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Mr. Charles Clarke: Net budgets for Police Authorities in England and Wales in 2000-01 totalled £7,713.4 million. Each police authority sets its annual budget before 1 March each year, so information for the years from 2001-02 is not available.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many persons he estimates will be convicted of an offence under Clause 14(4) of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill annually. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: It is not possible to estimate how many convictions there will be each year following arrest for the offence set out in Clause 14 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill. We expect this provision to have a deterrent effect, restricting the consumption of alcohol in those public places designated in accordance with Clause 15. Arrest will be appropriate only in the circumstances set out in Clause 14, where an individual fails without reasonable excuse to comply with a police officer's requirement that he or she should not consume alcohol in that place or should surrender alcohol and any opened alcohol containers.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the maximum punishment for each penalty offence in Clause 1 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill and the maximum fine that a police officer could impose for each offence under Clause 2 of the Bill. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The maximum sentences available on summary conviction for the offences listed in Clause 1 are given in the table. Clause 3 provides the Secretary of State with a power to determine by order the penalties payable in respect of each offence under the penalty notice scheme, with the restriction that they may not exceed half the amount of the maximum fine for which a person is liable upon conviction. Police officers will have no discretion to vary the amounts of these penalties. No figures for the penalties have yet been set.
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|Offence||Description of Offence||Maximum sentence|
|Section 12 of the Licensing Act 1872||Being drunk in a highway, other public place or licensed premises||Level 1 fine|
|Section 80 of the Explosives Act 1875||Throwing fireworks in a thoroughfare||Level 5 fine|
|Section 31 of the Fire Services Act 1947||Knowingly giving a false alarm to a fire brigade||Three months imprisonment, Level 4 fine, or both|
|Section 55 of the British Transport Commission Act 1949||Trespassing on a railway||Level 3 fine|
|Section 56 of the British Transport Commission Act 1949||Throwing stones etc at trains or other things on railways||Level 3 fine, plus damages|
|Section 169 C(3) of the Licensing Act 1964(26)||Buying or attempting to buy alcohol for consumption in a bar in licensed premises by a person under 18||Level 3 fine|
|Section 91 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967||Disorderly behaviour while drunk in a public place||Level 3 fine|
|Section 5(2) of the Criminal Law Act 1967||Wasting police time or giving false report||Six months, Level 4 fine, or both|
|Section 1(1) of the Criminal Damage Act 1971||Destruction of, or damage to, property without lawful excuse||Six months, Level 5 fine, or both|
|Section 43(1)b of the Telecommunications Act 1984||Using public telecommunications system for sending a message known to be false in order to cause annoyance||Six months, or Level 5 fine, or both|
|Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986||Threatening, abusive or insulting words or disorderly behaviour etc within hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress||Level 3 fine|
|Section 14 of (this bill)||Consumption of alcohol in a designated public place||Level 2 fine|
(26) S 169 C(3) of the Licensing Act 1964 replaces S 169(3) of that Act by virtue of the Licensing (Young Persons) Act 2000.
Level 1 fine: £200
Level 2 fine: £500
Level 3 fine: £1,000
Level 4 fine: 2,500
Level 5 fine: £5,000
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many penalty notices he estimates will be issued for each penalty offence under Clause 2 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill annually to persons (a) who would otherwise be cautioned, (b) who would otherwise be tried and (c) who would otherwise not be proceeded against in any way; 
Mr. Charles Clarke: It is not possible at this stage to give accurate estimates of the information requested. Numbers of penalty notices issued, and to whom, will depend upon a number of factors, including the levels at which penalties are set and the way in which the police use the new scheme. For the purposes of planning a range of possible outcomes has been considered, varying between 20 per cent. and 95 per cent. of those currently pleading guilty and between 80 per cent. and 50 per cent. of those currently being cautioned being issued instead with a fixed penalty notice.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many travel restriction orders he estimates will be made under Clause 35 of the Criminal Justice and Police Bill annually. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: This is to be a discretionary power, subject to a sentencing threshold, for the courts to apply when they deem it appropriate. But the number of offenders liable to such a ban, based on 1998 sentencing data, would be in the region of 300 to 400.
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Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his original estimate was of the number of anti-social behaviour orders that would be issued annually; how that estimate has been revised; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: The figures in the Financial and Explanatory Memorandum to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 were based on the possibility that up to 5,000 orders might be made in any one year. We have not revised that estimate and have no plans to do so, since we are not seeking to set a national target for such orders.
It is more important that, where an order is made, it should be made on the basis that it will be the most effective method for dealing with a specific case. Our priority in this area is that local crime and disorder partnerships should be making effective use of all their powers to protect the rights of all citizens to lead their lives free from harassment and disorder.
Mr. Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total number of fire- related deaths in the home was in each of the last five years; what the total number of reported fires was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
|Total fire deaths||736||709||723||668||663|
(27) 1999 data for fires attended are provisional. Figures for fire-related deaths have been estimated to account for revisions expected due to further information becoming available from inquests and death certificates etc.
(28) Consists of primary (property and/or involving casualties), secondary (mainly outdoors not involving property) and chimney fires.
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Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what was the cost to public funds of designing and preparing the new website for the Immigration and Nationality Directorate. 
Mrs. Roche: The redesigned website was launched in December 2000 as part of the Home Office's ongoing commitment to drive forward e-government. The total cost of the redesign was approximately £150,000 representing Immigration and Nationality Directorate staff costs and external technical and design provision.
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