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51. Granting or considering whether to grant a provisional certificate of registry, whether the owner is a private individual or body corporate


52. Receiving a return of the birth or death of any person on board a ship and endorsing the agreement with the crew accordingly


53. Examining or arranging for the examination of provisions or water, payable by the party who proves to be in default (in addition to any cost of a survey) .


54. Noting a marine protest and providing one certified copy if required and for each further copy


55. Extending a marine protest, filing the original and providing one certified copy if required (in addition to fee 1 and 3 where applicable)-

(a) for up to 200 words, excluding the declaratory clause


(b) for every subsequent 100 words or less


56. Making a request, or issuing or arranging for the issue of a document, in connection with a survey of a ship (in addition to fee 8 where applicable)-

(a) for the purposes of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea 1974 (SOLAS) or of the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships 1973 as modified by its Protocol of 1978 (MARPOL)


(b) for any other purpose


57. Issuing a bill of health


58. Preparing or signing, or both, any document, whether required by the Merchant Shipping Acts or by the local authorities, relating to the master or the members of the crew of a ship, to their numbers, names or other details, or to their engagement, discharge, desertion or death (except where fee 52 is taken in addition to fee 44, or a death inquiry is held under section 271 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1995(k)


59. Signing and, if necessary, sealing any documents at the request of the master of the ship (except where this is required under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995, or fee 58 is taken)


60. Inspecting-

(a) a ship's papers when required to enable a consular officer to do any matter or thing in respect of a ship (except where fee 58 is taken in addition to fee 44)


(b) the marking of a ship, irrespective of the number of visits (in addition to fee 44)



61. Receiving payments by credit card on behalf of Her Majesty's Government where no other fee is chargeable under this Order.

The applicable fee will be equal to the credit card charges incurred.

Crime: Knives and Youth Violence


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): My right honourable friend the Minister of State for Policing, Crime & Security (David Hanson) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

This week marks the end of phase two of the Tackling Knives and Serious Youth Violence Action Programme (TKAP). Over the past 12 months, we have targeted nearly £7 million of funding on 15 high priority areas and the British Transport Police in order to reduce serious youth violence.

Last week's deaths of two young people in London was a stark reminder, if one were needed, of the need for our continued action in this area. We are committed to reducing serious youth violence to make sure that no families face the devastation that these young people's families are suffering.

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We are focused on tougher enforcement, tougher sentences and new legislation to tackle violent crime and gangs. We increased the starting tariff for a life sentence for adults committing murder using a knife or other weapon taken to the scene to a minimum 25 years in prison.

We will publish detailed results from the programme in the summer, but across England and Wales as a whole the picture is encouraging. Recorded crime statistics show that in the period April to September 2009 covering the first six months of phase two of TKAP, there was a 7 per cent fall in recorded knife crime, compared with the same period the previous year including a 34 per cent fall in homicide with a knife/sharp instrument (100 homicides involving a knife/sharp instrument in April to September 2009 and 152 in April to September 2008). These statistics build on annual figures for 2008-09 which saw a 7 per cent drop in knife/sharp instrument homicides, compared with 2007-08.

Over 100 hospitals are now sharing A&E data with local police and Community Safety Partnerships in England and Wales, to enable targeted local enforcement and other activities to reduce violence. The Home Office has provided £300,000 to 8 TKAP police forces for 9 Portcullis Operations, an intensive enforcement and prevention tactic.

Increased police activity has led to 736 arrests, 23 knives and one shotgun being recovered, and over 20,000 people passing through knife arches. In addition, street-based teams have worked with over 1,500 young people.

But preventing serious violence is about more than tough enforcement, it is also about prevention, there have been over 22,000 After School patrols in TKAP areas over the same period, engaging with over 67,000 young people and signposting over 13,000 young people to positive activities.

Where young people have been involved in knife crime, we have worked hard to ensure that they receive appropriate education and rehabilitation to teach them about the dangers of knives. The Youth Justice Board rolled out the Knife Crime Prevention Programme to all 97 Youth Offending Teams in the 15 TKAP areas with the aim of reaching 2,000 young people cautioned or convicted of knife crime in the TKAP areas by the end of 2010 to bring home to them the consequences of carrying a knife.

All of this activity to tackle serious youth violence will not stop at the end of TKAP 2. A third phase of TKAP begins on 1 April 2010 aiming to continue our work to keep young people safe. TKAP 3 will make £5.5 million of government funding available to local TKAP areas: £4 million to local Community Safety Partnerships; on top of £1.5 million already announced for 150 local voluntary organisations receiving help from the Home Office Community Fund. In 2010-11, we will focus the TKAP programme on 52 Community Safety Partnerships within 21 police forces plus British Transport Police which will receive TKAP funding and support. Agencies in these local areas know that serious youth violence matters to their communities and they want to do all they can to prevent and reduce it.

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Cyber Crime


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): My honourable friend the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Crime Reduction (Alan Campbell) has today made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today publishing the Government's "Cyber Crime Strategy" (Cm 7842) which sets out the Government's proposals for tackling cyber crime. Copies are available in the Vote Office.

Cyber crime is a large and growing problem. It is responsible for a significant amount of social and economic harm, both financially and through threats to children; and is a threat to confidence both in the provision of services through the internet generally, and on confidence in the move of government services online. As the UK becomes more dependent upon digital services, so the threat to the UK as a whole from cyber crime increases.

The overarching theme of the new strategy is that there is significant scope to extend our response to cyber crime, as part of the overall government focus on cyber led by the Office for Cyber Security.

The new strategy has five key elements:

Co-ordination to tackle cyber crime across government: there is already significant work across government to tackle cyber crime. We will ensure that there is enhanced leadership to provide a clear focus for cyber crime issues. We will ensure that this work will link closely with the overall cyber security approach set out in the Government's Cyber Security Strategy;Provision of an effective law enforcement response: We will continue to support all of the existing law enforcement units that respond to cyber crime, and will seek to enhance their operational and intelligence functions through the development of accurate reporting mechanisms for the public;Raise public confidence: We will strengthen the links with Get Safe Online and with the work done on the "Think U Know" programme run by CEOP, to ensure that the public continue to have accurate information on how to keep themselves safe online;Work with industry: We will work with the private sector to prevent e-crime, through the e-Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership, and through the Cyber Industrial Strategy being developed by the OCS; andWork internationally: We will maximise collective efforts overseas-from capacity building through to strengthening multilateral institutions. We will continue to lead efforts to ensure that children are protected online and that there is good co-operation between law enforcement agencies internationally.

Defra: Budget Control Totals


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Davies of Oldham): My right honourable friend the Secretary of State (Hilary Benn) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

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I wish to announce that for 2009-10 Defra will switch £25 million available near-cash resource DEL budget to cover a forecast deficit against its capital DEL control total, in accordance with HM Treasury's consolidated budgetary guidance. Although the financial outturn for the year is not final, the current assessment of the required switch is £25 million. The movement in spend from near-cash resource DEL to capital DEL is in respect of flood defences where the exact nature and classification of the expenditure is determined by the Environment Agency, as they undertake the work.

ChangeNew DEL£'000

Resource DEL of which:1






Administration budget






Near-cash in RDEL



4,138, 436



Capital DEL2






Less Depreciation3










Department for Work and Pensions: Public Body Targets


The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Department for Work and Pensions (Lord McKenzie of Luton): My honourable friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Yvette Cooper) has made the following Written Ministerial Statement.

I am today able to announce the annual performance targets in 2010-11 for the executive agencies of the Department for Work and Pensions and of our crown non-departmental public bodies-the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission and the Health and Safety Executive. The targets I have agreed are set out below.

Further information on the plans of the department, its executive agencies and crown non-departmental public bodies for 2010-11 is contained in their individual business plans which have been published today. Electronic copies have been deposited in the Library.

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Jobcentre Plus's 2010-11 targets are:

Target description

2010-11 Target Level

Job Outcome Target1

11.47 million

Interventions Delivery Target2


Employer Engagement Target3


Customer Service Target4


Fraud and Error5

To play a key role to prevent and detect overpayments and underpayments of benefit consistent with the Department's aim to reduce total overpaid expenditure across all benefits to 1.8%, and underpaid expenditure to 0.7%, of total benefit expenditure by March 2011

By March 2011, to ensure that losses from fraud and error in working age Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance amounts to less than 4.2% of overall expenditure .

Average Actual Clearance Time

Jobseeker's Allowance

11 days

Income Support

9 days

Employment and Support Allowance

14 days

The Pension, Disability and Carers Service targets for 2010-11 are:

Target description

2010-11 Target Level

Pension Credit: take-up of new claims

180,000 successful new Pension Credit applications6

Accuracy of decisions

Attendance Allowance 94%

Carers Allowance 98%

Disability Living Allowance 94%

Pension Credit new claims and changes of circumstance 94

%State Pension new claims and changes of circumstance 98%

Average processing time for new claims

Attendance Allowance within 16 days

Carers Allowance within 13 days

Disability Living Allowance within 37.7 days

Pension Credit (from the date evidence received) within 15 days

State Pension to clear 95% of new claims within 60 days

Reduce Fraud and Error in Pension Credit

3.9% by March 2011


At least 93% of calls to be answered first time with less than 1% receiving the engaged tone

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