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Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport (1) how many university students in Lancashire living in halls of residence were fined for not paying their television licence in each of the past five years; 
(2) how much was collected in fines from university students in Lancashire living in halls of residence who did not pay their television licence in each of the past five years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: I have been asked to reply.
Information submitted by the police and the courts to the Home Office court proceedings database does not include information about where offences took place to this level of detail, nor whether those proceeded against were students.
Mr. Hoyle: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in Lancashire were imprisoned for animal abuse in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The number of persons reported to the Home Office court proceedings database as having been sentenced to immediate custody in Lancashire for offences of cruelty to animals in the last five years were one in 2001, two in 2004 and 10 in 2005. Statistics for 2006 will be available in the autumn.
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.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to (a) support victims of childhood sexual abuse in reporting abuse, (b) provide advice and assistance during criminal proceedings and (c) offer counselling following a trial. 
Mr. Sutcliffe: The Government are currently finalising a sexual violence and abuse action plan which will outline cross-Government work on tackling sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse. This will be published shortly.
The Government have funded 38 independent sexual violence advisors (ISVAs) to offer advice and support to victims across England and Wales. We give Victim Support an annual grant of £30 million (and £2 million specifically for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses), to support victims and witnesses of crime. And since 2004 we have also spent £36 million setting up witness care units across England and Wales, providing tailored support for witnesses, including children and their parents or carers, once a charge is made.
To assist vulnerable or intimidated witnesses in giving evidence in court, the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 provides a range of special measures. These include video-recorded evidence-in-chief, live links, screens around the witness box and giving evidence in private.
Joint Home Office, Crown Prosecution Service and Department of Health guidance, issued in 2001, states that the best interests of the child are paramount in deciding whether therapy should be provided pre-trial, and the decision to offer it must be taken by all agencies responsible for the welfare of the child.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many breaches of Intensive Supervision and Surveillance Programmes
there were in each year since 2001 in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 8 March 2007]: Data on the intensive supervision and surveillance programme (ISSP) are produced by the Youth Justice Board based on returns from ISSP teams. Data on breaches are only available for the financial years 2004-05 and 2005-06 and are set out in the table. The data is not available by local authority but have been broken down by ISSP scheme.
These are not Home Office statistics and although care is taken in collating and analysing the returns used to compile the figures, the data are of necessity subject to the inaccuracies inherent in any large-scale recording system.
|ISSP breaches by ISSP Team 2004-05 to 2005-06|
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