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Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when Ministers or officials from his Department last met the chairs of local police committees. [116681]

Mr. McNulty: My right hon. Friend, the Home Secretary (John Reid) and I met with chairs of police authorities and with chief constables most recently at a seminar on police reform on 2 November 2006. I also attended the conference of the Association of Police Authorities, at which many chairs of police authorities were present, on 30 November 2006. I meet the APA on regular occasions and meet the chairs of local committees throughout the year in line with my duties as Police Minister.

Norwich Prison

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the health and safety of prisoners being held in A wing at HMP Norwich; what assessment he has made of the adequacy of staffing levels at HMP Norwich; and if he will make a statement. [134245]

Mr. Sutcliffe: HMP/YOI Norwich has risk assessments and safe systems of work in place for all areas of the prison and for all activities. Part of A wing reopened in late January 2007 following up-to-date Health and Safety risk assessments and safe systems of work been put in place. Prior to occupation having the cells were inspected personally by the Governor and confirmed as being appropriate and suitable cellular accommodation by the Eastern Area Manager. The remaining poor repair cellular accommodation in A wing is not occupied. Safe staffing levels have been agreed for the operation of the prison and for the daily operation of the reopened A wing facility four additional staff have been added to the complement.

Passports: Lost Property

Nigel Griffiths: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many and what percentage of passports dispatched by courier did not arrive at their destination in the last period for which the figures are available; what those figures were in the last comparable period prior to the contract being awarded to couriers; if he will ensure that security of delivery is the paramount consideration in re-awarding the contract; and if he will make a statement. [133141]

Joan Ryan: For the 12 month period ending January 2007, 728 passports have been confirmed as lost while in the delivery process. This equates to 0.011 per cent. of passports delivered. Secure Delivery commenced in February 2004, and the last period of data available for the previous Royal Mail arrangements is for 2003. In that year, 3,593 passports were recorded as lost in the delivery process, which equates to 0.065 per cent.

Secure Delivery has therefore seen a reduction of over 80 per cent. in the number of passports lost in this way.

Security of delivery is the paramount consideration in the current arrangements, and all deliveries can be tracked from collection to the point of delivery. The new contract will balance the need to provide a secure delivery service with the need to provide value for money and high levels of customer service.

Police Custody

Mr. Garnier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 20 February 2007, Official Report, column 1227W, on police custody, on how many occasions Operation Safeguard was used in England and Wales between 1 January 2006 and 1 April 2007. [134069]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: Operation Safeguard was reactivated on 22 January 2007. Between 22 January and 30 March 2007, Operation Safeguard was used on 9,380 occasions. This does not correspond precisely to a number of prisoners: one occasion means one prisoner night in a police cell.

[Official Report, 20 February 2008, Vol. 472, c. 6MC.]

Police: Broadcasting Programmes

Richard Younger-Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether police forces in England and Wales charge television companies for video footage used in television programmes. [133920]

Mr. McNulty: Charging the media for police-held video material is a matter for decision by individual chief officers. The Association of Chief Police Officers have produced guidance notes on this subject entitled "Media Advisory Group Guidelines Parts 1-11".

Police: Cheshire

Helen Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers were recruited in Cheshire in each year since 1997. [134033]

Mr. McNulty: The available data, for 2002-03 onwards, is in the following tables.

Police officer recruits( 1) to Cheshire police from 2002-03 to 2005-06( 2) (FTE)( 3)
Cheshire

2002-03

141

2003-04

153

2004-05

105

2005-06

121

(1) Recruits included those officers joining as standard direct recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.
(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Data are not available prior to 2002-03.
(3) 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.

Police c ommunity s upport o fficer r ecruits( 1) to Cheshire police from 2002-03 to 2005-06( 2) (FTE)( 3)
Cheshire

2002-03

2

2003-04

26

2004-05

12

2005-06

14

(1) Recruits included those officers joining as standard direct recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police community support officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.
(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Data are not available prior to 2002-03.
(3) 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.

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Police: County Durham

John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were transferred from non-operational duties to front line operations in the community in County Durham in each year since 2002; and how many civilian staff filled these non-operational posts. [134439]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally. The deployment of police officers and police staff is an operational matter for individual chief constables.

Police: Bullying

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many reported incidents of bullying there were in police forces in England and Wales in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area. [133271]

Mr. McNulty: The information requested is not collected centrally.

Police: Manpower

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many former police officers rejoined the police force in England and Wales in each year since 1997, broken down by police force area. [133273]

Mr. McNulty: The available data are from 2002-03 onwards and are in the following table.


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Police officer retainers (FTE)( 1) by force from 2002-03 to 2005-06( 2)
2002-03 2003-04( 3) 2004-05 2005-06

Avon and Somerset

1

0

0

0

Bedfordshire

5

2

0

3

Cambridgeshire

8

9

8

5

Cheshire

2

1

2

0

Cleveland

1

0

1

2

Cumbria

4

1

0

1

Derbyshire

19

0

13

20

Devon and Cornwall

6

0

1

11

Dorset

0

1

1

7

Durham

0

2

0

0

Dyfed-Powys

0

n/a

0

3

Essex

9

30

4

7

Gloucestershire

4

0

0

5

Greater Manchester

0

17

35

29

Gwent

0

1

13

17

Hampshire

6

3

19

14

Hertfordshire

5

4

2

1

Humberside

6

3

3

32

Kent

1

10

7

15

Lancashire

5

1

1

0

Leicestershire

5

2

10

11

Lincolnshire

5

1

2

4

London, City of

1

2

2

1

Merseyside

0

0

1

0

Metropolitan Police

46

69

113

100

Norfolk

8

0

0

5

Northamptonshire

1

0

0

1

Northumbria

0

8

1

10

North Wales

0

0

1

8

North Yorkshire

1

n/a

0

0

Nottinghamshire

0

1

1

20

South Wales

22

4

0

32

South Yorkshire

0

6

11

18

Staffordshire

7

13

15

2

Suffolk

1

0

0

10

Surrey

9

4

4

8

Sussex

4

8

2

11

Thames Valley

8

7

18

18

Warwickshire

1

4

1

3

West Mercia

2

3

14

11

West Midlands

23

15

13

9

West Yorkshire

4

3

9

17

Wiltshire

2

5

1

3

(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) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.
(3) Data are not available for Dyfed-Powys and North Yorkshire.

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