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Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Polling Stations (Accessibility) (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: We issue advice and guidance to acting returning officers, who are most directly responsible for selecting polling places and polling stations, and provide grant aid towards the costs of purchasing temporary ramps and polling booths specially adapted to the needs of voters who are wheelchair users.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Polling Stations (Accessibility) (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I am certainly aware of the Spastics Society report to which the hon. Gentleman refers. We want to minimise the number of people who have to vote by proxy or by post because of disablement. However, I remind the hon. Gentleman that, since the last general election, we have paid out £175,000 in grants to local authorities to try to help improve access to polling stations. Many of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Polling Stations (Accessibility) (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: My hon. Friend is taking a risk in revealing the fact that the budget is uncapped. It is true that any requests for grants for those purposes are met, so long as they are eligible, and that any local authority may seek grant aid to improve access to polling stations.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Polling Stations (Accessibility) (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I assure the House that we have repeatedly reminded electoral returning officers that people have a right to vote, and that the number of those who are unable to vote in person must be kept to an absolute minimum. I assure the hon. Gentleman that improvements are proceeding apace.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Closed-circuit Television (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I understand from the Northumbria police that recorded crime in Newcastle city centre has more than halved since the introduction of closed-circuit television in 1992. There were 15,000 incidents in 1991, and fewer than 7,000 in 1996. The neighbourhood CCTV system in the west end of Newcastle also produced a 23 per cent. reduction of crime in 1996.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Closed-circuit Television (20 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: Two hundred schemes were funded in the last round. We reckon that the total programme over four years will lead to the installation of 10,000 more cameras throughout the country. CCTV is one of the Government's major law-and-order achievements, and has led to a reduction in crime everywhere. I remind the hon. Gentleman that this year violent crime fell by 9 per cent. in Northumbria,...

Elections (Candidates' Expenses) (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: indicated assent.

Elections (Candidates' Expenses) (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I beg to move, That the draft Representation of the People (Variation of Limits of Candidates' Election Expenses) Order 1997, which was laid before this House on 11 th February, be approved.

Elections (Candidates' Expenses) (3 Mar 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: On occasion, the Government propose to the House that we upgrade the limits for money that can be spent by candidates at local and parliamentary elections. That has normally happened every two years, but, partly as a result of the very low inflation that the Government have achieved, it has happened after three years on this occasion. The limits will be increased by 6.95 per cent. I have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: West Midlands Fire and Civil Defence Authority (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: There have been two such representations in the past six months: one about the fire brigade's bid under the capital challenge pilot scheme, which I am glad to say resulted in an award of £3 million to build a new fire station at Handsworth, and the other about civil defence grant.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: West Midlands Fire and Civil Defence Authority (20 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I have no doubts about the difficulties of the job, but the hon. Gentleman should remember, first, that the national standards for levels of fire cover are agreed, not by us, but in the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council, on which all the fire service organisations are represented. Secondly, the standard spending assessment for the West Midlands service went up this year by 6.9 per cent....

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Southend, East (Sir T. Taylor) on securing this debate, which mirrors the debate that we had only a week ago on the same subject. My hon. Friend has expressed strong concerns about the provision of fire services in Essex. I understand the concern that hon. Members and their constituents feel about the quality of their fire service and the...

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I certainly condemn any delay motivated by politics. If the council is trying to seek changes, it should come up front with them and bring them forward at such time as it is ready. Obviously I cannot speak in any detail about what is happening with those proposals, but I hope that they will be brought forward promptly. It would be quite wrong for such political interests to become involved.

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I cannot go into whether the council should make section 19 applications, but I reiterate what I said to my hon. Friend the Member for Castle Point. If it is to make any applications, it should do so promptly. Any delay in bringing them forward will undoubtedly add to the problems of forward planning. I hope that the people who make those decisions will hear what my hon. Friends have said. I...

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: That shows the need for a further review. Another example of the problem is the existence of a major international airport. Those considerations must form part of the review. The Government have shown their commitment to the fire service by confirming, in the final local government settlement, that we shall increase the fire service element of standard spending assessment in England for the...

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I shall consult Hansard, but I think that I will find that I never said any such thing. I said very clearly that, if applications were received to reduce provision at any fire station or part thereof, the Home Secretary would have to make a decision. I want to put the record straight. No decisions have been taken on any reduction in provision.

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I do not know to which grotty newspapers in his constituency the hon. Gentleman is referring.

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I welcome the hon. Gentleman's support. If Essex county council feels that it does not have sufficient resources, various options are open to it. As has already been said, it had an opportunity to meet Ministers at the Department of the Environment to discuss the rate support grant settlement, but chose not to do so. If the authority were to set a budget above its cap, the county would have...

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I am happy to respond to that specific question. I shall ensure that my hon. Friend receives a letter within a short time.

Fire Services (Essex) (12 Feb 1997)

Mr Tom Sackville: I am grateful for that assurance. It being two minutes to Two o'clock, the motion for the Adjournment of the House lapsed, without Question put. Sitting suspended, pursuant to Standing Order No. 10 (Wednesday sittings), till half-past Two o'clock.


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