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Independent Police Complaints Commission

Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are pleased to announce that I have appointed John Wadham and Claire Gilham to be the first Deputy Chairs of the Independent Police Complaints Commission along with 15 Commissioners.

They are:

Newly Appointed CommissionerCurrent Position
Claire Gilham (Deputy Chair)Lecturer, deputy district judge, lay chair NHS complaints procedure, board member of Muir Group Housing Association, chair of statutory inquiries, Northwest region and member of the Mental Health Act Commission.
John Wadham (Deputy Chair)Director of Liberty.
Ian BynoeFirst deputy chair of the Police Complaints Authority.
John CrawleyChief Executive of FCH Housing and Care (a Midlands housing, social care and regeneration agency), Chair of an NHS primary care trust.
Tom DaviesDirector for Wales, the Prince's Trust.
Mike FranklinAssistant inspector with a portfolio for race and diversity within HM Inspectorate of Constabularies.
Gary GarlandCurrently a trial attorney with the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia dealing with serious breaches of international law. He has previous experience as an international prosecutor and a senior prosecution lawyer and a former member of the Bar Council.
Deborah GlassCurrently PCA member and previously chief executive of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation.
Len JacksonCurrently chair of the East Midlands Sports Board. He was previously managing director of Amelca plc and Pork Farms (Northern Foods plc). He has chaired voluntarily New Deal Employer Coalition and Common Purpose, an educational charity.
Nicholas LongTrustee for NACRO, surveyor and member of Metropolitan Police Authority where he is deputy chair of Finance Committee and member of Operation Trident Independent Advisory Group.
Laurence LustgartenProfessor of Law at University of Southampton, occasional lecturer to the judiciary and police service, member of the Advisory Council of the Kurdish Human Rights project.
Naseem MalikHead of Legal Service at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council.
Rebecca MarshOperations manager at Guidance Accreditation Board and deputy chair of Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust. Previously a regional lay chair for NHS Complaints.
Mehmuda Mian PritchardPCA Member and non- executive director of the NHS Litigation Authority and Friend of ASRA Housing Association.
David PetchPCA member.
Amerdeep SomalProsecution team leader at the CPS and Secretary of Roshni Asian Woman's Refuge Management Committee.
Nicola WilliamsBarrister and PCA member.

The IPCC will commence in April 2004, replacing the Police Complaints Authority, and will operate according to the powers and duties provided to it by the Police Reform Act 2002. It will be responsible for the effective and efficient running of the police complaints system.

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Lord Inglewood asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether, given the current debate about referenda, they will establish a committee or commission to look into the topic in order to suggest rules, guidelines or constitutional conventions to be laid down concerning the use and applicability of referenda in the United Kingdom. [HL3247]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs (Lord Filkin): No. The Government believe that decisions on whether or not to hold a referendum are best taken on an individual basis taking account of all the factors which are relevant to the specific circumstances.

Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records

Earl Russell asked Her Majesty's Government:

    To whom the Lord Chancellor's Committee on public records should now report. [HL3408]

Lord Filkin: The Lord Chancellor's Advisory Council on Public Records will report to the Lord Falconer of Thoroton QC, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs and Lord Chancellor.

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RAF Menwith Hill

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer asked Her Majesty's Government:

    How many arrests have been made in the vicinity (within one mile) of the National Security Agency station at Menwith Hill for contravention of the by-laws relating to the station and its environs in each of the past six years; how many individuals have been arrested and on how many different occasions in each of the past six years; how many of these arrests have resulted in a prosecution; and what were the results of each prosecution.[HL3003]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Defence (Lord Bach): The information requested relating to Ministry of Defence Police arrests within one mile of RAF Menwith Hill is shown in the table below.

Financial YearNumber of arrests for by-law offencesTotal number of individuals arrested

Crown Prosecution Service case records are held by category of offence, rather than by a specific offence. The information requested could therefore only be obtained at disproportionate effort and cost.

South Africa: Military Aircraft and Warships Imports

Lord Hylton asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether South Africa is negotiating for, or has ordered, military aircraft and warships to a value of 4.8 billion US dollars from the United Kingdom and other European suppliers.[HL3395]

Lord Bach: From information currently available, the overall value of orders for military aircraft and warships from European Union countries including the United Kingdom announced by the South African Government since September 1999 is some £3 billion.

NATO: Command Structure

Baroness Turner of Camden asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What new command arrangements were agreed for the alliance at the NATO Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 12 and 13 June.[HL3644]

Lord Bach: At the NATO Ministerial meeting in Brussels on 12 and 13 June 2003, new command arrangements for the alliance were agreed.

The new NATO Command Structure will be leaner, more flexible, more efficient and better able to conduct

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future military operations. At the strategic level, there will be one command with operational responsibilities, Allied Command Operations, and a new functional command, Allied Command Transformation, to take responsibility for promoting and overseeing the continuing transformation of alliance forces and capabilities. Below the strategic level, the structure will be significantly streamlined, with a reduction in the number of headquarters, from over 20 to 14. A number of countries within the alliance will be affected by the change.

For the United Kingdom, the number of NATO headquarters will reduce. We will retain the major maritime headquarters at Northwood, HQ NAVNORTH which will subsume the task of RHQ EASTLANT (also currently in Northwood). The NATO element of Combined Air Operations Centre 9 (CAOC) at RAF High Wycombe will close.

RHQ EASTANT in Northwood has 230 service personnel, of whom 106 are UK nationals. There are 24 civilian personnel. Decisions on any transitional arrangements, including what tasks might be subsumed into HQ NAVNORTH and the timing of any changes, are still under consideration.

The NATO CAOC at RAF High Wycombe is manned by some 94 service personnel, of whom 46 are UK nationals. There are no civilians. Decisions on the transitional arangements and the timing have not yet been taken. It is anticipated that the multinational element of the CAOC would return to their home countries. The total number of personnel at High Wycombe is over 2,100.

These changes will help to achieve a more streamlined overall NATO Command Structure, thereby enabling the alliance to operate more efficiently and effectively, and taken together with the work on the NATO Response Force, should provide the alliance with a real improvement in future capability.

NHS: Performance Ratings

Lord Clement-Jones asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Why, of the 40-plus performance indicators announced by the Minister of State, John Hutton MP, on 31 March, none relates to specialised service provision or commissioning.[HL3154]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Health (Lord Warner): The performance ratings system provides a high level overview of National Health Service Trust performance across the full range of trust functions. Acute and specialist, mental health and ambulance trust performance indicators are based around capacity and capability, clinical and patient focus including attainment of key targets. Primary care trust performance is assessed across the full range of primary care trust functions: service provision, access to quality services and improving health and attainment of key targets. The 2003 performance

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ratings contain a number of indicators, which relate to specialised services across all NHS Trusts with the exception of ambulance trusts. These include the reduction of waiting times for cancer services, 24-hour access to specialist mental health services and expansion of revascularisation services.

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