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Matthew Taylor: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the gross revenue expenditure for police authorities per capita was in each year since 1992 in (a) Devon and Cornwall and (b) England and Wales. 
|Gross revenue expenditure per capita, 1991-92 to 2005-06|
|Devon and Cornwall||England and Wales|
|(1) Figures before 1995-96 were not reliable due to changes in police authority structure|
(2) Essex not included
(3) Figures are estimates
Gross Revenue Expenditure Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy
Resident PopulationDepartment for Communities and Local Government
Nick Herbert: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forms have been made obsolete across forces in England and Wales; and what estimate he has made of (a) how many of each such type of form identified in the Building Communities, Beating Crime White Paper were completed annually and (b) how much time each such type of form took to compete. 
Mr. McNulty: We have worked closely with police forces in eliminating nearly 9,000 forms nationally. The information on the type of form is not kept centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
|Police officer strength (FTE)( 1) in Sussex and England as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006( 2)|
|(1) Full-time equivalent. All officers less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave (comparable with previously published figures)|
(2 )This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
Section 47 of the Police and Justice Act 2006, which provides for vulnerable defendants to give evidence in a trial by live link, was brought into
force on 15 January 2007 by the Police and Justice Act 2006 (Commencement No. 1, Transitional and Saving Provisions) Order 2006.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers are equipped with stab vests in each police authority area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: I have now considered what the representatives of Gwent police have said to me, and have decided that there is a case for exceptional treatment. I am therefore making some adjustments to Gwent's neighbourhood policing fund funding and target in 2007-08 and I have written to the Chief Constable and the chair of the authority to let them know my response and its details.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether a police officer wearing a chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear protection suit will be classed as a constable in uniform. 
John Reid [holding answer 16 January 2007]: Yes. An officer in protective equipment which has been officially provided to supplement the police uniform retains the full police powers of an officer in uniform.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of violence against prison officers were recorded in prisons in England and Wales between December 2005 and December 2006. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: As reported on the Prison Service Incident Reporting System up to 31 December 2006 there were, provisionally, 3,550 assaults on staff in 2006 of which about 270 (7.6 per cent.) were considered serious.
The Prison Service Incident Reporting System processes high volumes of data which are constantly being updated. The numbers provide a good indication of overall numbers but should not be interpreted as absolute. There is a slight lag in reporting which means that the provisional number mentioned here will rise a little in the coming months. Additionally, such numbers need to be interpreted with caution as some assault incidents may involve more than one victim, e.g. a prisoner and a
member of staff. In such cases the incident management system does not distinguish who received the injuries so there may be an element of over counting.
Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were found guilty of a speed limit offence in each police force area in each of the last five years; and what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average penalty imposed in each police force in each year was for such an offence. 
|Table A: Findings of guilt at all courts for speed limit offences( 1) , by police force area, England and Wales, 2000-04|
|Number of offences|
|Total findings of guilt|
|Police force area||2000( 2)||2001||2002||2003||2004|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 ss. 16, 81, 84, 86, 88 7 89; Motor Vehicles (Speed Limits on Motorways) Regs. 1973; Parks Regulation (Amendment) Act 1926byelaws made there under.|
(2) Estimates made for Staffordshire Police Force, who were only able to submit data for a sample of weeks in 2000, have been included in totals only.
1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts case management system currently being implemented by the Department for Constitutional Affairs reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.
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 these data are used.
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