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We have stressed to the Government of Nepal that in seeking to tackle impunity it will be important to show action in high profile and emblematic cases such

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as the disappearances in 2003 of 49 people from army custody in the Maharajgunj barracks. This is an essential step towards preventing future violations and building a society where the rule of law is respected. Where investigations of this nature are carried out, we believe it is important for the results to be made known in a transparent and structured manner so that the public can have confidence in the process.

Olympic Games 2012: Lorries


Asked by Lord Berkeley

Lord Davies of Oldham: The number of lorry movements to and from the Olympic site to the end of 2008 will be approximately 200,000. From 2009 to mid 2011 there will be approximately 600,000 lorry movements to and from the site. The ODA is looking to bring at least 50 per cent of materials, by weight, to the Olympic Park by sustainable means such as rail and water.

Palace of Westminster: Cyclists


Asked by Lord Colwyn

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The cycle parking exclusion zone around the Palace of Westminster is a matter for Westminster City Council.

Asked by Lord Colwyn

Lord West of Spithead: We are aware of 31 reported incidents, five of which have occurred within the United Kingdom, involving the use of improvised explosive devices disguised as or hidden upon bicycles that have taken place between August 1939 and June 2008. The highest reported number of fatalities resulting from one bicycle improvised explosive device is 22. The most recent incidents involving a bicycle bomb in the UK were on 13 August 1994 in Brighton and Bognor Regis. The incident in 2008 was in Pakistan and resulted in five deaths.

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Asked by Lord Marlesford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The information requested is not available. The normal policy of the Identity and Passport Service is for any individual to hold only one UK passport. A second passport may exceptionally be issued where there is a demonstrated need to hold two passports for business travel or to allow travel between incompatible countries. Information about second UK passports is held only in individual records and a total is not available.

Asked by Lord Marlesford

Lord West of Spithead: The information requested is not available. Although applicants for British passports are required to send in any uncancelled passports with their application, including any foreign passports held, these are returned after identity has been confirmed and no statistical record is kept.

Asked by Lord Marlesford

The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Lord Malloch-Brown): The number of passports issued by United Kingdom diplomatic missions overseas in each of the last five year was as follows:

2003-04—447,409;2004-05—452,901; 2005-06—449,164; 2006-07—416,731; and2007-08—375,715.

Asked by Lord Marlesford

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): In line with the fact that the British Nationality Act 1981 contains no restrictions on British nationals additionally holding other nationalities, no restrictions are placed on British nationals holding passports issued by other countries.

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Asked by Lord Laird

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): Information is not held centrally across public sector pension schemes to calculate an overall average employer contribution rate, which would in any case be misleading, as it would, for example, combine unfunded pay as you go schemes with funded schemes that have investment surpluses and deficits. Questions about the details of schemes would be for those responsible for the individual schemes.

Pensions: Taxation


Asked by Baroness Noakes

The Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury (Lord Myners): The Government introduced a streamlined and simplified regime for the taxation of pensions on 6 April 2006. As part of that regime, tax relief, estimated to be worth around £30 billion in 2007-08, is given to incentivise saving for a pension.

Pensions tax relief for individuals is limited by annual and lifetime allowances that were pre-announced from their introduction in 2006-07 until 2010-11. The then Financial Secretary to the Treasury also announced that those allowances would be subject to quinquennial review and the Pre-Budget Report 2008 sets the rates for the next five year period, from 2011-12 to 2015-16.

As with all areas of policy the Government keep both the system of relief for pension contributions and the taxation of pensions under review.

Police: Custody


Asked by Lord Ouseley

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The number of individuals arrested by the Metropolitan Police in 2005-06 was 200,029, this figure increased during the financial year 2006- 07 to 220,258.

Data collected by the Home Office does not include figures for individuals detained for less than 24 hours; however data are available for those detained for over 24 hours and subsequently released without charge.

In 2005-06 97 individuals were detained for over 24 hours and up to 36 hours and subsequently released without charge by the Metropolitan Police; for this year the number of individuals detained for more than 36 hours is not available.

In 2006-07 230 individuals were detained for over 24 hours and up to 36 hours and released without charge by the Metropolitan Police; a further six individuals were detained for more than 36 hours.

Police: Minority Groups


Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Government's vision is to have a police service that has the trust and confidence of all communities and that reflects the communities it serves.

Grant-in-Aid is paid by the Home Office to the British Association of Women in Policing (BAWP) and the National Association of Muslim Police (NAMP), to support the work they do towards delivering this vision.

Political Parties: Donations


Asked by Lord Taylor of Holbeach

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): The Government do not collect information on the number of political donations. The Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 requires registered political parties to submit quarterly donation reports to the Electoral Commission, listing all donations received during the previous quarter above the reporting thresholds. These are £5,000 in the case of a central party and £1,000 in the case of one of

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its accounting units. Information on the number and level of donations received by political parties is publicly available via the commission's website.

The commission does not hold information on donations received below the reporting thresholds identified above. Donations received above these thresholds are grouped in bands according to their value. The first such band groups all reportable donations below £25,000. I have asked the commission to write to the noble Lord providing further data on donations in the form in which they are held. The commission will place a copy of their letter in the libraries of both Houses.

Prisoners: Deportation


Asked by Baroness Stern

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The chief executive of the UK Border Agency has regularly written to the Home Affairs Select Committee in order to provide all of the most robust and accurate information relating to the deportation of foreign criminals. These letters include information on the numbers of such individuals who have been either deported or removed, the numbers of those held in detention and information relating to the improvements to the deportation system, which has led to record numbers of foreign criminals being deported each year since 2006.

Copies of these letters are available in the Library of the House.

Prisoners: Mental Health


Asked by Lord Howie of Troon

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The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): Information on suicide watch or special observation as a result of severe mental illness is not available centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Prisons have a broad, integrated and evidence-based suicide prevention strategy. A prisoner focused care planning system for at risk prisoners, called Assessment, Care in Custody and Teamwork, (ACCT), was introduced across the prison estate between 2005 and 2007 in partnership with the Department of Health. Its key benefits include:

a faster first response and assessment;the provision of flexible, individual, accountable care; anda multi disciplinary approach.

As part of the ACCT process decisions are taken about how the individual will be managed to reduce the risks that they will harm themselves, including the frequency of conversations and observations. Levels of observation will differ in each case and will change over time. Constant supervision is a temporary arrangement where a prisoner is supervised by a designated member of staff on a one to one basis, remaining within eyesight at all times and within a suitable distance to be able to physically intervene quickly. It is required when it is believed that the prisoner could, at any time. make an attempt to kill themselves.

Acute suicidal crisis may be temporary and the case management approach afforded by ACCT provides the opportunity to reduce the level of supervision progressively, substituting alternative supports. as the prisoners' condition improves.

While not being able to answer the specific question posed, I can provide information on the numbers of ACCT plans, (and its predecessor), which were opened in each of the past five years.


Total Plans opened






Total Individuals






Prisoners: Voting Rights


Asked by Lord Lester of Herne Hill

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): As the noble Lord is aware, the Government have undertaken the first stage of a two-

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stage consultation on the issue of prisoners' voting rights. While mindful of the Smith case, the Government must arrive at a solution that is best for the UK, and, to that end, remain committed to carrying out a second public consultation. It would be premature to introduce legislation before the second consultation has completed.

Prisons: Titans


Asked by Lord Hanningfield

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (Lord Bach): We are currently undertaking a search for potential sites for prison clusters (“Titans”) within the north-west, the West Midlands and the south-east, but have not yet confirmed or purchased any sites. Details of these will be published in due course.

Land required for prison development can be purchased by agreement or compulsorily. Normally we seek to purchase land by agreement. We intend to follow the normal planning route and will hold pre-application consultations with the relevant planning officers, local councillors and other interested parties prior to submitting planning applications.

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