§ Mr. Laurence Robertson
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff have been deployed to the Firearms Compensation Section; and if he will increase the number in order to accelerate payments under the compensation scheme. 
§ Mr. Michael
The full staff complement for the Firearms Compensation Section had been set at 52 persons. It was not possible to maintain the initial full complement of 52 staff because of normal staff turnover. Whenever staff of
Table A: Positive random mandatory drug tests, first quarter 1996–97 to second quarter 1997–98 Durg type April-June 1996 July-September 1996 October-December 1996 January-March 1997 April-June 1997 July-September 1997 Totals Cannabis 2,723 2,746 2,947 3,046 2,996 2,490 16,948 Opiates 680 840 838 734 615 618 4,325 Others1 348 289 274 330 318 259 1,818 Total tested 13,594 13,858 14,244 14,946 14,946 14,915 86,503 1 The other drugs tested for are; cocaine, methadone, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and, optionally, LSD.
Table B: Random mandatory drug tests, percentages positive for cannabis, opiates and other drugs First quarter 1996–97 to second quarter 1997–98 Drug type April-June 1996 July-September 1996 October-December1996 January-March 1997 April-June 1997 July-September 1997 Overall Cannabis 20.0 19.8 20.7 20.4 20.0 16.7 19.6 Opiates 5.0 6.1 5.9 4.9 4.1 4.1 5.0 Others1 2.6 2.1 1.9 2.2 2.1 1.7 2.1 1 The other drugs tested for are; cocaine, methadone, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and, optionally, LSD.
§ Mr. Flynn
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate of the proportion of illegal drugs discovered in random tests in prisons for which the source was(a) relatives of inmates visiting the prison, (b) others visiting the prison, (c) prison staff and (d) other sources, in the past three years. 
§ Mr. George Howarth
There are no centrally compiled figures from which such an estimate could be drawn, and obtaining such an estimate could be undertaken only at disproportionate cost.586W
the Firearms Compensation Unit leave or move on, it is our policy to replace them as quickly as possible. At present, efforts at recruiting additional staff are in hand as part of a range of measures to deal with the outstanding payments as quickly as possible. Data processing staff are being introduced to help with the initial registration of claims, allowing the existing staff to concentrate more on processing and authorising payments. Overtime is also worked on a regular basis.