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Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of people in England and Wales who take (a) heroin, (b) marijuana, (c) cocaine and (d) ecstasy. 
Caroline Flint: The British Crime Survey (BCS) provides figures on use among adults aged 16 to 59 years of age in England and Wales. The 200203 BCS estimated that approximately 3.4 million adults had used marijuana, 640,000 had used cocaine and 610,000 had used ecstasy and 45,000 had used heroin in the previous 12 months.
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) is a statutory and non-executive non-departmental public body, established by the Misuse of Drugs Act (MDA) 1971. It has a statutory duty to keep under review the situation in the United Kingdom with respect to the misuse of drugs and to advise Ministers of the measures which they consider should to be taken to deal with social problems which arise from drug misuse. Ministers may also ask the ACMD to consider
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the appropriate classification and scheduling of any substance. In addition, the ACMD has a duty to consider any matter relating to drug dependence or misuse that may be referred to them by Ministers.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by police authority in England and Wales; what the total value of these penalty notices was; what proportion of these were paid in full and on time; and what proportion of those fined paid their penalty in full and on time. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 30 January 2004]: Information on fixed penalty notices issued for road traffic offences by police force area can be found in the annual Home Office publication 'Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales Supplementary tables'Tables 20(a) to 20(c) refers. The latest issue covers 2001. Copies are available from the Library. The total value of fixed penalty notices issued is not collected centrally.
Data are also collected centrally on the disposal, (i.e. paid, fine registration certificate issued etc) of fixed penalty notices issued for road traffic offences. However because of the time taken for the procedures for payment to be enforced the data are collected approximately nine months later than the period of issue. Tables 21(a) and 21(b) of the above 2001 publication detail 2000 data by number and percentage of fixed penalty notices by result. Tables 20(a) to 20(c) of the 2000 publication cover that period. Information is not available on the number of fines paid in full and on time.
Over 6,000 penalty notices for disorder were issued in the year-long pilots in four police force areas which started in mid-2002. A Home Office Research Findings covering the evaluation of the pilots will be published shortly.
Caroline Flint: The penalty points system acts as a reminder to drivers that they risk losing their licences if they persist in offending and plays an important part in our overall enforcement strategy. For the majority of drivers, the threat of disqualification through accumulating the appropriate number of penalty points acts to encourage compliance with the law.
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awaiting trial. It has seized 1.3 kg of cocaine, 0.491 kg of heroin, 8 kg of amphetamines, 15,738 tablets of ecstasy and 301,600 kg of cannabis, with a total estimated value of £1.6 million.
Ms Blears [holding answer 3 February 2004]: Published information on homicide relates to England and Wales only. The latest available is given in Home Office Statistical Bulletin number 01/04, 'Crime in England and Wales 2002/2003: Supplementary Volume 1: Homicide and Gun Crime', a copy of which should be available from the Library or internet site http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hosbpubs1.html.
David Maclean: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department for what reasons he proposes to reduce the amount of police specific grant to be received in Cumbria in 200405 in respect of the Rural Policing Initiative. 
Ms Blears: Force allocations for the 31 forces benefiting from the £30 million Rural Policing Fund are determined by sparsity and population factors alone. I have made no changes to the formulae underpinning the Fund for next year. Cumbria's share will reduce by £7,000 (0.5 per cent.) to take account of changes in data relative to other authorities. Cumbria's allocation for 200405 is £1,348,383.
Mr. Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) recorded burglaries, (b) recorded thefts from or of a vehicle, (c) recorded violent crimes, (d) recorded crimes involving the use of firearms, (e) recorded drug offences and (f) crimes there were in Wales, broken down by (i) police force, (ii) constituency and (iii) local authority area for each year since 1997; 
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Recorded crime statistics are not broken down by constituency areas. However, they are available at Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) level. CDRPs were set up under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, with data available from 19992000. CDRPs broadly equate to local authority areas and include representatives from police, health, probation and other local agencies and provide strategies for reducing crime in the area. Recorded crime figures are available at CDRP level for six key offences only: violence against the person, sexual offences, robbery, burglary in a dwelling, theft of a motor vehicle, and theft from a vehicle.
There was a change of counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998, which had the effect of increasing the number of crimes counted. Numbers of offences for years before and after this date are therefore not directly comparable.
The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was introduced across England and Wales in April 2002. Broadly, the NCRS had the effect of increasing the number of crimes recorded by the police. Therefore, following the introduction of the Standard, numbers of recorded crimes are not comparable with previous years. Total detection rates (percentages) in Wales, for 1997 to 200203, are given in the table.
(35) Percentage detected using the expanded coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998.
(36) Revised Home Office instructions, which clarified the recording of detections, were introduced on 1 April 1999. These instructions provided more precise and rigorous criteria for securing a detection, with the underlying emphasis on the successful result of a police investigation. As a result of the revised detections guidance (in which some previous methods of detection were no longer counted), the numbers of crimes detected, and figures derived from them, will have been affected.
(37) Detection figures may also have been affected by the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS), with the exception of Gwent in 200102.
|Crime recorded by the police in Wales(38) , (39) , (42)|
|Theft of and from vehicles||59,785||56,161||51,864||43,652||42,662||48,879|
|Crime recorded by the police in Dyfed Powys(38) , (39) , (42)|
|Theft of and from vehicles||2,372||2,480||2,203||2,120||2,052||2,028|
|Crime recorded by the police in Gwent(38) , (39) , (42)|
|Theft of and from vehicles||9,649||9,746||9,107||8,109||7,019||8,332|
|Crime recorded by the police in North Wales(38) , (39) , (42)|
|Theft of and from vehicles||7,911||7,254||7,501||7,186||7,710||8,096|
|Crime recorded by the police in South Wales(38) , (39) , (42)|
|Theft of and from vehicles||39,853||36,681||33,053||26,237||25,881||30,423|
(38) Crimes were recorded on a calendar year basis until 1997, and on a financial year basis thereafter.
(39) The number of crimes recorded in that financial year using the expanded offence coverage and revised counting rules which came into effect on 1 April 1998. These changes had the general effect of increasing the number of crimes counted. Therefore, numbers of recorded crimes for this year are not directly comparable with previous years.
(40) Violent crime comprises offences of violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery.
(41) Up to 1997, the only drug offence recorded was 'Trafficking in controlled drugs'. From 199899, the offences of 'Possession of controlled drugs' and 'Other drug offences', were added to the series.
(42) Three of the Wales forces implemented the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) prior to the official introduction on 1 April 2002; North Wales in October 2001, and both Dyfed Powys and South Wales in January 2002. Gwent introduced the Standard in April 2002. Broadly, the NCRS had the effect of increasing the number of crimes recorded by the police, with violent crime in particular being affected. Therefore, following the introduction of the Standard, numbers of recorded crimes are not comparable with previous years.
(43) The figures given for 200102 and 200203 are based on numbers of firearms offences recorded which exclude air weapons. The previous years figures include air weapons offences. Therefore, the figures for 200102 and 200203 are not comparable with previous years figures.
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|Violence against the person||Sexual offences|
|Isle of Anglesey||562||505||656||1,085||46||28||70||41|
|Neath Port Talbot||1,199||1,201||1,373||2,082||38||44||37||75|
|Rhondda, Cynon, Taff||1,822||1,992||2,192||3,542||89||80||99||165|
|The Vale of Glamorgan||834||981||1,238||1,582||78||95||68||58|
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|Isle of Anglesey||8||13||10||18||175||149||107||218|
|Neath Port Talbot||17||24||28||35||711||554||660||763|
|Rhondda, Cynon, Taff||44||39||42||74||1,465||1,256||1,188||1,360|
|The Vale of Glamorgan||51||42||36||56||804||552||496||642|
|Theft of a motor vehicle||Theft from a vehicle|
|Isle of Anglesey||129||136||104||132||331||282||375||401|
|Neath Port Talbot||1,934||1,342||1,206||1,150||1,262||878||913||1,133|
|Rhondda, Cynon, Taff||2,177||1,778||1,491||1,921||1,796||1,552||1,447||1,865|
|The Vale of Glamorgan||1,064||728||652||681||1,591||1,285||1,244||1,318|
Three of the Wales forces implemented the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) prior to the official introduction on 1 April 2002; North Wales in October 2001, and both Dyfed Powys and South Wales in January 2002. Gwent introduced the Standard in April 2002. Broadly, the NCRS had the effect of increasing the number of crimes recorded by the police, with violent crime in particular being affected. Therefore, following the introduction of the Standard, numbers of recorded crimes are not comparable with previous years.
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