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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 2 November 2000, Official Report, column 611W, if he will (a) list the categories of offence for which the 1,756 people were sentenced and (b) the action taken following the breaches of the conditions of their release. 
Where a breach is notified to the Prison Service, consideration is given to the most appropriate course of action, in the light of the available legal powers and the circumstances of the individual case. Where an offender breaches his licence conditions, the presumption is that the Prison Service will always revoke the licence unless there are legal considerations which prevent this or make it impracticable, or other exceptional circumstances. Of the 1,756 cases referred to, 1,294 had their licences revoked by the Secretary of State pursuant to
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section 38A(1) or section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991. In a further 46 cases, the breach was reported to the police or probation service to consider initiating breach action through the courts under section 38(1) of the Act. In addition, those prisoners who were convicted of committing a further offence during the currency of their licence, and therefore were in breach of their licence conditions, would have been liable, under section 40 of the Act, to an additional sentence of imprisonment.
In 416 cases legal considerations prevented revocation action. The majority of these were cases where the breach of licence was notified to the Prison Service only after the licence had expired; as my answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Corby (Mr. Hope) of 22 May 2000, Official Report, column 360W, indicated, a significant proportion of cases involving further charges brought against curfewees have not been notified to the Prison Service by the police. Action is currently being taken to improve reporting arrangements.
|28 January 1999 to 30 September 2000||Number|
|Other homicide and attempted homicide||6|
|Making threats to kill||5|
|Conspire, aid, incite murder||0|
|Death by reckless driving||3|
|Wounding (inflicting GBH)||115|
|Assault occasioning ABH||61|
|Assault with intent to cause GBH||4|
|Assault with intent to resist arrest||4|
|Assault on police officer||8|
|Cruelty to children||4|
|Other violence against the person||14|
|Cause explosion, place explosive||0|
|Possess firearms with intent||8|
|Possess offensive weapon||6|
|Other violence against the person||0|
|Unlawful sexual intercourse||0|
|Taking and driving away||27|
|Handling stolen goods||50|
|Possession with intent||57|
|Other drugs offences||0|
|In charge or driving under the influence of drink or drugs||55|
|Other motoring offences||117|
|perjury/libel/pervert the course of justice||18|
|Breach of Court Order||67|
|Bail Act offences||2|
|Assisting illegal immigrant||1|
|Minor firearm offences||0|
|Vagrancy Act offences||0|
|Cruelty etc to animals||0|
|Escaping lawful custody||0|
|Making off without payment||0|
|Other indictable offences||44|
|Held under Immigration Act 1971||1|
|Other non criminal offences||0|
|Offence not recorded||148|
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Mr. Gill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will provide a substantive reply to the question from the hon. Member for Ludlow tabled on 23 October (ref. 134594) relating to the European Public Prosecutor. 
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many anti-social behaviour orders have been issued since April 1999 in the boroughs of (a) Middlesbrough, (b) Stockton, (c) Hartlepool and (d) Redcar and Cleveland; and if he will make a statement. 
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Mr. Charles Clarke: A breakdown of the number of anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) issued by borough is not held centrally. However, Cleveland Police inform me that seven ASBOs have been issued so far in Cleveland--two in Middlesbrough, two in Hartlepool and three in Stockton on Tees.
Mr. Charles Clarke [Pursuant to the reply, 13 November 2000, c. 531W]: At least 10--rather than 30 as previously stated--anti-social behaviour orders issued since the measure was implemented have been made in the Greater London area.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the number of ethnic minority (a) officers and (b) civilian staff in Cleveland police force in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement. 
My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has set every police force in England and Wales minority ethnic employment targets which are intended to ensure that forces are representative of the communities which they serve by 2009. Cleveland police's target for minority ethnic officers is 29, and for civilians is 12.
Marjorie Mowlam: The Central IT Unit (CITU) has not existed as a separate Division within the Cabinet Office since it was subsumed into the Office of the e-Envoy in July this year. At the same time it was renamed the "e-government group".
Current activities include taking forward the Information Age Government agenda of the Modernising Government White Paper including the follow up work to "e-government: a strategic framework for public services
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in the Information Age". This work includes advising Departments on the development of their own e-business strategies and monitoring progress on the Prime Minister's target that by 2005 100 per cent. of dealings with Government should be available.
Marjorie Mowlam: The Government are committed to ensuring that regulations are necessary, give effective protection, balance cost and risk, are fair and command public confidence. In accordance with this, we require Departments to produce and publish RIAs for all regulatory proposals likely to have an impact on business.
I have presented to Parliament today a Command Paper listing 107 RIAs published between 1 January and 30 June 2000. Copies of those listed have been placed in the House Libraries. This is the thirteenth such Command Paper.
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