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|(1) May include cases where a fixed penalty notice was originally issued but not paid and subsequently referred to court.|
(2) Paid i.e. no further action.
(3) Offences under the Road Act 1988 ss. 14 (3) and 15 (2) and (4). (Driver and passenger offences cannot be separately identified).
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.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drugs liaison officer posts there were at the Serious Organised Crime Agency at (a) its establishment and (b) in each year since. 
Mr. Coaker: On 1 April 2006, SOCA inherited a total of 59 drugs liaison officers from precursor agencies. On 1 April 2006, all overseas posts were reclassified as general crime, or SOCA liaison officer, posts.
Mr. Carswell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions overtime payments for intercept teams in the Serious Organised Crime Agency were (a) made and (b) refused in the last 12 months; and for what reasons payments were refused. 
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost to his Department was of enforcing a smoking ban in 2005-06; and what the cost of providing support to staff wishing to give up smoking was in 2005-06. 
Mr. Byrne: The cost to the Home Department in 2005-06 of enforcing a smoking ban has been estimated to be approximately £200 for the Home Office Headquarters Estate; the total cost in 2005-06 of providing support to staff wishing to give up smoking was £97.85. These costs do not include the Prison Service as this information can be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Bellingham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the cost was of the investigation conducted by Mr. Ron Tasker in January 2006 into managerial corruption within HM Prison Service and the maltreatment of whistleblowers; and if he will make a statement. 
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