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Driving Offences: Mobile Phones

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many (a) prosecutions were brought against and (b) fixed penalty notices were imposed on drivers in each police authority area using mobile telephones while driving in 2005. [144306]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The data requested for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Driving Under Influence

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice (1) how many drivers were convicted for drink-driving offences (a) directly related to an incident in which death or serious injury was occasioned and where the alcohol-related incapacity of the driver was judged to be the primary cause of the incident and (b) unrelated to any incident in which death or serious injury was occasioned, in each year from 1997 to 2006; [144857]


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(2) how many of the drivers convicted for drink-driving offences in each year from 1997 to 2006 had previously been banned from driving for drink-driving offences while a ban was still current; [144858]

(3) how many drivers who had not previously held a full driving licence were convicted of drink-driving offences in each year between 1997 and 2006. [144910]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The specific information requested concerning individual circumstances of persons convicted is not recorded on the Court Proceedings Database, held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many drivers were convicted of drink-driving offences in each year from 1997 to 2006; how many were repeat offenders; and how many of those repeat offenders had been convicted (a) twice, (b) three times, (c) four times and (d) more than four times. [144859]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Available information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, from 1997 to 2004 (latest available) is provided in the table.

Information on repeat offenders of summary drink-driving offences is not identifiable.

2005 data will be available in the autumn of 2007; 2006 data will be available in 2008.

Findings of guilt at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs ( 1) , England and Wales, 1997-2004
Number of offences
Total findings of guilt

1997

100,202

1998

93,116

1999

89,364

2000

85,829

2001

84,742

2002

90,488

2003

93,702

2004

96,238

(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 ss. 4 (1) and (2); 5 (1) and (b); 6 (4) and 7 (6). [Offences as a result of drink driving cannot be distinguished reliably from offences of drug driving].
Notes:
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.

Mr. Paterson: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many drivers were breathalysed in each year between 1997 and 2006; how many tests were positive; and how many were subsequently confirmed as positive by blood testing. [144911]


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Mr. Sutcliffe: The available information is given in the table for 1997 to 2004. Data for 2005 will be available later in the year. 2006 data will be available in 2008.

Information is not collected centrally on the number of positive tests subsequently confirmed by blood testing.

Screening breath tests by outcome, England end Wales
Thousand
Outcome 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Total number of tests

(1)800.3

815.5

764.5

714.8

623.9

570.2

534.3

577.6

Number positive or refused

103.5

(2)102.3

(2)94.1

(2)94.6

(2)99.5

(2)103.5

(2)106.3

(2)103.0

(1) Following the introduction of new breath testing equipment in Greater Manchester in 1998, it became apparent that the total number of tests had been over-estimated in 1997 and adjustments were made.
(2) As from 1998 onwards, following a comparison between the number of positive breath tests reported by each police force annually and the number of court proceedings for drink/driving-related offences, it became clear that there was under-reporting in a number of forces. As a result, in some cases, court proceedings figures have been substituted for the positive breath test figures.
Note:
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. 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.
Source:
Breath Tests Statistical Collection, held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.

Driving Under Influence: Greater London

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many people were convicted of drink driving offences in each London borough in each of the last five years. [144173]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The Court Proceedings Database, held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform, does not identify convictions at London borough area level.

Driving Under Influence: Lancashire

Rosie Cooper: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many convictions there were in each police authority in West Lancashire for the offence of drink driving in each year since 2001; and how many resulted in (a) a prison sentence, (b) mandatory disqualification from driving and (c) the maximum fine. [144814]

Mr. Sutcliffe: Information taken from the Court Proceedings Database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is available at police force area level only.

Data for 2001 to 2004 (latest available) for Lancashire police force area are provided in the following table.

Data for 2005 will be available in the autumn of 2007.


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Total findings of guilt at all courts and resultant custody, maximum fine imposed and disqualifications, for the offence of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) , within Lancashire police force area, 2001-04
Total findings of guilt Of which: immediate custody( 2) Of which: maximum fine (£) Of which: disqualified( 3)

2001

2,304

148

1,000

2,174

2002

2,599

159

2,500

2,465

2003

2,652

146

1,050

2,516

2004

2,706

125

2,000

2,570

(1) Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 ss. 4 (1) and (2); 5 (1) and (b); 6 (4) and 7 (6). (Offences as a result of drink driving cannot be distinguished reliably from offences as a result of drug driving).
(2) Immediate Custody = Detention and Training Order, Young Offender Institution and Unsuspended sentence of imprisonment.
(3) Disqualifications given as a secondary disposal. This covers cases where a disqualification from driving was given instead of a licence endorsement. This excludes cases where a defendant was disqualified under the penalty points or “totting up” system (s35 Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988). S.35 R.T.O.A. data for specific offences at force area level are not sufficiently robust.
Notes:
1. Standard Rate maximum fine is Level 5 (£5,000). None were issued within the force area for the years for which data are provided.
2. 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 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.
3. 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.

Electoral Register

Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of people whose names are entered on UK electoral registers are (a) UK citizens, (b) citizens of the Irish Republic, (c) Commonwealth citizens and (d) European Union citizens. [144388]

Bridget Prentice: This information is not collected centrally. The Office for National Statistics is responsible for producing electoral registration figures, but they are not required to collect data on the nationality of people registered to vote.

Family Law: Legal Aid Scheme

Annette Brooke: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice what the total legal aid bill for family law cases was in each of the last four years. [145589]

Vera Baird: The information requested is shown in the following table. The corresponding figures relating to 2006-07 are not yet available.

Total family legal aid (£ million net cash)

2003-04

493

2004-05

488

2005-06

536



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Fixed Penalties

Mr. Jeremy Browne: To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice how many and what percentage of fixed penalty notices issued in each of the last 10 years were paid in full within the 14 day deadline. [144152]

Mr. Sutcliffe: None of the fixed penalty schemes for which the Office for Criminal Justice Reform holds data has a 14 day deadline. The Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) scheme for on-street parking contraventions allows for notices to be paid within 28 days and the motoring offences Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) scheme requires payment within 28 days. The PCN scheme does however allow for a discount if payment is made within 14 days. Data on notices paid within this period are in the table below. The Penalty Notices for Disorder (PND) scheme requires payment within 21 days.

Information relating to fixed penalty notices for environmental offences, for which there is a standard period for payment of fixed penalties, set in legislation at 14 days, is a matter for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).

Number and proportion( 1) of Penalty Charge Notices issued and paid within 14 days( 2) , England and Wales( 3) , 1999( 4) -2004
Million and Percentage
Penalty charge notices 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004

Penalty charge notices issued

4.0

4.7

5.3

6.4

7.1

7.7

Paid within 14 days(2)

1.6

1.8

2.4

2.8

3.3

3.7

Percentage(1)

40

40

45

44

46

48

Number of local authorities issuing PCNs(5)

10

26

45

62

84

99

(1) These percentages differ from those within the annual ‘Motoring Offence etc.’ statistical bulletin which are based on known outcomes.
(2) These notices must be paid within 28 days, but if paid within 14 days there is a reduction in the charge.
(3) The first Welsh local authority joined the scheme in 2004.
(4) Data for years prior to 1999 are unreliable.
(5) All London local authorities within the scheme are counted as one for this table.
Notes:
1. No local authority outside London was using Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) during 1995, but Winchester city council began issuing PCNs in 1996. Up to and including 2004 there are 90 local authorities outside London issuing PCNs.
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 administrate data systems generated by local authorities. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collections processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.
Source:
Penalty Charge Notice Collection held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform

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