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Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 5 December 2001, Official Report, column 330W, on the Parliamentary Ombudsman, on which date each of the seven new statutory statements of complaint was received; and on which dates the responses were made. 
|PCA case||Date received by Home Office||Date answered by Home Office|
|No. 1||21 May 2001||2 July 2001|
|No. 2||6 August 2001||31 August 2001|
|No. 3||5 September 2001||17 October 2001|
|No. 4||7 September 2001||24 October 2001|
|No. 5||11 September 2001||22 October 2001|
|No. 6||18 September 2001||25 October 2001|
|No. 7||5 November 2001||(26)|
Mr. Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of applicants seeking an extension of an existing leave to remain there are; how many of these cases have been awaiting decision (a) more than 12 months and (b) six to 12 months; how many such cases have lost entitlement to disability related benefits; and whether a protocol has been agreed with the Department of Social Security to backdate benefits when the claim for extension is decided. 
I understand from my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions that payment of disability living allowance or attendance allowance can continue where a recipient has applied for an extension of leave to remain.
Beverley Hughes: Available data on arrests for notifiable offences are based on aggregated returns made by the police. The information collected is by sex, age group, ethnicity and offence category. Information is not collected on the time people were held in custody.
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The authority for police power of arrest is set out in sections 24 and 25 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984. Reviews of the detention of each person in police detention in connection with the investigation of an offence shall be carried out periodically in accordance with the provisions of section 40 of the same Act.
Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prison officers speak (a) Arabic, (b) Hindi, (c) Urdu, (d) Farsi or Dari and (e) Pashto as a first language; how many officers, and at what grades, are trained to speak each language; and how many translators are available for work in detention camps in each region of England and Wales. 
Beverley Hughes: Information on the languages spoken by prison officers is not held centrally and could be collected only at disproportionate cost. Translation arrangements in Immigration Detention Centres are provided primarily by external translators and on occasion by Immigration Service staff.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 2 November from the hon. Member for West Derbyshire on the state of roads and pathways under the control of the Prison Service relating to the Sudbury Park estate, Ashbourne in Derbyshire. 
Angela Eagle: The practice of forced marriage is wrong. Forced marriage occurs where a marriage is conducted without the valid consent of both parties, and where duress is a factor. It can affect many communities from a variety of cultural backgrounds and continents, not just Muslims. All major world religions condemn forced marriage.
On 6 November, the Government announced their action plan to tackle the problem, including measures to support victims, in response to the report of the Working Group on forced Marriage "A Choice by Right" published last year. Copies of this report, the joint Home Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office action plan and the progress report on the latter are available in the Library and on the Home Office website.
Mr. Wray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many British Muslims have complained to the Department about being forced into marriage against their will in the last five years. 
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Angela Eagle: We do not have figures covering the past five years. During the past two years, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has had over 300 inquiries on forced marriage. These include people who have:
Angela Eagle: Under United Kingdom law, any marriage requires the valid consent of both parties. We are seeking to raise awareness of the legal position in the communities affected by forced marriage, particularly community leaders and potential or actual victims.
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 December 2001]: Public sector prisons provide three meals a day for prisoners. Catering departments prepare multi-choice menus, which meet the needs of the establishment's population and enable pre-selection to take place. All prisons must comply with all food safety legislation and must have regard to particular dietary and religious needs. The Prison Service Catering Manual, which is published as a Prison Service Order, provides full guidance for catering staff on hygiene and food safety, nutritional requirements, diets for special groups, food quality and quality control, and customer surveys. Its requirements apply to both Prison Service and contractually managed establishments.
Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides were committed in each year from 1997 to 2001 by criminals who were on early release from prison at the time of the attack. 
1999: 5One offender committed suicide and one offender died following the second offence.
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As I announced on Tuesday 4 December, the Government have decided that eligibility for the Golden Jubilee medal should be extended to include members of the emergency services: the police, fire and ambulance services, the Coastguard, the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, and the Mountain Rescue service. As is the case for the armed forces and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, the medal will be issued to serving members who have completed a minimum of five years' reckonable service on 6 February 2002.
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