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Sexual Offences

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what average sentence was served for (a) sexual assault, (b) rape of a minor and (c) rape in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. [86331]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Data on average time served, which are obtained from the Prison IT system, are not available separately for specific offences as accuracy at this level of detail cannot be guaranteed.

The information contained in the following table shows the average length of custodial sentence (excluding life) imposed by the courts.

Average length of custodial sentences (excluding life) for sexual assault, rape of a minor and rape All courts England and Wales 2000-04
Average sentence length (months)
Offence 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Sexual Assault(1)

24.6

25.4

26.3

26.3

27.4

Rape of a person under 16

87.0

88.3

88.2

91.3

93.9

All Rape

83.2

81.1

83.7

86.4

84.4

(1) Indecent assault prior to 2004.
Source:
RDS NOMS

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he last met representatives of the National Organisation for Rape Crisis and Sex Abuse Victims. [86339]

Mr. Coaker: The Rape Crisis Co-ordination Group is represented on the Stakeholder Advisory Group on Sexual Violence, which is chaired by Ministers from the Home Office and the Department of Health. The Group met for the first time on the 28 June 2006.

Statutory Charge Document (Vehicle Removal)

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent representations he has received on a revision to the Statutory Charge document on the Removal, Storage and Disposal of Vehicles; and if he will make a statement. [87536]

Mr. McNulty: We receive regular correspondence from a range of interested parties on various issues related to the charges. These include the interpretation and application of the charges, whether we intend to review them, the nature and timing of any review,
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suggestions for change and the contractual arrangements between removal operators and the police.

Alistair Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what timescale he has set for review of statutory fees relating to vehicle removal, storage and disposal; and if he will make a statement. [87537]

Mr. McNulty: We have recently informed the parties chiefly concerned of our intention to conduct a wide ranging review of the charges for vehicle removal, storage and disposal, and indicated that we would welcome initial views. In preparing proposals on which we will consult all the parties, we will take into account any such view, together with views expressed in previous discussions, correspondence and meetings. We have set no formal timescale for the work which will proceed as swiftly as resources permit.

Terrorism

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of terrorist acts relating to the Irish Republican Movement between 1976 and 2000 in (a) Great Britain and (b) Northern Ireland. [86810]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested on convictions is not held by the Home Office. However, the publication “Statistics on the Operation of Prevention of Terrorism Legislation” includes statistics in connection with Northern Irish terrorism. This publication is available on the Science, Research and Statistics part of the Home Office website for the period 1979 to 2000.

Mr. Spring: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000 were from (i) Suffolk and (ii) the East of England. [85545]

Mr. McNulty: The statistics on arrests, charges and convictions under the Terrorism Act 2000 (TACT) are not broken down in the way requested. However, statistics compiled from police records show that between 11 September 2001 and 31 March 2006, 997 people were arrested under TACT.

Of those people, 154 were charged with offences under the Act and 79 of these were also charged with offences under other legislation. A further 175 individuals were charged under different legislation. A total of 25 people were convicted under TACT during this period.

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many personal computers have been seized by each police service from suspects detained under the Terrorism Act 2003. [86806]

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


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Ticket Touting

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted for ticket touting in each of the last five years; and what the average sentence (a) given and (b) served was in each year. [87307]

Mr. Coaker: Data for the 2005-06 football season are currently being collated and will be published later this year. The following table shows the number of convictions and cautions for ticket touting offences in the previous four seasons. Information on sentences imposed following conviction is not available centrally.

Season Convictions Cautions

2001-02

28

21

2002-03

25

18

2003-04

25

7

2004-05

28

7


US Department of Justice

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what meetings (a) he and (b) his officials have had with representatives of the United States' Department of Justice in the last 12 months. [86489]

John Reid: Since my appointment as Home Secretary on 5 May 2006,1 have not yet had an opportunity to meet the US Attorney-General.

In the past 12 months, my predecessor had three meetings with the US Attorney-General (Department of Justice). He met the Attorney-General in the margins of the G8 conference in Sheffield in June 2005; during a visit to Washington in October 2005 and during the Trialogue with Australia in March 2006.

My officials frequently meet Department of Justice officials in a variety of fora. A list of all these meetings could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

Violent Crime

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to his answer of 19 June 2006, Official Report, column 1661W, on violent crime, how many violent crimes were recorded in 2004. [80425]

Mr. McNulty: There were 1,175,363 violent crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2004. Data on recorded crime are not directly comparable with court proceedings data given in the previous answer.

Visa Charges

Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has (a) to increase visa charges in 2007-08 and (b) to assess the potential impact of such an increase on the UK's income from tourism. [88784]


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Dr. Howells: Visa application fees are kept under constant review. UKvisas has no plans to increase its fees in the current financial year and will review fees for 2007-08 later in the year. No decisions have been taken on fee levels in 2007-08. UKvisas is mandated by HM Treasury to recoup costs through fees without burdening the UK taxpayer. The Government need to ensure it is charging a fair rate for its services, and that it continues to offer value to those that travel to the UK.

Vulnerable/At Risk Young People (Custody)

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff were employed in the (a) private and (b) public sector in the care of vulnerable and at risk children and young adults in custody in each of the last 20 years as a percentage of the custody workforce. [86987]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer my hon. Friend to the answer I gave him on 18 July 2006 Official Report, volume 449, Column 411W.


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Zahid Mubarek

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek. [86246]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The total budget allocated to the Inquiry was £4.2 million; taking into account all related costs borne directly by the Government, the total cost of the Inquiry was £5.2 million.

Chris Ruane: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures he will take to implement the recommendations of the inquiry into the death of Zahid Mubarek. [86247]

Mr. Sutcliffe: I refer my hon. Friend to the written ministerial statement made by the Home Secretary on the publication of the report on 29 June 2006, Official Report, column 19WS, to which was attached the Governments initial response to the report. In the statement the Government committed itself to providing a full response to the reports 88 recommendations within two months.


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