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Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since May 1997 requests for extradition of Islamic radicals based in the United Kingdom have been turned down; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations there were from the police force in the year to March (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 due to (i) medical and (ii) other reasons. 
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|Medical retirements||Other reasons|
|England and Wales||2,012||1,209||3,340||4,244|
|Avon and Somerset||66||42||113||89|
|City of London||7||9||30||29|
|Devon and Cornwall||21||15||106||116|
Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, by police authority, the number of reported incidents of domestic violence for each of the last three years for which figures are available. 
Mr. Denham: Details of the numbers of domestic violence incidents recorded by police forces, obtained from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Annual Statistical Return, are given in the table. The definition of domestic violence incidents used for the 19992000 and 200001 figures is as follows:
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|Avon and Somerset||4,791||9,973||9,210|
|City of London||83||n/a||22|
|Devon and Cornwall||3,453||3,611||2,957|
|England and Wales||351,728||398,670||415,327|
n/a = not available
Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the police prior to the amendment of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 to the effect that only alcohol in unsealed containers may now be seized; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 2 November 2001]: Section 29 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 amends section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 and increases the power of police in respect of under-age drinkers because it now
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allows them to confiscate alcohol, and alcohol containers which have been opened, from under-age drinkers in public places.
The 1997 Act was deliberately amended by the 2001 Act to ensure consistency between new police powers to confiscate alcohol (but not sealed alcohol containers) from any person in a public place designated for the purpose by the relevant local authority, and the measures contained within the 1997 Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act.
Prior to the Act discussions on the provisions were held with representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers and individual forces who had included confiscation powers within the model byelaw on banning drinking in public places.
Beverley Hughes: Burial facilities are currently provided by local organisations, including burial authorities, religious bodies and private companies, in response to local demand. Whether these arrangements need to be reinforced is a matter we intend to consider over the next year. As a first step, we propose shortly to seek information on existing burial space availability.
Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the relationship between the street price and purity of (a) cocaine and (b) heroin in the last 10 years. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 22 October 2001]: Information on mean purity of seizures is available from April 1997 to March 2001 and this together with average street prices over the same period is set out in the table.
|Heroin purity (percentage)||35.3||38.2||43.6||49.7|
|Price per gram (£)(10)||74||74||65||70|
|Cocaine purity (percentage)||52.3||55.9||60.2||53.5|
|Price per gram (£)(10)||71||77||75||65|
(10) in December
Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) actual and (b) funded police officers there are in the county of Essex for the latest available date; and what were the same figures on 1 May 1997. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: The information for funded officers and the most recent strength data has been provided by the chief constable of Essex. The 1997 strength figures relate to 31 March 1997 as the Home Office collects police strength data in March and September for each year. The information is in the table.
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|31 March 1997||1 October 2001|
|Funded police officers||2,944||3,031|
|Actual police strength||2,961||2,974|
|Funded civilian support staff||1,425||1,747|
|Actual civilian staff strength||1,199||1,586|
1. Figures are full-time equivalents
2. The funded posts reflect budget provision by the police authority
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