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Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many bus drivers were charged with (a) drink driving, (b) speeding and (c) operating a mobile phone while driving in London in each of the last five years. 
Hazel Blears: Lancashire will receive £3,189,361 from Home Office crime reduction funding streams in the financial year 200506. Crime reduction funding is allocated directly to the local Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) through the Building Safer Communities Fund and to Basic Command Unit (BCU) Commanders through the BCU fund. These funding streams finance a variety of projects and interventions, including CCTV, to tackle local crime priorities. It is open to the CDRPs and BCU Commanders in Lancashire to decide whether to include CCTV projects in their spending plans and local crime reduction priorities.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of the extra community support officers that the Government have proposed to recruit by 2008 are to be posted in London; and if he will make a statement. 
At the end of March 2005 there were 6,300 CSOs in England and Wales. Of these, 2,143 were deployed by the Metropolitan police. We are providing significant, additional resources through the Neighbourhood Policing Fund (NPF) to support an increase in the numbers of CSOs to 24,000 by 2008. This investment will help forces deliver the commitment that by 2008 every area of the country will benefit from dedicated neighbourhood policing teams. We will announce later in the year, following discussions with the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities, what NPF funding
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will be allocated for each police authority. It will be for the commissioner to determine the deployment of CSOs within the Metropolitan police.
Mr. McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers there are in Wolverhampton; and how many there are in the constituencies of Wolverhampton (a) South East, (b) South West and (c) North East. 
Hazel Blears: Information on community support officer strength is not collected at constituency level. The Home Office Police Service Strength Statistical Bulletin, which will be published later this month , will provide data on the number of community support officers (CSOs) in each force at 31 March 2005.
Hazel Blears: This information is not collected centrally. The training and deployment of Community Support Officers (CSOs) is an operational matter for the Chief Constable. The Home Office Police Service Strength Statistical Bulletin, which will be published later this month, will provide data on the number of CSOs at 31 March 2005.
Hazel Blears: This information is not held centrally. The deployment of community support officers, including joint working with community wardens and other members of the extended policing family, is an operational matter for the chief constable.
Hazel Blears: Routine crime statistics used for monitoring overall crime trends do not contain information on the offender's drinking or drug habits. It is therefore not possible to provide an estimate of the proportion of all crime that is either alcohol-related or drug-related. However, there is some information available on this area.
(a) The 2003 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey (OCJS) is a large scale nationally representative self-report offending survey of 10 to 65-year-olds living in private household in England and Wales. In the 2003 OCJS one in 10 incidents reported (10 per cent.) were committed when the offender had taken alcohol. Across offences as a whole, 6 per cent. of offenders said what happened was at least partly due to being drunk, when asked for their motivation for offending. A much higher proportion of criminal damage incidents (26 per cent.) and vehicle related thefts (16 per cent.) were attributed to drunkenness than violent incidents (7 per cent).
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(b) Most crime by drug users is acquisitive crime. The Home Office sponsored New English and Welsh Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (NEW-ADAM) survey, which involved interviewing and drug testing those arrested by the police, provides an insight into the proportion of crimes that are drug related. In interviews carried out between 1999 and 2001, 31 per cent. of all arrestees included in the survey and 43 per cent. of those held for property offences tested positive for opiates, such as heroin. However, this survey is not nationally representative. A new Arrestee Survey is currently being undertaken which will provide nationally representative information on the proportion of crime that is drug-related in the future.
Hazel Blears: The information requested is given in the tables. Hemel Hempstead comes within the Dacorum Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area and data at CDRP level has only been collected from 19992000. Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way in which crime is recorded. The effect of the change in counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase recorded violent crime nationally by more than 80 per cent. while it is estimated that the effect of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002 caused a further 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year.
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The available information is given in the tables. Since 1997, there have been two major changes to the way in which crime is recorded. The effect of the change in counting rules in 1998 was to artificially increase recorded violent crime nationally by more than 80 per cent., while it is estimated that the effect of the
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introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002 caused a further 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year.
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Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of reported crimes in Middlesbrough, South and East Cleveland were classified as (a) violent crimes and (b) distraction burglaries in each year since 1997. 
Hazel Blears: The available information relates to the Middlesbrough Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area. The proportion of all recorded offences which were violent crimes was 8 per cent. in 200102, 13 per cent. in 200203 and 16 per cent. in 200304. Figures for earlier years are not available. Because of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) in April 2002, violent crime figures before and after that date are not directly comparable. It is estimated that the effect of the introduction nationally of the NCRS in April 2002 was a 20 per cent. increase in recorded violent crime in its first year. Distraction burglary figures are only available for 200304 and show that such offences accounted for 0.2 per cent. of all recorded crime in the Middlesbrough CDRP.
Mr. Hands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the clear-up rates for (a) burglary, (b) robbery, (c) violent crime, (d) car crime and (e) sexual offences were in the London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham in the last year for which figures are available. 
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|Theft of a vehicle||10|
|Theft from a vehicle||1|
Mr. Paul Goodman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the (a) agencies and (b) partnerships responsible for the reduction of crime in the Wycombe constituency. 
Hazel Blears [holding answer 23 June 2005]: The partnership responsible for the reduction of crime and disorder under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as amended by the Police Reform Act 2002 in the Wycombe constituency is the Wycombe Community Safety Partnership. The partnership consists of the statutory agencies named as responsible authorities in the Act, namely Wycombe district council, Buckinghamshire county council, Thames Valley police, Thames Valley police authority, Wycombe primary care trust and Buckinghamshire fire and rescue service. In addition, the following agencies form part of the Wycombe Community Safety Partnership; Buckinghamshire Drug Action Team, Thames Valley Probation Service, Wycombe Youth Offending Service, Crimestoppers and The Priory Centre.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what crime detection rates have been in Wales in each year since the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard, broken down by police force area. 
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