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John Thurso: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been fined under the offence of using a hand-held mobile phone while driving; how many people have contested the fines; and what revenue has been raised through fines, broken down by (a) month and (b) police authority region. 
Data on police action (written warnings, fixed penalty notices and court proceedings) for 2003 on the new offence of driving while using a hand held mobile telephone will not be available until early
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2005. Information on appeals and revenue raised through fines is not collected centrally by the Home Department.
Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the measures taken by Cleveland Police Authority to install recording equipment in police vehicles to monitor how they are driven; and what plans he has to encourage other police authorities to install such recording equipment. 
Caroline Flint: There are two basic types of recording equipment that might be fitted to police vehicles: incident, or collision, data recorders (IDRs) and journey data recorders (JDRs). IDRs are fitted to a vehicle for the capture and short-term storage of data from on-board sensors. Their primary aim is to assist in establishing what occurred prior to and during a collision. They can be used to supplement physical evidence for incident reconstruction and act as an 'independent witness' in the event of a collision. JDRs give management information on a vehicle's performance. They are typically used by fleet managers to monitor vehicle usage and efficiency.
The fitting of such recording devices is a local operational matter. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) does however recommend that forces consider such a course. We welcome this. Several forces have fitted devices, some on a pilot trial basis and others as permanent attachments to their vehicles. Some are collecting data on their performance, though where their attachment is part of a package of measures it might be difficult to identify the performance of individual elements.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) cost and (b) total operational time lost as a result of police officers being withdrawn from duty in each police force for the purpose of policing (i) demonstrations and (ii) football matches was in each of the last five financial years. 
There are over 100 voluntary and community sector service providers working across the contracted out prisons. Many of the organisations are multi-service providers and work in more than one prison, others tend to be local and work with individual establishments. While it is not possible to list all the
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services these organisations provide, the following list is a guide to some of the key areas where services are delivered. This will be placed in the Library.
Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many sniffer dogs have been used by the police and security services in each of the last five years; and how many of these animals have died prematurely while in service. 
Caroline Flint: The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) informs me that approximately 2,220 police dogs were in service at the end of 2004. 134 police dogs were retired during that year, and 26 died prematurely while in service. Information is not available for previous years. It has been the policy of successive Governments to neither confirm nor deny questions concerning the activities of the security and intelligence services.
Mr. McLoughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) fined and (b) banned from driving as a result of the evidence of speed cameras in the West Derbyshire constituency in each of the last five years; and how much money was raised from fines in each year (i) in total and (ii) in Derbyshire. 
Caroline Flint: Available information on the number of fixed penalties and court fines ordered to be paid and on the number of persons disqualified from driving for speeding offences detected by camera in 1998 to 2002 (latest available) within the Derbyshire police force area is shown in tables A and B respectively. Information on the revenue raised from speeding offences is not available centrally but data are given in the table on the amount of fines imposed by the courts and on the estimated revenue from fixed penalties.
|Court proceedings(18)||Fixed penalties|
|Number of fines||Total amount of fine (£)||Average fine||Number of tickets(19)||Estimated revenue (£)(20)|
John Cryer: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what guidance has been issued to civil servants regarding providing public information on the proposed Constitutional Treaty for the European Union; 
(3) what discussions he has had with the Cabinet Secretary regarding the role of the civil service prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union; and what guidance was issued to civil servants regarding their neutrality in previous referendums; 
(6) if he will make a statement on the role of the Government Information and Communication Service prior to and during the proposed referendum on the Constitutional Treaty for the European Union; 
Guidance to civil servants, including special advisers and members of the Government Information and Communication Service, on their conduct during the referendum on the Treaty establishing a Constitution for the EU, and the period leading up to it, will be issued in due course. It will be made public. In addition Section 125 of the provisions of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 will apply.
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The most recent example of guidance issued to civil servants on their conduct during referendums is that issued for the referendum on a regional assembly for the North East (available in the Library of the House and on the Cabinet Office website at http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/propriety_and ethics/publications/pdf/nerarg.pdf).
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