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Given the scale and trend for increasingly large and complex cases we believe there may be a need to go beyond 28 days in future. The Government are determined to give the police the powers they need to tackle terrorism. That is why it is right and proper to legislate now to put in place the reserve power to extend pre-charge detention beyond 28 days if in future there is a grave exceptional terrorist threat. We have consulted widely on all of the proposals in the Counter-Terrorism Bill, including pre-charge detention, and this is an approach which has been widely welcomed. This has included discussions with the police, CPS and the intelligence and security agencies.
Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many suspects arrested under anti-terrorism legislation have been released without charge at the end of the maximum pre-charge detention period because there was not sufficient evidence to bring charges in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 10 June 2008]: To date, 11 individuals have been held for over 14 days pre-charge detention, six individuals were held for the maximum 27-28 days, of which three individuals were charged, and three individuals were released without charge.
Nine out of the 11 individuals were arrested in August 2006, following Operation Overt the disruption of an alleged plot to target aircraft. This led to six individuals being charged, and three were released, one individual was charged on the 27-28 day of detention following his arrest in a counter terrorist operation led by Greater Manchester police in August 2006. One individual was charged on the 18-19 day of detention following his arrest in relation to the incidents in London and Glasgow in June and July 2007.
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Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations she has received on the effect of the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 on the ability of traditional folk dancers to (a) buy and (b) use swords as part of their dances; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Government have received correspondence from traditional folklore dancers about the impact of the Government's ban on the sale, hire, import and manufacture of curved swords implemented in April 2008. The ban targets cheaply available curved swords used in violent crime but includes defences for legitimate uses including sporting activities, historical re-enactments and theatrical performances.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the level of demand for the services provided by (a) her Department and (b) its agencies and non-departmental bodies to be provided in the Welsh language; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The Home Office Welsh language scheme came into effect in January 2002 and is in the process of being revised. Although no recent assessment has been made of the level of demand for the service the Department does abide by the principles of the Welsh Language Act 1993 and seeks to ensure that it makes Welsh language versions of published materials available whenever appropriate.
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when she expects to reply to the hon. Member for Ashford as referred to in the answer of 30 October 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on Members: Written Questions; 
Mr. Laurence Robertson: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will investigate the case of Veronika Ellis-Stockley of Churchdown, Gloucester and demands made on her by the Child Tax Credit Department for repayment of money. 
Jane Kennedy: HM Revenue and Customs wrote to the hon. Member's constituent on 13 February 2008 and 29 April 2008. I have asked HMRC to investigate this case and will write to him shortly with a detailed explanation.
Mr. Maude: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how much revenue the Consolidated Fund has received in the last financial year from fines paid (a) to public sector bodies and (b) by public sector bodies. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many staff of each (a) sex and (b) grade were employed by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies in Southend-on-Sea in each year since 2001. 
|HMRC staff employed in Southend-on-Sea at 1 April 2001 to 1 April 2008|
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