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Crime: Alcoholic Drinks

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. [136433]

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
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apparent fall from 47 to 44 per cent. is not statistically significant). See Table 1 for figures from 2001-02 to 2005-06.

The proportion of other crime related incidents where the offender was thought be under the influence of alcohol has not been estimated.

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

Yes

47

44

50

48

44

No

44

45

40

43

47

Don’t know

9

11

10

9

9


Criminal Casework Team

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) internal and (b) external reviews of the Criminal Casework Team have been conducted in the last five years. [124221]

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.

Departments: Internet

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether his Department (a) sponsors and (b) funds the confidential access website; and if he will make a statement. [135311]

Joan Ryan: The site in question is not sponsored or funded by the Home Office.

Driving Offences: Blackwall Tunnel

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. [135066]


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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 2 May 2007]: The information requested on arrests is not held centrally.

Fines

Dr. Kumar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been given on-the-spot fines by the police since 1997; and what percentage went on to re-offend. [134764]

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.


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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

Avon and Somerset

508

3,244

3,876

7,628

Bedfordshire

503

1,239

1,602

3,344

Cambridgeshire

359

1046

1,346

2,751

Cheshire

972

2,387

2,265

5,624

Cleveland

559

2,806

3,552

6,917

Cumbria

578

1,220

1,677

3,475

Derbyshire

656

1,593

2,537

4,786

Devon and Cornwall

1,889

5,134

6,976

13,999

Dorset

516

1,381

2,262

4,159

Durham

597

1,149

1,583

3,329

Essex

2,802

4,454

4,357

11,613

Gloucestershire

473

1,721

2,654

4,848

Greater Manchester

2,253

7,256

10,532

20,041

Hampshire

2,116

3,658

4,365

10,139

Hertfordshire

412

1296

5,312

7,020

Humberside

1,596

3,265

5,385

10,246

Kent

767

5,032

6,889

12,688

Lancashire

5,077

10,222

12,401

27,700

Leicestershire

756

1,909

2,376

5,041

Lincolnshire

544

2,373

1,930

4,847

London, City of

60

219

305

584

Merseyside

3,929

11,937

11,269

27,135

Metropolitan

12,758

18,047

20,171

50,976

Norfolk

475

676

1,323

2,474

North Yorkshire

1,078

1,596

2,367

5,041

Northamptonshire

570

1,403

2,498

4,471

Northumbria

211

2,147

6,307

8,665

Nottinghamshire

1,060

2,119

2,205

5,384

South Yorkshire

2,098

3,710

5,989

11,797

Staffordshire

1,450

2,169

3,209

6,828

Suffolk

472

901

1,460

2,833

Surrey

203

641

2,819

3,663

Sussex

1,509

4,193

5,023

10,725

Thames Valley

1,038

5,795

6,676

13,509

Warwickshire

481

933

1,016

2,430

West Mercia

275

1,774

3,433

5,482

West Midlands

4,773

7320

7,925

20,018

West Yorkshire

4,277

9,217

8,866

22,360

Wiltshire

610

1,080

1,224

2,914

Dyfed Powys

459

1,214

1,353

3,026

Gwent

424

1,511

1,908

3,843

North Wales

1,255

3,792

6,049

11,096

South Wales

241

1,702

5,311

7,254

England and Wales

63,639

146,481

192,583

402,703

(1 )Provisional figures

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