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Proceeds of Crime Act

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) the total value and (b) value per head of relevant population was of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 by each police force in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available, ranked in descending order. [40826]

Paul Goggins: Police force performance on recovering the proceeds of crime is measured by the value of cash forfeiture orders and confiscation orders obtained by a force. The total value of orders obtained by each police force in England and Wales in 2004–05 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and earlier legislation is shown in table A. The total value of orders obtained by each police force in England and Wales in 2004–05 per 100,000 of relevant population is shown in table B.
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Table A: Value of orders by police force in England and Wales

Total value of cash forfeitures and confiscation orders obtain by the police service in 2004–05
Police Force£
Metropolitan Police Service26,426,648.39
Lancashire Constabulary3,743,146.94
Greater Manchester Police3,453,431.70
Merseyside Police2,908,711.21
Cambridgeshire Constabulary2,695,434.41
Derbyshire Constabulary2,540,453.70
West Yorkshire Police2,265,457.57
City of London Police2,211,123.08
West Midlands Police2,053,433.63
Avon and Somerset Constabulary1,959,930.23
Kent Police1,926,936.62
Nottinghamshire Police1,336,612.41
South Yorkshire Police1,330,077.48
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Cumbria Constabulary1,124,156.05
Northamptonshire Police1,063,417.47
Dorset Police1,050,401.06
Sussex Police1,002,181.72
West Mercia Constabulary999,467.06
Norfolk Constabulary911,868.06
Northumbria Police909,645.62
Leicestershire Constabulary891,588.29
Thames Valley Police750,663.61
Surrey Police648,947.84
Cheshire Constabulary541,557.19
Wiltshire Constabulary482,559.71
Durham Constabulary477,399.45
Gwent Police442,673.90
Hertfordshire Constabulary440,353.93
Suffolk Constabulary430,715.69
South Wales Police400,577.52
Gloucestershire Constabulary390,468.23
Hampshire Constabulary333,792.86
Lincolnshire Police307,912.23
Staffordshire Police260,405.82
Humberside Police255,656.67
Cleveland Police230,220.07
North Yorkshire Police205,081.94
Dyfed-Powys Police201,061.20
Essex Police192,804.57
Bedfordshire Police154,828.69
North Wales Police109,758.12
Warwickshire Police57,357.29
Total value of orders71,301,801.18

Table B: value of orders by police force per 100,000 population in England and Wales

Total value of cash forfeitures and confiscation orders per 100,000 population in England and Wales
Police Force£
Cambridgeshire Constabulary369,333.72
Metropolitan Police Service358,092.92
Lancashire Constabulary261,903.22
Derbyshire Constabulary260,236.39
Cumbria Constabulary229,499.22
Merseyside Police213,215.80
Northamptonshire Police165,458.37
Dorset Police150,179.58
Greater Manchester Police136,447.50
Avon and Somerset Constabulary129,954.20
Nottinghamshire Police129,857.71
Kent Police120,441.07
Norfolk Constabulary112,479.10
West Yorkshire Police108,088.42
South Yorkshire Police104,519.82
Leicestershire Constabulary94,970.05
West Mercia Constabulary85,189.35
Durham Constabulary80,591.43
Gwent Police79,717.97
West Midlands Police79,637.06
Wiltshire Constabulary77,581.95
Devon and Cornwall Constabulary
Gloucestershire Constabulary68,689.99
Sussex Police66,537.54
Northumbria Police65,326.99
Suffolk Constabulary63,520.83
Surrey Police60,958.11
Cheshire Constabulary54,685.07
Lincolnshire Police46,283.80
Hertfordshire Constabulary42,303.89
Cleveland Police41,514.75
Dyfed-Powys Police40,317.06
Thames Valley Police35,533.70
South Wales Police33,018.53
Humberside Police28,997.52
North Yorkshire Police27,013.61
Bedfordshire Police26,984.45
Staffordshire Police24,824.91
Hampshire Constabulary18,574.39
North Wales Police16,362.03
Essex Police11,831.04
Warwickshire Police11,045.12
City of London Police(49)275,015.31

(49)Calculated per 1000 as deputation is under 100,000

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Paul Flynn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on what date his Department was informed that the substance thought to be ricin discovered in an incident in 2003 was not ricin. [21890]

Hazel Blears: An initial test conducted by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Porton Down on 6 January 2003 on an exhibit taken by police from the flat occupied by Kamal Bourgass gave an apparent positive result for ricin. However, confirmatory tests which were conducted throughout the period from 7 January 2003 to 28 January 2003 failed to detect the presence of ricin.

Ricin was identified and confirmed on 7 January, 2003 in a second exhibit, consisting of 22 castor beans seized from the flat. Nicotine poison was also identified and confirmed. Other materials, specifically mentioned in the poison recipes recovered from the flat were also found including acetone and isopropyl alcohol.

The Prosecuting Counsel (Mr. Sweeney QC), Crown Prosecution Service, was verbally informed of the ricin test result at a case conference on 20 March 2003, by Defence Science and Technology Laboratory. The Metropolitan Police Anti-Terrorist Branch was also represented at the meeting where the information was provided. The result was also provided in a written statement which was made available to the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan police at that time.

Further tests on the first exhibit on 27/28 April 2003 also did not detect ricin.

We do not have a record of the date this information was passed from the police to the Home Office and subsequently to Ministers.
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Traffic Wardens

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will amend the Functions of Traffic Wardens (Amendment) Order 2002 to allow police and community support officers to enforce section (a) 14(3), (b) 15(2) and (c) 15(4) of the Road Traffic Act 1988; and if he will make a statement. [40976]

Paul Goggins: Under the provisions of Sections 14 and 15 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 it is an offence for persons who are driving or riding in motor vehicles on a road not to wear seat belts or to convey children who are not wearing seat belts. Police officers can already take enforcement action as appropriate against persons they see breaking the law in this way.

The Functions of Traffic Wardens Order 1970, as amended by the 2002 (and other) Amendment Orders relates only to traffic wardens and cannot be amended in the way suggested.

The powers with which Community Support Officers (CSO) can be designated are as set in Schedule four of the Police Reform Act 2002 as amended. There are no plans to increase the number of traffic powers available to CSOs. Our concern is that CSO powers should focus on issues around neighbourhood policing.

UK Passport Service (Fraud)

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many officials employed by the United Kingdom Passport Service have been (a) investigated, (b) prosecuted and (c) convicted of fraudulent issuing of passports in each passport office in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available. [40792]

Andy Burnham: The information requested on the number of people employed by the UK Passport Service (UKPS) who have been investigated, prosecuted and convicted of fraudulently issuing passports is given in the following table.

The UK Passport Service takes very seriously any allegations or suspicions of fraud among members of staff. All such allegations or suspicions are investigated thoroughly and appropriate legal and disciplinary action taken where there are sound grounds to do so.

(51)All London
1.Prosecutions and convictions did not necessarily take place in the year an investigation commenced.
2.These figures do not include any ongoing and current investigations which UKPS may be conducting.

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