To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the practice of the Police Service of Northern Ireland of obtaining details of primary and secondary fires involving suspected arson from the Fire and Rescue Service is working effectively; and how many such cases were reported in the past three years. [HL3090]
Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.
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Association of Chief Police Officers
Asked by Baroness Warsi
To ask Her Majesty's Government how much they have paid the Association of Chief Police Officers for project work in each of the past three years. [HL2911]
To ask Her Majesty's Government for what projects they have paid the Association of Chief Police Officers in each of the past three years. [HL2912]
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Home Office has provided funding for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) since 1997.
In addition to an annual grant in aid payment, the Home Office has made regular payments to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to fund a number of specific projects or in support of initiatives that are best delivered by those with professional police experience. All the grants are prescribed only for the project or use specified. From the information currently held by the department, the payments made to ACPO since 2006-07 have been listed as an annexe to this response.
Home Office Payments to ACPO
Funding allocated only for these purposes
To meet the costs of the ACPO President and part of the ACPO office costs
To fund the ACPO Change & Implementation Support Team
Criminal Records project
UK Central Authority for exchange of criminal records
Investigation into prostitution project
Community Tensions project
To fund the ACPO National Community Tensions Team
Domestic Extremism project
To fund the ACPO Domestic Extremism Team
Disaster Victims Identification
To fund the ACPO UK DIVI Management Team
Learning lessons of the Stockwell incident
Contribution to ACPO conference
Funding part of the costs of a co-ordinator
Funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit
Funding for ACPO Vehicle Intelligence Service
Funding for ACPO Safer Car parking Scheme
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Co-ordination of Counter-Terrorism policing
Funds the national co-ordination functions: the National Co-ordinator of Special Branch, media liaison work, CT training needs analysis and the police contribution to the Border Management programme.
Prevent Channel project
Level 2 project
PNICC work on the air terrorist action
Setting up Regional Intelligence Units
Policing the Olympics
Prisoner Intelligence Network
Support funding for programme
AVCIS (ACPO vehicle crime intelligence service)
Organised vehicle crime investigation
Freight crime intelligence service
ACPO Drugs CBA
Contribution to ACPO organised drugs conference
Operation Cube (ACRO)
Operation Element (National Community Tension Team)
NCTTOperation Element (2007-08 funding)
Knife Crime £100,000 funding approx agreed for 8 mth (mid Sep 08 to mid May 09)
Domestic violence posters
Domestic violence awareness campaign. Grant agreement signedfunding awaited
Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon
To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the role of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in the organisation and operations of police forces in the United Kingdom; what is its role in the formation of Government policy on policing and security; what is the annual cost of the ACPO; and how and by whom it is financed. [HL2942]
Lord West of Spithead: The Association of Chief Police Officers is an independent organisation made up of representatives of forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which works in partnership with both the Government and the Association of Police Authorities to co-ordinate the direction and development of the police service.
ACPO plays a key role advising the Government on behalf of the police service as a whole on major national projects aimed at developing the capacity of the service. It also advises on how to tackle serious and ongoing strategic threats that might put the public at risk. In times of national need, ACPO is specifically tasked with co-ordinating the strategic policing response on behalf of all chief officers.
ACPO is funded by a combination of Home Office grant, contributions from each police authority, membership subscriptions and the proceeds of its annual exhibition.
The Home Office annual grant in aid payment for 2008-09 was £836,232.
The grant in aid contribution is used to cover the cost of the ACPO president's role and their office. The department also provides specific project-related funding.
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Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis
Asked by The Duke of Montrose
To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they plan to record the incidence of tuberculosis infection in the badgers that they intend to vaccinate with the BCG vaccine. [HL3235]
The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): There are no plans to record the incidence of tuberculosis infection in the badgers that are vaccinated with the BCG vaccine as part of the badger vaccine deployment project. To meet the aim of deploying injectable badger vaccines in a way which supports the long-term goal of oral vaccination, resources need to be concentrated on vaccinating as many badgers as possible. Carrying out diagnostic work would be expensive and would divert resources away from badger vaccination. This would not demonstrate a practical long-term method for vaccination.