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Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been spent on entertainment by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) food, (b) alcohol, (c) staff and (d) accommodation. 
Fiona Mactaggart: Home Office expenditure on official entertainment is made in accordance with departmental guidance on financial procedures and propriety based on the principles set out in Government Accounting.
The following figures relate to the cost of entertaining non-civil servants (hospitality) and civil servants (management entertainment). Details of such expenditure have only been held centrally since 199798 and are not recorded in a way that allows expenditure to be broken down into the categories requested.
The increase in expenditure from 19992000 is due to an element of incorrect expenditure coding, resulting in the inclusion of accommodation and subsistence costs. It is not possible, without incurring disproportionate cost, to separate these costs and, consequently, these figures are not directly comparable with those provided in previous years.
Mr. George Osborne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the running costs of the Department were in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) electricity, (b) water, (c) gas, (d) telephones, (e) mobile telephones and (f) televisions. 
Ms Blears: It is estimated that dispersal powers have been authorised in over 400 areas between January 2004, when the powers came into force and September 2004. We do not have a breakdown by local authority area.
Under the Police Reform Act 2002 chief constables may accredit a community safety accreditation scheme and individuals to take part in such a scheme. Accredited persons have the power to issue fixed penalty notices for:
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Accredited persons may also be authorised by a chief constable to issue certain fixed penalty notices under the penalty notice for disorder scheme. The table lists these penalty offences. It is a matter for the chief constable which of these offences accredited persons may issue penalty notices for.
|S5, Criminal Law Act 1967||Wasting police time. Giving false report.|
|s127(2) of the Communications Act 2003||Use of a public electronic communications network in order to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.|
|(England only) S49 of the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004||Knowingly giving a false alarm to a person acting on behalf of a fire and rescue authority.|
|S31, Fire Services Act 1947||Knowingly giving a false alarm to a fire brigade.|
|S5, Public Order Act 1986||Causing, harassment, alarm or distress.|
|S80, Explosives Act 1875||Throwing fireworks.|
|s169A of the Licensing Act 1964||Sell alcohol to person under 18.|
|s169C(2) of the Licensing Act 1964||Purchase in licensed premises of alcohol for person under 18.|
|s169C(3) of the Licensing Act 1964||Purchase of alcohol for consumption in a bar in licensed premises for person under 18.|
|s169F of the Licensing Act 1964||Delivery of alcohol to person under 18 or allowing such delivery.|
|Fireworks Regulations 2004 under s11 of the Fireworks Act 2003||Contravention of a prohibition or failure to comply with a requirement imposed by or under fireworks regulations or making false statements, specifically; Breach of fireworks curfew.|
|Fireworks Regulations 2004 under s11 of the Fireworks Act 2003||Contravention of a prohibition or failure to comply with a requirement imposed by or under fireworks regulations or making false statements, specifically; Possession of a category 4 firework.|
|Fireworks Regulations 2004 under s11 of the Fireworks Act 2003||Contravention of a prohibition or failure to comply with a requirement imposed by or under fireworks regulations or making false statements, specifically; Possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework.|
|S55, British Transport Commission Act 1949||Trespassing on a railway.|
|S56, British Transport Commission Act 1949||Throwing stones at a train.|
|S12, Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001||Consuming alcohol in designated public place, contrary to requirement by constable not to do so.|
|169E(1) of the Licensing Act 1964||Consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 in licensed premises.|
|169E(2)of the Licensing Act 1964||Allowing consumption of alcohol by a person under 18 in a bar in licensed premises.|
Mr. Pike: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) fraud and (b) forgery offences have been reported to Lancashire police in each year since 1997; and how many led to (i) prosecution and (ii) conviction. 
Ms Blears: The available information is given in the tables. Tables 1 and 2 give the number of offences recorded by the police in the Lancashire police force area. Recorded crime data are published on a financial year basis.
Table 3 gives the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty in the Lancashire police force area. Court proceedings data are published on a calendar year basis. Data for 2004 will not be available until the autumn.
|Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
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