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Recorded crime figures, which are used to measure the extent of crime in local areas, include statistics on drugs offences, such as possession, and on property crimes, such as burglary, but do not contain information on the offender's drug habits. It is therefore
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not possible to estimate the proportion of all crime in Hartlepool which is linked to the need to support a drug habit.
However, since April 2004 offenders in Hartlepool charged with certain trigger offences known to be commonly committed by drug users have been tested for opiates and cocaine/crack as part of the Drug Interventions Programme. Between April and December 2004 a total of 588 offenders were tested and just over half (55 per cent.) of them tested positive for opiates or cocaine/crack. This gives some indication of the proportion of property crime that may be linked to drug use, although it should be noted that not all crime by drug users is necessarily committed to support their habit.
Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many conditional cautions have been issued to first-time offenders in (a) Hartlepool and (b) other drugs intervention programme areas since the programme was introduced. 
Caroline Flint: There are eight early implementation areas for Conditional Cautioning. Two areas are currently operational (Lancashire and Redditch). Four conditional cautions have been issued, three of which were issued to first time offenders.
The Drug Interventions Programme intensive" Early Implementation Areas for Conditional Cautioning which are aimed at drug misusing offenders, will become operational late January to March 2005. They do not include Hartlepool.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 20 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Veronica Whitehead. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he intends to answer the letter dated 8 December 2004 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Nusrat Bibi. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions for (a) dangerous and (b) careless or inconsiderate cycling (i) Essex police and (ii) Southend police have brought successfully in each year since 1997. 
Caroline Flint: The information contained in the table gives the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty at all courts for dangerous cycling" and cycling without due care and attention" in the Essex police force area and South East Essex petty sessional area, 1997 to 2003.
|Dangerous cycling(15)||Cycling without due care and attention(16)|
|Proceeded against||Found guilty(17)||Proceeded against||Found guilty(17)|
|Essex police force area|
|South East Essex petty sessional area (18)|
Mr. Allen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will place in the Library copies of contracts or agreements relating to the provision of offending behaviour courses by faith-based organisations at Dartmoor Prison. 
The only faith-based offending related course under development at Dartmoor prison is the Innerchange Freedom Initiative (IFI). The course is
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expected to start in February 2005. The IFI project leader has just completed a quality assurance document with the prison's Head of Resettlement to submit to the Area Manager for approval under Prison Service Order 4350 on Effective Regime Interventions. There is also an agreement that is currently being negotiated which is now in its final draft. As and when approval has been given and the documents finalised they will be placed in the House Library.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which countries the UK does not require to provide prima facie evidence before complying with a request to extradite an individual. 
Caroline Flint: The United Kingdom does not require the provision of prima facie evidence, in support of an extradition request, from the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, the Russian Federation, Serbia and Montenegro, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine and the United States of America.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) conferences, (b) seminars and (c) meetings with private sector representatives attended by members of the Identity Cards Programme team in the last six months. 
For the purposes of this answer, the following definitions have been used. Conference" means an event organised by an external organisation where a member of the Programme Team has been invited to participate or attend. Seminar" means an event which was arranged by the Programme or by an external organisation where identity cards was the only or principal item of discussion. Meeting" means any other meeting which involved a private organisation, where identity cards were the primary subject. Meetings with organisations which are currently providing services to the Programme team or with organisations which at the time were bidding to provide services to the Programme Team have been excluded.
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