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|(1) Figures are available by District Command Unit back to 2000-01. The figures for 1998-99 and 1999-2000 have been aggregated by station area to produce totals for North Belfast DCU, however they are not completely comparable with later years due to boundary changes.|
(2) From 1 April 2002 most attempted thefts/unauthorised taking of motor vehicles are recorded as vehicle interference due to a change in Home Office counting rules.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the (a) effectiveness, (b) efficiency and (c) value for money of the distribution of the Police Service of Northern Ireland Chief Constable's Annual Report to households in Northern Ireland. 
Paul Goggins: In August 2006 PSNI commissioned a survey to evaluate the level of awareness and readership of the Chief Constable's Annual Report. Of those who had read the report, 78 per cent. stated that it provided them with a clearer understanding of the work of the police service.
The Chief Constable's Annual Report is delivered to every home in Northern Ireland and is also available on the Internet. It is an important aspect of PSNI's outreach and engagement with the community. The Northern Ireland Policing Board is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness and efficiency of the police, however I am content that distributing the report in this way is a valuable exercise and represents value for money.
Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many members of the Garda Siochana were (a) seconded and (b) transferred to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each year since 2005, broken down by (i) rank and (ii) sex. 
However, since October 2005, 12 An Garda Siochana officers have been on personnel exchanges, for periods of between two and four months, under the auspices of the joint protocols signed by the Garda Commissioner and Chief Constable on 21 February 2005.
Close co-operation between the PSNI and An Garda Siochana continues across a range of areas including human resources, traffic, IT, internal communications, roads, community safety, training, fraud, drugs and immigration.
Mr. David Anderson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many paramilitary-style assaults took place in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by group deemed responsible. 
|Casualties as a result of paramilitary style assaults|
|(1) Attribution is as perceived by PSNI based on the information available and does not necessarily indicate the involvement of a paramilitary organisation. Note: 2007-08 statistics are provisional and may be subject to minor amendment. Source: Central Statistics Unit, Police Service of Northern Ireland, Lisnasharragh.|
The Government continue to work through and with the political parties to create the conditions that will make such assaults a thing of the past. The PSNI, which has the support of all parties in Northern Ireland, will continue to investigate all such incidents and where sufficient evidence exists will bring those responsible to justice.
Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what additional resources have been deployed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to expedite the progress of applications submitted to the Child Vulnerable Adult Access Vetting Unit. 
The PSNI has deployed additional resources to address the current heavy workload. Since summer 2007 seven extra staff have been employed by the unit and staff have worked overtime to manage the increasing workload. Working practices are under review to ensure that available resources are used to best effect.
A new criminal history disclosure body, Access N.I., will replace the Criminal Records Office service from early 2008. This new service will bring Northern Ireland under the same legislation as the rest of the United Kingdom and will create a platform for the development of new national systems.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland how much his Department and its agencies have spent on Christmas (a) cards, (b) parties and (c) decorations in each of the last five years. 
|Christmas cards (£)|
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) what reviews have been undertaken of his Departments 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 Departments 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 their 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. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (1) how many confirmed data security breaches there have been in the Office of the Advocate General for Scotland in the last 36 months; and what action was taken after each occurrence; 
Mr. Vara: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland (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; 
David Cairns: 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.
Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the estimated annual administration costs associated with the Rural Payments Agencys practice of resizing fields are. 
Jonathan Shaw [holding answer 21 November 2007]: Annual administration costs specifically relating to resizing fields (changes to area) cannot be separated from other costs related to the Rural Land Register (RLR). Costs for RLR-related work including all digitising work and RLR support staff were £4.26 million in 2006-07. Estimated costs for 2007-08 and 2008-09 are £3.34 million and £2.69 million respectively. These figures do not include possible further developments of the land register to meet European and business requirements.
Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs whether he plans to discuss changes to the main concordat with the Scottish Executive on fishing; and if he will make a statement. 
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