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Whether present or former eligible members of Her Majesty's forces will be entitled to wear the medal recently awarded by the government of Malaysia to all Commonwealth ex-servicemen who served in either the emergency or the confrontation between 1957 and 1966. [HL582]
Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean: No. HMG's rules on the acceptance and wearing of foreign awards preclude the acceptance of medals for events in the distant past or more than five years previously. In addition, the rules do not allow for a foreign award to be accepted if a British award has been given for the same service. Eligible veterans of the Emergency or Confrontation in Malaya should already have received the Malaya Bar to their General Service Medal.
All British citizens require permission from HMG to accept and wear foreign state awards. HMG have, to date, received no request from the Malaysian Government for this medal to be presented to British ex-servicemen who are veterans of the Emergency or Confrontation in Malaya.
Further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 16 March 2003 (WA 76), whether they will publish a table to show how may foreign nationals were in prison in England and Wales at the latest convenient date. [HL1]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The population of foreign nationals, as recorded on the Prison Service central IT system, in prison establishments in England and Wales was 8,996 on 31 October 2004.
Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The figures in the attached table are calculated from data held
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on the Offenders Index (OI). The Offenders Index only has data available on those convicted of a standard list offence. Offenders classified as first time offenders on the OI may have previous convictions for non-standard list offences; and several offences were added to the standard list in 1996.
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|Community service orders/|
Community punishment orders
|All Community penalties|
|%||Number in sample||Estimated number in year||%||Number in sample||Estimated number in year||%|
|1992||Data not available|
|2003||Data not available|
|The Crown Court|
|Total number sentenced||81,117||66,980||68,462||71,518||70,864||76,509||77,023||73,852||70,921||68,671||72,870||72,571|
|Number given custody||36,057||33,074||36,011||40,181||43,425||46,623||47,085||46,400||45,304||43,599||45,865||43,490|
|Percentage given custody||44.5||49.4||52.6||56.2||61.3||60.9||61.1||62.8||63.9||63.5||62.9||59.9|
|Total number sentenced||241,416||238,241||243,595||228,890||227,983||241,021||262,613||266,452||253,961||253,195||262,653||259,895|
|Number given custody||11,796||13,898||17,339||20,195||22,019||25,237||30,227||33,388||35,480||36,674||39,286||37,304|
|Percentage given custody||4.9||5.8||7.1||8.8||9.7||10.5||11.5||12.5||14.0||14.5||15.0||14.4|
|Total number sentenced||322,533||305,221||312,057||300,408||298,847||317,530||339,636||340,304||324,882||321,866||335,523||332,466|
|Number given custody||47,853||46,972||53,350||60,376||65,444||71,860||77,312||79,788||80,784||80,273||85,151||80,794|
|Percentage given custody||14.8||15.4||17.1||20.1||21.9||22.6||22.81>||23.4||24.9||24.9||25.4||24.3|
Whether they will place in the Library of the House a drawing of the accommodation for religious activities at the Bicester accommodation centre, showing the amount of space allocated to each religion. [HL59]
The Home Office has already published a best practice toolkit on trafficking that acts as a guide for immigration officers, police and other professionals who might potentially deal with the victims of trafficking, whether they are adults or children. In particular, it helps those concerned to treat victims of trafficking fairly and appropriately. This toolkit is available on the Internet, and the paper version was updated and republished at the beginning of this year.
All immigration officers who work on the immigration vice teams receive specially designed training and a period of one-to-one mentoring. This ensures that they are aware of issues relating to human trafficking. The Immigration Service has also issued a best practice guide that provides guidance on what immigration officers should do if they identify suspected trafficking at ports.
In addition, the National Centre for Policing Excellence is publishing a best practice guide on the Use of Immigration Powers Against Crime in the next few weeks. This provides information to the police on trafficking and guidance on the use of immigration legislation including trafficking offences.
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