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Departmental Staff

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. [102975]

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.

Drink and Drug-driving

Chris Grayling: 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
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influence of drink in the most recent year for which figures are available. [104393]

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.


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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

Road Traffic Act 1988 Sec 3A as added by the Road Traffic Act 1991 Sec 3 and amended by CJA 1993, Sec 67.

Causing death by careless driving when under the influence of drink or drugs

66

Road Traffic Act 1988 Sec 5(1 )(a).

Driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a breath, blood or urine alcohol concentration in excess of the prescribed limit.

72,127

Road Traffic Act 1988 S.4(2)

Being in charge of a mechanically propelled vehicle while unfit to drive through drink or drugs.(impairment) Drink

101

Total

72,294

(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:
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. [102456]

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.

Data for 2005 will be available in 2007.


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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
1997 1998 1999 2000
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)

Avon and Somerset

2,812

163

2,566

157

2,728

165

2,462

152

Bedfordshire

1,146

119

1,060

96

869

87

797

89

Cambridgeshire

1,092

56

1,060

62

941

43

793

41

Cheshire

1,969

97

1,903

119

1,827

133

1,652

122

Cleveland

926

61

870

63

811

57

777

56

Cumbria

931

49

856

51

871

37

806

50

Derbyshire

1,612

147

1,547

202

1,463

181

1,417

126

Devon and Cornwall

2,342

91

2,265

127

2,277

112

2,199

104

Dorset

1,214

93

1,186

88

1,120

96

1,115

84

Durham

1,044

66

1,035

53

1,137

81

1,124

76

Essex

2,736

228

2,438

233

2,528

261

2,462

237

Gloucestershire

1,067

48

985

36

889

51

804

37

Greater Manchester

4,806

440

4,715

453

4,850

464

4,801

428

Hampshire

3,774

243

3,597

231

3,725

213

3,472

244

Hertfordshire

1,670

90

1,672

91

1,679

90

1,552

98

Humberside

1,274

76

1,358

87

1,323

97

1,371

128

Kent

2,321

97

2,627

155

2,633

133

2,592

134

Lancashire

3,389

224

2,945

178

3,010

184

2,584

163

Leicestershire

1,648

183

1,485

140

1,624

188

1,531

152

Lincolnshire

1,088

47

979

36

941

44

816

48

London, City of

436

8

301

9

236

5

162

4

Merseyside

2,719

304

2,451

326

2,137

296

2,128

286

Met police

16,165

1,270

13,889

1,050

12,414

838

11,801

891

Norfolk

1,116

49

1,118

43

1,010

64

935

45

Northamptonshire

1,107

109

1,062

73

1,058

91

782

90

Northumbria

2,625

184

2,457

194

2,463

229

2,621

215

North Yorkshire

1,365

77

1,205

77

1,124

60

1,073

67

Nottinghamshire

2,031

255

1,804

247

1,802

262

1,722

210

South Yorkshire

2,296

204

2,002

178

1,927

149

2,122

170

Staffordshire (2)

2,036

132

1,955

140

1,711

143

n/a

n/a

Suffolk

1,050

53

1,042

60

1,089

71

902

74

Surrey

1,380

64

1,328

58

1,417

47

1,539

61

Sussex

2,373

110

2,113

113

2,224

120

2,112

136

Thames Valley

4,070

215

3,896

195

3,725

216

3,496

212

Warwickshire

837

44

784

53

856

38

786

42

West Mercia

1,947

87

1,794

97

1,747

114

1,631

101

West Midlands

6,351

598

5,582

532

4,775

532

4,559

451

West Yorkshire

3,953

394

3,669

329

3,597

358

3,375

287

Wiltshire

1,043

27

1,108

39

1,009

45

930

28

England

93,761

6,802

86,709

6,471

83,567

6,395

79,671

6,076

Dyfed Powys

1,029

44

995

38

944

48

858

45

Gwent

1,166

61

1,203

84

1,079

78

1,211

99

North Wales

1,354

96

1,306

95

1,248

94

1,332

92

South Wales

2,892

257

2,903

239

2,526

282

2,757

255

Wales

6,441

458

6,407

456

5,797

502

6,158

491

England and Wales

100,202

7,260

93,116

6,927

89,364

6,897

85,829

6,567


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