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Mr. McNulty [holding answer 25 June 2007]: The Home Office has provided the following sums, in capital grant for Air Support, to Authorities over the past five years. Where Consortia have bid for funding, the allocation is listed against the Lead Force.
|(1) See Thames Valley|
(2 )See Northumbria
(3 )See Avon and Somerset
(4 )See South Wales
(5 )No ASU
(6) Leased aircraft
(7) See Leics
(8) See Derbyshire
(9 )See West Mercia
Mr. McNulty: Policy, selection and co-ordination of the Police High Potential Development Scheme is now a matter for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA). The NPIA is reviewing the current High Potential Development Scheme alongside a wider process of developing the future strategy for police leadership, as set out in the priorities of the NPIAs published business plan.
Mr. Watson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) male and (b) female chief constables there are in England and Wales; what steps he is taking to encourage greater numbers of female chief constables in England and Wales; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. McNulty: There are currently 39 male and five female chief constables in England and Wales. The data currently available are for ACPO ranks and are previously been published in the Home Office Statistical Bulletin, Police Service Strength in England and Wales 31 March 2006 (13/06), which is available in the Library of the House and can be downloaded from:
Table 4 in the bulletin contains the number of police officers in each force in England and Wales broken down by gender and rank. Promoting policing equality and diversity is a matter for the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) working with the police service. I understand from the NPIA Chief Executive that there are a number of programmes geared to encouraging progression of staff within ACPO ranks including, HPDS ( High Potential Development Scheme) and NSCAS ( National Senior Careers Advisory Scheme).
Mr. Paterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answers of (a) 11 June 2007, Official Report, column 503W and (b) 6 June 2007, Official Report, column 618W, on the police: road traffic control, how many dedicated traffic police officers there are in England and Wales. 
Mrs. Moon: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much has been recovered by the (a) Assets Recovery Agency and (b) Proceeds of Crime Department of the Serious Organised Crime Agency relating to crime in the South Wales Police Authority area in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; and if he will make a statement. 
The Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) was established on 1 April 2006. It is a national agency and does not hold figures relating to UK police authorities. In their first annual report, published on 18 May, SOCA show the approximate value of their work in the UK to recover criminal assets. These figures do not include totals of cash seizures which have been made by their domestic partners.
Mr. Clappison: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 9 June 2007, Official Report, columns 618-20W, on security measures, what assessment he has made of the progress made by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board in each of the five core areas. 
Mr. Woolas: The Department for Communities and Local Government is working with a number of partners to progress work on the accreditation of imams; the development of leadership skills for imams and mosque officials; the inclusion of young people and women; improvement in the governance of mosques; and supporting mosques to contribute to community cohesion and to combating extremism. The Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB), an independent body, is one of the key channels through which this agenda is being taken forward.
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many cases of sexual assault
were reported in (a) England and (b) each of the regions (i) in total and (ii) in each parliamentary constituency in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Coaker: The available information relates to offences recorded by the police in England and in each region and is given in the table. Statistics for parliamentary constituencies are not available centrally.
|Serious assaults recorded by the police in England|
|Number of offences|
|Region||Rape||Sexual assault( 1)||Total|
|(1) Includes recorded offences of indecent assault on a male or female and sexual assault on a male or female.|
The Sexual Offences Act 2003, introduced in May 2004, altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.
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