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|Table B: Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) males by age of offender, England and Wales, 1995 to 2004|
|Number of offences|
|Total findings of guilt at all courts|
|All ages||Aged under 30|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 ss. 4 (1) & (2), 5 (a) & (b), 6 (4), 7 (6) and s.7A as added by the Police Reform Act 2002 s. 56|
1. It is known that for some police force areas, the reporting of court proceedings in particular those relating to summary motoring offences, may be less than complete. Work is under way to ensure that the magistrates courts' case management system currently being implemented by the Ministry of Justice reports all motoring offences to the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. This will enable more complete figures to be disseminated.
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.
|Table C: N umber of written warnings issued for the offence of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) England and Wales, 1995 to 2004|
|Number of offences|
|Written warnings( 2)|
|(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 ss. 4 (1) & (2), 5 (a) & (b), 6 (4), 7 (6) and s.7A as added by the Police Reform Act 2002 s. 56.|
(2) Data held centrally on written warnings (including cautions) does not identify the sex of the offender.
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 these data are used.
The assessment of children who may fall to be considered as children in need is already dealt with in full in the statutory Government guidance Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families. All local authorities with children's services responsibilities are required to comply with the requirements of this guidance unless local circumstances indicate exceptional reasons that justify a variation. I understand that this case is still being considered by the courts and therefore cannot make a more specific reply at this time.
Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests the Serious and Organised Crime Agency has made since its creation in (a) Sussex and (b) all other UK operational regions, broken down by type of offence. 
Mr. Coaker: SOCA is a UK-wide organisation and not a territorial police force. Arrests made in relation to specific tasked operations may occur in any part of the country. SOCA does not record the county in which an arrest is made.
|Number of arrests|
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he is taking to review gaps in evidence and methods of collecting evidence to support prosecution with particular reference to cases where teenagers have been sexually assaulted or raped. 
All police forces are being asked to develop action plans to implement the recommendations of Without Consent, the 2007 joint inspection into the investigation and prosecution of rape by Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary and Her Majestys Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. This includes forces working with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to implement improvements to the collection and presentation of evidence, review processes and monitor case outcomes.
This builds on the national training programme which has been developed for specialist officers working on sexual offence cases. We are also improving facilities for the collection of evidence through the development of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs), most of which see teenage clients. There are now 16 SARCs with a further 14 in development.
In order to support improvements to the investigation and prosecution of serious sexual offences, we have also introduced new arrangements for monitoring performance and providing practical support to forces and CPS areas.
Annette Brooke: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on services for children and young people within sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many SARCs provide (a) services for children and young people and (b) child-centred therapeutic counselling and support. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 4 June 2007]: As sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) are primarily funded locally, we do not collect information centrally on the amount each centre spends on services for children.
Each of the 16 SARCs currently operating provide services for people below the age of 18 with lower age limits ranging from 0 to 16. Paediatric cases are seen at nine of these centres, while a further two centres have close links with separate but dedicated child sexual abuse services.
Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has to alter the (a) salaries of, (b) number of support staff available to and (c) office space provided to his special advisers in the next 12 months. 
John Reid: I have no plans to alter the accommodation or support structure for special advisers in the Home Office. The salaries of special advisers are a matter for the Special Advisers Remuneration Committee. Special advisers pay ranges and the number of special advisers in each pay band by Department are published in an annual statement to Parliament.
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the Answer of 4 June 2007, Official Report, columns 110-11W, on speed limits: cameras, if he will break down the numbers of full-time equivalent traffic police officers by police force. 
|Number of full-time equivalent officers whose main function is traffic|
1. Staff with multiple responsibilities (or designations) are recorded under their primary role or function. The traffic function includes staff who are predominantly employed on motorcycles or in patrol vehicles for the policing of traffic and motorway related duties. The does not include officers employed in accident investigation, vehicle examination and radar duties.
2. 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 the total and the sum of the constituent items.
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