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Prostitution

Sandra Gidley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to conduct a formal review of the effectiveness of antisocial behaviour orders in tackling street prostitution. [62748]

Hazel Blears: Antisocial behaviour has a wide definition and prostitution is just one type of behaviour that can be tackled by an ASBO. It is for the courts to decide whether an ASBO is appropriate in each case and what, if any, other interventions are necessary or appropriate. The antisocial impact of prostitution was a key issue in the recent consultation paper on prostitution, Paying the Price. There are no plans to have a formal review of antisocial behaviour orders in tackling street prostitution.
 
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Reoffending

Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people released from prison reoffended within two years in (a) England and (b) Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement. [63510]

Fiona Mactaggart: Information on where re-offending occurs is not routinely collated.

Information on reconviction levels from 1997 to 2001 for England and Wales were published in 'Prison Statistics England and Wales 2002' (Chapter 9) and 'Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2003' (Chapter 11). Copies of these publications are available in the House of Commons Library and on the Home Office website at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/omcsa.html.

The 2002 re-offending rate can be found in 'Adult re-offending: results from the 2002 cohort' Home Office Statistical Bulletin 25/05', available online at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/hosb2505.pdf. The section Measuring Re-offending", which begins on page one of the report, explains the difference between reconviction and re-offending measures, as well as the changes to the data source used for these computations. A breakdown of re-offending for those released from prison is available in statistical table A5.

Road Rage

Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of road rage have been recorded in each year since 1997. [63973]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not available. 'Road rage" is not an offence covered by specific legislation and motorists involved in consequential criminal behaviour are likely to be charged with an offence appropriate to the circumstances (such as criminal damage, common assault or dangerous driving). The details of the circumstances of offences are not collected centrally.

Road Traffic Offences

Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers have been prosecuted for offences contrary to sections (a) 3 and (b) 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the last eight years, broken down by police force area. [61293]

Hazel Blears: Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform from 1997 to 2003 (latest available) are given in the table. 2004 data will be available end of March 2006.
Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of driving without due care and attention(132)England and Wales, 1997–2003

Number of offences
Forces1997199819992000200120022003
Avon & Somerset1,5541,6361,5691,4031,5571,5551,034
Bedfordshire415409285374410417337
Cambridgeshire974889751757623459432
Cheshire1,8351,7431,4261,3091,075997977
Cleveland332280233240229188250
Cumbria951950988922729571605
Derbyshire1,0571,0911,011941629583558
Devon & Cornwall8348268548641,0311,1391,038
Dorset494487424344397419330
Durham393399432556436484585
Essex2,4172,7122,4552,2801,9061,5181,478
Gloucestershire746562437425644578569
Greater Manchester4,1984,3214,2333,2993,2273,0672,707
Hampshire2,8082,2181,8161,5801,5061,5531,354
Hertfordshire605660597696695653752
Humberside529638623500564654767
Kent835741555585557582674
Lancashire1,5041,1441,0411,1181,0951,1441,074
Leicestershire1,6891,3841,4891,4701,3351,029914
Lincolnshire543364332290311310338
London, City of156156157110999177
Merseyside2,4351,8041,4911,5001,2478921,099
Metropolitan Police12,13910,8939,7667,6876,8395,9915,797
Norfolk9279249579661,2881,070866
Northamptonshire4812522852268340226
Northumbria1,0271,1511,1431,2201,072902950
North Yorkshire1,3051,2301,3581,239814757778
Nottinghamshire820885816652506416415
South Yorkshire1,116874966632759646603
Staffordshire2,0561,8261,5031,8451,3081,3281,258
Suffolk668589519537523600540
Surrey7287088651,015875500510
Sussex1,5471,4001,152903781603469
Thames Valley2,3542,0671,8391,4211,5771,5821,391
Warwickshire706617525597514468531
West Mercia1,2571,1749789381,0801,1221,026
West Midlands3,2103,5523,2543,3872,9853,0342,727
West Yorkshire2,7162,4891,8911,7101,4591,130987
Wiltshire665735393426589600597
Dyfed Powys683519452395361442396
Gwent387480371372308288267
North Wales564491628532536509672
South Wales2,1592,2351,9291,7081,6171,7401,837
Total64,81960,50554,78949,97146,17642,65140,792


(132) Offence under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 3.
Note:
Offences contrary to s. 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 cannot be identified separately from other summary motoring offences.




 
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Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will make a statement on the operation of section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1998. [62874]

Paul Goggins: Section 35 of the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 provides for the automatic disqualification of repeat motoring offenders who have acquired 12 penalty points on their licence. We are satisfied that the risk of disqualification is a useful deterrent to continued bad driving behaviour and that the penalty is appropriate for those who persist.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were convicted of driving a vehicle with defective (i) brakes, (ii) brake lights, (iii) head lights, (iv) tail lights and (v) side lights in (A) Southend, (B) Essex and (C) England and Wales in each year since 1996. [62879]

Paul Goggins: The available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform from 1996 to 2004 is given in the tables.
Table A: Convictions at South East Essex PSA(133), by sex, 1996–2004

Number of offences
Offence
Brakes defective(134)Lighting offences(135)
1996
Male142
Female15611
1997
Male81
Female13317
1998
Male9
Female14618
1999
Male3
Female7817
2000
Male2
Female11227
2001
Male
Female9411
2002
Male2
Female616
2003
Male2
Female322
2004
Male4
Female283




(133) Data for Southend are not available but data are given for the S.E. Essex P.S.A. which covers Southend.
(134) The lighting defect data are not available broken down to the level of detail requested. Offence under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regs. 1986 Regs. 16 and 18 and Sch 3; Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 41A as added by the Road Traffic Act 1991 s. 8.
(135) Offence under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989; the Road Vehicle (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1971 Reg. 19.



 
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Table B: Convictions at magistrates courts, by sex, Essex police force area, 1996–2004

Number of offences
Offence
Brakes defective(136)Lighting offences(137)
1996
Male553
Female46345
1997
Male422
Female39032
1998
Male565
Female45353
1999
Male294
Female32350
2000
Male212
Female33151
2001
Male242
Female25238
2002
Male192
Female23128
2003
Male18
Female13116
2004
Male10
Female1218


(136) Offence under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regs. 1986 Regs. 16 and 18 and Sch 3; Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 41A as added by the Road Traffic Act 1991 s. 8.
(137) Offence under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989; the Road Vehicle (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1971 Reg. 19.



Table C: Convictions at magistrates courts, by sex, England and Wales, 1996–2004

Number of offences
Offence
Brakes defective(138)Lighting offences(139)
1996
Male3,823191
Female18,4041,548
1997
Male3,424201
Female17,4251,621
1998
Male3,157201
Female16,9771,676
1999
Male2,364155
Female15,6381,610
2000
Male2,020134
Female13,0191,423
2001
Male1,61099
Female10,3141,162
2002
Male1,37689
Female10,0761,165
2003
Male1,23975
Female9,4441,121
2004
Male1,07062
Female8,722953


(138) Offence under the Road Vehicles(Construction and Use) Regs. 1986 Regs. 16 and 18 and Sch 3; Road Traffic Act 1988 s. 41A as added by the Road Traffic Act 1991 s. 8
(139) Offence under the Road Vehicle Lighting Regulations 1989; the Road Vehicle (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 1971 Reg. 19.



 
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Mrs. Maria Miller: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many speeding offences occurred in the borough of Basingstoke and Deane in each year since 1990. [63286]

Paul Goggins: Data on speeding offences are not collected centrally by local authority area.

Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many vehicles registered overseas have been caught on speed cameras on roads in the UK in the last five years; how many have been issued with fines; and how many have paid. [61011]

Paul Goggins: The information is not collected centrally.

Lembit Öpik: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the average fine paid by individuals who received (a) a fixed penalty and (b) a notice of intended prosecution for speeding offences and requested their case appear before a court was higher than that of those who did not make such a request in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement. [62854]

Paul Goggins: Data are not collected centrally to the details required.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces in England and Wales offer drivers the option of attendance at a speed awareness workshop or refresher driving course as an alternative to prosecution. [62875]


 
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Paul Goggins: Decisions as to the offer of driving courses as an alternative to prosecution are matters for individual forces. All English and Welsh forces, when they consider it appropriate, offer drivers the opportunity to attend a driver improvement course at their own expense rather than face prosecution. 16 offer speed awareness courses. These are Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, Dorset, Hertfordshire, Humberside, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, North Wales, Northamptonshire, Northumbria, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Thames Valley, Warwickshire and Wiltshire.


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