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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of disorderly conduct were reported in 1997 and each subsequent year in (a) Preston, (b) Blackburn, (c) Lancashire, (d) the North West, (e) Wales and (f) the UK. 
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(a) Leicestershire and (b) Nottinghamshire constabularies were previously employed in the Metropolitan Police. 
I am told by the Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire (Stephen Green) that information about the previous forces of officers who have joined on transfer is not routinely collated centrally. The force does, however, have a record that 12 officers transferred into the force from the Metropolitan Police in 200102.
Mr. Denham: We had extensive discussions with The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) when formulating the provisions of the Bill. Those discussions, have continued following the introduction of the Bill in another place.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many prisoners who have attempted suicide died whilst being transferred to hospital in the last three years; and if he will make a statement;  (2) how many people have (a) committed and (b) attempted suicide whilst in prison in the last five years; how many of these were on a life sentence; how many were in for more than 10 years; and if he will make a statement. 
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary (Mr. Blunkett), the Director General of the Prison Service (Martin Narey) and I take every self-inflicted death and incident of self-harm in prison custody very seriously.
The Prison Service's new three-year suicide prevention strategy commenced in April 2001 and aims to make prisons safer for all who live and work there. There is an early focus on pilots in five establishments with a range of changes being made, including physical improvements to reception and induction areas, and more first night
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support centres and safer cells. Suicide Prevention Co-ordinators have been trained and appointed at 30 high-risk prisons, and revised risk assessment tools are being devised.
The Prison Service's internal review into the prevention of suicides and self-harm found that those serving life sentences are at higher risk than those with determinate sentences. Research to find out at what stage in their period of custody life sentenced prisoners are most at risk, and how the self-inflicted deaths of life-sentenced prisoners differ to those in other sentence categories, is now being planned.
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2. Self-harm incidents at establishments in England and Wales 19982002
|Year||Number of Incidents|
up to and including 08/04/02
1. Not all self-inflicted deaths result in an inquest verdict of suicide.
2. Data in above table include all attempted suicides. Self-harm incidents are not categorised by intent for data collection purposes or by prisoner status.
3. Self-harm incidents do not equate to numbers of prisoners as an individual prisoner may self-harm more than once.
(3) to which of his recent crime fighting initiatives Professor Michael Barber has contributed; and if he will make a statement; 
(4) if he will place in the Library copies of the research undertaken by Professor Michael Barber in his capacity as the Government's adviser on crime; and if he will make a statement. 
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and other Delivery Departments to ensure that the Government achieve their delivery priorities during this Parliament across the key areas of public service: health, education, crime, asylum and transport. He reports to my right hon. Friend, the Prime Minister (Mr. Blair), and is not separately an adviser on crime.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the maximum custodial sentence for the smuggling of (a) class A controlled substances, (b) class B controlled substances, (c) class C controlled substances, (d) alcohol and (e) tobacco. 
Mr. Blunkett [holding answer 19 April 2002]: The maximum custodial sentence for the smuggling of Class A controlled drugs is life imprisonment; that for smuggling of Class B controlled drugs is 14 years' imprisonment; that for smuggling Class C controlled drugs is five years' imprisonment. The maximum custodial sentence for the smuggling of alcohol and tobacco is also seven years' imprisonment.
Mrs. Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people aged under 18 have been released from prison with no fixed abode in each year since 1998; and from which prisons. 
Beverley Hughes: Information on the accommodation of prisoners after release is not recorded centrally for all prisoners. However a survey of prisoners' resettlement has recently been carried out for the Prison Service. This involved interviews with a representative sample of about 2000 prisoners shortly before discharge. It will provide information about the proportion reporting in the last two-three weeks of sentence that they have no accommodation to go to on release. Results will be available shortly.
Ann Clwyd: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if the Geneva Conventions will be applied to prisoners captured by UK forces in Afghanistan; and whether such prisoners will be handed directly to US forces. 
Mr. Hoon: 45 Commando Group Royal Marines is equipped with General Purpose Machine Guns and 50 Calibre machine guns. The Light Support Weapon and the Minimi provide their light machine gun capability.
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Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what assessment has been made of the upgrading of the software of the radar in Fylingdales and Menwith Hill; how long it is expected to last; how much it is expected to cost; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Hoon: We have not received a request from the United States for assistance with the deployment of a missile defence system. It would be premature, therefore, to make an assessment of the work that might be required to upgrade the facilities at RAF Fylingdales or RAF Menwith Hill for missile defence purposes, and how long such work might take. The costs associated with any such upgrading would be first and foremost a matter for the United States.
Mr. Hoon: We have no indication of the timing of any possible requests from the United States to build an X-band radar in the UK, nor do we work on the assumption that such a radar would necessarily be sited in the UK. I cannot therefore give a timescale for any UK decisions which might be required.
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