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Tax Returns

Matthew Taylor: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer how many self assessment taxpayers have not submitted a tax return for financial year 2001–02; and if he will make a statement. [101760]

Dawn Primarolo: 9,246,131 SA tax returns for 2001–02 were issued up to 31 October 2002 and 8,371,251 received back by the January deadline. I gave these figures in a written statement on 25 February 2003, Official Report, column 12WS. 874,880 returns therefore remained outstanding at that date.

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Windfall Tax

Martin Linton: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer if he will list the amounts from the Windfall Tax spent on (a) each of the New Deal programmes for helping people into work, (b) the New Deal for Schools and (c) other items of expenditure; and if he will estimate what proportion of the Windfall Tax remains unspent. [100899]

Mr. Boateng: Information on the allocation of the Windfall Tax for each New Deal programme and other items of expenditure can be found on table 4.1 of the pre-Budget report published in November 2002. The amount of Windfall Tax allocated to the New Deal for Schools is included in Capital costs on table 4.1.

Information on the allocation of the Windfall Tax will be updated in Budget 2003.

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HOME DEPARTMENT

Animal Welfare

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many convictions there have been for animal cruelty in each of the last five years; [100352]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The statistics collected centrally on arrests relate to notifiable offences only, so do not cover arrests for animal cruelty.

Persons proceeded against and those found guilty for various offences connected with animal cruelty are shown in the table for England and Wales, 1997 to 2001.

Statistics for 2002 will be available in the late autumn.

Number of defendants(11) proceeded against at magistrates courts and convicted at all courts for offences relating to animal cruelty
England and Wales 1997–2001    Number of defendants

199719981999
StatuteDefendants proceeded againstDefendants convictedDefendants proceeded againstDefendants convictedDefendants proceeded againstDefendants convicted
Protection of Animals Act, 1911 (as amended)1,0518671,1078891,050828
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 8882211
Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
Protection of Animals Act, 19346444
Docking and Nicking of Horses Act, 19492
Pet Animals Act, 19514476109
Cockfighting Act, 1952
Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 1954343023202521
Animal Health Act, 1981, Secs 40–42, 46 and 49 and Orders made under Secs 8, 9, 37, 38, 39 and 43766887735651
Slaughterhouses Act, 19743344
Abandonment of Animals Act, 1960, Sec 1262136261712
Animal & Animal Products (Import & Export) Regulations 1988
Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act, 1962111
Animal Boarding Establishments Act, 1963227786
Riding Establishments Acts, 1964 and 1970111
Slaughter of Poultry Act, 196763181587
Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1968, Secs 1, 2 and 6109551511
Protection of Badgers Act, 1992 (except Sec 13)44251943010
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 9533
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 1123343
Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 19967387
Breeding of Dogs Acts 1973 and 1991545454
Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999******
Diseases of Animals Act9781103807253
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Secs 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 1784636842157118
Total1,4691,1961,5071,1911,4671,138

England and Wales 1997–2001    Number of defendants

20002001
StatuteDefendants proceeded againstDefendants convictedDefendants proceeded againstDefendants convicted
Protection of Animals Act, 1911 (as amended)1,074861975754
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 86433
Performing Animals (Regulation) Act 1925
Protection of Animals Act, 193411
Docking and Nicking of Horses Act, 194922
Pet Animals Act, 19511914118
Cockfighting Act, 1952
Protection of Animals (Amendment) Act, 195424151511
Animal Health Act, 1981, Secs 40–42, 46 and 49 and Orders made under Secs 8, 9, 37, 38, 39 and 4331233223
Slaughterhouses Act, 19741
Abandonment of Animals Act, 1960, Sec 126132519
Animal & Animal Products (Import & Export) Regulations 198841
Animals (Cruel Poisons) Act, 196211
Animal Boarding Establishments Act, 1963114138
Riding Establishments Acts, 1964 and 19703211
Slaughter of Poultry Act, 1967
Agriculture (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1968, Secs 1, 2 and 61610175
Protection of Badgers Act, 1992 (except Sec 13)21495
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 943
Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981 Sec 112
Wild Mammals (Protection) Act 199654104
Breeding of Dogs Acts 1973 and 19913211
Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Act 1999
Diseases of Animals Act2622201154
Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, Secs 1, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 1796806746
Total1,3681,0611,3891,046

* = Not applicable.

(11) Principal offence basis.

(12) Staffordshire Police were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts in 2000.


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CCTV

Mr. Bill O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what research he has analysed on the benefits of extending CCTV to small towns and villages to help combat crime and anti-social behaviour; and if he will make a statement. [100323]

Mr. Denham: To help ensure maximum impact and sustainability of CCTV, a £1.5 million Home Office funded national evaluation programme is being carried out by the Scarman Centre, University of Leicester, on 17 approved CCTV Initiative schemes, including a mobile scheme in rural Kent.

The final evaluation report will not be published until 2004 but interim reports will be available before then. The first—providing guidance for practitioners on implementation of CCTV schemes—is due for publication shortly.

Mr. Bill O'Brien: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what additional funding will be made available to police authorities for CCTV schemes in (a) 2003–04, (b) 2004–05 and (c) 2005–06; and if he will make a statement; [100324]

Mr. Denham: Opportunities for funding for CCTV currently exist through the funds available to Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships, on which the police and local authorities are partners. Funding of £94 million is being provided for local crime and drugs spend, including capacity building, for 2003–04.

In addition, a special £50 million Basic Command Unit (BCU) fund is being distributed to local police commanders in 2003–04 to tackle the problems that matter most in their communities. Police will be able to target the extra resources at local level problems, like anti-social behaviour and drugs, deploying CCTV where appropriate.

Funding for 2004–05 and 2005–06 has yet to be finalised.

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Child Protection

Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 12 February 2003, Official Report, column 770W, on child protection, how many forces and authorities failed to submit their three year plans to him; and what action he will take against those forces and authorities who fail to comply with the 31 March submission date. [100484]

Mr. Denham: As the submission date of 31 March has not yet been reached, it is not possible to say how many forces and authorities have failed to submit their three-year plans. They are under a statutory duty to do so by virtue of section 92 of the Police Reform Act 2002. Any failure to submit a plan would be in breach of that statutory duty.


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