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Service Manning Targets

Mr. Keetch: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the baseline manpower overheads for manning targets in the (a) Navy, (b) Army and (c) RAF are; what the actual manpower overheads were in each service in 2002–03; and if he will make a statement. [116757]

Dr. Moonie: I presume that the hon. Member is referring to the trained manpower strength and trained requirement for each individual Service. Details for April 2002 and April 2003 are shown in the table:

Trained requirementTrained strengthShortfall
April 2002
Naval Service39,18037,490-1,690
Army106,970100,420-6,560
RAF49,99049,200-790
April 2003
Naval Service38,51037,600-910
Army106,980102,120-4,850
RAF49,64048,900-750

Note:

Due to roundings the totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.


All three Services are working hard to address the shortfalls so that the targets set out in the current Public Service Agreements can be met.

Territorial Army

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will make a statement on the function of the Territorial Army following the present military conflict in the Gulf; what assessment he has made of the future needs and role for the Territorial Army; what assessment he has made of the future role for the Territorial Army unit in Chorley; and what assessment he has made of the future role of the Territorial Army barracks in Chorley . [116396]

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Dr. Moonie: As recently announced by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence on 22 May 2003, Official Report, column 45–46WS, there is a continuing role for Reservists, including the Territorial Army (TA) in the Gulf and a requirement for a further 1,500 Reservists to support ongoing operations has now been confirmed. The TA will continue to support their regular counterparts on operations as envisaged by the Strategic Defence Review (SDR) and SDR New Chapter.

No assessment has been made of the future role of the TA units in Chorley or the barracks itself. In accordance with SDR recommendations, however, a review of all TA sub-unit and detachment locations across the whole country is underway. It is too early to comment on the outcome of this review.

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of (a) Territorial Army and (b) regular army personnel were sent to serve in Iraq. [116668]

Dr. Moonie: Approximately 24,000 Army personnel and 3,800 Territorial Army (TA) personnel were initially deployed in support of Operation TELIC in the Gulf. These figures represent approximately 24 per cent. and 10 per cent. of total trained Army and TA personnel respectively.

HOME DEPARTMENT

Domestic Violence

Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost is of undertaking a pilot scheme in a police authority in respect of police acting in third party orders in cases of domestic violence. [110670]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The group dealing with domestic violence perpetrators within the police service will meet for the first time on 25 June 2003. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) hope to publish guidance relating to police perpetrators later in the summer.

I welcome the work being led by the ACPO in relation to domestic violence perpetrators in the police service and other domestic violence matters. There has been a real and positive shift in police responses to domestic violence incidents over the past few years and making

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further improvements in the police handling on domestic violence cases will be an important element in our strategy to reduce domestic violence and protect victims. We will publish a consultation paper on that strategy shortly.

Antisocial Behaviour

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) curfew orders have been made in (i) the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency (ii) the Government Office North East region and (iii) England since the commencement of the scheme; how many have been breached in each area; and if he will make a statement. [115546]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information is as follows:

(a) From 1 April 1999 to 31 May 2000 data on the number of Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) issued were collected by police force area. From 1 June 2000 official statistics on the number of ASBOs issued are based on quarterly returns from Magistrates' Courts Committees (MCCs). From copies of the orders we have been able to identify local authority areas involved.

Available information on the number of notifications received by the Home Office of ASBOs issued by area from 1 April 1999 to 30 November 2002 (latest available) is given in Table A.

Available information relating to breaches of anti-social behaviour orders in England is also given in Table A but covers the period 1 June 2000 to 31 December 2001 only. The analysis covers only those breaches by persons issued with ASBOs during this period and notified to the Home Office.

We are aware that the numbers of ASBOs made nationally have been consistently under reported in returns made by magistrates' courts and are considering how reporting can be improved.

(b) Table B shows the number of Curfew Orders with or without electronic monitoring made and those breached in the Teesside and Langbaurgh East Petty Sessional areas (part of the former and all of the latter fall within the Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency), the three police force areas that fall within the Government Office Region of North East England, and England as a whole. Figures are given for 1995 to 2001.

Table A—The number of notifications, as reported to the Home Office, of ASBOs issued in England, from 1 April 1999 to 30 November 2002, by area and numbers breached

Number of persons issued with ASBOsNumber of persons breaching ASBOs(4),(5)
Area1 April 1999 to31 May 2000(6)1 June 2000 to31 December 20011 January 2002 to30 November 2002(7)Total1 June 2000 to31 December 2001
Cleveland MCC(8)182112
of which LGAs(9)
Middlesbrough Council(10)0110
Redcar and Cleveland Council(10)1120
GONE(11) region931195911
by MCC/police force area
Cleveland182112
Durham0138219
Northumbria8109270
England104421246771122

(4) The only breaches counted are for those persons issued with ASBOs between 1 June 2000 and 31 December and notified to the Home Office.

(5) Only counts breaches of orders once even if a person breached the same order on more than one occasion

(6) Data available by police force area only

(7) Latest available. Following implementation of the Police Reform Act (2 December 2002), data for December 2002 will be incorporated into the first quarter 2003 data

(8) Magistrates' courts committee area in which the constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland is located

(9) Unitary Authorities of which parts make up the Middlesbrough South and Cleveland East constituency

(10) Not available

(11) Government Office North East region


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Table B—Number of persons given curfew orders and numbers breaching orders, 1992–2001

Police Force Area1995199619971998199920002001
Persons given curfew orders
Cleveland431
of which
Teesside PSA(12) .328
Langbaurgh East PSA(12)1
GONE(13) region 275157
Cleveland431
Durham12926
Northumbria142100
Total England 51644269791,5682,5113,688
Persons breaching curfew orders
Cleveland16
of which
Teesside PSA(12) .15
Langbaurgh East PSA(12)1
GONE(13) region 1232411
Cleveland16
Durham1
Northumbria113145
Total England102762204280454722

(12) The constituency of Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland covers the Petty Sessional Area of Langbaurgh East and part of the PSA of Teesside.

(13) Government Office Region for North East England.

Note:

There are discrepancies in some areas between the number of orders given and number of breaches recorded, as reported to the Home Office, but it is not clear whether orders given have been under-recorded or whether breaches have been incorrectly classified.



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