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Mr. Allan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of the (a) paid and (b) unpaid appointments which he has made to non-departmental public bodies since 1 May 1997 were women. 
Mr. Straw [holding answer 12 July 2000]: The information showing paid and unpaid appointments made to non-departmental public bodies from 1 May 1997 and the percentage of women appointed is shown in the table.
This Government are committed to increasing the representation of women in public life. In support of this, the Department has drawn up an action plan for increasing the number of women and ethnic minorities holding public appointments. The latest plans, together with the Government's overall plan, were published on 24 May 2000 in "Quangos: Opening up Public Appointments 2000-03", copies of which are in the Library.
(12) From 1 May 1997
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Dr. David Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer to the hon. Member for Orpington (Mr. Horam) on 26 June 2000, Official Report, column 396W, on football hooligans, what the basis is for his estimate of the percentage of young males who have a criminal record. 
Mr. Straw [holding answer 12 July 2000]: The estimate is based on information contained in Home Office Statistical Bulletin 14-95 which reports an analysis of the criminal histories of a large sample of offenders born in 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968 and 1973. The data confirm that 26 per cent. of men born in 1968 had a conviction for a standard list offence by the age of 24, 33 per cent. of those born in 1963 had a conviction for such an offence by the age of 28 while the comparative figures for those born in 1958 were 31 per cent. with a conviction by the age of 25.
Mr. David Atkinson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much grant will be paid to Dorset Police towards the cost of policing the Conservative Party Conference in Bournemouth in autumn 2000; how much grant was paid in respect of the Labour Party Conference in Bournemouth in 1999; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The Dorset Police Authority will receive a special grant of up to £900,000 as a contribution towards the additional costs of the police security operation at this year's Conservative Party Conference.
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Ms Drown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police vehicles have activated speed cameras in (a) Wiltshire and (b) England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Kidney: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the distribution of the money that he has identified for additional spending on rural policing in the current financial year, with particular reference to Staffordshire police. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: With additional funds made available through the budget, the opportunity has arisen for the Government to recognise the special needs of rural policing. My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary therefore agreed to make £15 million available for the remainder of this year to enhance the policing service in rural areas at no cost to the metropolitan forces.
Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what is his estimate for planning purposes of net pensions fund obligations, pensions less contributions, for (a) the Metropolitan police and (b) all UK police forces in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2010-11; and how these obligations will be financed. 
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containing the recorded crime statistics for England and Wales for the period April 1999 to March 2000; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Straw: The decision as to when the statistics on recorded crime are to be published is taken by the Director of Research, Development and Statistics at the Home Office and is announced well in advance, as was the date of 18 July for the publication of the crime statistics from March 1999-March 2000. Ministers are informed but not consulted about such dates. This follows the new arrangement to protect the integrity of national statistics which I established in 1997.
In the light of the fact that my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer is now planning, Parliamentary time allowing, to make a statement on public spending, on the afternoon of 18 July, the Director of Research, Development and Statistics, Professor Paul Wiles, has decided that the statistics will be published on 18 July as was originally announced, but at 00:01 hours rather than 11:00. An embargoed press briefing will be provided on 17 July so that the statistics can be reported on the morning of 18 July. At the same time as embargoed press copies are made available, they will also be sent to the Opposition. To ensure that Parliament is properly informed, copies of the crime statistics will be placed on the Home Office website and in the Library at 00:01 hours on 18 July.
Mr. Denham: Although there is no fixed retirement age for general practitioners they are removed from the health authority medical list on reaching 70 years of age if providing general medical services as a principal. Similarly doctors employed by personal medical services pilots or under the salaried doctor scheme cannot work past the age of 70. Numbers of GPs who will reach the age of 70 years by 2005 are available in the table. However these do not take account of doctors who may retire before age 70 by choice or for medical or other reasons, nor is any allowance made for those GPs who may exercise the option to retire and so claim their pension and gratuity but who may return to the health authority medical list 28 days later and continue working until they fully retire. In addition there is no retirement age for doctors who return to work as assistants or locums.
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|Region/Health authority||All UPEs||UPEs aged 64 or over||Percentage of UPEs aged 64 or over|
|Northern and Yorkshire|
|Calderdale and Kirklees HA||304||5||1.6|
|County Durham Health Commission||324||(14)--||0.9|
|East Riding HA||300||9||3.0|
|Gateshead and South Tyneside HA||192||(14)--||0.5|
|Newcastle and North Tyneside HA||275||(14)--||0.7|
|North Cumbria HA||211||(14)--||0.5|
|North Yorkshire HA||462||(14)--||0.9|
|Wakefield Health Care||182||(14)--||1.1|
|Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office Total||3,592||51||1.4|
|North Derbyshire HA||196||(14)--||0.5|
|North Nottinghamshire HA||198||(14)--||2.0|
|South Humber HA||164||7||4.3|
|Southern Derbyshire HA||305||(14)--||0.7|
|Trent Regional Office Total||2,778||45||1.6|
|East and North Hertfordshire HA||285||5||1.8|
|North Essex HA||480||8||1.7|
|South Essex HA||346||17||4.9|
|West Hertfordshire HA||303||7||2.3|
|Eastern Regional Office Total||2,956||47||1.6|
|Barking and Havering HA||185||15||8.1|
|Bexley and Greenwich HA||216||10||4.6|
|Brent and Harrow HA||275||10||3.6|
|Camden and Islington HA||228||14||6.1|
|Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA||390||26||6.7|
|East London and The City HA||386||30||7.8|
|Enfield and Haringey HA||265||15||5.7|
|Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA||185||12||6.5|
|Kingston and Richmond HA||187||(14)--||2.1|
|Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA||432||9||2.1|
|Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA||330||15||4.5|
|Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA||231||22||9.5|
|London Regional Office Total||3,947||206||5.2|
|East Kent HA||316||(14)--||1.3|
|East Surrey HA||220||(14)--||0.9|
|East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA||402||5||1.2|
|Isle of Wight Health Commission||81||0||0.0|
|North and Mid Hampshire HA||303||0||0.0|
|Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA||302||(14)--||0.3|
|Southampton and South West Hampshire HA||326||(14)--||0.6|
|West Kent HA||537||20||3.7|
|West Surrey HA||348||6||1.7|
|West Sussex HA||415||(14)--||0.2|
|South Eastern Regional Office Total||4,779||56||1.2|
|Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA||310||(14)--||0.6|
|North and East Devon HA||317||(14)--||0.3|
|South and West Devon HA||375||(14)--||0.5|
|South Western Regional Office Total||3,041||22||0.7|
|North Staffordshire HA||238||9||3.8|
|South Staffordshire HA||298||6||2.0|
|West Midlands Regional Office Total||2,893||88||3.0|
|Bury and Rochdale HA||210||6||2.9|
|East Lancashire HA||276||15||5.4|
|Morecambe Bay HA||186||(14)--||1.1|
|North Cheshire HA||161||(14)--||0.6|
|North West Lancashire HA||246||(14)--||0.8|
|Salford and Trafford HA||240||5||2.1|
|South Cheshire HA||387||6||1.6|
|South Lancashire HA||164||(14)--||2.4|
|St. Helen's and Knowsley HA||184||6||3.3|
|West Pennine HA||228||8||3.5|
|Wigan and Bolton HA||284||12||4.2|
|North West Regional Office Total||3,605||94||2.6|
(13) Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs) includes Unrestricted Principals, PMS Contracted GPs and PMS Salaried GPs.
(14) Denotes less than five and greater than zero.
GP principals are removed from Health Authority lists at aged 70 and Stats(GMS) have identified the number of Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs) who are aged 64 and over as at 1 October 1999, who by 2005 will be aged 70 years.
Department of Health General and Personal Medical Services Statistics.
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