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Respect Action Plan

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role he expects residents' associations to play in the Government's Respect Action Plan. [45247]

Hazel Blears: The Respect Action Plan aims to tackle antisocial behaviour and promote respect by empowering individuals and community groups, such as residents' associations, to play an important role in taking a stand and tackling and not tolerating antisocial behaviour. This will be supported by giving people power over their local public services, creating a greater sense of ownership and improving accountability between the providers and the local community.

Sex Offenders Register

Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average length of time was between a relevant conviction in court and the sexual offenders register being updated in each of the last five years. [44622]

Paul Goggins: The term sex offenders register" is a reference to the requirement under Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 on all offenders who have received a conviction or caution for certain sexual offences to notify certain personal information to the police and, for a period of time set out in legislation, keep the police informed of: any changes to those details; any period of seven days spent at another address, and; any intention to travel overseas for three days or more.

Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 requires all relevant offenders to make an initial notification" with the police, at a designated police station, within three days of their caution or conviction. If an offender is serving a term of imprisonment on the day that his initial notification" falls due, then he must make this notification within three days of his release from imprisonment. Failure to comply with the notification requirements is a criminal offence with a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment.

The Association of Chief Police Officers estimate that 97 per cent. of offenders comply with the notification requirements.

Speed Cameras/Speedmeters

John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which models of mobile speed cameras have been purchased by each police force in England and Wales since 2003. [45159]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not recorded centrally.

John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles were detected by speed cameras exceeding the speed limit on the contraflow between junctions 19 and 20 of the M5 (a) in the first month of operation and (b) to date. [45160]


 
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Paul Goggins: Information on penalties generated by individual speed camera location is not collected centrally.

John Penrose: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which speedmeters have been type-approved for police use. [45158]

Paul Goggins: The following list details speedmeters type approved for police use.

Home Office type approved speedmeters as at 6 December 2005

Attended actively operated

1. Hand Held Radar Speed Measuring Devices:

2. Tripod Mounted Radar Speed Measuring Devices:

3. Pneumatic Tube Sensor Speed Measuring Devices:

4. Piezo Sensor Speed Measuring Devices:

5. Laser Speedmeters:


 
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Automatic—unmanned

1. Radar:

2. Piezo cable sensors:

3. Automatic Distance Over Time Speedmeters

4. Combined Speed and Red Light Cameras:

Automatic—supervised

1. Piezo cable sensors:

2. Pnuematic tube Sensor Speed Measuring Devices:

Tasers

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 29 November 2005, Official Report, column 470W, on taser stun guns, if he will make a statement on the use of tasers in recent efforts by the police to heighten security in (a) the City of London and (b) England. [44404]

Hazel Blears: I understand from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) that taser has been fired 97 times by English forces from 21 April 2003 to 10 January 2006. The City of London police have not fired taser.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what regulations are in place governing the private sale and distribution of Tasers; and whether he plans to tighten these regulations. [44419]

Hazel Blears: Tasers are prohibited weapons and cannot be lawfully possessed or sold without the express authority of the Secretary of State under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968. As such they are already strictly regulated and are not available for private use.

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department at how many people Tasers have been fired by each police constabulary in England and Wales, broken down by (a) gender, (b) age and (c) ethnicity. [44420]

Hazel Blears: This information is not collected centrally by the Home Office. However, the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) collect this information from all forces in England and Wales who complete a
 
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Taser Deployment Form on each occasion a Taser is deployed. These force returns will be analysed in due course for the information requested and I will write to the hon. Member when complete.

In addition, the report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers into the pilot study by five police forces of the Taser electric stun gun, 'Independent Evaluation of the Operational Trial of Taser May 2004' (available on the West Mercia Constabulary's website at www.westmercia.police.uk contains gender and ethnicity details from the trial.


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