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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) which military sites in the UK are leased to the US Government; when each military base was first leased; what the date for termination is in each case; and what parliamentary approval was sought for the present lease arrangements; 
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the arrangements are for the storage and possible deployment of nuclear weapons from military bases leased to the United States Government. 
Mr. Ingram: The use of facilities on United Kingdom territory by the United States is a matter for joint decision by the two Governments in the light of the circumstances prevailing at the time. No UK military bases are leased to the United States.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) whether an individual accused of trespass onto a military base in the UK leased to the United States Government will be tried by (a) US and (b) British justice; 
Mr. Ingram: No United Kingdom military bases are leased to the United States Government. Military bases are made available to the US visiting forces under the NATO Status of Forces Agreement of 1951, and other additional confidential agreements. An individual accused of trespass on to one of these bases would be subject to British justice, with any decision on prosecution being taken by UK authorities.
Mr. Ingram: As at 27 August, the Destroyer HMS Manchester, Frigates, HMSs Cornwall, Kent, Lancaster, Norfolk, Portland, Sutherland, Mine Counter Measure ships HMSs Quorn, Atherstone, Penzance and Cottesmore, the Survey Ship HMS Scott and the Patrol Vessel HMS Leeds Castle are at sea without full complements. Ships' complements are, however, carefully matched to the demands of operational tasking. Manning across the Fleet is constantly monitored to ensure that the sufficient levels of manpower are maintained for both current and contingent operations.
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Fiona Mactaggart: The Government has a target of increasing community participation by five per cent by 2006. We believe that increasing the engagement of older people in their communities is particularly important.
The Home Office Active Community Unit leads the cross Government effort to achieve the target. It provides strategic funding for organisations such as Reach, RSVP and the Experience Corps to increase the levels of volunteering by older people. Funding is also given to several mentoring projects that involve older people either as the mentors or mentess.
Beverley Hughes: No statistics are kept on the numbers of asylum applicants in Northern Ireland, or any other geographic region in the UK, except by port of application. The requested information could be obtained only at a disproportionate cost by examination of individual case records.
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Mr. Godsiff: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers he has to ensure that the Law Society complies in full with requests by the Immigration Services Commissioner for disclosure of information in respect of complaints against solicitors in asylum and immigration cases. 
Beverley Hughes: We are considering the comments made about The Law Society in the Immigration Services Commissioner's Annual Report for 200203 and will discuss them with my right hon. Friend The Lord Chancellor before deciding what action to take.
Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Glasgow Shettleston to the MPCS section of Immigration and Nationality Directorate Croydon of 23 February, 7 April, 12 May and 12 June regarding Mr.Abdullah Turgut. 
Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the level of crime in rural areas in the 12 months up to (a) 31 March 1999, (b) 31 March 2001 and (c) 31 March 2003. 
Ms Blears: According to the British Crime Survey (BCS) 2000, the BCS 2001, Crime in England and Wales 200102 and Crime in England and Wales 200203, levels of crime were substantially lower in rural areas than in non-rural areas in 1999, 2000 and the 12 months to March 2002 and March 2003. Data are not available for the 12 months to March 2001 due to the methodological changes in the BCS from calendar to financial year. The available information on crime levels for this period is as follows:
|BCS 2000 Crime in 12 months to December 1999||BCS 2001 Crime in 12 months to December 2000||BCS 200102 Interviews in 12 months to March 2002||BCS 200203 Interviews in 12 months to March 2003|
|Vehicle related theft(5)||1,258||1,990||938||1,787||1,015||1,686||**932||**1,563|
(5) Based on vehicle owners only.
1. Data for BCS 2000, 200102 and 200203 uses the new calibration weights, data for BCS 2001 does not.
2. The statistical significance of changes between BCS 2000 and BCS 200203 and also between BCS 200102 and BCS 200203 has been calculated.
* Indicates a statistically significant change between BCS 200102 and BCS 200203 (there has been a statistically significant rise between BCS 200102 and BCS 200203 in rural violent crime and a statistically significant fall in non-rural vehicle related theft).
** Indicates a statistically significant change between BCS 2000 and BCS 200203 (there have been statistically significant falls between BCS 2000 and BCS 200203 in rural vehicle related theft and in non-rural burglary, violent crime and vehicle related theft).
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The likelihood of becoming a victim of crime is also substantially lower in rural areas than non-rural areas during these periods. In 200203, 18 per cent. of victims of burglary lived in rural areas, similarly only
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16 per cent. of victims of violence and 20 per cent. of victims of vehicle related theft (based on vehicle owners only) lived in rural areas. The available data is set out as follows.
|BCS 2000 Crime in 1999||BCS 2001 Crime in 2000||BCS 200102 Interviews in 12 months to March 2002||BCS 200203 Interviews in 12 months to March 2003|
|Vehicle related theft(6)||9.0||14.0||6.9||12.5||7.9||12.6||7.7||11.8|
(6) Based on vehicle owners only.
1. Data for BCS 200102 and 200203 uses the new calibration weights, data for BCS 2000 and 2001 do not.
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