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Surveillance

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. [256499]

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.

Surveillance: Local Authorities

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. [256774]

Mr. Coaker: The Home Office is not provided with and does not hold copies of Investigatory Powers Tribunal determinations or details of the public authorities
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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.

Tackling Knives Action Programme

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. [252117]

Jacqui Smith: Between August 2008 and March 2009, a total of £2.37 million was disbursed to support the work of the Tackling Knives Action programme. See following table for monthly breakdown.

The budget for 2009-10 has not yet been finalised.

TKAP Funding August 2008 to January 2009
Breakdown by month Funding (£)

August

750,000.00

September

1,068,687.50

October

345,000.00

November

51,432.50

December

0

January

155,622.50

Total

2,370,742.50


Terrorism

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. [245693]

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.


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Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent steps the Government have taken to improve counter-terror policing in the West Midlands. [249478]

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.

Terrorism Act 2000: Prosecutions

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. [256996]

Mr. Coaker: The information requested is not currently available.

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.

Vetting: Apprentices

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; [256909]

(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. [256910]

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.


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All individuals who have received a successful offer of employment for a role which brings them into contact with children or vulnerable adults are subject to these checks.

Young People: Arrests

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. [256432]

Mr. Alan Campbell: The information requested is not collected centrally.

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.


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Health

Accident and Emergency Departments: Admissions

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. [256358]

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.

2005-06 2004-05 2003-04 2002-03
SHA of treatment Under 18 18 and over Under 18 18 and over Under 18 18 and over Under 18 18 and over

Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire SHA

31

99

39

78

46

92

23

66

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire SHA

31

65

30

59

44

67

36

54

Essex SHA

30

75

37

61

26

59

28

54

North West London SHA

11

52

19

29

*

37

19

29

North Central London SHA

13

35

7

21

8

17

11

23

North East London SHA

26

25

24

30

13

33

12

9

South East London SHA

22

34

19

40

9

36

*

43

South West London SHA

22

41

18

31

21

31

16

44

Northumberland, Tyne and Wear SHA

61

107

43

81

45

98

41

60

County Durham and Tees Valley SHA

70

99

62

97

66

97

65

85

North and East Yorkshire and Northern Lincolnshire SHA

29

58

42

59

40

49

30

60

West Yorkshire SHA

95

180

78

130

76

91

88

95

Cumbria and Lancashire SHA

51

65

42

64

39

60

51

42

Greater Manchester SHA

68

142

52

87

49

82

64

75

Cheshire and Merseyside SHA

132

195

123

155

107

122

101

121

Thames Valley SHA

38

104

43

101

41

97

44

79

Hampshire and Isle of Wight SHA

29

48

25

34

23

31

37

29

Kent and Medway SHA

10

56

15

38

20

39

60

85

Surrey and Sussex SHA

73

113

73

100

61

88

41

48

Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire SHA

54

123

57

101

46

100

44

66

South West Peninsula SHA

22

75

34

59

30

59

22

60

Dorset and Somerset SHA

14

29

14

28

18

20

20

23

South Yorkshire SHA

42

62

36

73

33

69

39

76

Trent SHA

47

108

75

83

62

61

80

81

Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Rutland SHA

35

40

27

34

32

36

13

*

Shropshire and Staffordshire SHA

42

56

35

64

27

61

19

52

Birmingham and the Black Country SHA

65

140

57

112

45

79

42

83

West Midlands South SHA

24

55

24

45

25

35

20

44


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