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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether her Department was represented at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Summer Conference on 3 June 2008. 
Meg Hillier: The RSPCA conference on 3 June 2008 looked at the challenges of managing dogs within our communities. Lord Rooker, Minister of State for Animal Welfare at DEFRA, whose portfolio includes responsibility for the subject matter, spoke at the conference. The Home Office was not represented.
Mr. Sarwar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of its time and resources the Serious Organised Crime Agency spends on tackling (a) organised immigration crime and (b) human trafficking. 
Mr. Coaker: The Serious Organised Crime Agency's Annual Report for 2007-08, notes that 12 per cent. of its operational effort during the year had been directed against organised immigration crime including human trafficking. This relates to the overall operational work of the agency, and different operations require different amounts of time, personnel, international and national partnership working to achieve the outcome, so it does not directly translate into financial or other resource terms.
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the consistency of police forces' practice in investigating complaints of (a) stalking and (b) domestic violence; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Government are committed to tackling the incidence of stalking and harassment. We have been working closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to develop a national risk-based assessment form to ensure that officers are able to better predict levels of risk to victims.
In 2004, ACPO issued guidance to all its forces outlining how officers should investigate and deal with cases of harassment, taking into account the links with domestic violence. This guidance is currently being updated to incorporate developments in legislation around domestic violence, the protection of vulnerable people and the victim's code of practice and is expected to be reissued to forces in the autumn.
Compliance with the guidance forms part of the Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary force inspection process.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many stop and searches were conducted in (a) the Metropolitan Police area and (b) other police areas under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since it came into force. 
Statistics on the number of stop-searches conducted under Section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 are published in two reports on a yearly basis. The Ministry of Justice publications Report Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice, 2006 and the Statistical Bulletin: Arrests for Recorded Crime (Notifiable Offences)
and the Operation of Certain Police Powers under PACE, 2005-06 (both the latest available) contain statistics on the number of stops and searches under the Terrorism Act and resultant arrests. The latest version of these publications can be located at:
Publications for previous years can be located at the Home Office Statistical Bulletins Archive located here:
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many deaths of (a) civilians and (b) members of the security services and armed forces have been caused by terrorist activity in the UK in each year since 1978. 
Jacqui Smith [holding answer 26 March 2008]: The term security services is interpreted as the police and intelligence agencies. We are not prepared to release the information requested with regard to the intelligence agencies due to the sensitive nature of their work.
The following table details the numbers of deaths recorded as being caused by terrorist activity in the UK since 1978. The table is broken down by year and into the categories of civilians and police and armed forces.
|Deaths due to terrorist activity|
|England and Wales||Northern Ireland||Scotland||Total|
|Civilians||Police and armed forces||Civilians||Police and armed forces||Civilians||Police and armed forces||Civilians||Police and armed forces||Total|
|(1)( ) Notes:|
1988the 270 civilian deaths in Scotland in this year were caused by the Lockerbie bombing.
2005the 52 civilian deaths in the UK in this year excludes the four suicide bombers who perpetrated the 7 July London bombings.
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