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Auld Review

Andrew George: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of recommendation 321 of Lord Auld's Review of the Criminal Court in respect of access by the prosecution to appeal hearings [20324]

Hilary Benn: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Market Research

Hugh Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to issue guidance to local authorities on controlling market research canvassing in town centres. [29840]

Mr. Denham: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Meetings

Llew Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent meetings Ministers and officials in his Department have held with the United States Administration Head of Homeland Security. [80355]

Mr. Blunkett : I met Governor Ridge and his staff yesterday and will have further meetings with them today for a discussion of the current terrorist threat and the measures we are both taking in response. To assist Governor Ridge, I have prepared a briefing paper on the UK dimension, a copy of which is available in the Library and on the website www.homeoffice.gov.uk/new.htm.

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Mental Health

Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when mental health charity MACA can expect an answer to its letters of 22 August 2001, 16 October 2001, 19 December 2001 and 30 January 2002 about police handling of serious incidents involving people with mental health problems. [45194]

Hilary Benn: I will write to my hon. Friend.

Metropolitan Police (Training)

Clive Efford: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recruits have entered training for the Metropolitan Police in each month since 1 July 1999. [18652]

Mr. Denham: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Metropolitan Police Service

Kate Hoey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers working shifts at (a) Kennington Police Station and (b) other police stations inside the congestion charging zone will be affected by the introduction of congestion charging; and what arrangement the Metropolitan Police Service has made to compensate officers for their extra costs. [80012]

Mr. Denham: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Ministerial Transport Costs

Mr. Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the cost of (a) ministerial cars and drivers and (b) taxis for his Department in each of the last four years. [27912]

Beverley Hughes: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Mobile Phone Theft

David Hamilton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the Government is doing to combat mobile phone theft. [27180]

Mr. Denham: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Money Laundering (Egmont Group)

Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reports have been made (a) to the UK and (b) from the UK to other countries under the Egmont Group arrangements; and if he will make a statement. [77216]

Mr. Blunkett: I will write to my hon. Friend and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

Moving Traffic Offences

Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department under what statutory powers a non-uniformed police constable may report a driver for a moving traffic offence. [80006]

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Mr. Denham: I will write to the hon. Member and place a copy of my letter in the Library.

North Sea Camp Prison

Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been found to have been in breach of their community visit licences for violations of the no alcohol rule and have not been transferred to category A, B or C prisons in the past 12 months. [76653]

Hilary Benn: [holding answer 29 October 2002]: In the 12 months to 22 October 2002 prisoners at North Sea Camp breached the no alcohol rule on 42 occasions. None of the 42 cases resulted in transfer to closed conditions for breach of this rule alone, although in some cases a breach will have contributed to a return to closed conditions.

Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been issued in the past 12 months with community day visit licences restricting them to (a) a specific geographical area and (b) a general mileage radius. [76654]

Hilary Benn [holding answer 29 October 2002]: Community day visit licenses have been issued on 1,298 occasions since 22 October 2001. In all cases there were restrictions on geographical location and mileage radius.

Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library a copy of the rules and of the standard licence governing the community visit licences of category D prisoners in (a) HMP North Sea Camp and (b) other category D prisons. [76655]

Hilary Benn [holding answer 29 October 2002]: Instructions about the release of any prisoner on an earned community visit are given in Chapter 3 of Prison Service Order 4000 (Incentives and Earned Privileges, Earned Community Visits and Compacts). Appendix 1 to the chapter contains a template of a standard licence. Copies of all Prison Service Orders are in the Library.

Mr. Shepherd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many category D prisoners from HMP North Sea Camp have been transferred to category A, B and C category prisons as punishment for breaches of their community visit licences in the past 12 months. [76652]

Hilary Benn [holding answer 29 October 2002]: Seventeen prisoners have been transferred from North Sea Camp to higher category prisons in the 12 months prior to 22 October 2002 for breaches of community visit licences.

Notifiable Offences

Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his estimate is of the number of (a) notifiable offences, (b) convictions and (c) convictions as a percentage of notifiable offences for each year from 1990–91 to 2001–02, (i) in total for England and (ii) broken down by police authority; and if he will make a statement. [77500]

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Mr. Denham [holding answer 28 October 2002]: Convictions for notifiable offences are only available on a consistent basis for all areas for 1998–99, 1999–2000 and 2000–01. The available information is contained in the table.

Notifiable offences and offences convicted, by police force area, 1998–99

Total number in year
Police force areaNotifiable offencesOffences convictedOffences convicted as a percentage of recorded crime
Avon and Somerset150,08916,76611.2
Bedfordshire49,0766,29212.8
Cambridgeshire67,2568,66012.9
Cheshire65,11914,79222.7
Cleveland67,03010,65015.9
Cumbria40,2029,25723.0
Derbyshire84,45912,09014.3
Devon and Cornwall110,64416,56815.0
Dorset52,7557,69914.6
Durham50,4139,79719.4
Essex95,79715,02915.7
Gloucester48,2066,49613.5
Greater Manchester362,45053,01614.6
Hampshire128,25328,12121.9
Hertfordshire49,3098,48917.2
Humberside130,69115,45611.8
Kent129,34018,70114.5
Lancashire118,11727,84323.6
Leicestershire93,39713,26014.2
Lincolnshire46,6707,94417.0
Merseyside140,87425,36718.0
Metropolitan Police (inc City of London)941,39897,01110.3
Norfolk57,12910,30518.0
North Yorkshire55,30910,45018.9
Northamptonshire65,4669,06213.8
Northumbria151,29827,76218.3
Nottinghamshire135,25517,85913.2
South Yorkshire133,05920,58115.5
Staffordshire91,91915,37816.7
Suffolk39,9087,91919.8
Surrey42,4676,31014.9
Sussex130,40212,9049.9
Thames Valley176,47719,30710.9
Warwickshire38,4855,19613.5
West Mercia81,77713,90917.0
West Midlands314,62844,39814.1
West Yorkshire273,80941,58615.2
Wiltshire38,1897,97320.9
England4,847,122700,20314.4

Notifiable offences and offences convicted, England 1990 to 2001–02

PeriodNotifiable offences(20)Offences convicted(21)Offences convicted as a percentage of recorded crime
19904,314,363
19915,005,135
19925,304,459
19935,247,237
19944,991,748
19954,852,894
19964,790,306
19974,361,391
1998–994,847,122700,20314.4
1999–20005,045,684701,69213.9
2000–014,931,747658,52613.4
2001–025,285,317

(20) There were revisions to counting rules for notifiable offences in the period in question, in April 1998, and the new National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) is thought to have had an effect on 2001–02 figures of recorded crime.

(21) Only available on a consistent basis for three financial years.

Sources:

Criminal Statistics, England and Wales

Crime in England and Wales, 2001–02

Home Office Court Proceedings Database


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Notifiable offences and offences convicted, by police force area, 2000–01

Total number in year
Police force areaNotifiable offencesOffences convictedOffences convicted as a percentage of recorded crime
Avon and Somerset149,25417,18611.5
Bedfordshire49,6276,18212.5
Cambridgeshire64,3437,56411.8
Cheshire63,28813,59221.5
Cleveland64,35711,15017.3
Cumbria32,8697,43222.6
Derbyshire81,66811,86014.5
Devon and Cornwall102,85314,87914.5
Dorset50,3206,85313.6
Durham44,7029,91722.2
Essex106,76813,53612.7
Gloucester49,8716,85413.7
Greater Manchester363,45454,40315.0
Hampshire133,55323,49517.6
Hertfordshire64,2158,28212.9
Humberside110,31213,75012.5
Kent128,38217,04313.3
Lancashire117,63322,59919.2
Leicestershire86,42213,15515.2
Lincolnshire44,8848,44718.8
Merseyside142,80725,25017.7
Metropolitan Police (inc City of London)1,002,48883,1868.3
Norfolk57,2599,31816.3
North Yorkshire51,5519,31018.1
Northamptonshire56,7316,65811.7
Northumbria134,77725,52018.9
Nottinghamshire139,90318,71913.4
South Yorkshire125,17921,27017.0
Staffordshire104,70516,22315.5
Suffolk44,3177,65517.3
Surrey63,3216,69010.6
Sussex136,92011,6968.5
Thames Valley187,98920,36010.8
Warwickshire36,9634,26111.5
West Mercia78,35413,09716.7
West Midlands364,24548,15613.2
West Yorkshire258,90835,65113.8
Wiltshire36,5557,32720.0
England and Wales4,931,747658,52613.4


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