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Political Parties: Finance

Mr. Maude: To ask the hon. Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission what research the Electoral Commission has conducted on spending by local party associations under £25,000 a year; and what accounts of associations have been collected as part of that research. [181313]

Peter Viggers: The Electoral Commission informs me that, in 2004 and in 2007, it canvassed all registered accounting units to inquire as to whether their total income or gross expenditure was greater than £25,000 for the prior financial year. Those that were under this threshold were asked to confirm so in writing.

The purpose of the exercise was to confirm which accounting units should be submitting accounts to the Commission and which should not. The Commission has conducted no research into spending by those associations under the threshold.

In the course of each canvass, some associations under the threshold provided sets of accounts to the Commission. These were not requested and the Commission has no plans to undertake research into them.

Prime Minister

China

Mr. Carmichael: To ask the Prime Minister (1) whether he plans to discuss the human rights situation in Tibet on his forthcoming visit to China; [180054]

(2) whether he plans to raise the issue of the human rights situation in Burma with Chinese officials on his forthcoming visit to China; [180055]

(3) whether he plans to discuss China’s use of the death penalty with Chinese officials on his forthcoming visit to China. [180057]

Mr. Amess: To ask the Prime Minister whether he discussed (a) the Chinese One Child Policy and (b) forced abortion with the authorities during his visit to China; and if he will make a statement. [182896]

The Prime Minister: I discussed a wide range of issues on my visit to China. I refer the hon. Members to the press conference I held with Premier Wen of China in Beijing on 18 January 2008. A transcript of this is available on the No. 10 website:

and a copy has been placed in the Library of the House.

Departmental Correspondence

Mr. Wallace: To ask the Prime Minister when he will reply to the letter from the President of the European Parliament of 5 December 2007, on the report by the European Parliament’s Committee of Inquiry in the crisis of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. [182432]


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The Prime Minister: My right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer has replied to the letter.

Official Visits: English Heritage

Mr. Hunt: To ask the Prime Minister how many official visits he has made to English Heritage sites since taking office. [181950]

The Prime Minister: A list of my UK visits will be published in the usual way following the end of the financial year. My visits cover a range of matters and details of them can be found on the No. 10 website.

Written Questions

Norman Baker: To ask the Prime Minister whether it is his practice personally to approve replies to written parliamentary answers in his name. [181977]

The Prime Minister: Yes.


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Justice

Driving Under Influence: Prosecutions

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many prosecutions for drink driving offences were pursued against (a) males and (b) females in each criminal justice area in each of the last 10 years; and how many resulted in conviction. [180411]

Maria Eagle: Available information held on prosecutions and resultant convictions for driving under the influence of alcohol or taking drugs from 1996 to 2005 (latest available) are provided in the following tables. 2006 data will be available later this year.

The data provided cover both drink and drugs offences combined, as they cannot reliably be distinguished separately.


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Table A: Proceedings at magistrates courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drug( 1, 2) by gender and police force area, England and Wales, 1996 to 2005
Number of offences
1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Police force area Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female Male Female

Avon and Somerset

2,574

225

2,836

278

2,574

258

2,690

281

2,427

292

Bedfordshire

1,102

94

1,235

88

1,064

103

879

82

802

82

Cambridgeshire

951

90

1,078

98

1,038

107

915

107

794

88

Cheshire

1,984

244

1,945

220

1,864

230

1,773

229

1,681

218

Cleveland

952

77

943

86

864

83

832

80

779

79

Cumbria

935

84

915

101

845

82

825

100

779

95

Derbyshire

1,645

152

1,684

169

1,558

137

1,481

132

1,441

158

Devon and Cornwall

2,179

227

2,375

262

2,277

254

2,248

259

2,135

286

Dorset

1,214

141

1,223

132

1,172

138

1,091

132

1,083

161

Durham

1,039

100

1,067

73

1,014

120

1,121

130

1,108

110

Essex

2,608

260

2,760

261

2,535

241

2,566

269

2,468

234

Gloucestershire

958

110

1,070

100

954

125

865

106

790

101

Greater Manchester

5,153

415

4,830

405

4,652

465

4,787

467

4,707

479

Hampshire

3,520

353

3,683

416

3,530

390

3,659

403

3,398

414

Hertfordshire

1,454

144

1,693

151

1,665

169

1,678

149

1,500

191

Humberside

1,363

120

1,301

110

1,355

118

1,306

104

1,314

154

Kent

2,638

177

2,364

170

2,624

229

2,606

245

2,559

248

Lancashire

3,178

330

3,334

350

2,831

373

2,893

397

2,550

329

Leicestershire

1,551

112

1,662

120

1,499

116

1,652

126

1,511

140

Lincolnshire

838

71

1,102

104

973

101

930

101

834

77

London, City of

451

53

413

50

303

35

231

28

179

14

Merseyside

2,942

240

2,864

251

2,493

267

2,172

197

2,301

214

Metropolitan Police

16,588

1,453

17,428

1,561

15,026

1,409

13,391

1,329

12,923

1,243

Norfolk

980

95

1,078

96

1,082

115

959

111

913

101

Northamptonshire

984

72

1,155

93

1,117

113

1,110

118

813

85

Northumbria

2,625

166

2,757

216

2,526

260

2,533

260

2,691

267

North Yorkshire

1,335

123

1,316

165

1,194

125

1,091

138

1,026

134

Nottinghamshire

1,986

162

2,081

189

1,856

157

1,850

176

1,734

181

South Yorkshire

2,209

151

2,403

178

1,996

192

1,911

165

2,125

197

Staffordshire

1,939

151

2,092

210

1,944

219

1,709

176

1,825

185

Suffolk

1,054

117

1,037

119

1,021

125

1,044

143

891

111

Surrey

1,358

151

1,367

145

1,286

169

1,350

188

1,516

213

Sussex

2,207

251

2,366

292

2,117

227

2,170

270

2,091

236

Thames Valley

4,144

357

4,172

394

3,955

399

3,818

374

3,489

432

Warwickshire

917

82

815

92

767

88

832

95

777

78

West Mercia

1,947

147

1,970

125

1,809

137

1,707

160

1,587

154

West Midlands

6,271

365

6,761

427

5,938

410

5,129

341

4,766

446

West Yorkshire

4,336

303

4,089

305

3,759

341

3,708

310

3,454

344

Wiltshire

971

98

1,004

114

1,094

90

954

113

876

121

England

93,080

8,063

96,268

8,716

88,171

8,717

84,466

8,591

80,637

8,692

Dyfed Powys

980

115

1,046

117

985

117

936

111

890

95

Gwent

1,016

86

1,146

122

1,211

125

1,119

107

1,209

132

North Wales

1,336

152

1,347

149

1,258

152

1,184

163

1,279

151

South Wales

2,867

231

2,972

267

3,014

295

2,543

280

2,763

312

Wales

6,199

584

6,511

655

6,468

689

5,782

661

6,141

690

England and Wales

99,279

8,647

102,779

9,371

94,639

9,406

90,248

9,252

86,778

9,382


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