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Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the training which would be required to ensure traffic wardens could effectively discharge the extended powers proposed in the Policing a New Century White Paper; and if he will make a statement. 
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appropriate both to the functions that they will be performing and the powers that have been conferred on them.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the level of training direction and guidance given to police officers driving to emergency incidents. 
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Mr. Denham: The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) recognises that the police service has a fundamental duty to equip officers with the necessary skills, through training, to undertake their operational tasks successfully and safely.
In December 2000, ACPO launched its new police driver training course, introducing a universal standard for driving in England and Wales. An essential element of the course is to emphasise that officers must recognise the need to give priority to public safety above all other considerations such as attending an incident or apprehending a suspect.
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) deaths and (b) incidents of serious injury involving police vehicles have been recorded in each of the past five years. 
1.The information has been provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), to which forces submit statistical returns.
2.Two forces did not submit a return in 199697, one force did not submit a return in 199899 and 200001.
3.All figures for financial year.
4.The figures are numbers of deaths/injuries, not numbers of accidents.
5.The figures include both police and civilian casualties.
Julie Morgan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to involve asylum seeking children and young people in the consultation on the forthcoming Asylum White Paper. 
Angela Eagle: The forthcoming White Paper will be available widely to those with an interest. For example, the Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Childrens Stakeholders Group which pays particular attention to issues relating to asylum seeking children and young people.
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distributing or showing indecent photographs or pseudo- photographs of children to 10 years (from three years), and the maximum penalty for simple possession of such material to five years (from six months).
In November 2000, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary announced a £25 million investment in the police over three years specifically to fight hi-tech crime and to enhance the capability of the police at a national and local level to investigate computer based offences, including the possession and distribution of illegal pornography.
In March 2001, the then Home Secretary, my right hon. Friend the Member for Blackburn (Mr. Straw), established a Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet. The task force began work in May. It is a partnership of: representatives from internet service and communication providers; the Internet Watch Foundation, set up in 1996 which provides a hotline for the public to report child pornography; PC and software retailers and manufacturers; child welfare organisations; the main opposition parties; law enforcement agencies and academics. The task force is looking at proposals for legislation to tackle paedophile 'grooming' activity on and off-line; a best practice model of Internet chat safety measures for providers and computer awareness training for the police and child protection practitioners.
Internationally, the Government actively support efforts within the European Union, and more widely, to combat child pornography on the Internet. In November 2001, we signed the Council of Europe convention on Cybercrime, which will underpin co-operative action between signatory states in respect of computer-related crimes, including the making, distribution and possession of child pornography.
Mr. Denham: The training standards for fingerprint experts have recently been revised. All new fingerprint officers undergo the new modular training programme which incorporates the impact of the change from the previous 16 point standard. The new training programme began being rolled out from 1 April 2001.
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Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been awarded to schemes under the Reducing Burglary Initiative in the Uxbridge constituency in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Salter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the change in the number of drug deaths in Reading in the last 12 months and his strategy to combat the spread of hard drugs. 
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Reading has a new dedicated Drug Action Team (DAT), which is continuing to address the problems of drug misuse highlighted as issues when Reading was part of the Berkshire DAT. Reading DAT is carrying out a needs analysis to quantify the local drugs misuse problem and, in line with all DATs, is preparing a drug action plan for submission to the Home Office by the end of April.
The Government are determined to reduce the number of drug-related deaths. That is why we have published an action plan which sets out all the activities that need to be taken over a three-five year period to reduce drug-related deaths by 20 per cent. by 2004. The plan covers three strands:
better surveillance and monitoringbecause we are concerned that precise levels of drug-related deaths are not clearly identified and;
researchto improve the information on causes of drug-related death and provide advice on strategies and service approaches.
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