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Mr. Nicholas Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department in what percentage of crime in each of the last five years alcohol was determined as a contributing factor; and what trends are discernible in the figures. 
Mr. Coaker: From the information collected centrally, it is not possible to identify those offences which are alcohol related. Such offences are not specifically defined by statute and details of the individual circumstances of offences do not feature in the recorded crime data series.
The British Crime Survey (BCS) provides information on the proportion of violent incidents in England and Wales where the offender was thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs. According to the latest BCS (2005-06) the offender was thought to be under the influence of alcohol in 44 per cent. of violent incidents. This level is as it was in 2001-02 (the
apparent fall from 47 to 44 per cent. is not statistically significant). See Table 1 for figures from 2001-02 to 2005-06.
This information was published by the Home Office in the Crime in England and Wales 2005-06 and Violent Crime Overview, Homicide and Gun crime 2004-05 publications. This information is via Home Office websites
|Table : 1 Whether offender/s under the influence of drink in violent incidents|
|British Crime Survey|
|Under influence of alcohol||2001-02||2002-03||2003-04||2004-05||2005-06|
John Reid: I refer the hon. Member to the evidence given on 6 June 2006 to the Home Affairs Committee by Lin Homer, the chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency. During this evidence session, the chief executive provided a comprehensive account of the operation of the criminal casework directorate and the systematic failings which led to foreign nationals being released without deportation consideration.
The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency also explained in her letter of 9 October to the same Committee that an independent review is being undertaken by the Senior Director of Enforcement into how the release of the foreign national prisoners occurred. She anticipates receiving the review soon and will subsequently share the findings and lessons learned.
Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) arrested for and (b) convicted of dangerous driving in the Blackwall Tunnel in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty: The Penalty Notice for Disorder (PND) Scheme was implemented in all police forces in England and Wales in 2004 under provisions in the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001. Prior to this the police did not have the option of issuing on the spot fines for minor offences, having instead to issue a caution, reprimand or final warning or refer offenders to the court system to bring them to justice. Data from the Penalty Notices for Disorder database held by the Office for Criminal Justice reform show that 210,120 PNDs were issued to offenders from January 2004 to December 2005. Provisional data for 2006 show that a further 192,583 were issued in that year.
Data on the number of people issued with more than one PND are not held centrally and no estimate has been made. However, police forces do keep records of PND recipients on local databases which help inform local operational decisions. Forces are also required to enter details of those PNDs issued for recordable offences on the Police National Computer; however not all PND offences are recordable.
|Table 1c: Number of PNDs issued to offenders aged 16 and over, by police force area, all offences, England and Wales 2004, 2005 and January-June 2006 provisional data|
|Police force area||2004||2005||( 1) 2006||Total|
|(1 )Provisional figures|
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