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Mrs. Helen Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost of collecting and refunding fees for family visitor appeals was during the first year of operation of the charging policy. 
Angela Eagle: Most of the costs of collecting and refunding the fees are staff costs. Many individuals are involved, including those at diplomatic posts overseas, but there are few who spend a significant proportion of their time on these tasks. Consequently, it is not possible to provide the information requested by the my hon. Friend except at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female prison inmates have been charged with possession of illegal drugs in each of the last three years. 
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Angela Eagle: We are committed to offering protection and appropriate levels of care to unaccompanied minors who claim asylum in the United Kingdom. To achieve this we work closely with the Department of Health, local authorities and non-governmental organisations.
(18) Unaccompanied at the point of their arrival, and not known to be joining a close relative in the United Kingdom.
(19) May exclude some cases lodged at Local Enforcement Offices between January 1999 and March 2000
(20) Figures exclude disputed age cases.
(21) Provisional figures.
Information on unaccompanied minors is published annually in the statistical bulletin "Asylum Statistics United Kingdom", a copy of which is available in the Library; and from the Research, Development and Statistics (RDS) website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/ rds/immigration1.html.
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions he has had with foreign Governments over the activities of Bachir Aouni; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will investigate the links between Alam Moussa (aka Louis Szondy) and Sakina Security Services; and if he will make a statement; 
(3) if he will investigate the links between Bachir Aouni and GIA; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Blunkett: The police continue a range of investigations into terrorist-related allegations, and I discuss their action with them on a regular basis. It would not be appropriate for me to comment on individual cases, and anyone who has information they believe to be relevant should pass it on to the police.
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Mr. Rammell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to implement the special measures for vulnerable or intimidated witnesses recommended in the "Speaking up for Justice" report. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: The "Speaking up for Justice" report on vulnerable or intimidated witnesses in the criminal justice system published in 1998 proposed a range of special measures available for use at the trial including:
video-recorded pre-trial cross-examination
live TV links
screens around the witnesses box so that the witness does not need to face the defendant in court
removal of wigs and gowns
assistance with communication if necessary, including the use of an intermediary; and
power for the judge to clear the public gallery in cases involving sexual offences or intimidation so the witness can give evidence in private.
The implementation in the Crown court will take place six months from today to allow a lead-in for the agencies to conduct training and preparation. All the special measures will be implemented for vulnerable witnesses, with the exception of intermediaries and pre-trial cross-examination which will be subject to pilot projects. The same measures, with the added exception of video-recorded statements, will be implemented at the same time for intimidated witnesses.
In magistrates courts implementation of special measures in July 2002 will be restricted to TV links and video recorded evidence for child witnesses in cases involving sexual offences, violence (including threats) and cruelty. This would provide protection for children in cases involving assaults, muggings and domestic violence. It would also bring the adult magistrates courts into line with the current provision in the Youth court.
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Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Guidance on vulnerable or intimidated witnesses including children
Vulnerable Witnesses: A Police Service Guide
Adult pre-trial therapy
Early Special Measures Meeting between the Police and Crown Prosecution Service and Meetings between the Crown Prosecution Service and Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses: Practice.
In England, the average police authority council tax for 200102 is approximately £26 per head of population. This includes council tax that is met by council tax benefit. This excludes the City of London, for which the council tax for police services cannot be separately identified.
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another binding date within a maximum of the next 28 days or fund the patient's treatment at the time and hospital of the patient's choice.
To ensure that this target is achieved, we have established a Theatre project, to develop good practice in operating theatres and ensure that this is spread throughout the national health service. This will improve the patient and carer experience; improve employee satisfaction and morale; optimise theatre utilisation, planning and scheduling; and reduce cancelled operations.
In addition, as part of the Government's £100 million strategy to reduce long waits in accident and emergency a 100 million programme of investment was announced. This will contribute to a drive to reduce hospital bed occupancy rates by purchasing additional operations in the private sector. This, alongside continued growth in general and acute hospital beds, will free up capacity in the NHS for emergency patients, help to eliminate long trolley waits and dramatically reduceby up to 75 per cent.the number of planned operations cancelled at the last minute.
|Year||Number of cancelled operations in year|
Information collected by the Department of Health are numbers of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons on the day of admission, or on the day of the operation.
Department of Health Patients Charter returns
The data supplied are for the latest available full year at health authority level. Trust level data have only been collected on a shadow basis since Quarter 1, 200102 and it is unclear how robust this is at this level at present. Also, when measuring relative performance, it is better to measure over a whole year, rather than a single quarter.
|Region||Health authority||Number of operations cancelled||Number of elective FFCEs|
|South East||Oxfordshire HA||2,221||46,605|
|London||Camden and Islington HA||1,612||34,281|
|London||Barking and Havering HA||1,984||45,169|
|North West||Manchester Health||2,330||53,983|
|London||Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster||1,349||33,477|
|South East||Buckinghamshire HA||2,082||53,557|
|South East||Isle of Wight health authority||412||10,940|
|South West||Avon Health||3,544||109,329|
|London||East London and The City HA||1,787||55,481|
|South East||West Surrey Health Commission||1,705||58,500|
|North West||Morecambe Bay HA||803||27,893|
|West Midlands||Coventry Health||759||27,051|
|West Midlands||Birmingham HA||2,633||95,257|
|Northern and Yorks||Newcastle and North Tyneside HA||1,661||62,256|
|South East||Berkshire HA||1,840||70,902|
|London||Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA||1,466||57,234|
|London||Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA||1,038||41,173|
|Northern and Yorks||Wakefield HA||966||44,929|
|Northern and Yorks||North Cumbria HA||767||36,658|
|Eastern||South Essex HA||1,299||62,700|
|London||Brent and Harrow HA||924||45,050|
|South East||Southampton and South West Hampshire HA||1,154||56,744|
|West Midlands||Herefordshire HA||356||17,874|
|South East||East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA||1,426||74,472|
|North West||St. Helen's and Knowsley HA||808||42,287|
|London||Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA||1,339||72,930|
|North West||South Cheshire HA||1,165||65,410|
|Eastern||North Essex HA||1,246||73,330|
|South West||South and West Devon HA||1,199||75,509|
|North West||Wigan and Bolton HA||1,032||65,140|
|London||Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA||953||65,954|
|West Midlands||North Staffordshire HA||766||53,096|
|South West||Wiltshire HA||790||56,159|
|Northern and Yorks||Tees HA||998||71,489|
|North West||Sefton HA||479||35,247|
|London||Enfield and Haringey HA||592||44,446|
|North West||North Cheshire||464||36,014|
|North West||Stockport HA||404||31,938|
|South East||East Kent HA||785||62,601|
|South East||West Kent HA||1,027||82,201|
|South East||East Surrey HA||436||36,748|
|West Midlands||Dudley HA||360||31,192|
|North West||South Lancashire HA||426||37,544|
|North West||West Pennine HA||609||54,518|
|South East||Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA||599||54,445|
|Northern and Yorks||Calderdale and Kirklees HA||744||68,558|
|South West||North and East Devon HA||728||68,201|
|South East||West Sussex HA||777||73,713|
|South West||Gloucestershire Health||669||63,844|
|North West||Liverpool HA||571||57,304|
|Eastern||East and North Hertfordshire HA||490||50,395|
|North West||Salford and Trafford HA||507||52,744|
|London||Kingston and Richmond HA||277||29,046|
|Northern and Yorks||North Yorkshire HA||791||85,967|
|North West||East Lancashire HA||579||64,553|
|South East||Northamptonshire HA||489||56,267|
|Eastern||West Hertfordshire HA||425||49,189|
|North West||North West Lancashire HA||492||56,948|
|Trent||North Nottinghamshire Health||360||42,899|
|South West||Somerset HA||510||61,908|
|Trent||North Derbyshire Health||339||41,266|
|South West||Dorset HA||877||107,048|
|West Midlands||South Staffordshire HA||516||63,007|
|South East||North and Mid Hampshire HA||422||51,813|
|Northern and Yorks||Leeds HA||602||76,594|
|London||Bexley and Greenwich HA||320||41,486|
|South West||Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA||464||66,340|
|West Midlands||Worcestershire HA||337||51,010|
|Northern and Yorks||Bradford HA||451||68,547|
|North West||Wirral Health||223||33,958|
|West Midlands||Shropshire HA||285||44,946|
|West Midlands||Walsall HA||149||25,046|
|Northern and Yorks||Sunderland HA||206||35,723|
|West Midlands||Sandwell HA||181||34,708|
|West Midlands||Warwickshire HA||278||55,312|
|Northern and Yorks||East Riding HA||323||66,467|
|Northern and Yorks||Gateshead and South Tyneside HA||200||50,945|
|Northern and Yorks||County Durham HA||265||72,516|
|West Midlands||Wolverhampton HA||85||24,085|
|Trent||Southern Derbyshire Health||231||72,049|
|Northern and Yorks||Northumberland HA||48||53,177|
|North West||Bury and Rochdale HA||31||48,197|
|West Midlands||(22)Solihull HA||0||19,676|
(22) Solihull does not have any acute trusts.
1. Information collected by the Department of Health are numbers of operations cancelled for non-clinical reasons on the day of admission, or on the day of the operation.
2. Activity figures are elective first finished consultant episodes (FFCEs).
3. Figures are trust level aggregated to host health authority.
Department of Health Patients Charter returns
Department of Health Hospital Episode Statistics
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