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Table B: North East Region
Police officers (FTE)( 1,)( )( 3) Police sergeants (FTE)( 1,3) Special constables (HC)( 4) Traffic police officers (FTE)( 1,)( )( 5) Police community support officers (FTE)( 1)

31 March 1997

6,597

952

877

31 March 1998

6,767

966

708

31 March 1999

6,824

955

627

31 March 2000

6,750

942

617

31 March 2001

6,859

937

539

31 March 2002

7,004

959

475

31 March 2003

7,272

990

417

47

31 March 2004

7,459

1,004

335

156

31 March 2005

7,515

1,045

397

275

270

31 March 2006

7,485

1,084

445

333

296

31 March 2007

7,425

1,097

487

344

504



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Table C: England
Police officers (FTE)( 1,)( )( 6) Police sergeants (FTE)( 1,)( )( 3) Special constables (HC)( 4) Traffic police officers (FTE)( 1,)( )( 5) Police community support officers (FTE)( 1)

31 March 1997

118,459

17,743

18,732

31 March 1998

118,184

17,585

17,159

31 March 1999

117,196

17,715

15,396

31 March 2000

115,323

17,438

13,512

31 March 2001

116,440

17,489

11,949

31 March 2002

120,074

17,518

10,897

31 March 2003

124,158

17,664

10,449

1,146

31 March 2004

129,691

17,868

10,359

3,309

31 March 2005

131,950

19,220

11,285

6,548

5,946

31 March 2006

132,104

19,946

12,431

5,942

6,498

31 March 2007

132,474

20,736

13,221

5,832

12,856

‘—’ Figures not collected centrally.
(1) Full-time equivalents, rounded to the nearest whole number.
(2) Figures for PCSOs at ECU level for 30 June 2005 and 30 June 2006 were obtained via an ad hoc collection, and are not necessarily consistent with those for 30 March 2007.
(3) Excludes officers on career breaks and maternity/paternity leave prior to 2003 only.
(4) Head count figures (FTE figures not appropriate for special constables).
(5) Number of officers with the predominant function ‘traffic’ over the previous 12 months.
(6) Excludes officers on career breaks and maternity/paternity leave over whole period.

Police: Retirement

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the average age of retirement was for police officers in England retiring in the last 12 months; and what average pension is being paid to those officers. [174719]

Mr. McNulty: An average retirement age cannot be separately identified from the available data. The available data are the age on leaving the service within the following time bands only: 25 and under, 26 to 40, 41 to 55 and over 55. Information about the average pension being paid to officers retiring in a particular year is not held centrally. The size of an officer’s annual pension depends largely on his or her pensionable pay, and length of pensionable service. Under the Police Pension Scheme 1987, a lump sum is not paid out automatically but only where the officer chooses to convert (commute) part of his or her pension into a lump sum. The size of a lump sum therefore depends on the officer’s annual pension, the proportion of pension that the officer chooses to commute, and the commutation factor to be applied to the surrendered portion of pension in order to convert it into a lump sum. A typical officer, retiring after 30 years’ service on a final pensionable pay of £34,080 (the 2006-07 pensionable maximum for an officer of constable rank outside London), would be entitled to a pension of £17,040 per annum and a lump sum of £85,200, based on the officer commuting the maximum possible proportion of his or her pension, and using the most substantial factor. Based on the available data, the indications are that the average pre-commutation pension would be in the region of £21,500.

Mr. Waterson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were (a) offered early retirement schemes and (b) accepted early retirement schemes in each of the last 10 years. [175057]

Mr. McNulty: A police officer who is a member of the Police Pension Scheme 1987 is entitled to retire with an ordinary pension after 25 years' service, payable from the age of 50. An officer who is a member of the 1987 scheme can also retire with a full and immediate pension at any age once he or she has accrued 30 years' service. The earliest age from which this would normally be possible is 481/2, given the minimum entry age of 181/2 for the police service. Unless an officer becomes permanently disabled for police duty, and is required to retire on ill health grounds, there is no specific early retirement scheme. In order to qualify for an ordinary pension, officers must in all cases, however, provide the police authority with one month's notice of their intention to retire, or three months in the case of chief officer ranks, although it is at the discretion of the police authority to accept a shorter notice period. As it is a matter for local discretion, there are no centrally held data on its frequency of use.

Project Semaphore

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which carriers provide both travel document information and passenger name record data under Project Semaphore. [174753]

Mr. Byrne: A number of carriers do provide both travel document information and other passenger information under Project Semaphore. The use of that data is operationally sensitive and it would not be appropriate for those details to be released.

Prosecutions: Driving Under the Influence

Angus Robertson: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many motorists were (a) stopped on suspicion of drink-driving and (b) prosecuted for drink-driving on UK roads last year. [175043]

Mr. Coaker: Information relating to Northern Ireland and Scotland is the responsibility respectively of the Northern Ireland Office and the Scottish Government.

Information on stops for suspected drink driving in England and Wales is not collected centrally. Available information relates to the number of screening breath tests and the number of prosecutions for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drug. In 2005, the latest period for which figures are available, there were 607,400 screening breath tests and 103,482 prosecutions. Data for 2006 will be available next year.

Public Order Act 1986

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) prosecutions have been made and (b) convictions obtained for offences under sections 21 and 22 of the Public Order Act 1986 in the last three years for which figures are available. [174427]


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Mr. Coaker: The information requested is provided in the following table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for offences under sections 21 and 22 of the Public Order Act 1986( 1, 2) , England and Wales( 1, 2, 3)
Distributing, showing or playing a recording intended or likely to stir up racial hatred. (Public Order Act 1986 S.21) Broadcasting or including a programme in programme service intended or likely to stir up racial hatred. (Public Order Act 1986 S.22)
Proceeded against Found guilty Proceeded against Found guilty

2004

1

2005

1

2

1

2006

2

(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.
(3) The found guilty column may exceed those proceeded against as a defendant can be found guilty in a different year, or for a different offence to the one for which proceedings are originally brought.
Source:
Court Proceedings Database, Office for Criminal Justice Reform, Ministry of Justice.

Sexual Offences

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many registered (a) sex offenders and (b) paedophiles were resident in each police authority area in each of the last five years. [176106]

Maria Eagle: I have been asked to reply.

Data on registered sexual offenders is published in local multi-agency public protection arrangements (MAPPA) Annual Reports which are available in the House Libraries and on the internet at:

These reports record that the number of registered sexual offenders in each police force area in England and Wales over the last five years is as follows:


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Area 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Avon and Somerset

525

671

674

787

809

Bedfordshire

220

270

335

394

323

Cambridgeshire

282

322

353

387

407

Cheshire

390

429

474

537

577

County Durham

240

265

306

327

348

Cumbria

208

231

253

260

280

Derbyshire

459

479

554

628

609

Devon and Cornwall

637

725

808

879

920

Dorset

273

333

352

379

415

Dyfed-Powys

199

232

275

308

299

Essex

440

542

680

802

735

Gloucestershire

196

231

284

311

311

Greater Manchester

1,278

1,388

1,800

1,643

1,722

Gwent

278

319

365

391

406

Hampshire

849

999

1,035

1,118

1,190

Hertfordshire

225

280

328

428

400

Humberside

544

584

645

715

653

Kent

730

780

954

941

983

Lancashire

637

726

980

941

998

Leicestershire

413

484

508

543

534

Lincolnshire

250

328

380

401

414

London

2,085

2,272

2,657

3,113

3,151

Merseyside

657

791

941

970

975

Norfolk

416

484

547

637

546

North Wales

348

308

389

395

405

North Yorkshire

234'

283

315

338

359

Northamptonshire

200

246

310

344

355

Northumbria

632

750

851

898

870

Nottinghamshire

607

651

708

712

747

South Wales

545

606

765

680

695

South Yorkshire

577

682

911

791

830

Staffordshire

365

458

538

627

676

Suffolk

279

309

368

393

413

Surrey

277

371

371

390

426

Sussex

553

581

752

804

789

Teesside

303

339

393

354

357

Thames Valley

563

763

822

936

982

Warwickshire

183

183

231

232

259

West Mercia

524

565

689

635

655

West Midlands

1,312

1,647

2,158

1,925

1,850

West Yorkshire

1,227

1,431

1,669

1,373

1,387

Wiltshire

255

234

266

316

356

Total

21,415

24,572

28,994

29,983

30,416


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