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Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 846W, on police houses, in what circumstances such an officer who remained a tenant from the present day until July 2002 would not enjoy a right to buy at that date. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 30 January 2002]: Those Metropolitan police service tenants who became secure tenants as a result of amendments to the Housing Act 1985 made by the Greater London Authority Act 1999, will acquire a right to buy once they have occupied the property for two years, ie at July 2002.
We propose in the Police Reform Bill to remove the Metropolitan police authority from the secure tenancy regime, while ensuring that any secure tenant who has acquired the right to buy at the time of Royal Assent of the Bill will have a three month period of grace to exercise that right.
Barbara Follett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent discussions his Department has had with the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions about the non-production of medical certificates when there is a failure to comply with a community sentence on health grounds. 
Beverley Hughes: My officials met representatives of the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office deregulation unit last year to discuss this issue. Work is in progress examining various ways in which to validate offenders' claims of unfitness to attend community sentence appointments through ill health.
Beverley Hughes: None. I would like to inform my hon. Friend that there has been no exercises of the powers of arrest in 2002 as of yesterday under the terms of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, but eight people were detained in 2001 under Part 4 of the Act.
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Angela Eagle: None of those recently convicted of hijacking the Afghan jet which landed at Stansted airport have been deported. All those convicted have made asylum applications. For those who have been given long sentences, decisions on their immigration status, including the question of deportation from the United Kingdom, will be taken towards the end of those sentences: the situation in Afghanistan could change significantly by the time they are released and a decision taken now might not be relevant in two years time. The applications of those who received shorter sentences, two of whom have now been released, are under consideration now.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many household burglaries there were by region, expressed as (a) a percentage and (b) the total number, ranked in descending order according to percentage figures for the latest year for which figures are available. 
|Region||Percentage of England and Wales total||Offences recorded||Offences per 100,000 population|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||14.5||58,561||1,160|
|East of England||5.7||22,983||424|
|England and Wales||402,984||765|
(7) 12 months ending March 2001
Angela Eagle: In his statement on 29 October 2001, my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary set out a substantial package of measures to overhaul our immigration and asylum policy. We will shortly be publishing a White Paper containing details of the Government's proposals for a comprehensive approach to asylum, immigration and nationality in order to improve the processing of cases.
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Mr. Hoon: The European Capabilities Action Plan working groups will not be fully established until the middle of February. Discussions are under way to determine the composition of each group. The UK has indicated that it wishes to be fully involved in this initiative and would be willing to take the lead in co-ordinating the work in some capability areas.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the Helsinki Headline Goal will be contributed to by non-EU countries; what negotiations have taken place to secure such contributions; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The Helsinki Headline Goal is a target for EU member states, although additional contributions to the improvement of European capabilities from non-EU countries have been welcomed. These contributions have been offered voluntarily by the countries concerned.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what plans there are to pursue bilateral arrangements along the lines of the UK/Netherlands Amphibious force with other European countries; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The UK/Netherlands Amphibious Force has been very successful. For some time we have been considering whether similar approaches elsewhere could bring benefits. The working groups being formed to address the remaining Helsinki Headline Goal capability shortfalls provide a suitable context in which to consider such initiatives.
Mr. Hoon: The UK has identified a range of forces as a possible contribution towards the Helsinki Headline Goal. This includes a pool of 20,000 ground troops, from which a maximum of 12,500 could be deployed at any one time. Maritime and air forces have also been identified. The scale and type of forces committed to a particular operation would be decided by the Government according to the circumstances at the time.
Mr. Hoon: Offers from EU member states have so far met 104 of the 144 capability requirements that underpin the Headline Goal. Approximately half of the remaining shortfalls are considered to be militarily significant. Member states are currently forming working groups under the European Capabilities Action Plan to address these areas.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the maximum geographical range of EU-led operations with existing strategic airlift capability; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: The decision to undertake an operation would be based on an assessment of a number of factors, including the feasibility of delivering and sustaining the required scale of forces at the necessary range. The EU member states recognise that strategic mobility is likely to be an important aspect of any military operation and are working to improve their capabilities in this area.
Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how much of the defence budget is represented by salaries; what the total sum is for (a) the uniformed services and (b) his Department's civilian employees; and what the percentage of both is paid out in (i) Scotland and (ii) overseas. 
Mr. Ingram [holding answer 1 February 2002]: Information on salaries for the current financial year is provided in "The Government's Expenditure Plans 200102 to 200304Ministry of Defence" (Cm 5109) and in the Ministry of Defence Departmental Performance Report (Cm 5290). Copies of these documents are available in the Library of the House.
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