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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regional organisation his Department has; and if he will list the counties and unitary authorities in each region in (a) 1997 and (b) 2002. 
Beverley Hughes: The Home Office operates through the Government offices for the regions, who carry out a number of functions at regional level such as the regional management of crime reduction and drug treatment programmes and liaison with local partnerships. A table
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setting out the structure of the Government office regions and the counties and unitary authorities in 1997 and 2002 is as follows.
Other parts of the Department with specific operational responsibilities have their own regional organisational structures. Since April 2000, the Prison Service has operated an area manager structure that is based on the Government regions. Two regions are divided between two area managers: the south-east (one for Thames Valley, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight and one for Kent, Surrey and Sussex) and east midlands north (Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, Derby and Nottingham) and south (Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, Leicester and Rutland). Previously area managers had been based in London. The National Probation Service regions mirror the Government office regions.
Both the National Asylum Support Service (NASS) and the Immigration Service (IS) in Immigration and Nationality Department operate regional structures. NASS, which became fully operational in April 2000, has regional representatives in each Government region, and
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operates broadly within that regional structure, with some minor differences for local operational reasons.
The Immigration Service operates at ports and airports across the United Kingdom and had, until 2002, an Immigration Service regional organisation with four regional districts: Scotland, Northern Ireland, North-west England and north Wales; North-east England, the east midlands and East Anglia and South-west England and mid and south Wales. London and the south-east came under Immigration Service South East. From 2002 the regional boundaries of the IS were realigned to more closely match the Government office regions. The present structure, managed by regional operations headquarters in Manchester, comprises:
North-west England, Northern Ireland and North Wales
North-east England (which includes Yorkshire and the Humber)
Eastern (east midlands and East Anglia, including Lincolnshire)
South-west England, mid and south Wales.
London (including Heathrow and Gatwick) and Kent are managed by Immigration Service headquarters, Croydon.
|Region||County authorities||Unitary authorities|
|East of England||Bedfordshire||Luton*|
|London||Barking and Dagenham|
|Corporation of London|
|Hammersmith and Fulham|
|Kensington and Chelsea|
|Redcar and Cleveland|
|Metropolitan authorities in Tyne and Wear|
|Newcastle upon Tyne|
|North West||Cumbria||Blackburn with Darwen*|
|Metropolitan authorities in Greater Manchester|
|Metropolitan authorities in Merseyside|
|South East||Buckinghamshire||Brighton and Hove*|
|East Sussex||Isle of Wight (County)|
|West Sussex||Unitary authorities in Berkshire:|
|Windsor and Maidenhead*|
|South West||Cornwall||Bath and North East Somerset|
|Staffordshire||Stoke on Trent*|
|Warwickshire||Telford and Wrekin*|
|Metropolitan authorities in West Midlands|
|Yorkshire and the Humber||North Yorkshire||East Riding of Yorkshire|
|Kingston upon Hull|
|North East Lincolnshire|
|Metropolitan authorities in South Yorkshire|
|Metropolitan authorities in West Yorkshire|
The unitary authorities that came into being as a result of the last local government review were established over three years. Those established on or after 1 April 1997 are asterisked.
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Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the public consultations undertaken by his Department since June 2001, stating in each case the (a) number of respondents and (b) percentage of those specifically consulted who responded. 
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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 10 June 2002]: The Home Office has undertaken 14 formal national public consultations since June 2001. The table lists consultations that started after 1 June 2001 and finished by the time of this response. The number of respondents in each case is noted but the percentage of those specifically consulted is not, as Departments are not routinely required to keep such records.
|Subject of consultation exercise||Start date||Deadline for responses||Number of responses(14)|
|The Halliday Reportmaking punishments work||5 July 2001||31 October 2001||305|
|Consultation Paper on the Review of Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997||30 July 2001||19 October 2001||46|
|Use of x/gamma radiation scanners for the detection of clandestine illegal entrants||17 July 2001||27 August 2001||30|
|Extension of civil penalty to eurotunnel||18 July 2001||29 August 2001||8|
|Police and Criminal Evidence ActCode F||15 September 2001||31 October 2001||10|
|Ratification of the driving disqualification convention||25 September 2001||18 December 2001||46|
|Review of family visitor appeals||29 October 2001||14 December 2001||23|
|Young people's substance misuse plans: supporting joint working at local level||21 November 2001||11 January 2002||440|
|Consultation paper on revising the definition of categories of deaths of members of the public during or following police contact||14 December 2001||31 January 2002||14|
|White Paper "Policing a New Century: A Blueprint for Reform"||5 December 2001||21 January 2002||1,200|
|Police and Criminal Evidence ActCode A||11 March 2002||19 April 2002||45|
|Motor Salvage Operators Regulations 2002, made under the Vehicles (Crime) Act 2001||4 January 2002||1 March 2002||26|
|White Paper "Secure Borders, Safe Haven: Integration with diversity in modern Britain"||7 February 2002||21 March 2002||330|
|Proposed changes to the misuse of drugs legislation||4 March 2002||17 May 2002||6|
(14) The number of responses does not include hits on internet sites and may include both targeted and non-targeted respondents.
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