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Written Answers to Questions

Tuesday 30 November 1993

NATIONAL FINANCE

Personal Investment Authority

Mr. French : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer when he last met the chairman of the Securities and Investments Board to discuss the future of the Personal Investment Authority ; and if he will make a statement.


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Mr. Nelson : I meet the chairman regularly to discuss SIB's responsibilities under the Financial Services Act 1986, which include the recognition of self-regulating organisations.

Incomes

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what was the minimum income (a) of the 1 per cent. with the highest incomes and (b) of the 10 per cent. with the highest incomes for each year since 1979 at current prices ; and what were these figures at constant 1993 prices.

Mr. Nelson : The figures are given below.


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Gross personal income                                                                                 

The top decile point and top percentile point for persons aged 16 and over                            

                                                                    |£ per year                       

                  At current prices                 At constant 1992                                  

                                   prices                                                             

                 |Top 10 per cent.|Top 1 per cent. |Top 10 per cent.|Top 1 per cent.                  

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1979             |6,200           |11,600          |15,100          |28,400                           

1980             |7,400           |14,600          |15,400          |30,200                           

1981             |8,500           |16,700          |15,700          |30,900                           

1982             |9,100           |17,200          |15,500          |29,400                           

1983             |9,900           |20,200          |16,700          |33,000                           

1984             |10,400          |20,800          |16,200          |32,300                           

1985             |11,400          |23,900          |16,700          |34,900                           

1986             |12,500          |26,800          |17,700          |38,000                           

1987             |13,700          |31,400          |18,700          |42,700                           

1988             |15,100          |34,900          |19,600          |45,200                           

1989             |16,200          |35,300          |19,700          |42,400                           

1990             |18,400          |42,400          |20,200          |46,600                           

1991             |19,700          |43,700          |20,400          |45,300                           

1992             |20,300          |44,700          |20,300          |44,700                           

The figures in the table are rounded to the nearest £100. The constant price figures are calculated   

using the retail prices index.                                                                        

Source: Central Statistical Office, based on family expenditure survey.                               

The figures should be treated with considerable caution as they are subject to large sampling errors because of the small sample sizes, particularly for the top 1 per cent.

EC Budget

Mr. Austin Mitchell : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what are the present positions of the European Commission and other member states of the EC in the Council of Ministers towards the means of funding the EC and of the possible increase in the resource base of the EC beyond the present own resources.

Sir John Cope : When it met in Edinburgh on 11 and 12 December 1992, under the chairmanship of my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, the European Council reached a rigorous agreement about the Community's finances for the period to 1999. My right hon. Friend reported the conclusions to the House on 14 December 1992, Official Report, columns 23- 40. They remain the position of the member states and the Commission. Discussions are currently in progress in Brussels about the Commission's proposals for a new own resources decision to give effect to the changes agreed by the Edinburgh European Council to the own resources system.


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Capital Gains Tax

Mr. Mandelson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give for each year since 1979 the total tax yield from individual gains tax and inheritance tax ; and if he will give for each year since 1988-89 the number of individual taxpayers liable for capital gains tax by their highest marginal rate of tax.

Mr. Dorrell : The available information on net receipts each year since 1979-80 from capital gains tax, capital transfer tax and inheritance tax is given in the table. Separate figures on capital gains tax receipts for individuals and trusts are not available, but, in terms of tax liabilities, individuals account for between 85 per cent. and 90 per cent. of the total.


£ million                                                                                      

                    Inheritance                           Capital gains tax                    

                    tax-capital                                                                

                    transfer tax<1>                                                            

                   |Total             |of which charge on|Total                                

                                      |individuals<2>                                          

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1979-80            |401               |376               |431                                  

<3>1980-81         |425               |401               |508                                  

<3>1981-82         |480               |457               |526                                  

1982-83            |499               |475               |632                                  

1983-84            |599               |580               |671                                  

1984-85            |658               |621               |730                                  

1985-86            |881               |857               |908                                  

1986-87            |988               |963               |1,064                                

1987-88            |1,073             |1,052             |1,379                                

1988-89            |1,067             |1,042             |2,323                                

1989-90            |1,227             |1,207             |1,854                                

1990-91            |1,259             |1,233             |1,852                                

1991-92            |1,295             |1,261             |1,140                                

1992-93            |1,201             |1,170             |982                                  

<1> Excludes small residual receipts from estate duty which was replaced by capital transfer   

tax in 1975.                                                                                   

<2> Includes charges on settled property where the individual has an interest in possession.   

<3> The breakdown of receipts between 1980-81 and 1981-82 was estimated as they were affected  

by industrial action between March 1981 and July 1981.                                         

The breakdown of capital gains taxpayers given in the table includes a separate column for trusts in order to reconcile with published figures on taxpayer numbers.


T

Number of capital gains taxpayers                                                   

Highest rate of tax charged on individuals                                          

            |Lower rate |Basic rate |Higher rate|Trusts     |All                    

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1988-89     |-          |52,000     |87,000     |16,000     |155,000                

1989-90     |-          |48,500     |88,000     |18,500     |155,000                

1990-91     |-          |44,000     |57,500     |13,500     |115,000                

1991-92     |-          |34,000     |45,000     |11,000     |90,000                 

1992-93<1>  |4,000      |29,000     |42,000     |10,000     |85,000                 

<1> Provisional.                                                                    

Mr. Mandelson : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will give for each year since 1979 (a) the total income, both earned and unearned (b) the total national insurance contributions and (c) the total income tax paid by (i) the top 1 per cent., (ii) the top 5 per cent., (iii) the top 10 per cent., (iv) the bottom 50 per cent. amd (v) all taxpayers.

Mr. Dorrell : Readily available estimates based on the survey of personal incomes are in the tables. For 1978-79 and 1989-90, married couples are counted as one taxpayer and their incomes are combined. Following the introduction of independent taxation, for 1990-91 onwards, husbands and wives are counted separately. The estimates of total income relate to income subject to income tax and exclude non-taxable income such as certain social security benefits.


1978-79                                                                             

Quantile group of    |Total income        |Income tax liability                     

taxpayers<1>                                                                        

                                                                                    

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Top 1                |5,000               |2,300                                    

Top 5                |14,900              |4,900                                    

Top 10               |24,200              |7,000                                    

Bottom 50            |30,300              |3,900                                    

All taxpayers        |102,800             |20,300                                   

<1> Tax units for years prior to 1990-91.                                           


1989-90                                       

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Top 1         |24,200 |7,800  |300            

Top 5         |61,700 |16,600 |1,400          

Top 10        |93,400 |22,600 |2,700          

Bottom 50     |86,600 |8,500  |3,900          

All taxpayers |323,400|53,400 |14,400         

<1> Tax units for years prior to 1990-91.     


1990-91                                                                                                  

Quantile group of    |Total income        |Income tax liability|Employees' and                           

taxpayers<1>                                                   |self-employed                            

                                                               |national insurance                       

                                                               |contribution                             

                                                               |liability                                

Per cent.            |£ million           |£ million           |£ million                                

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Top 1                |28,300              |9,200               |300                                      

Top 5                |68,700              |18,900              |1,300                                    

Top 10               |102,800             |25,400              |2,700                                    

Bottom 50            |95,500              |9,000               |4,300                                    

All taxpayers        |358,300             |60,400              |15,500                                   


1991-92                                                                                                  

Quantile group of    |Total income        |Income tax liability|Employees' and                           

taxpayers<1>                                                   |self-employed                            

                                                               |national insurance                       

                                                               |contribution                             

                                                               |liability                                

Per cent.            |£ million           |£ million           |£ million                                

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Top 1                |31,200              |10,400              |300                                      

Top 5                |73,900              |20,700              |1,500                                    

Top 10               |109,600             |27,500              |3,000                                    

Bottom 50            |98,200              |9,300               |4,200                                    

All taxpayers        |373,800             |63,500              |16,200                                   


1992-93                                                                                                  

Quantile group of    |Total income        |Income tax liability|Employees' and                           

taxpayers<1>                                                   |self-employed                            

                                                               |national insurance                       

                                                               |contribution                             

                                                               |liability                                

Per cent.            |£ million           |£ million           |£ million                                

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Top 1                |31,600              |10,500              |300                                      

Top 5                |74,500              |21,000              |1,500                                    

Top 10               |110,300             |27,700              |3,100                                    

Bottom 50            |97,600              |8,300               |4,100                                    

All taxpayers        |375,300             |62,100              |16,400                                   


1993-94                                                                                                  

Quantile group of    |Total income        |Income tax liability|Employees' and                           

taxpayers<1>                                                   |self-employed                            

                                                               |national insurance                       

                                                               |contribution                             

                                                               |liability                                

Per cent.            |£ million           |£ million           |£ million                                

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Top 1                |32,000              |10,700              |300                                      

Top 5                |75,600              |21,400              |1,600                                    

Top 10               |112,200             |28,400              |3,300                                    

Bottom 50            |96,500              |8,300               |4,000                                    

All taxpayers        |378,000             |63,300              |16,900                                   


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Parliamentary Questions

Mr. Robert B. Jones : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is the current average cost of preparing answers to (a) written and (b) oral parliamentary questions.

Mr. Dorrell : The current average cost of preparing an answer is assessed as £97 for a written question and £225 for an oral question.

Lending Institutions

Mr. Darling : To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what proposals he has to bring centralised lending institutions within the scope of the Financial Services Act 1986 and the Banking Act 1987.

Mr. Nelson : The Financial Services Act applies to firms carrying on investment business in the United Kingdom. The Banking Act applies to firms engaged in deposit taking in the United Kingdom. There are no plans to amend the scope of either Act.

LORD CHANCELLOR'S DEPARTMENT

Law Commission Report

Mr. Ainger : To ask the Parliamentary Secretary, Lord Chancellor's Department when he proposes to bring forward legislation to enact the recommendations of the Law Commission contained in its report "Landlord and Tenant Law : Privity of Contract and Estate", No. 174 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. John M. Taylor : Legislation to give effect to the Government's decision to implement the recommendations in the Law Commission's report "Landlord and Tenant Law : Privity of Contract and Estate"--Law Com. No. 174--for future leases, but not for existing leases, will be introduced as soon as there is a suitable opportunity.

NATIONAL HERITAGE

Arts Funding

Mr. Llew Smith : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what representations he received on 23 November in regard to the risks to continuity and innovation in the arts of cuts in public funding.

Mr. Brooke : I received a number of representations on 23 November and I have since had a meeting with representatives of the National Campaign for the Arts, the group which organised the lobby of Parliament on that day.

London Orchestras

Mr. Simon Coombs : To ask the Secretary of State for National Heritage what meetings he has held with representatives of (a) the London Philharmonic orchestra, (b) the Philharmonic orchestra and (c) the Royal Philharmonic orchestra since the beginning of the Arts Council's review of the funding of the London orchestras ; and if he will make a statement on the matters discussed during such meetings.

Mr. Brooke : I have held no such meetings.


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FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH AFFAIRS

Hong Kong

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to repeal the Broadcasting Authority Ordinance in Hong Kong before the handover of the colony in 1997.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Hong Kong Government intend to enact in 1994 an omnibus broadcasting Bill to consolidate and update the present legislation on television broadcasting. On enactment of the omnibus broadcasting Bill, the Broadcasting Authority Ordinance will be repealed. This proposal is not related to the transfer of sovereignty in 1997.

Mr. Sims : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs whose responsibility it will be to submit an annual report on adherence to the international covenant for civil and political rights within Hong Kong to the United Nations after 1997 ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : China is committed under international law in the joint declaration to ensure that the provisions of the international covenant for civil and political rights as applied to Hong Kong will remain in force after 1997. The responsibility for submitting reports on Hong Kong after 1997 will therefore pass to China. We are discussing with the Chinese in the Sino-British joint liaison group the mechanisms by which this might be achieved.

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on the future of Radio Television Hong Kong.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The Hong Kong Government are continuing to consider the question of corporatisation of Radio Television Hong Kong. No final decisions have been taken.

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what assessment he has made of whether the Emergency Regulations Ordinance applicable in Hong Kong is in conflict with the Bill of Rights Ordinance.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The question of whether the Emergency Regulations Ordinance applicable in Hong Kong is consistent with the Bill of Rights Ordinance is currently under review by the Attorney-General of the Hong Kong Government. This review is expected to be completed in December.

Christians (Persecution)

Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he proposes to take over the persecution of Christians for their faith in Pakistan.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We have regularly raised with the Pakistani Government our concerns about the treatment of all minorities in Pakistan including Christians. My hon. Friend the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs most recently raised this issue during his visit to Pakistan earlier this month. We shall continue to make known our concerns.


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United Nations Centre for Human Rights

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many fax machines the United Nations Centre for Human Rights has.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The United Nations office in Geneva operates a central fax system, with hourly distributions. The Centre for Human Rights has one fax machine of its own.

Mr. Worthington : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what view he has formed about the adequacy of the resources available to the United Nations Centre for Human Rights.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We regard human rights as a priority of the United Nations. The resources now available to the Centre for Human Rights do not allow it to carry out all the tasks mandated to it. We support the efforts of the United Nations Secretary-General to increase substantially the resources available to the centre from within existing and future regular budgets, through redeployment from areas of lower priority.

Matrix Churchill

Mr. Robert Ainsworth : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what provision is made in the recent compensation claim made through his Department by MC

Realisation--Matrix Churchill--to the United Nations to include money to compensate the ex-employees of Matrix Churchill.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Price Waterhouse acting as administrative receivers has submitted a claim to the United Nations Compensation Commission on behalf of MC Realisations (Birmingham) Ltd.--in receivership- -formerly Matrix Churchill Ltd. However, we cannot divulge the content of this or any other of the claims submitted. Requests for information on the substance of the claim should be addressed to Price Waterhouse.

Sudan

Mrs. Helen Jackson : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what action he proposes to take over the persecution of Christians for their faith in Sudan.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : We have made clear to the Sudanese Government, both bilaterally and with other member states of the European Union, our growing concern at their record on human rights and their lack of respect for fundamental freedoms, freedom of religion among them. We were active at the last session of the United Nations General Assembly and the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in highlighting the situation in Sudan, and in particular in securing the appointment of a public rapporteur. The rapporteur has now issued an interim report, and hopes to visit Sudan again shortly.

Ascension Island

Dr. Marek : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to safeguard the numbers of sea birds on Ascension Island.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The programme of feral cat culling has been enhanced by the setting of more traps. The


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success rate has been good. Since January this year up to the end of October, 269 cats had been culled. The administrator has installed a barrier at the entrance to the breeding grounds to prevent access by vehicles. This has substantially reduced the risk of damage to eggs by people walking near to nesting sites. We shall keep the situation under review.

BBC World Service

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many staff the BBC World Service had (a) in 1991- 92 and (b) 1992-93 ; and how many it has at present.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : In 1991-92 the total staff complement of the BBC World Service, including BBC Monitoring, was 2,826. The equivalent figure for 1992-93 was 2,941. At the end of September 1993 there was a total of 2,920 staff.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs how many hours of programmes to (a) Africa and (b) Europe the BBC World Service broadcast in (i) 1991-92 and (ii) 1992-93 ; and how many hours will be broadcast in 1993-94.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The information requested is as follows :


                   |1991-92|1992-93|1993-94        

                   |hours  |hours  |hours          

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Sub-Saharan Africa |13,500 |13,850 |14,310         

Europe             |21,550 |22,060 |23,240         

Each regional total includes broadcast figures for World Service in English.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what plans he has to increase funding for the BBC World Service.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Plans for future funding of the BBC World Service will be disclosed in due course.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what were the transmission hours of the BBC World Service (a) in 1991-92 and (b) 1992-93 ; and what will be the transmission hours in 1993-94.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : In 1991-92, World Service's total transmitted hours were 42,436, and in 1992-93, 43,797. The estimate for 1993-94 is 45,220. These figures do not include programme material not directly broadcast but sent via satellite, on disc or on cassette, to be available for local rebroadcasting.

There is also a significant amount of local rebroadcasting from direct transmissions. Figures for these are : 1991-92, 2,895 hours ; 1992-93, 15,527 hours ; and the estimate for 1993-94 is 18,700 hours.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what is his most recent estimate of the number of people living outside the United Kingdom who listen to BBC World Service broadcasts.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : Latest estimates by the BBC World Service, based on audience research, indicate that


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the regular global audience for World Service broadcasts in all languages, outside the United Kingdom, is in the region of 130 million. This figure does not include any information on audiences in certain countries, such as China, Burma and Vietnam, where reliable data are not available.

Mr. Alfred Morris : To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what funding has been made available to the BBC World Service in (a) 1991-92, (b) 1992-93 and (c) 1993-94.

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory : The total grants-in-aid to the BBC World Service were £156.75 million in 1991-92 and £166.91 million in 1992-93. The total provision for 1993-94 is £175.87 million. These figures include the Ministry of Defence contribution to BBC Monitoring.

HOME DEPARTMENT

London Prisons

Mr. Cox : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to meet governors of London prisons to outline his policy on prison matters ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : My right hon. and learned Friend currently has no plans to meet governors of London prisons. On 3 November he made a speech about imprisonment to the prison service conference, to which senior governors were invited.

Mr. Corbyn : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to extend privatisation and market testing in the prison service in London.

Mr. Peter Lloyd : Responsibility for this matter has been delegated to the director general of the Prison Service, who has been asked to arrange for a reply to be given.

Letter from D. Lewis to Mr. Jeremy Corbyn, dated 30 November 1993 :

The Home Secretary has asked me to reply directly to your recent Question about privatisation and market testing in the Prison Service in London.

As the then Home Secretary announced on 16 February, the court escort and custody service in the Metropolitan Police District is to be contracted out in 1994. The contracted service will be phased in beginning in July 1994. The other identified candidates for market testing in the Prison Service in London are the work of the Parole Board Secretariat, some registry work and some information technology work. Consideration is being given to what further candidates might be added.

You will also be aware of the Home Secretary's announcement on 2 September that about 10 per cent. of prisons, twelve in all, will be managed by the private sector. No decision has been made as to whether any of these establishments will be in London.

Secure Training Centres

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is the time scale for the building of the proposed secure training centres ; and where the centres are to be located.

Mr. Maclean : The creation of secure training centre places will start as soon as possible after the necessary


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legislation has been enacted. The Government have announced their intention to introduce such legislation in this Session of Parliament. No final decisions have been taken about where secure training centres will be located.

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department intends to issue on the referral of juvenile offenders to the proposed secure training centres.

Mr. Maclean : The secure training order will be a sentence of the court. The statutory criteria for the order will be set out in the forthcoming criminal justice Bill.

Mr. Blunkett : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how his Department will monitor and run the proposed secure training centres ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean : Secure training centres are to be provided by agreements with organisations from the public, private or voluntary sectors following a process of competitive tendering. A draft specification issued on 30 July to potential providers indicated the likely requirements of the type of regime operating in the centres. Arrangements for monitoring regimes in these centres will be included in legislation which I will shortly be introducing.

Murder (Life Sentences)

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will instigate a review to consider changing the law in respect of mandatory life sentences for murder ; and if he will make a statement.

Mr. Maclean : We have no plans to instigate such a review.

Racial Offences

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of prosecutions for incitement to racial hatred (a) in each year since 1965 under section 5(1) (a) of the Public Order Act 1986 and (b) for each year since 1987 under sections 17 to 23 of the Public Order Act 1986 ; how many of these prosecutions have been successful in each relevant year under each Act ; and how many prosecutions under each Act in each relevant year have been against ethnic minority individuals or groups.

Mr. Maclean : I will write to the hon. Member.

Football Offences

Mr. Meacher : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the total number of prosecutions for each relevant year to date under section 3 of the Football (Offences) Act 1991 ; and how many of these in each year have been successful.

Mr. Maclean : In England and Wales in 1991 there were six prosecutions under section 3 of the Football Offences Act 1991, five of which resulted in a conviction.

For 1992--which is provisional--there were 31 prosecutions under section 3 of the aforesaid Act which resulted in 17 convictions.


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Juvenile Offenders

Mr. Redmond : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many juveniles were (a) cautioned and (b) prosecuted by the police in (i) Barnsley, (ii) Doncaster, (iii) Rotherham, and (iv) Sheffield for each year since 1990 and this year to date ; and how many of those prosecuted were committed by the courts ;


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(2) how many juveniles convicted of a crime in (a) Barnsley, (b) Doncaster, (c) Rotherham, and (d) Sheffield had committed an offence which was drug related, in each year since 1985 and for this year to date.

Mr. Maclean : The available information is given in the tables. It is poss1P


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Table A1.-Number of juveniles aged 10 to under 17 cautioned and prosecuted and committed for trial at magistrates courts within the South    

Yorkshire area by type of offence 1990                                                                                                       

                                                          Prosecuted           Committed for                                                 

                                                                               trial                                                         

Area/type of offence                |Cautioned           |(=100 per cent.)    |Number              |Per cent.                                

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Barnsley Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                            

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |180                 |5                   |3                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |80                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |260                 |5                   |2                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Doncaster Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |394                 |19                  |5                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |104                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |498                 |19                  |4                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Rotherham Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |243                 |17                  |7                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |74                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |317                 |17                  |5                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Sheffield Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |463                 |45                  |10                                       

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |169                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |632                 |45                  |7                                        

                                                                                                                                             

South Yorkshire                                                                                                                              

    Indictable offences             |2,578               |1,280               |86                  |7                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |931                 |427                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |3,509               |1,707               |86                  |5                                        

<1> Not applicable.                                                                                                                          


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Table A2.-Number of juveniles aged 10 to 17 cautioned and prosecuted and committed for trial at magistrates courts within the South          

Yorkshire area                                                                                                                               

||by type of offence 1991                                                                                                                    

                                                                               Committed for                                                 

                                                                               trail                                                         

Area/type of offence                |Cautioned           |Prosecuted (=100 per|Number              |Per cent.                                

                                                         |cent.)                                                                             

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Barnsley Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                            

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |147                 |8                   |5                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |74                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |221                 |8                   |4                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Doncaster Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |410                 |26                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |109                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |519                 |26                  |5                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Rotherham Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |225                 |7                   |3                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |76                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |301                 |7                   |2                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Sheffield Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |507                 |31                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |151                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |658                 |31                  |5                                        

                                                                                                                                             

South Yorkshire                                                                                                                              

    Indictable offences             |2,382               |1,289               |72                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |772                 |410                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |3,154               |1,699               |72                  |4                                        

<1> Not applicable.                                                                                                                          


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Table A3.-Number of juveniles aged 10 to 17 cautioned and prosecuted and committed for trial at magistrates courts within the South          

Yorkshire area                                                                                                                               

by type of offence 1992<2>                                                                                                                   

                                                                               Committed for                                                 

                                                                               trial                                                         

Area/type of offence                |Cautioned           |Prosecuted (=100 per|Number              |Per cent.                                

                                                         |cent.)                                                                             

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Barnsley Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                            

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |175                 |18                  |10                                       

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |57                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |232                 |18                  |8                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Doncaster Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |282                 |16                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |75                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |357                 |16                  |4                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Rotherham Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |201                 |2                   |1                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |70                  |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |271                 |2                   |1                                        

                                                                                                                                             

Sheffield Petty Sessional Division                                                                                                           

    Indictable offences             |<1>-                |469                 |30                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |<1>-                |126                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |<1>-                |595                 |30                  |5                                        

                                                                                                                                             

South Yorkshire                                                                                                                              

    Indictable offences             |2,940               |1,127               |66                  |6                                        

    Summary non-motoring offences   |776                 |328                 |-                   |-                                        

    All offences (excluding summary                                                                                                          

      motoring)                     |3,716               |1,455               |66                  |5                                        

<1> Not applicable.                                                                                                                          

<2> Provisional data.                                                                                                                        


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Table B-Number of juveniles aged 10 to under 17 years convicted of drug offences in the South Yorkshire area 1985 

to 1992<1>                                                                                                        

Year               |Barnsley petty    |Doncaster petty   |Rotherham petty   |Sheffield petty                      

                   |sessional division|sessional division|sessional division|sessional division                   

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1985               |-                 |-                 |-                 |-                                    

1986               |-                 |-                 |-                 |1                                    

1987               |-                 |-                 |-                 |1                                    

1988               |-                 |-                 |-                 |-                                    

1989               |-                 |-                 |-                 |-                                    

1990               |-                 |1                 |1                 |4                                    

1991               |-                 |2                 |-                 |2                                    

1992<1>            |-                 |1                 |-                 |4                                    

<1> Provisional data.                                                                                             

Mr. Gordon Prentice : To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what were the most common crimes committed by persons aged under 16 years in the Lancashire constabulary's Pennine F division for each year since 1985 ; and of those juveniles convicted of an offence over this period, what was the average sentence served.


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Mr. Maclean : Information collected centrally shows only the police force area in which the crime was recorded. The tables show the number of juveniles aged 10 to under 16 years of age cautioned, convicted and the average sentence length given by type of court in the Lancashire constabulary for 1985 to 1992.


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Table A Number of persons aged 10 to under 16 years cautioned in Lancashire                             

police force area by type of indictable offences 1985-1992<1>                                           

Offence                         |1985   |1986   |1987   |1988   |1989   |1990   |1991   |1992<1>        

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Indictable offences                                                                                     

Violence against the person     |80     |55     |57     |126    |96     |75     |71     |99             

Sexual Offences                 |12     |17     |27     |23     |26     |14     |31     |20             

Burglary                        |446    |331    |293    |310    |301    |348    |317    |251            

Robbery                         |1      |2      |10     |1      |6      |2      |10     |5              

Theft and handling stolen goods |1,911  |1,399  |1,334  |1,648  |1,011  |1,248  |1,226  |1,151          

Fraud and forgery               |23     |9      |20     |18     |21     |12     |24     |15             

Criminal damage                 |105    |145    |165    |224    |195    |180    |175    |134            

Drug offences                   |2      |-      |-      |2      |1      |31     |43     |51             

Other (excluding motoring)      |2      |11     |7      |6      |8      |14     |22     |11             

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

Total                           |2,582  |1,969  |1,913  |2,358  |1,665  |1,924  |1,919  |1,737          

<1> Provisional.                                                                                        


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