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Lord Judd asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Amos: The UK played a significant role in promoting small arms issues at the G8 Summit in June. Our aims at the summit were to:

    (1) highlight the need to reinforce the fight against illicit trafficking of arms and promote the adoption of stringent controls and careful scrutiny of arms transfers by all exporting states;

    (2) reaffirm our commitment to tackle the problem of small arms and light weapons, by maintaining and strengthening the momentum created by the adoption in 2001 of the UN Programme of Action to Combat Eradicate and Prevent the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in all its Aspects; and

    (3) to agree to work jointly to promote strict implementation of national legislation and guidelines.

At the summit itself, the volume of issues under consideration prevented the full discussion of small arms issues that the UK would have liked. The final statement notes that G8 States "welcomed the upcoming meeting of States on the illicit traffic in small arms to be held at the United Nations in New York in July 2003".

Her Majesty's Government will hold further discussions with partners at the United Nations Biennial Meeting of States on the importance of strengthening international controls on the illicit trade in small arms, including on arms exports. The Government will also emphasise the importance of effective and co-ordinated international assistance to affected countries, particularly those in Africa.

Olympics 2012: Safety and Security

Lord Jopling asked Her Majesty's Government:

    In the event that London secures the 2012 Olympic Games, what assurances will be given to competitors in the 2012 Olympic Games about their personal safety; and whether they will estimate the number of troops and police who will be deployed around the Olympic village and Games sites, together with estimates of the proportion which will be armed.[HL2973]

The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): If successful, the International Olympic Committee will require London to provide a range of

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safety and security assurances. The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), which has a high degree of expertise in policing and countering the threat of terrorism at major events, will develop comprehensive security arrangements. It would be premature to speculate on the detail at this stage.

Fixed Penalty Notices: Disorder Offences

Lord Campbell of Croy asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they propose to extend the fixed penalty notice system to drunkenness and other anti-social behaviour.[HL2985]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Provisions in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 allow police officers to issue fixed penalty notices for specified offences of disorder, which penalise a variety of anti-social behaviours including drunkenness. These provisions have been piloted and my right honourable friend the Home Secretary announced on 14 May that they are now to be extended to all forces in England and Wales.

Community support officers will also be able to issue these penalty notices and the Anti-Social Behaviour Bill seeks to allow persons accredited by chief constables to issue them for some anti-social offending. The Bill also seeks to include 16 and 17 year-olds in the scheme through a pilot at first. The Government hope to add additional offences involving anti-social behaviour to the scheme later this year.

Communications Data

The Earl of Northesk asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they confirm the accuracy of Privacy International's calculation that a billion individual pieces of data (comprising e-mail logs and logs of Internet activity), representing requests to communications providers for access to around a million customer records, are released to the police and other official bodies in each year; and, if not, what is the true figure.[HL3001]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: In the consultation paper, Access to communications data—respecting privacy and protecting the public from crime, the Government estimated that around half a million requests for communications data are made annually by law enforcement agencies, the intelligence services and other public authorities with functions to investigate specific criminal offences and conduct. No records are currently required to be kept, but the Government are consulting on the implementation of a regulatory framework for access to communications data (under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000) that would require retention of records.

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Criminal Convictions: Humberside

Lord Laird asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What proposals they have to improve the conviction rate for all crimes notified to the police in Humberside.[HL3014]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: We have set a Public Service Agreement target to bring 1.2 million recorded offences to justice by 2005–06. As a first step to delivering that target, each local criminal justice board has been set a "Narrowing the Justice Gap" target for 2003–04 to increase the number of offences brought to justice in its area by five per cent, compared with the area's performance in 2001–02.

We are working closely with all local criminal justice boards, including Humberside, to develop and execute initiatives which address weaknesses at specific points in the criminal justice system (for example, witness and defendant attendance at court), in the process as a whole (for example, through better joined-up working between the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS)) and by targeting persistent offenders.

Firearms: Record-keeping and Marking

Baroness Anelay of St Johns asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What steps they have taken to ensure that United Kingdom practice complies with the record-keeping and marking firearms requirements as set out in the United Nations Firearms Protocol, and to encourage other governments to meet the same standards of record-keeping and marking of firearms.[HL3033]

Lord Falconer of Thoroton: We are currently working towards ratification of the Firearms Protocol in conjunction with the European Commission, with particular regard to the length of time for which records must be kept. The marking of weapons is a key requirement of the protocol where further international consensus is needed. We are actively involved in the UN Panel of Governmental Experts which is examining an international instrument on the marking and tracing of small arms.

Firearms Amnesty

The Earl of Shrewsbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide a breakdown of the numbers and types of items handed in during the recent firearms amnesty, including those items which are defined in the Firearms Acts 1968 to 1997 as prohibited weapons; and[HL3021]

    Whether they will provide a breakdown of those items handed in during the recent amnesty which are non functional firearms or ammunition, or those which are listed as obsolete calibres.[HL3022]

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Lord Falconer of Thoroton: Final figures from police forces will be available shortly. We will use these to publish a detailed breakdown of the items handed in. Latest police estimates indicate that over 40,000 guns were handed in during the amnesty, along with nearly a million rounds of ammunition.

Extradition Bill: Police Powers Draft Code of Practice

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When they will publish the draft code of practice on the use of police powers under the Extradition Bill.[HL3256]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin): I am today publishing a draft code of practice which sets out the application and operation of police powers in extradition cases, under Part 4 of the Extradition Bill.

Copies of the draft code of practice, and the covering consultation paper, are available in the Libraries of both Houses and the document can also be viewed on the Home Office website.

Interested parties are invited to submit their comments and views on the content, structure and format of the draft, by Monday 8 September, to:

Code of Practice Consultation, Extradition Bill Team, Room 1021, 50 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AT, from which further copies of the document are available.

All replies that are received will be made public unless the author explicitly requests that this should not happen.

Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002

Baroness Massey of Darwen asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the leasehold provisions of the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 will be implemented.[HL3244]

The Minister of State, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (Lord Rooker): The Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002 gained Royal Assent last year (1 May).

The leasehold provisions of this Act are being phased in over a period of time. A first commencement order on 26 July last year brought in most of the changes to the rules for enfranchisement and lease renewal for flats and houses.

We are now in the process of implementing the remaining leasehold provisions in two more stages. By the end of September 2003 we expect to bring the main package into force: the provisions relating to the new right to manage, the requirement to use a right to enfranchise company in collective enfranchisement cases, the new requirements for consulting leaseholders about major works and the widening of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal jurisdiction.

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