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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with reference to the answer to Lord Stoddart of Swindon of 15 October 2008, Official Report, House of Lords, column 56WA, on surveillance, what the terms of reference are of the review of public authorities' use of powers under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000; who is conducting the review; and what evidence is being taken to inform the review. 
Mr. Coaker: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced on 16 December that the Government would consult on a number of changes proposed to the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA), including which public authorities can use RIPA powers and for what purposes. The consultation is planned for early this year and the outcome of the consultation will also be made public.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar of 13 January 2009, Official Report, column 728W, on surveillance: local authorities, in respect of which public authorities the Investigatory Powers Tribunal made a determination in favour of the complainants; and whether copies of those determinations are held by her Department. 
The Home Office is not provided with and does not hold copies of Investigatory Powers Tribunal determinations or details of the public authorities
concerned. The Investigatory Powers Tribunal is independent of Government. Under Rule 6(6) of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules (Statutory Instrument 2000 No. 2665) the Tribunal may not, without the consent of the complainant, disclose to any person information or documents provided to it. The Tribunal's website: www.ipt-uk.com gives examples of anonymised rulings following some of its hearings.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the Tackling Knives Action Programme in each of the last six months; and how much is budgeted to be spent on the programme in each of the next 12 months. 
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Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how she plans to ensure that Independent Advisory Groups are able to deal with the aftermath of local counter-terror operations; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The Association of Chief Police Officers has issued guidance to forces to assist them in managing concerns and tensions within local communities during and following a counter terrorist operation. The guidance suggests that the police include members of Independent Advisory Groups (IAG), as well as police authority members and locally elected members, in the group that is formed to deal with the operation.
At a strategic level, a National Independent Advisory Group has recently been formed to represent the local IAGs at a national level. This group will act as a central resource to forces in order to provide specific community expertise and advice in the event of a counter terrorist operation.
Separately, a two day table top exercise (Op Nicole) has been developed by the Association of Chief Police Officers Terrorism and Allied Matters (ACPO (TAM)), National Community Tension Team. It is designed to break down barriers between police and Muslim communities by promoting an understanding of how counter-terrorism operations work. At the same time, it provides police officers with an insight into Muslim community concerns and the impact that counter-terrorism operations can have upon those communities. It also addresses some of the myths that surround CT work.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 22 January 2009]: We have worked with ACPO and West Midlands Police since 2004-05 to establish a counter-terrorism capacity and capability outside London. The Counter Terrorism Unit (CTU) in Birmingham developed from this pilot work to become, in early 2007, one of three strategically located units of national assets placed under the local control of a lead force. The CTUs enhance, complement and support the work of police forces by providing coordination and specialist support to deliver our counter-terrorism strategy. West Midlands CTU has a broad operational capability that incorporates intelligence, investigation and surveillance functions. Personnel working within the unit have been responsible for a number of arrests and prosecutions as well as more discrete day-to-day prevention and disruption activity to counter the threat posed by terrorism.
Patrick Mercer: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for offences under sections (i) 11, (ii) 12 and (iii) 13 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since 2001. 
The Home Office, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General's Office are currently working with the National Coordinator for Terrorist Investigations to improve the quality of data relating to those arrested, charged, convicted and imprisoned under terrorist legislation and under other legislation but considered terrorist related. As soon as this is complete a Statistical Bulletin covering this information will be published by the Home Office.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many Criminal Record Bureau checks have been processed in respect of employers taking on young apprentices in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement; 
(2) if she will estimate the cost to the public purse of processing the Criminal Record Bureau checks required as a result of the planned expansion of youth apprenticeships; and if she will make a statement. 
Meg Hillier: The Criminal Records Bureau does not hold this information. The Disclosure Service is only available for those positions and types of work included in the Exceptions Order (1975) to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. The standard and enhanced disclosure process includes checks against the Police National Computer (PNC) and, if applicable, a search against Section 142 of the Education Act 2002, the Protection of Children Act 1999 and Protection of Vulnerable Adults (PoCA and PoVA) lists. Enhanced disclosures also contain a further check conducted by police forces for any relevant non-conviction information.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people aged 18 years or under who lived in the most deprived decile of lower layer super output areas in 2008, as determined by the income deprivation affecting children index, were arrested in 2008. 
The arrests collection held by the Home Office covers arrests for recorded crime (notifiable offences) only, broken down at a main offence group level, police force area and age group, covering categories such as violence against the person and robbery. Information on the individual circumstances of persons arrested is not reported to the Home Office as a part of the arrests collection.
Norman Lamb: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many (a) adults and (b) children were admitted to accident and emergency departments as a result of attacks by dogs in each of the last five years, broken down by hospital trust. 
Mr. Bradshaw: The information is not available in the format requested. The following tables show the count of finished admission episodes (FAEs) where the external cause code is W54 (bitten or struck by dog) for the strategic health authority (SHA) of treatment, for adults and children admitted to hospital through accident and emergency, over the last five years. A direct comparison is not possible before and after 2006 when the SHAs were restructured, which is why there are two separate tables.
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