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How they measure the cost of any objectives they set for police authorities under Section 37 of the Police Act 1996; and[HL4529]
What criteria they use to determine any performance targets they set for police authorities under Section 38 of the Police Act 1996; and[HL4530]
How they measure the cost of any performance targets they set for police authorities under Section 38 of the Police Act 1996.[HL4531]
The Minister of State, Home Office (Lord Falconer of Thoroton): The criteria for setting the Government's objectives for policing under Section 37 of the Police Act 1996 are that they should focus police authorities' resources on those areas of policing which the Home Secretary considers to be a priority for the forthcoming year. This year's objectives are:
To date, no performance targets for police authorites have been set under Section 38 of the Police Act 1996. However, targets have been set for reductions in domestic burglary, vehicle crime and, in five major cities, robbery under Section 5 of the Local Government Act 1999.
The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord Filkin): At present there is no specific offence of trafficking in human beings and so no data exist about the confiscation of assets of those engaged in this practice. The Government are committed to introducing a specific offence of trafficking in prostitution in the current Nationality Immigration and Asylum Bill. Confiscation figures in England and Wales for all offences other than drug trafficking, as set out below, illustrate the current use of confiscation powers.
Lord Filkin: As we set out in the White Paper, Secure Boarders, Safe Haven: Integration with Diversity in Modern Britain, the Home Office is considering what kind of support and advice can be provided to the victims of trafficking and also how we might improve the way in which victims are identified and dealt with by the police and Immigration Service.
The Government are working with the voluntary sector on the provision of services to victims of trafficking for sexual and labour exploitation and to identify the cost implications of such services. The Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are running a number of prevention projects aimed primarily at raising awareness and educating potential victims (mostly women and children) in the dangers of being trafficked: £3 millon has been given for the International Labour Organisation's International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) programme in the Greater Mekong region (parts of Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam). This involves a number of interlinked interventions to raise awareness and prevent trafficking and to withdraw women and children from exploitation and reintegrate them back into their own or new communities.
Lord Filkin: The National Asylum Support Service (NASS) assumed responsibility for the support of asylum seekers who are destitute on 3 April 2000. The vast majority of new asylum seekers who are destitute are supported directly by NASS. The only exception would be where a newly arrived asylum seeker sought to join the household of a pre-existing asylum seeker who was in receipt of support under the interim scheme by either a local authority or of benefits from the Benefits Agency.
Some asylum seekers remain supported by local authorities under the interim scheme. This group includes those who applied in country before the NASS system of support was rolled out in their area and port applicants who applied prior to 3 April 2000 who had a negative claim recorded on their application prior to 25 September 2000. Asylum seekers who applied for asylum on arrival prior to 3 April 2000 and who have not received an initial decision on their claim are supported under income support arrangements.
There are no plans to subsume the number of asylum seekers supported under income support arrangements into the NASS system of support. As these cases receive an initial decision they transfer either directly to the NASS system of support or to the interim scheme. The regulations governing the interim scheme are due to end on 5 April 2004.
The Lord Chancellor (Lord Irvine of Lairg): Our present arrangements work well. I am not aware of any case where the Law Lords' membership of this House has inhibited them from carrying out their judicial functions. That being the case, the Government are not presently persuaded that there is a sufficient case for changing the existing arrangements.
The Lord Chancellor: It is for those advocating change to make out the case for it. So far, the Government remain unpersuaded. In the circumstances, they do not feel that a consultation exercise is necessary or desirable. Those advocating both sides of the argument are well able to put their views forward without formal consultation.
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