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Written Answers

Thursday 7 May 2009

Arson

Question

Asked by Lord Laird

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon: That is an operational matter for the chief constable. I have asked him to reply directly to the noble Lord, and a copy of his letter will be placed in the Library of the House.



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Association of Chief Police Officers

Questions

Asked by Baroness Warsi

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office (Lord West of Spithead): The Home Office has provided funding for the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) since 1997.

In addition to an annual grant in aid payment, the Home Office has made regular payments to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to fund a number of specific projects or in support of initiatives that are best delivered by those with professional police experience. All the grants are prescribed only for the project or use specified. From the information currently held by the department, the payments made to ACPO since 2006-07 have been listed as an annexe to this response.



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Home Office Payments to ACPO
Financial year
2006-072007-082008-09Detail
Project£££Funding allocated only for these purposes

Grant Aid

836,232

836,232

836,232

To meet the costs of the ACPO President and part of the ACPO office costs

ACIST

2,988,115

To fund the ACPO Change & Implementation Support Team

Criminal Records project

110,000

110,000

110,000

UK Central Authority for exchange of criminal records

Operation Sycamore

700,000

Investigation into prostitution project

Community Tensions project

60,000

60,000

82,172

To fund the ACPO National Community Tensions Team

Domestic Extremism project

2,000,000

2,000,000

2,000,000

To fund the ACPO Domestic Extremism Team

Disaster Victims Identification

253,128

314,296

216,060

To fund the ACPO UK DIVI Management Team

Stockwell project

230,000

Learning lessons of the Stockwell incident

Drugs Conference

10,000

Contribution to ACPO conference

Cannabis cultivation

40,000

Funding part of the costs of a co-ordinator

Wildlife crime

15,367

15,367

150,000

Funding for the National Wildlife Crime Unit

Vehicle Intelligence

100,000

Funding for ACPO Vehicle Intelligence Service

Car Parking

200,000

185,000

130,000

Funding for ACPO Safer Car parking Scheme

Co-ordination of Counter-Terrorism policing

5,300,664

4,000,000

Funds the national co-ordination functions: the National Co-ordinator of Special Branch, media liaison work, CT training needs analysis and the police contribution to the Border Management programme.

Prevent

355,586

1,159,500

Prevent Channel project

Prevent

4,705,810

Prevent policing

Protective Services

60,600

189,400

Co-ordination costs

Level 2

2,000,000

Level 2 project

Operation Overt

268,581

PNICC work on the air terrorist action

RIUs

8,000,000

8,000,000

Setting up Regional Intelligence Units

Policing the Olympics

220,000

Co-ordinating work

Prisoner Intelligence Network

948,665

3,841,899

4,598,961

Support funding for programme

AVCIS (ACPO vehicle crime intelligence service)

420,000

Organised vehicle crime investigation

AVCIS—TruckPol

50,000

Freight crime intelligence service

ACPO Drugs CBA

10,000

10,000

Contribution to ACPO organised drugs conference

Operation Cube (ACRO)

450,000

0

0

DNA analysis

Operation Element (National Community Tension Team)

200,000

170,000

NCTT—Operation Element (2007-08 funding)

Knife Crime

0

0

81,250

Knife Crime £100,000 funding approx agreed for 8 mth (mid Sep 08 to mid May 09)

Domestic violence posters

0

0

4,690

Domestic violence awareness campaign. Grant agreement signed—funding awaited

Totals

14,571,507

22,258,225

16,804,075

Asked by Lord Stoddart of Swindon

Lord West of Spithead: The Association of Chief Police Officers is an independent organisation made up of representatives of forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which works in partnership with both the Government and the Association of Police Authorities to co-ordinate the direction and development of the police service.

ACPO plays a key role advising the Government on behalf of the police service as a whole on major national projects aimed at developing the capacity of the service. It also advises on how to tackle serious and ongoing strategic threats that might put the public at risk. In times of national need, ACPO is specifically tasked with co-ordinating the strategic policing response on behalf of all chief officers.

ACPO is funded by a combination of Home Office grant, contributions from each police authority, membership subscriptions and the proceeds of its annual exhibition.

The Home Office annual grant in aid payment for 2008-09 was £836,232.

The grant in aid contribution is used to cover the cost of the ACPO president's role and their office. The department also provides specific project-related funding.



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Badgers and Bovine Tuberculosis

Question

Asked by The Duke of Montrose

The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change & Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Lord Hunt of Kings Heath): There are no plans to record the incidence of tuberculosis infection in the badgers that are vaccinated with the BCG vaccine as part of the badger vaccine deployment project. To meet the aim of deploying injectable badger vaccines in a way which supports the long-term goal of oral vaccination, resources need to be concentrated on vaccinating as many badgers as possible. Carrying out diagnostic work would be expensive and would divert resources away from badger vaccination. This would not demonstrate a practical long-term method for vaccination.


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