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European Scrutiny Committee (Eurojust)

Mr. Heathcoat-Amory: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will respond to requests from the European Scrutiny Committee to clarify his policy towards Eurojust guidelines as to which jurisdiction should prosecute; and if he will make a statement. [62686]

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Andy Burnham: The letter dated 26 July 2005 to the Chairman of the European Scrutiny Committee responded to the Committee's request for clarification. A duplicate copy of the letter has been forwarded to the Committee.

Family Visitor Appeals

Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many family visitor appeals have been received in each of the past five years. [63966]

Bridget Prentice: I have been asked to reply.

The volume of family visitor appeals received at the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal (AIT) and its predecessor, the Immigration Appellate Authority (IAA), over the last five business years are as follows:
Business yearFamily visitor appeal receipts

(98) April to December 2005.
Information for the financial year 2005–06 is provisional.

Financial Offences (Convictions)

Sir Patrick Cormack: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average sentence passed for those convicted of offences connected with
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(a) extortion, (b) intellectual property crimes, (c) money laundering, (d) smuggling and (e) oils fraud in England and Wales was over the last five years. [63798]

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Fiona Mactaggart: The available information is shown in the following tables.
Table 1—persons sentenced for various indictable offences, those given custody and average custodial sentence length,England and Wales 2000–04

OffenceStatuteYearNumbers of persons sentencedNumber sentenced to immediate custodyAverage custodial sentence length (months)
(a) Extortion
BlackmailTheft Act 196820001127731.9
(b) Intellectual property crime
Copyright infringement etcCopyright, Designs and Patents Act 198820005055.4
Unauthorised use of Trade Mark, falsification of register etcTrade Marks Act 19942000367425.7
Supplying or possession for purposes of supply of video recording of unclassified workVideo Recordings Act 1984200016893.7
False trade descriptionsTrade Description Act 19682000346196.9
(c) Money laundering
Offences relating to drugs (concealing proceeds of drug trafficking etc, 'tipping off' and prejudicing an investigation)Drug Trafficking Act 1994 and Proceeds of Crime Act 20022000271838.7
Offences relating other than to drugs (concealing, acquiring etc, criminal property, failure to disclose 'tipping off' etc)Proceeds of Crime Act 20022000n/an/an/a
(d) Smuggling
Unlawful importation or exportation of controlled drugCustoms and Excise Management Act 1979 and Misuse of Drugs Act 197120001,2491,13166.9
Fraudulent evasion of duty(not involving drugs)—alcohol, tobacco etcCustoms and Excise Management Act197920001,01864111.6

Principal offence basis.
n/a = not available.
RDS NOMS, Home Office

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Table 2—persons sentenced to immediate custody for oils fraud offences and average custodial sentence length, Englandand Wales 2001–04

OffenceStatuteYearNumber sentenced to immediate custodyAverage custodial sentence length (months)
(e) Oils fraud
Misuse of rebated fuel and distribution of illicit fuel, importation, smuggling and laundering of fuelHydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979 and Customs and Excise Management Act 19792001916.0

There will be some overlap between these figures and those shown in table 1 above under 'Smuggling—Fraudulent evasion of duty'.

Fixed Penalty Notices

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) how many fixed penalty notices for traffic offences have been issued in each of the last eight years, broken down by police force area; [61275]

(2) how many fixed penalty notices for traffic offences have not been paid in each of the last eight years, broken down by police force area; [61276]

(3) how much income has been raised from fixed penalty notices relating to traffic offences in the last eight years, broken down by police force area. [61291]

Hazel Blears: Information on fixed penalty notices issued for motoring offences by offence groups and police force area can be found in the annual Home Office publication 'Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales supplementary tables'—Tables 20(a) to 20(c) refer. Copies are available from the Library. Data are also collected centrally on the disposal, (i.e. paid, fine registration certificate issued etc) of fixed penalty notices issued by individual police force area. However because of the time taken for the procedures for payment to be enforced the data are collected approximately nine months later than the period of issue. Tables 21(a) and 21(b) of the above publication details data by number and percentage of fixed penalty notices by result. Information on revenue generated from fixed penalty notices issued as a result of traffic offences is not available centrally.

Football Fans

Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support and protection his Department offers to English football fans travelling abroad. [61185]

Dr. Howells: I have been asked to reply.

We provide consular assistance to British football supporters travelling overseas for club or international fixtures. We work closely with the relevant football bodies,
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including fans' groups and authorities, law enforcement in the UK and overseas, to prepare an appropriate consular service for such games. The assistance we provide to British nationals who are in difficulty overseas may be found in Support for British Nationals Abroad: A Guide", which was launched by my right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary on 21 March. The Guide can be found on the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website at:

Greater Manchester Police

Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on the financial situation of Greater Manchester police. [60247]

Hazel Blears: We received written representations from Manchester Police authority in response to the provisional police funding settlement announced on 5 December. These were fully taken into account in determining the final settlement that was agreed by the House on 6 February.

I received public correspondence from one local MP in February about Greater Manchester's budget for 2006–07. My officials replied on 16 March to correspondence of 8 March from a councillor for Oldham metropolitan borough.

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