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Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed on a consultancy basis in (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies in each of the last five years for which information is available; and what the (i) average and (ii) longest period was for which a consultant was employed in each year. 
Mr. Byrne: The Department does not hold central records of how many staff have been employed on a consultancy basis in the Department and its agencies or the periods of time each consultant was employed. To obtain the information requested for each of the last five years would incur disproportionate cost.
The use of external consultants in the Home Office and its agencies provides the Department with specialist knowledge, skill, capacity and technical expertise that is not otherwise available in-house.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of (a) causing death through careless driving when under the influence of (i) drink and (ii) drugs, (b) driving or attempting to drive with alcohol level above limit and (c) being in charge of a vehicle when unfit through the
influence of drink in the most recent year for which figures are available. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: Data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform for the number of persons convicted of offences relating to driving while under the influence of drink or drugs in England and Wales 2005, can be found in the following table.
|Number of persons convicted of various offences relating to driving while under the influence of drink or drugs, in England and Wales, 2005( 1,2)|
|Statute||Offence description||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 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.
RDS Office for Criminal Justice Reform
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions for drink-driving resulted in custodial sentences in each year from 1997 to 2004, broken down by police authority. 
Mr. Coaker: Information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform on convictions and custodial sentences for drink-driving offences by police force area 1997 to 2004 (latest available) is given in the table.
|Findings of guilt and immediate custodial sentences at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs by police force area, 1997 to 2004|
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||Findings of guilt||immediate custody ( 1)||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody ( 1)||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody ( 1)||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody ( 1)|
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