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Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what records her Department holds for crime statistics at more local levels than that of basic command units; whether such records are publicly available; and if she will make it her policy to set out a timetable for the publication of such statistics at ward level. 
Mr. McNulty: The recorded crime data returned to the Home Office by police forces are at police force, basic command unit and crime and disorder reduction partnerships levels. Data are not routinely submitted to the Home Office at smaller geographic levels. A pilot collection of recorded crime data at middle super output area level has been released by the Home Office on the Neighbourhood Statistics website. The data were provided on a voluntary basis by a number of forces and are available for years 2003-04 to 2005-06 for selected offences:
http://neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/dataset List.do?JSAllowed=true&Function=&percent24ph=60& CurrentPageId=60&step=1&CurrentTreeIndex=-1&searchString=&datasetFamilyId=904&Next.x=8&Next.y=9
As part of the broader agenda to enhance responsiveness, accountability and public engagement with policing and community safety, the Home Office are working with ACPO, the APA and practitioners from police forces, authorities and local partnerships on the provision of crime information at a level that would make sense to the public locally. The aim of the project is to make local data and information on policing, crime and community safety available on a monthly and consistent basis from July 2008 onwards by local agencies, such as police authorities, police forces and local authorities.
Jacqui Smith: Information on deactivated or reactivated firearms has been centrally separately collected since 2004-05. Available data from 2004-05 up to and including 2006-07 are given in the following table.
|Crimes recorded by the police in England and Wales in which reactivated and deactivated firearms were used, England and Wales, 2004-05 to 2006-07|
|Number of offences|
|Weapon type||2004-05( 1)||2005-06||2006-07|
|(1) More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.|
Mark Hunter: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many arrests for drug-driving resulted in a custodial sentence (a) in England and (b) in each police authority area in each year since 1997. 
Information is available on convictions and custodial sentences for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs by police force area from 1997 to 2005. This is provided in the following tables. 2006 data will be available later this year.
|Findings of guilt and immediate custodial sentences at all courts for offences of driving etc. after consuming alcohol or taking drugs( 1) by police force area, 1997 to 2005|
|Number of offences|
|Police force area||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody( 2)||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody( 2)||Findings of guilt||Immediate custody( 2)|
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