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Automatic Number Plate Recognition

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. [3956]

Paul Goggins: During Project Laser Two, the evaluation of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) usage, a total of 101,775 vehicles were stopped by the police.

This study showed the following accuracy levels of databases used by the police:

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.

Clear-up Rates

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. [7514]

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.

A copy of the Counting Rules is available on the Home Office website at: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/countrules.html

Community Sentences

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) female and (b) male offenders have received community penalties in each year since 1997. [7821]


 
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Fiona Mactaggart: The information requested is shown in table form for the years 1997–2003, which is the latest year for which data are currently available.
Persons sentenced to community sentences 1997 to 2003
Percentage

FemaleMale
19978.710.5
19988.910.5
199910.111.0
20009.211.4
200110.612.7
200211.013.7
200310.913.4




Source:
Sentencing Statistics, Home Office Statistical Bulletin 05/05, published February 2005.



Correspondence

Clare Short: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he will reply to the letter of 6 April, ref 1064462, from the hon. Member for Birmingham Ladywood. [7976]

Mr. McNulty: The Immigration and Nationality Directorate replied to my right hon. Friend recently.

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. [10689]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 1 April 2005.

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. [10693]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I wrote to my right hon. Friend on 9 June 2005.

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. [10986]

Mr. McNulty: The Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, my hon. Friend the Member for Leigh (Andy Burnham), wrote on 13 June.

Corruption

Malcolm Bruce: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects the members of the Review of the Law Relating to Bribery and Corruption team to meet. [6466]

Fiona Mactaggart: 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.

Criminal Justice Act 1988

Mr. Malins: 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; [4784]
 
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(2) how many custodial sentences have been imposed on defendants convicted under section 141A of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in each of the last five years. [4781]

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.
Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty and sentenced at all courts under Criminal Justice Act 1988, Sec 141A(59), England and Wales 1999 to 2003

Sentence breakdown
Proceeded againstFound guiltySentencedAbsolute/
conditional discharge
FineImmediate custodyOtherwise
dealt with
199932211
2000
20019888
200211101010
20031717172141


(59)These data are on the principal offence basis.


Criminal Prosecutions

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. [8353]

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.

In addition to court proceedings statistics, the number of young people of school age given Reprimands or Final Warnings in the North East region and England and Wales are provided in table B.

Statistics for 2004 court proceedings will be available in the autumn.
Table A: Number of young offenders of school age found guilty at all courts for all offences, 1997 to 2003(60)(5508010061)

Location1997199819992000200120022003
South Tyneside(62)157263282281326442441
North East region4,2735,0185,2754,8104,5314,4834,288
England and Wales45,56150,99054,26655,95459,15258,17157,144


(60)Young offenders of school age, aged 10–16 years.
(61)These data are on the principal offence basis.
(62)Includes Crown court where South Tyneside was the committing court.



Table B: Number of young offenders of school age given a reprimand or final warning for all offences, 1997 to 2003(63)(5508010064)

Location
North East regionEngland and Wales
19978,57883,822
19987,34489,083
19996,74184,786
20006,64881,806
20016,76482,839
20026,71171,433
20036,67075,906


(63)Young offenders of school age, aged 10–16 years.
(64)These data are on the principal offence basis.


Mr. Djanogly: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminal cases were prosecuted in each of the last 10 years, broken down by region. [9624]

Hazel Blears [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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Number of defendants proceeded against at the magistrates courts for all offences broken down by region, 1994 to 2003(65)

Region19941995199619971998
North East103,98895,59196,30992,02698,447
North West277,260289,783311,974299,987312,525
Yorkshire and Humberside180,527163,213186,463188,984199,511
East Midlands152,086138,208146,259145,397153,844
West Midlands208,743194,545202,221209,582231,112
East of England158,979147,488159,690158,485163,316
London386,989310,302306,866268,984271,893
South East219,874214,436214,839205,041222,407
South West156,670162,639167,032159,064164,589
Wales102,049120,102127,841127,783134,271
Total1,947,1651,836,3071,919,4941,855,3331,951,915

Region19992000200120022003
North East106,177111,597113,736111,652110,621
North West300,783323,148306,265309,445327,001
Yorkshire and Humberside209,843208,896193,634197,580201,740
East Midlands151,843151,013154,856154,363176,433
West Midlands210,381201,778193,661207,462210,792
East of England152,790151,598153,142164,880170,760
London262,047255,914237,935266,219260,825
South East208,557221,026217,278226,071231,039
South West152,341154,476149,779160,693172,646
Wales127,003125,231117,447126,463138,965
Total1,881,7651,904,6771,837,7331,924,8282,000,822


(65)These data are on the principal offence basis



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