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Special Constables: Greater London

Mr. Davey: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many special constables there are in the Metropolitan Police Service; how many there were in each year since 1997; how many (a) were and (b) are civilian staff serving in the Metropolitan Police Service in each year; how many undertook their training and their special constable duties during their normal working hours as civilian staff; and how many received time off in lieu or extra holiday time for their duties as special constables. [134485]

Mr. McNulty: The available data for the number of special constables in the Metropolitan Police Service in each year since 1997 are given in the table. These data are also published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series "Police Service Strength, England and Wales".

The remainder of the information requested is not collected centrally.

Special constable strength( 1) for the Metropolitan Police Service as at 31 March 1997 to 31 March 2006
31 March: Special constables

1997

1,714

1998

1,282

1999

1,138

2000

758

2001

774

2002

680

2003

692

2004

742

2005

697

2006(2)

1,221

(1) Total strength is based on headcount figures.
(2) The MPS have held a number of successful special constable recruitment campaigns over the years, the most recent of which ran throughout 2005 and would have been responsible for the increase from 2004-05 to 2005-06. Additionally, some of these changes are thought to be explained by the move from paper-based to computerised recording systems.

Written Questions

Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer question 107856, on DC Stephen Oake, tabled on 30 November 2006 by the hon. Member for West Bromwich East. [125790]


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John Reid [holding answer 6 March 2007]: I replied to the hon. Member on 1 May 2007, Official Report, column 1576W.

Northern Ireland

Arts

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how much funding was allocated to the arts in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997; and what the percentage change was between each year. [130959]

Maria Eagle: Funding provided for the arts in Northern Ireland in each year since 1999-2000 is shown in the following table, together with the percentage change between each year. Data for previous years are not readily available. The figures include both revenue funding and capital funding.


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Financial year Total funding provided by Departments Percentage change

1999-00

8,461,181.46

2000-01

8,245,611

-2.54

2001-02

9,067,800

9.97

2002-03

11,078,537.13

22.17

2003-04

15,151,520.90

36.76

2004-05

14,277,212.91

-5.77

2005-06

14,890,675.62

4.3

2006-07

(1)15,348,890.08

3.1

(1)Provisional

The information provided in the table may be incomplete as the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety do not hold full information prior to 2003-04.

The Department for Social Development has also provided funding for the arts under Peace II for which details are only available in calendar years. In 2006 £52.4k was provided to the Community Arts Forum. The funding provided by DSD under Peace II for other arts based projects for the period 2002 to date is £565.6k. These figures are not included in the table.

Departments: Internet

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland which websites received funding from his Department and its associated agencies in each of the last five years; and how much was allocated in each case. [130956]

Mr. Hain: The following table show the websites directly funded by the NIO and its agencies in the last five years.

£
Website 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

www.nio.gov.uk

0

730

(1)51,205

9,118

7,543

www.niprisonservice.gov.uk

14,900

9,100

15,400

5,306

3,600

www.octf.gov.uk

9,104

4,320

360

11,994

3,978

www.causeway.gov.uk

819

773

1,125

879

168

www.cjsni.gov.uk

0

0

0

5,316

5,952

www.littlebookofstuff.org

0

0

0

0

9,000

www.youthjusticeagencyni.gov.uk

0

11,338

1,938

12,069

3,125

www.youthconferenceserviceni.gov.uk

0

7,637

0

193

0

www.sentencereview.org

0

646

1,880

635

552

www.Isrcni.org.uk

376

364

882

834

176

www.communitysafetyni.gov.uk

3,760

0

0

546

2,719

www.howsecureismyhome.com

0

0

0

0

1,145

www.projectrioh.net

0

0

0

(2)26,437

12,214

www.reportinghate.org

0

0

0

120

5,310

(1) This figure includes the costs for a major redesign of the website.
(2) This figure includes the costs for the initial design and development of the website.

Departments: Official Hospitality

David Simpson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants in each Department in Northern Ireland. [132210]

Mr. Hanson: DAO (DFP) 10/06 sets out general principles on the provision of gifts and hospitality, which will include alcohol, and requires each NI Department to have its own guidance and approval processes tailored to suit their business needs. This will cover (a) Ministers and (b) senior civil servants where expenditure comes out of the departmental budget.

NIO has its own guidance and approval process for hospitality (including alcohol) that covers Ministers and senior civil servants.

Departments: Public Expenditure

Mark Durkan: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what the end of year underspends for 2006-07 were for each of the Northern Ireland Departments; [132224]


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(2) what overspends there were in budget lines of Northern Ireland Departments for 2006-07. [132225]

Mr. Hanson: Outturn data, regarding spending by Northern Ireland Departments in 2006-07, will not be available until late May 2007.

Human Trafficking

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the extent of human trafficking in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement. [133031]

Paul Goggins: Analysis of human trafficking in Northern Ireland is currently under way through the auspices of the OCTF Immigration and Human Trafficking Expert Group to assess the scale of the threat.

This analysis will update the assessment of a scoping report into human trafficking in 2006 which concluded that Northern Ireland did not, at that time, have an identifiable problem.

Licensed Premises

Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many businesses were found to be selling alcohol without a licence to do so in each district council area in Northern Ireland in each of the last six years; and what penalty was imposed in each case in which all proceedings are complete. [130923]

Paul Goggins: The information requested is not available in the form requested. The following information has been collated on the basis of two offences:

Information is presented by district command unit. PSNI does not have records relating to penalties imposed in all cases.


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District command unit Penalty imposed

2001 (2)

Belfast North

Community service order

Belfast North

Bound over

2002 (6)

Belfast North

No court appearances or court results

Belfast South

Imprisonment

Larne

No court appearances or court results

Newry and Mourne

No court appearances or court results

Newry and Mourne

No court appearances or court results

Newry and Mourne

Cautioned

2003 (7)

Armagh

Withdrawn

Armagh

Withdrawn

Belfast East

Cautioned

Belfast South

3 actual or scheduled court appearances but no court result

Belfast South

3 cautioned

Belfast South

Fine

Newry and Mourne

Cautioned

2004 (6)

Belfast East

Cautioned

Belfast North

Cautioned

Belfast South

No court appearances or court results

Belfast South

Fine

Coleraine

Bound over

Fermanagh

Fine

2005 (5)

Newtownards

Cautioned

Belfast East

Fine

Belfast East

Withdrawn

Belfast East

Withdrawn

Magherafelt

Withdrawn

2006 (4)

Banbridge

Fine

Belfast East

Fine

Craigavon

Imprisonment

Craigavon

Imprisonment


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