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Speed Cameras

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many tickets issued following infringements caught on speed cameras have been challenged and upheld in each year since their introduction in (a) Essex and (b) Southend. [4586]

Paul Goggins: Information is not available centrally on the number of people prosecuted for speeding offences detected by camera who elect to challenge a fixed penalty notice.

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was raised in fines from speed cameras in the Humberside area in each of the past three years. [3593]

Paul Goggins: Information on the revenue raised from speed offences detected by camera is not available.

However the table shows, for the Humberside police force area, the number of fixed penalties ordered to be paid and the number of court fines for such offences in the calendar years 2001 to 2003 (latest available). Information for 2004 is not yet available.

Not all fines and fixed penalties will have been paid.
Fixed penalty and court proceedings data for speeding offences detected by cameras(25) within the Humberside police force area, 2001, 2002 and 2003(26)
Number of offences

Fixed Penalties
Court Proceedings(27)
of tickets(28)
Estimated revenue(29) (£)Number
of fines
Total amount of fine (£)Average fine (£)

(25)Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 and The Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regulations 1973.
(26)Humberside police joined the Safety Camera Funding Scheme in 2003.
(27)Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.
(28)Only covers tickets paid where there is no further action.
(29)Estimate based on £60 fixed penalty charge.
(30)A single month's shortfall was found for court proceedings summary motoring offences within Humberside police force in 2001.
(31)Includes six months fixed penalty notice data only.

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Under-age Sales Prosecutions

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many businesses were prosecuted for selling (a) alcohol, (b) glue products and (c) fireworks to people under age in (i) Brent East and (ii) each London borough in each of the last five years. [2550]

Hazel Blears: The available information is contained in the tables and gives the number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates' courts/London borough, 1999 to 2003 for: selling alcohol and fireworks to persons underage. There were no prosecutions as notified to the Home Office Court Proceedings for retailers supplying intoxicating substances to persons under 18.

Statistics on court proceedings for 2004 will be published in the autumn.
Number of defendants(32) proceeded against at magistrates courts for selling alcohol to persons underage"(33), by magistrates courts/London borough, 1999 to 2003

Magistrate courts/borough19992000200120022003
Inner London magistrates' courts
City of London Police
Guildhall Justice Rooms
Metropolitan police
Bow Street3
Camberwell Green/Tower Bridge
Greenwich and Woolwich11
Highbury Corner
Horseferry Road3
South Western
West London2
Outer London boroughs
Metropolitan Police
Barking and Dagenham2
Richmond upon Thames13
Waltham Forest10
Total Metropolitan Police1521912113
Total Greater London1521912113

(32)These data are on the principal offence basis.
(33)Includes: Selling intoxicating liquor to persons under 18 for consumption on the premises" and Wholesaler selling intoxicating liquor to person under 18".

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Vehicle Recovery Costs

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were recovered by police forces in each of the last 10 years; and at what cost; and if he will make a statement. [4612]

Hazel Blears: Information on stolen vehicles recovered ceased to be collected from 2001–02. Prior to that date the available figures were published annually in chapter 2 of the Command Paper Criminal Statistics, England and Wales". Copies of the all the relevant publications are available in the Library.

Information is not collected centrally on the cost of recovery of stolen vehicles.

Victim Support National Office

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the paper approved by the National Council of Victim Support in March on an external review of the role, scope and location of the Victim Support National Office; and if he will make a statement. [2699]

Fiona Mactaggart: The Home Office has no formal seat on Victim Support's National Council; and has not therefore conducted an assessment of the paper submitted to the organisation's National Council.

As a condition of grant in aid the Home Office requires Victim Support to have a management and organisational structure capable of delivering Criminal Justice System objectives effectively, economically and efficiently. The Home Office expects Victim Support to maximise the use of staff skills, volunteers' skills and other resources and to deliver good value for money.

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act

Vera Baird: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when he will publish the research carried out by London Metropolitan University into section 41 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999; [733]

(2) what audit is carried out by his Department of the applications made to admit previous sexual history in rape trials. [591]

Paul Goggins: Provisions on the admission of evidence and questioning relating to previous sexual history in criminal proceedings are set out in sections 41 to 43 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999. The Home Office commissioned London Metropolitan University to carry out during 2003–04 research on the working of these provisions. The findings of this research are due to be published this autumn. Although the statistical data requested are not identifiable within the data regularly collected centrally, this research study is expected to provide some information on the proportion of rape trials in which applications to admit previous sexual history evidence are made and the success rate of applications.

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