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Appointments (Women)

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. [129846]

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.

Total Appointments239524497238
Percentage Female18233014
Percentage Female43424849

(12) From 1 May 1997

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Football Hooligans

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. [130090]

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.

Party Conferences (Policing)

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. [130186]

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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The Dorset Police were given a special grant of £1.6 million towards the additional costs of policing the Labour Party Conference in 1999.

Speed Cameras

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. [130176]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information is not available centrally.

Rural Policing

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. [130070]

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.

I expect to make an announcement on the final allocation of this additional funding to the House next week.

Metropolitan Police

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. [127330]

Mr. Charles Clarke [pursuant to his reply, 28 June 2000, c. 523W]: I must amend an error in that answer.

The final sentence should read

Crime Statistics

Mr. Hope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for publication of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin

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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. [130922]

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. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many and what percentage of GPs in each health authority area in England are due to retire by 2005. [129611]

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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Unrestricted Principals and Equivalents (UPEs)(13) and percentage of which aged 64 or over as at 1 October 1999
England Numbers (headcount) and percentages

Region/Health authorityAll UPEsUPEs aged 64 or overPercentage of UPEs aged 64 or over
Northern and Yorkshire
Bradford HA288(14)--0.3
Calderdale and Kirklees HA30451.6
County Durham Health Commission324(14)--0.9
East Riding HA30093.0
Gateshead and South Tyneside HA192(14)--0.5
Leeds Healthcare430174.0
Newcastle and North Tyneside HA275(14)--0.7
North Cumbria HA211(14)--0.5
North Yorkshire HA462(14)--0.9
Northumberland HA19000.0
Sunderland HA13753.6
Tees HA297(14)--0.3
Wakefield Health Care182(14)--1.1
Northern and Yorkshire Regional Office Total3,592511.4
Barnsley HA115(14)--2.6
Doncaster HA15363.9
Leicestershire HA500(14)--0.8
Lincolnshire HA347(14)--0.3
North Derbyshire HA196(14)--0.5
North Nottinghamshire HA198(14)--2.0
Nottingham HA34792.6
Rotherham HA115(14)--0.9
Sheffield HA33872.1
South Humber HA16474.3
Southern Derbyshire HA305(14)--0.7
Trent Regional Office Total2,778451.6
Bedfordshire HA29851.7
Cambridgeshire HA398(14)--0.5
East and North Hertfordshire HA28551.8
Norfolk HA456(14)--0.7
North Essex HA48081.7
South Essex HA346174.9
Suffolk HA39000.0
West Hertfordshire HA30372.3
Eastern Regional Office Total2,956471.6
Barking and Havering HA185158.1
Barnet HA18773.7
Bexley and Greenwich HA216104.6
Brent and Harrow HA275103.6
Bromley HA159(14)--0.6
Camden and Islington HA228146.1
Croydon HA169127.1
Ealing, Hammersmith and Hounslow HA390266.7
East London and The City HA386307.8
Enfield and Haringey HA265155.7
Hillingdon HA122(14)--3.3
Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster HA185126.5
Kingston and Richmond HA187(14)--2.1
Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham HA43292.1
Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth HA330154.5
Redbridge and Waltham Forest HA231229.5
London Regional Office Total3,9472065.2
South Eastern
Berkshire HA45161.3
Buckinghamshire HA396(14)--0.3
East Kent HA316(14)--1.3
East Surrey HA220(14)--0.9
East Sussex, Brighton and Hove HA40251.2
Isle of Wight Health Commission8100.0
North and Mid Hampshire HA30300.0
Northamptonshire HA311(14)--1.3
Oxfordshire HA371(14)--1.1
Portsmouth and South East Hampshire HA302(14)--0.3
Southampton and South West Hampshire HA326(14)--0.6
West Kent HA537203.7
West Surrey HA34861.7
West Sussex HA415(14)--0.2
South Eastern Regional Office Total4,779561.2
South Western
Avon HA59571.2
Cornwall and Isles of Scilly HA310(14)--0.6
Dorset HA444(14)--0.5
Gloucestershire HA339(14)--0.9
North and East Devon HA317(14)--0.3
Somerset HA31351.6
South and West Devon HA375(14)--0.5
Wiltshire HA34800.0
South Western Regional Office Total3,041220.7
West Midlands
Birmingham HA581234.0
Coventry HA17195.3
Dudley HA15853.2
Herefordshire HA10600.0
North Staffordshire HA23893.8
Sandwell HA15753.2
Shropshire HA25062.4
Solihull HA114(14)--2.6
South Staffordshire HA29862.0
Walsall HA12964.7
Warwickshire HA26793.4
Wolverhampton HA12454.0
Worcestershire HA300(14)--0.7
West Midlands Regional Office Total2,893883.0
North West
Bury and Rochdale HA21062.9
East Lancashire HA276155.4
Liverpool HA25372.8
Manchester Health278134.7
Morecambe Bay HA186(14)--1.1
North Cheshire HA161(14)--0.6
North West Lancashire HA246(14)--0.8
Salford and Trafford HA24052.1
Sefton HA145(14)--1.4
South Cheshire HA38761.6
South Lancashire HA164(14)--2.4
St. Helen's and Knowsley HA18463.3
Stockport Health167(14)--1.2
West Pennine HA22883.5
Wigan and Bolton HA284124.2
Wirral HA196(14)--1.5
North West Regional Office Total3,605942.6

(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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