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Mr. Blunkett: In accordance with guidelines of the Office of the e-Envoy, and in line with other Departments, my Department has published its initial e-Business Strategy on the internet. Appendix A (service map) lists Home Office services and progress towards e-enablement.
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been for incitement to racial hatred in each of the last five years (i) in each police service area and (ii) in total; and if he will make a statement. 
Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received concerning the accuracy of records held on the Police National Computer and its use in relation to issuing new criminal record checks; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 19 July 2001]: We have received some representations concerning the accuracy of Police National Computer (PNC) records, most notably those raised by the Home Affairs Committee and the Information Commissioner.
We fully recognise, and share, the concerns that have been expressed about errors and omissions in some of the data, and delays in inputting data onto the PNC. We have been working closely with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the Police Information Technology Organisation (PITO), the Information Commissioner and other concerned parties to tackle these problems. Police forces are now working to a compliance strategy that has been drawn up by ACPO. This sets quantified performance indicators for key aspects of both quality and timeliness, including the prompt inputting of data both in the initial stages of a case and following the conclusion of trial proceedings. There are also agreed programmes to tackle backlogs.
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employed in (a) Greater London, (b) Humberside, (c) Northamptonshire, (d) West Yorkshire, (e) Merseyside, (f) South Western, (g) Kent and (h) South Wales Probation Service on 31 March; what the average caseload was in each of those services; how many staff were absent for more than four weeks in each service in the year ended 31 March; and if he will make a statement. 
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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 19 July 2001]: I have assumed that the hon. Gentleman is interested in the National Probation Service. The new areas Greater London and South Wales came into being on 1 April 2001 and the figures shown are totals of the constituent services. For South Western I have added all services in the south-west region. Information is not yet collected centrally on staff absence.
|Grade||Greater London||Humberside||Northamptonshire||West Yorkshire||Merseyside||(45)South-West||Kent||South Wales|
(44) Whole-time equivalent
(45) Wiltshire, Avon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset
(46) Offenders with a criminal court order supervision at 31 December 1999
(47) Wiltshire, Avon, Somerset, Gloucestershire, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset
Mr. Lidington: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his working estimate is of the demand for (a) basic, (b) standard and (c) enhanced disclosures for the first two years of the operation of the Criminal Records Bureau; 
(3) what plans he has to amend the law to allow the Criminal Records Bureau access to sources of criminal records now denied to it; 
(4) how many registered bodies have been registered with the Criminal Records Bureau; and how many applications have been received but not yet registered; 
(5) when the Criminal Records Bureau will commence the issue of (a) enhanced, (b) standard and (c) basic disclosures. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 19 July 2001]: The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) will phase in the issue of Enhanced and Standard Disclosures later this year, subject to its systems and processes having been proved under test and pilot conditions and shown to be capable of delivering the required level of service to its customers. We intend to commence the issue of Basic Disclosures in the summer of 2002.
The CRB will rely on the Phoenix database of the Police National Computer (PNC) as its source of criminal records information. The PNC holds details of recordable offences from England and Wales. Scottish records are also routinely copied to PNC. Work is continuing with a view to ensuring that details of convictions in Northern Ireland are also available to the CRB to the extent that is necessary.
The 'Code of Practice for registered persons and other recipients of disclosure information' was published on 26 April 2001, under section 122(1) of the Police Act 1997. The Code was also laid before Parliament in accordance with section 122(2) of the Act. The Code was placed in the Library on 26 April 2001.
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On 17 July 2001 the CRB had received 493 applications for registration. We intend that the processing of these applications will begin by the end of July 2001, when the automated system for processing registration applications will be operational.
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police officers in post was on 1 May 1997 for each police authority in England; and if he will calculate the percentage difference in these figures for each authority. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 19 July 2001]: The table sets out the police establishment and strength for each force in England for December 1979 and police strength for 31 March 1997. The percentage change is calculated on the difference between the strength figures for 1979 and 1997, rather than between establishment and strength figures as the figures do not compare like with like.
|Force||Authorised establishment December 1979||Actual strength 31 December 1979||Actual strength 31 March 1997||Percentage difference in strength|
|Avon and Somerset||2,953||2,861||2,988.8||+4.5|
|Devon and Cornwall||2,673||2,639||2,864.5||+8.5|
|London, City of||1,022||834||858.9||+3|
(48) No change
Mr. Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving police officers there are in the London borough of Wandsworth (a) in total and (b) broken down by (i) rank and (ii) gender. 
(49) Full-time equivalent numbers
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