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'Use' as defined by ACPO: Taser Operational Guidance December 2008 policy section 5.2: The term 'use of the Taser' will include any of the following actions carried out in an operational setting:
Drawing of a Taser in circumstances where any person perceives the action as a use of force.
Sparking of the Taser commonly known as "arcing".
Aiming of the Taser or placing the laser sight red dot onto a subject.
Firing of a Taser so that the barbs are discharged at a subject.
Application and Discharge of a Taser in "drive stun mode" to a subject.
Mr. Meacher: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information his Department holds on attacks on the UK (a) planned and (b) executed by terrorist groups in the last 10 years. 
Mr. Hanson [holding answer 9 September 2009]: There have been numerous disruptions to terrorist and terrorist-related activity since 1999. Since 2001 the police and security services have disrupted over a dozen attempted terrorist plots in the UK, including a planned attack which followed two weeks after the London bombings on 7 July 2005.
A list of actual and planned attacks is not available as the information is not held centrally and has not been compiled in this way. We cannot disclose the number of planned attacks due to national security constraints.
David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrived at UK airports without valid identity documents in each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
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Mrs. Spelman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has provided to (a) police forces and (b) police authorities on employment targets in respect of (i) Travellers and (ii) under-represented groups. 
Mr. Hanson: As set out in the Policing Green Paper: Cm 7448 "From the Neighbourhood to National: Policing Our Communities Together," police authorities are now responsible for setting ambitious local employment targets in agreement with forces and in consultation with communities, police officers and staff. This local approach provides more local ownership of targets and will help to reflect the needs of local communities.
Guidance published by the Home Office in 2004, "The Breaking Through Action Plan - Promoting Minority Ethnic Employment in the Police Service," remains relevant as guidance to police authorities and forces on improving minority ethnic representation in the police service, and also illustrates approaches which are relevant for other under-represented groups. More recently, the position on Minority Ethnic Recruitment, Retention and Progression in the Police Service was the subject of an Assessment by the former Policing Minister, published on 20 November 2008.
Following the Policing Green Paper, the Association of Police Authorities has published a guidance document for its members - "Local employment targets for under-represented groups - Setting employment targets in local policing plans." The guidance provides advice on setting appropriate targets on race and gender representation, and on consideration of targets relating to wider local diverse communities such as the Gypsy and Traveller community.
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