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DNA Database

Dr. Whitehead: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many DNA profile matches exist within the UK national DNA database. [153380]

Ms Blears: The figures relating to the DNA profile matches reported by the National DNA Database since its inception in April 1995 to January 2004 inclusive are described as follows:



Drugs Offences

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) arrests have been made, (b) convictions have been obtained and

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(c) cautions have been issued in each police force area in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available for offences relating to (i) possession of and (ii) dealing in (A) Class A, (B) Class B and (C) Class C drugs. [153987]

Caroline Flint [holding answer 9 February 2004]: Data on the number of persons arrested for possession and dealing of drugs by police force area are currently

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not available. However, we do have the figures for the number of persons cautioned and found guilty for possession and dealing of drugs by police force area for 2002. These are set out in the following tables.

The information is taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings and Cautions Database and relates to persons cautioned and found guilty for possession and dealing in drugs.

Table 1: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for possession of controlled drugs in England and Wales by Police Force Area, 2002

Class A Class B Class C
ForceCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuilty
England
Avon and Somerset1711921,00530634
Bedfordshire7621048010
Cambridgeshire7110033910803
Cheshire4316133151801
Cleveland4826726743411
Cumbria6010135420502
Derbyshire1616611425215
Devon and Cornwall10336181459642
Dorset3119528331922
Durham5412343931656
Essex6416761659811
Gloucestershire12712846123900
Greater Manchester1643811,6081,24547
Hampshire1542859603151371
Hertfordshire858453028700
Humberside3398277320613
Kent8528988890526
Lancashire12739190087424
Leicestershire622110038006
Lincolnshire2215421826102
London, City of31234485510
Merseyside1112881,0721,377121
Metropolitan Police5952,36110,6125,795319
Norfolk4315035827811
Northamptonshire66604407313
Northumbria6034611,8981,3152520
North Yorkshire5775015502
Nottinghamshire3927542935102
South Yorkshire7837642267225
Staffordshire2091941,07125822
Suffolk589841723051
Surrey4410375733000
Sussex1801771,12944143
Thames Valley14233486771223
Warwickshire41552908002
West Mercia15314190621161
West Midlands2288612,2181,79458
West Yorkshire1565831,01595612
Wiltshire1810419218100
Wales
Dyfed Powys1091681,300514311
Gwent3414763627253
North Wales9511970730851
South Wales543366401,223517
England and Wales total4,56311,41738,48226,139149533

Table 2: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for possession of controlled drugs in England and Wales by month, 2002

Class A Class B Class C
MonthCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuilty
January3611,0932,8362,2381264
February3231,0432,7221,9841245
March4229093,0582,0811248
April3489783,1292,1011231
May3469953,4282,4781441
June3938243,0591,827648
July4249953,6772,3871549
August3749063,1572,1802228
September3528803,3722,054844
October4051,0253,4252,565953
November4109863,3032,3621545
December4057833,3161,8821237
Annual4,56311,41738,48226,139149553

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Table 3: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for the dealing(14) of controlled drugs in England and Wales by month, 2002

Class A Class B Class C
MonthCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuilty
January145838133125
February185907232735
March195808628712
April1454275298010
May116209731047
June224177425879
July2558312035855
August1944811333809
September12464117378510
October13483104360313
November2259110833218
December174208626805
Annual2066,3211,1333,8453188

(14) Dealing includes; unlawful production, unlawful supply, possession with intent to supply and unlawful import or export.


Table 4: Number of persons cautioned and convicted for the dealing(15) of controlled drugs in England and Wales by Police Force Area, 2002

Class A Class B Class C
ForceCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuiltyCautionedGuilty
England
Avon and Somerset5122527500
Bedfordshire055102300
Cambridgeshire36364100
Cheshire010224301
Cleveland9126175005
Cumbria15673702
Derbyshire2136105700
Devon and Cornwall41376512600
Dorset25593700
Durham16645604
Essex296149101
Gloucestershire2136411700
Greater Manchester131644254165
Hampshire121174610822
Hertfordshire361154200
Humberside0115216005
Kent121232310601
Lancashire02542711502
Leicestershire07116801
Lincolnshire140173610
London, City of1103500
Merseyside024176400
Metropolitan Police331,42317972006
Norfolk360165401
Northamptonshire73712700
Northumbria1019344136412
North Yorkshire152135200
Nottinghamshire2130258411
South Yorkshire1145109402
Staffordshire3123117401
Suffolk035404210
Surrey355373201
Sussex23793815420
Thames Valley11291910400
Warwickshire127112000
West Mercia3100415611
West Midlands133014723700
West Yorkshire3133363113123
Wiltshire055133001
Wales
Dyfed Powys663447101
Gwent361174212
North Wales145124600
South Wales21771114617
England and Wales total2066,3211,1333,8453188

(15) Dealing includes; unlawful production, unlawful supply, possession with intent to supply and unlawful import or export.


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Firearms Consultative Committee

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what correspondence Home Office Ministers have (a) received from and (b) sent to members of the Firearms Consultative Committee during (i) 2003 and (ii) 2004. [154088]

Caroline Flint: Members of the Committee are appointed on a personal basis and there has been no correspondence with them in that capacity. The Chairman wrote on behalf of the Committee on 28 April 2003 to express views about certain aspects of the Anti-social Behaviour Bill. A reply was sent on 5 June.

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of convening meetings of the Firearms Consultative Committee since its inception. [154089]

Caroline Flint: A total of £14,534 has been spent on running the Firearms Consultative Committee since March 2000. Information on the cost of meetings before that date is not available from current records.

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Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list (a) recommendations made by the Firearms Consultative Committee and (b) actions taken by his Department in response to its recommendations. [154091]

Caroline Flint: The Firearms Consultative Committee has produced a large number of recommendations since its inception and these are summarised in each of their annual reports, copies of which are in the Library. Many of their recommendations were dependent on changes in legislation and will be considered in the context of the forthcoming review.

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the most recent members of the Firearms Consultative Committee, indicating the companies or organisations they work for. [154093]

Caroline Flint: Membership of the Firearms Consultative Committee as at 31 January was as follows:

NameCompany/organisation
David Penn (Chairman)Imperial War Museum
Brian CarterBritish Shooting Sports Council
Brian DaltonThe Royal Society for the Protection of Animals
Sandy EwingNational Shooting Centre Ltd.
Mark FuchterHM Customs and Excise
Alan GreenAssistant Chief Constable, Greater Manchester Police
William HarrimanBritish Association for Shooting and Conservation
David HendersonScottish Executive Justice Department
John HoareNational Small-Bore Rifle Association
Patrick JohnsonBritish Shooting Sports Council
Mike LobbFirearms licensing Officer Thames Valley Police
Gill Marshall-AndrewsChair of the Gun Control Network
David MellorDeputy Chief Constable Fife Constabulary
Kevin O'CallaghanForensic Science Services Firearms Section
Bob PitcherLondon Proof House
Mark ScogginsFisher Scoggins LLP Solicitors
Professor Jonathan ShepherdUniversity of Wales College of Medicine
Madeleine SwainbankThe Defence Manufacturers Association.
Simon TaylorAssistant Chief Constable, Norfolk Constabulary
Graham WiddecombeHome Office, Public Order and Crime Issues Unit

Mr. Martyn Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to announce the appointment of successor committees to the Firearms Consultative Committee. [154131]

Caroline Flint: We are aiming to do so by the end of March.


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