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Lynne Jones: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many licensed vehicle immobilisers have had their licences revoked in each of the last five years; how many unlicensed individuals have been prosecuted for carrying out vehicle immobilisations in the same period; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Private Security Industry Act 2001 in regulating the activities of wheel clampers. 
Mr. Coaker: The Security Industry Authority revoked three vehicle immobilisers licences in 2006, six in 2007 and four in 2008 as at 6 February 2008. Some 1,500 valid vehicle immobilisers licences are currently held. The following weblink gives the list of revoked licences, which includes the type of licence for each revocation:
The Private Security Industry Act 2001 provides for the regulation of vehicle immobilisers carrying out licensable activities and for a range of offences which include using an unlicensed wheel-clamper. The most common offence prosecuted under the Act is conduct prohibited without a licence. This would include carrying out, without a licence, not only wheel-clamping and related activities but also the other types of activity which are licensable under the 2001 Act, such as manned guarding and door supervision. Numbers of prosecutions and convictions for 2004-06 are shown in the following table. The data do not break down further the licensable activities to which the prosecutions related, except where this is clear from the offence.
The Home Office and the SIA are considering various options for the regulation of vehicle immobilisation companies in the private sector, including a company registration scheme. The SIA is planning to undertake a feasibility study of the various policy options in the financial year 2008-09. Further details will be published in the SIA's business plan 2008-09. We expect the results of the feasibility study to be available in early 2009.
|Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrate's courts and found guilty at all courts of offences under the 2001 Private Security Industry Act 2001, in England and Wales, 2004 to 2006( 1,)( )( 2)|
|Offence||Statute||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|(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.
Tim Loughton: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many children have been killed by (a) non-resident fathers and (b) non-resident mothers in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Byrne: It is the general policy of the Border and Immigration Agency not to disclose to a third party personal information about another person, including information concerning their immigration status, as well as personal details, mainly for reasons of privacy, data protection and child protection.
Charles Hendry: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what consultation her Department has had with (a) the Association of Chief Police Officers and (b) the Police Federation on the Governments review of licensing hours. 
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is looking at the many strands of evaluation that were set up to monitor the impact of the Licensing Act 2003. Those projects would have sought the views of the police where necessary. For example, the evaluation of the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on levels of crime and disorder is being progressed by the Home Office and has included analysis of police force data, a telephone survey of police officers with responsibility for licensing in 26 police force areas and interviews with police in five case study areas. In addition, the Association of Chief Police Officers has been able to contribute to the ongoing monitoring of the impact of the new regime as a longstanding member of the DCMS licensing stakeholder advisory group.
Mr. Winnick: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Walsall, North of 26 November 2007 on a constituent (Home Office reference: B34554/7). 
Mike Penning: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who the special advisers in her Department are; what expertise each has; and what the cost of employing them was in the latest year for which figures are available. 
Harry Cohen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department when she expects to publish the results of her Departments monitoring and evaluation exercise in relation to the neighbourhood policing programme across England and Wales. 
Mr. McNulty: The evaluation of Neighbourhood policing at the BCD level is currently ongoing and is scheduled to end in March 2009. There is a plan to publish a first report of early findings in the first half of 2008.
Mr. Don Foster: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the proportion of violent incidents in each region of England and Wales where the offender was thought to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs was in each year since 1997. 
[holding answer 6 February 2008]: The British Crime Survey (BCS) routinely provides
information on the proportion of violent incidents in England and Wales, where the victim believed the offender(s) to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, but it is not possible to break it down by region.
According to the latest BCS (2006-07), the offender was thought to be under the influence of alcohol in 46 per cent. of violent incidents, and under the influence of drugs in 17 per cent. of violent incidents. The following table gives the figures for previous years.
|Percentage of violent incidents where offender/s under the influence of drink or drugs (BCS)|
1. Percentages may not sum to 100 due to founding
2. BCS violence in 1997, 1999, 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 includes common assault, wounding, robbery and snatch theft.
3. BCS violence in 2006/07 excludes snatch theft.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of crimes committed by non-UK nationals which have resulted in a Court recommendation for deportation in each police authority area in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Byrne: It is within a judge or magistrate's discretion to make a recommendation, at the time of sentencing, for any foreign national to be subject to deportation action upon completion of a custodial sentence. When a recommendation is made, the subject is referred by the Ministry of Justice to the Border and Immigration Agency to consider deportation.
The Border and Immigration Agency do not hold the requested information and could obtain it only through the detailed examination of individual court, police and immigration records at disproportionate cost.
Mr. Brazier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many criminals of foreign nationality who (a) were apprehended and (b) served their sentences in the UK were deported to their country of origin in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Byrne: The Chief Executive of the Border and Immigration Agency has regularly updated the Home Affairs Committee over the last 18 months on the issue of foreign national prisoners and provided the most accurate and robust statistics available. Copies of her letters are placed in the Library of the House. She has also advised the Home Affairs Committee during her appearance of 15 January that over 4,200 foreign national prisoners were deported or removed in 2007.
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