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House Building (Aylesbury)

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the number of additional (a) police officers and (b) police stations that will be required as a result of the planned expansion of housing in Aylesbury Vale. [44163]

Hazel Blears: It is for the chief constable of the Thames Valley police, in consultation with the police authority, to determine how many police officers are deployed to the Buckinghamshire Basic Command Unit (BCU) (which includes Alesbury Vale), also whether
 
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there is a need for additional police facilities in the area. The police funding formula takes account of the relative needs of policing across England and Wales.

Illegal Fireworks

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many illegal fireworks were seized in (a) West Lancashire, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five years for which records are available. [45141]

Hazel Blears: The Home Office does not collect or hold figures on the number of seized illegal fireworks.

I refer my hon. Friend to the answer given by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 30 November 2005, Official Report, column 594W.

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fines have been imposed by the police for offences relating to fireworks in (a) West Lancashire constituency, (b) Lancashire, (c) the North West and (d) England and Wales since the Fireworks Act 2003 came into force. [45149]

Hazel Blears: Offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 (made under section 11 of the Fireworks Act 2003) for breach of the national fireworks curfew, the illegal possession of category four fireworks and the possession by a person under 18 of an adult firework attract penalty notices for disorder, as well as the offence of throwing fireworks. The offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 were brought into the scheme with effect from 11 October 2004 and the offence of throwing fireworks has been included in the penalty notice for disorder scheme since it was introduced nationally during 2004.

The numbers of penalty notices issued in Lancashire, the North West and England and Wales in 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the table. It is not possible to separately identify Penalty Notices issued in West Lancashire constituency as data held centrally is not broken down to that level of detail.
Number of Penalty Notices for Disorder issued for fireworks offences, Lancashire police force area, North West Region and England and Wales, 2004 and January-September 2005 provisional data

2004
January—September 2005 (provisional)
AreaThrowing fireworksBreach of fireworks curfewPossession of a Category 4 fireworksPossession by under 18 of adult fireworkThrowing fireworksBreach of fireworks curfewPossession of a Category 4 fireworksPossession by under 18 of adult firework
Lancashire11111421
North West8211149267
England and Wales
332
1074177121220



Source:
RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform


International Arrest Warrants

Dr. Starkey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he plans to bring before the House his proposals to amend the law to prevent individuals from applying for international arrest warrants. [45861]

Andy Burnham: I refer my hon. Friend to the reply I gave her on 7 December 2005, Official Report, column 1363W.

Knives

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been found to be unlawfully carrying knives in public without good reason in each division of Staffordshire police force in each year since the introduction of the Knives Act 1997. [43793]

Hazel Blears: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform
 
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for the number of people found guilty at all courts for carrying knives in public without good reason or lawful authority for Staffordshire police force area, 2002–04 are in the following table.

It is not possible to identify those convictions by each division of Staffordshire police as the data are not collected at this level of detail.
Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts under Criminal Justice Act 1988, Sec 139(65), Staffordshire police force area(66), 1997 to 2004

Offence descriptionStatuteYearFound guilty
Having an article withCriminal Justice Act199723
blade or point in public1988, Sec 139 as amended199839
placeby Offensive Weapons199942
Act 1996, Sec 3200024
200133
200268
200363
200469
Having an article withCriminal Justice Act 1988,1997
blade or point on schoolSec 139A(1)(5)(a) added1998
premisesby Offensive Weapons Act1999
1996, Sec4(1)2000
20011
2002
2003
20042


(65) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(66) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.

Migrations Fund

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the size is of the migrations fund to help failed asylum seekers resettle in their own country; and if he will make a statement. [44829]

Mr. McNulty: The total resources available to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Migration Fund for this financial year are £3.6 million. The Migration Fund was established in 2005 in response to the needs identified in IND's five year plan, Controlling our Borders: Making migration work for Britain". It is used to finance projects aimed at managing illegal migration and refugee protection in source and transit countries of concern to the UK. The Fund can also assist in other areas, such as in supporting returns, including those of failed asylum seekers. FCO have a parallel, but linked, Migration Fund with objectives similar to that of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate Fund.

National Offender Management Service

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish a job description for regional offender managers under the National Offender Management Services structures. [23272]

Fiona Mactaggart: The job description for the post of regional offender manager was contained in the information pack sent to all prospective candidates in the summer of 2004. A copy of the information pack has been placed in the Library for Members to read.
 
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Mrs. Dunwoody: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how the effectiveness of regional offender managers is to be assessed. [44880]

Fiona Mactaggart: The effectiveness of the regional offender managers will be assessed against the target to deliver a 5 per cent. reduction in re-offending by adults and young offenders by 2007–08 compared to 2002–03, leading to a 10 per cent. reduction by the end of the decade.

NHS Pension Scheme

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many early retirements there were under the NHS Pension Scheme (a) in 2000 and (b) in each year since 2002. [29040]

Mr. Byrne: I have been asked to reply.

The number of early retirements in England and Wales for the financial years 2000 to 2005 is shown in the table. Early retirement includes ill health, redundancy and voluntary early retirement.
Number
1999–20007,766
2000–017,556
2001–027,419
2002–036,511
2003–047,583
2004–056,806


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