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Homicide: Greater London

Andrew Rosindell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many homicides there were in (a) Romford, (b) the London Borough of Havering and (c) London since 1997; and if she will make a statement. [176796]

Mr. McNulty: Information from the Homicide Index can only be broken down to police force area level. The following table of data relates to the number of homicides recorded by the Metropolitan and City of London police forces between 1997 and 2005-06.

Although the number of homicides in London is higher now than in 1997, there has been a reduction in each of the last two years. Moreover, the new Make Communities Safer Public Service Agreement (PSA), effective from April 2008, includes a target to reduce the most serious violence. Many of the actions required to achieve this objective will have an impact on a range of violent and sexual offences, but there will be a particular focus on homicide.

The Government are developing a wide-ranging programme of work to deliver the new PSA target, and will soon set out a new framework for tackling violence, based on the identification and management of risk and supporting victims to reduce harm.


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Currently recorded homicides( 1, 2) by police in London( 3, 4) , 1997 to 2005-06( 5)
Year( 1) Number of offences

1997

156

1997-98

160

1998-99

143

1999-2000

172

2000-01

178

2001-02

179

2002-03

173

2003-04

189

2004-05

182

2005-06

177

(1) Homicide offences are shown according to the year in which 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.
(2) 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.
(3) Homicides recorded by City of London and Metropolitan police.
(4) Excludes homicides recorded by British Transport police.
(5) Data for 2006-07 and revised data for the period 1996 to 2005-06 are scheduled to be released in late January 2008.

Hunting: Arrests

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) charges, (b) prosecutions, (c) convictions, (d) cautions and (e) fines there have been for breaches of the Hunting Act 2004 in each police force area since its enactment. [176114]

Mr. Coaker: Data for 2005 and 2006 showing the number of defendants proceeded against, found guilty, cautioned and fined under the Hunting Act 2004, broken down by police force area, are in the following table.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts, found guilty at all courts and fined, and the number of offenders cautioned by the police of offences under the Hunting Act 2004, England and Wales, by police force area( 1,2,3,4)
Police force area Proceeded against Found guilty Fined Cautioned

2005

Merseyside

1

1

1

Northumbria

1

Thames Valley

2

2

2

Total

3

3

3

1

2006

Cheshire

2

2

2

Durham

1

Essex

4

3

3

Humberside

4

Total

11

5

5

0

(1) These data are 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 Hunting Act 2004 came into force in February 2005.
(4) Where police forces are not listed assume a nil figure.

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Members: Correspondence

Jenny Willott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she will reply to Question 167966, tabled by the hon. Member for Cardiff, Central on 21 November for answer on 26 November; and if she will make a statement. [175544]

Meg Hillier: The question was answered on 7 January 2008, Official Report, columns 280-81W.

Police: Pay

Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) total and (b) average overtime payments were for police officers in each
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police force area in England and Wales for each year since 1997. [176062]

Mr. McNulty: Data on police overtime is produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Police Officer overtime for 1997-98 to 2006-07, broken down by police force areas, is shown in the table. The average overtime payment can be calculated by dividing the overtime payment by the official number of Police Officers for that year (using Home Office figures) and is shown in the table.

Data on police overtime is produced by the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy. Police Officer overtime for 1997-98 to 2006-07, broken down by police force areas, is shown in the table. [Official Report, 21 January 2008; Vol. 470, c. 14MC.]

Overtime spend £000
Force 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Avon and Somerset

2,835

3,103

4,054

3,443

5,112

7,000

6,899

6,870

5,351

5,801

Bedfordshire

1,603

2,132

2,372

2,709

3,992

4,106

4,708

4,693

4,181

4,398

Cambridgeshire

2,008

2,081

2,279

2,920

4,102

5,175

4,238

5,550

4,976

Cheshire

2,946

2,875

3,406

3,175

3,200

4,751

4,261

3,278

3,951

5,275

City of London

1,554

1,386

1,934

2,065

2,375

2,602

2,135

2,185

1,955

1,096

Cleveland

1,691

1,986

2,713

2,096

2,996

4,035

3,479

2,188

4,038

4,834

Cumbria

1,256

1,376

1,865

1,730

2,095

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2,314

2,201

2,317

2,042

Derbyshire

2,108

2,287

3,512

2,718

3,278

4,010

3,542

4,009

3,822

3,778

Devon and Cornwall

3,634

3,988

4,653

4,831

7,658

6,441

5,476

6,026

6,566

6,568

Dorset

1,606

1,619

1,812

1,976

2,233

2,880

2,790

3,581

3,089

3,413

Durham

2,046

2,550

2,835

2,538

3,083

3,151

2,868

3,325

3,158

3,221

Dyfed-Powys

1,437

1,504

1,582

1,694

2,017

2,458

1,794

1,936

2,163

2,724

Essex

4,983

6,117

7,204

8,708

8,401

10,601

8,678

10,444

10,688

10,944

Gloucestershire

1,625

1,826

2,416

2,209

2,337

3,257

3,430

2,766

3,273

2,854

Greater Manchester

7,907

8,902

13,999

12,518

15,981

19,438

14,727

16,138

16,226

22,671

Gwent

1,788

1,954

2,934

2,993

3,020

3,184

4,077

3,447

4,123

3,993

Hampshire

6,016

7,367

8,322

7,109

8,557

11,603

9,703

11,818

11,243

12,001

Hertfordshire

2,907

2,806

3,840

7,056

9,036

7,494

6,854

6,576

6,742

Humberside

3,046

3,304

4,259

4,486

5,760

5,790

5,375

5,896

5,991

7,461

Kent

4,984

5,307

6,695

6,941

7,420

10,301

9,523

9,877

11,405

11,992

Lancashire

4,006

4,853

3,360

4,772

6,773

9,595

7,758

7,057

7,226

7,349

Leicestershire

2,634

2,787

3,122

2,946

3,305

4,404

4,123

4,342

4,720

4,482

Lincolnshire

1,781

1,702

2,380

2,945

2,537

3,199

2,193

2,856

2,345

2,214

Merseyside

6,372

8,411

9,207

8,848

10,455

11,144

11,637

12,577

12,103

11,215

Metropolitan Police

57,483

61,816

83,713

94,930

96,428

112,228

132,815

135,717

150,274

136901

Norfolk

3,260

2,826

3,694

3,848

3,737

3,884

3,653

3,950

3,640

3,374

North Wales

1,798

1,798

2,389

2,594

2,740

3,446

3,885

3,403

4,099

2,767

North Yorkshire

2,111

2,364

3,048

3,738

3,584

3,534

3,199

3,690

4,889

4,352

Northamptonshire

1,865

2,181

2,157

2,197

2,688

1,311

2,991

2,246

834

Northumbria

5,037

5,007

3,970

4,421

4,776

6,217

6,452

7,395

7,736

8,135

Nottinghamshire

2,215

2,660

3,567

3,210

4,304

4,626

6,782

5,886

5,091

South Wales

2,599

2,805

3,845

4,181

3,993

4,977

5,328

6,291

5,002

6,473

South Yorkshire

5,661

5,712

6,218

5,605

8,097

7,601

8,962

9,467

9,605

Staffordshire

3,080

3,347

4,664

5,089

7,580

6,241

5,973

6,054

5,210

Suffolk

1,304

1,421

1,367

1,760

1,775

1,815

2,031

2,171

2,041

3,467

Surrey

2,457

3,999

5,028

5,674

6,573

5,676

6,228

6,322

6,354

Sussex

3,985

3,753

14,418

8,159

6,098

7,971

8,887

8,213

7,271

Thames Valley

7,408

6,919

7,713

8,381

12,052

12,006

11,504

12,345

11,810

15,897

Warwickshire

1,077

1,372

1,585

1,773

1,811

2,207

1,945

2,279

3,056

3,207

West Mercia

2,654

2,896

3,088

3,837

4,495

4,857

4,503

4,491

4,107

5,237

West Midlands

8,657

10,283

9,838

11,366

18,785

16,637

18,009

23,496

20,081

West Yorkshire

6,461

5,365

6,746

7,322

11,839

13,510

10,997

13,549

13,323

13,244

Wiltshire

1,408

1,535

2,028

1,850

1,770

1,940

1,440

2,430

1,903

2,385

Source:
CIPFA Police Statistics: Actuals 2006-07 1997-98

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