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Written Answers to Questions

Thursday 29 November 1990

HOME DEPARTMENT

Police Complaints

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many complaints against the police in England and Wales, including the Metropolitan police, were completed, whether formally or informally, in each of the last four years for which figures are available ; of those how many were substantiated and how many were unsubstantiated ; how many were informally resolved and how many were withdrawn or not proceeded with ; and of those complaints that were substantiated, how many resulted in criminal charges being brought, how many resulted in disciplinary charges being brought and how many resulted in advice being given.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information relating to the numbers of complaints completed, and how many of these were substantiated, unsubstantiated, informally resolved and withdrawn or not proceeded with, are given in the annual reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, for all forces in England and Wales other than the Metropolitan police. Figures are also given in the reports in relation to complaints which resulted in criminal charges, disciplinary charges, or were dealt with by other means.

The annual reports of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis show corresponding figures up to and including the year 1987. Information in relation to complaints substantiated, unsubstantiated, informally resolved and withdrawn or not proceeded with is not given in the Commissioner's reports for 1988 and 1989 owing to a change of format, and is as follows :


                                          |1988   |1989           

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Substantiated                             |184    |103            

Unsubstantiated                           |2,308  |1,906          

Informally resolved                       |1,121  |1,207          

Withdrawn or not proceeded with                                   

  (including those where dispensations                            

  were granted by the Police Complaints                           

  Authority or which were trivial or ill-                         

  founded)                                |3,321  |3,657          

                                          |-------|-------        

Total                                     |6,934  |6,873          

Copies of all these reports can be found in the Library.

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list separately for each of the last four years for which figures are available the number of charges of which officers in England and Wales were convicted arising from (a) complaints and (b) other information in each of the offence groups (i) violence against the person, (ii) sexual offences, (iii) burglary, (iv) robbery, (v) theft and handling stolen goods, (vi) fraud


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and forgery, (vii) criminal damage, (viii) perjury, (ix) corruption, (x) other indictable offences, (xi) assault, (xii) other offences (not traffic) and (xiii) traffic offences.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information relating to the numbers of officers convicted of criminal offences, to whether the investigation arose from a complaint or from other circumstances, and whether the charge was in respect of a traffic offence or a non-traffic offence, is published annually in the reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, for all forces in England and Wales other than the Metropolitan police, and of the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. More detailed information on the types of offences involved is not available.

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each year since 1985 the number of complaints against the police completed in England and Wales in which racially discriminatory behaviour was alleged ; how many of those were substantiated and how many were unsubstantiated ; how many were informally resolved ; of those that were substantiated, how many resulted in a disciplinary charge being preferred ; what was the outcome of such charge ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : The available information is as follows :


Number of complaints                                

                      |1985|1986|1987|1988|1989     

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Recorded<1>           |83  |197 |180 |220 |202      

Formally investigated |57  |142 |131 |127 |135      

Substantiated         |0   |4   |4   |5   |4        

Unsubstantiated       |57  |138 |127 |122 |131      

<1> Does not include complaints which were recorded 

but subsequently withdrawn.                         

Information relating to any subsequent disciplinary proceedings or to the number of complaints informally resolved is not held centrally, and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all those authorities which maintain bodies of constables, other than police authorities, which have concluded agreements with the Police Complaints Authority for the establishment of procedures corresponding to those established by part IX of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 and which he has approved, pursuant to section 96 of that Act ; and if he will list separately those authorities which maintain bodies of constables which have not concluded such agreements.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Agreements under section 96 of the 1984 Act have been approved in respect of the Ministry of Defence police, the British transport police, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority police, the Port of London Authority police and Port of Liverpool police. There are 22 other private police forces of which I am aware which do not have such agreements.

The 22 forces--the list is not exhaustive--are as follows : Port of Bristol Police

Dover Harbour Board Police

Falmouth Dock Police

Port of Felixstowe Police

Manchester Dock Police


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Milford Docks Police

Tees and Hartlepool Port Authority Police

Great Yarmouth Port and Haven Commissions River

Inspectorate

Royal Parks Constabulary

Royal Botanic Gardens Constabulary

Birmingham Parks Patrol

City of Manchester Recreational Services Departmental

Police

Barnet Dog Handlers

Wirral Parks Police

Brighton Parks Police

Brent Parks Police

Wandsworth Parks Constabulary

Merseyside Passenger Transport Authority,

Mersey Tunnels Law Enforcement

Tower of London Yeoman Warders

Cambridge University Constables

Oxford University Constables

Epping Forest Rangers

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list for each year from 1985 the numbers of Metropolitan police officers who were charged with disciplinary offences following a successful civil action against the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis for a wrongful act by an officer ; and, in respect of each charge, whether the offence was proved and what punishment was imposed.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : This information is not kept nationally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Mr. Sedgemore : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list separately for each of the last four years for which figures are available the number of police officers in England and Wales who (a) resigned after criminal charges had been preferred against them but before such proceedings were completed, (b) resigned after disciplinary charges had been preferred against them but before such proceedings had been completed, (c) were under suspension at the time of their resignation and (d) resigned while under investigation for disciplinary matters.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Information relating to the numbers of officers who resigned after disciplinary criminal charges had been preferred against them but before the proceedings had been completed, the numbers of officers who resigned while under investigation, and the number of officers who were permitted to resign while under suspension, are given in the annual reports of Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Constabulary, for all forces in England and Wales other than the Metropolitan police. Equivalent information in relation to Metropolitan police officers is contained in the annual reports of the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis, except that figures relating to officers who resigned before criminal proceedings against them were completed, or while they were under investigation for criminal matters are available only up to and including the year 1987. The information for later years could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Correspondence

Mr. Kaufman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 5 July, 7 September and 19 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr. Z. Saleem of 5 Argyle avenue, Manchester.


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Mr. Peter Lloyd : I am sorry that the right hon. Member had not had a reply to his letters. Urgent inquiries are now being made of the entry clearance officer in Islamabad about Mr. Saleem's application. My right hon. Friend will write to the right hon. Member as soon as possible.

Mr. Kaufman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letters to him dated 17 July, 7 September and 19 October from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Z. Mohammed of 2 Holstone close, Manchester.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : I regret that the response has been delayed and my right hon. Friend will reply to the right hon. Member in the very near future.

Seals

Sir Hector Monro : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether he intends to provide continuing protection for seals under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970, following the expiry of the two orders laid under section 3(1) in 1988.

Mrs. Rumbold : We have now laid before Parliament the Conservation of Seals (England) Order 1990 which provides permanent close-season protection for both common and grey seals for three years in an area stretching along the North sea coast from the border between England and Scotland to Newhaven on the south coast. This order will come into effect on 19 December, to coincide with the expiry of the orders laid in 1988.

My right hon. and learned Friend the former Secretary of State for Scotland has also laid the Conservation of Seals (Common Seals) (Shetland Islands Area) Order 1990 to provide similar protection for common seals in the Shetland Islands for one year while population surveys are carried out.

Both these orders have been laid following advice from the Natural Environment Research Council. The phocine distemper virus affected principally common seals in the southern part of the North sea. Because of the difficulties in identifying seals in the water, and to reduce the risk of a common seal being shot in mistake for a grey seal, the Conservation of Seals (England) Order 1990 extends to both common and grey seals.

PACE Codes of Practice

Mr. Sheerman : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultations he has held, and from what bodies he has received representations, under section 69 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act or otherwise, in respect of new codes of practice A, B, C and D since those codes were originally published in July ; and whether he intends to further modify the codes as a result of these additional consultations or representations.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Since the draft revised codes were laid before Parliament on 9 July, further representations have been received from the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Metropolitan police, the British Deaf Association, members of the Bar and several other individuals, with all of whom there had been discussions or correspondence since the original versions of the draft revised codes were published in August 1989.


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In the light of these representations, additional amendments have been made to the text of the draft revised codes. They were re-laid before Parliament on 8 November and now await debate in both Houses.

Sexual Offences

Mr. Squire : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the sexual offences, distinguishing between those committed by men and women, for which the Government propose longer custodial sentences ; and what is his policy in respect of imposing longer custodial sentences for non-violent sex offences.

Mr. John Patten : The Government's policy, as set out in paragraph 3.13 of the White Paper "Crime Punishment and Protecting the Public" (Cm. 965 February 1990), is that the Crown court should have the power to give a sentence longer than that justified by the seriousness of the offence but within the maximum prescribed for that offence to a persistent and violent offender, if this is necessary to protect the public from serious harm.

Clause 25(1) of the Criminal Justice Bill defines the sexual offences for which it is proposed that this power should be available. Excluding offences triable only on indictment, which are not subject to the provisions of clause 3 regarding the length of sentence which may be imposed, the offences covered by clause 25(1) are as follows :

Sexual Offences Act 1956

(1) Intercourse with a girl under 16 (section 6)

(2) Indecency between men (section 13)

(3) Indecent assault on a woman (section 14)

(4) Indecent assault on a man (section 15)

(5) Permitting a girl under 16 to use premises for intercourse (section 26)

(6) Solicitation by a man (section 32)

Indecency with Children Act 1960

(7) Indecent conduct towards young children (section 1)

Sexual Offences Act 1967

(8) Procuring others to commit homosexual acts (section 4) (

(9) Living on the earnings of a male prostitute (section 5) Criminal Law Act 1977

(10) Inciting a girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourse (section 54)

Protection of Children Act 1978

(11) Offences concerning indecent photographs of children (section 1)

The offences under sections 6, 13 and 32 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956, under section 4 of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 and under section 54 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 may be committed only by a man ; the remaining offences may be committed by a person of either sex.

FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

The Gulf

Mr. Dalyell : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the outcome of his most recent discussions with Saudi Arabia on the conditions for military intervention in Kuwait and Iraq.

Mr. Douglas Hogg : King Fahd reaffirmed to my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State in September and to my


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right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence two weeks ago Saudi Arabia's commitment to achieving unconditional Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait and the return of the legitimate Government. United Kingdom forces were the subject of a statement to the House by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 22 November.

Mr. Sherrard Cowper-Coles

Mr. Molyneaux : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will place in the Library a copy of a speech by Mr. Sherrard Cowper-Coles, first secretary at the British embassy in Washington, to the Boston investor responsibility research centre.

Mr. Hurd : The reports of the remarks by the British official at a seminar in Boston on 11 October have selected comments from a briefing which was being given to increase support in the United States for fair employment legislation in Northern Ireland. The official was not speaking from a text.

I regret the offence which has been caused by these remarks. They do not reflect the views of Her Majesty's Government.

Fish Stocks, South Atlantic

Mr. Shersby : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whether he has yet reached agreement with the Government of Argentina for the conservation of fish stocks in the South Atlantic.

Mr. Garel-Jones : Yes : a joint statement on the conservation of fisheries in the south Atlantic ocean was agreed with the Government of Argentina on 28 November and announced by both Governments on that day. Copies of the statement have been placed in the Library of the House.

The joint statement issued under the sovereignty umbrella provides for a temporary total ban on fishing from 26 December 1990 in an area defined in an annex to the statement. It also provides for co-operation between the two Governments in the conservation of fish stocks. We regard the joint statement as an important conservation measure and a welcome development in Anglo-Argentine co-operation.

ENERGY

British Gas

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) how many computer runs to detect multiple share applications for British Gas shares by fuzzy matching and other computerised techniques have been carried out in each year from 1986 to 1989 and in 1990 to date ; (2) what has been the estimated average cost of each computer run to detect multiple share applications for British Gas.

Mr. Wakeham : Work since 1987 has been carried out by the police, not by my department. Information in the form requested is not readily available.


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Electricity Privatisation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what factors determined the price for shares in the regional electricity companies.

Mr. Wakeham : In determining the share price the key factor was the dividend yield to be applied to pro forma dividends disclosed in the prospectus. The offer was priced having regard both to current stock market circumstances and to the fact that the price has to be robust to movements in the stock market up till the start of dealings.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy (1) what consultations he had with the Association of District Councils or the Welsh Association of District Councils regarding profit-sharing arrangements for showrooms previously owned by municipal electricity undertakings and disposed of post-privatisation by the electricity distribution companies ;

(2) what consultations he undertook with the Association of District Councils regarding the arrangements for clawback or profit-sharing on electricity distribution company properties, previously owned by municipal electricity undertakings and disposed of for other purposes post- privatisation ;

(3) what representations he has received regarding clawback or profit- sharing arrangements with the appropriate local authorities for properties vested in electricity distribution companies, owned by municipal electricity companies before 1948, and disposed of for non-electricity related purposes post-privatisation.

Mr. Wakeham : I have not received any such representations or held such consultations.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy on what date he was first approached by MCA Merchandising regarding the requirement for a licence fee relating to copyright for the advertising campaign for the flotation of the electricity distribution companies.

Mr. Wakeham : Her Majesty's Government have never been approached by MCA Merchandising regarding a licence fee relating to copyright for the advertising for the flotation of the distribution companies. This is a matter between MCA Merchandising and WCRS, the advertising agency.

Mr. Morgan : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy what recent discussions he has had with the chairmen of National Power and PowerGen regarding the proposed dates for stock market flotation.

Mr. Wakeham : The details of my discussions with the chairmen of National Power and PowerGen are confidential. I intend to float both generating companies next February, subject to market conditions.

Home Insulation

Mr. Dobson : To ask the Secretary of State for Energy, further to his answer of 22 November to the hon. Member for Holborn and St. Pancras, Official Report, column 178, if he will place in the Library a copy of the preliminary view of the Energy Action Grants Agency on the scale of insulation and advice which can be undertaken in each locality using grants under the home energy efficiency scheme.


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Mr. Wakeham : The provision of information to organisations wishing to be registered as network installers under the home energy efficiency scheme (HEES) is a matter for the Energy Action Grants Agency (EAGA). I have today placed in the Library copies of the information sent by EAGA to all those organisations applying for registration, including the preliminary view taken by EAGA on the broad scale of insulation and advice that network installers might be able to undertake using grants under HEES.

ENVIRONMENT

National Gypsy Council

Mr. Battle : To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment how much money his Department has allocated to the National Gypsy Council in each year from 1979 to 1989.

Mr. Key : The National Gypsy Council has received funding towards its administration costs from my Department's small grants and special grants programmes since 1978. The amounts of grant have been as follows :


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