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|Number of persons cautioned, or, prosecuted at magistrates courts for pedal cycle lighting offences( 1) , in England and Wales, 1997 to 2004( 2, 3)|
|(1) Includes the following statute and offence description:|
Road Traffic Act 1988 Sec 81(2). Road Vehicle Lighting Regs1989.
Pedal cycle lighting and reflector offences (RVL Regs 1984). Offences in respect of pedal cycles.
(2) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.
(3) 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. 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.
(4) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table.
RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Mr. Sutcliffe: Individual police forces hold separate registers for those sex offenders required to register. Information in the requested format is not held centrally, and is not held elsewhere in a format which permits interrogation, to give consolidated national figures as requested.
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 19 October 2006]: Financial year figures on the release of prisoners on parole by various categories of offence including sexual offences are published in the Parole Board's Annual Report, which is published in the autumn. Figures for 2006-07 will be available in autumn 2007.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serious sexual assaults reported to the police have resulted in an arrest and successful prosecution in the last year for which records are available. 
The information requested on arrests for serious sexual assaults is not available centrally. Information on arrests is based on persons arrested for recorded crime notifiable offences by main offence group (i.e. sexual offences, theft and handling stolen
goods, violence against the person and burglary etc.) and therefore does not identify individual offences or offence classes.
Information from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of defendants convicted of serious sexual assaults is shown in the following table. Figures for 2005 will be available in November 2006.
|Number of defendants found guilty of various serious sexual offences at all courts, in England and Wales 2004( 1, 2)|
|Offence class||Defendants found guilty|
|(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 date 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.
Mr. Rob Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were arrested for shoplifting in England and Wales in each year since 1997; how many were charged; how many were cautioned; and how many received a sentence of (a) up to six months, (b) six to 12 months and (c) more than 12 months, broken down by police authority area. 
Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of people who were cautioned, prosecuted, received a sentence of (a) up to six months, (b) six to 12 months and (c) more than 12 months, broken down by police force area in England and Wales, 1997 to 2004 will be placed in the Library.
It is not possible to identify cases where people have been charged, as this information is not held centrally by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. While the Home Office does collect data on those recorded crime offences which are dealt with by means of a charge or summons, the offences asked for in this PQ are summary and do not form part of the recorded crime series.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how quickly security firms charged with the electronic tagging of offenders are required to inform the National Offender Management Service when a tag is broken; and whether the contractors have met this target in the period since inception. 
John Reid: The electronic monitoring service providers are required to inform the National Offender Management Service within 24 hours of a confirmed breach of a Home Detention Curfew tagging condition. This would include a deliberate tamper with a tag by an offender.
Data provided by the two electronic monitoring suppliers indicates that they met this target in 96.4 per cent. of cases between 1 April 2005, when new electronic monitoring contracts came into force, and 30 September 2006. Data are not available for the period before 1 April 2005.
Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans his Department has to carry out returns of unaccompanied minors to (a) the Congo, (b) Vietnam and (c) Angola; what assessment has been made of the risk of such children becoming the victims of trafficking; and if he will make a statement. 
We are developing a returns programme to a number of countries for unaccompanied children who have been refused asylum in the UK. This is to ensure that young people with no basis of stay here can be returned to their countries of origin in a safe, sustainable way. We have made clear that we would not return any young person unless we are confident that safe, adequate reception arrangements are in place, that
their return is not in breach of our international obligations and that this is in the best interests of the young person concerned.
Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what his timetable is for a decision on whether to change the work permit settlement criteria from four to five years for (a) those people who are already in the country and (b) others; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: The change to the settlement criteria, which brings us in line with other European countries, came into effect on 3 April 2006 and means that all those who wish to apply for settlement on the basis of their employment in the UK will now have to have been here and to have supported themselves for five years instead of four.
Mr. Letwin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the costs were of detaining young people with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in young offender institutions in the last period for which figures are available; how many such people were detained in young offender institutions in that period; and if he will make a statement.