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|Southend Basic Command Unit (BCU)( 1)|
|Financial Year||BCU detections||BCU detection rate||BCU sanction( 2) detections||BCU sanction detection rate|
|(1) BCU data are available only from 2001-02. (2) Data for sanction detections are available only from 2000-01. A sanction detection is one which results in a charge or summons, caution, an offence being taken into consideration, a penalty notice for disorder or a cannabis warning. (3) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Data before and after that date are not directly comparable. (4) Southend forms part of Essex South Eastern BCU with effect from April 2006, separate figures for Southend are no longer available.|
Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the trends in the number of (a) racial and (b) rape crimes reported in the Metropolitan Police Service results for October 2007 in the London borough of Havering. 
John Cummings: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of racial violence were reported in the Durham police authority area in each year since 2000; and how many resulted in conviction. 
The statistics requested cannot be provided in the form requested since it is not possible to track individual offences to conclusion and therefore convictions cannot be directly related to the offences recorded. The recorded offences data given in table 1 are based on the number of crimes reported to and recorded by the police and are on a financial year basis. The convictions data in table 2 are based on the number of offenders convicted and are on a calendar year basis. Convictions figures are counts of offenders classified by their principal offence.
|Table 1: Racially or religiously aggravated offences of violence recorded by the police in Durham|
|Number of offences|
|Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:|
|Less serious wounding||Assault without injury( 1)||Harassment|
|(1) Includes some assaults with minor injury prior to 2002-03.|
(2) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002 and figures before and after that date are not directly comparable.
|Table 2: Number of defendants found guilty at all courts for racially or religiously aggravated offences, Durham police force area, 1997-2006( 1,2)|
|Racially or religiously aggravated offences of:|
|Less serious wounding||Common assault||Harassment|
|(1) These data are provided on the principal offence basis.|
(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.
The Home Office published a study in 2007 to determine the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on violent crime, disorder and criminal damage.
The study (which will contribute to a larger Home Office evaluation to be published early 2008) analysed time stamped data and focused on the types of offences that can occur as a result of alcohol misuse and night-time disorder and to see whether the timing of offences had changed. A copy of the report can be found on the Home Office website:
The 2005-06 BCS reported a reduction in the number of violent crimes committed in or around pubs and clubs in 2005-06 compared with 2004-05 at 17 per cent. from 22 per cent.
In 2006-07 victims believed the offender or offenders to be under the influence of alcohol in 46 per cent. of all violent incidents (at any time of day).
It is also worth noting that the feasibility of police forces flagging violent crime and disorder offences in the night-time economy is being examined as part of the regular annual data requirement review process by the Home Office and ACPO.
Mr. Coaker: According to the British Crime Survey, the most reliable indicator of long-term trends in violent crime, violence nationally fell by 35 per cent. between 1997 and 2006-07. Police-recorded violence against the person in London fell by 8 per cent. between 2005-06 and 2006-07. Estimates for 2007-08 are not available.
The Government are undertaking a wide-ranging programme of work to tackle violent crime. In London, Operation Trident was set up in 1998 in response to a string of what are often called black-on-black shootings. It is a Metropolitan Police Service team dedicated to tackling gun crime within the black community. Community involvement has been seen as key to Tridents success from the outset, with the Trident Independent Advisory Group set up to harness public support and keep officers informed of community views. Trident is widely seen as a successful model and has been emulated in other cities. Adult Trident offences are falling.
The London Youth Crime Prevention Board is a partnership of senior figures from all of the key agencies, which is currently agreeing on a range of new pan-London measures to reduce the flow of young people into early criminalityincluding those who could go on to commit serious crime. The Board is exploring what more local authorities, schools and the criminal justice system might do to improve youth crime prevention across London. It will seek to instigate a number of changes before completing its work at the end of 2008.
Work on tackling domestic violence continues on a number of fronts. London is working to ensure that there are Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) across London. This is an evidence-based approach which allows agencies to manage perpetrators and reduce risk to victims.
The Five Borough Alliance (5BA) was set up this year as a multi-agency response to gangs issues. The boroughs are Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. 5BA run a range of programmes and further initiatives are being developed.
Jeremy Corbyn: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which hon. Members have applied under the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 to demonstrate on College Green; and when each applied. 
Mr. Coaker: The policing of demonstrations in the vicinity of Parliament is an operational matter for the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis. As such, I have asked the Metropolitan police to collate the information requested by the hon. Gentleman. I shall write to the hon. Gentleman when that information is available.
Mr. Coaker: The policing of demonstrations in the vicinity of Parliament is an operational matter for the commissioner of the Police of the Metropolis. As such I have asked the Metropolitan Police to collate the information requested by the hon. Gentleman. I shall write to the hon. Gentleman when that information is available.
Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what procedures are followed for authorising policies with significant financial implications for her Department, with particular reference to the role of the finance director; and if she will make a statement. 
Mr. Byrne: Budgets within the Home Office are planned and delegated on the basis of known priorities and pressures. In order to ensure a robust approach finance officials reporting to the Finance Director are engaged in policy development with significant cost implications to ensure policy proposals are affordable.
Significant projects and programmes are managed through a Group Investment Board chaired by the Director General of Finance and Commercial on which the Finance Director sits. In compliance with HM Treasury principles on delegated authority we seek clearance with the Treasury for projects and programmes above an agreed limit.
Mr. Philip Hammond: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the standard terms and conditions of purchase used by her Department in procurement of goods and services from the private sector prohibits the assignment of debt. 
Mr. Byrne: The Home Department uses a range of different terms and conditions for purchasing goods and services depending on their complexity and value. Generally these do not contain an express provision prohibiting the assignment of debts by the contractor. This reflects the position that, as the purchaser, it is the Home Department making payments rather than the contractor. Home Department contracts normally contain a provision prohibiting the assignment of any part of the contract without obtaining the consent of the Department.
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people in (a) Kent and (b) England who fraudulently obtained indefinite leave to remain were deported in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Byrne: The information requested can be obtained only through the detailed examination of individual case files at disproportionate cost. The chief executive of the Border and Immigration Agency wrote a letter to the Home Affairs Committee on 20 November providing the most up-to-date and robust information regarding the deportation of foreign national prisoners. A copy of this letter is available in the Library of the House.
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