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What contingency plans have been made by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to ensure that the British Tourism Authority (BTA) and the English Tourism Council (ETC) are compensated in full for the amount of VAT which they have paid to the Treasury on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport grant of £14.2 million made to the BTA and of £3.8 million made to the ETC.[HL455]
Lord McIntosh of Haringey: HM Customs and Excise compiles and publishes national data about people searched under the powers of the Customs and Excise Management Act. The published data includes information about the percentage of such searches which prove to be successful and the ethnic appearance of the people searched. Specific information is not maintained or published about its use of search of person powers at individual ports and airports, including Heathrow. Customs and Excise does not maintain or publish records of people who are stopped but not searched, and who are free to leave after initial informal questions.
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Rooker): There are a number of issues associated with the re-employment of retired police officers that are currently being explored. In exploring these issues discussions with the Inland Revenue or others will take place as necessary.
Lord Rooker: Abatement does not apply where a former police officer is re-employed on open competition in a post covered by a different public service pension scheme. It does not apply, even if a post is not subject to open competition, if a former officer is retired and is entitled to receive an immediate pension either because of length of service or age.
Lord Rooker: The information requested is not available. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary did, however, undertake a sample of the reasons for medical retirement in 10 forces in 1995-96 and 1996-97.
The sample showed that for male officers 54 per cent of medical retirements were the result of musculo-skeletal conditions; 24 per cent resulted from psychological or mental health conditions; 5 per cent resulted from cardiovascular conditions; 12 per cent from other reasons; and 5 per cent from a combination of conditions.
The sample showed that for female officers 47 per cent of medical retirements resulted from musculo-skeletal conditions; 38 per cent resulted from psychological or mental health conditions; 1 per cent resulted from cardiovascular conditions; 12 per cent from other reasons; and 2 per cent from a combination of conditions.
Lord Rooker: We are implementing proposals from the recent report Making a Difference: Reducing Police Paperwork, and, last November we issued police forces in England and Wales with a revised Manual of Guidance for the Preparation, Processing and Submission of Files. This reduced considerably the number of forms officers have to complete when they pass cases to the Crown Prosecution Service.
In addition, the Home Secretary recently announced that he was setting up a study into the working day of a typical police officer in order to identify bureaucratic barriers which prevent officers from spending more time on the beat.
Lord Rooker: We collect reconviction rather than reoffending data. The latest available data are for those discharged from young offender institutions in 1996: 75 per cent were reconvicted for a standard list offence within two years of discharge. We do not produce figures for individual establishments; inmate transfers would make them meaningless.
What is the burden of proof required by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority; and what criteria does it use when judging evidence or claims; and[HL527]
How the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority decides the amount of compensation it awards; and how much it awards annually; and[HL528]
What avenues are open to third parties to show that allegations brought before the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority are false.[HL529]
Lord Rooker: The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority was established to administer the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme, approved by both Houses of Parliament, made by my right honourable friend the then Home Secretary (Mr Straw) on 12 December 1995 under powers conferred by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995 and effective for all claims made on or after 1 April 1996.
Under this tariff-based scheme (the 1996 scheme) and its successor scheme (the 2001 scheme), the authority determines what awards should be paid in individual cases in accordance with the tariff of injuries appended to the scheme and the scheme provisions relating to loss of earnings, care costs and other heads of damage.
The authority's decisions are open to appeal to an independent appellate body, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Appeals Panel, the members of which are appointed by the Home Secretary and the Scottish Ministers.
The authority chief executive is responsible for the preparation of the authority's financial statements. These are audited by the National Audit Office to ensure that they properly represent the receipts and payments of the authority and are properly prepared in accordance with the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995 and whether in all material respects the receipts and payments have been applied to the purposes intended by Parliament and conform to the authorities which govern them.
Third parties who consider that allegations brought before the authority or the appeals panel are false should bring them to the attention of those bodies or to the police or to another appropriate authority. However, it is for the authority and appeals panel alone to determine claims in the light of all the information available to them. Under the terms of the scheme approved by Parliament those bodies are exclusively responsible for settling claims and for the interpretation of the scheme rules.
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