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Hazel Blears: The available information is shown in the following table. Data on the number of Basic Command Units (BCUs) has only been collected since March 2002. The number of BCUs in each force is an operational matter for the chief constable.
Hazel Blears: I am aware that there will be initial upfront costs associated with developing strategic police forces. I have requested that as part of developing their proposals forces and authorities undertake a cost benefit analysis of the options that have been identified as suitable for progression. This will included estimates surrounding 'set up' costs. We will be in a better position to assess up front costs once final options have been submitted in December.
Her Majesty's inspectorate of constabulary (HMIC) report has shown that although there will be upfront costs associated with developing strategic forces, there will be greater savings made through economies of scale resulting from restructuring.
John Hemming: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many calls were made from call centres in his Department in 200405 using predictive diallers; how many such calls resulted in contact being made with the recipient without a Government agent available to talk to them; and what assessment he has made of the likely impact of Ofcom's policy on silent calls on the use of predictive diallers in departmental call centres. 
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list those Private Members' Bills introduced (a) under Standing Order No 14(6), (b) Standing Order No 23 and (c) Standing Order No 57 which were (i) supported and (ii) opposed by his Department in each Session since 199798. 
Jim Cousins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the basis of apportionment was in 200405 for the incentivisation fund for recoveries under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. 
Paul Goggins: As agreed with the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), under the police incentivisation scheme the police service would receive one-third of the total assets recovered over and above £40 million in 200405, increasing to one half in 200506. The Government are spending more than the first £40 million to support existing spending commitments in the asset recovery field. It was also agreed with ACPO that incentive payments would be based on the performance of each force in 200405 in the recovery of criminal assets. The amount allocated to each force was determined by its percentage contribution to the total value of cash forfeitures and confiscation orders obtained by the police service in 200405.
Mr. Oaten: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) searches were carried out and (b) cash seizures were made in each of the last three years by (i) police officers and (ii) Customs officers exercising their powers under Part 5, chapter 3 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002; and how much cash was seized in each case. 
Paul Goggins: Information on the number of searches carried out by police and Customs officers is not held centrally. Information on the total number and value of cash seizures by (i) police officers and (ii) Customs officers in each of the last three years is set out in the following table.
|HMR and C||Police|
|Volume||Value (£)||Volume||Value (£)|
Paul Goggins: In the stock take of implementation of the Rape Action Plan 2002 carried out in September 2005, four police forces reported that they had specialist rape units staffed by Sexual Offence Liaison Officers.
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many regulatory impact assessments have been published in relation to legislation sponsored by his Department in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Charles Clarke: I refer the hon. Member to my answer of 5 December 2005, Official Report, column 998W, which gives details of regulatory impact assessments (RIAs) from August 2001 to June 2005. The number of RIAs published before August 2001 was as follows:
|Number of RIAs|
|1997 (July to December)||(37)6|
|2001 (January to July)||4|
Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 11 November, Official Report, column 8523W, on road safety, why figures on numbers of road traffic police officers are unavailable for years before 2003. 
Paul Goggins: Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) held data prior to 200203 on their Matrix database. However, following a software upgrade, this data was corrupted. It was unclear how long it would be before it was restored, so we provided the information that was currently available in order to meet the PQ deadline. This information is now available from 19992000 and is given in the following table.
|As at 31 March each year||Full-time equivalent(39)|
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will take steps to allow persons guilty of an offence under section 14(3) of the Road Traffic Act 1988, in lieu of a fine, to attend a driving safety course paid for by the offender that includes instruction on the benefits of wearing seat belts; and if he will make a statement. 
Paul Goggins: The Government are keen to use education as part of a penalty where it is appropriate. Rehabilitation courses for persons convicted of drink driving have been available nationally since 2000 and have proved successful. On this basis, we propose through the Road Safety Bill, currently under consideration in another place, to provide the courts with powers to refer people convicted of speeding and careless driving offences to retraining courses with the incentive of a reduction in disqualification or penalty points. There are no plans to extend the scope to non- endorsable offences including seat belt offences.
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