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Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: The report has been completed and is currently being reviewed within Government. It will be submitted to Ministers. The report includes commercially sensitive information. A summary of its findings will be shared with industry contacts in November.
Ms Bridget Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many speed cameras there are, broken down by county at the most recent date available; and what percentage in each case are operational. 
Mr. Denham: The Association of Chief Police Officers estimates that there are some 4,500 speed camera sites in England and Wales. Information on the percentage that are operational is not held centrally, nor is information on the number of speed cameras in each county.
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: Communities Against Drugs funding is paid to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships. Partnerships are required to agree their spending plans with Drug Action Teams, and Home Office guidance identifies that other agencies and groups should be consulted in the development of these plans. We could not properly assess the extent of the consultation undertaken, by partnerships, until the end of 200102.
Mr. Denham: Information for 1998 and 1999 was taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database showing the number of persons proceeded against for racially aggravated offences under Part II of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
|Racially Aggravated Wounding or inflicting Grievous Bodily Harm||2||58|
|Racially Aggravated Actual Bodily Harm||3||299|
|Racially Aggravated Common Assault||6||367|
|Racially Aggravated Criminal Damage||9||261|
|Racially Aggravated Intentional Harassment, Alarm or Distress||3||430|
|Racially Aggravated Offence of Harassment||3||113|
|Racially AggravatedHarassment; putting people in fear of violence||2||63|
|Racially Aggravated fear or provocation of violence||5||317|
(30) Act came into effect in the last quarter of 1998
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Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made by the police under section 70 of the Race Relations Act 1976 in respect of material or actions likely to incite racial hatred; how many resulted in convictions; and what penalties were imposed. 
|Number of consent applications||12||2||4||7||7|
(31) To date
(32) Two results awaited
(33) Results awaited
Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many unaccompanied minors who are classified as asylum seekers are under the protection of local authorities; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: Local authorities state that as of 26 January 2001 they were supporting 6,078 unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC). This consisted of 1,376 under 16-year-olds and 4,702 16 to 17 year-olds.
Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans have been made by (a) his Department and (b) institutions involved in the preparations for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
Angela Eagle: Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 27 January 2002 will be marked by a national event and associated activities in schools and local communities around the country. Planning has involved wide consultation with schools, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), local authorities and other Government Departments. I plan to announce the full arrangements for Holocaust Memorial Day 2002 soon.
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Mr. Dawson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what recent assessment he has made of the physical and mental health of men and women in prison who have suffered childhood abuse; 
Beverley Hughes [holding answer 29 October 2001]: We are unaware of any research that has been carried out across the whole of the prison population of England and Wales which would enable us to estimate the proportion that had been abused in childhood. Our general understanding however, from anecdotal and other evidence, is that the number of prisoners who had been abused would be significant.
The Prison Service has information about the mental health of all prisoners and about the physical health of sentenced male prisoners aged 16 years and over, from surveys conducted by the Office for National Statistics and its predecessor, OPCS. However, it is not possible to extract the information for those prisoners who may have been abused in childhood.
Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since 10 June his Department gave briefings to the national media on announcements before their formal release; and if he will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the present level of the prison population; and if it is his policy to increase this further. 
Beverley Hughes: On 26 October 2001, there were 68,127 people in prisons in England and Wales. Within the sentencing framework set by Parliament, it is for the courts to determine who is sent to prison and for how long.
Ms Buck: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each local authority area in London (a) police establishment as of 31 March 1993, (b) police establishment as of 31 March 1997, (c) police establishment as of 31 March 2001, (d) police establishment as of 31 September 2001 and (e) projected target establishment for 31 March 2002. 
Mr. Denham: The information has been provided by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. The Metropolitan police is unable to provide budgeted police officer work force totals for 1993 and 1997. Actual strength figures are available for 31 December in each of
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|Number of police officers||Budgeted work force|
|Division||December 1993||December 1997||March 2001(34)||September 2001(35)|
|City of Westminster||1,901||1,697||1,580||1,642|
|Kensington and Chelsea||655||609||557||577|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||548||542||517||539|
|Barking and Dagenham||287||300||279||294|
|Richmond upon Thames||321||283||260||274|
|Kingston upon Thames||396||367||256||272|
(34) Figures are full-time equivalents
(35) The budgeted work force total for each London borough division is set at the start of the financial year. Projected figures for 31 March 2002 are therefore the same as those for 30 September 2001
(36) These police posts are paid by Heathrow Airport plc
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