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Domestic Violence

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will introduce legislation to define domestic violence; and if he will make a statement. [64880]

Hazel Blears: Legislation is not required as, since 2004, the Government have a commonly agreed definition of domestic violence:

This replaces the various definitions previously used by Government Departments and agencies. The definition was agreed by members of the Inter-Ministerial Group for Domestic Violence which is chaired by the right hon. Baroness Scotland, the Minister of State for Criminal Justice and Offender Management.

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what definition he uses of domestic violence; and what the Government's policy is on the intervention of police officers in domestic incidents. [65182]

Hazel Blears: The common Government definition (agreed in 2004) of domestic violence is:


 
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This definition mirrors the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) definition, which ACPO have recommended that all police forces use.

The Government support the ACPO 'Guidance on Investigating Domestic Violence' which states that:

This guidance has been promulgated in England and Wales through the Centrex (Central Police Training and Development Authority) and CPS training for all police officers and Crown Prosecution Service prosecutors. By 2008, all police officers, CPS prosecutors and caseworkers will be trained in domestic violence.

General Election Leaflets

Mr. Andrew Turner: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the remarks of the Minister of State for Immigration, Citizenship and Nationality, of 21 March 2006, Official Report, columns 214–15, if he will list (a) the candidates and (b) the parties responsible for the general election leaflets from which he quoted; which were the candidates' leaflets which he described as verging on the racist; if he will list the newspaper advertisements which he suggested contained misinformation and lies; and if he will correct the incorrect information to which he referred. [61672]

Mr. McNulty: I will write to the hon. Member.

General Pinochet

Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total public expenditure was on the arrest and detention of General Pinochet. [50528]

Hazel Blears: The total cost to public funds of the extradition case of Senator Pinochet was £3,857,108.58. The breakdown of this is as follows:

1. Total costs incurred by the Home Office: £670,588.82, comprising:

Of these two amounts £28,500.00 was recovered from Senator Pinochet under costs orders made against Senator Pinochet by the High Court.

2. Total costs incurred by the Crown Prosecution Service: £676,691.00, comprising:

3. Total costs incurred by the legal secretariat to the law officers: £60,000.00, comprising:
 
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4. Total costs incurred by the Lord Chancellor's Department: £1,209,775.05:

The Law Lords ordered that Senator Pinochet's costs should be met from central funds for the first two hearings before the House of Lords in the unusual circumstances of the case. The costs paid from central funds were as follows:

The costs of those divisional court hearings in which Senator Pinochet was successful or which did not proceed, and the costs of the committal proceedings in Bow Street magistrates court from 27 September to 1 October 1999, were also ordered to be paid from central funds. The costs of these hearings were £787,477.86.

All these costs were ordered to be paid under Section 16 of the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985, and they fall to be paid out of the Lord Chancellor's Department's portion of central funds.

Senator Pinochet received no legal aid funding in any of the proceedings against him.

5. Treasury Solicitor's fees: £100,053.76, comprising:

6. Total security costs: £1,200,000.00:
 
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All of the above figures include value added tax where appropriate.

Home Detention Curfew Scheme

David T.C. Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners released on the home detention curfew scheme were subsequently recalled to prison before their sentence expiry date for committing violent crimes. [45868]

Fiona Mactaggart: The information requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Imitation Weapons

Mr. Bone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the extent of the use of imitation and replica weapons by criminals. [65425]

Hazel Blears: Imitation weapons were used in 30 per cent. of non-air weapon offences in 2006. Detailed figures are published in Quarterly Crime Statistics and Violent Crime Overview 26 January 2006.

The Violent Crime Reduction Bill includes a number of new provisions to tackle the use of imitation firearms. These include a ban on the manufacture or sale of realistic imitation firearms; tougher manufacturing standards to prevent imitation firearms being converted to fire live ammunition and tougher sentences for carrying imitation firearms.
Table 3.03: Crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in which firearms were reported to have been used by typeof principal weapon
Number of offences

1998–99(7)1999–20002000–012001–02(8)2002–03(9)2003–042004–05
Long -barrelled shotgun322353303380361424305
Sawn-off shotgun320340305332310294293
Handgun
Converted imitation20
Reactivated2
Converted air pistol18
Other866
Type unknown3,441
Handgun total2,6873,6854,1095,8745,5495,1444,347
Rifle43673664524855
Imitation firearm
Imitation handgun354
Soft air weapon200
BB gun2,625
Deactivated firearm1
Blank firer27
Other Imitation126
Imitation firearm total5668237871,2451,8152,1463,333
Unidentified firearm6657629501,1761,4311,3561,462
Other firearm
Unconverted starting gun(10)(10)(10)(10)(10)(10)9
CS gas515
Pepper spray140
Machine gun25
Stun-gun142
Other converted imitation weapon1
Other reactivated weapon
Disguised firearm14
Other firearms (specified)323
Other firearm total6068139809527309261,178
All weapons excluding air weapons5,2096,8437,47010,02310,24610,33810,964
Air weapon8,66510,10310,22712,37713,82213,75611,825
All weapons13,87416,94617,69722,40024,07024,09422,789


(7) There was a change in the counting rules for recorded crime on 1 April 1998.
(8) Figures may have been inflated by some police forces implementing the principles of the National Crime Recording Standard before 1 April 2002.
(9) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.
(10) Included in 'Other firearm' total.



 
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