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Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are not of the view that the non-inclusion of protection from discrimination on the grounds of colour in the Race Relations Act 1976 (Amendment) Regulations 2003 conflicts with the non-regression principles set out in the Race Directive. The existing protection from discrimination on the grounds of colour, as provided for by the Race Relations Act 1976, is not affected by the regulations.

Commission for Racial Equality: Costs of Investigation into Prison Service

Lord Ouseley asked Her Majesty's Government:

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: I am advised by the commission that its total costs of the formal investigation from 2000–01 to date are £666,245 (salaries, main activities and overheads).

This was a major investigation into the Prison Service, which is a significant area of concern to the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE). It was arguably the most complex and challenging investigation the organisation has ever conducted. Furthermore, the CRE was investigating, in part, the circumstances leading up to a racially motivated murder.

The CRE's priority was to conduct a full and proper investigation in order to get to the truth of the matter and this has been achieved. The resulting action plan which the CRE will be working with the Prison Service to implement should lead to significant improvements (not least in the minimisation of risk to inmates) which more than justify the expenditure.

Immigration and Nationality Directorate: Complaints Audit CommitteeAnnual Report 2002–03

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's Complaints Audit Committee (CAC) annual report will be published.[HL4031]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We are pleased to announce the publication of the independent Complaints Audit Committee (CAC) annual report for 2002–03. Copies are available in the Library of the House and on the Immigration and Nationality Directorate's website.

This is the CAC's ninth annual report. Their role is to monitor the effectiveness of IND's procedures for investigating formal complaints about the conduct and efficiency of staff in IND. Their findings are a very valuable contribution to the process of continuous improvement within IND.

The annual report highlights a number of areas where IND could improve, together with useful recommendations. IND will use these recommendations to help to inform its wider change and reform strategy, one of the key elements of which is to make it a more customer-focused organisation.

Prison Service: Annual Reportand Accounts 2002–03

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    When the Prison Service annual report will be published.[HL4033]

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Baroness Scotland of Asthal: The Prison Service's latest annual report and accounts, setting out the service's performance during 2002–03 is published today and copies have been placed in the Library.

Firearms Amnesty

The Earl of Shrewsbury asked Her Majesty's Government:

    Whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the numbers and types of illegally held firearms handed in during the recent firearms amnesty.[HL3811]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We intend to make a written ministerial statement on 15 July announcing the total number of guns and ammunition handed in during the amnesty. As part of this, a detailed breakdown will be placed in the Library.

I refer the noble Lord to the written ministerial statement made today in another place. A detailed

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breakdown of the figures is being placed in the Library.

Lord Peston asked Her Majesty's Government:

    What were the final figures in respect of the final firearms amnesty.[HL4032]

Baroness Scotland of Asthal: We have today placed in the Libraries of both Houses details of what was handed in to police forces during the recent firearms amnesty (31 March to 30 April).

A total of 43,908 guns and 1,039,358 rounds of ammunition were handed in. This compares to 22,939 guns and 695,197 rounds of ammunition during the previous amnesty in June 1996.

We are particularly pleased to see the high volume of hand-ins of all types of gun and ammunition. The amnesty was a great success and these items are no longer at risk of falling into the hands of criminals.

The guns figure includes 6,529 prohibited firearms (including 5,734 handguns), 10,513 shot guns, 13,974 air weapons, 9,480 imitations and 3,412 assorted rifles and other guns. In addition, a total of 7,093 other weapons, including knives, swords and crossbows, were handed in.

Firearms and Ammunition handed in during the Firearms Amnesty 2003

Prohibited Firearms
Police ForceTotal No of GunsTotal No of Rounds of AmmunitionFully AutomaticHandgunsRiflesSection 5 ShotgunsOther section 5 firearmsTotalRifles
Avon & Somerset1,30945,000214811015280
Bedfordshire2985,5520481605514
Cambridgeshire5799,6390692027345
Cheshire68310,627113703214318
Cleveland2123,979023113285
Cumbria57210,5030870208946
Derbyshire7324,7151691707827
Devon & Cornwall2,23338,110137820235436103
Dorset69818,8260174828421428
Durham3677,1120390003916
Essex1,36720,9730170062178102
Gloucestershire2721,4500560015710
Greater Manchester2,66243,317319932321081
Hampshire1,54042,795218325319571
Hertfordshire68014,50401331820417521
Humberside62219,8023723538638
Kent1,28762,1420217312223461
Lancashire1,03815,8430117126313885
Leicestershire7922451660106835
Lincolnshire1,01914,1360622006440
London, City of142170301150
Merseyside92415,869010501110727
Metropolitan Police3,18975,6069606143985753206
Norfolk96513,301010602110949
Northampton52312,7980630437017
Northumbria96916,77509428110534
North Yorkshire6176,5570740237930
Nottingham90834,7121821108545
South Yorkshire4074,5671743138218
Staffordshire82349,27129937311432
Suffolk1,21923,801214106415349
Surrey1,15731,8066174051520060
Sussex1,99732,702027316628676
Thames Valley1,18923,87712411138529662
Warwickshire4538,5631504025723
West Mercia1,02928,0722010102913253
West Midlands1,26553,190116861317938
West Yorkshire63511,493112805013432
Wiltshire5747,5161391004144
Total England37,819839,963605,0681232362125,6991,821
Dyfed-Powys84723,526210199913066
Gwent33212,58413584619113
North Wales5925,0731690107121
South Wales91714,12821991244125839
Total Wales2,68855,31164042910011550139
Total England & Wales40,507895,274665,4721523362236,2491,960
Central Scotland1751,7100700079
Dumfries & Galloway22071,910014000149
Fife3436,4781280403317
Grampian54012,52908000846
Lothian & Borders50911,7751540105643
Northern39213,7960420014376
Strathclyde78619,6351873229559
Tayside4286,0830220102339
Total Scotland3,393143,9163262383279298
British Transport Police200000000
MoD Police61680000111
Total Other81680000111
Total Great Britain43,9081,039,358695,7341553442276,5292,259

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Non-Prohibited Guns Ammunition
Police ForceImitationsAir GunsShot GunsOtherTotalProhibitedBulletedShot GunOtherOther Weapons
Avon & Somerset20750136361,157016,00025,0004,00046
Bedfordshire56986312243442,1541,7871,56797
Cambridgeshire145134177550606,1192,1401,38028
Cheshire11825012826540137,4701,0852,05930
Cleveland401093001844131,8042971,46518
Cumbria86191154648365,3871,2243,88646
Derbyshire1842341892065401,9332,1226600
Devon & Cornwall526654483311,7972,66614,4734,40116,57081
Dorset50233125484841,3625,0273,8488,58948
Durham321938613281235,427842720187
Essex264400407161,18976,7133,55010,703106
Gloucestershire347397121505008501003
Greater Manchester1,503569264352,45240219,8536,49816,56454
Hampshire380471383401,3452,20019,1957,96713,433507
Hertfordshire113201151195051,7057,5531,7703,476110
Humberside115241132105365429,5061,8487,906121
Kent250379346171,05324914,2324,73842,923105
Lancashire22231625918900349,7862,7383,28585
Leicestershire153277237227241102677559
Lincolnshire1003413401349551811,3571,9048571,027
London, City of32409020281690
Merseyside2524211001781746,3411,5837,941130
Metropolitan Police7769623121802,4366,57125,09710,74533,193680
Norfolk15322141815856210,7132,34524145
Northampton128144160445327,2573,9871,552279
Northumbria14754111824864410,2272,2674,277105
North Yorkshire119168206155381,2093,8491,25124818
Nottingham23634519078231,0848,8613,75321,0140
South Yorkshire89105922132502,6169291,02256
Staffordshire22126419117093517,9184,95626,36250
Suffolk259294454101,0661,14510,8573,1228,677101
Surrey26736523926957119,1738,0344,5981,560
Sussex445675495201,711022,5847,1722,96633
Thames Valley165330301358932,0418,3933,12210,321135
Warwickshire9018983113966093,7068623,38622
West Mercia1572823703589730015,5584,6557,559166
West Midlands412475145161,08673540,1584,4527,84550
West Yorkshire124211973750107,5325813,38022
Wiltshire8222516616533623,4331,6152,40616
Total England8,70312,0848,55595732,12023,589388,864140,135287,3756,226
Dyfed-Powys32149450207171,94111,1036,0884,39435
Gwent5190681924194,3475,7052,52318
North Wales1211681991252103,7311,01832441
South Wales112242253136592805,2464,1484,45489
Total Wales316649970642,1382,23024,42716,95911,695183
Total England and Wales9,01912,7339,5251,02134,25825,819413,291157,094299,0706,409
Central Scotland16744029168799556383887
Dumfries & Galloway1982831320602,3791,01768,514114
Fife5315463233101,0043,5861,07581394
Grampian97158213185329110,2671,261910128
Lothian & Borders68204129945309,2381,5141,02341
Northern1795151103494,7865,6993,19711475
Strathclyde91343175236911,2338,3073,2006,89529
Tayside991291326405343,1502,156743116
Total Scotland4601,2399861313,1147,22743,58114,05879,050684
British Transport Police0200200000
MoD Police1021501550130
Total Other1221701550130
Total Great Britain9,48013,97410,5131,15337,37933,046457,027171,152378,1337,093

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