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Our assessment, based on independent financial review and professional moderation, is that the same benefits could be realised for a much lower investment. The Home Office continues to work with Her Majesty’s inspectorate of constabulary and the Welsh police
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forces and authorities to review the business case, to refine the costs and benefits of providing the necessary uplift in protective service provision while achieving best value for money.

The operational assessment that a single authority and force for Wales is the best option to protect people better from serious crime and terrorism remains unchanged.

Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many days of absence have been taken by officers of the Metropolitan police as a result of injuries sustained from collisions of police vehicles travelling above the speed limit in each of the last five years. [75344]

Mr. McNulty: This information is not collected by the Home Office.


Mr. Harper: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 18 May 2006, Official Report, column 1212W, on Leyhill open prison, how many of those prisoners escaping have not yet been detained, broken down by (a) original offence and (b) the year of escape. [73593]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Leyhill is an open prison with no secure perimeter and prisoners are not held in secure accommodation. Prisoners who leave the premises without authority or do not return are defined as absconders rather than escapees. Since 1999 there have been 393 absconds. Of those absconds, 25 only remain unlawfully at large. Details of these are provided in the table. The police are notified when prisoners abscond and their details are entered on the Police National Computer.

Absconders from Leyhill prison unlawfully at large
Offence Date of abscond

Possession of a firearm with intent

5 March 2006

Possession of drugs

15 December 2005


26 November 2005

Possession of drugs

30 October 2005


8 September 2005

Customs and Excise evasion (drugs)

31 July 2005

Import of drugs

27 March 2005

Aggravated burglary

27 January 2005

Import of drugs

27 January 2005

Death by reckless driving

19 December 2004

Possession of drugs with intent

2 December 2004

Burglary of a dwelling

27 July 2004


5 August 2003


29 July 2003


8 December 2002


5 May 2002


6 September 2001


5 March 2001


18 May 2000


6 March 1999


17 February 1999


6 December 1998

Attempted robbery

5 December 1998


26 December 1997

Import drugs

16 May 1997

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Probation Officers

Mr. Malins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many full-time probation officers were employed in the area covered by the Greater London magistrates courts in each of the last six years. [76745]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 12 June 2006]: Information is not available for the full period requested. Data collected prior to 1 April 2003 are unreliable, and are not directly comparable with the more accurate figures collected since that time. In addition, due to the manual process employed in the collection of data for quarter one 2003-04 it is not possible to breakdown the data requested by area. The figures presented in the table show full time equivalent (FTE) figures at the close of each quarter from 1 July 2003 to 31 March 2006.

London Probation Officers( 1)


Quarter 2


Quarter 3


Quarter 4



Quarter 1


Quarter 2


Quarter 3


Quarter 4



Quarter 1


Quarter 2


Quarter 3


Quarter 4(2)


(1) The ‘probation officers’ category includes the senior probation officer, senior practitioner, and probation officer job groups. Trainee probation officers have been excluded from these figures. (2 )From Quarter 4 2005-06 the workforce data collected will be structured according to the new offender management model. These latest figures are as yet unpublished and are currently being validated. As a result of this they may be subject to change.

Proceeds of Crime Act

Mr. Stewart Jackson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what proportion of assets seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 were returned to the Cambridgeshire Constabulary from seizures in the Cambridgeshire police force area in each year since 2003-04; what the value was in each year; and if he will make a statement. [77082]

Mr. McNulty: The police asset recovery incentive scheme came into force in 2004-05. Under the scheme, agreed with the Association of Chief Police Officers, police forces received one-third of all assets recovered above £40 million in 2004-05, rising to one-half in 2005-06 allocated to individual forces on the basis of their performance.

Cambridgeshire Constabulary received an incentive payment of £410,828 for their performance in 2004-05 and will shortly receive a payment of £48,033 for 2005-06.

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Registration Marks Regulations

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females have been (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 in (A) Southend, (B) Essex, (C) Hertfordshire, (D) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (E) England and Wales in each year since 2002, broken down by age group. [75523]

Mr. McNulty: A breach of the Road Vehicles (Display of Registration Marks) Regulations 2001 amounts to an offence under s.59(1) of the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994. However, this offence forms part of a group of miscellaneous motoring offences in the data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. It is not possible to separate these offences from others within the group and therefore no separate data can be provided.


Mr. Ellwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many times he has offered his resignation to the Prime Minister; and on what dates. [67908]

John Reid: This is a matter for my right hon. friend the former Home Secretary.

Runaway Children

Helen Southworth: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will publish his Department’s strategy for co-ordinating police forces’ response for safeguarding children who run away or go missing from home or care. [75882]

Mr. McNulty: Our aims are to reduce the number of missing person episodes and, so far as the police are concerned, ensure that all inquiries are risk-assessed and pursued appropriately in accordance with guidance approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). To achieve this we are striving to develop effective partnership working across the statutory and voluntary sectors and are providing funding and support through data exchange protocols. This should help provide better analysis of the extent and nature of the problem which will support policy development.

ACPO, the Police National Missing Persons Bureau (PNMB) in the Metropolitan Police and the voluntary organisations are currently developing proposals for improved working which we look forward to considering.

Security Industry Authority

Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor have been (a) approved and (b) rejected since inception of the scheme. [66520]

Mr. Coaker: As of 7 June, 44,983 door supervisor licences have been granted, and 2,793 refused.

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Mr. Gerrard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many applications for registration with the Security Industry Authority as a door supervisor are awaiting decision. [66521]

Mr. Coaker: As of 7 June, 7,665 door supervisor applications are currently in the SIA's processing system awaiting a decision.

The SIA's licensing statistics are updated weekly on the SIA website at:

Work and Pensions

Adviser Discretion Fund

Mr. Boswell: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what proportion of individual grants made under the Adviser Discretion Fund in each of the last 12 months were for (a) less than £100, (b) between £100 and £300 and (c) over £300; and what the total amount paid was in each category. [74619]

Mr. Jim Murphy: The information requested is not routinely collected and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.

Information is available on the number of awards made and total value of those awards in each of the last
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12 months (April 2005 to March 2006). In this period 221,214 awards were made at a cost of £16.3 million. The average value of awards was £73.72.

Departmental Jobs (Regional Distribution)

Mr. Weir: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many and what percentage of jobs in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) non-departmental public body, (ii) executive agency and (iii) other public body for which his Department is responsible are located in (A) Scotland, (B) England, excluding Greater London, (C) Greater London, (D) Wales and (E) Northern Ireland. [39867]

Mrs. McGuire: Table D of Civil Service Statistics covers permanent staff numbers (full-time equivalent) in each Department and agency. Information on The Health and Safety Executive, part of the Department since June 2002, is available in the same publication.

Civil Service Statistics are available in the Library and at the following address on the Cabinet Office website: of_the_civil service/statistics/civil service_statistics/index.asp

Information on the number of civil servants in other public bodies for which the Department has responsibility is included in the information in Civil Service Statistics but is not separately identified. The number and location of these staff are as follows:

Statutory body London West Midlands North East Total

Independent Review Service



Occupational Pensions Regulatory Authority



Office of the Pensions Ombudsman



Social Security Advisory Committee








Note: Staffing figures are full-time equivalent permanent staff as at April 2004, the same date as the available information on the Cabinet Office website.

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