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Mr. Denham: Home Office crime reduction funding is allocated to the North Somerset Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership and the North Somerset Youth Offending Team, which cover Weston-Super-Mare. The total funding allocated in 200203 is £464,897 comprising:
|North Somerset Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership|
|Communities Against Drugs(22)||162,800|
|Safer Communities Initiative||56,163|
|Small Retailers in Deprived Areas Scheme||25,906|
||North Somerset Youth Offending Team
(22) 200102 baseline allocation
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Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will estimate the average annual cost of employing (a) a police officer and (b) a police constable in (i) a provincial force and (ii) London in the last five years. 
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will rank the performance of each police force in England according to the Best Value Performance Indicators relating to (a) violent offences under the influence of an intoxicating substance and (b) violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises. 
Mr. Denham [holding answer 9 May 2002]: The suite of Best Value Performance Indicators (BVPIs) for the police relating to violent offences under the influence of an intoxicating substance and violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises first comes into effect during the current year 200203.
Mr. Norman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) in total and (b) under the age of 25 years in Tunbridge Wells were found in possession of Class A drugs in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information requested is not collected centrally. However, it will be possible to provide some information on the number of persons in Kent cautioned or found guilty of possessing Class A drugs from 1997 to 2000. I will write to the hon. Member by 24 May 2002. A copy of the letter will be placed in the Library.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will collect statistics on the religious affiliation of civilian and uniformed staff in the Police Service with special reference to Muslim women in the work force; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham: We have no current plans to collect data on the religious affiliation of police officers and support staff. Data are collected on ethnicity. This is used to monitor the progress of police forces in meeting their targets on minority ethnic recruitment, retention and progression.
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Mr. Denham: Official statistics on the number of AntiSocial Behaviour Orders (ASBO) issued are based on quarterly returns received from magistrates courts committees (MCCs). The total number of ASBOs issued, as from 1 April 1999 up until the end of December 2001 (latest available), is 518.
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the changes in his Department's guidelines to the police relating to the seizure of alcohol from young people. 
Mr. Denham: There are no guidelines dealing specifically with this subject, but all chief police officers and chief executives of local authorities were informed by letter, of the measures relating to alcohol consumption in public places, contained in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 Act prior to their commencement in September 2001.
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his answer of 7 May 2002, Ref. 52335, whether before 1 April, the police had discretion to record a reported crime; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Denham: The rules regarding re-classification of a recorded crime were the same prior to 1 April 2002 as they are now. Re-classification is not usually permitted. The rules state that a recorded crime cannot be re-classified unless it is re-classified to a homicide (murder, manslaughter or infanticide).
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Statistical Return from police forces, are given. The definition of domestic violence incidents used for the figures up to 199899 was as follows:
Mr. Denham: The numbers of burglaries (both domestic and other) recorded by the police in Wales and Lancashire since 1997 have been published in successive editions of 'Criminal Statistics England and Wales', and are given in the table.
(23) Calendar year
(24) Year ending March
There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998. However, it is thought that this had relatively little effect nationally on the number of burglary offences recorded. The 200001 figure for Lancashire may have been affected by new recording practices introduced by the force in April 2000.
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Mr. Denham: The number of common assaults, and racially aggravated common assaults, recorded by the police in Lancashire are given in the table. The former category was introduced as a recorded crime on 1 April 1998, and the latter was counted separately from 1 April 1999.
|Year||Common assault||Racially aggravated common assault|
(25) Year ending March
It should be noted that recorded violent crime is subject to changes in reporting and recording. The 200001 figure for Lancashire may have been affected by new recording practices introduced by the force in April 2000. Also, for example, the 2001 British Crime Survey found that, over England and Wales as a whole, reporting to the police of common assault rose from 29 per cent. in 1999 to 39 per cent. in the year 2000.
The British Crime Survey has shown that, in England and Wales as a whole, the number of common assaults recorded in the survey decreased by 14 per cent. between the 1999 and 2000 calendar years, whereas common assaults recorded by the police increased by an estimated 9 per cent. Common assaults recorded by the police may therefore not necessarily be a reflection of the real level of this offence.
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