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|(1) 2001-02 data cannot be meaningful compared with subsequent years as on 1 April 2002 the BTP adopted the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) which saw an increase in recorded crime, equating to an average 22 per cent. increase recorded by all police forces across England and Wales. (2) The 2005-06 figure for notifiable offences includes 231 offences committed on 7 July 2005.|
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the possible correlation between re-offending rates and participation by inmates in an enhanced thinking skills course in prison; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: There is considerable evidence, originating mainly from North America, to support the effectiveness of offending behaviour programmes in reducing re-offending (McGuire, 2002; Pearson et. al., 2002; Lipton, et. al., 1998). However, UK research examining the effectiveness of the Enhanced Thinking Skills programme in prisons has produced mixed results. An evaluation of the programme before it was accredited found that reconviction fell considerably after treatment (Friendship et. al., 2002). Further studies since accreditation have found no differences in reconvictions between programme participants and matched comparison groups (Falshaw et. al., 2003; Cann et. al., 2003). These findings might be explained by differences in programme delivery and implementation or research design limitations. The current Home Office research programme includes further research on the effectiveness of offending behaviour programmes based on more effective and rigorous research designs.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) average and (b) longest time taken for a police investigation into a road death was in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. McNulty: This information is not generally recorded by the police. Incidents are dealt with in accordance with the Road Death Investigation Manual, published by the Association of Chief Police Officers. The investigation and its duration will, however, vary according to the specific circumstances of the incident concerned and the issues raised.
Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what sanctions are available to the police to use against (a) individuals, (b) organisations and (c) councils who do not fully co-operate and disclose all information requested in connection with police investigations into road accidents that result in death; and how often such sanctions were applied in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. McNulty: Generally, anyone who resists or wilfully obstructs a constable in the exercise of his duty is guilty of an offence under section 89(2), Police Act 1996. As regards motoring offences, including those which may have resulted in a fatal accident, the police are empowered under section 172, Road Traffic Act 1988 to ask the registered vehicle keeper who was driving it at the time, and it is an offence not to give that information if possible. Under section 99, Transport Act 1968, the police can examine and copy records relating to commercial vehicles and their drivers. It is an offence not to provide those records, which may provide information relevant to an accident investigation, or to obstruct the police. Details of the circumstances in which police exercise these powers and in which offences are committed are not recorded.
Grant Shapps: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been for persons using hand-held mobile telephones while driving in each year since the regulation came into force, broken down by constabulary. 
Mr. Coaker: Available information on fixed penalty notices relating to all offences of obstruction, waiting and parking within the Staffordshire police force area during the calendar years 2000 to 2004 (latest available) is given in the table. It is not possible from the data collected centrally to identify the Trent Valley Division within the geographical area covered by the Staffordshire police force.
|Findings of guilt at magistrates courts for the offence of use of hand-held mobile phone while driving( 1) by police force area, England and Wales, 2003-04|
|Total findings of guilt|
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|(1) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction & Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3) introduced 1 December 2003. Source: Court Proceedings Database.|
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) burglaries, (b) offences involving violence against the person, (c) sexual offences and (d) car and property crimes there were in rural areas in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: The information requested is given in the tables. The figures cover the 13 police force areas described as either most rural or least rural according to A Classification Of Residential Neighbourhoods (ACORN). The 13 forces are: Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Devon and Cornwall, Durham, Dyfed-Powys, Gloucestershire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, North Yorkshire, North Wales, West Mercia and Wiltshire.
Further details regarding ACORN classifications are given in Appendix B of Home Office Statistical Bulletin
01/02 entitled Rural Crime. A copy of this publication is available on the Home Office website at:
|Table 1: Recorded crime in rural areas1997|
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|Table 2: Recorded crime in rural areas1998-99 to 2001-02|
|Number of offences|
| Notes: 1. The coverage was extended and counting rules revised from 1998-99. Figures from that date are not directly comparable with those for 1997. 2. The data in this table are prior to the introduction of the National Crime Recording Standard. These figures are not directly comparable with those for later years.|
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