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Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: No formal restrictions are being placed on the movement of UN personnel by either the Government of Angola or UNITA. UN military observers have been deployed throughout the country.

Angola: Military Material

Lord Avebury asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We have made clear to both parties the importance we attach to their abiding by the terms of UNSCR 976 which calls upon them to cease acquisition of arms and war material during the presence in Angola of UNAVEM III; and of the Lusaka Protocol which lays down the terms of the demilitarisation process.

Chinese Population Policy: Allegation

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are aware of the allegations about coercive practices made in Mr. Mosher's letter.

International Planned Parenthood Federation: Funding

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Chalker of Wallasey: We are aware that the Canadian Government is in dialogue with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) about the level of its contributions to that organisation. With regard to the criteria for setting the level of the United Kingdom's contributions to IPPF, I refer my noble friend to the reply I gave him on 29 November 1993 at cols. WA 21–22 of the Official Report.

TV Licence Evasion: Convictions

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many (a) women and (b) men were convicted of watching an unlicensed television in the last year for which statistics are available; how many of each category were subsequently imprisoned for failure to pay the resultant fine, and how many are currently imprisoned.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Information held centrally by my department on the number of convictions under the Wireless Telegraphy Acts 1949 to 1967 cannot separately identify the offence of TV licence evasion. I understand from the

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TV Licensing Authority that the number of convictions secured in England and Wales for the financial year 1994–95 were: 127,417 for females, 63,161 for males and 4,969 for "others" (gender unknown). Provisional figures for 1994 show that 503 males and 260 females were imprisoned for default on fines imposed for using a TV without a licence. As at 28 February 1995 six males and no females were in prison service establishments in England and Wales for default on fines imposed for using a TV without a licence.

Females Sentenced to Prison

Lord Tebbit asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many women were sentenced to prison in the last year for which statistics are available for (a) robbery, (b) burglary, (c) fraud, (d) Road Traffic Act offences, (e) drug offences, (f) sexual offences, (g) prostitution, (h) murder, (i) wounding or assault, and (j) cruelty to children.

Baroness Blatch: Information for 1993 is given in the table below. Nineteen ninety four data will not be available until the autumn.

Number of females aged 21 and over sentenced at all courts to immediate custody for certain offences, 1993
England and Wales

Total sentenced Immediate Custody
Offence (= 100 per cent.) Number Per cent.
Indictable offences
Violence against the person 1,996 223 11
Murder 10 10 100
Wounding or other act endangering life 60 27 45
Other wounding 1,774 145 8
Cruelty to or neglect of children 87 10 11
Sexual offences 67 15 22
Burglary 480 91 19
Robbery 82 56 68
Fraud and forgery 3,271 263 8
Fraud 2,945 244 8
Drug offences 1,661 287 17
Motoring offences 469 13 3
Summary offences
Common assault, etc 644 19 3
Cruelty to or neglect of children
Prostitution 5,868 1 0
Motoring offences 62,112 108 0



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