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Fireworks

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many penalty notices have been issued in relation to the illegal use of fireworks in each police force area since the legislation was introduced. [51290]

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 offence of throwing fireworks has been included in the penalty notice for disorder scheme since it was introduced nationally during 2004. The offences under the Fireworks Regulations 2004 were brought into the scheme with effect from 11 October 2004. The numbers of penalty notices issued by police force area for 2004 and provisional data from January to September 2005 are provided in the table.
Number of penalty notices for disorder issued for fireworks offences, by police force area, England and Wales 2004 andJanuary to September 2005

2004
January to September 2005 (provisional)
Throwing fireworksBreach of fireworks curfewPossession of a category 4 fireworkPossession by under 18 of adult fireworkThrowing fireworksBreach of fireworks curfewPossession of a category 4 fireworkPossession by under 18 of adult firework
Avon and Somerset11
Bedfordshire2
Cambridgeshire12
Cheshire62
Cleveland41
Cumbria11
Derbyshire311
Devon and Cornwall642
Dorset5
Durham
Essex66112
Gloucestershire111
Greater Manchester14944
Hampshire81141
Hertfordshire2
Humberside5112
Kent7212
Lancashire11111421
Leicestershire21
Lincolnshire2025
London, City of1
Merseyside5612621
Metropolitan39251
Norfolk11
North Yorkshire21
Northamptonshire52
Northumbria3
Nottinghamshire12
South Yorkshire58114
Staffordshire861
Suffolk12
Surrey2
Sussex2619
Thames Valley233
Warwickshire13
West Mercia51
West Midlands17711
West Yorkshire27111812
Wiltshire11
Dyfed Powys11
Gwent81111
North Wales91181
South Wales
England and Wales3411184177121220



Source:
RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform



 
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Ian Missing

Mr. Burns: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish the report of 3 January commissioned by Essex police and Essex Probation Services concerning the case of Mr. Ian Missing; and if he will make a statement. [46267]

Fiona Mactaggart [holding answer 30 January 2006]: The published recommendations of the review are being examined, especially those that have national implications for probation and police. We are constantly seeking to improve current systems in order to improve public protection and the report will be used to test or revise current arrangements.

The plans for any eventual publication of the report are a matter for the joint commissioners, Essex Police and Essex Probation Board, in the first instance.

Mr. Gibb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Essex probation service regarding Mr. Ian Missing. [46959]

Fiona Mactaggart: Officials of the National Probation Service's Directorate are in regular contact with their colleagues in Essex probation and have met the chief officer to discuss issues raised by the case of Ian Missing in order to establish how processes and information sharing protocols between police, probation and other agencies may be tested or revised.

Individual Support Orders

Anne Snelgrove: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government has taken to encourage the use of individual support orders for young people subject to antisocial behaviour orders. [51288]

Hazel Blears: In recognition of the importance of individual support orders (ISOs) in helping young people avoid breaching their antisocial behaviour orders, we have given an extra £500,000 to the Youth
 
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Justice Board to allocate to youth offending teams. We are working with the key agencies involved on a range of initiatives and tools to increase uptake.

Licensing Act

Mr. Moss: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been brought under the Licensing Act 2003 since November 2005 for (a) sales of alcohol to under-age children and (b) crime and disorder associated with pubs and clubs. [51184]

Fiona Mactaggart: Data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for 2005 will be available in autumn 2006. Penalty notices for disorder may be issued for nine Licensing Act 2003 offences. Provisional data on the numbers issued since November 2005 will be available in March 2006.

Life Sentence Prisoners

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many life sentenced prisoners are held in local prisons awaiting the beginning of the first stage of their planned life sentence regime (a) six months and (b) one year after sentence was passed. [47566]

Mr. Charles Clarke: The information requested cannot be provided without incurring disproportionate cost.

National Offender Management Service

Dr. Evan Harris: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he will take to ensure the end-to-end management of offenders under the National Offender Management Service arrangements for persons jailed for five years or more. [50060]

Fiona Mactaggart: Offender Management requires that a single person, the Offender Manager, should be responsible for an offender through their sentence now matter how long or short the sentence is. The offender manager will be based in the community.
 
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Offender Management is being introduced in stages: for community sentences Offender Management will be in place from April this year; for sentences involving an element of custody, Offender Management will be introduced over the two years starting in September this year. Offender Management will be fully implemented for all types of sentence by 2008.

Mr. Austin Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what methodology underlay the Regulatory Impact Assessment which was published in response to Restructuring Probation to Reduce Re-offending. [50231]

Fiona Mactaggart: The indicative cost savings contained in the partial Regulatory Impact Statement assumed cost savings within the range of 3 per cent. to 8.5 per cent. through contesting certain activities of the National Probation Service. This range was based on the experience of the savings delivered through the market and performance testing programme within the Prison Service. The savings profile assumed a 10 year programme of contestability with no more that 12 per cent. by value of probation business being contested in any one year. The projected cash savings were discounted using a standard 25 year Discounted Cash Flow analysis.


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