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Official Entertainment

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Triesman): My right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary is hosting a farewell reception for my noble friend Lord Levy in recognition of his nine years of service as my right honourable friend the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the Middle East, at Lancaster House on 19 June. Around 260 guests have been invited, and the estimated cost of this event is £6,000, which will be met by my right honourable friend the Foreign Secretary’s entertainment budget.

Olympic Games 2012: Allotments

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The terms of the London Development Agency (Lower Lea Valley, Olympic and Legacy) Compulsory Purchase Order 2005, confirmed by the relevant Secretary of State in December 2006, will render any such covenant unenforceable.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Davies of Oldham: On completion of the Olympic and Paralympic Games there will follow a legacy phase. This will involve the deconstruction of temporary facilities and the preparation of the Olympic Park for the legacy development. The reprovision of allotments will take place during this phase. It is expected that the allotments will be ready for occupation for the start of the 2014 growing season. The proposed interim site at Marsh Lane in the London Borough of Waltham Forest will be available throughout this period.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Davies of Oldham: The London Development Agency is in the process of tendering the work to deliver the proposed allotments at the Marsh Lane site in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Any estimates the London Development Agency has must necessarily remain confidential to ensure a fair and robust procurement process. The London Development Agency is responsible for the cost of these works.

Passports

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): At the time of making an application, customers are able to specify an alternative address to their residential address for the delivery of their passport.

However, the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) uses address data as part of its identification checks; there is accordingly the risk that applications will be delayed if a customer chooses to use a police station as an alternative delivery address.

The customer would also need to ensure that the police were happy to accept the delivery and sign for it if required, as there would be considerable impact on the customer and the IPS if the passport was returned, either at the time of delivery or later.

If a large number of customers sought delivery of their passports for collection from police stations, there could be an impact on other police work.

Lord Marlesford asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: A total of 110 packages have been recorded as lost or stolen in the last 12 months while in transit between the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) and the point of delivery. Secure Mail Services (SMS) delivers new passports and supporting documents where the customer elects to pay an additional fee. Of the 110 packages, 75 contained new passports.

Of the 110, 20 are recorded as lost within the system and 90 as stolen due to theft from premises, couriers or couriers’ vehicles.

The monthly breakdown is in the attached table.

Security of all SMS depots is regularly reviewed, and couriers vary routes to ensure that their movements are not predictable. As there is an auditable trail for every package, it is possible to determine where losses occur within the SMS, and procedures are improved where possible. Security of couriers’ vehicles is also being reviewed.

All confirmed losses are recorded on our “lost and stolen” database, and all passports contain security features to prevent misuse.

The monthly breakdown is as follows:

Month

Lost

Stolen

Total

May 06

13

14

27

June

2

0

2

July

1

15

16

August

0

0

0

September

1

17

18

October

0

10

10

November

0

15

15

December

0

1

1

January 07

1

2

3

February

0

26

26

April

2

0

2

Total

20

90

110

Police: Speeding

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): This information is not collected centrally.

Railways: Level Crossings

Lord Bradshaw asked Her Majesty's Government:



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Lord Bassam of Brighton: There are currently no proposals to change the penalties for drivers who misuse level crossings, though the Government will keep the existing policy under review.

Restorative Justice

Lord Dear asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Baroness Ashton of Upholland): We are exploring a range of options around alternative low-level disposals for young offenders, including the possibility of a restorative justice-related disposal. No decisions have yet been taken on the timing of any pilots in relation to this.

Roads: Policing

Lord Berkeley asked Her Majesty's Government:

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Scotland of Asthal): The available data are the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) police officers primarily employed in the function “traffic”. Data are given for financial year (as at the last day of the year: 31 March).

Data for the Metropolitan Police are available for 31 March 2003 onwards only, and therefore are not available for 25 years ago.

Individual forces may have records prior to 2002-03; however, the information requested is not collected centrally in the police personnel statistics.

The most recent data available to the Home Office relate to 31 March 2006, when there were 603 such officers (FTE figures rounded to the nearest whole number).

Police Officers (FTE)1 whose main function is Traffic2 from 2002-03 to 2005-06
2002-032003-042004-052005-06

Metropolitan Police

583

592

1029

603

1. This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
2. Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway-related duties. This does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.


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