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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. 
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.
|Currently recorded homicides( 1, 2) by police in London( 3, 4) , 1997 to 2005-06( 5)|
|Year( 1)||Number of offences|
|(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.
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. 
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|
|(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.
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. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) total and (b) average overtime payments were for police officers in each
police force area in England and Wales for each year since 1997. 
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|
CIPFA Police Statistics: Actuals 2006-07 1997-98
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