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Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers have left Sussex constabulary in the last 12 months through (a) retirement, (b) early retirement, (c) injury and (d) other employment. 
Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the progress of the Sirius project; and what contingency plans his Department has for the project not being completed on schedule. 
Angela Eagle: The information technology 2000 contract, placed with the Sirius consortium, provides the Home Office with information technology and related services. It has been providing the Department with information technology since 5 February 2001, and is
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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of each version of the internal guidance which have been drawn up by his Department since 1 January 1999 to assist staff in his Department to answer subject access requests under the Data Protection Act 1998. 
Angela Eagle: No. Department-wide guidance has been issued on the handling of subject access requests, but advice has been issued within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) and in the Prison Service, the two areas where most subject access requests are received. I am placing copies of the relevant guidance in the Library. In the case of the IND instructions certain sections have been edited for operational and security reasons.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken to accelerate the asylum application process; and what steps he has taken to ensure that the asylum application process is clearly understood by applicants. 
Angela Eagle [holding answer 1 May 2002]: The measures set out in the White Paper "Secure Borders, Safe Haven" published in February 2002, and in the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Bill are designed to accelerate the asylum process. The introduction of a managed system of induction, accommodation, reporting and removal centres will secure a seamless asylum process and maintain contact with applicants. The appeals system will be streamlined to minimise delay and cut down barriers to removal.
Angela Eagle [holding answer 2 May 2002]: The terms "racism" and "xenophobia" are not defined in the United Kingdom's domestic law. Our law deals with those who act on racism through, for example, racial discrimination or inciting racial hatred, behaviours which are defined in our legislation. Where these terms appear and are not defined, such as in Article 29 of the Treaty of European Union, in the view of United Kingdom Government the terms should be given their ordinary accepted meaning having regard to the context in which they are used. This is also the approach taken within the Home Office.
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Mr. Straw: The consortium (Integrated Accommodation Services) building the new GCHQ accommodation are using the refrigerant HFC 134A to chill the water. This is a commercially available non-ozone depleting refrigerant.
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on training by the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on training in leadership skills for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years. 
|Cost per year|
|Top management programme(33)|
|Band C management development programme(34)|
|Band D management development programme(35)|
|SMS management development programme(36)|
|Strategic leadership for senior managers(37)|
|Deputy head of mission programme(38)|
|Heads of mission programme(39)|
(33) Provided by London Business School 19972000
(34) Provided by International Training Service (ITS) 200002
(35) Provided by Ashridge 2000 to date
(36) Provided by Innermost 2000 to date
(37) Provided by Innermost 2001 to date
(38) Provided by in house speakers from the Senior Management Structure 1999 to date
(39) Provided by in house speakers from the Senior Management Structure 2001 to date
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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how much has been spent by his Department on voice coaching for Ministers and officials in each of the last five years. 
The FCO provides in-house training in Effective Speaking, Presentation Skills for Senior Grades, Presentation Skills for Occasional Speakers and Media Skills and Techniques for FCO Officials. The FCO employs professional training providers, via competitive tender, to deliver presentation and media skills training.
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|Cost per year (£)|
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