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Steve Bates6 May 2006
Justin Russell6 June 2006
Anna Macmillan21 June 2006
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It is a matter for the Chief Constable in consultation with the police authority to decide the number of staff employed by the Thames Valley Police. At the end of March 2006 the force had 4,229 police
officers, an increase of 534, or 12.6 per cent. since 1997. In addition police staff numbers have increased by 930 over the same period to 2,755 in March 2006. The force also had 130 Police Community Support Officers in March.
Thames Valley Police is benefiting from additional Government funding from the Neighbourhood Policing Fund (NPF) to increase the number of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs). With support from the NPF the Thames Valley Police has a target of 417 PCSOs by April 2007.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what guidance his Department has issued to police authorities on (a) prosecuting and (b) recording incidents covered by section 3, on making off without payment, of the Theft Act 1978; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Home Office Counting Rules contain the rules by which police forces in England and Wales count and classify crimes. The Rules are revised annually and the latest version was published on 1 April 2006. The current Rules include the following wording regarding the recording practice for 'making off without payment offences':
"Where a victim or their representative reports a making off without payment from a garage forecourt, the incident will be recorded in accordance with the basic principle of NCRS. Previous intelligence in respect of the vehicle or occupants, together with the current information may help to determine if, on the balance of probabilities, the making off without payment is as the result of a criminal act as defined by law."
The Crown Prosecution Service have responsibility for prosecuting these offences and make decisions in accordance with the guidance issued to Police Officers and Crown Prosecutors by the Director of Public Prosecutions.
Mr. Graham Stuart: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions have been made under section 3, on making off without payment, of the Theft Act 1978 in the Humberside Police Authority area in each of the last nine years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Data from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on the number of defendants prosecuted at magistrates court, under section three, on making off without payment, of the Theft Act 1978 in the Humberside Police Authority, 1996 to 2004 are contained in the following table.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences relating to section 3 of the Theft Act 1978 in Humberside police force area, 1996 to 2004( 1,2)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis. (2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used. Source: RDSOffice for Criminal Justice Reform.|
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support the Government have provided for the three former employees of Nat West in securing a fair trial in the United States. 
We are offering the same level of consular support to the so-called Nat West Three that any other British national facing trial in the United States would receive. While our role is primarily a welfare one, we do provide information about the local legal system and lists of local lawyers. We have no reason to believe that the trial will not be conducted in accordance with international standards of fairness. We do consider making representations if a trial of a British national abroad does not meet those international standards. However, we cannot ask for any special treatment for British nationals and we cannot interfere in another countrys judicial system.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for the sale of alcohol to minors in (a) licensed and (b) off-licence premises in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The information requested is provided in the table. It is not possible to identify whether the prosecutions relate to licensed or off-licence premises as the data held centrally are not collected at that level of detail.
The offence of sale of alcohol to a person under 18 can attract a penalty notice for disorder (PND). The offence was added to the PND scheme on 1 November 2004, and there were 113 Penalty Notices issued for the offence in November and December of that year. Provisional data for 2005 show that a further 2,009 penalty notices were issued for the offence in 2005.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences related to the sale of alcohol to persons under 18, England and Wales 1995-2004( 1,2)|
|Offence description||Principal statute||Year||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
RDSOffice for Criminal Justice Reform
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) licensed and (b) off-licence premises have lost their licences due to the sale of alcohol to minors in each of the last 10 years. 
Statistical returns recording on and off-licensed premises operating under the terms of the Licensing Act 1964 (the 1964 Act) are collated and published every three years. Accordingly, between 1996 and 2006, statistics are only available for the years 1998, 2001 and 2004. The number of on and off-licences revoked or not renewed for any reason are as follows:
|Licences revoked 1998 to 2004|
|Year to 30 June||On-licensed premises||Off-licensed premises||Total|
The Licensing Act 2003 came into force on 24 November 2005 and replaced on and off-licences issued under the 1964 Act with a new system of personal licences to sell alcohol and a separate licence for premises. Statistics for revocations of licences, under the new system, are not currently held centrally; information should however be available from local licensing authorities.
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