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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion and total amount of (a) total Government spending and (b) gross domestic product was spent on policing in each of the last five years; and what the planned proportion is of total Government spending in each of the next two years. [141710]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information is set out in the table.

£ billion Percentage
YearTotal managed expenditure (TME)Money GDPPolice provisionPolice provision as a proportion of TMEPolice provision as a proportion of Money GDP


1. Police provision is total Government provision (police grant, special grant, capital grant, credit approvals and central Home Office spend and police Standard Sending Assessment).

2. Figures for 2000-01 to 2002-03 are estimates.

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Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were in each police force and in total at the end of September; what the total was in March 1997; and if he will make a statement. [141711]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information about the number of police officers at the end of September 2000 is being prepared and will be published shortly in a Home Office Statistical Bulletin.


Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the people whose cases have been referred to date by the Criminal Cases Review Commission to the Court of Appeal, indicating the amount of time elapsed between referral and the individual concerned being released on bail. [141675]

Mr. Boateng: The Criminal Cases Review Commission has to date referred the cases of 106 people to an appellate court. Their names, and the date on which their case was referred, are set out in the table. Some of these individuals were dead, and others were not in custody, when their case was referred. The referral by the Commission of the conviction or sentence of someone who is in custody brings no automatic entitlement to bail. If an application for bail is made, it is for the court to decide whether or not it should be granted. No central record is kept of whether bail was applied for, and if so when, and whether it was granted, in these cases, and this information is not readily available.

NameDate of referral
Danny McNamee3 July 1997
John Henry Taylor16 September 1997
Mahmood Mattan23 September 1997
Derek Bentley6 November 1997
Patrick Nicholls18 November 1997
David Ryan James18 November 1997
George Keith Twitchell8 January 1998
Raymond Cook8 January 1998
Mary Druhan28 January 1998
Clovis Gerald11 February 1998
Michael Gilfillan17 February 1998
Wallace Duncan Smith24 March 1998
James Hester7 April 1998
Forid Miah15 March 1998
Yash Pal Kansal27 March 1998 and 30 June 2000
Leslie Burke27 March 1998
Michael Dunne9 June 1998
William Gerard Gorman3 August 1998
Patrick Martin McKinney3 August 1998
Katrina Moseley12 August 1998
Edward Graham22 September 1998
Donald Brown6 October 1998
Anthony Millen19 October 1998
Dominic Alan Fannin20 October 1998
Graham Walker22 October 1998
Stephen Craven23 October 1998
Michael P23 October 1998
Michael O'Brien29 October 1998
Ellis Sherwood29 October 1998
Darren Hall29 October 1998
Ronald Brown11 November 1998
Alexander Allan23 November 1998
Christopher Maguire24 November 1998
Derek A30 November 1998
Brian Parsons2 December 1998
Reginald F11 December 1998
Robert Coleman17 December 1998
Trevor Campbell21 January 1999
Donald Pendleton2 February 1999
Raymond Robery18 February 1999
Ian Thomas2 March 1999
Eddie Gilfoyle15 March 1999
James Hanratty29 March 1999
Patrick McCann31 March 1999
Michael Davis8 April 1999
Randolph Johnson8 April 1999
Raphael Rowe8 April 1999
Patrick Gaughan9 April 1999
John Kamara26 April 1999
Aaron Giacopazzi7 May 1999
Chetan Popat17 May 1999
David Ealand16 June 1999
Frank Johnson21 July 1999
John Haase25 August 1999
Shane Shrimpton3 September 1999
Deborah Henry21 September 1999
Kenneth Togher27 September 1999
Peter Fell29 September 1999
Michael Brown29 September 1999
Kevin Martin29 September 1999
Anthony Taylor29 September 1999
Bryan James Hemmings Clark28 September 1999
John Brannan6 October 1999
Bernard Murphy6 October 1999
Joseph Otoo25 October 1999
Michael Rowe29 October 1999
Harold Johnson9 November 1999
Robert Burton16 November 1999
Richard Mclcahy17 November 1999
Susan May19 November 1999
Gerard Kavanagh10 January 2000
Thomas Green13 January 2000
Allen Smith25 January 2000
Peter P26 January 2000
Cornelius Renny Shaw9 February 2000
Mohammed Jamil1 March 2000
Terence Quiddington1 March 2000
John Christopher (Christy) Walsh27 March 2000
Olbie Shaw28 March 2000
Jan Christofides28 March 2000
Scott Norman Tomlinson10 April 2000
Gurbinder Singh Samra28 April 2000
Thomas John Such30 May 2000
William Garner2 June 2000
Peter Ian Hakala5 June 2000
Cheri Anne Looker13 June 2000
Reginald Dudley21 June 2000
Robert Maynard21 June 2000
Kathleen Bailey21 June 2000
Gerald Maloney26 June 2000
Robert Doubtfire6 July 2000
Anthony Steel21 July 2000
Michael Magee25 July 2000
Iain Hay Gordon25 July 2000
John Snooks3 August 2000
Alan Christopher Spragg3 August 2000
Harold Williams7 August 2000
Ishtiaq Ahmed24 August 2000
Perry Wooster30 August 2000
Alfred Nathan Bain6 October 2000
Matthew Barry James Offen16 October 2000
Dennis Bernard Underwood20 October 2000
Dennis Francis Hayes24 October 2000
Geoffrey Andrew Foster7 November 2000
Stephen Leslie Downing21 November 2000
Paul Cleeland21 November 2000

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Child Labour

Mr. Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many companies were prosecuted for illegally employing children in each of the last 20 years. [141682]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Limited available information, taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database, on the number of prosecutions for offences under the Employment of Children Acts, is given in the table.

Selected years only are given to reduce the cost of this answer below the level of disproportionate costs.

Number of defendants prosecuted at the Magistrates courts for offences under the Employment of Children Acts(15), England and Wales 1979,1984, 1989, 1994-1999


(15) Offences under Children and Young Persons Act 1933, Sections 4, 18-21 (Section 18 amended by the Children Act 1972), 25, 26, 28, Children and Young Persons Act 1963 Sections 40(1)(a), the Education Act 1996 Sections 558 and 559 and similar provisions in Local Acts.

(16) Includes prosecutions of companies and other bodies.

(17) Nil return.

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Missing Children

Mr. Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been reported as missing in each of the last 20 years. [141678]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Figures are not available to confirm the precise numbers of children reported missing each year since this information is not routinely collected in many forces. However, indications of the total number of children reported missing are available from a number of separate research studies, and estimates can be made on this basis. One study, published in 1992, estimated that 43,000 persons under the age of 18 were reported missing in England and Scotland in 1990. This would equate to a total number of missing children 'incidents' of 102,000, since some missing children disappear on more than one occasion. Repeat missing children is a significant problem. The vast majority of missing children reported to the police return home safely within 24 hours.

On-going Home Office research indicates that between 65 and 80 per cent. of all missing persons reported to the police will involve individuals under the age of 18. This would suggest that in 1999, there were between 150,000 and 190,000 cases of reported disappearances of children throughout the United Kingdom.

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