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Area Based Grant is paid by Communities and Local Government on behalf of the Government as a whole, in monthly instalments. Funding streams from this Department which are being paid through Area Based Grant in 2009-10 are:

Grant stream Budget 2009-10 (£ million)

Safer Stronger Communities Fund—Resource

61.15

Young People Substance Misuse Partnership

15.39


The Department does not routinely estimate the costs of distributing grant each year.

As Area Based Grant is not ring-fenced, it comes with no specific conditions or compliance requirements.

Eligibility conditions and compliance measures vary with each specific revenue grant and, given the number of grants provided to local authorities, it is not cost effective to detail the criteria of all grants awarded. A standard criterion in place for all grants is that work delivers against Home Office PSA targets.

Members: Correspondence

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 14 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Tariq Mahmood Butt. [284720]

Alan Johnson: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 7 July 2009.


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Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 11 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. J. Haig. [284721]

Alan Johnson: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 7 July 2009.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 18 May 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Muhamad Imran Khan. [284723]

Alan Johnson: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 7 July 2009.

Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to reply to the letter to his predecessor of 24 April 2009 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Amjad Khan. [284724]

Alan Johnson: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 7 July 2009.

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when a response will be provided to the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood's inquiry of 4 March 2009 on Zahir Omar Ahmed, HO Ref A1166882. [284981]

Mr. Woolas: The UK Border Agency responded to my right hon. Friend by e-mail on 27 March 2009. A duplicate response was issued on 6 July 2009.

Police Community Support Officers: Protective Clothing

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with chief constables on the issuing of stab-proof vests for police community support officers. [284604]

Mr. Hanson: There have been no further discussions with chief constables on the subject of body armour for PCSOs since the exchange of correspondence referenced in my answer to my hon. Friend on 26 June 2009, Official Report, column 1206W.

Police: Absenteeism

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the rate of (a) absence and (b) absence resulting from injury at work was among Hertfordshire Constabulary employees in each of the last five years; what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of such absences; and if he will make a statement. [284445]

Mr. Hanson: The detailed absence figures requested are not collected annually.

Figures on sickness absence for the past five financial years are published on the Home Office website at the following link:

Information on the cost of such absences is not held centrally.


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Police: Complaints

Greg Mulholland: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints were made about police actions at the camp for climate change at the Kingsnorth Power Station; and how many related to specific officers. [285522]

Mr. Hanson [holding answer 9 July 2009]: I am informed by the chief constable of Kent police that in relation to the camp for climate change at Kingsnorth 35 complaints about the conduct of a person serving with the police have been recorded under the Police Reform Act. An additional 49 complaints were made about the direction and control of the event. No officers are the subject of multiple complaints.

Police: Cycling

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his Department's policy is on the use of (a) bicycles and (b) electrically-assisted bicycles by (i) police officers and (ii) police community support officers in performing their duties. [285721]

Mr. Hanson: The use of bicycles and/or electronically assisted bicycles is a matter for the operational discretion of individual force chief officers and the Home Office does not issue any policy or guidance in respect of this.

Police: Dogs

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he has issued to police forces on the issue of anti-stab vests for police dogs. [285455]

Mr. Hanson: Neither the Home Office nor the Association of Chief Police Officers have issued guidance to forces on the issue of anti-stab vests for police dogs.

Police: Essex

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers (PCSOs) were assigned to duties in (i) Essex and (ii) Castle Point in the latest period for which figures are available; how many police officers were assigned to duties in each of those areas in 1997; and how many PCSOs were assigned to duties in each of those areas in 2003. [284950]

Mr. Hanson: There were 3,410 police officers in the Essex Police as at 30 September 2008 and 2,961 as at 31 March 1997. These figures exclude officers on career break or maternity/paternity leave.

There were 437 police community support officers as at 30 September 2008 and 10 as at 31 March 2003. Police community support officers were introduced by the Police Reform Act 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03.

All figures are given as full-time equivalents.

Police personnel data by parliamentary constituency are not collected centrally.


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Police: Protective Clothing

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will require police forces to submit to him an annual risk assessment form in respect of their body armour policy; and if he will make a statement. [285518]

Mr. Hanson [holding answer 9 July 2009]: There are currently no plans to require police forces to submit an annual risk assessment concerning their body armour policy. The management of health and safety and related services provided for police officers and police staff is the responsibility of the individual chief officer and police authority.

Police: Tetra

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the effects on the health of police officers from radiation emissions from Tetra handsets issued to police forces. [285237]

Mr. Hanson: Since the roll out of Airwave radio began in 2001, the Government have made a considerable investment into research into the safety of the Tetra technology. None of the research to date has produced any evidence that Airwave is harmful to health.

All Airwave terminals comply fully with international safety standards and exposure levels are typically lower than those of the analogue terminals that they replaced.

Police: Uniforms

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which manufacturers have been accredited by his Department's Scientific Development Branch to supply stab-proof vests for use by (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers in police forces in England and Wales. [284790]

Mr. Hanson [holding answer 7 July 2009]: The Home Office Scientific Development Branch (HOSDB) maintains an online database detailing all approved models of armour, from various manufacturers, tested according the HOSDB body armour standards for UK police 2007. The database can be viewed on the HOSDB website.

The HOSDB body armour standards do not differentiate between armour suitable for PCSOs or other police officers. The level of protection selected, and who the armour is issued to, are decisions made by the police force concerned based on the forces' risk and threat assessments.

Police: Vehicles

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police vehicles have been damaged by the vehicle of a suspect during attempts to apprehend the suspect in each police force area in each of the last five years. [285199]

Mr. Hanson: Statistics on the number of police vehicles damaged by the vehicle of a suspect during attempts to apprehend the suspect are not collected centrally.


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Right of Abode: European Economic Area

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations set at EU level his Department has in relation the time taken to process applications for EEA residence permits. [283952]

Mr. Woolas: Under EEA legislation member states are required to issue registration certificates immediately, and residence cards and documents certifying permanent residence no later than six months after an application with the required documents is submitted.

UK Border Agency

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the areas for which regional directors and regional offices of the UK Border Agency are responsible are the same as the areas designated as Government Office regions. [284288]

Mr. Woolas: UK Border Agency regions do not correspond directly with Government Office regions. In a number of areas a UKBA region will cover more than one Government Office region. A list of UKBA regional directors and the areas that they are responsible for can be found at:

UK Border Agency: Correspondence

Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will arrange for a reply to be sent from the UK Border Agency to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall North dated 27 May 2009, reference M12740/9. [284613]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 7 July 2009]: The Chief Executive of the UK Border Agency wrote to the hon. Member on 8 July 2009.

UK Border Agency: Manpower

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many airport liaison officers are employed by the UK Border Agency; and what their average annual salary is. [282950]

Mr. Woolas: I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 15 June 2009, Official Report, column 41W.

UK Border Agency: Training

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) training leading to a formal qualification and (b) other training is offered to UK Border Agency staff who make decisions on asylum claims. [285384]

Mr. Woolas [holding answer 9 July 2009]: The information is as follows:

(a) The training does not presently lead to any formal qualification.

(b) Asylum caseowners in the UK Border Agency receive comprehensive learning and development in all aspects of their role of owning cases from end to end of the asylum process. Although the course does not currently lead to a qualification, the Agency is now well-advanced in securing accreditation for it and hopes to have this in place by the end of the year.


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Health

Abortion Act 1967

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what new files on the Abortion Act 1967 have been created by his Department since January 2008; and if he will make a statement. [285485]

Gillian Merron: The information is shown in the following table. File names have been amended to remove identifying information in order to protect the Government policy making process and also private individuals.

Prefix Title

CPO 2/36

Miscellaneous Parliamentary Matters

CPO 4/34

Future Regulation Of Top Establishments Under The Care Quality Commission

CPO 5/2/7

2007 Abortion Statistics Bulletin

CPO 5/2/8

2008 Abortion Statistics Bulletin

CPO 10/50

ICO (name withheld) Case

CPO 12/28

RCOG: Working Party On Termination Of Pregnancy For Fetal Abnormality

CPO 12/29

RCOG: Working Party On Fetal Awareness

CPO 14/39

Smoking In Pregnancy Campaign: Scan Creative Concept

CPO 14/41

(Name withheld)


Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for Health what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he has published since 1997 consequent on the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967; and if he will make a statement. [285556]

Gillian Merron: Since 1997, the Department has published, or funded the publication of, the following statutory instruments, departmental circulars and documents on the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967.

Statutory instruments


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