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CHURCH COMMISSIONERS

Ethnic Community Religious Groups

Mr. Cox: To ask the hon. Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what discussions he has had with the Church Commissioners about possible financial assistance to ethnic community religious groups in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. [43942]

Mr. Bell: My hon. Friend will know from my answer of 30 November 2001 that in 2000—the latest year for which audited figures are available—the Commissioners made available £160 million to support the work of the Church of England, including a share to support the stipends of the serving ministry, targeted particularly on areas of need and opportunity. Within the Church of England there are many parishes with ethnic community religious groups that the Church seeks to serve.

The Church of England cultivates its connection with minority faith communities through its Inter Faith Concerns Group and has also contributed financially to the work of the Inner Cities Religious Council.

The Commissioners do not have a remit for Wales.

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HOME DEPARTMENT

Courts Martial

Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people are serving prison sentences imposed by courts martial; and which prisons they are held in. [41363]

Beverley Hughes: Provisional data show that on 31 January 2002 27 prisoners were serving prison sentences imposed by courts martial.

Prisoners sentenced by courts martial

Prison nameMaleFemale
Acklington1
Aylesbury1
Blundestone3
Chelmsford2
Deerbolt1
Drake Hall1
Guys Marsh2
High point1
Hollesley Bay1
Holme House1
Kirklevington1
North Sea Camp1
Stocken1
Stoke Heath1
Wakefield1
Wayland3
Wealstun2
Wymott3

Entitlement Cards

Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what work on development of an entitlement card, other than for asylum seekers, is being conducted in his Department; and what measures have been adopted to co-ordinate this work with the Department of Social Security. [40863]

Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 7 March 2002]: A small unit has been established in my Department to draft the consultation paper which I announced on 5 February 2002 and to manage the consultation exercise. Some of the detailed work on how a scheme might operate is being undertaken in partnership by the United Kingdom Passport Service and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

My officials are working closely with colleagues in a number of Government Departments including the Department for Work and Pensions which is represented on a group of senior officials chaired by the Cabinet Office which has overseen the work at official level.

Fees

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which fees his Department, its agencies and associated public bodies collect; how much has been raised or is anticipated will be raised from each of these fees from 1998–99 to 2004–05; which of these fees count as negative expenditure; and if he will make a statement. [41312]

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Angela Eagle: The fees collected by the Home Department are summarised in the table. All of the fees are classified as negative expenditure within the

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Departmental Expenditure Limit (DEL), unless otherwise shown.

£000

1998–991999–20002000–012001–022002–032003–042004–05
Animal licence fees 9609431,0581,0611,5181,8442,029
Animal licence fees Consolidated Fund Extra Receipts (CFER)— not negative DEL1,4401,4151,5871,5912,2772,7673,043
Passport fees 57,00088,053123,287119,900131,000135,200140,500
Passport fees (CFER)—not negative DEL32,00018,00011,00017,00028,00045,00045,000
Drugs licence fees 494555558512512512512
Subject access office fees8901,2281,5991,9522,0002,0002,000
Receipts from non-statutory inspections1691347363173173173
Training course Fees (including Crime Reduction College)1,9842,2031,8705,2595,2595,2595,259
Police National Computer fees0017,77417,77418,55018,55018,550
Firearms licences for museums CFER—not negative DEL414711111
Criminal Records Bureau fees0003,39263,24977,245117,276
Citizenship fees 6,4086,4199,58013,81215,40817,81319,013
Right of abode fees 5763105120878787
Travel document fees 03382,0312,3872,3872,3872,387
Immigration Service Commissioner fees000277250250240

Retail Crime

Mr. Lepper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what support his Department has given to the British Retail Consortium to (a) establish and (b) manage retail crime partnership; and what contribution his Department makes to the British Retail Consortium annual retail crime survey for England and Wales; [39863]

Mr. Denham: My hon. Friend (Mr. Ainsworth) addressed the launch of the British Retail Consortium annual crime survey on 27 June 2001. I also visited a number of retailers in the St. Leonards areas of Hastings on 6 February 2002 when the Small Retailers in Deprived Areas scheme was launched.

Home Office officials are in regular contact with several retail representative bodies to discuss a range of issues, including retail crime prevention. Home Office Ministers and officials will continue to hold meetings with retail representatives such as the British Retail Consortium to ensure that their concerns are heard and understood by Government.

My Department has supported the work undertaken to establish partnerships by funding development work by a consultant for the past two years. This has resulted in the production of a definitive guide on how to establish and run a retail crime partnership, and we have encouraged retailers and other stakeholders in main shopping centre areas to establish partnerships to tackle retail and related crime. We are aware of the following retail crime partnerships currently in existence in England and Wales and registered with Business Crime Check.


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There are other locations where partnerships are known to exist or are being developed but these are not registered with Business Crime Check. I am not aware of any specific studies on the effects of retail crime partnerships on crime reduction

The annual retail crime survey carried out independently by the British Retail Consortium and my Department is not involved in its production.


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