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Lord Williams of Mostyn: Mr. Al Banna was assessed as suffering from mental illness under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983. Two doctors carried out the medical assessment. One doctor held a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry. The other doctor was a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry and a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. This doctor was approved under the statutory requirements in Section 12 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: It is not certain at present how many personnel will be required solely to administer the voucher system. It is intended that the administration of the voucher scheme will be contracted
Lord Williams of Mostyn: City of London police officers received full instructions in respect of Section 60(4) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 during briefings given by the force training centre in the run-up to the event.
Within the Metropolitan Police Service, officers receive training on legislation on an ongoing basis. In this case it was identified that members of the forward intelligence teams were those most likely to use these powers and an additional briefing sheet covering Section 60(4A) powers was provided to those officers.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: During the disturbances, the number of items seized under the provision of Section 60 was seven. None of the seven persons concerned was arrested as a result of this provision.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: United Kingdom passports are normally limited to a maximum validity of 10 years in accordance with international practice, in particular the International Standards and Recommended Practice of the International Civil Aviation Organisation Convention on International Civil Aviation, first issued in 1949, to which the British Government are a signatory. One of the main reasons most countries issue passports with a maximum validity of 10 years is to ensure that the photograph in the passport, which links the person to the document, does not get too far out of date and can no longer be accepted as a true likeness of the holder. There would be problems in identifying the holder if a passport was made into a lifetime document. There is therefore a real need to renew a passport and issuing a lifelong passport document would not be appropriate.
Lord Williams of Mostyn: Kosovar Albanians who came to the United Kingdom under the Humanitarian Evacuation Programme (HEP) were granted leave to enter in line with close family members already settled in the United Kingdom or granted exceptional leave to enter for 12 months to provide them with temporary shelter as requested by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). My right honourable friend the Home Secretary, in his announcement about the change of policy to the HEP and the consideration of asylum applications from citizens of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) on 15 June, stated that no Kosovar Albanian would have their stay curtailed, nor would they be required to leave the United Kingdom until it was safe to do so.
It is our intention to facilitate the return of any Kosovar Albanians who wish to return to Kosovo as soon as possible. In co-operation with the voluntary organisations in the refugee sector, the British Red Cross, UNHCR and the International Organisation for Migration, we will be providing a voluntary return programme. We expect the first flight to take place in the week commencing 19 July. For those without passports, the necessary travel documentation will be provided for those on the return programme. The programme will be available to those FRY citizens from Kosovo who arrived on the HEP as well as those who arrived in the United Kingdom independently.
The total number of police officers in England and Wales at 31 March 1999, taking account of officers seconded outside of their forces, was 126,096. This represents a reduction of 677 officers (0.5 per cent.) since March 1998.
|Force||Strength as at 31 March 1999||Change since 31 March 1998|
|Avon and Somerset||2,999.3||+23.4|
|City of London||778.1||-46.8|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,887||-74.5|
|Force total strength||123,841||-873.8|
% Change in Police Numbers %Change in Budget
Force March 1998-March 1999 1997-98-1998-99
5-5.9% reduction in strength City of London -5.7% (-46.8) -7.3%
4-4.9% reduction in strength Cleveland -4.6% (-67.8) +5.1%
Lincolnshire -4.3% (-51.5) +1.1%
Nottinghamshire -4.2% (-98) +3.8%
3-3.9% reduction in strength Bedfordshire -3.4% (-37.2) +3.8%
Cumbria -3.2% (-37.5) +3.7%
Norfolk -3.4% (-48.2) +3.8%
Sussex -3.7% (-107.9) +3.8%
West Yorkshire -3.4% (-172.7) +3.8%
2-2.9% reduction in strength Devon & Cornwall -2.5% (-74.5) +4.5%
Dorset -2.4% (-30.9) +3.7%
Greater Manchester -2% (-138.8) +3.8%
Humberside -2.3% (-46.8) +3.8%
Northamptonshire -2.7% (-31.2) +3.7%
North Yorkshire -2.2% (-30.7) +4.0%
Staffordshire -2.4% (-54.5) +3.7%
0-1.9% reduction in strength Cambridgeshire -1.3% (-17) +3.8%
Derbyshire -0.8% (-13.6) +3.8%
Essex -1.3% (-38) +3.7%
Hampshire -0.5% (-16.1) +3.8%
Hertfordshire -0.9% (-16.2) +3.8%
Kent -1.5% (-50) +4.4%
Lancashire -0.4% (-12.3) +3.8%
Metropolitan Police -0.08% (-20.7) +3.7%
Merseyside -0.13% (-5.4%) +3.8%
North Wales -0.4% (-5) +3.8%
South Wales -0.2% (-4.8) +3.8%
South Yorkshire -0.4% (-14) +3.8%
Thames Valley -0.7% (-27.4) +3.8%
Warwickshire -1.8% (-16.4) +3.7%
Wiltshire -0.5% (-5.3) +3.7%
Forces with increases in police numbers Gloucestershire +0.02% (+0.2) +3.8%
Avon & Somerset +0.8% (+23.4) +3.8%
Cheshire +1.4% (+28.7) +3.8%
Durham +3.5% (+53.1) +4.9%
Dyfed-Powys +2.4% (+24) +3.8%
Gwent +1.2% (+14.3) +3.8%
Leicestershire +0.5% (+10.1) +3.8%
Northumbria +1.9%(+71.5) +4.7%
Suffolk +0.4% (+4.4) +3.8%
Surrey +3.3% (+53.5) -1.0%
West Mercia +0.75% (+15.1) +3.8%
West Midlands +2.3% (+165.3) +3.8%
Overall totals -0.7% (-873.8) +3.7%
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