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Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many individuals have been (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted of offences relating to throwing stones or other missiles at buses in each of the last five years. 
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to require web hosting companies to review their commitments to ensure abusive images of children are removed from the internet; and if he will make a statement. 
We continue to work very closely with the ISP industry as they put in place blocking mechanisms to restrict access to those websites identified by the Internet Watch Foundation, as well as to exploring other options to prevent access to illegal images of child abuse.
Joan Ryan [holding answer 16 May 2007]: Analysis from a recent independent poll indicates that the CRB is making a real difference to the protection of children and vulnerable adults; in the last three years, 60,000 unsuitable people have had offers of employment which involved working with children and vulnerable adults withdrawn on the basis of information contained on their Disclosure. This analysis also demonstrates that users of the Criminal Records Bureaus (CRB) service feel that the information provided on Disclosures useful when making recruitment decisions.
The National Audit Office (NAO) produced a report in 2004 (Criminal Records Bureau, Delivering Safer Recruitment?) in which it noted that CRB did not measure the impact that it had on society, whether it reduced crimes against the vulnerable or reduced the fear of crime. Following a CRB Internal Audit report in 2006, a proposal was put forward to adopt a system of outcome measures, which the CRB are currently exploring, that will be used to determine further the effectiveness of the CRBs service in terms of child and vulnerable adult protection.
Michael Gove: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of proposals for a centralised EU database of fingerprints; what estimate has been made of the (a) set up costs and (b) annual running costs of the database; and if he will make a statement. 
Joan Ryan: The Government believe that cross-border information exchange is fundamental to the fight against organised crime and terrorism and have therefore supported various EU initiatives to improve the exchange of information between member states. This includes a proposal currently under negotiation to facilitate the electronic exchange of data on fingerprints, DNA and vehicle registration between member states, known as the PrĂ1/4m Council Decision.
The Government have doubts however about the need for a centralised EU fingerprint database as suggested by the European Commission in its Annual Policy Strategy Communication for 2008. In particular, the Government will be looking to the Commission for a clear assessment of what added value this would bring to the PrĂ1/4m Council Decision.
The European Commission has yet to present the detail of its proposal, without which the Government cannot undertake a cost assessment. However, the Government have estimated that the start up costs for implementation of the PrĂ1/4m Council Decision would be around £31 million. This includes running costs for the first year, which would be around £2.5 million. The Government believe that this is justified by the practical benefits to be gained from the enhanced information sharing arrangements.
Sir Gerald Kaufman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 2 April from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms J Mann. 
Mr. Hepburn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people were convicted of knife crime offences in (a) the Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Data from the Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of persons found guilty for offences related to the illegal sale and marketing of knives, and to the possession of knives in a public place without good reason in the areas of (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East government office region and England and Wales for the years requested are provided in the table.
|Number of persons found guilty at all courts for offences related to the illegal sale, marketing and possession of knives in selected areas and England and Wales, 1997-2005( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3)|
|(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and courts. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
(3) Includes data for offences related to the illegal possession, sale and marketing of knives.
(4) Data excludes figures for West Mercia police force area for the offence of possession of a knife or bladed article on school premises, due to a reporting error for this offence at the courts in that area.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been convicted of carrying a knife in a public place in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire and (f) Norfolk in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: Data on the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform showing the number of people found guilty at all courts for the offence of carrying a knife in a public place in (a) Suffolk, (b) Bedfordshire, (c ) Cambridgeshire, (d) Essex, (e) Hertfordshire, and (f) Norfolk police force area 1997-2005 can be viewed in the following table.
|Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for the offences of carrying a knife in a public place, and having an article with blade or point on school premises in Suffolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, and Norfolk police force area 1997-2005( 1,)( )( 2,)( )( 3,)( )( 4)|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by the courts and police forces. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Includes the following:
(3) Statute: Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.139 as amended by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 s.3. Offence description: Having an article with blade or point in public place.
(4) Statute: Criminal Justice Act 1988 s.139A (1)(5)(a) as added by Offensive Weapons Act 1996 s.4(1). Offence description: Having an article with blade or point on school premises.
Mr. McNulty: The available data are from 1997-98 onwards and are given in the following table. These data are taken from the Home Office Statistical Bulletin series Police Service Strength, England and Wales published annually containing data correct as at 31 March; the bulletins can be downloaded from the following link:
|Police officer leavers from England and Wales forces from 1997-98 to 2005-06|
|Officer leavers||Officer strength||Percentage leavers|
|(1) Wastage comprises retirements, resignations, dismissals, deaths and transfers to police forces outside England and Wales.|
(2) Not comparable to previous wastage figures as data do not include transfers to other England and Wales forces and officers leaving after a period of secondment.
(3) Over 1,000 police officers previously working with the National Crime Squad (NCS) and the National Criminal Intelligence Squad (NCIS) left their home force to join the Serious Organised Crime Agency when it vested on 1 April 2006.
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