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Crime Statistics

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average number of crimes committed per day was in each police force area in the last year for which figures are available. [29194]

Hazel Blears: The available data relate to the number of crimes recorded by the police in a year. The latest information was published in table 6.02 of Home Office
 
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Statistical Bulletin number 11/05, Crime in England and Wales 2004–05". This can be found on the following website:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.htm.

Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the level of detection of burglaries was in each of the last eight years. [30572]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is given in the tables.
Detection rates for offences of burglary recorded by the police in England and Wales: 1997 to 2001–02

PeriodPercentage detected
199723
1998–99(44)19
1999–200013
2000–0112
2001–0212


(44) Expanded coverage and revised counting rules came into effect on 1 April 1998
Note:
The data in this table is prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.





Detection rates for offences of burglary recorded by the police in England and Wales: 2002–03 to 2004–05

PeriodPercentage detected
2002–0312
2003–0413
2004–0513




Note:
The data in this table takes account of the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard in April 2002. These figures are not directly comparable with those for earlier years.




Custody Detention Suites

Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what plans he has to extend the installation of lifesigns monitoring equipment in custody detention suites; what each unit costs; and if he will make a statement; [30932]

(2) what guidance he has issued regarding the appropriate use of lifesigns monitoring equipment in custody suites; and if he will make a statement. [30933]

Fiona Mactaggart: Lifesigns monitoring equipment was trialled in HMP Ashwell in 2003 by the Police Scientific Development Branch of the Home Office, and the results were sent to all chief officers in December 2003. However, no guidance was issued as the decision to install such equipment in custody suites and the negotiations for its costs are matters for individual chief officers, and figures are not collated centrally.

Deepcut Barracks

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the Devon and Cornwall police inquiry into Surrey police's investigation into the deaths at the Deepcut Barracks; and if he will make a statement. [32804]


 
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Hazel Blears: The chief constable of the Devon and Cornwall police is responsible for the day to day operational management of the force and the deployment of resources. I will ensure that the chief constable receives a copy of the question and replies to you directly. Copies of the letter containing Devon and Cornwall police's response will be placed in the House Libraries.

Departmental Websites

Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to ensure the Department's websites attain the W3C AAA standard of accessibility for people with visual and other disabilities; and if he will set a target date for this standard to be achieved by. [30967]

Mr. Charles Clarke: Current Cabinet Office guidelines recommend that Government websites adhere to a minimum of W3C WAI A standard (http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/e-government/resources/handbook/html/2–4.asp#2.4.3). However, the Home Office realises and understands that although this leads to websites that are acceptable to impaired users, their experience of the site is still sub-standard. As such we are committed to bringing all of our websites up to at least AA level.

The core Home Office family of websites (sites with homeoffice.gov.uk addresses) has recently been redeveloped to improve the experience of all users. Before launch the sites were independently audited for their accessibility compliance and met most requirements up to AAA standard. Following final adjustments being made at present the sites will be resubmitted to RNIB for their 'See it Right' accreditation. They will then meet A, AA and most AAA criteria. This level will be met by Christmas 2005 with RNIB accreditation following in early 2006.

All new websites built by the Department will either fit into the core set of sites and will therefore inherit their standards or will be objectively audited to ensure compliance.

All new websites built by the department will either fit into the core set of sites and will therefore inherit their standards or will be objectively audited to ensure compliance.

Directors' Allocation Fund

Mr. Pelling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of his Department's Directors' Allocation Fund funding stream from the Government office for London was made available to the London borough of Croydon in 2004–05. [32278]

Hazel Blears: In 2004–05, one project in Croydon was allocated funding under the Home Office Regional Directors' Allocation. A sum of £55,000 (out of the total allocation of around £1.2 million) was made available for the Croydon Family Justice Centre. The Centre enhances services to family violence, domestic violence
 
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and elder abuse victims in South London. It duplicates the San Diego Justice Centre, 'International Model of Excellence,' and will also help to ensure the success of the new Croydon Domestic Violence Integrated Court.

Domestic Burglar Alarms

Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of domestic burglar alarms activated in each police force area in England in each of the last five years; and how many of these were found to be genuine alarms indicating a crime in progress. [31297]

Hazel Blears: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Domestic Violence

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many victims of domestic abuse were of (a) British, (b) Indian, (c) Pakistani, (d) Bangladeshi, (e) North American, (f) South American, (g) Chinese and (h) African origin in each of the past 10 years for which figures are available; and how many were (i) married, (ii) co-habiting and (iii) single in each case. [31385]

Fiona Mactaggart: The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides information on the number of incidents of domestic violence but not on the actual number of victims. The number of incidents is not broken down by nationality or marital status.

The 2004–05 BCS assessed the prevalence risk of domestic violence by marital status. The risk of victimisation (i.e. the percentage of people who had been victims of domestic violence once or more) was 0.2 per cent. among married people, 0.6 per cent. among cohabiting people and 0.8 per cent. among single people.
BCS incidents of domestic violence, 1995 to 2004–05,England and Wales

Number (thousand)
1995989
1997814
1999775
2001–02 ints626
2002–03 ints506
2003–04 ints447
2004–05 ints401

Mr. Michael Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents of domestic violence there were in West Mercia in each of the last five years. [30590]

Hazel Blears: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in how many incidents of domestic violence reported in (i) England, (ii) the Tees Valley and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in each year since 1997 the perpetrator was (a) male and (b) female. [31433]


 
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Hazel Blears: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) men and (b) women have been prosecuted for domestic violence in each year since 1997 in (i) England, (ii) the Tees Valley and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland. [31434]

Fiona Mactaggart: Of all cases identified and flagged as domestic violence by the police and passed to the CPS in Cleveland Local Justice Area, 378 were prosecuted in 2004–05. In the first quarter of 2005–06, there were 151 prosecutions and in the second quarter there were 149 prosecutions. These are collected at Local Justice Area level and cannot be disaggregated further.

In their guidelines on investigating domestic violence, issued in November 2004, the Association of Chief Police Officers advised all forces to identify and flag domestic violence incidents. In April this year, the CPS also began a campaign to encourage police and prosecutors to identify and flag cases. Therefore, there is a likely increase in the number of prosecutions identified as domestic violence from 2004–05 to the first two quarters of 2005–06 due to the embedding of this activity. There are no centrally collected figures prior to 2004–05.

The gender of the persons prosecuted for domestic violence cases is not collected by the CPS.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recorded incidents of domestic violence there were in Staffordshire in each of the last five years. [32008]

Hazel Blears: From the information collected centrally on recorded crime, it is not possible to identify cases of domestic violence. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences are not collected.

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many domestic violence prosecutions were undertaken in Staffordshire in each of the last five years. [32038]

Fiona Mactaggart: Of all cases identified and flagged as domestic violence by the police and passed to the CPS in Staffordshire, 1,268 were prosecuted in 2004–05. In the first quarter of 2005–06, there were 407 prosecutions and in the second quarter there were 524 prosecutions.

In their guidelines on investigating domestic violence, issued in November 2004, the Association of Chief Police Officers advised all forces to identify and flag domestic violence incidents. In April this year, the CPS also begun a campaign to encourage police and prosecutors to identify and flag cases. Therefore, there is a likely increase in the number of prosecutions identified as domestic violence from 2004–05 to the first two quarters of 2005–06 has been due to the embedding of this activity. There are no centrally collected figures prior to 2004–05.
 
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Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the nswer of 3 November 2005, Official Report, column 1252W, on domestic violence, when the (a) 2004 and (b) 2005 results on victimisation will be made available. [32186]

Hazel Blears: The British Crime Survey (BCS) measures victimisation against adults living in private households in England and Wales. Domestic violence is included as part of the survey's core measures of violent crime. The results from the 2004–05 BCS were published on 21 July 2005 in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 11/05 'Crime in England and Wales 2004–05'. The 2005–06 figures will be published in July 2006.

The BCS also includes a self-completion module of questions on interpersonal violence; this covers domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking. This module was included in the 2004–05 survey, the results from which will be published in spring 2006. A module of questions on interpersonal violence has also been included in the 2005–06 BCS (currently in the field). The results from this module are intended for publication in 2007.

The results from the 2004 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey, which includes general data on victimisation of young people aged 10 to 25, were published on 24 November 2005, in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin 20/05 'Young people and crime: findings from the 2004 Offending, Crime and Justice Survey'. This report did not include domestic violence. The results from the 2005 survey will be published late 2006.


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