Previous Section Index Home Page

11 Jul 2005 : Column 784W—continued


Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what information he collects on the average sentence imposed for similar crimes in different police and courts' service areas; and for which crimes such information is available. [7947]

Fiona Mactaggart: Data on sentence lengths for all crimes are collected in all criminal justice and petty-sessional areas. Selected data are published annually in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin Sentencing Statistics" and in the Criminal Statistics Supplementary Volumes. The Sentencing Statistics" Bulletin for 2003, published in February 2005, includes the average sentences for major offence groups such as violence against the person", sexual offences", etc. for individual areas. The Criminal Statistics Supplementary Volumes provide more detailed information for individual offences.

Speed Cameras

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much money has been raised from speed cameras in each of the last five years; how much of this money has been retained by road safety partnerships; and how much has been kept by the Government. [4510]

Hazel Blears: While information is not available on the amount of fines paid following speed offences detected by camera, table A shows the number of fixed penalties and court fines ordered to be paid for the offence of 'speeding detected by camera' in the calendar years 1999 to 2003 (latest available). Not all fines and fixed penalties will have been paid. Information for 2004 will be available in early 2006.

I am advised by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Transport that the revenue figures for the National Safety Camera Programme in England and Wales are available from the start of the netting-off scheme as given in table B. The table shows data by financial year and indicates the number of Safety Camera Partnerships participating in the programme at each stage. It is only fixed penalty income from offences detected by cameras within the national scheme that can be netted off. Except where special provisions apply, such as have been made for supporting the operation of approved safety camera, the whole of offenders' fines normally accrue to the Consolidated Fund.

Details of programme funding for 2000–01 to 2002–03 are given in The national safety camera programme—three-year evaluation report", copies of which have been placed in the Library of the House, and are available from the Department for Transport website.
11 Jul 2005 : Column 785W

Table A: Fixed penalty and court proceedings data for speeding offences detected by cameras(73) England and Wales, 1999 to 2003
Number of offences

Fixed penalties
Court proceedings(74)
Number of tickets(75)Estimated revenue(76)(£)Number
of fines
Total amount of fine (£)Average fine (£)

11 Jul 2005 : Column 786W

2 Includes cases where fixed penalty notices were originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court. 3 Only covers tickets paid where there is no further action. 4 Estimate based on £40 fixed penalty charge to October 2000. Raised to £60 from November 2000.
Table B: Revenue figures for the National Safety Camera Programme in England and Wales, 2000–01 to 2003–04(73)

Year and (number of partnerships participating in programme)Receipts from fixed penaltiesExpenditureBalance, accruing to the Consolidated Fund
(7 partnerships)
(7 partnership, 14 from October 2001)
(23 partnerships, 25 from July 2002, 29 from October 2002)
2003–04 (Provisional)112,200,00091,800,00020,400,000
(35 partnerships)

UK Citizenship

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been refused UK citizenship based on an insufficient standard of English in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nationality. [6440]

Mr. McNulty: The latest available statistics on the number of people that have been refused UK citizenship based on an insufficient standard of English in the last 10 years can be found in the table.

Data for 1995 to 2001 do not include nationality data as this was not reported at the time.

Information on grants of UK citizenship is published annually in the Home Office bulletin Persons Granted British Citizenship United Kingdom", available on the Home Office website at
Person refused UK citizenship based on an insufficient standard of English, 1995 to 2004

Former Yugoslavian/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a
Peoples republic of Chinan/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/an/a

n/a=Data unavailable.
(73)Negligible (i.e. two or less).
Data is rounded to nearest five.

11 Jul 2005 : Column 787W

UK-US Data Transfer

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether UK data on criminal convictions are made available to United States customs and immigration agents; and on what basis. [4674]

Fiona Mactaggart: There are no arrangements for routinely supplying UK criminal record information to US customs and immigration authorities. However, information may be shared between agencies during joint criminal investigations.

Vehicle Registration

Mark Tami: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals in England and Wales have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted in relation to failing to register their vehicles in their name in each of the last five years. [9241]

Hazel Blears: It is not possible from the information held on the Home Office Court Proceedings Database to identify prosecutions for the specific offence of failing to register a vehicle separately from other types of offences under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.

Next Section Index Home Page