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DEFRA collects data annually from local authorities on Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). FPNs can be issued by local authorities for graffiti and fly-posting offences. A FPN can be offered as an alternative to prosecution but prosecution can still be taken in instances of non-payment of a FPN. Police Community Support Officers can issue FPNs if they have the relevant approval; such notices are issued on a local authority’s behalf, and are incorporated into the local authority’s figures. For ease of reference, nil returns have been omitted from the following tables, which include the number of prosecutions taken following non-payment of FPNs.

FPNs for graffiti
Offence: graffiti
Local authority Prosecutions following non payment

Reporting period: April 2006 to March 2007

Gateshead BC

1

Kingston upon Hull City Council

1

Sandwell BC

2

Reporting period: April 2005 to March 2006

Gateshead BC

5

Newcastle upon Tyne CC

2

Reporting period: April 2004 to March 2005

Newcastle upon Tyne CC

2


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FPNs for fly-posting
Offence: fly-posting
Local authority Prosecutions following non payment

Reporting period: April 2006 to March 2007

Canterbury CC

1

Castle Point DC

2

LB Bexley

20

LB Ealing

5

Manchester CC

4

Milton Keynes BC

1

Newcastle upon Tyne CC

1

Nottingham CC

1

Peterborough CC

14

Rochdale BC

8

S Ribble BC

2

Selby DC

1

Sheffield CC

2

Solihull BC

1

Thurrock BC

1

Reporting period: April 2005 to March 2006

Nottingham CC

1

Peterborough CC

1

Solihull BC

1

Southampton CC

1

Tameside BC

3

Reporting period: April 2004 to March 2005

Cheltenham BC

2

Gloucester CC

1

Newcastle upon Tyne CC

2

Thurrock BC

1

Westminster CC

7


The House Library has been furnished with data on prosecutions and fixed penalty notices issued for other offences under the relevant legislation.

The data are also currently published online.

Firearms

Bill Wiggin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether she plans to attend the summit on Firearms Law Reform. [181090]

Mr. Coaker: I am currently considering a letter about the proposed summit and will respond shortly to the Scottish Executive.

Forensic Science Service

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many staff were employed by the Forensic Science Service in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what staff turnover was in each such year. [173602]

Meg Hillier [holding answer 13 December 2007]: The Forensic Science Service has supplied the information in the following table.


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FSS headcount and s taff turnover
Average number of staff in year Percentage turnover (leavers/av staff x 100)

2002-03

2,729

15.57

2003-04

2,697

7.26

2004-05

2,642

7.08

2005-06

2,503

12.66

2006-07

2,431

25.05

Source s :
2002-03, 2003-04, 2006-07: Annual report
2004-05, 2005-06: Performance report

Passports: Fraud

Stewart Hosie: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many fraudulent passport applications were made in the last 12 months; and how many of those applications involved (a) identity theft and (b) false declarations where the individual was otherwise entitled to a passport. [171127]

Meg Hillier: Because of the nature of fraud it is only possible to estimate the number of fraudulent passport applications the Identity and Passport Service (IPS) receives.

During the period 31 October 2005 to 30 September 2006, a sample of several thousand applications were scrutinised by specialist IPS teams with support from fraud investigators. This found that 0.25 per cent. of applications (or 16,500 cases) were believed to be from people attempting to obtain a passport fraudulently when they were not entitled to them. In a further 1.61 per cent. of applications (or 105,000 cases) there was some element of false declaration on the part of passport applicants but the identity of these individuals and their eligibility for passport services was not otherwise in doubt.

It must be emphasised that these figures are an estimate and the result of one sampling exercise. IPS does, however, intend to undertake sampling of this type routinely and is currently engaged in a second exercise which is due to complete by April 2008.

It is because of this level of attempted fraud that IPS has introduced over recent years such measures as checking identity information against public and private sector databases and interviews for adult first time passport applicants.

Police: Forensic Science Service

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what obligations her Department places on police forces and authorities in relation to the procurement of forensic science services. [173598]

Meg Hillier [holding answer 13 December 2007]: Procurement of forensic services is a matter for
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individual police forces. The Home Office has placed no obligations on forces or authorities in relation to that procurement.

Terrorism: Cumbria

Tim Farron: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will commission research to identify sites in Cumbria which may be used for illegal purposes within the meaning of the Terrorism Act 2006. [180201]

Mr. McNulty [holding answer 21 January 2008]: We have no plans to do so.

Transport

Dartford Tunnel: Fees and Charges

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what basis it was decided which local areas to include in her consultation on the Dartford river crossing local discount scheme; if she will include Castle Point residents in that consultation; when the consultation will begin and end; whether the consultation will include public meetings; and how the consultation will be conducted. [179249]

Ms Rosie Winterton [holding answer 22 January 2008]: A consultation on a discount scheme for local residents will be announced shortly and our detailed proposals wilt be set out in that document.

We have no plans to hold public meetings but the consultation document will be widely available via our website, and we will welcome responses from all interested parties regardless of where they live.

Departmental ICT

Dr. Cable: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what the (a) start date, (b) original planned completion date, (c) current expected completion date, (d) planned cost and (e) current estimated cost is for each information technology project being undertaken by her Department and its agencies; and if she will make a statement. [180575]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department for Transport is currently undertaking a number of IT projects to enable us to provide better services to our customers or improve the efficiency of our operations. Detailed information in the form requested is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost. Information on the key IT projects that are monitored and reported on centrally under the DfT's Investment Appraisal Framework is set out as follows.


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Department/Agency Project name Start date Original planned completion date Expected completion date Originally planned costs (£ million) Estimated costs (£ million)

DfT(1)

Shared Services Programme

April 2005

April 2009

April 2009

31

123

VOSA(2)

Commercial Customer Portal

January 2004

December 2005

January 2009

9.5

16.7

VOSA(3)

Operator Annual Test: E-Test Bookings

January 2004

December 2005

January 2009

8.4

16.8

VOSA(4, 5)

Mobile Compliance: providing mobile compliance devices to Enforcement Officers

March 2003

December 2004

March 2008

7.91

10.8

DVLA(6, 7)

Driver Licensing: Drivers Re-engineering Project (DRP) phase 2

August 2003

September 2008

December 2008

109

103.7

DVLA(8)

Smart tachograph project

July 2000

May 2002

June 2005

13.2

15.1

DVLA(9)

Vehicles System Software (VSS) Replatforming

January 2005

July 2006, but agreement made with DVO to move date to November 2006

December 2007

8.4

13

DVLA(9)

Driver Licence Upgrade (DLUP)

July 2004

June 2007

March 2008

21.8

16

DVLA(10)

Vehicle Integration Northern Ireland

August 2006

November 2008

Second half 2009

23

21.3

DVLA

Driver Licence Ten Year Renewals Phase 1

July 2007

May 2008

June 2008

13.3

13.3

DSA

Integrated Register of Driver Trainers (IRDT)

October 2003

January 2006

February 2007

1.5

3.5

HA

Traffic Control Centre: PPP service; providing co-ordinated real time information on traffic conditions across most strategic road network

August 2001

August 2011

August 2011

160 over 10 years

160 over 10 years

HA(11, 12)

Electronic Service Delivery of Abnormal Loads (ESDAL)

April 2004

August 2006 Development

June 2009 Development

8.6 Development

9.64 Development

July 2008 Operation

June 2011 Operation

1.21 Operation

1.21 Operation

(1) Latest estimate subject to satisfactory business case for remainder of the programme.
(2) The scope of the portal project has increased since original approval to include new elements such as the adoption of sophisticated data integration and management applications.
(3) The scope of E-test bookings has increased since original approval to include a multi-channel solution.
(4 )The difference in completion date is due to an increase in project scope to include fixed penalties.
(5) Original planned costs for mobile compliance did not include staff costs however, estimated costs to complete include staff costs from April 2005.
(6) The previous parliamentary answer of 16 July 2004, Official Report, columns 1387-88W, only relates to phase 1. The cost of £37 million with a delivery date of December 2005 was achieved within approved funding. These details have been updated to include phase 2.
(7) The estimated completion date is currently subject to change pending a current re-scoping exercise.
(8 )Smart Tachograph Project—cost variation due to Tachonet implementation, increasing project scope to meet EU legislation requirements.
(9) Vehicles System Software Replatforming, Driver Licence Upgrade and slippage due to six month New System Landscape freeze with subsequent replanning activities and rescheduled release slots.
(10) Original planned completion date is subject to Business Case approval.
(11) The estimated development completion date has increased after re-evaluation of outstanding requirements and subsequent agreement of rebaselined milestone programme.
(12) The two-year fixed operational period will commence after completion of development. The change of end date for operations reflects the new programme.

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