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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what recent discussions she has had with the Competition Commission on planning policy for retail developments. 
Mr. Iain Wright: Neither the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government or I have had discussions with the Competition Commission. However, Communities and Local Government officials attended two hearings with the Commission to discuss the Governments planning policy, the operation of the planning system in England and its programme of reforms to inform the preparation of the Commissions final report on its UK groceries market investigation.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government how many planning applications to build (a) maintained and (b) independent schools were made in each of the last five years; how many of those have been approved; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling which met on 25 July. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling on 25 July 2007. 
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government pursuant to the answer of 10 October 2007, Official Report, column 667W, on Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling: public appointments, if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes of each of the meetings of the Panel since its establishment. 
Caroline Flint: A copy of the minutes to the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling held on 25 July 2007 has been deposited in the Library of the House. All subsequent meetings were held under the Chatham House Rule and no final minutes were produced for these.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local authorities are providing funding for the non-emergency 101 telephone number following the end of her Departments funding. 
Sheffield city council, Cardiff council, Hampshire county council, the Greater London authority, and the London boroughs of Waltham Forest and Barking and Dagenham are contributing funding to these services.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made of the effect of the use of non emergency 101 numbers in the South Wales Police area; and if she will make a statement. 
The evaluation of the five pilot areas found that the 101 service had successfully improved public access to and satisfaction in the community safety services. Through greater partnership working and better information from the public about what problems are happening where, the 101 service had helped local police and councils to target their resources more effectively and efficiently and improve the delivery of those services to the public.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the budget for the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is in each of the next three years; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure is funded from the Single Intelligence Account (SIA) which carries the budget provision for all three security and intelligence agencies (the Security Service, SIS and GCHQ). Detailed breakdowns showing the division of funding between the three agencies are not published for security reasons.
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will publish the advice she has received on the compatibility of the provisions of the Counter-Terrorism Bill with (a) race relations legislation and (b) the Human Rights Act 1998; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: We are confident that our proposals in the Counter-Terrorism Bill are compatible with the ECHR and will not operate in any way that is unlawfully discriminatory. The powers within terrorism legislation are not aimed at those of a particular race, religion, or at any other group. They are aimed at terrorists, whatever background or section of society they may come from. The new provisions on pre-charge detention will apply to anyone arrested while the powers are availableregardless of their nationality, race or religion etc. The Secretary of State has published a Race and Equality Impact Assessment to go alongside the Bill and has set out in the explanatory notes to the Bill the basis on which she considers the Bill's provisions to be compatible with the ECHR.
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent, and on what projects, in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area to deter youths from committing crimes in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 20 May 2008]: Information on the specific projects and spending for projects to deter youth offending in West Chelmsford constituency and Chelmsford local authority area are not held centrally in the Home Office.
The Essex Youth Offending Service (YOS) is the main vehicle for providing these prevention services to Chelmsford. The Essex YOS uses early intervention programmes to prevent young people from entering the youth justice system. These interventions are specifically funded by the Youth Justice Board until March 2011 to work with children and young people aged between eight and 13 years who have been identified by at least two agencies as presenting an increased risk of offending.
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In addition to this prevention work by Essex YOS there are also various other agencies who within their remit contribute towards prevention work for young people in the Chelmsford area, such as: Chelmsford Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP), Chelmsford council, Essex police, Essex county council and some voluntary sector agencies. The Home Office and Essex YOS do not hold the information on their spending.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recognised methods of taking fingerprints there are; and what assessment she has made of the use of each of those methods for the purposes of matching marks from scenes of crime. 
[holding answer 29 April 2008]: There are two methods employed to take arrestee fingerprints in the United Kingdom. The traditional method is a wet set. This is an ink and paper method whereby a brass plated block is inked and the subject's fingers placed in that ink and then rolled and pressed into the designated areas of a paper form known as a tenprint
form. Palm prints can also be recorded in a similar fashion by police personnel at a police station. The resultant tenprint set (finger and palm) is forwarded to the local fingerprint bureau for scanning and processing the IDENT1 system.
The more widely used method (around 80 per cent.) uses digital imaging technology, known as Livescan. This allows an operator to capture all 10 fingers as both rolled and plain impressions, and palm prints, directly from an individual's hands, electronically, without the use of ink.
The operator places the subject's hand or individual fingers directly onto a camera platen that scans the fingerprints, producing digital images. The images are then processed and immediate feedback is presented to the operator. Livescan allows the operator to capture images again to meet the required standard.
Crime scene marks are developed by a variety of methods as outlined in the Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) Fingerprint Development Handbook and the resultant developed marks can also be scanned into IDENT1 or captured via a digital camera and entered into the IDENT1 system.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will issue advice to chief constables on the priority they should attach to investigating allegations of electoral fraud and malpractice. 
Mr. Stephen O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department provides health or social care services out of public funds, with reference to the Statement by the Minister of State, Department of Health, in the Health and Social Care Bill Committee, of 17 January 2008, Official Report, column 327. 
Mr. McNulty: The code of practice for the detention, treatment and questioning of persons by police officers (Code C) issued under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984 places a requirement on the custody officer to determine whether a detainee is in need of medical treatment. The cost of meeting medical treatment or attention at the police station is met from public funds.
The UK Border Agency currently pays out of public funds for the provision of health and social care services to individuals detained under Immigration Act
powers in contracted-out immigration removal centres established under section 149 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the website www.ipcc.gov.uk in each month since its inception; what the budget for the website is for 2008-09; how many staff are employed to maintain the website; and how many unique visitors there were to the website in each month since its inception. 
Susan Kramer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the availability of International Child Abduction and Contact Unit information leaflets in police stations; and if she will make a statement. 
As National Statistician, I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking whether data held by local authorities will be used to improve migration statistics. (206840)
Over the last 3 years the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has conducted a series of studies with Local Authorities to investigate the possibility of using local data to improve official population and migration estimates. The final report of these studies was published in February 2008. Its recommendations are being taken forward as part of the wider cross government programme of work to improve population and migration statistics, the principle purpose of which is to take forward the recommendations of the 2006 Interdepartmental Task Force on Migration Statistics.
On 4 February 2008, the Minister for Local Government announced to the House that this cross-Government programme would be put in place, driven by senior officials from central Government and the Local Government Association, and led by the National Statistician. The involvement of the Local Government Association will provide Local Authority representation in this extensive work programme and ensure an appropriate focus on the use of local data.
ONS is keen to engage with local authorities throughout the development of the improvements and is holding a workshop jointly with the LGA on 23 May to seek views on the programme.
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