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Written Answers to Questions

Wednesday 21 March 2001

DEFENCE

Service Personnel (Compensation)

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence when the review for compensation arrangements for those killed and disabled during service with the armed forces will be completed; how the review will be presented to Parliament; if payments resulting from the review will be retrospective; and if he will make a statement. [154044]

Mr. Spellar: I refer the hon. Member to the answer given to my hon. Friend the Member for Eastwood (Mr. Murphy) on 16 March 2001, Official Report, column 756W. This stage of the review has taken longer than expected because of legal and financial complexities. It is proposed that any new scheme would be introduced for all incidents giving rise to illness, injury or death after the date of introduction. Claims relating to incidents which occurred before this time would continue to be covered by the existing arrangements. Following consultation, we expect to take final decisions on the review by early next year, when we will inform Parliament in the normal way.

Logos and Branding

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much has been spent by his Department on departmental and agency logos and associated branding since 1 May 1997. [152645]

Dr. Moonie: This information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Job Evaluation

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence for what reason service officers have not had the same job evaluation as enlisted personnel; and if he will make a statement. [153979]

Mr. Spellar: Job evaluation of both Other Ranks and Officer posts has been routinely undertaken since 1970. A new job evaluation system was introduced in 1997 and was extensively tested across all ranks including Officers. During the period leading up to Pay 2000, priority has been given to evaluating Other Ranks in order to assign posts to pay ranges based on job weight. Most Senior Officer posts have now been evaluated. We are about to begin a comprehensive programme of evaluation for the remainder of the Officer corps with the aim of completing the first tranche by September to meet the stated requirements of the Armed Forces Pay Review Board.

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PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL

Peerages

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the President of the Council how many members of the public have contacted the Appointments Commission to give their views on its role and the criteria and the process used to select applicants for nomination for a peerage. [153807]

Mrs. Beckett: I understand that 40 members of the public have responded to the Commission's invitation for views on the process and the criteria it has drawn up to guide its assessment of nominations.

Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the President of the Council how many applicants for a People's Peerage have their main home outside the United Kingdom. [153764]

Mrs. Beckett: I understand that of the 3,200 applications for consideration by the Appointments Commission as non-political peers received by 17 November 2000, 17 have their main home outside the United Kingdom.

HOUSE OF COMMONS

Parliamentary Salaries

Mr. Tyler: To ask the President of the Council how many hon. Members voluntarily elected to forgo (a) part and (b) all of their parliamentary salary in the 2000-01 financial year. [154516]

Mrs. Beckett: No hon. Members have taken a reduced parliamentary salary during this financial year.

Fair Trade Products

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Chairman of the Catering Committee what fair-traded products are (a) used and (b) sold in the cafeterias and restaurants of the Palace of Westminster. [155066]

Mr. Dennis Turner: While I cannot, of course, answer for the policies of the Refreshment Department in another place, I am pleased to confirm that the following Fairtrade Mark products are sold in the cafeterias and restaurants of the House of Commons: "Clipper" teas; "Tikki Cafe" coffee beans and ground coffee from Matthew Algie Tea and Coffee Merchants; and "Divine" milk chocolate and "Dubble" chocolate rice bars from The Day Chocolate Company.

The House of Commons Refreshment Department also has a policy to support the aims of the Cotonou Convention, specifically with reference to the purchase of Caribbean bananas and cane sugar.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Departmental Policies (Manchester, Gorton)

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, with statistical information relating as directly as possible to the constituency, the effects on the Manchester, Gorton constituency of his Department's policies and actions since 30 November 2000. [154496]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 30 November 2000 regarding a similar query. I explained that the impact of Home Office policies and actions is not normally collected by constituency and the statistics which the Department collects cannot be matched in the way requested. The three major projects which I mentioned are ongoing. They are a burglary reduction project in Rusholme, a targeted policing project against armed crime in South Manchester and the neighbourhood wardens projects in three parts of Gorton.

The Manchester Youth Offending Team received a visit from my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary in December 2000 and there was a significant increase in the number of Pre-Sentence Reports prepared for the courts during that quarter. There are plans for this progress to be sustained.

As I explained in the earlier reply, all the policies of the Home Office will in a more general way impact on Manchester, Gorton to a greater or lesser extent. Changes since I last wrote to my right hon. Friend are as follows:



Information on the Home Office and its policies is also published on its website, www.homeoffice.gov.uk, but once again this is not collected on a constituency basis.

Departmental Policies (Sutton and Cheam)

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set out, including statistical information relating as directly as possible to the Sutton and Cheam constituency, the effects on Sutton and Cheam of his Department's policies and actions since 2 May 1997. [154416]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Home Office is working to build a safe, just and tolerant society in which the rights and responsibilities of individuals, families and communities are properly balanced, and the protection and security of the public are maintained. Detailed information on the impact of Home Office policies across the full range of responsibilities is set out in Home Office annual reports. A copy of the most recent report, Home Office Annual Report 1999-2000, is available in the Library. The latest report will be published shortly. Information on recorded crime and policing is also published. 'Recorded Crime England and Wales, 12 months to September 2000' and 'Police Service Strength England and Wales, 30 September 2000' can be found in the Library. The recorded crime statistics include information on recorded crime by Basic Command Unit and Crime and Disorder Partnerships.

The impact of Home Office policies and actions is not normally examined by constituency and the statistics which the Department collects, such as recorded crime, cannot be matched in the way requested although set out are examples relating to the Sutton and Cheam constituency or the immediate locality:

Reducing Burglary Initiative

One project from Sutton was awarded £35,000 under round two of the Reducing Burglary initiative. The project will work on anti-social behaviour and other crimes

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and include increased use of intelligence gathering, surveillance and arrest to direct resources on prolific offenders. Anti-social behaviour, civil and repossession orders will be used to address offending by those likely to fill the void left by the removal of prolific offenders. A partnership approach will be taken to tackle issues such as the improvement of housing allocation and pre-school education provision.

Youth Offending Teams (YOTs)

The Youth Justice Board (YJB) are funding an Intervention Scheme and a Bail Supervision Team in the Sutton and Cheam constituency. Between September 1999 and March 2002 the YJB are contributing almost £120,000 to a Network Drugs Advice Project. The project will reduce crime by reducing drug and alcohol use among young offenders. A project worker will be based in each of the two YOTs and will assess levels of substance abuse and the influence it may have on individuals' crime-related activity. Motivational interviewing, solution focused, brief intervention, rational emotive behavioural and existential therapeutic approaches will be provided for approximately 1,500 young people over the period of the bid.

The YJB are also contributing nearly £85,000 to a Bail Support Scheme. The project aims to reduce offending by young people while subject to bail; reduce delays caused by non-appearance of young people in court and reduce unnecessary use of secure facilities for young people on remand.

More generally, all of the policies of the Home Office will impact on the residents of Sutton and Cheam to a greater or lesser extent. For example:





Information on the Home Office and its policies is also published on its website (www.homeoffice.gov.uk).


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