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Intercept Evidence

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with (a) police chief constables and (b) the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis about using intercept evidence in court; and if he will make a statement. [29372]

Mr. Charles Clarke: I have not discussed the matter personally with police Chief Constables or the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis nor have they sought to raise it with me. However, I am kept well informed of police views through the discussions officials regularly have with the police and others on this issue.

LT 12020 Speed Measuring Device

Mr. Marshall-Andrews: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the accuracy of the LT 12020 speed measuring device. [40451]

Paul Goggins: All speed measuring devices type approved for use by the police, including the LT 12020, are subject to laboratory and field testing before they receive type approval. I am satisfied as to the accuracy and reliability of the LT 12020.

Metropolitan Police Act

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted during 2004 of an offence under paragraph 10 of section 54 of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839. [40977]

Hazel Blears: Persons proceeded against and found guilty at the magistrates courts of offences under section 54(10) of the Metropolitan Police Act 1839 cannot be separately identified on the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform as they form part of a miscellaneous group which cannot be analysed.

Misuse of Drugs Advisory Committee

Greg Clark: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many scientists who have conducted research into the association between drug misuse and mental illness (a) serve and (b) have served since 1997 on the Advisory Committee on the Misuse of Drugs. [42013]


 
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Paul Goggins: Under the terms of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, the membership of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs must include representatives of the practices of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and pharmacy, the pharmaceutical industry and chemistry other than the pharmaceutical industry and people who have a wide range of experience of social problems connected with the misuse of drugs.

There are four present members and six past members (who were members since 1997, including two members that retired from the Advisory Council at the end of 2005) who have conducted research into drug misuse and mental illness. The Advisory Council's committees and working groups also include co-opted members, some of whom have also conducted research in this area.

Mobile Phone Location Data

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what use the police made of public mobile communications networks during the response operation to the incidents on the London underground and bus network on 7 July 2005. [42715]

Hazel Blears: The primary method of communication for the police are secure radio systems. Individual officers do make use of mobile telephones for communication both to other officers and to outside agencies, but emergency plans are designed around the use of radios. As part of the Government's lessons learned exercise we are reviewing the communication by emergency responders, Government and others on 7 July.

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many instances there have been of the police using data from UK mobile phone operators to locate a missing person. [42716]


 
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Hazel Blears: This information is not centrally held.

Motoring Offences

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists stopped for breaking the speed limit in (a) Tamworth, (b) Staffordshire and (c) England and Wales received a (i) warning and (ii) caution in each of the last five years for which figures are available. [42096]

Paul Goggins: The annual Home Office publication 'Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales, Supplementary tables' 1999 to 2003 (latest available), Table 18 gives data by police force area on written warnings (which includes formal cautions) issued by motoring offence groups. Copies of the above publications are available in the Library. The publications can also be accessed on the Home Office Research Development and Statistics (RDS) website at: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/index.htm

It is not possible from the data collected centrally to identify Tamworth within the geographical area covered by the Staffordshire police force. 2004 data will be available at the end of March 2006.

Offender Rehabilitation

Mr. Hurd: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what non-charitable premises are available in (a) Ruislip-Northwood constituency and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon for the provision of (i) treatment testing and (ii) rehabilitation of offenders by his Department. [40716]

Fiona Mactaggart: The non-charitable premises available for the provision of drug treatment and testing and the rehabilitation of offenders residing in the London borough of Hillingdon, including those living in the Ruislip-Northwood constituency, are as set out in the following table:
Name of providerAddress of premisesDescription of what is delivered at premises
DRR/DTTO Probation TeamUxbridge Probation Office
The Court House
Harefield Road
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1PQ
Supervision of offenders on drug treatment and testing orders (DTTOs) and drug rehabilitation requirements (DRRs) of the community order who have not been designated as prolific and other priority offenders (PPOs)
PPO teamMain address:
Uxbridge Probation Office
The Court House
Harefield Road
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1PQ
Supervision of offenders on DTTOs/DRRs who have been designated as PPOs. Drug testing of PPOs on licence, which is in the process of being implemented across the borough
Criminal Justice Interventions Team (CJIT)Old Bank House
64 High Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1JP
Assessments, drug treatment and/or testing as part of the arrest referral scheme in Hillingdon, DTTOs/DRRs, as part of the CARATs service and for PPOs
Probation staff from the Offender Programme Unit, Hendon Probation OfficeHarrow Probation Office
Rosslyn Crescent
Harrow
Middlesex
Addressing substance related offending (ASRO), a substance misuse accredited offending behaviour programme, to offenders on DTTOs/DRRs or as a stand-alone requirement of a community order where no other drug work is being undertaken
Hillingdon Drug and Alcohol Service (HDAS)Old Bank House
64 High Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1JP
Treatment of drug interventions programme (DIP) clients transferred from CJIT after 12–16 weeks and prescribing and assessments for residential rehab./detoxification for young offenders
Hillingdon Youth Offending ServiceDarren House
65 High Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1LQ
Supervision of young offenders, assessment and delivery of interventions e.g. targeted educational programme or counselling through substance misuse worker
SortedSterling House
276a High Street
Uxbridge
Middlesex
UB8 1LQ
Provision of tier 2–3 treatment e.g. counselling to young offenders

 
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Operation Crackdown

Kerry McCarthy: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether there are plans to repeat Operation Crackdown in 2006; and if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to reduce the supply of Class A drugs in the UK. [41571]

Paul Goggins: The objective of our National Strategy is to have a sustained impact on the supply of Class A drugs to the UK and availability within its communities.

While there are no immediate plans to repeat Operation Crackdown in 2006, we are bearing down on each part of the supply chain, both in this country and overseas, and have put in place strong powers to seize the assets of drug dealers, and strengthened the ability to bring dealers to justice, through the Drug Act 2005.

Operation Crackdown, the concerted campaign by 33 police forces in England and Wales between January and March 2005 achieved its objective of promoting the use of powers to close crack houses and these powers continue to be widely used by the police.


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