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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) if he will extend protection under Air Travel Organisers Licensing (ATOL) to all passengers flying on aircraft departing from the UK regardless of the manner in which those flights were booked; and if he will extend the same protection to those passengers who booked their accommodation independently of their flight as that enjoyed under ATOL by those who book their flights and accommodation as a package with a tour operator; 
(2) if he will impose a £1 levy on all passengers departing on flights from the UK to extend Air Travel Organisers Licensing cover to all passengers in the event of financial failure of an airline; 
(3) what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the protections provided by the EU Package Travel Directive in relation to the state of the airline industry; and if he will press for its amendment by the European Commission and EU Council of Transport Ministers to ensure that all providers of overseas leisure travel arrangements have adequate protection for consumers. 
Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government are keen to learn the lessons of XL's failure and over the coming weeks officials and Ministers will be discussing a range of issues arising with stakeholders with a view to improving the experience of passengers in future airline or tour operator failures.
The package travel directive (PTD) is currently under review by the European Commission, and the Commission have recently announced plans to conduct a consumer detriment study to begin this work. In 2007, the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform contributed to an initial consultation on the review of the PTD which encouraged the Commission to conduct a radical review of the directive. The Government will work to ensure that UK experiences are considered as part of the review.
Paul Clark: The Department for Transport has provided in excess of £27 billion to local authorities and Transport for London over the last eight years. Detailed information is set out in figures 7c and 7f in the Departments 2007 annual report, which may be found at
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport who will be responsible for determining whether bids received to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro represent value for money and are soundly financed. 
Paul Clark: Nexus (the Tyne and Wear passenger transport authority) will be responsible for evaluating the bids received against all relevant criteria and for selecting a successful candidate. It is a condition of DfT funding that this procurement process is carried out properly and rigorously.
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what public sector comparator will be used to assess bids to operate the Tyne and Wear Metro; and who will be responsible for establishing the comparator. 
Paul Clark: The tender process for the operation of the Tyne and Wear Metro will be conducted by Nexus (the Tyne and Wear passenger transport executive). An in-house bid team from Nexus will be eligible to take part in the tender process, and would be required to pre-qualify and submit a bid on the same basis as any other applicant. All bids, including any in-house bid, will be evaluated by Nexus on an equivalent basis.
Mr. Donohoe: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans the Government has to introduce mandatory biometric fingerprint checks for passengers on domestic flights; and when she plans to introduce the measures; 
Mr. Woolas [holding answer 2 July 2008]: The Government are considering using powers in paragraph 26(3) of schedule 2 of the Immigration Act 1971 to require operators of certain airports to verify the identity of travellers through biometrics such as fingerprints before boarding, where there is a mixing of domestic and international passengers in a common departure lounge and where this would be a proportionate measure to manage border security.
Mrs. James: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what enforcement campaigns her Department is conducting to prevent (a) underage drinking, (b) the sale of alcohol to young people and (c) alcohol-related crime and disorder. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Building upon the successes of the previous Alcohol Misuse Enforcement campaign (AMEC), the Tackling Under Age Sales of Alcohol to Children (TUSAC) and the Responsible Alcohol Sales campaign (RASC) the Home Office is proposing to run a different style of campaign this year.
We are making funds available to support local problem solving projects, which can address local priorities which stem from alcohol related issues. Unlike previous enforcement campaigns this year's campaign is much less prescriptive and will also enable partnerships to bid for varying amounts of money to undertake more protracted and in depth problem solving work.
This year we have set broad strategic objectives for the campaign, and have invited CDRPs/CSP's to submit bids, up to a maximum of £30,000. The following principles detailed in the Safe Sensible Social strategy will be considered in order to decide on funding.
The Government's vision is to produce a long-term and sustainable reduction in the harms associated with alcohol and drugs, where there is a safe, sensible and social drinking culture; where violent and antisocial behaviour is not tolerated; where young people are prevented from experiencing poor outcomes resulting from alcohol misuse; where those who drink alcohol are aware of the risks involved; and where those that are drinking too much receive the advice and support they need.
first, the laws and licensing powers introduced to tackle alcohol-fuelled crime and disorder, protect young people and bear down on irresponsibly managed premises need to be used widely and effectively;
second, focusing prevention, information and support, and where appropriate the criminal justice system at the minority of drinkers who cause or experience the most harm to themselves, their communities and their families. These are: 18 to 24-year-old binge drinkers; young people under 18 who drink alcohol; and harmful drinkers; and
third, collaborative work by all agencies to shape an environment that actively promotes sensible drinking. Delivery will draw on the knowledge, skills, commitment and ability of local communities, the police, local authorities, prison and probation staff, the NHS, third sector organisations, the alcohol industry, the wider business community and the media.
Completed bids will be submitted by 7 November 2008, and partnerships will be notified if their bid has been successful by 14 November 2008. Funded partnership activity can take place from this date through to the end of March 2009.
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what measures are in place to punish offenders who breach antisocial behaviour orders; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have resulted in a criminal conviction in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception; 
(3) how many breaches of antisocial behaviour orders have been recorded in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since their inception. 
There are a range of disposals available to the courts for those people who breach the conditions of their ASBOs. These range from fines to community sentences and custody. The maximum sentence for breach of an ASBO is five years imprisonment and/or a fine not exceeding £5,000 for an adult, and a two-year detention and training order (DTO) for a young person aged 12 to 17 years, of which 12 months is served in custody; the remainder is served in the community under the supervision of the youth offending team (YOT). A minor aged 10-11 cannot be given a term of detention but can receive a community penalty for breach of an ASBO.
Information collected centrally on the number of ASBO breaches relates only to those ASBOs proven in court to have been breached and is not compiled below Criminal Justice System (CJS) area level. The latest ASBO breach data are available for the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2006 and the available information is show in the table.
|Number of occasions in selected areas( 1) and year between 1 June 2000( 2) and 31 December 2006 where persons were proven in court to have breached their ASBO|
|North East Region( 3)||England and Wales|
|(1) ASBOs may be issued in one area and breached in another. Breaches are counted in this table by area of Breach.|
(2 )From 1 June 2000.
(3 )North east Government office region is comprised of the Cleveland, Durham and Northumbria Criminal Justice System areas.
1. Previously issued data have been revised.
2. Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
OCJR Court Proceedings Database. Prepared by OCJR Evidence and Analysis Unit.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the cases resolved through the grant of leave to remain in the UK under the legacy exercise concerned individuals occupying accommodation provided under arrangements for asylum support; and how many of these have subsequently moved to social housing. 
Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the Government and the armed forces in Iraq had been granted asylum in the UK as of 31 July 2008. 
A total of 14 people, consisting of five Iraqi nationals who worked for or on behalf of the Government and the armed forces in Iraq, plus their dependents, have been granted asylum in the UK and have been resettled as at 31 July 2008.
Mr. Alan Campbell: We have received recent representations in respect of the sale of cannabis seeds on the high street, including from the hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake), but not in respect of the sale of skunk cannabis seeds through online mail-order retailers.
We have made no estimate of the number of people selling skunk cannabis seeds in England and Wales. The Government's position on cannabis seeds is tied in with the sale and promotion of drug paraphernalia. My officials are currently working with the Association of Chief Police Officers to look at how existing legislation and powers can be used more effectively by the police, local authorities and other partners to curtail the sale and promotion of drug paraphernalia as well as cannabis seeds by taking local, targeted action. The National Policing Improvement Agency is leading on drafting practice advice for police and partner agencies to tackle so-called head shops that glamorise this trade. The agency's work is due to be completed by the end of February 2009. We should await the outcome of this work as it will inform the way forward.
Mr. Baron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police community support officers (PCSOs) have to (a) stop members of the public, (b) enter private property, (c) demand information from members of the public and (d) issue fixed penalty notices; and what offences may an individual be committing by not co-operating with a PCSO. 
On (b), a constable may enter and search any premises for the purposes of saving life and limb or preventing serious damage to property; and may enter licensed premises under section 180 of the Licensing Act 2003 for the purposes of investigating relevant licensing offences.
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