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The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs), introduced under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, were made available to the courts in England, Wales and Scotland from 1 April 1999. The available information is given in Tables A and B. Individual support orders (ISOs) are available in magistrates' courts in England and Wales only. ISOs commenced from 1 May 2004 and may be given to juveniles (aged 10 to 17 years) in addition to an ASBO. The number of ISOs issued, as reported to the Home Office, in 2004 is seven. In 2005, up to 30 June (latest available), 19 have been issued. The Anti-Social Behaviour (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 introduced ASBOs to Northern Ireland in August 2004. The Northern Ireland Office advises that in 2004 no ASBOs were reported as being issued. Three ASBOs were issued in 2005.
|1 Apr 1999 to 31 May 20001||104|
|1 Jun to 31 Dec 2000||135|
|1 Jan to 30 Jun 2005||1,828|
|1 Dec 1999 to 30 Nov 2000||26|
|1 Dec 2000 to 30 Nov 2001||57|
|1 Dec 2001 to 30 Nov 2002||68|
|1 Apr 2002 to 31 Mar 20031||75|
|1 Apr 2003 to 31 Mar 20042||128|
|1 Apr 2004 to 31 Mar 2005||205|
Lord Davies of Oldham: The Government accept that the grant they pay to the BBC out of revenue from the television licence fee is a state aid within the meaning of Article 87(1) of the Treaty of Rome. As is the case with all their obligations to the European Union, the Government are committed to ensuring compliance with the state aid rules. The White Paper makes it clear that the Government expect the BBC to continue to be rigorous in ensuring its use of the licence fee complies with state aid rules.
What is their response to the call by the Foreign Minister of Turkey for the European Union to alter blasphemy laws to protect Islam as well as Christianity; and whether European action in this area would be consistent with the principle of subsidiarity. [HL4770]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): Any change relating to the law of blasphemy would have to begin with a review in which various options could be considered. All UK faiths and interested parties, particularly the established Church, would need to be consulted and the issues examined in some depth. We have no plans to initiate such work, but would be content to listen to representations on the subject. We doubt that there is any competence under the European treaties for EU action in this area. Even if there were, we would require some persuasion that there was a legitimate need for EU action in this field.
When they will take a decision on whether to continue to take out a bulk subscription to ensure that National Health Service professionals receive the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin from 1 April 2006. [HL4838]
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Since 1999 the Government have published an annual list of all visits overseas undertaken by Cabinet Ministers costing £500 or more during each financial year. Copies of these lists are available in the Library. Information on the number of officials accompanying Ministers on overseas visits is included in the list. All Ministers' travel arrangements are in accordance with the arrangements for official travel set out in chapter 10 of the Ministerial Code, and the accompanying guidance
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document, Travel by Ministers. Information for the year 200506 will be published as soon as it is ready after the end of the financial year.
Lord Bassam of Brighton: Information relating to the proceedings of Cabinet and Cabinet Committees is generally not discussed as to do so could harm the frankness and candour of internal discussion. The Cabinet Sub-Committee on Older People (DA(OP)) and the Ministerial Committee on Aging Policy (MISC29) were superseded by the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Aging Policy (DA(AP)), following the general election in May 2005. A full list of all Cabinet Committees, including their membership and terms of reference, can be found in the Library.
The Immigration and Nationality Directorate does not currently differentiate between those recommended by the courts and those to be deported on the grounds that their presence is not conducive to the public good. Published statistics on immigration and asylum issues are available on the Home Office's Research Development and Statistics website www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/immigration1.html.
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