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Ballistic Missile Defence

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: No such details were sought by, or provided to, the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee. We will consider in the normal way any request for information from the House of Commons Defence Committee in support of its examination of ballistic missile defence.

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: The director of the US Ballistic Missile Defence Organisation is acknowledging the fact that, of their allies, the UK continues to enjoy a special relationship in ballistic missile defence matters and that it has participated fully in collaborative research into such technologies to the extent that, wherever possible, US funded research in the UK has been met by a similar contribution from the UK. The UK is not in a position to quantify its contribution as a proportion of those of other US allies.

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: Research into ballistic missile defence technology has largely been undertaken on a jointly funded, collaborative basis with the US. The terms of the 1985 "Strategic Defence Initiative" Memorandum of Understanding, under which research into such technologies is undertaken, require the agreement of each participating nation should one wish to pass data to a third party. No such agreement has been entered into.

Spy Satellites

Lord Kennet asked Her Majesty's Government:

Lord Henley: Details of any procurement arrangement which Israel may have with the United

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States are a matter for the governments concerned. Satellites are not regulated by the Missile Technology Control Regime. It is not my department's practice to comment on the other matters raised in this question.

Domestic Violence and Homicide by Women

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many women who suffered domestic violence from a husband or partner have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of (i) murder and (ii) manslaughter for each of past five years in England and Wales.

The Minister of State, Home Office (Baroness Blatch): Details of homicides held centrally do not enable those cases preceded by domestic violence to be separately identified.

Domestic Violence: Offences

Lord Braine of Wheatley asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many persons in England and Wales were (a) charged and (b) convicted of domestic violence for each of the last five years for which figures are available.

Baroness Blatch: The information requested is not available centrally. Statistics on sentencing held by the Home Office do not separately identify offences of domestic violence, nor do they identify the relationship of the victim to the offender.

Imprisonment for Non-Payment of Local Taxes

Lord Harris of Greenwich asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for non-payment of rates, poll-tax or council tax in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Baroness Blatch: Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the Director General of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter to Lord Harris of Greenwich from the Director of Operations (North), HM Prison Service, Mr. A. J. Pearson, dated 21 June 1995:

Lady Blatch has asked me, in the absence of the Director General from the office, to reply to your recent Question asking how many (a) men and (b) women were imprisoned for non-payment of rates, community charge or council tax in 1991, 1992, 1993 and 1994 respectively.

Information for 1991 and 1992 is published in Prison statistics, England and Wales (Table 6.3 of the 1992 edition, Cm. 2581), an extract of which is attached. Provisional information for 1993 and 1994 is given in the attached table.

Table 6.3: Receptions into Prison Service establishments: by sex and type of committal, 1982–92 England and Wales Non-criminal prisoners Number of persons

Type of committal 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992
All males and females 4,715 4,050 3,683 3,444 3,665 3,399 3,032 3,021 2,314 2,791 3,109
All males 4,543 3,863 3,532 3,331 3,586 3,320 2,949 2,917 2,238 2,680 2,968
Committed for non- payment of:
Wife maintenance (including wife and child maintenance) 1,770 1,311 937 721 591 516 382 271 192 240 167
Child maintenance 68 42 31 38 51 18 17 12 51 58 80
Arrears under an affiliation order 261 157 121 91 57 70 36 33 27 20 3
Rates 446 432 393 363 351 336 253 181 172 198 188
Community charge * * * * * * * * 1 104 476
Other debts 107 71 76 73 66 65 59 55 69 73 37
In contempt of court 933 934 1,020 936 976 924 810 798 550 584 532
Persons held under the Immigration Act 1971(1) 897 822 893 1,044 1,408 1,324 1,309 1,400 893 1,185 1,221
Others 61 94 61 65 86 51 48 68 95 78 36
Committal type not recorded * * * * * 16 35 99 188 140 228
All females 172 187 151 113 79 79 83 104 76 111 141
Committed for non- payment of:
Child maintenance 3 6 1 2 1
Rates 37 29 27 21 15 14 11 16 22 30 24
Community charge * * * * * * * * 9 28
Other debts 3 3 2 5 1 3 2 2
In contempt of court 40 37 38 46 40 41 43 22 16 23 22
Persons held under the Immigration Act 1971(1) 66 50 56 22 14 15 24 48 23 40 51
Others 23 62 27 19 7 4 4 16 8 2 4
Committal type not recorded * * * * * 2 1 2 5 5 11

(1) The figures do not include persons received by detention centres by Immigration Service.


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Receptions of non criminal prisoners into Prison Service establishments in England and Wales for non-payment of rates or Community Charge, 1993–1994

Offence 1993(1) 1994(1)
Males Females Males Females
Non-payment of rates 173 21 98 16
Non-payment of community charge 1,249 177 1,173 188

(1) Provisional figures.


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