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Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will ask the joint Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary team which produced the report Violence in the Home to re-inspect the police and CPS teams which were criticised to ensure that they have implemented the recommendations. 
|Number of reported domestic violence incidents|
The rise in figures from 200102 to 200203 is attributable to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. This system changed the way in which police record crime with the aim of promoting greater consistency between force recording. This had the effect of increasing the amount of crime recorded.
Peter Bottomley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of occasions on which drivers drove while above the legal alcohol limit in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date (a) he and (b) each Minister in his Department first saw a copy of the published version of the Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving. 
Caroline Flint [holding answer 8 February 2005]: Copies of the final version of the consultation paper were delivered to the Department at 8 am on Thursday 3 February and distributed to Ministers thereafter.
Mr. Wilshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date copy for the document on Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving was delivered to the printers; and on what date finished copies of the document were received from the printers. 
[holding answer 8 February 2005]: The final version of the consultation report on the Review of Road Traffic Offences involving Bad Driving was sent to the printers on Tuesday 1 February. Finished copies of the paper were received by the Department at 8 am on Thursday 3 February.
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Tom Cox: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been charged with drug offences in magistrates courts within the Greater London area in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the levels of drug-related crime in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK were in each year since 1997. 
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of inmates in prisons inEngland and Wales were serving sentences for drug-related convictions in each year since 1975; and what the cost was of accommodating the inmates. 
Paul Goggins: The population in prison establishments in England and Wales under an immediate custodial sentence for drug offences as a percentage of the total population under an immediate custodial sentence, in each year since 1976, is provided in the table. Information is not available for 1975.
The Prison Service does not collect data relating to the costs of keeping prisoners in custody by offence type, nor does it retain information readily to hand on costs as far back as 1975. However the overall cost per prisoner for 200304 was £25,718 in public sector prisons and £25,377 in contracted out prisons.
under immediate custodial sentence
under immediate custodial sentence for drug offences
|Percentage of population under immediate custodial sentence who are drug offenders|
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate has been made of the cost of provision of x-ray scanning and ultrasound equipment to be used on persons arrested under suspicion of possessing Class A substances, as set out in the Drugs Bill. 
Caroline Flint: Estimates of the costs of the illegal drugs trade are not available. However, a recent study published by the Home Office provides estimates of the total economic and social costs of Class A drug use in England and Wales and puts these in the range of £10.1 to £17.4 billion for the year 2000. Total economic costs, or reactive expenditure, is estimated to fall within a range of £2.9 billion to £5.3 billion in 2000.
The full report The Economic and Social Costs of Class A Drug Use in England and Wales, 2000" is available in the Library or from the RDS website at the following address: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/hors249.pdf
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drug-related offences occurred in England and Wales in each of the past 10 years; and how many of these crimes were classified as (a) trafficking or dealing and (b) possession. 
There are no figures available specifically on drug-related crime. The available information relates to recorded offences of trafficking and possession in England
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and Wales and is published in Table 2.04 of Crime in England and Wales 2003/04", Home Office Statistical Bulletin 10/04. A copy of this publication is available in the Library and it is also on the Home Office website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/crimeew0304.html.
Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate his Department has made of the number of people regularly using (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) cannabis and (d) alcohol in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years; and how many of the regular users of each of these are regarded as addicts. 
Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how levels of cannabis use have changed since the declassification of the drug to class C; and if he will make a statement. 
Caroline Flint: Government figures on prevalence of cannabis use available for any period since reclassification come primarily from the British Crime Survey (BCS). The BCS for 200304 shows cannabis use for 16 to 59-year-olds who have taken the drug in the last 12 months to be at 10.8 per cent. The figure for 200203 was 10.9 per cent. In addition, the BCS figures show cannabis use declining steadily amongst 16 to 24-year-olds between 19982004 from 28.2 per cent. to 24.8 per cent.
Cannabis was reclassified on 29 January 2004 to a class C drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Smoking, drinking and drug use among young people in England in 2004 contains the preliminary key findings of a survey of secondary schoolchildren aged 11 to 15. The figures show a decline in cannabis use in the last year from 13 per cent. in 2001 to 2003 to 11 per cent. for 2004.
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