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CCTV

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions have arisen from the use of CCTV in (a) South Road, Waterloo and (b) Crosby in each of the last five years. [177844]

Ms Blears: Information on the number of convictions arising from the use of CCTV surveillance is not recorded. The statistics held centrally on court proceedings do not include information on methods of detection.

Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action his Department is taking to extend CCTV schemes in the London borough of Wandsworth. [177829]

Ms Blears: The London borough of Wandsworth has received £13,000 from the Building Safer Communities Fund and £10,000 from the Basic Command Unit Fund to support the work of the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership initiative on dealing with night time disorder in town centres.

The money will provide extra staff hours for the surveillance of CCTV town centre cameras in disorder hotspots on Friday and Saturday evenings. This initiative has been successful in monitoring the build up of disorder and in directing resources to potential problems.

Correspondence

Tony Lloyd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Manchester, Central of (a) 27 January regarding Mrs. FAW, reference A1065094, (b) 19 January regarding Mrs. KS, reference PO983/4 and S1037919/3, (c) 19 January regarding Miss YN, reference PO951/4 and N1064754 and (d) 2 February regarding Mr. AKN, reference A1087763. [174364]

Mr. Browne [holding answer 24 May 2004]: The information is as follows.
 
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(a) A reply to the letter of 27 January was sent by an Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) Senior Director on 4 March. IND wrote to my hon. friend on 21 May to confirm that the necessary action had been taken.

(b) I wrote to my hon. friend on 16 June.

(c) I replied to my hon. friend on 20 May.

(d) IND wrote to my hon. friend on 18 May.

Crime Statistics (London)

Simon Hughes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences were recorded in Greater London in each of the last 10 years; and how many successful prosecutions were brought in each year, broken down by type of drug involved. [177074]

Ms Blears: Information on drug related offences is not collected centrally for recorded crime. The available information relates to recorded drug offences. Information for the Metropolitan Police District is given in the following table.
Table 1: Recorded drug offences in the Metropolitan Police District

Number of offences
1994(45)2,574
1995(45)3,243
1996(45)3,704
1997(45)4,695
1997–981,24,849
1998–99(47)32,152
1999–200026,233
2000–0123,626
2001–0226,204
2002–03(48)33,311


(45) Relates only to trafficking in controlled drugs.
(46) Financial year data from 1997–98 onwards.
(47) Coverage was expanded to include offences of drug possession and other drug offences.
(48) The number of offences recorded will be influenced by the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard on 1 April 2002.


The number of offenders found guilty of certain drug offences is given in Table 2. These figures are not directly comparable with those for recorded crime.
Table 2: Offenders found guilty of certain drug offencesNumber of offenders found guilty(49) of certain drug offences at magistrates courts in Greater London(50) including those found guilty at the Crown court where the committing court was based in Greater London, 1993 to 2002

1993199419951996199719981999200020012002
Possession of:
Class A drug1,1111,4061,3521,4131,5032,0462,5052,3552,4252,367
Class B drug2,6804,1223,4283,3914,1845,4995,2184,7584,2835,844
Class C drug1414131111859
Dealing(51):
Class A drug4845567187056769249841,0211,4461,364
Class B drug577786900860923946798530585693
Class C drug6761110114446
Other drug offences(52):
Class A drug3167588345
Class B drug101417163017146814
Class C drug211


(49) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(50) Covers Metropolitan Police and City of London Police Force Area.
(51) Includes offences of: Unlawful importation and exportation, production of or being concerned in the production of a controlled drug, supplying or offering to supply (or being concerned in supplying or offering to supply) a controlled drug, having possession of a controlled drug with intent to supply.
(52) Includes offences: Permitting premises to be used for unlawful purposes, person has a controlled drug in his possession on a ship, person is knowingly concerned in the carrying or concealing of a controlled drug on a ship.



 
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Dedicated Security Posts Scheme

Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much funding has been provided by central Government for the Dedicated Security Posts Scheme in each year since its inception. [177173]

Ms Blears: Grant support for policing generally, including security arrangements common to all police authorities, is allocated using the police grant funding formula. In addition, one particular component of the formula supports additional security costs that vary between police authorities. Provision is allocated between police authorities in line with professional assessment of relative security pressures.

The component for additional security pressures has been included as part of the police funding formula since its inception in 1995–96. It represented 1.8 per cent. of total formula provision in 1998–99, increasing to 2 per cent. from 1999–2000 to 2002–03. Following wider formula changes in 2002, the proportion has been 2.3 per cent. since 2003–04. The provision is an integral part of the overall calculation on which general police grants for each authority are based.

The available figures included in the funding formula for additional security pressures are set out in the table.
£ million
1998–99121.4
1999–2000142.5
2000–01146.8
2001–02154.5
2002–03155.3
2003–04196.5
2004–05203.4

Domestic Violence

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what advice he has given in the last 12 months to Crime and Disorder Partnerships on improving good practice in reducing domestic violence. [178814]

Ms Blears: A domestic violence 'mini-site'—has been set up within the Government's Crime Reduction website. This is designed to be an information resource for Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships and local domestic violence coordinators. On this site, we are piloting a 'Web Helpdesk' allowing practitioners to seek information or guidance on any aspect of domestic violence work.

In addition, the Home Office Development and Practice Report 30, "Safety and justice: sharing personal information in the context of domestic violence—an overview", was published at the National Victims
 
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Conference on 28 April 2004. The Information Sharing guide and the 'Virtual Helpdesk' can be found in the domestic violence mini-site http://www.crimereduction. gov.uk/dv01.htm.

Fixed-penalty Notices

Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions a Merseyside local authority officer, community support officer or person accredited by the chief constable has issued a fixed penalty notice for minor graffiti and fly-posting offences since the inception of this power. [178327]

Ms Blears: The power to issue fixed penalty notices for minor graffiti and fly posting under the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 was commenced on 31 March this year. To date this power has not been used on Merseyside by anyone from the categories mentioned.


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