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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what effects changes in the labour market test for obtaining a work permit have had on the number of domestic workers (a) applying for and (b) obtaining jobs in the UK. 
Mr. Woolas: The flexibility of the points-based system allows us to support UK workers and at the same time meet the recruitment needs of businesses and support the economy. Since April this year, the RLMT has been strengthened to include a requirement to advertise skilled jobs in Jobcentre Plus, so that resident workers have a single source-their local job centre-to access all skilled vacancies. This strengthening of the resident labour market test was introduced to better support resident workers looking for skilled jobs. I announced on 24 November that, on the Migration Advisory Committee's recommendation the test would be further strengthened by increasing from two weeks to four weeks the minimum period that jobs must be advertised in order to satisfy the test. No formal assessment of the impact of the changes has yet been undertaken.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he intends to reply to the letter of 9 October 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Waqas Ur Rashid; 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter of 5 October 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Omer Farooq and Hassan Akhtar. 
Janet Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State expects to provide a substantive reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Rossendale and Darwen of 16 November 2009 sent on behalf of her constituent Miss Ashley Redmayne. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the future (a) governance and (b) funding of the National Policing Improvement Agency; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hanson: The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) is an executive non-departmental public body (ENDPB) of the Home Office created under the Police and Justice Act 2006. Its governance arrangements are set out in legislation under Schedule 1 of the Police and Justice Act 2006 and there are no plans to change these arrangements.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding his Department allocated to the National Policing Improvement Agency in each of the last five years; what agreements are in place between his Department and that agency in relation to the use of such funding; under what statutory powers such funding was allocated; and if he will make a statement. 
The NPIA is subject to the principles of regularity, propriety and value for money that applies to all Government Departments and other public bodies in the management of public money and must observe the Treasury guidance 'Managing Public Money'. A Financial Memorandum between the Home Office and NPIA is in place and the Management Statement (published on the NPIA website) sets out in greater detail the financial framework within which NPIA is required to operate. Annual Accounts are laid before Parliament each year. The Chief Executive of the NPIA is the Accounting Officer.
|Home Office funding delegated to the National Policing Improvement Agency since vesting on April 20071|
Mr. Hanson [holding answer 3 December 2009]: The Initial Police Learning and Development Programme (IPLDP) and Police Community Support Officer learning programme contain modules relating to dealing with individuals with learning difficulties. A list of these modules is given in table 1.
Police training for all officers and staff is being reviewed to ensure that mental ill health and learning difficulties are covered appropriately. The National Policing Improvement Agency has developed guidance on the 'Police Response to People with Mental Ill Health and Learning Disabilities' on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO).
A new Mental Ill Health Learning Programme will take a more focused and detailed approach in looking at mental ill health and learning disabilities, identifying the difference between the two and being able to identify symptoms, indicators and responses to a range of disabilities in a wide variety of policing situations. A list of topics and outcomes is given in table 2. Mind, Mencap and the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health have been consulted throughout the development of this learning programme.
The contents of table 2 only identify where a specific focus has been drawn to persons with a disability or learning difficulties. There is a strong thread throughout IPLDP promoting equality and dealing with people in a fair and ethical manner by recognising and responding to their needs in respect of race and diversity, as set out in the Disability Discrimination Act and the Human Rights Act.
An e-learning module is being developed as part of the Mental Ill Health Learning Programme to support the new guidance. The e-learning module, which is designed for all public-facing officers, will be part of initial training and will be available to all Home Office police forces.
|Table 1: Modules currently included in the IPLDP and Police Community Support Officer Learning Programme|
|Name of module||Description|
Identifying vulnerable witnesses (behavioural characteristics and physical characteristics), who may be vulnerable and why. It also looks at communicating with such individuals, special measures provided for vulnerable witnesses including the identification of such needs on the appropriate documentation in file completion. There is also an appendix of common conditions including those that could affect communication, with a summary of that condition.
Dealing with vulnerable people, whether they are a victim, witness or suspect and the need to treat vulnerable people with particular consideration at all times. It looks at whether individuals are fit to be interviewed, and mental health issues, physical disorder, health and behaviour are discussed. It also looks at communication difficulties, the need for appropriate adults in certain situations and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1985 code of practice in relation to interviewing those who may have a learning difficulty or a mental health issue.
Includes a section on witnesses with learning difficulties and deals with how witnesses with learning difficulties may find the criminal justice process especially stressful, and on occasion, traumatic. High stress reduces the person's ability to participate and respond to questioning, or effectively recall events in order to assist the fact finding process of the criminal justice system. The student notes associated with this module look at pre-trial support to aid this process.
This module specifically covers learning in relation to the legal term of learning disabilities' within the Mental Health Act 1983. It also covers identifying people with learning difficulties and court appearances for people with learning difficulties.
The module includes a chapter dedicated to dealing with and interviewing people with learning difficulties and mental disorders. It looks at communication and memory difficulties and responses to perceived aggression. The mental Capacity Act 2005 is explored to ensure that officers have an understanding of Section 44 of the Act - III Treatment or Neglect. It fully explains the concept of lacking capacity, inability to make decisions and acting in the best interests of the individual.
|Topics and outcomes covered by e-learning|
Effective communication skills and strategies to break down possible barriers and identify individual needs of people who may be experiencing mental health problems within a variety of policing contexts.
Numerals followed by letters are references to the Learning Descriptor v 1.5
The Police Reform Act, 2002 places a duty on all police forces to record all complaints made by members of the public about the conduct of those serving with the police. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is responsible for the collation and publication of complaints statistics for England and Wales.
Complaints made by people with learning difficulties, is not a category currently used by the IPCC in the collation of its complaints statistics. The IPCC have however recently requested that forces provide information relating to complainant disability and they are working with forces to ensure the consistent and accurate recording of these data going forward.
Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received from hon. Members on the conduct of police officers dealing with people with learning difficulties. 
Mr. Hanson [holding answer 3 December 2009]: Since February 2008 I am aware that four hon. Members have written to Home Office Ministers regarding the conduct of police officers in dealing with people with learning difficulties. These include one from the hon. Member himself, to the Home Secretary, in June of this year.
Special grant is intended to provide financial assistance in exceptional circumstances to help meet costs where additional expenditure, incurred by the force, would otherwise create a serious threat to the authority's financial stability and would threaten seriously to compromise the force's capacity to deliver normal policing.
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