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Mr. Denham: The successful detection and prosecution of offenders are among the key factors in ensuring that victims of crime are satisfied with the criminal justice system. Others include the provision to victims of adequate information about their cases, personal support, and compensation.
Mr. Keith Bradley: In answer to my hon. Friend the Member for Wirral, West (Stephen Hesford) on 21 November 2001, Official Report, column 355W, I said that I anticipated publishing a White Paper in spring 2002. That is still my intention. Earlier today I announced the publication of an overview of the responses to the consultation on the proposals arising from the review of the sentencing framework (the Halliday Report) a copy of which is being provided to each Member of Parliament.
Ms Munn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he took to ensure that the views of young people were considered in his consultation on sentencing reform and the criminal courts. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: Young people participated in the on-line consultation on the Fairer Sentencing website. They were able to contribute to the reform of criminal courts by visiting the review website. I am also attending events at various university law schools with the aim of giving young people an opportunity to express their views on this issue.
Mr. Anthony D. Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will publish a summary of the responses to the public consultation on the review of the sentencing framework. 
Mr. Keith Bradley: The summary of responses has been published today, 4 February 2002. Copies of the summary are being sent to each Member of Parliament and will be placed in the Library. Further copies will be available in the Vote Office and in the Printed Paper Office.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 22 January 2002, Official Report, column 843W, on prison sentences, if he will break down the numbers of prison sentences into the categories of offences for which custody of five years or over was handed down in each of those years. 
|Threat or conspiracy to murder||16||15||22|
|Causing death by dangerous driving||43||25||44|
|Manslaughter due to diminished responsibility||3||7||7|
|Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs||8||7||7|
|Wounding or other act endangering life||366||370||394|
|Other wounding etc.||33||28||47|
|Cruelty to or neglect of children||||1||4|
|Indecent assault on a male||44||35||20|
|Rape of a female||494||474||442|
|Rape of a male||30||33||25|
|Indecent assault on a female||90||95||96|
|Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 13||7||10||7|
|Burglary in a dwelling||141||166||134|
|Aggravated burglary in a dwelling||58||65||59|
|Burglary in a building other than a dwelling||20||16||14|
|Aggravated burglary in a building not a dwelling||4||4||8|
|Theft from the person of another||10||4||4|
|Theft by an employee||2||1||1|
|Theft or unauthorised taking from mail||||1|||
|Theft from vehicle||||1|||
|Theft from shops||3||||1|
|Theft or unauthorised taking of motor vehicle||4||||1|
|Other theft or unauthorised taking||2||4||4|
|Fraud by company director etc.||4||||1|
|Handling stolen goods||18||10||7|
|Criminal damage endangering life||4||12||5|
|Other criminal damage||2||||1|
|Threat etc., to commit criminal damage||3|||||
|Other forgery etc.||3||||6|
|Gross indecency with children||2||5||11|
|Assist entry of illegal immigrant||5||3||9|
|Perverting the course of justice||6||1||6|
|Absconding from lawful custody||||2||1|
|Firearms Act offence||13||11||8|
|Revenue law offence||||1|||
|Other (excluding motoring offences)||12||17||12|
|Unlawful importation of drugs|
|Unlawful exportation of drugs|
|Production, supply and possession with intent to supply a controlled drug|
|Possession of a controlled drug|
|Other drug offences||11||10||9|
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Mr. Denham: Police numbers rose by 2.1 per cent. in the 12 months to September 2001. Wastage from the police service, at around 5 per cent. of strength for the last four years, is low compared to other occupations.
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The Police Negotiating Board (PNB) has agreed in principle to a package of reforms to police pay and conditions of service. The agreement is subject to ratification by all parties by the end of February. We believe that, taking the package as a whole, it will benefit the vast majority of officers.
Mr. Denham: The latest British Crime Survey shows that since 1997 overall crime has fallen by 21 per cent., violent crime by 23 per cent., domestic burglary by 35 per cent., and vehicle related theft by 24 per cent. The survey also showed that the chance of becoming a victim of crime is at its lowest since the survey began.
Mr. Denham: The provisional police funding settlement is routinely announced in association with the provisional local government finance settlement. The settlement announcement for 200203 was moved from 29 November to 4 December as a result of the progress of other parliamentary business.
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