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Crime (West Sussex)

Mr. Tyrie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) crimes and (b) violent crimes were recorded in west Sussex in (i) the latest year for which figures are available, (ii) 1996 and (iii) 1997. [158574]

Mr. Charles Clarke: As west Sussex is a part of the Sussex police force area, figures for west Sussex are not generally available. Recorded crime data for the Sussex police force area are given in the table. There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, and also an expansion of the offences recorded, which mean that figures before and after that date are not directly comparable. For example, from that date, figures for offences of violence against the person additionally include figures for common assault and assault on a constable, among other offences.

All recorded crimeAll violent crime
Year ending September 2000137,96119,624

Data for some offences, including the components of violent crime (violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery), have been recorded on a Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area basis for the period since 1 April 1999. Totalling CDRP figures for west Sussex shows that there were 8,702 violent offences recorded in that area in the year ending September 2000.

Animal Rights Extremists

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements he has made for the co-ordination of Government action to prevent intimidation by animal rights extremists. [159533]

The Prime Minister: I am answering this question, as I have responsibility for establishing ministerial committees.

On 28 March the Government announced a range of measures to prevent the intimidation of people who work in, or are connected with, legitimate animal research establishments in our consultation paper "Animal Rights Extremism: Government Strategy", which was published

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that day. A new ministerial committee has now been formed with the task of taking forward, and wherever possible adding to these initiatives, with the overall aim of reassuring people involved in legitimate research upon animals, whether as scientific workers, managers, or investors, that criminal intimidation will not be allowed to succeed.

The terms of reference for the committee will be:

The membership will be:

The Chief Scientific Adviser will also be invited to attend meetings of the group. Other outside experts will be invited to attend as necessary.

Criminal Records Bureau

Ms Kelly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish the code of practice in connection with the use of information provided to registered persons by the Criminal Records Bureau. [159532]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The code of practice for registered persons and other recipients of disclosure information is being published today under section 122(1) of the Police Act 1997, and will be placed on the Criminal Records Bureau's website as well. The code has also today been laid before Parliament in accordance with section 122(2) of the Act. In addition, we are publishing today an explanatory guide for registered persons and other recipients of disclosure information, and I am arranging for copies to be placed in the Library.