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Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the most recent estimated annual cost to (a) public funds, (b) private citizens and (c) insurance companies is of robbery. [68790]

Mr. Denham [holding answer 11 July 2002]: The most recent publicly available estimates of annual costs of robbery were published in Home Office Research Study 217 "The Economic and Social Costs of Crime" in December 2000.

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(a) The annual cost to public funds of robbery
The estimated annual cost of robbery to public funds in 1999–2000 is £770 million. This figure includes costs to both the criminal justice system and health services.
(b) The annual cost to private citizens of robbery
The estimated annual cost of robbery to private citizens in 1999–2000 is £1.5 billion. This includes the value of property stolen and the physical impact of the crime on the victim.

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(c) The annual cost to insurance companies of robbery
A rough estimate of the annual insurance administration costs associated with robbery is £19.6 million. Insurance administration costs are harder to estimate than costs to public funds or private citizens.

Mentoring Projects

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the mentoring projects in receipt of grant funding over the next three years. [68793]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 11 July 2002]: The information requested is given in the table.


Name of organisationAmount of grant 2002–03Amount of grant 2003–04Amount of grant 2004–05
African Family Support Centre40,11246,312NIL
Age Concern Cambridgeshire49,99953,138NIL
Age Concern Ledbury and District19,49820,044NIL
Big Brothers and Sisters200,000200,000NIL
Bishop Creighton House24,42128,604NIL
Bolton Lads and Girls57,40059,398NIL
Carlisle Mencap12,02812,392NIL
Chance (UK) Ltd47,08948,548NIL
Dines Green Streets Ahead29,64930,505NIL
Enfield Business Education Partnership21,50022,800NIL
Family Service Units26,11732,139NIL
Fun in Action for Children30,00040,000NIL
Home Start Bournemouth24,50025,113NIL
Home Start Nottingham31,36832,151NIL
Home Start Sittingbourne and Sheppey12,71513,034NIL
Home Start Stoke-on-Trent35,81137,259NIL
Home Start Wisbech28,25029,500NIL
Lambeth Wellcare30,15731,033NIL
NECA Services Ltd50,31951,384NIL
Northorpe Hall Trust35,66137,490NIL
One to One Youth Befriending58,18760,916NIL
PACT Community Projects30,93831,711NIL
RAMP- The Renewal Programme48,43565,622NIL
RPS Rainer51,41354,413NIL
SCOPE (Ref M452)50,00050,000NIL
SCOPE (Ref M384)44,80345,982NIL
Second City, Second Chance16,12515,430NIL
Somerset Youth Voluntary Network45,00045,000NIL
Swindon Education Business Partnership27,00027,000NIL
Terence Higgins Trust25,33726,096NIL
The Befriending Network40,00042,500NIL
The Kings Cross Project28,35429,204NIL
The Leonard Cheshire Foundation58,36959,267NIL
The London Connection12,161NILNIL
Those on the Margins of Society50,00050,000NIL
National Mentoring Network(27)600,000601,500NIL

(27) (Mentor points) 25 per cent. costs funded by Department for Education and Skills.

Police Recruitment

Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects (a) the project establishing national recruitment standards for the police service to be completed and (b) the national recruitment standards to come into effect for all police services in the United Kingdom; and (c) what representations have been made by the Durham Constabulary regarding their eyesight criteria to the project establishing national recruitment standards. [68315]

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Mr. Denham: The information is as follows:

(a) it is the intention to complete the work of the National Recruitment Standards Project during 2003.

(b) national recruitment standards on eligibility criteria and fitness have already been introduced.

New job related medical and eyesight standards are expected by the end of 2002.

A new recruitment application form for the police service is expected to be introduced by January 2003.

A new national assessment and selection process for police recruits is due to be phased in later this year and over 2003.

(c) The Home Office provides guidance to forces on eyesight standards. The present guidance for eyesight is that candidates' unaided vision must be 6/24 or better in either eye and aided vision must be 6/12 or better in either eye, 6/6 or better binocularly. All forces were asked to apply the standards consistently pending the outcome of the research to develop new job-related eyesight standards.

Durham Constabulary informed the Home Office of a pilot scheme which they had run. During this pilot they had lowered their unaided vision to 6/60, provided candidates could achieve a vision of 6/6 with the assistance of contact lenses. This had allowed them to recruit seven additional people. However, in order to co-operate with the Home Office request, the pilot scheme was terminated on 1 August 2001.

Drug Treatment and Testing Orders

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reason the target for the number of referrals to drug treatment through drug treatment and testing orders in 2000–01 was not met. [68784]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 11 July 2002]: Drug Treatment and Testing Orders (DTTOs) were rolled out from October 2000. No formal target for the number of Orders was set for 2000–01. 2001–02 was the first full year of their operation and saw 4,835 DTTOs—over 80 per cent. of our target of approximately 6,000. Some DTTO programmes were affected by local implementation problems, mainly relating to treatment capacity to handle referrals. Arrangements are now in place to ensure any difficulties are closely monitored and dealt with as they arise. Our ability to maintain effective operation is enhanced by the good working arrangements in place with the Department of Health and the National Treatment Agency to address problems quickly. The rate of the upward trend in DTTOs indicates that we should be on track to meet our target of 6,000 Orders in 2002–03.

PSA Targets

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will announce the outcome of his review of the PSA target to reduce the availability of class A drugs by 25 per cent. by 2005 and by 50 per cent. by 2008; [68797]

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Mr. Bob Ainsworth [holding answer 11 July 2002]: The hon. Member for Buckingham has asked two questions about the drugs strategy targets. The reply to each question is the same and I am therefore responding to them together.

The review of drugs strategy targets forms part of the current spending review (SR2002).

Mrs. Zakir Ahmadyar

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will inquire into the case of Mrs. Zakir Ahmadyar to deal with the questions raised in the letter of 27 June, from the hon. Member for Twickenham (Dr. Cable); and if he will make a statement; [69426]

Beverley Hughes: The issues summarised in the hon. Member's letter of 27 June were the subject of communications between the hon. Member and my Private Office between 7 June and 17 June.

My letter to him dated 8 July sought to apologise for those aspects of the handling of this case that were not satisfactory, as well as to explain the reasons for my decision.

I am meeting the hon. Member soon to discuss this matter further.

Speeding Convictions

Mr. David Marshall: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have lost their licence to drive as a result of speeding convictions in each of the last five years. [64213]

Mr. Denham: Information for England and Wales for the years 1996 to 2000 (latest available) is given in the table.

Disqualifications imposedNumber of offences

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