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Police Drivers

Mr. Robathan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what disciplinary rules apply to the senior officer in a police car that is driven by a junior officer in contravention of traffic regulations. [133040]

Mr. Charles Clarke: All police officers up to the rank of superintendent are subject to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 1999. Those above the rank of superintendent are subject to the Police (Conduct) (Senior Officers) Regulations 1999.

Although the Home Secretary has overall responsibility for the Police Service, the Police Act 1996 gives the day to day running of police forces, including disciplinary matters, to chief officers. Any police officer considered to have failed to meet the standards expected of them in the Codes of Conduct is liable to face such disciplinary action as deemed appropriate.

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Further guidance on the new procedures relating to police conduct, introduced on 1 April 1999, can be found in the "Guidance on Police Unsatisfactory Performance, Complaints and Misconduct Procedures", a copy of which is in the Library. It is to be revised shortly by the addition of a section providing guidance on senior officer conduct (i.e. those above the rank of superintendent).

Child Detainees

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children aged 10 to 16 years were remanded to local authority secure accommodation by courts and to prison between June 1999 and June 2000. [129703]

Mr. Boateng: The total number of 12 to 14-year-old boys and girls, 15 and 16-year-old girls and vulnerable 15 and 16-year-old boys remanded direct to local authority secure accommodation at the end of each month to 31 March 2000, is set out in the table. Information provided by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales indicates that from 1 April to 30 June 2000, 194 such secure remands were made. On 31 March 2000, the latest date for which figures are available, there were no children aged 10 or 11 held on remand in local authority secure accommodation.

Number
30 June 199934
31 July 199943
31 August 199954
30 September 199959
31 October 199968
30 November 199976
31 December 199972
31 January 200066
29 February 200077
31 March 200077

Vulnerable Children

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many boys aged 15 and 16 years have been assessed as vulnerable under the terms of section 98 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; and where they were placed. [129702]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The number of vulnerable 15 and 16-year-old boys remanded to local authority secure accommodation at the end of each month to 31 March 2000 is given in the table. Information provided by the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales indicates that from 1 April to 30 June 2000, 65 such secure remands were made. Information on those declared to be vulnerable by the courts for whom a place in local authority secure accommodation was not available is not held centrally.

Number
30 June 199934
31 July 199943
31 August 199954
30 September 199959
31 October 199968
30 November 199976
31 December 199972
31 January 200066
29 February 200077
31 March 200077

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Police Precept

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by what percentage the average police precept in England in 2001-02 will have to increase to provide the same level of service as in the current year. [132321]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 24 July 2000]: In the time available, it has not been possible to complete the answer to this question. I shall write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Library.

Standard Spending Assessment

Mr. Chope: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average percentage increase in SSA will be in (a) urban, (b) rural and (c) all police authorities in England in 2000-02 as a result of his announcements on departmental spending. [132325]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 24 July 2000]: Police Standard Spending Assessment (SSA), for England and Wales for the current financial year amounts to £3,533 million. As a result of the increases in police funding announced in the Spending Review 2000, the provisional SSA figure for 2001-02 will be £3,842 million, an increase of 8.7 per cent.

Figures for individual police authorities will be announced at the time of the local authority settlement in the autumn when the SSA provision will be adjusted to take account of expenditure on behalf of forces to be incurred centrally.

Police Pensions

Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the average proportion of police authority expenditure which will be spent on pensions in (a) 2000-01, (b) 2001-02, (c) 2002-03 and (d) 2003-04. [132354]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 24 July 2000]: In the time available it has not been possible to complete the answer to this question. I shall write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my reply in the Library.

Police Operations

Mr. Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list all police operations since May 1997 for which the forces mounting the operation have sought reimbursement from his Department, indicating (a) the cost of the operations, (b) the percentage of the relevant force budget represented by that cost and (c) whether or not reimbursement was made. [133185]

Mr. Charles Clarke [holding answer 27 July 2000]: The details of special payment applications and awards since May 1997 are given in the table.

Special payment applications and awards since May 1997: cases handled to date

Year/ Force Operation Cost (£ million) Grant made (£ million)Cost as percentage of force budget
1997
LancashireParty conference750,000750,0000.4
SussexParty conference750,000750,0000.5
1998
West MidlandsG8 Summit1.354(1)1.354(1)0.3
StaffordshireG8 Summit (combined exercise)
South WalesEU Summit2.9862.9861.8
LancashireParty conference900,000900,0000.5
DorsetParty conference750,000750,0001.0
1999 March
SurreySen~or Pinochet0.20.20.2
DorsetParty conference1.61.62.1
LancashireParty conference0.90.90.5
Devon and CornwallEclipse of the Sun1.10.5050.6
GloucestershireRAF Fairford demos. Against Kosovo operations and Royal International Air Tattoo0.13(1)--0.2
KentIllegal immigration1.90.671.0
Metropolitan policeProtecting individuals named in appendix to MacPherson Report0.187(1)--0.0
StaffordshireBirmingham Northern Relief Road (over five years)1.80.361.4
Warwickshire0.90.151.6
Thames ValleyNewbury by-pass and Hillgrove Farm cattery. (Re-opening of request refused in 1996)5.1(1)--2.2
South YorkshireContribution to compensation for Hillsborough victims1.01.00.6
2000
EssexStansted hijack2.02.01.2
NorfolkTravellers at Great Yarmouth, Christmas, New Year 1999-20000.4(1)--0.5
NottinghamshireBagthorpe paedophile unit0.05(1)--0.0
SurreySen~or Pinochet (balance)0.55(1)--0.6
SussexParty conference1.61.60.9
DorsetParty conference0.90.91.1

(1) Shared

(1) Joint

(1) No special payment approved


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Security Service Appeals Tribunal

Mr. Hilary Benn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many appeals there have been, from 1 January 1993 to the latest available date, to the Security Service Appeals Tribunal; and what percentage were upheld. [133724]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information regarding complaints about the Security Service made to the Security Service Tribunal is published in the Annual Reports of the Security Service Commissioner. The numbers are as follows:

YearNumber of complaints received
199336
199442
199521
199634
199745
199828
199922

The following table details the number of complaints relating to property received by the Security Service Tribunal and referred to the Commissioner in accordance with paragraph 4(1) of the Security Service Act 1989.

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YearNumber of complaints received
199311
199419
199512
199610
199714
199816
199910

The Tribunal has made no determination in favour of a complainant.


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