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Mr. Allen: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what use he and his Department has made of focus group research since June 2001; if he will identify for each research project the topics covered, the person or organisation carrying out the research, and the total cost; and if he will publish the research on his Department's website. 
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|rate per 100,000|
(4) Directly age-standardised to the European standard population.
(5) Cause of death was defined using the International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes E950-E959 and E980-E989 excluding E988.8.
(6) Adults of working age were classified as men aged between 16 and 64 and women aged between 16 and 59.
(7) Figures are for deaths occurring in each calendar year
* Using the European Standard Population
International Classification of Disease Tenth Revision Code C61
Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many persons on the Sex Offenders Register are registered at addresses in Southampton, Portsmouth and Hampshire, and on the Isle of Wight; 
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(3) how many persons on the Sex Offenders Register, registered at addresses on the Isle of Wight, were (a) never imprisoned as a result of a sex offence and (b) released from imprisonment for a sex offence (i) within the last two years, (ii) 35 years ago, (iii) 610 years ago, (iv) 1120 years ago and (v) more than 20 years ago; 
(4) what offences have been committed in the last 10 years by those persons on the Sex Offenders Register who are registered at addresses on the Isle of Wight. 
Hilary Benn [holding answer 19 December 2001]: The Sex Offenders Act 1997 requires offenders cautioned for, convicted of, or found not guilty by reason of insanity of an offence specified in Schedule One to the Act since the date of its implementation to notify their local police of their names, addresses, dates of birth and intentions to travel abroad for eight days or longer. There is, however, no register of sex offenders, as such; nor are sex offenders subject to the requirements of the Sex Offenders Act separately identified as such in criminal statistics.
The Home Office has issued guidance to chief officers of police and probation in respect of their statutory duty under section 67 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 to make arrangements for the assessment and management of the risk posed by dangerous offenders. The guidance requires information about the number of registered sex offenders in each police area to be published. A copy of the relevant annual report, which reveals there are 713 registered sex offenders in Hampshire, translating to a rate of 40 per one hundred thousand of the population can be obtained from the Hampshire police or Probation Services. Detailed Information requested is not available centrally.
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) if he will list the UK police forces which have a dedicated traffic enforcement division, how many officers there were in the divisions; and what these figures were as a percentage of the force strength; 
(3) what the budget for traffic enforcement was in each police force for the last 10 years; and what each figure was expressed as a percentage of the force budget. 
Mr. Denham: The two tables give the information readily available. Table 1 sets out for each police force in England and Wales in 200102 the number of officers in traffic posts (''traffic police''). Traffic police are defined as ''staff who are predominantly employed on
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motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties''. The definition does not include accident investigation, vehicle examination or radar duties. No records are kept centrally of which forces organise their traffic posts into dedicated traffic enforcement divisions or which forces have disbanded dedicated traffic enforcement divisions.
Table 2 sets out for each force in England and Wales the net cost of traffic and road safety for the past two years, showing each force's spend on these as a proportion of the force budget. The table shows that, over the two-year period, spend on traffic and road safety increased as a proportion of the force budget in a significant number of forces.
A thematic inspection report on road policing by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary, published in 1998, identified an intelligence-led model for this activity, integrating traffic policing with other core activities and making more effective use of police resources. As forces increasingly adopt this approach, the number of dedicated traffic officers may reduce, but this does not necessarily reflect a lower level of enforcement. The increased use of cameras and other technology can allow a reduction in traffic officers whilst maintaining traffic targets/ enforcement levels. It also allows traffic officers to be appropriately targeted elsewhere. Reductions in the numbers of traffic officers, taken by themselves, can therefore be misleading.
|No of Traffic Police||Total Strength||Percentage of Force Strength|
|Avon and Somerset||214||3,096||6.9|
|City of London||25||764||3.3|
|Devon and Cornwall||187||3,053||6.1|
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|Net cost of traffic & road safety||Spend as proportion of net budget requirement||Net cost of traffic & road safety||Spend as proportion of net budget requirement|
|Avon & Somerset||#18,620,000||10.25%||#19,772,000||10.42%|
|City Of London||#2,364,000||4.08%||#2,483,000||4.16%|
|Devon & Cornwall||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|North Wales Police||#8,583,000||10.22%||#6,427,000||7.18%|
|All England And Wales||391,251,000||5.03%||#461,601,000||5.65%|
Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy Police statistics 200001 Actuals and 200102 Estimates. Total cost is not available separately for five forces, but overall figure reflects sum for all forces.
Traffic and road safety includes traffic units; vehicle based armed response units; motorway patrol units; accident investigation units; road safety officers and speed management units.
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