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David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions she and her predecessors have authorised warrants under section 7 of the Intelligence and Security Act 1994 since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 27 April 2009]: The issuing of authorisations under section 7 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 is scrutinized by the Intelligence Services Commissioner. In the most recent report of the Intelligence Services Commissioner 2007 (HC 948) he gave an account of his scrutiny function and noted that:
Consistent with the practice since annual reporting by the respective statutory Commissioners began, I do not propose to disclose publicly the numbers of warrants or authorisations issued to the security and intelligence services. That is because it would assist those unfriendly to the UK were they able to know the extent of the work of the Security Service, SIS and GCHQ in fulfilling their functions. The figures are, however, of interest and have been included in the confidential annex to the report.
Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police stations have (a) closed and (b) opened in each of the last five years in each police force area in Wales; which police stations in each such area have been sold in the last 10 years; to which purchasers each such station was sold; for what price each such station was sold; and which operational police stations in each such area are under consideration for closure. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 27 April 2009]: The management of the police estate and allocation of resources are matters for each Welsh chief officer and police authority, who are responsible for assessing local needs.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent estimates she has made of the average length of time per day a police officer spends on patrol in (a) England and Wales and (b) Northamptonshire constabulary. 
Mr. Coaker: I refer the hon. Gentleman to the answer my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary gave to the hon. Member for Epsom and Ewell (Chris Grayling) on 21 April 2009, Official Report, columns 604-05W.
Police officer time spent on the beat for Northamptonshire is a matter for the chief constable of that force. The latest figure available was provided by my predecessor, my right hon. Friend the Member for Harrow, East (Mr. McNulty) on 29 September 2008, Official Report, columns 2352-53W.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the maximum disciplinary sanction is which the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) may impose on a police officer; on how many occasions since its creation the IPCC has imposed the maximum sanction on a police officer; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The IPCC is not responsible for imposing disciplinary sanctions on police forces or individuals. The evidence, findings and recommendations of IPCC investigations are fed in to the police performance and conduct systems as and when appropriate.
Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the percentage yearly increases in the Band D police precept on council tax after capping were in each police authority area in England and Wales in each year from 1997-98 to date. 
|Precept (Band D) annual percentage increases by police authority 1997-98 to 2009-10|
|Police authority||1997-98||1998-99||1999-2000||2000-01||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06||2006-07||2007-08||2008-09( 1)||2009-10( 2)|
|(1) In 2008-09, seven police authorities were proposed with capping action:|
Lincolnshirein year designated (capped). Required to reduce budget from £116.6 million to £100.6 million.
BedfordshireNominated. Will be measured against a notional budget of £95.8 million in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
NorfolkNominated. Will be measured against a notional budget of £137.9 million in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
SurreyNominated. Will be measured against a notional budget of £189.6 million in 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Cheshire, Leicestershire and WarwickshireNominated with future designation. Budget increases restricted at a level equivalent to a maximum council tax increase of 3 per cent. in 2009-10 and 2010-11
(2) In 2009-10, two police authorities are currently being considered for capping action, Derbyshire and Surrey.
1. English Police AuthoritiesDCLG
2. Welsh Police AuthoritiesWAG
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