vehicle recorded by the police|
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07|
Includes aggravated vehicle taking.
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