Results 41–60 of 5422 for speaker:Charles Clarke

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that nevertheless, for my constituents in Norwich, South, it is indeed absolutely imperative to change, for the reasons that I set out?

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I am grateful to you, Mr. Olner, for that comment and to the hon. Member for Mid-Norfolk (Mr. Simpson) for organising the debate—it is an important subject and I am glad that he has done so. I am also grateful to the Minister for the decisions that he took in the summer to deal with what was a long-standing and significant issue—namely, the absence of unitary status for a great city such...

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I understand that, and it is what the hon. Gentleman told the Eastern Daily Press. The question that I asked was slightly different. I understand his argument—it is a traditional conservative argument, which says there should never be any change—and that he is in favour of the status quo. The question, which he was good enough to answer when I asked it earlier, was about whether he...

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I do not recall the exact manifesto published in each ward in the city of Norwich, but it is clear, as the hon. Gentleman acknowledged, that the leadership of the Labour group on the city council and the Labour party said on many occasions that they strongly supported unitary status for the city. I believe that that was reported in the Eastern Daily Press. The Greens, to be fair them—I am...

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: I would be grateful if the hon. Gentleman could clarify whether he is opposed to unitary authorities across Norfolk in all circumstances or just to the procedures and processes in this particular case. I have several comments to make later about some of his earlier remarks, but what is his stance on unitary status for Norfolk full stop?

Local Government (Norfolk) (20 Nov 2007)

Charles Clarke: Is the hon. Gentleman in favour of a two-tier system, not a unitary system, in all circumstances?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Home Office Restructuring (29 Mar 2007)

Charles Clarke: Does my right hon. Friend accept that this irresponsible decision further delays the reforms that are critically necessary throughout the criminal justice system? Does he further accept that, particularly in relation to prisons, probation and the National Offender Management Service, where reform is desperately needed, the shift in responsibility will delay the changes that need to take...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Policies ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Government have put into place policies in the areas of crime reduction, antisocial behaviour, policing and active communities that are yielding considerable benefits for the constituency. Between March 1997 and March 2005 the number of police officers in the Metropolitan Police area increased by 4,396 from 26,677 to 31,073. The Government's introduction of community support officers...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Policies ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Government have put into place policies in the areas of crime reduction, antisocial behaviour, policing and active communities that are yielding considerable benefits for the constituency. Between March 1997 and March 2005 the number of police officers in the Lancashire Police area increased by 339 from 3,247 to 3,586. The Government's introduction of Community Support Officers (CSOs) in...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Expenditure ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: Costs for refreshments and working lunches are combined and the total since 1997 is provided in the following table. Refreshments and working lunches are offered as courtesy to visitors or to facilitate the efficient management of meetings. The rise in expenditure reflects an increase in training courses and implementation of new policies and systems. Overall expenditure for 1998 was...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Fuel Efficiency ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Home Office is committed to achieving the Framework for Sustainable Development on the Government Estate energy targets; namely to reduce absolute carbon, from fuel and electricity used in buildings on our estate, by 12.5 per cent. by 2010–11, relative to 1999–2000 and to increase the energy efficiency of the buildings on our estate, measured in terms of kWh of fuel and electricity...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Tendering Policy ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Home Office expects to let all its contracts in accordance with ethical principles and would consider any case where evidence to the contrary was presented. There is published internal guidance on principles of ethical behaviour in procurement, which all staff engaged in tendering for services and other contracts must follow. Under EU procurement rules there is scope to incorporate...

Written Answers — Home Department: Departmental Vehicles ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The total number of cars owned or leased by the Department as at the end of February 2006 was: Total owned Total leased Diesel 384 39 Petrol 2 4 MPG range 22–59 8–54.30 Full details of make, model and fuel efficiency are shown in the following table. Table A: Cars owned by the Department Make Model Fuel type Combined imperial MPG Audi A4 Avant...

Written Answers — Home Department: Drug Users (Illegal Income) ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: We do not have the information requested. However some information on illegal income among arrested drug users in a sample of 16 custody suites is provided in research published by the Home Office in 2004 from the New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Programme (NEW ADAM). The report of the survey is available on the Home Office website...

Written Answers — Home Department: Equal Pay ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: The Home Office has since 2003 undertaken regular equal pay audits of its pay systems. These audits are undertaken on an annual basis following the implementation of pay awards. In addition, a more comprehensive equality proofing exercise of reward policies and practices are undertaken every three years. The findings of the equal pay audits and equality proofing exercises are shared with...

Written Answers — Home Department: MI5 (Northern Ireland) ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: It is the longstanding policy of successive Governments not to comment on the operational activities of the Security Service.

Written Answers — Home Department: MI5 (Northern Ireland) ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: Information is routinely shared between the Security Service and Police Service Northern Ireland at all levels. The Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and I are satisfied that the information sharing arrangements work well and will continue to do so.

Written Answers — Home Department: O'Connor Report ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: Regional and national CT structures are already in place. The Association of Chief Police Officers' Committee on Terrorism and Allied Matters sets policy and strategic direction for counter-terrorism policing at a national level. Police counter-terrorist efforts are co-ordinated regionally and nationally through the regional intelligence cells, the work of the national co-ordinator of special...

Written Answers — Home Department: Omagh Bombing ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: No.

Written Answers — Home Department: Police Restructuring ( 4 May 2006)

Charles Clarke: We envisage that any order made under section 32 of the Police Act 1996 amalgamating the Humberside, North Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire police areas would provide for each of the four precursor police authorities to appoint a specified number of their members to be members of the combined police authority. As such, there would be no role for the Home Secretary. The precise...


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