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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. 
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.
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.
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. 
(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.
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. 
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.
|Number of offences|
|Class A drug||1,111||1,406||1,352||1,413||1,503||2,046||2,505||2,355||2,425||2,367|
|Class B drug||2,680||4,122||3,428||3,391||4,184||5,499||5,218||4,758||4,283||5,844|
|Class C drug||1||4||1||4||13||11||11||8||5||9|
|Class A drug||484||556||718||705||676||924||984||1,021||1,446||1,364|
|Class B drug||577||786||900||860||923||946||798||530||585||693|
|Class C drug||6||7||6||11||10||11||4||4||4||6|
|Other drug offences(52):|
|Class A drug||3||1||6||7||5||8||8||3||4||5|
|Class B drug||10||14||17||16||30||17||14||6||8||14|
|Class C drug||2||||1||||||||||||||1|
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. 
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 199596. It represented 1.8 per cent. of total formula provision in 199899, increasing to 2 per cent. from 19992000 to 200203. Following wider formula changes in 2002, the proportion has been 2.3 per cent. since 200304. The provision is an integral part of the overall calculation on which general police grants for each authority are based.
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. 
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 violencean 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.
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. 
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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