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IMPACT System

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when the IMPACT system will be operational; and what assessment he has made of progress towards the target date of March 2007. [16027]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Government's Second Progress Report on implementing Sir Michael Richard's recommendations was released to Parliament on 7 November 2005. The IMPACT programme, set up to deliver many of the key recommendations, will
 
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deliver incremental improvements in police information management and information sharing systems over the next five years.

The first application, a national index of names (the IMPACT Nominal Index) will be deployed into a Child Abuse Investigation Unit in every force in England and Wales by the end of 2005. This will enable police forces to check where information is held on individuals by other forces.

The next phase of development will provide police forces with a direct national link between their six core systems, including intelligence, by the end of 2007.

Internet (Voice Calls)

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the (a) police and (b) intelligence agencies are able (i) to intercept and (ii)to collect traffic data on voice calls made over the internet. [32894]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The lawful basis for both intercepting and accessing traffic data on internet calls is contained in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which is designed to be technology neutral. We do not comment on specific capability, or lack of capability, in these areas, where to do so would undermine national security and the prevention and detection of crime.

Investigatory Powers Tribunal

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) staffing level and (b) cost of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has been in each calendar year since its inception. [30560]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal was established on 2 October 2000. The tribunal's staff in post in each calendar year since then has been:
200020012002200320042005
President111111
Vice President111111
Registrarn/a11111
Members677776
Tribunal office administration staff
2
33333

The running costs of the tribunal in each financial year since its inception have been:
£

Running costs
2000–0155,470
2001–0286,620
2002–03114,540
2003–04104,440
2004–05173,280








 
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Local Authority Secure Units

Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the re-offending rates of those released from local authority secure units. [32889]

Fiona Mactaggart: These re-offending rates are not available. The following table shows reconviction rates, a commonly used proxy for re-offending rates, for juveniles released from custody. Local authority secure children's homes and secure training centres are included in the reconviction rate, but these cannot be distinguished from other juvenile custodial disposals.

Owing to the administrative costs of matching criminal histories, the results shown relate to the reconvictions for samples of offenders, those juveniles discharged in the first three months of the year. Reconviction rates should be used with caution as a number of different factors can influence them. Reconviction rates 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). The most recent adjusted figures for the 2003 cohort show a reduction in reoffending of 2.4 per cent. against the 2000 baseline.
Reconviction rates—juvenile offenders, within one year of completing custodial sentence

Reconviction rate
200369.4
200268.3
200170.4

Magistrates Courts

Dr. Vis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of people appearing before each magistrates court were remanded to custody in each year from 2002 to 2005. [33096]

Fiona Mactaggart: The table shows the numbers and percentages of defendants proceeded against in England and Wales who were remanded in custody by magistrates courts, for the years 2002 to 2004.

The remand data received by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is often incomplete and custodial remands are believed to be under-recorded. The figures felt to be most the most unreliable are not presented in the table. Due to the poor quality of the data we are unable to present figures for the individual magistrates courts. Figures for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2006.
 
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Numbers and percentages of defendants remanded in custody by magistrates courts in each police force area 2002–04—England and Wales
Defendants and percentages

2002
2003
Remanded
in custody(36)
ProsecutionsRemanded in custody as a percentage of prosecutionsRemanded
in custody(36)
ProsecutionsRemanded in custody as a percentage of prosecutions
Avon and Somerset2,85955,0375.22,62662,2824.2
Bedfordshire74318,4744.071621,4723.3
Cambridgeshire66311,9655.544812,8613.5
Cheshire1,23335,3803.51,16933,5193.5
City of London28210,4852.722210,3742.1
Cleveland27,46526,112
Cumbria14,40918,923
Derbyshire1,30234,2953.81,36433,6254.1
Devon and Cornwall1,58246,8273.41,55250,2053.1
Dorset79919,6184.170520,3473.5
Durham1,07917,8606.087216,3775.3
Essex1,46360,6632.41,64253,6923.1
Gloucestershire31117,8361.738315,9642.4
Greater Manchester134,664133,843
Hampshire2,33058,4794.02,43357,4754.2
Hertfordshire28,82533,377
Humberside2,01631,5556.42,15936,1416.0
Kent1,07844,4542.41,33453,5232.5
Lancashire2,93467,9194.32,53873,9353.4
Leicestershire1,64539,4874.21,48344,8813.3
Lincolnshire87726,9933.268728,9672.4
Merseyside57,07266,781
Metropolitan Police12,519255,7334.910,727250,4494.3
Norfolk43521,8022.045525,3291.8
North Yorkshire62519,1703.378618,9254.2
Northamptonshire39714,5342.725,116
Northumbria3,01166,3274.52,77468,1324.1
Nottinghamshire2,55739,0546.52,60543,8445.9
South Yorkshire1,34053,8322.51,26747,8302.6
Staffordshire60626,1362.351229,1601.8
Suffolk71523,1513.179024,0293.3
Surrey20,71319,127
Sussex1,76938,9254.51,35838,7943.5
Thames Valley1,17263,5001.862,120
Warwickshire23013,9351.721613,4481.6
West Mercia1,29835,7083.61,31833,5733.9
West Midlands4,535131,6833.43,332134,6112.5
West Yorkshire8,85793,0229.57,41098,8447.5
Wiltshire65921,3763.146923,8482.0
Dyfed-Powys69117,7273.964019,4893.3
Gwent88125,7023.486528,0623.1
North Wales25,38927,193
South Wales99857,6451.71,39464,2212.2

2004
Remanded
in custody(36)
ProsecutionsRemanded in custody as a percentage of prosecutions
Avon and Somerset2,03060,1563.4
Bedfordshire66020,7743.2
Cambridgeshire38213,2332.9
Cheshire1,06835,7593.0
City of London42711,5263.7
Cleveland26,322
Cumbria19,151
Derbyshire1,10633,0043.4
Devon and Cornwall1,30545,6012.9
Dorset63119,5633.2
Durham55914,4663.9
Essex1,55651,6733.0
Gloucestershire40115,6052.6
Greater Manchester140,008
Hampshire2,09756,5483.7
Hertfordshire64937,0881.7
Humberside1,63634,8204.7
Kent54,819
Lancashire1,99062,2733.2
Leicestershire1,42641,2743.5
Lincolnshire70628,9972.4
Merseyside65,486
Metropolitan Police9,230263,9883.5
Norfolk29223,6851.2
North Yorkshire31020,0671.5
Northamptonshire26,680
Northumbria2,20365,4563.4
Nottinghamshire2,11142,2385.0
South Yorkshire99648,6212.0
Staffordshire49233,5401.5
Suffolk70727,1612.6
Surrey20,104
Sussex1,31137,8233.5
Thames Valley66,201
Warwickshire20617,0771.2
West Mercia1,38337,7963.7
West Midlands3,177136,3652.3
West Yorkshire6,639103,8556.4
Wiltshire55422,8142.4
Dyfed-Powys51916,0123.2
Gwent93325,1473.7
North Wales28,993
South Wales2,53770,8343.6




'—'reliable remand data not available
(36)Includes those remanded for part of the time in custody and part on bail



 
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