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Mrs. Humble: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the result was of the Thames Valley police investigation into the death of Private Gregory Bruce in Bicester barracks, Oxfordshire. 
Fiona Mactaggart: The following figures represent active vacancies (in terms of full-time equivalent value) in each probation area as at 30 June 2005. This is the most recent information available at present.
An active vacancy is one which an area is actively trying to fill (ie is at some stage of the recruitment process). Where an area has no active vacancies recorded, this can be taken as indicating that they were not recruiting on the day that data was captured.
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|Avon and Somerset||67.90|
|Devon and Cornwall||11.30|
Dr. McCrea: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what circumstances led to the closure of the public enquiry office in Belfast with effect from 15 November 2001; and if the Government will re-establish a public enquiry office in Belfast. 
The decision to close the Belfast Public Enquiry Office (PEO) was based on the fact that only 2,000 callers used the office annually and the operating hours and capacity were very limited. A better service
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could be provided from the larger PEO situated in Liverpool which offered a full range of services, unlike the restricted service offered at Belfast. There are no plans to reopen the Belfast PEO.
Paul Goggins: The Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000 extended the provisions of the Race Relations Act to most public authorities by making racial discrimination unlawful in carrying out their functions. It also placed a positive duty on many public authorities to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful racial discrimination and to promote equality of opportunity and good relations between persons of different racial groups. The Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) is responsible for enforcing and monitoring the Act.
The CRE has issued more than 200 'minded letters', indicating its willingness to take enforcement action against specific public authorities. In all cases this has resulted in the authorities concerned taking the necessary remedial action required to ensure that they are meeting their responsibilities in relation to race equality. Building on this work, the CRE is drawing up proposals on what it, in partnership with others, could do further to monitor public bodies' progress on meeting their equality targets and obligations under the Race Relations (Amendment) Act. For example, the CRE is currently targeting a range of public authorities to determine their progress in conducting Race Equality Impact Assessments. This will focus on both the number of new policies being assessed and the rigor of individual assessments. A specific focus for the CRE over the coming 12 months will be to ensure that all new policies, including legislation, are subject to Race Equality Impact Assessments. To support this work, the Home Office is working with the Interdepartmental Group on Race Equality to drive this work at a departmental level.
Fiona Mactaggart: The table shows the available information. The data refers to samples of offenders for the each of the five years shown. Owing to the administrative costs of matching criminal histories, reconviction results are generally based on samples of offenders from the first three months of each year.
Reconviction rates are influenced by a number of different factors relating to the offence and the offender. They can be adjusted to take account of the changing characteristics of offenders and these adjusted rates are published annually on the Home Office's website (http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.htm).
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|Offenders discharged from prison in Qtr 1 of each year||Offenders starting community sentences in Qtr 1 of each year|
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the recorded rate of crime was in Suffolk for each year since 1997 for (a) burglary of dwellings, (b) violence against the person, (c) vehicle crime, (d) robbery, (e) sexual offences, (f) total violent crime, (g) theft and handling of stolen goods and (h) criminal damage. 
|Violence against the person||2,448||3,820||5,303||6,395||7,354|
|Burglary in a dwelling||2,422||2,464||2,332||2,198||2,447|
|Theft and handling stolen goods||16,952||17,097||17,422||17,196||19,419|
|Violence against the person||7,949||9,529||10,347|
|Burglary in a dwelling||2,258||2,365||1,763|
|Theft and handling stolen goods||18,806||18,205||17,609|
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