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Stephen Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) for what reasons the drivers of vehicles with overseas registration plates cannot be traced to enforce penalties and prosecutions after they have been caught on camera committing offences; 
(2) how many vehicles with overseas registration plates were caught on camera committing (a) speeding and (b) red light offences in England in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006; and how many drivers of these vehicles had (A) penalties imposed on and (B) prosecutions brought against them; 
Mr. Coaker: There are a number of practical problems in taking enforcement action against the drivers of foreign registered vehicles. We have taken a number of measures to improve the situation. These include a provision in the Road Safety Act 2006 which will allow the exchange of driver licensing and vehicle registration information with other countries. Further help will be provided by the European Framework Decision on the Mutual Recognition of Financial Penalties, which will allow penalties imposed by courts in one member state to be enforced in another and by the International Convention on the mutual recognition of driving disqualifications. The growing use of Automatic Number Plate recognition cameras, which check passing vehicles against various databases, is also helping enforcement against foreign offenders detected speeding and jumping red lights, since a person who succeeds in leaving the country without being dealt with for such an offence can have their vehicles number-plate recorded on a database and so be detected and dealt with on return here.
Mr. Coaker: The latest available information was set out in the Home Secretarys statements to the House of Commons dated 10 January and 16( )January, and in the Home Office press statement issued on 13( )January.
Mr. Devine: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Livingston constituency received free passports (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the first year free passports were introduced. 
Joan Ryan: The Identity and Passport Service does not ask passport holders to keep their address up to date on our database. Therefore, the Identity and Passport Service cannot identify the number of current residents by geographical area that have taken advantage of the scheme to issue free passports to those applicants born on or before 2 September 1929.
(a) For the last 12 months (1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006) 153,330 people born on or before 2 September 1929 have had their entitlement to free passports fulfilled by the Identity and Passports Service.
(b) In the first year of the scheme (18 October 2004 to 17 October 2005) 201,123 people born on or before 2 September 1929 have had their entitlement to free passports fulfilled by the Identity and Passport Service.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) when the PentiP computer system is expected to be operational to process all fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder; 
Mr. McNulty: The PentiP computer system will provide a single national data sharing system to process all fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder. It is planned to be operational in 53 police forces (comprising 53 forces in England and Wales; eight forces in Scotland; the Police Service of Northern Ireland; and the British Transport Police) by September 2009. It is estimated that the system will cost, in total, £9.3 million over the period 2005-06 to 2009-10 to implement. Once implemented, the annual cost of maintaining the system, estimated to be approximately £140,000, will be funded by police forces and courts out of savings generated by replacing and rationalising existing penalty notice systems.
Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police community support officers and (b) police officers were recruited to West Midlands police force in each year since 1997. 
|Police officers and PCSOs recruited to West Midlands police force, as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006 (FTE)( 1)|
|As at 31 March:||Police officers||Police community support officers( 2, 3, 4)|
|(1) Full time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave|
(2) Police community support officers were introduced in statute in 2002, therefore data are not available prior to 2002-03
(3) Data are not available for Quarter 1 2002-03 (April to June 2002 inclusive)
(4) Data are not available for Quarter 1 2003-04 (April to June 2003 inclusive)
John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers were employed by each police authority (i) on 11 September 2001 and (ii) in each year since, broken down by (A) region and (B) police authority. 
Mr. McNulty: Police service strength data are collected and published annually and data are given as at 31 March of the relevant year. Data from 31 March 2001 to 31 March 2006 have therefore been given in the following tables.
|Police officer strength( 1) (FTE)( 2) by police force as at 31 March 2001 to 31 March 2006|
|Police force||2001( 3)||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006|
|(1) This table contains 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.|
(2) Full-time equivalent excludes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
(3) Boundary changes on 1 April 2000 transferred some resources from the Metropolitan Police to Essex, Hertfordshire and Surrey police forces.
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