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Dr. Tony Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions were brought in each of the last five years for offences involving excessive noise from car audio systems. 
Mr. Coaker: The Office for Criminal Justice Reform collects and publishes centrally police action for noise offences under the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986, regs. 54-58, 97-99 combined.
Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to publish the Governments evaluation of the effectiveness of crime and disorder reduction partnerships. 
Mr. Coaker: The Home Office published in January 2006 the findings of a review of Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs) which examined the provisions governing the work of CDRPs. While not an evaluation of effectiveness as such, the work sought to identify the conditions required for effective partnership based on the experience of CDRP working since 1998. The review made a number of recommendations, some of which were enacted through the Police and Justice Act 2006, with the remainder being delivered through secondary legislation and other non-statutory routes.
Chris Grayling: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been where CCTV evidence has been used following incidents on the railways in each of the last 10 years. 
This information is not held by the Department for Transport but by the British Transport Police who can be contacted at: British Transport Police, 25 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN, e-mail: general. email@example.com.
Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department with which countries the United Kingdom has bilateral or multilateral agreements on the exchange of criminal convictions information. 
John Reid [holding answer 15 January 2007]: The UK has bilateral Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Treaties with Australia, Ukraine, India, Nigeria, Bahrain, Canada, Ecuador, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Malaysia, Panama, Bolivia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Thailand, United States of America, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Romania, The Netherlands, Sweden, Bahamas, Barbados, Colombia, Grenada, Guyana, Paraguay, Italy, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, Chile, and Mexico.
United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, done at Vienna in 1988
United Nations Convention against Transnational Organised Crime, done at Palermo 2000
United Nations Convention against Corruption, done at Mexico 2003
European Convention on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, done at Strasbourg in 1959 and the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters 1978
Council of Europe Convention on Laundering, Search, Seizure and Confiscation of the Proceeds of Crime, done at Strasbourg in 1990
Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between the Member States of the European Union, Brussels,
2000 and Protocol to the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters between Member States of the European Union, Brussels, 2001
Scheme relating to Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters within the Commonwealth (the Harare Scheme) (as amended)
Mutual legal assistance arrangements between states are less focussed on a systematic exchange of information about convictions than they are on securing details of a particular suspect's (or defendant's) previous convictions for use during a criminal investigation or during criminal proceedings. So mutual legal assistance arrangements will typically only provide for provision of information about convictions or sentences in response to specific requests, not on a systematic basis. Of these only the 1959 Convention includes a requirement for parties to communicate information on certain criminal convictions
There is also the 2005 EU Council Decision on the exchange of information extracted from the criminal record (which is not an agreement as such) which requires the systematic communication of certain criminal convictions between EU member states.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many drivers were prosecuted for offences contrary to sections (a) 3 and (b) 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 in Suffolk in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Available information for the Suffolk police force area and taken from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform covering offences under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 from 1997 to 2004 (latest available) are given in the table.
|Proceedings at magistrates courts for the offence of driving without due care and attention( 1) , within Suffolk police force area, 1997 to 2004|
|Number of offences|
|(1) Offence under section 3 of the Road Traffic Act 1988.|
1. Offences contrary to section 34 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 cannot be identified separately from other summary motoring offences.
2. 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.
3. 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. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 8 January 2007, Official Report, column 449W, on Harmondsworth Centre, if he will undertake to make public the results of the inquiry. 
John Reid: The investigation into the circumstances of the recent disturbance at Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre is being carried out by Mr. Robert Whalley CB, a retired senior civil servant. The investigation will establish the lessons to be learnt from this event for the management of the immigration detainees and of the immigration detention estate. It will take full account of the separate police inquiries that are continuing and will be conducted in a way which does not impede any criminal prosecution. Subject to ensuring that any possible criminal prosecutions are not prejudiced, I will arrange for the outcome of the investigation to be available to the House.
Mr. Steen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many women supported by the Poppy Project over the last three years were first trafficked before they were 18 years; and of those how many entered the UK before they were 18 years. 
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many violent offences committed in connection with licensed premises there have been in each year since 2002-03, broken down by police force area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Coaker: The information is not collected centrally. The Home Office collects statistics on violent crimes recorded by the police but no details are available about the premises on which such offences occur.
Mr. Evennett: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police community support officers were employed in (a) Bexley and (b) Greater London in each year since their introduction; and how many he expects to be employed in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-9. 
Mr. McNulty: Data for police community support officer (PCSO) strength by Basic Command Unit area are not collected centrally as part of the police statistics series. These data will be collected centrally from 2006-07 onwards; PCSO strength data as at 31 March 2007 will be available by the end of 2007-08. The most recent figures available (30 September 2006) indicate that there are 2,681 PCSOs in the Metropolitan Police area.
Mr. Iain Wright: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers in each police force in England were allocated specifically to traffic duties in (a) 1996 and (b) 2006. 
|Police officers whose primary function is traffic( 1) , by English force as at 31 March 2006( 2) (FTE)( 3)|
|(1) Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The deployment of police officers is an operational matter for individual chief constables.|
(2) Data are not available prior to 2002-03.
(3) Full-time equivalent. This figure includes those on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave.
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