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Speed Cameras (Southend)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much revenue has been raised in fines imposed as a result of speed cameras in Southend since 1997. [152160]

Caroline Flint: The available information on the number of court fines and fixed penalties issued within the police force area of Essex for the offence of 'speeding detected by camera' for 1997–01 is shown in the table. It is not possible from the data collected centrally to identify Southend.

Information for 2002 will be available in the Spring.

Fixed penalty and court proceedings data for speeding offences detected by cameras(44) , (45) in the Essex police force area, 1997–01

Fixed penaltiesCourt proceedings
Offenceand yearNumber of tickets(46)Estimated revenue(47) (£)Number of finesTotal amount of fine (£)Average fine(48) (£)
Speeding offences

(44) Automatic cameras until 1998, all camera types from 1999.

(45) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and The Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.

(46) Paid i.e. no further action.

(47) Estimate based on £40 fixed penalty charge to October 2000. From November 2000 the penalty was raised to £60.

(48) Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.

UK Immigration Officials

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many UK immigration officials were in post at (a) Heathrow, (b) Gatwick, (c) Stansted, (d) Luton and (e) City airport on 1 January in each of the last six years. [148436]

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Beverley Hughes [holding answer 19 January 2004]: The table sets out the number of full-time equivalent immigration officials employed at the airports listed, as at 1 January for the last six years.

London City131311121415

(49) 1999 = Incomplete records available for Heathrow, Gatwick and Luton.

As at 2 January 2004, the UK Immigration Service had a further 103 Immigration Officers who had confirmed places on training courses taking place in January, February and March who were to be posted to either Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted airports.

Taiwanese Nationals (Police Registration)

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the requirements for police registration have been lifted in respect of Taiwanese nationals. [150635]

Beverley Hughes [holding answer 26 January 2004]: The Government do not recognise Taiwanese nationality, although passports issued by the Taiwanese authorities are accepted for the purposes of travel to and from the United Kingdom. The holders of such documents continue to be required to register with the police in accordance with the requirements of Part 10 of the Immigration Rules. These requirements are a matter which is kept under review.

Serious Crime

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance he gives to chief constables on the definition of serious crimes. [152155]

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Ms Blears: No specific guidance is given on the definition of serious crime.

All police forces in England and Wales are required to submit monthly recorded crime statistics prepared in accordance with the Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime. This contains a principal crime rule whereby if the sequence of crimes in an incident contains more than one type of crime the most serious crime is counted. In determining the most serious crime, the most serious violent crime takes precedence over the most serious property crime.

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A full list of the offence headings which comprise the recorded crime series is issued to police forces, along with their definitions (most of which are in terms of criminal law definitions), as part of the Home Office Counting Rules. The list is also given in Table 3.04 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin 07/03 'Crime in England and Wales 2002–03' which was published in July 2003. That table also shows what offences within the violence against the person category are deemed to be more serious and less serious offences.