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Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department by whom he was advised that the proposals for detention without charge for 90 days would be compliant with the European convention on human rights. 
Paul Goggins: Available data taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database for the offence of using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, 1997 to 2003 (latest available) is given in the table. Data for 2004 will not be available until early in 2006.
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003|
|Avon and Somerset||15,354||16,892||15,098||14,609||13,022||15,124||17,163|
|Devon and Cornwall||8,422||7,232||7,493||9,234||8,648||9,598||9,676|
|London, City of||2,671||3,127||2,521||1,738||1,826||2,353||2,563|
|England and Wales||397,133||390,074||387,419||391,659||388,298||410,398||447,267|
Shona McIsaac: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were prosecuted for (a) driving while uninsured, (b) driving while banned and (c) driving without having passed a test in the Humberside police area in each of the past five years. 
The available information taken from the Home Office Court Proceedings Database on prosecutions for the specific offences of, using a motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks, driving while disqualified and driving or causing or permitting another person to drive other than in accordance with a licence within the Humberside police force area 1999 to 2003 (latest available) is given in the table. 2004 data will not be available until early in 2006.
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|Number of defendants|
|(a) Using motor vehicle uninsured against third party risks [RTA88 s. 143 (2)]||4,894||5,024||4,730||4,464||5,509|
|(b) Driving whilst disqualified from holding or obtaining a licence [RTA88 s. 103 (1)]||895||888||783||888||1,195|
|(c) Driving or causing or permitting another person to drive other than in accordance with a licence (full or provisional) [RTA88 s. 87 (1) and (2) as amended]||2,779||3,040||3,082||2,984||3,567|
Mr. Charles Clarke: e-Borders capabilities began to roll out to selected air routes through Project Semaphore in December 2004. They will roll out incrementally to major air sea and rail ports to ensure complete coverage of international services in and out of the UK by 2010.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of fixed penalty fines issued by the police were unpaid in the Tendring district in the most recent 12 month period for which data are available. 
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to promote uptake of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy among employees of his Department. 
Prison Service staff are encouraged to use either a Prison Officer Association (POA) or HMPS learning centre, or a local provider, to address any developmental needs arising from a formal assessment, including, when appropriate, the promotion of the national tests in adult literacy and numeracy.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many employees in his Department requested training to improve their (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills in each year since 2002; 
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Mr. Charles Clarke: The Departments internal training providers IND College and the Centre for Learning and Development keep records of attendees on their courses but do not keep central records of training arranged locally through external providers.
The Department seeks to embed literacy and numeracy as part of the job related development opportunities available to staff. It is therefore difficult to assess all staff development offered that embed literacy and numeracy skills but details of the numbers of staff who have attended training for 2002 to 2004 are in the following table.
|Number of applications|
|IND||Back to Basics"(36)||150||108||72|
|Non-IND, Non-Agency||Key Skills for Work-|
Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methods of assessment of (a) literacy and (b) numeracy skills are used as part of the recruitment process by employees of his Department. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: In accordance with Cabinet Office guidance, the Home Office uses a variety of methods to assess an applicant's literacy and numeracy skills during the recruitment process. These include competency based application forms, the use of specific tests of ability, aptitude or potential and assessment centres for staff entering the service at Higher Executive Officer (HEO) and grade 7 level. For both of our assessment centres, candidates are presented with materials in written form and this provides a substantial test of literacy skills. Certain of the exercises we also use include numerical material.
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