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Mr. Flook: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time equivalent (a) officers and (b) civilian personnel were controlled by the central resource of the Avon and Somerset Constabulary in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of each are based at Portishead. 
Ms Blears [holding answer 7 February 2005]: The latest information on police strength was published in Home Office Statistical Bulletin number 13/04, "Police Service Strength England and Wales, 31 March 2004". A supplementary table giving police officer strength by Basic Command Unit was published online at the same time. This can be found on the website: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/hosbpubs1.html.
On 31 March 2004, the number of full-time equivalent police officers working in Avon and Somerset Central Services was 1,212 and the number of police staff was 1,546. Information on the numbers based at Portishead is not available centrally.
Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 3 March 2005, Official Report, column 1310W, on Biometric Data, if he will list the identifiers that will be held digitally on the chip in the ePassport. 
Mr. Browne: In compliance with ICAO requirements, the chip will hold a facial image of the passport holder. This facial image will be derived from the applicant's photo submitted at time of application and will be stored in accordance with ICAO and ISO standards.
Additional information will include that which is currently shown on the personal details page of the passport, namely name, nationality, date of birth, sex, place of birth, date of issue/expiry and passport number.
Ross Cranston: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether an estimate has been made of the potential efficiency savings of merging the Prison and Probation Services headquarters functions. 
Paul Goggins: The new National Offender Management Service headquarters is being redesigned alongside the Prison Service and Probation Service headquarters. As part of this process, all directors are being asked to identify efficiency savings of around 20 per cent. of headcount by March 2007.
Mr. Arbuthnot: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letters from the right hon. Member for North-East Hampshire of 7 September, 11 November and 9 December 2004 regarding Mr. Roger Huxtable, ref M17775/4. 
Ms Blears: The sanction detections rate for West Midlands police was 25.0 per cent. in March 2004, which compares with a rate of 25.8 per cent. in March 2003. Despite this small decline in the sanction detections rate,, the West Midlands force continues to perform well when compared with their peer group of similar constabularies. The average sanction detections rate of the forces against whom the West Midlands force is compared was 20.5 per cent. in both March 2003 and March 2004.
The Government acknowledges the need to raise sanction detections performance across all police forces. For that reason, a major drive has been under way since last summer with the aim of achieving a significant increase in sanction detection rates. Provisional data for 200405 shows that this concerted effort has already resulted in performance improvements and we are hopeful that all forces, including the West Midlands, will benefit from this.
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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which recommendations of the O'Dowd report remain unimplemented because of a need for (a) legislation, (b) developments in IT and (c) wide-ranging changes in the criminal justice system; and what steps are being taken to adopt these recommendations. 
Mr. Love: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for cycling on the pavement there have been in (a) the London borough of Enfield, (b) Greater London and (c) England and Wales in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. 
|Offence description||Principal statute||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Riding on footpath||Highways Act 1835 Sec. 72; (as amended by Local Government Act 1888 S. 85(1) the Statute Law Revision (No. 2) Act 1888, Highways Act 1959 Sch. 25, Criminal Justice Acy 1967, 3rd Sch. and Criminal Justice Act 1982, ss 39 and 46 and Sch. 3); Metropolitan police Act, 1839, Sec. 54(7) and Byelaws||London borough of Enfield||||||1|||||
|England and Wales||323||171||112||79||82|
Martin Linton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many dispersal orders have been made in the Metropolitan police area; and what assessment he has made of their effects on reducing (a) antisocial behaviour and (b) criminal offences in each zone. 
Ms Blears: The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police tells me that, between January and December 2004, the Metropolitan police authorised 61 dispersal areas under section 30 of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003. In these areas 3,312 people were dispersed and 149 young people under the age of 16 were taken home.
It is too early to draw firm conclusions but the Metropolitan police believe them to be an effective tool to tackle instances of antisocial behaviour. The Metropolitan police and local authorities are conducting their own evaluations of the use of the power in their areas and will be reviewing their findings on a case-by-case basis in order to identify good practice.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 24 January 2005, Official Report, columns 11314W, on fixed penalty notices, how many of each of the categories of fixed penalty notices have been collected. 
If penalties are unpaid and a court hearing not requested within 21 days then a fine will be registered against the recipient of the penalty notice. The fine will then be enforced by the courts in the same way as any other fine. The Department for Constitutional Affairs has been taking action to significantly improve the collection of fines. The fine payment rate for the last quarter of 2004 was 80 per cent.
|Offence||Number issued||Percentage paid|
|Breach of fireworks curfew||1||100|
|Causing harassment, alarm or distress||1,651||61|
|Consume alcohol in designated public place||8||13|
|Destroying/damaging property (max £500)||31||68|
|Drunk and disorderly||683||58|
|Drunk in highway||24||58|
|Knowingly giving false alarm||1||0|
|Possession by under 18 of adult firework||2||100|
|Possession of Category 4 firework||1||0|
|Purchase of alcohol in bar in licensed|
premises for person under 18
|Sending false messages||10||40|
|Theft (retail under £200)||54||52|
|Throwing stones at a train||2||50|
|Trespassing on a railway||11||45|
|Wasting police time||36||56|
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