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Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances of crime against young people have been recorded in each year since 1997, broken down by category of crime. 
Ms Blears: The information is not available in the form requested. With the exception of certain offences where the age is specifically identified, the age of the victim is not collected in the recorded crime series.
Trends for these offences are published in Table 2.04 of Home Office Statistical Bulletin 'Crime in England and Wales 200304' HOSB 10/04. A copy of this publication is available in the Library and on the Home Office website.
Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will set up a free phone number that members of the public can ring to give the car registration numbers of those drivers who break the law on using mobile phones while driving. 
I have no plans to do so. It is however always open to anyone to assist and support the police by reporting any apparent criminal incident to them for such action as may be appropriate.
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Mr. Drew: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what action the appropriate authorities should take when a member of the public makes a complaint against a driver who was using a mobile phone while driving. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the effect of the coming into force of the European Constitution on the operation of his Department, with reference to (a) changes in legislative competence, (b) the extension of qualified majority voting, (c) the increased legislative role of the European Parliament, (d) the cost of implementation of regulations, (e) the requirements of adherence to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and (f) the quantity of legislation originating in the EU institutions. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the impact of the Police Standards Unit's role in the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System programme. 
Ms Blears: The Police Standards Unit (PSU) plays an important role in driving the effective use of National Automated Fingerprint Identification System (NAFIS). The Home Office has invested approximately £150 million in the system and the PSU has a team working within the police service to ensure the best use is made of this investment. This includes making recommendations on the working practices of fingerprint officers using, to those on setting force policy for LiveScan, which scans and transmits fingerprints directly to the system. The PSU is working with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) to implement these recommendations nationally.
The unit also has an important NAFIS performance-monitoring role that is essential to drive usage and challenge those that are not making enough use of it. Since 2003, when the reporting commenced, there has been an increase in identifications from recently arrested persons of nearly 80 per cent. The PSU reports progress on usage of the system to Ministers quarterly.
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NAFIS became fully operational nationally in 2001. The system provides more than 4,000 fingerprint identifications a month and it makes a significant contribution to the number of detections.
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Mr. Laxton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance has been given to the police to ensure that the provisions in the Fireworks Act 2003 are enforced, with particular reference to people who set off fireworks after curfew hours. 
Ms Blears: We have a comprehensive and robust package in place to tackle the misuse of fireworks. The Fireworks Regulations 2004 came into force in August and in October we extended the Penalty Notices for Disorder Scheme (PND) to include three new firework offences. Breach of the fireworks curfew is one of these new PND offences. The new PNDs allow police to punish offenders immediately by issuing on-the-spot fines and offer an additional disposal that has been widely welcomed by police forces across the country.
I was keen to ensure all relevant agencies were aware of the new arrangements. In early October I wrote to all chief constables to provide guidance ahead of the fireworks season and to ensure the new arrangements were made an integral part of their fireworks strategies. We have published a TOGETHER fact sheet on the misuse of fireworks and this has been widely distributed to practitioners. DTI are also in regular contact with individual police forces and other enforcement agencies, such as Trading Standards, to provide advice on the Fireworks Regulations 2004. They expect to publish comprehensive guidance shortly.
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