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Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what funding the Metropolitan Police Force allocated to the London borough of Havering in 2005-06. 
Mr. McNulty: The Government allocates funding to police authorities. The allocation of resources to the London boroughs is a matter for the Metropolitan Police Authority and the Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis. We do not hold centrally information on resources for the London borough of Havering in 2005-06.
Mark Williams: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many architectural liaison officers there are in each police authority in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: This information is not collected centrally.
Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in Lancashire (a) retired and (b) took retirement on the grounds of ill-health in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The available data are contained in the following tables.
|Police officer retirements( 1) (FTE)( 2) for Lancashire police force from 2001-02 to 2005-06( 3)|
|(1) Retirements include all medical retirements and ordinary retirements. (2) Full-time equivalent figures that h ave been rounded to the nearest whole number. (3) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. (4) In 2002-03 leaving figures were not available for quarter 1 (April to June 2002 inclusive).|
|Police officer medical retirements( 1) (FTE)( 2) for Lancashire police force from 2001-02 to 2005-06( 3)|
|(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. (2) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. (3) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. (4) Data not available. Data for 2005-06 have been collated but not yet been validated. Figures will be available in the HMIC annual report 2005-06 due for publication by March 2007.|
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate he has made of the annual cost of an increase in police pay of (a) 2.2 per cent. as proposed by the Official Side and (b) of 3 per cent. as proposed by the staff side during pay negotiations. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 17 October 200]: We have made estimates of the impact of the pay increases proposed during the negotiations. However, as this is the subject of arbitration it would not be appropriate to comment further.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent reports he has received on the use of closed circuit television equipment in police stations. 
Mr. Coaker: Information is not collected centrally from police forces on the use of closed circuit television (CCTV) equipment in police stations. The use of CCTV equipment is a matter for each chief officer.
However, the Guidance on the Safer Detention and Handling of Persons in Police Custody, published in February 2006 by Centrex on behalf of the Home Office and ACPO, explains the benefits of CCTV within police stations and recommends specific areas where chief officers may wish to consider coverage. This guidance includes passages and stairways and cell interiors.
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what percentage of (a) police community support officers and (b) regular police officers fall into each ethnic category in each London borough. 
Mr. McNulty: Data are not available centrally for ethnicity at the required level. The available data, at the force level, are given in the table.
|Percentage of police community support officers and police officers in relation to total strength (FTE)( 1) by ethnicity as at 31 March 2006|
|White||Mixed||Black or Black British||Asian or Asian British||Chinese or other||Not stated|
|(1) This table is based on full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest decimal place for calculation. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.|
Mr. Paice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was (a) claimed by and (b) awarded to Cambridgeshire Police Authority as compensation for spending relating to preparations for amalgamation with neighbouring forces. 
Mr. McNulty: I refer the hon. Member to the written statement made on 30 October 2006 in which it was reported that Cambridgeshire claimed £242,714 and was awarded £100,000.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what representations he has received relating to the advertisement by the Gay Police Association published in the Independent newspaper on 29 June 2006. 
Mr. McNulty: To date 25 representations have been received from hon. and right hon. Members and the general public about the advertisement.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions he has had with the Solicitor-General on the decision of the Crown Prosecution Service not to proceed against the Gay Police Association over the advertisement which was published in the Independent newspaper on 29 June 2006; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: The Secretary of State does not involve himself in decisions made by the Crown Prosecution Service, which are based on an objective and detailed analysis of the facts in each individual case.
Mr. Crabb: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Gay Police Association has received public funding in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty: The Gay Police Association (GPA) submitted a successful bid for grant-in-aid funding at the beginning of 2002 and have received annual funding for five consecutive years up to and including 2006-07.
Mr. Gordon Prentice: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police forces in England have a mounted branch; and how many had such a branch in 1997. 
Mr. McNulty: There were 13 English police forces which employed officers whose primary role was the function Mounted as at 31 March 2006. It is not known whether these forces specifically had mounted branches. Data for 1997 are not available.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what measures are being put in place to stop vandalism of the National Police Memorial located on The Mall. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 26 October]: The National Police Memorial in the Mall sits within the jurisdiction of the Royal Parks. The area is covered by CCTV, which is fed into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and is patrolled hourly as part of the Government Security Zone by Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) from Charing Cross Police station.
The Metropolitan police regularly review their tasking based on incidents and intelligence and will change their response should the circumstances require it.
Addressing criminal damage is an important part of the strategy to meet the Home Offices target on reducing overall crime. Where criminal damage is a local priority, the Home Office is working with partners to identify and implement ways to tackle it.
Mr. David Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) retired from service with and (b) were recruited to the North Wales Police in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty: This is a matter for the Chief Constable.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted for an offence in connection with entering Prestwick airport in each of the past six months; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: Information on arrests made within Scotland is the responsibility of the Scottish Executive.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which serving police officers
have been seconded to work with the Prince's Trust; and for what purposes. 
Mr. McNulty: Secondments are a matter for individual forces and we do not hold the information.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prisoners undertook
treatment with the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust in England and Wales in each of the last five years; and how many prisoners completed the Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trusts rehabilitation programme in England and Wales in each year. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table shows the number of prisoners treated by RAPt.
|April 2001- March 2002||April 2002- March 2003||April 2003- March 2004||April 2004- March 2005( 1)||April 2005- March 2006|
|(1 )Current contracts started from May 2005. (2 )Prisoners undergoing an initial assessment in those prisons where RAPt had/has the contract to deliver the CARAT (counselling, assessment, referral, advice and throughcare) service. (3 )Reliable figures on completions only collected nationally from September 2004.|
Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many recommendations made by the Home Affairs Committee in the report alternatives to prison sentences have been implemented; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: All the recommendations in the Home Affairs Select Committee report, alternatives to prison sentences (July 1998) have been taken forward wholly or in part. The main thrust of the report is that prison should be targeted at dangerous and/or persistent offenders and that effective and credible no-custodial sentences, rigorously enforced, should be available for other offenders.
The measures taken by the Government since 1998 include the introduction of a new sentencing framework, contained in the Criminal Justice Act 2003, which provides sentencers with a more flexible community order that can be tailored to the individual offender and offence. Drug treatment and electronically monitored curfews are more widely available and enforcement of community orders has improved dramatically; the National Probation Service is meeting the requirement of National Standards that breach action is taken within 10 working days of an unacceptable failure to comply in about 90 per cent. of cases. A Community Payback scheme has been introduced to promote the use of unpaid work by offenders and to give local communities a say in what kinds of work offenders should do in their neighbourhood. A new suspended sentence order has been introduced for a wider number of cases. The 1998 Crime and Disorder Act introduced reforms that provided for reparation and/or restorative justice to be part of all youth justice disposals, including final warnings, referral orders, reparation orders, action plan orders and supervision orders. A National Enforcement Service has been established to improve fine collection and the efficient execution of warrants. Research has been published on the impact of correctional services' interventions on re-offending and more information is available to sentencers about sentencing patterns and outcomes of sentences.
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