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Home Department written question – answered on 12th February 2004.

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Photo of Jacqui Lait Jacqui Lait Conservative, Beckenham

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those individuals and organisations (a) to whom (i) his Department, (ii) its executive agencies and (iii) the non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible sent a copy of the consultations (A) Safety and Justice: the Government's proposals on domestic violence and (B) Funding community groups: a consultation document issued by the Government's Active Community Unit on behalf of the Inter-Departmental Working Group on Resourcing Community Capacity Building, and (b) from whom each received a response in each case.

Photo of Fiona Mactaggart Fiona Mactaggart Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

Government are committed to ensuring that all relevant stakeholders are identified and involved in consultation exercises. Our records show that paper or electronic copies of "Safety and Justice" were sent to the following organisations:

Action for Prisoners' Families

Age Concern

Al Khoei Foundation

Alcohol Concern

Area Child Protection Committees

Asian Family Counselling

Association of Chief Police Officers

Association of Directors for Social Services

Association of District Judges

Association of Magisterial Officers

Association of Police Authorities

Audit Commission

Baha'i Community of the UK

Baptist Union of Great Britain

Bar Council

Barnardo's

Big Issue Foundation

Black Association of Women Step Out

Black Community Development Project

Board of Deputies of British Jews

British Association for Accident and Emergency Medicine

British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

British Association of Social Workers

British Association of Women Police

British Humanist Association

British Medical Association

British Youth Council

Buddhist Society

Burton, Dr. Mandy

Cardiff Women's Safety Unit

Centre for Policy Studies

Chairs of Probation Boards

Charity Commission

Chief Constables

Chief Probation Officers

Childline

Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Children's Society

Chinese Information Advice Service

Christian Scientists

Church of England General Synod

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Commission for Racial Equality

Community and District Nurses Association

Community Practitioners and Health Visitors Association

Confederation of British Industry

Council of Christians and Jews

Council of Churches for Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Council of Circuit Judges

Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches

Courts Service of Northern Ireland

Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and, through them, local domestic violence projects

Crime Concern

Crime Reduction Initiatives Head Office

Crisis

Crown Court Resident Judges

Crown Prosecution Service

Department of Health undertook to inform the Chief Executive of every NHS Trust and Primary Care Trust about "Safety and Justice"

Directors and Home Office Directors of the Government Offices for England

Disability Rights Commission

Domestic Violence Intervention Project

Employers' Forum on Age

Employers' Forum on Disability

Equal Opportunities Commission

Escape Family Support

Ethnic Minorities Advice Bureau

Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of West England

Families Need Fathers

Family Rights Group

Family Welfare Association

Fathers Direct

Fawcett Society

Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism

Free Church Federal Council

General Medical Council

General Teaching Council

Greater London Domestic Violence Project

Halt Domestic Violence

Hemat Gryffe Women's Aid

Her Majesty's Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons

Her Majesty's Prison Service

Hindu Council of the United Kingdom

Homeless Link

House of Commons and House of Lords Vote Office and Library

Housing Corporation

Howard League

Imkaan

Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Inner Cities Religious Council

Institute for Public Policy Research

Institute of Jainology

Institute of Legal Executives

Inter Faith Network for the UK

Islamic Cultural Centre and the London Central Mosque Trust Ltd.

Jehovah's Witnesses

Justice

Justice Department, Scotland

Justices' Chief Executives

Justices' Clerks' Society

Kelly, Professor Liz

Kidscape

Law Society

Leeds Inter-Agency Project/Leeds Crisis Centre

Legal Services Commission

Lesbian and Gay Police Association

Liberty

Lilith Project

Local Government Association

Lord Chancellor's Domestic Violence Advisory Group

Lord Chief Justice

Lucy Faithful Foundation

Magistrates' Association

Mankind Initiative

Marriage Care

Mencap (England)

Mencap (Wales)

Methodist Church

Metropolitan Police Service Black Police Association

Mothers' Union

Muslim Council of Britain

NACRO

NACRO Cymru

National Assembly of Wales

National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux

National Association of Head Teachers

National Children's Bureau

National College for Schools Leadership

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

National Council of Hindu Temples

National Council of Women of Great Britain

National Domestic Violence Health Practitioners Forum

National Domestic Violence Health Research Forum

National Family and Parenting Institute

National Housing Federation

National Probation Directorate

National Secular Society

NCH

Neighbourhood Watch

Network of Sikh Organisations

Newspaper Society

North Surrey Domestic Violence Forum

Northern Ireland Women's Aid

NSPCC

Nursing and Midwifery Council

Parentline Plus

Parole Board

Partners of Prisoners and Families Support Group

Penal Affairs Consortium

Police Authorities

Police Federation

Police Superintendents' Association

President of the Family Division

Presiding Judges

Rainbow Forum

Rape Crisis Federation

Rastafarian Society

Refuge

Refugee Council

Relate

Religious Society of Friends

Respect

Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales

Royal College of General Practitioners

Royal College of Midwives

Royal College of Nursing

Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

Royal College of Physicians

Royal College of Psychiatrists

Sahileya

Save the Children

Scottish Women's Aid

Senior District Judge

Sentencing Guidelines Council

Seventh Day Adventist Church

Shakti Women's Aid

Sheffield Combined Court Centre

Shelter

Sikh Cultural Centre of Great Britain

Society of Black Lawyers

Society of Editors

Solicitors' Family Law Association

Soroptimist International of GB and Ireland

South Essex Rape and Incest Crisis Centre

Southall Black Sisters

St. Mungo's

Standing Together Against Domestic Violence

Stanko, Professor Elizabeth

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

Three Faiths Forum

Trades Union Congress

Union of Muslim Organisations

Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations

Unison

United Kingdom Men's Movement

United Reform Church

Victim Support

Victim's Voice

Welsh Women's Aid

Womankind

Women's Aid Federation of England

Women's National Commission

Women's Institute

Working with Women

World Zoroastrian Society

Many of the above organisations, either on their own initiative or at the prior request of the Home Office, forwarded additional copies across their own distribution networks. A number of copies were also sent to private individuals, while others were distributed at the consultation workshops the Home Office held with domestic violence victims.

English and Welsh language versions of "Safety and Justice" were also available from the Home Office website. In addition, the Home Office produced—and made available in both paper and electronic format—a summary leaflet, which was also translated into Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Greek, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi, Somali, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

The Home Office received a total of 470 responses to "Safety and Justice". A list of all the organisations that responded can be found in Annex A of the "Summary of Responses to 'Safety and Justice: The Government's Proposals on Domestic Violence'", copies of which are available in the House Library and at: http://www. homeoffice.gov.uk/crimpol/crimreduc/domviolence/publist.html.

A consultation document "Funding Community Groups" was published on 3 May 2001, and just under 7,000 copies were sent to interested groups in the voluntary and community sector, other Government Departments and local authorities. The document was also posted on the Home Office website making it more widely available. The consultation period was from 3 May to 23 July 2001, which included 27 consultation events around the country with a speaker from the Active Community Unit. A total of 235 written responses were received.

Many groups held their own meetings with local partners and contributed a joint response, 172 were received from respondents representing several organisations and 63 from individual organisations. Therefore, the total number of responses of 235 is representative of a much larger unknown number of organisations and individuals.

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