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Miss McIntosh: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many additional police officers the Government made a commitment to deliver (a) in England and Wales and (b) in North Yorkshire in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty: The Crime Fighting Fund, introduced in April 2000, provided specific grant for police forces to recruit 9,650 additional police officers over and above their own recruitment plans in the four years to March 2004. There was a target for police numbers to reach 132,500 by March 2004.
From April 2004 the rules of the Crime Fighting Fund worked in such a way as to require forces to maintain police numbers above an annually determined level. The following table sets out the Crime Fighting Fund threshold and actual strength achieved for England and Wales and for North Yorkshire police for each year from 2004.
In December 2006 we announced that the system of penalties for falling below target strength was suspended following representations from the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities.
North Yorkshires share of the Crime Fighting Fund was sufficient to recruit an additional 72 police officersfour in 2000-01, 39 in 2001-02, 25 in 2002-03 and four in 2003-04. Since 2004 North Yorkshire has received £1.95 million in continuation funding for these posts.
|Crime fighting fund police numbers threshold 2004 to 2006|
|England and Wales||North Yorkshire|
|Target strength||Actual strength( 1) (31 March)||Target strength||Actual strength (31 March)|
|(1) Total police officer strength including officers on secondment published in Home Office statistics bulletins on police numbers.|
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the total cost of pay in the police service was in each year since 1997-98; and how many staff were employed in the police service in each year. 
|(a) National Police Staff (FTE)|
|(b) Total employee salaries (from CIPFA police statistics)|
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers per thousand of the population there are (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each of the police forces in the Yorkshire and the Humber region. 
Mr. McNulty: These data have previously been published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Police Service Strength, England and Wales, 31st March 2006 (13/06), which is available in the Library of the House and can be downloaded from:
Mr. McNulty: Ports police forces are non-Home Office forces, with officers of these forces being sworn in as constables under section 79 of the Harbours, Docks and Piers Clauses Act 1847. As these police forces do not come under the administration of the Home Office, the requested information is not collected centrally by the Department.
Lorely Burt: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many convictions there have been of those under the age of (a) 18 and (b) 16 years for the possession of child pornography. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The following table shows data from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, namely the number of defendants under 18 years convicted for the possession of child pornography.
|Number of defendants aged under 18 years and under 16 years convicted of selected child pornography offences at all courts, England and Wales, 2005( 1, 2)|
|Statute||Offence||Aged 10 to 15||Aged 16 to 17||Total|
|(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.|
Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average prison sentence handed down by courts was for (a) violent crimes and (b) non-violent crimes in each of the last five years; and what the average sentence served was of prisoners in each category who were released in each of these years. 
The average custodial sentence length for these offences in the years 2001 to 2005 is given in the table. However, it should be noted that
comparisons between 2001 and 2005 are problematic, since offenders receiving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection for a serious offence from April 2005 would previously have received a lengthy determinate sentence that would have been included in the calculation of average custodial sentence length. These longer sentences are now effectively excluded from the calculation.
Information on the average time served for all offences is published in Table 10.1 of Offender Management Caseload Statistics 2005 (Home Office Statistical Bulletin No. 18/06) (on the Home Office website at:
|Average custodial sentence length for violent and other offences, England and Wales, 2001 to 2005|
|Offence||Average custodial sentence length( 1 ) (months)|
|(1) Excluding life and indeterminate sentences. (2) Violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery. (3) Offenders receiving an indeterminate sentence of imprisonment for public protection for a serious offence from April 2005 would previously have received a lengthy determinate sentence that would have been included in the calculation of average custodial sentence length. These longer sentences are now effectively excluded from the calculation. This may result in a decrease in average custodial sentence lengths. (4) All other offences (indictable and summary). Note: Although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile these figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system. Consequently, although figures are shown to the last digit in order to provide a comprehensive record of the information collected, they are not necessarily accurate to the last digit shown. Source: DS-NOMS, Home Office.|
Mr. Greg Knight: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what mechanisms exist to monitor the implementation of the Service Level Agreement at HM Prison Wandsworth; and if he will make a statement. 
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