Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the salary and wage costs were of (a) Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary, (b) the National Police Improvement Agency, (c) the Police Standards Unit and (d) the Independent Police Complaints Commission in each year since their inception; and how many staff worked in each organisation in each year. 
|Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC)
|Total pay costs (£ million)
| Notes: 1. The first HMIs appointed under the provisions of the County and Borough Police Act 1856, however, numbers prior to 1997-98 are not readily available. 2. HMIC have been unable to provide complete staff numbers within the timeframe as a change in IT systems has meant data are not readily available prior to 2003-04. 3. Total staff numbers include HO and seconded staff. 4. Pay costs rose significantly with effect from 2006-07 as a result of changes to the funding of police officer pensions.
|National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA)
|Total pay costs (£ million)
| Notes: 1. The NPIA was established by the Police and Justice Act 2006 and began its work in April 2007. 2. Staffing numbers include permanent NPIA staff, police, civilian and other secondees, along with contractors, agency and consultants.
|Police Standards Unit (PSU)
|Total pay costs (£ million)
|(1) In July 2007 the Police Standards Unit merged with the Partnership Performance Support Unit to form the Police and Partnership Standards Unit (PPSU). The rationale for the merger is explained in the PCSD Director's Report 2006-07. The complement for the PPSU in 2007-08 was 33 and the total pay costs were approximately £2.3 million.
The budget and staffing data for PSU is managed at directorate level along with a number of other Home Office units. The figure for 2006-07 only is disaggregated, all the rest include the other units.
|Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC)
|Total pay costs (£ million)
1. The IPCC became operational on 1 April 2004.
2. The figures in the table are taken from the 2007-08 annual accounts to be laid before Parliament.
3. The figures for pay cost include pension and social security costs.
4. Staff costs and figures include agency staff, seconded staff and commissioners; staff numbers are average.
Mr. McNulty: Following a trial in five forces in 2003, chief officers of all forces in England and Wales have been able to make the tasers have available to authorised firearms officers (AFO) as a less lethal alternative for use in situations where a firearms authority has been granted in accordance with criteria laid down in the ACPO manual of guidance on police use of firearms.
Following a request by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), tasers have been deployed since July 2007 by AFO's beyond situations in which a firearms authority has been granted. In these cases, officers would be facing violence or threats of violence of such severity that they would need to use force to protect the public, themselves and/or the subject(s).
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary also agreed to a 12-month trial, from 1 September 2007, in 10
selected forces of use of tasers in similar circumstances by specially trained units who are not authorised firearms officers. The Home Office and ACPO will be conducting thorough assessments of the trial and seeking independent medical advice before any further decision on the extension of Taser is taken.
Meg Hillier: The Government are fully committed to the UK's participation in the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). In order to preserve our border controls, the UK does not participate in Schengen visa and immigration measures. This means that the UK will not have access to information on SIS II relating to third country nationals refused entry to the Schengen area. However, the UK will participate in all other SIS II measures. The information available via SIS II will allow UK law enforcement officers to locate missing persons, criminals and stolen property from across the EU, increasing our opportunities to deal with cross-border crime.
Mr. Pickles: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 22 May 2008, Official Report, columns 477-78W, on surveillance: local authorities, how many cases the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has investigated (a) in total and (b) in relation to complaints against the use of surveillance by local authorities since its establishment. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 10 July 2008]: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal has issued determinations in respect of 554 complaints from 2 October 2000 to 31 December 2006, the most recent period for which published reports are available. Figures for 2007 are due to be published shortly. It is not the tribunal's practice to publish more detailed breakdowns by type or body of complaint, in order to preserve the confidence of people using it that their complaint will be handled confidentially. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is independent of Government and subject to statutory rules which prevent it from disclosing information to an extent, or in a manner, that is contrary to the public interest.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what conditions govern the access by local authorities to telecommunications data stored under the provisions of the Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2007. 
Local authorities can have access to communications data (service use and subscriber data) for the purpose of
preventing or detecting crime or preventing disorder through the provision in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) and the related statutory instruments and code of practice.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what discussions she has had with police forces on the setting up of the Channel Project to combat violent extremism; 
Mr. McNulty: A range of stakeholders were involved in establishing the Channel Project. At national level these included the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Department for Communities and Local Government. At local level the police, local authorities, other service providers and community organisations were consulted.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role her Department's Research, Information and Communication Unit has played in the development of the Channel Project for combating violent extremism. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria she will use to determine the effectiveness of the Channel Project to combat violent extremism; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much the Channel Project to combat violent extremism has spent on community groups; and how much it plans to spend in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which local community groups the Channel Project to combat violent extremism (a) funded in 2007-08 and (b) plans to fund in 2008-09; and how those groups were selected for funding. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of the Channel Project to combat violent extremism was in 2007-08; what the cost is expected to be in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and how those funds will be spent in each of those years. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of (a) the police, (b) her Departments staff and (c) the public are employed by the Channel Project to combat violent extremism in each of the areas in which it operates; and how many people in each category will be employed by the project in (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2010-11. 
Mr. McNulty: In each area in which the Channel Project operates one person is employed by the police force to co-ordinate activity. In 2008-09 there are 10 areas operating the Channel Project which will extend to 20 areas by 2009. Precise roll out plans for 2009-10 and 2010-11 are under development.
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which statutory agencies are taking part in the Channel Project to combat violent extremism; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in which areas of the country the Channel Project to combat violent extremism (a) operates and (b) is planned to operate; and how those areas were decided upon. 
Mr. McNulty: In addition to two pilot areas, in London and Lancashire, that have been operating Channel since 2007, a further eight sites, in west Yorkshire, the midlands, London and Bedfordshire, will be operational in 2008. These sites have been identified through an assessment of local factors, such as strength of partnership working, and the presence of other funding like the Preventing Violent Extremism funding distributed by the Department of Communities and Local Government.