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Hinduja Brothers

Mr. Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received on the applications by G. P. Hinduja and S. P. Hinduja for British citizenship from (a) the right hon. Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson), and (b) the hon. Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz). [143393]

Mrs. Roche [holding answer 18 December 2000]: I presume the hon. Member is referring to the applications for naturalisation made by Mr. G. P. Hinduja and Mr. S. P. Hinduja. Both Members to whom he referred, along with other hon. Members, made inquiries about the cases.

My hon. Friend the Member for Leicester, East (Mr. Vaz) made inquiries about when a decision could be expected in the cases, and my right hon. Friend the Member for Hartlepool (Mr. Mandelson) made inquiries about how an

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application might be viewed given the Government's wider policy of encouraging citizenship from long-standing residents who fulfilled the criteria, but did not make representations that an application be granted.

Data Protection

Mr. Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have requested to see the files held on them by the security and intelligence services under the Data Protection Act 1998 and European Data Protection Directive 1995; and if he will make a statement. [145435]

Mr. Straw: The Security Service has received 46 requests under the Data Protection Act 1998; no requests have been recorded under the 1995 European Community Data Protection Directive.

The other two intelligence and security agencies come under the authority of my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Mr. Cook), and his Department has provided the following figures:



No requests under the 1995 European Community Data Protection Directive have been recorded by either agency.

A request by someone to see any file held on him or her is not in itself an indication as to whether such a file exists or has existed.

North Yorkshire Police

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers there were in the North Yorkshire police force on (a) 1 May 1997, (b) 1 May 1999 and (c) 1 January 2001. [145601]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information about police numbers is collected twice a year on 31 March and 30 September. The table therefore sets out police numbers for 31 March 1997 and 1999 and for 30 September 2000.

North Yorkshire Police

YearNumber of officers
31 March 19971,338
31 March 19991,337
30 September 20001,293

With funding from the crime fighting fund, North Yorkshire police will be able to recruit 68 police officers over three years from 2000-01 to 2002-03, over an above the number they had otherwise planned to recruit in that period.

North Wales Police

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he has taken to improve links between ethnic minorities and the North Wales police. [145393]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Responsibility for improving links with minority ethnic communities lies with individual chief officers of police. The ministerial priority

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to increase trust and confidence in policing among minority ethnic communities which my right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has set the police service underlines the importance which the Government attach to this.

A key element of the programme of work set out in our action plan to take forward the recommendations of the Stephen Lawrence inquiry focuses on improved links between the minority ethnic community and the police and provides an agenda for action by forces. Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary inspection reports on police community relations, "Winning the Race", "Winning the Race Revisited" and "Winning the Race Embracing Diversity", the latter published on 18 January, also contain a number of recommendations on the work that forces should be undertaking to improve links with the minority ethnic community. The Home Office's policing and reducing crime unit report, "Widening Access: Improving Police Relations with Hard to Reach Groups", also published on 18 January, puts forward suggestions for good practice in improving relations with the community, particularly on consultation.

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many successful prosecutions for drink driving offences were made in the North Wales police area in (a) 1999, (b) 1994 and (c) 1997. [145391]

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Mr. Charles Clarke: The following table gives the available information:

Convictions for driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs in North Wales police area

Number
19941,353
19971,354
19991,248

Sex Offences

Mr. Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) charged and (b) convicted of sex offences against minors in each year since 1990. [145560]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Information on the number of persons charged is not collected centrally.

Available information, taken from the Home Office court proceedings database showing the number of persons prosecuted at magistrates courts and convicted at all courts for relevant offences are given in the tables.

It should be noted that it is not possible to identify all sexual offences where the victim is a minor.

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Table A: Number of persons prosecuted at magistrates courts for sexual offences against children aged 16 years and under, 1990-95 England and Wales Number of persons

Prosecutions
Offences1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Sexual offences
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal32730032929434512516------
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal252427152163------
Buggery by a male of a male under 16(18)----------4866107124140
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged 16 or 17(18)----------12652
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged 16 or 17(18)--------------3----
Buggery by a male with a female under 16(18)----------2526351923
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a female aged 16 or 17(18)----------2--113
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a female aged 16 or 17(18)--------------1--1
Indecent assault on male person under 16 years570522457432449400325373460432
Gross indecency by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged under 18(19)----------109302319
Gross indecency by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged under 18(19)------------13----
Rape of a female aged under 16(20)----------336477592698714
Rape of a male aged under 16(20)----------1820454963
Attempted rape of a female aged under 16(20)----------3244746060
Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(20)------------4539
Indecent assault on a female under 162,2852,1382,0051,8962,0361,7971,6041,6391-8051,818
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 1314615511297887740404032
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16292254254189202195164153171199
Incest with a girl under 13111805052412226141712
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourse1122532714
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 167398--4432--
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.--2----1--2----1
Male aged 21 or over procuring or attempting to procure a male under 18 of gross indecency with another male(19)----------1--641
Abduction of unmarried girl under 161220241327119688
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and under15611713110287626163112105
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and under16112213015512910997109213225

(18) Buggery and attempted buggery offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 143

(19) Indecency between males offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 144

(20) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 1 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 142


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Table B: Number of persons convicted(21) at all courts for sexual offences against children aged 16 years and under, 1990-95 England and Wales Number of persons

Convictions(21)
Offences1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Sexual offences
Buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal189168163136135865------
Attempt to commit buggery with a boy under the age of 16 or with a woman or an animal1826172016142------
Buggery by a male of a male under 16(22)----------2966705757
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged 16 or 17(22)----------23671
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged 16 or 17(22)--------------111
Buggery by a male with a female under 16(22)----------717212313
Buggery by a male aged 21 or over with a female aged 16 or 17(22)----------22--1--
Buggery by a male aged 18-20 with a female aged 16 or 17(22)----------1------1
Indecent assault on male person under 16 years421351363293324339355363342337
Gross indecency by a male aged 21 or over with a male aged under 18(23)----------1111171810
Gross indecency by a male aged 18-20 with a male aged under 18(23)--------------2----
Rape of a female aged under 16(24)----------113210198221247
Rape of a male aged under 16(24)----------213241537
Attempted rape of a female aged under 16(24)----------2135524144
Attempted rape of a male aged under 16(24)----------225147
Indecent assault on a female under 161,5371,4691,3311,2051,3551,4461,5971,6271,5051,491
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 131101058976648154445552
Unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16304223218170205203207199225189
Incest with a girl under 1384685251352119191913
Inciting girl under 16 to have incestuous sexual intercourse333245--3--1
Householder permitting unlawful sexual intercourse with girl under 16513623--12--
Person responsible for girl under 16 causing or encouraging her prostitution etc.22--1--311--1
Male aged 21 or over procuring or attempting to procure a male under 18 of gross indecency with another male(23)----------23673
Abduction of unmarried girl under 1688126963141
Gross indecency with boys aged 14 and under128919980775653566173
Gross indecency with girls aged 14 and under14812812912311299109111153144

(21) Includes persons proceeded against in earlier years or for other offences

(22) Buggery and attempted buggery offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 143

(23) Indecency between males offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 12 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 144

(24) Rape and attempted rape offences under the Sexual Offences Act 1956 section 1 as amended by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, section 142


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