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Mr. Hanson: The Government takes racially motivated crime very seriously. The Racial Equality Strategy, published on 19 July 2005, sets a framework to allow the Government to tackle the issues of racial inequality in Northern Ireland and to eradicate racism and hate crime. In addition, legislation was passed last year which enables aggravated penalties to be handed down by the courts on those whose crimes were motivated by hatred of a persons race.
The table outlines the number of racially motivated crimes cleared by the police in 200405 (first financial year for which data available). A breakdown by clearance type is provided which includes the number of crimes cleared by way of a charge or summons.
|Caution/informed warning (including juvenile)||11|
|No further police action(27)||31|
|Total crimes cleared||101|
Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many (a) hate crimes and (b) racially motivated crimes there have been within each district command unit in Northern Ireland over the last three years. 
Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland will record any incident perceived to have been committed against any person or property on the grounds of a particular persons ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, political opinion or disability, whether it amounts to a crime or not. These incidents are commonly referred to as hate crimes and take many forms, including, verbal abuse, physical assault, intimidation and damage to property.
The tables provide statistics for racially motivated incidents and homophobic incidents. The statistics in relation to homophobic incidents are only available by District Command Unit for 200304 and 200405. The total figure for such incidents in 200203 was 35.
Computerised recording of incidents where the motivation is perceived to be on the grounds of an individual's particular religion, political opinion, or disability will be available from April 2005.
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|District command unit||Homophobic incidents 200304||Homophobic incidents 200405|
|Total for region||45||94|
|Newry and Mourne||1||2|
|Dungannon and South Tyrone||0||1|
|Total for region||26||102|
|District command unit||Racial incidents 200203||Racial incidents 200304||Racial incidents 200405|
|Total for region||141||289||445|
|Newry and Mourne||2||11||15|
|Dungannon and South Tyrone||7||21||69|
|Total for region||85||164||368|
Mr. Woodward: Court prosecution data do not identify racism offences. The Police Service of Northern Ireland do not hold figures for the last five years. The table outlines the number of racially motivated crimes cleared by the police in 200405 (the first financial year for which data are available) and for the current financial year to date. A breakdown by clearance type is provided which includes the number of crimes cleared by way of a charge or summons.
|Crime clearance method||1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005||1 April 2005 to 31 August 2005(30)|
|No further police action(31)||31||27|
|Total crimes cleared||101||45|
|Rape||Assault with intent to rape||Indecent assault|
Mr. Peter Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many rapes there were in each of the Police Service of Northern Ireland district commands in each of the last five years. 
|Newry and Mourne||6||8||7||16||12|
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many cases of rape were reported in each parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in the last year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Woodward: The Police Service of Northern Ireland do not record statistics by parliamentary constituencies, rather by district command unit. The following table provides the information requested in the format available for the period 200405.
|District command unit||200405|
|Dungannon and South Tyrone||7|
|Newry and Mourne||12|
|Total for Northern Ireland||347|
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