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Criminal Proceedings: Use of Intercept Material

Lord Lester of Herne Hill asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The legal regimes of the Netherlands and France are subject to the European Convention on Human Rights. Australia and the US both have their own procedures for ensuring fair trials.

Domestic Violence: Arrests

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Numbers of reported domestic violence incidents where an arrest was made have been collected from police forces since 31 March 2003 as one of the suite of best value performance indicators for police forces. Not all forces have been able to provide the information on domestic violence arrests. Those that have are listed in the following table.
Police force areaDomestic violence arrests year to 31 March 2004
Avon and Somerset1,936
Devon and Cornwall3,665
Greater Manchester5,490
London, City of23
Metropolitan Police6,118
North Wales
North Yorkshire845
South Wales3,156
South Yorkshire906
Thames Valley1,330
West Mercia
West Midlands8,594
West Yorkshire8,571

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Heroin: Register of Addicts

Lord Hanningfield asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: Until 1997, doctors throughout the United Kingdom treating persons they considered to be addicted to a drug in a specified list were statutorily required to notify that person's details to the Chief Medical Officer at the Home Office.

Following a review, in 1996, of the operation of the register and of other statistical information relating to drug misusers it was decided to end the system of doctor notifications. The decision was communicated to Parliament in response to a Written Question on 20 March 1997 (Official Report, col. 837) and, more widely, through a press release.

The register operated in respect of the following drugs:

cocaine, dextromoramide, diamorphine (heroin), dipipanone, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, levorphanol, methadone, morphine, opium, oxycodone, pethidine, phenazocine and piritramide.

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Although it covered diamorphine (heroin) and cocaine it did not include current drugs of misuse such as amphetamine, ecstasy, LSD and cannabis. Its utility as a research and epidemiological tool was, therefore, severely limited as was its use in enforcement terms. Better information is now available through sources such as the Department of Health's regional drug misuse databases and the drug seizure and offender statistics published by the Home Office.

British Expeditionary Forces:Assessed Air Threat

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): For security reasons, copies of such documents will not be placed in the Library of the House.

RAF: Hercules C130

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: There are 25 Hercules C130K and 25 Hercules C130J aircraft currently in service with the Royal Air Force.

Structural fatigue on the each of the Hercules C130K aircraft is assessed every 14 days. The Hercules C130J is a more modern aircraft and is fitted with an on-board structural health monitoring (SHM) system. The SHM assesses structural fatigue damage after every flight.

In the following table "flying hours" is used instead of "air miles" because the former more accurately reflects the usage of the aircraft. The distance travelled by an aircraft does not form part of the data used to maintain the Hercules C130 fleet.

Tail number

Date in


Flying hours


XV196C130K Mk1Aug 6725,96220,159

XV200C130K Mk1Oct 6725,26623,055

XV205C130K Mk1Nov 6725,11419,265

XV206C130K Mk1Nov 6725,58222,124

XV295C130K Mk1May 6824,51223,620

XV177C130K Mk3Feb 6726,76917,957

XV184C130K Mk3May 6728,68223,429

XV188C130K Mk3Jul 6726,74420,724

XV197C130K Mk3Aug 6727,91520,890

XV199C130K Mk3Oct 6728,89822,115

XV202C130K Mk3Nov 6728,61020,672

XV209C130K Mk3Nov 6726,46517,282

XV212C130K Mk3Jan 6829,28019,559

XV214C130K Mk3Jan 6827,09518,404

XV217C130K Mk3Mar 6829,39620,885

XV220C130K Mk3Feb 6829,73220,930

XV221C130K Mk3Feb 6828,04819,199

XV290C130K Mk3Mar 6828,82118,454

XV294C130K Mk3Aug 6826,65918,963

XV299C130K Mk3Aug 6828,25220,004

XV301C130K Mk3Jun 6827,69619,468

XV303C130K Mk3Jul 6829,19819,150

XV304C130K Mk3Jul 6828,92218,913

XV305C130K Mk3Sep 6827,76016,574

XV307C130K Mk3Aug 6829,75519,391

ZH865C130J Mk4Aug 983,7491,838

ZH866C130J Mk4Aug 004,4932,618

ZH867C130J Mk4Aug 004,2642,440

ZH868C130J Mk4Jun 013,0071,473

ZH869C130J Mk4Jul 004,2052,269

ZH870C130J Mk4Apr 004,0871,707

ZH871C130J Mk4Nov 98314569

ZH872C130J Mk4Mar 003,9671,607

ZH873C130J Mk4Apr 004,1501,979

ZH874C130J Mk4May 004,1502,143

ZH875C130J Mk4Nov 993,9481,667

ZH876C130J Mk4Dec 994,2171,808

ZH877C130J Mk4Dec 994,2181,911

ZH878C130J Mk4Nov 993,0411,298

ZH879C130J Mk4Jun 003,8751,843

ZH880C130J Mk5Apr 996751,317

ZH881C130J Mk5Sep 002,8721,868

ZH882C130J Mk5Oct 003,0911,773

ZH883C130J Mk5Mar 012,6391,752

ZH884C130J Mk5Mar 011,5601,276

ZH885C130J Mk5Apr 012,3721,918

ZH886C130J Mk5May 011,244946

ZH887C130J Mk5May 011,9381,632

ZH888C130J Mk5Oct 00674452

ZH889C130J Mk5Nov 00916924

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Royal Navy: Trafalgar Class Submarines

Lord Astor of Hever asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Bach: The planned decommissioning dates are listed below:

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