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|(1) As at 9 October 2006; figures are subject to revision as cases are dealt with by the police and by the courts, or as further information becomes available.|
(2) Offences are shown according to the year in which the police initially recorded the offence as homicide. This is not necessarily the year in which the incident took place or the year in which any court decision was made.
(3) Data for 2006-07 are not yet available.
(4) Each of the terrorist-related homicides recorded in 2005-06 relate to the 7 July London bombings.
Homicide Index (Home Office).
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In addition to raising the age at which knives can be purchased from 16 to 18 years of age, I have recently published proposals to toughen the laws on knife crime in Northern Ireland. The proposed changes will double the penalties for a series of knife crimes including possession, manufacture and sales offences and are part of the draft proposed Criminal Justice (NI) Order 2007 published for consultation on 8 November.
Under the Northern Ireland Act 1998, a draft of a proposed Order-in-Council must be laid before Parliament for a period of 60 parliamentary sitting days. The proposed draft Criminal Justice Order
was published on 8 November 2007 for consultation with a closing date of 31 January 2008. Following consideration of the representations made, the draft Order will then be laid for debate in Parliament. Subject to parliamentary approval of the draft Order, commencement will be staged with priority being given to the sentencing powers dealing with dangerous sexual and violent offenders. If Parliament approves the Order, it is my intention that these priority powers will come into operation within weeks of that approval.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) what reviews have been undertaken of his Department's rules on data protection in the last two years; if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of the last review of his Department's compliance with data protection laws; and if his Department will undertake a review of its compliance with data protection laws; 
(2) on how many occasions in his Department confidential data have been downloaded on to compact discs (i) without and (ii) with encryption in the last 12 month period for which figures are available; how many of those discs have been posted without using recorded or registered delivery; what procedures his Department has in place for the (A) transport, (B) exchange and (C) delivery of confidential or sensitive data; what records are kept of information held by his Department being sent outside the Department; what changes have been made to his Departments rules and procedures on data protection in the last two years; on how many occasions his Departments procedures and rules on data protection have been breached in the last five years; what those breaches were; what procedures his Department has in place on downloading confidential data on to computer discs before its transfer; what technical protections there are in his Departments computer systems to prevent access to information held on those systems which is not in accordance with departmental procedures; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each of his Departments rules and procedures on the protection of confidential data on individuals, businesses and other organisations; 
(3) how many employees of each grade in his Department (a) have access to confidential or sensitive data and (b) are authorised to download such data to disk; how many of his Departments employees have undergone data protection training in the last 12 months; what the average length of time is that each employee of his Department has spent on data protection training; how many investigations of employees of his Department for improperly accessing
confidential information have taken place in the last 12 months; how many such investigations resulted in cases of disciplinary action; and what the circumstances of each of those cases was. 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland (1) on how many occasions the Information Commissioner was contacted by his Department to report breaches of data protection security in each of the last five years; 
(2) how many breaches of data protection security there were in (a) his Department and (b) his Departments agencies in each of the last five years; and if he will provide details of each breach. 
Paul Goggins: I refer the hon. Members to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister on 21 November 2007, Official Report, column 1179. The review by the Cabinet Secretary and security experts is looking at procedures within Departments and agencies for the storage and use of data. A statement on Departments procedures will be made on completion of the review.
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