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Number of persons cautioned for drug dealing( 1) offences, City of London and Metropolitan police force areas, 1997 to 2004
City of London Metropolitan

1997

1

245

1998

4

299

1999

1

213

2000

7

205

2001

1

183

2002

2

169

2003

3

184

2004

4

253

(1 )Unlawful supply and possession with intent to supply unlawfully.

Ethnic Groups (Criminal Activities)

Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will undertake research into potential links between ethnic groups and particular criminal activities better to inform police investigations. [101607]

Mr. Coaker: Building up an in-depth understanding of the nature of crime—and victimisation—in particular communities is a fundamental part of good operational policing.

At the national level, the Offending, Crime and Justice Survey conducted by the Home Office in 2003 examined self-reported offending across different ethnic groups. The research found that, controlling for the age profile of the different groups, White persons
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continued to have a higher than average rate for offending in the last year, while for those of mixed ethnic origin there was no difference from the national average. Asian and black persons had lower offending rates.

The Office for Criminal Justice Reform, as part of its wider research programme, is conducting research in order better to understand the over-representation of members of black and minority ethnic communities in the criminal justice system, including the over-representation of these groups as victims of crime.

Eye Tests (Motorists)

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many eye tests the police have conducted on motorists in each of the last five years; and what proportion of drivers tested had eyesight below the required level. [106422]

Mr. Coaker: The information is not held centrally.

Gender Equality

John Bercow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish his Department's gender equality scheme. [101476]

Mr. Byrne: In line with the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Public Authorities)(Statutory Duties) Order 2006 (No. 2930), laid on 10 November 2006, we expect to publish my Department's gender equality scheme by30 April 2007.

HMYOI Huntercombe

Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will assess the effect on (a) safety and (b) child protection of the late arrival of young offenders at HM Young Offender Institution Huntercombe, Oxfordshire. [105848]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 28 November 2006]: The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales is aware of the effects of late arrival and is addressing the problem across the young offender institutions. The national reception procedures provide that, where, because of late arrival or for other reasons, a full vulnerability assessment cannot immediately be made, the young person must be managed as vulnerable pending full assessment.

Immigration and Nationality Directorate

Jeremy Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average delay is in processing applications by the immigration and nationality directorate for variation of leave to remain in the United Kingdom. [101332]

Mr. Byrne: The requested information is not available and could only be obtained by examination of individual records at a disproportionate cost. The immigration and nationality directorate measure
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progress against their published service standards and these are shown on the immigration and nationality directorate website at:

Ministerial Travel

Bob Russell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the occasions since he has held his present office when he has used (a) rail services, (b) the London Underground, (c) tram or light railway services and (d) buses in connection with his ministerial duties. [101987]

John Reid: I have made 14 journeys by train in connection with his ministerial duties. I endeavour to use public transport wherever possible and practical to complete my journeys taking into account security considerations. All such travel is undertaken in accordance with the rules set out in ‘Travel by Ministers’.

Mobile Phones (Driving)

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fixed penalty notices were issued in Essex for using hand-held (a) mobile telephones and (b) other electronic devices when driving a motor vehicle in each year since the offence was introduced. [106071]

Mr. Coaker: Available information taken from the annual Home Office publication “Offences relating to motor vehicles, England and Wales Supplementary tables”, 2003 to 2004 (latest available) is given in the table. The data provided are unable to separately identify the use of hand held device or similar hand held devices while driving. 2005 data will be available in 2007.

Fixed penalty notices issued for the offence of use of hand held mobile phone while driving( 1,2 ) within Essex police force area, 2003-04
Fixed penalty notices issued (number of offences)

2003

2004

2,461

‘—’ = nil fixed penalty notices issued.
(1) Offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, Regulations 110 (1), 110 (2) and 110 (3). (Introduced 1 December 2003).
(2) Includes hand held mobile phone or similar hand-held devices while driving.
Note:
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 police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when these data are used.

National Identity Register

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether data from the National Identity Register may be shared with private sector organisations. [106522]


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Joan Ryan: Under the Identity Cards Act, accredited private sector organisations may be provided with a limited set of information to enable them to verify a person’s identity as laid out in section 12 of the Act. This can only be done with that person’s consent and there are no powers to share data with private sector organisations for other purposes.

Organised Crime

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to ensure that information on the activities of organised criminals is shared between police forces in England and the Northern Constabulary; and if he will make a statement. [106294]

Mr. Coaker: The sharing of information between forces on individual organised criminals is an operational matter for chief officers of police. At a national level the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) each year produces a national intelligence requirement for serious organised crime which is sent to all police forces in the UK and acts as a guide to identifying gaps in knowledge and priorities for filling them. SOCA also produces a threat assessment which describes the current knowledge of the various serious organised crime threats to the UK.

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment has been made by the Serious Organised Crime Agency of the potential for organised criminal gangs to extend their activities to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. [106652]

Mr. Coaker: The Serious Organised Crime Agency’s current assessment of the threat to the UK from serious organised crime is contained within the 2006-07 UK Threat Assessment, which was published on 2 July 2006. The Threat Assessment focuses on the threat to the UK as a whole, rather than looking at specific UK geographical areas. However, new and emerging trends in organised crime are addressed within the Threat Assessment, where appropriate. The UK Threat Assessment is currently being updated for 2007-08 and publication is planned for spring 2007.

Prisoner Education

Paul Holmes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which prisons have received funding to improve their education facilities in each of the last five years; how much each received; and on what the money was spent in each prison. [106220]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table shows education building projects funded by the National Offender Management Service since 2002. The date shown reflect the year when the facilities were ready for use. Where a value of £0 is shown, the project was completed but the expenditure included within another project.


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Establishment Project Total (£)

2002

Low Newton

Ready to Use (RTU) education ancillaries

141,720

Drake Hall

New education building(1)

1,482,715

Thorn Cross

New education building

229,448

Stoke Heath

New education building

815,715

Brinsford

New education block

921,739

Lancaster Farms

Extend education facilities

440,682

Castington

New education building

941,002

Huntercombe

New education building and extend workshop

917,000

2003

Lancaster Farms

Education classrooms

390,187

Hindley

Separation: New education building and workshop

2,620,378

Birmingham

Education building and sports hall

4,336,149

Reading

Develop vocational training centre

374,360

Gartree

Training classroom for kitchen

0

Deerbolt

RTU education ancillaries

297,279

2004

Wetherby

Additional education building

1,113,576

Featherstone

Learning pod for vocational training centre textile workshop

0

Send

Learning pod for workshop area

0

Durham

Assessment centre

620,270

Hull

Expansion scheme—education/kitchen/workshop

3,842,707

Glen Parva

Assessment centre

228,864

Drake Hall

Modular library

234,458

Lewes

Assessment centre

139,796

Brinsford

Horticultural classroom pod

0

Swinfen Hall

Basic skills pod for workshop area

0

Swinfen Hall

ITC classroom for library

0

Featherstone

Learning pod for cleaning course

0

Eastwood Park

Assessment centre and basic skills classroom, update library, kitchen classroom

156,500

Spring Hill

Horticultural learning pod

0

Leyhill

Modular library

111,000

High Down

Assessment and careers centre

272,433

Swaleside

Restructure and develop workshop area

291,090

East Sutton Park

Enhanced education facilities

410,820

Downview

Industrial cleaning pod

287,482

Dartmoor

2 workshop pods

146,300

Northallerton

Induction and assessment facility

455,489

Lancaster

Upgrade library

0

Wayland

Kitchen learning pod

94,966

Guys Marsh

Library extension

288,121

Latchmere House

Library

147,836

Erlestoke

New vocational training kitchen

235,212

Garth

4 classrooms in workshop

175,234

Belmarsh

Assessment centre

346,864

Kirkham

New library

0

Bullwood Hall

Horticultural pod classroom

471,417

Haverigg

Refurbish/extend library

2,717

Manchester

Kitchen learning pod

0

Brinsford

Extend activities centre

622,543

Stocken

Combined kitchen/PE classroom building

167,419

Ashwell

Pod for kitchen

139,000

North Sea Camp

Modular library

134,000

Wellingborough

Multi function learning are and teaching area for vocational training workshop

0

Albany

RTU ancillaries—education

1,240,230

Liverpool

Assessment centre

479,777

2005

Risley

Provide modular classroom

148,028

Maidstone

New education facilities(1)

2,873,793

New Hall

New education facilities(1)

2,121,716

Wymott

Extend library

0

Downview

New education facilities(1)

564,592

(1) As part of wider works at the prison—total cost includes all building/refurbishment work. The table excludes funding provided for improving or expanding educational facilities within prisons when additional accommodation is constructed. The amount spent for each prison on educational facilities is not held centrally.
The DFES has also provided over £25 million capital funding over the last five years for improvements to education premises and training equipment for workshops and classrooms. Information on DFES expenditure for individual prisons is not held centrally.

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