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Child Prisoners

Mr. McNamara: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children in prison are being held on the basic regime under the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme. [101065]

Hilary Benn: The figures for the number of children being held on each level under the Rewards and Sanctions Scheme (formerly known as the Incentives and Earned Privileges Scheme), including those on basic, on 4 March 2003 are set out in the following table:

Lancaster Farms111474
Stoke Heath911228
Thorn Cross1199
Warren Hill812261
Bullwood Hall21612
Eastwood park274
New Hall44414

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Community Safety Partnership

Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the effectiveness of the Community Safety Partnership is (a) monitored and (b) inspected. [101495]

Mr. Denham: Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) are required to conduct an audit of crime and disorder in their area and every three years, publish a strategy to tackle problems in their area. The CDRP is required to implement the strategy and keep it under review to monitor its effectiveness and make any necessary changes. Recorded crime figures at CDRP level are published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin.

Measures in the Police Reform Act 2002 maintain the requirement for CDRPs to monitor their own progress and introduce new reporting mechanisms for CDRPs to advise progress on the implementation of their strategy to the Secretary of State. The new reporting process will be introduced during 2003–04 and will look for CDRPs to monitor progress on reducing crime and disorder and the misuse of drugs and on the effectiveness of local partnership working arrangements.


Mr. Peter Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from

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the hon. Member for Burnley to the Home Office regarding Mrs. S B Shah Ref S 851373/x of 4 February and 7 November 2002. [102390]

Beverley Hughes: I wrote to my hon. Friend on 13 March.

Mr. Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to reply to the letter to him dated 23 December 2002 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs. Lutfi. [98961]

Mr. Blunkett : I refer my right hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 10 March 2003, Official Report, column 68W.


Mr. Laws: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the change in the volume of crime was between 1997 and the latest date for which information is available, in each police authority in England. [99811]

Mr. Denham: The percentage changes for total recorded crime between the 12 months to March 1997 and the 12 months to March 2002, by police force area in England, are given in the table.

There was a change in counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998 which increased the total number of crimes recorded in England and Wales as a whole by 14 per cent., although this varied for individual police forces and offence types. Comparisons between the old counting rules and the new rules for the year ending March 1999, as well as the effects of the boundary change involving the Metropolitan Police on 1 April 2000, are included in the table. The percentage change in the number of recorded crimes given in the table is calculated so that the effects of these changes are excluded.

As a result of several forces adopting the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in advance of its official introduction across England and Wales on 1 April 2002, numbers of offences recorded for 2001–02 may have been inflated for those forces, and in total. Unlike the changes described above, this effect has not been factored out of the calculation of the percentage change in recorded crime given in the table.

Total recorded crime by police force area and region: trends since 1997—England

April 1998 to March 1999April 1999 to March 2000
Police force areaApril 1996 to March 1997Old rules(12)New rules(12)Old boundariesNew boundariesApril 2001 to March 2002Percentage change 1996–97 to2001–02 (excludes effects of rule and boundary changes(14))
North East Region286,386240,492268,741256,260261,308-18.3
Greater Manchester(14)320,668336,172362,450377,086380, 80110.1
North West Region685,954666,524726,730736,381777, 8094.0
North Yorkshire(14)53,63948,37255,30953,55459,149-3.6
South Yorkshire146,660124,427133,059131,700134,764-14.1
West Yorkshire259,235246,438273,809260,237298,8473.8
Yorkshire and the Humber Region582,255538,527592,868566,933610,223-4.8
East Midlands Region409,990375,001425,247424, 512447,8983.7
West Mercia(14)82,08069,45181,78284,797102,1495.7
West Midlands(14)305,818276,512314,628364,887372,2577.0
West Midlands Region518,813466,117526,814587,129633,8918.1
East of England Region363,344322,474358,475380,589398,391411,831-2.6
London, City of4,7546,0357,1447,77510,09879.4
Metropolitan Police(13)844,306767,880934,2541,052,0471,016,7421,057,3606.5
London Region849,060773,915941,3981,059,8221,024,5171,067,4586.9
Thames Valley168,386161,646176,477191,875196,9807.2
South East Region603,552534,742606,939634,821652,324650,176-7.6
Avon and Somerset(14)151,072131,955150,089147,104178,9914.2
Devon and Cornwall101,32688,484110,644110,361101,425-20.0
South West Region388,637341,326399,883399,251424,723-6.7

(12) 'Old rules' denotes the number of crimes that would have been recorded using the coverage and rules in use until 31 March 1998. 'New rules' denotes crimes recorded using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.

(13) Forces affected by boundary changes on 1 April 2000.

(14) These forces adopted the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) early, as it was officially introduced across England and Wales on 1 April 2002. This may have increased the number of offences recorded for 2001–02.

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Mr. David Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on crime trends within Gloucestershire. [101177]

Mr. Denham: Recorded crime statistics for Gloucestershire Constabulary are given in the table. Figures for the main offence groups for the 12 months to Malch 2002 are shown.

Recorded crime trends in Gloucestershire for the 12 months to March 2002

Offence GroupNumber of offences recordedPercentage change between 2000–01 to 2001–02Number of offences per 1,000 population
Total offences50,467189
Violence against the person4,69568
Sexual offences267230.5
Total violent crime5,460410
Theft and handling stolen goods21,868239
Fraud and forgery3,528146
Criminal damage9,264216
Drug offences1,22352
Other offences65611

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Mr. Tony Clarke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the levels of (a) reported crimes and (b) successful prosecutions brought in Northampton were in 2001–02. [100805]

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Mr. Denham: Recorded crime statistics for Northampton are recorded at Basic Command Unit level (BCD). At BCU level, figures for six key offence groups are collected and published. These offence groups are; violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, domestic burglary, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft from a vehicle. Figures for the 12 months to March 2002 are given in table 1.

Table 1: Recorded crime statistics for Northampton Basic Command Unit (BCU)

Offence groupNumber of offences recorded 2001–02
Violence against the person2,307
Sexual offences155
Domestic burglary1,742
Theft of a motor vehicle1,486
Theft from a vehicle3,155

Table 2 includes figures on the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty by Northampton magistrates' court and those found guilty at the Crown Court if committed by Northampton magistrates' court, for 2001.

Court proceedings data is collected and published on a calendar year basis.

Table 2: Number of defendants proceeded against at Northampton magistrates' court for various recordable offences and the number found guilty including those found guilty at the Crown Court where Northampton magistrates' court was the committing court, 2001(15)

Recordable offence(s)Proceeded againstFound guilty
Violence against the person798449
Sexual offences4737
Domestic burglary7960
Theft of a motor vehicle488
Theft from a motor vehicle5435
All recordable offences2,6771,699

(15) These data are on the principal offence basis.

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