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Beverley Hughes: Public funds are not normally used to pay for entertainment of civil servants in the Department. Staff Christmas parties in 2001 funded by staff themselves have not been included in this answer. We have identified a small number of events, held in December 2001, to recognise the contribution of staff and extend hospitality to non-civil servants who contributed to the delivery of the Department's objectives during the course of the year, which were part funded by the Department and its operational agencies. The total cost of these was £7,645 attended by 1163 people. We have not trawled the 136 prisons or all Immigration and Nationality Directorate units and to do so could only be done at a disproportionate cost.
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Mr. Denham: My right hon. Friend the Home Secretary has not visited any courts during this period. However, my right hon. Friend the Member for Manchester, Withington (Mr. Bradley)then Minister with responsibility for criminal justice policyvisited twelve criminal courts during the corresponding period, and I visited a Magistrates Court.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of (a) paper and (b) other goods purchased by his Department was recycled paper in each year since 1997; what the annual total cost of these purchases was; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: (a) The proportion of recycled paper purchased by the Department from the framework paper contract for 200001 and 200102 is set out in the table. Figures for earlier years are not readily available and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost.
|Number of reams of recycled paper
|Cost of Recycled paper
|Total number of reams purchased
|Total cost of paper purchased
|Percentage of recycled paper purchased
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The Home Office has recently made the use of recycled paper for photocopiers, printers and facsimile equipment compulsory. This mandate applies to the core Home Office and should result in around 40 per cent. of all paper purchased by the Department as a whole being recycled. This percentage may increase shortly: the Prison Service has issued guidance to their procurement staff encouraging them to use recycled paper and the United Kingdom Passport Agency and the Forensic Science Service are at present considering whether to make its use compulsory.
Sue Doughty: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of waste produced in his Department was (a) recycled, (b) composted and (c) re-used, broken down into (i) paper, (ii) plastics, (iii) aluminium cans and (iv) other in each year since 1997; what plans there are to increase these proportions; and if he will make a statement. 
Beverley Hughes: The information requested is not recorded centrally and could only be obtained at disproportionate cost. However, records for the Department's Central London headquarters estate show that 20 per cent. of the office waste was recycled in 200001 and 25 per cent. was recycled in 200102.
Waste minimisation schemes are being introduced at all key sites on the Department's non-prison estate, while waste audits have been conducted at 72 sites on the prison estate and waste management units are operational at 14 prisons and developmental work is underway at a further 18 sites.
|Date of oral PQ session
|Number of PQs transferred
|2 July 2001
|19 November 2001
|4 February 2002
|11 March 2002
The reason that there were four transfers in July 2001 is that this closely followed the movement of policy areas between Departments after the General Election. Questions are only transferred out of the Department when it is more appropriate for another Department to respond and when that Department has agreed to accept the question.
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Mr. Denham: The table gives figures for rates of violent crime from the British Crime Survey (BCS), for the English regions and Wales based on BCS interviews in the financial year 200102. The BCS figures for violence per 10,000 adults relate to violence (wounding, common assault, robbery and snatch theft) experienced by the members of the public sampled in the survey.
The BCS violence estimate for the number of violent incidents increased by two per cent. compared to 2000, but this is not statistically significant. Comparison of results reported to the BCS in 200102 with those for earlier years show a 17 per cent. decline in BCS violence since 1999, a 22 per cent. decline since 1997 and a 33 per cent. decline since 1995, all of these decreases being statistically significant.
The following figures have been extracted from Table 6.06 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin "Crime in England and Wales 200102", which is available in the library. A fuller explanation of the differences between the collection of recorded crime and BCS figures is given in Chapter 2 of this publication.
The BCS and police recorded crime figures for violence are not directly comparable. Numbers of police recorded violent crimes per 10,000 population relate to all the recordable offences in the violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery offence groups. There is also a less than complete correlation between the recorded crime and BCS figures owing to the different methods of collection, methodology and coverage (for example, the BCS only relates to victims over the age of 16, and residents), with different rates of reporting of crimes to the police also being a factor.
|Violent crime recorded by the British Crime Survey by region 200102Rates per 10,000 adults 1 .
|Total BCS violence per 10,000 adults 1 .
|North East Region
|North West Region
|Yorkshire and the Humber Region
|East Midlands Region
|West Midlands Region
|East of England Region
|South East Region
|South West Region
|England and Wales
|England and Wales
|(excluding London Region)
1 . BCS data relates to those of age 16 of over, i.e. about 80 per cent. of the population. (Recorded violent crime figures relate to the whole population).
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|Crime Reduction Closed Circuit Television
|IT Integration in criminal justice system (CJS) with Lord Chancellor's Department and the Crown Proscution Service: Oasys and P.S. Lids System
|DNA database (with Round 2)
|VISORSex and Violent Offenders Database
|National Strategy on Police Information System
|Government Technical Assistance Centre
|Video recording police interviews
|Video-links: Modernising the Court Process
|Post-release support hostel for prisoners after drug treatment
|Electronic chipping of goods
|VisorSex and Violent Offenders Database
|Firearms Forensic Database
|Joined Up JusticeIntegrated CJS for Warwickshire
|Security for small retailers
|Detecting Concealed People
|Electronic chipping of goods