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Tom Brake: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of alerts from the automatic number plate recognition system have been false positives; and what proportion related to (a) stolen vehicles, (b) non-payment of vehicle excise duty, (c) expired MOT certificates and (d) absence of insurance. 
The PNC contains many more information reports than stolen vehicles, such as those used by persons wanted by the police. It is not possible, therefore, to identify false positives" by the category of stolen vehicle alone. The police do not currently utilise databases specifically relating to expired Ministry of Transport (MOT) Certificates or the absence of insurance.
The Home Office is working closely with the Department for Transport to provide a method for electronically transferring data from the DVLA to the police so that information exchange is more timely and accurate. This is in addition to other improvements being made in this area by the DVLA such as the bar coding of Vehicle Excise Licences at the point of issue.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what criteria are used to define the clearance of a crime for the purposes of reporting statistics on clear-up of offences by police forces in (i)England and (ii) Wales. 
Hazel Blears: The way in which police forces in England and Wales should record and detect crime is governed by the Home Office Counting Rules for Recorded Crime. Section H of the General Rules in that document gives detailed information regarding the detecting of offences.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 22 March 2005 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Mr. N. Hussain. 
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to reply to the letter to him dated 10 May from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton, with regard to Ms Zeinab Abdulrahman Al-hashmi. 
Mr. Salmond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the Minister of State for Citizenship, Immigration and Nationality will reply to the letter dated 10 May from the hon. Member for Banff and Buchan regarding his constituent Ms R. Dyka of Boddam. 
A review of the existing laws of corruption was completed by the Law Commission in 1998. The draft Corruption Bill, which was published
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and received pre-legislative scrutiny in 2003, was based on proposals from this review. The Government response to the report of the Joint Committee which gave the Bill pre-legislative scrutiny set out the extent to which it agreed with the Joint Committee's recommendations. It remains the Government's aim to introduce the Corruption Bill when parliamentary time permits.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions under section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 have taken place in each of the last five years; 
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Fiona Mactaggart: The information contained in the table gives the number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts and found guilty and sentenced at all courts under the Criminal Justice Act 1988, Sec 141A as added by Offensive Weapons Act 1996, Sec 6(1) (Any person who sells to a person under age of 16 years, a knife; knife blade, razor blade, axe and any other article which has a blade, that is sharply pointed and which is made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person), England and Wales 1999 to 2003.Statistics on court proceedings for 2004 will be published in the autumn.
|Proceeded against||Found guilty||Sentenced||Absolute/|
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many young people of school age have been found guilty of committing a crime in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
Hazel Blears: Data from the Home Office Court Proceedings database on the number of young people found guilty at all courts for all offences, in South Tyneside PSA, the North East region and England and Wales, 1997 to 2003 are contained in table A. It is not possible to identify those offenders in the Jarrow constituency, as the data do not go down to this level of detail.
|North East region||4,273||5,018||5,275||4,810||4,531||4,483||4,288|
|England and Wales||45,561||50,990||54,266||55,954||59,152||58,171||57,144|
|North East region||England and Wales|
[holding answer 5 July 2005]: Data from the Home Office Court Proceedings database on the number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts for all offences, by region, 1994 to 2003 are contained in the table. Statistics for 2004 court proceedings will be available in the autumn.
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|Yorkshire and Humberside||180,527||163,213||186,463||188,984||199,511|
|East of England||158,979||147,488||159,690||158,485||163,316|
|Yorkshire and Humberside||209,843||208,896||193,634||197,580||201,740|
|East of England||152,790||151,598||153,142||164,880||170,760|
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