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(i) the data include crimes committed on train journeys ending at these locations as well as those occurring on the stations themselves; and
(ii) the Home Office introduced a National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) that all police forces across England and Wales were required to adopt. BTP adopted this standard on 1 April 2002. The impact of the new recording standard saw an increase in recorded crime, equating to an average 22 per cent. increase recorded by all police forces across England and Wales. The basic principle of NCRS is that if on the balance of probability a crime has been committed it is recorded as a crime. As a result 2001-02 data cannot be meaningfully compared with subsequent years. The standard has made crime recording more victim focused.
Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted in (A) Southend, (B) Essex, (C) Hertfordshire and (D) England and Wales of offences under sections (1) 16 and (2) 17 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by age group. 
The table shows numbers of prosecutions and convictions for offences under section
16 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 over the five year period from 2000 to 2004. The offences under section 17 of the same act form 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. Data for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2006.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts, by sex and age group under section 16 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in England and Wales, 2000 to 2004( 1)|
|Age||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|(1 )These data are on the principal offence basis.|
RDSOffice for Criminal Justice Reform.
Mr. Coaker: The SIA do not calculate the average processing times for applications. Some, such as those involving overseas criminal records checks, unavoidably take a considerable time. The SIA have a published target of processing 80 per cent. of all applications within six weeks, measured from the date that a properly completed application enters the processing system to the date that a licence is issued. From April 2004 until August 2005 the SIA processed 62 per cent. within six weeks and 88 per cent. within nine weeks. Since September 2005, there has been a backlog of applications that have been waiting to enter the system. These have added an additional time of between two and four weeks to the process, so it is now taking up to 10 weeks to process most applications.
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