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Islamic Radicals (Extradition)

Mr. Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions since May 1997 requests for extradition of Islamic radicals based in the United Kingdom have been turned down; and if he will make a statement. [14830]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: None.

Police Resignations

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many resignations there were from the police force in the year to March (a) 1997 and (b) 2001 due to (i) medical and (ii) other reasons. [9724]

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Mr. Denham [holding answer 24 October 2001]: The information requested is in the table provided by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary.

Medical retirements Other reasons
Forces1996–972000–011996–972000–01
England and Wales2,0121,2093,3404,244
Avon and Somerset664211389
Bedfordshire15183533
Cambridgeshire20113955
Cheshire19224557
City of London793029
Cleveland2292541
Cumbria18244037
Derbyshire39123239
Devon and Cornwall2115106116
Dorset11125254
Durham2382541
Dyfed-Powys12141933
Essex293472106
Gloucestershire1174543
Greater Manchester207110152189
Gwent28162634
Hampshire2117111167
Hertfordshire10136499
Humberside19204798
Kent1529108124
Lancashire36307099
Leicestershire29284450
Lincolnshire1144249
Merseyside1674773109
Metropolitan police457225623917
Norfolk15106549
North Wales33312744
North Yorkshire39372230
Northamptonshire1482338
Northumbria852878100
Nottinghamshire34164371
South Wales43769269
South Yorkshire33306199
Staffordshire4795456
Suffolk22144050
Surrey24185674
Sussex4216143134
Thames Valley552094165
Warwickshire10152131
West Mercia39285468
West Midlands9629228252
West Yorkshire5744136161
Wiltshire1156546

Domestic Violence

Mr. Blizzard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list, by police authority, the number of reported incidents of domestic violence for each of the last three years for which figures are available. [10213]

Mr. Denham: Details of the numbers of domestic violence incidents recorded by police forces, obtained from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary Annual Statistical Return, are given in the table. The definition of domestic violence incidents used for the 1999–2000 and 2000–01 figures is as follows:

Any violence between current or former partners in an intimate relationship, wherever and whenever the violence occurs. The violence may include physical, sexual, emotional or financial abuse.

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The figures for 1998–99 used the following definition:


The figures for 1998–99 are therefore not directly comparable with those for 1999–2000 and 2000–01.

Domestic violence incidents

Financial years
Forces1998–991999–20002000–01
Avon and Somerset4,7919,9739,210
Bedfordshire4,9235,4745,616
Cambridgeshire1,1132,5582,959
Cheshire9,5037,2717,393
City of London83n/a22
Cleveland4,8183,9804,540
Cumbria3,2683,1403,294
Derbyshire12,5859,872n/a
Devon and Cornwall3,4533,6112,957
Dorset2,1162,3062,361
Durham1,9304,6795,446
Dyfed-Powys2,1062,1841,670
Essex10,85010,8419,936
Gloucestershire1,4216,2486,061
Greater Manchester56,20346,33051,448
Gwent4,2504,6033,150
Hampshire3,1283,85610,513
Hertfordshire6,3636,3736,228
Humberside1,1487,7876,356
Kent9,6058,9978,926
Lancashire6,7788,56017,392
Leicestershire7,2465,6313,320
Lincolnshire1,519738278
Merseyside20,61219,80116,663
Metropolitan police41,53177,09991,154
Norfolk4,9735,5675,811
Northamptonshire2,6204,4222,843
Northumbria14,44210,33611,898
North Wales4,3052,7633,436
North Yorkshire4,0245,3273,554
Nottinghamshire3,8033,7994,054
South Wales7,2527,6097,507
South Yorkshire12,2092,177n/a
Staffordshiren/a9,48210,868
Suffolk1,9624952,307
Surrey1,6533,2345,026
Sussex8,1749,30010,083
Thames Valley10,88510,2215,887
Warwickshire2,5002,6873,360
West Mercian/a1,8666,383
West Midlands20,36225,22531,328
West Yorkshire23,65826,27118,604
Wiltshire7,5635,9775,485
England and Wales351,728398,670415,327

n/a = not available


Alcohol (Young People)

Vernon Coaker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he had with the police prior to the amendment of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 to the effect that only alcohol in unsealed containers may now be seized; and if he will make a statement. [12092]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 2 November 2001]: Section 29 of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 amends section 1 of the Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act 1997 and increases the power of police in respect of under-age drinkers because it now

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allows them to confiscate alcohol, and alcohol containers which have been opened, from under-age drinkers in public places.

The 1997 Act was deliberately amended by the 2001 Act to ensure consistency between new police powers to confiscate alcohol (but not sealed alcohol containers) from any person in a public place designated for the purpose by the relevant local authority, and the measures contained within the 1997 Confiscation of Alcohol (Young Persons) Act.

Prior to the Act discussions on the provisions were held with representatives of the Association of Chief Police Officers and individual forces who had included confiscation powers within the model byelaw on banning drinking in public places.

Cemeteries

Colin Burgon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his policy is with regard to the provision of new cemeteries. [13488]

Beverley Hughes: Burial facilities are currently provided by local organisations, including burial authorities, religious bodies and private companies, in response to local demand. Whether these arrangements need to be reinforced is a matter we intend to consider over the next year. As a first step, we propose shortly to seek information on existing burial space availability.

Illegal Drugs

Mr. Hawkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the relationship between the street price and purity of (a) cocaine and (b) heroin in the last 10 years. [9464]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 22 October 2001]: Information on mean purity of seizures is available from April 1997 to March 2001 and this together with average street prices over the same period is set out in the table.

1997–981998–991999–20002000–01
Heroin purity (percentage)35.338.243.649.7
Price per gram (£)(10)74746570
Cocaine purity (percentage)52.355.960.253.5
Price per gram (£)(10)71777565

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Police Numbers (Essex)

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) actual and (b) funded police officers there are in the county of Essex for the latest available date; and what were the same figures on 1 May 1997. [9734]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 26 October 2001]: The information for funded officers and the most recent strength data has been provided by the chief constable of Essex. The 1997 strength figures relate to 31 March 1997 as the Home Office collects police strength data in March and September for each year. The information is in the table.

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Essex police

31 March 19971 October 2001
Funded police officers2,9443,031
Actual police strength2,9612,974
Funded civilian support staff 1,4251,747
Actual civilian staff strength1,1991,586

Notes:

1. Figures are full-time equivalents

2. The funded posts reflect budget provision by the police authority



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