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Police: Information and Communications Technology

Keith Vaz: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will make a statement on the way in which funds for technology have been allocated to police forces in England and Wales. [180150]

Mr. McNulty: Police forces in England and Wales have been allocated £220 million in Capital Grant and Supported Capital Expenditure in 2008-09. The Home Office is responsible for allocating funding to police areas as a whole.

Local investment and technological development in police information and communications technology is a matter determined by individual chief officers and their police authorities. It is a matter for the chief officer to determine the allocation of resources within the force, in accordance with both the local policing plan and day to day operational demands.

The National Policing Improvement Agency was created in order to provide a single central source of advice for forces and the wider policing community across a wide range of policing issues, including police technology. It is responsible for the operation and development of national policing systems on behalf of the UK police service. The NPIA 2007-08 budget to run and develop national policing systems allows for gross capital and resource expenditure in the region of £129 million and £290 million respectively.

Police: Recruitment

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) target for and (b) number of police officers recruited in England and Wales was in each of the last five years. [187856]


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Mr. McNulty: The information is as follows:

Police officer recruits( 1) to police forces from 2002-03 to 2006-07( 2) (FTE)( 3)
2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

England and Wales

7,457

10,867

8,058

6,549

6,531

(1) Recruits include those officers joining as police standard direct recruits and those who were previously special constables. This excludes police officers on transfers from other forces and those rejoining.
(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive. Comparable data are not available prior to 2002-03.
(3) Full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.

Police: Road Traffic

Mr. Willis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what powers police forces in England and Wales have to control and manage traffic on (a) trunk roads and (b) local roads. [188722]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 25 February 2008]: The police have powers on all roads to stop and direct traffic and to remove vehicles that are illegally, dangerously or obstructively parked or broken down or abandoned. They have a range of other powers connected with the enforcement of road traffic legislation. These powers are contained primarily in the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, the Road Traffic Act 1988 and the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.

Rape

Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many incidents of rape were reported to the police in (a) 2005, (b) 2006 and (c) 2007. [188569]

Mr. Coaker: The requested information is given in the table. Since 1997, recorded crime statistics have been published on a financial year basis, therefore available figures have been provided for 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.

Number of rape offences recorded by the police in England and Wales from 2004-05 to 2006-07
Financial year Rape of a female Rape of a male Total rape

2004-05(1)

12,869

1,144

14,013

2005-06

13,327

1,116

14,443

2006-07

12,630

1,150

13,780

(1) The Sexual Offences Act 2003 introduced in May 2004 altered the definition and coverage of sexual offences.

Security: Aviation

Philip Davies: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what role she expects registered traveller programmes to play in the UK’s airline security requirements. [188646]


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Jim Fitzpatrick: I have been asked to reply.

As indicated in my reply to the hon. Member’s question about the Department’s discussions with the Home Office in this area (UIN 188645 today), the regulatory regime for transport protective security does not include registered traveller programmes. The Government have no plans to change that position.

Serious Organised Crime Agency: Performance Standards

Mr. Burrowes: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will take steps to establish a performance target for the Serious and Organised Crime Agency relating to the seizure of Class A drugs. [188497]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 22 February 2008]: Setting a target relating to the seizure of Class A drugs would risk creating perverse incentives by encouraging the pursuit of seizures at the expense of a focus on the criminal networks and markets doing the most harm. We believe that the performance of SOCA is better measured on the basis of the quality of understanding of serious organised crime; the amounts of criminal assets recovered; evidence that criminals are finding the UK a less attractive market; and the quality of SOCA's relationships with others. SOCA reports against these measures in its annual reports.

Terrorism: Arrests

Mr. Heath: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people arrested under (a) the Terrorism Act 2000, (b) the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001, (c) the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 and (d) the Terrorism Act 2006 since 20 January 2004 have been held for (i) one to 12 days, (ii) 13 to 14 days, (iii) 15 to 26 days and (iv) 27 to 28 days. [184743]

Mr. McNulty: The power of arrest in section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 allows police to arrest a person upon reasonable suspicion of being a “terrorist”, which is defined in section 40. It also allows arrests to be made at an earlier stage than if there was a requirement for suspicion of a specific offence. There is no power of arrest under any of the other Acts mentioned.

Information on the number of individuals held in pre-charge detention under terrorism legislation is not broken down in this way. The latest figures available are for individuals held for 14 to 28 days and are provided in the following table. To date, 11 individuals have been held for over 14 days in pre-charge detention.

The following table provides a breakdown of these numbers.

Pre-charge detention
Period of detention Number of persons held Charged Released without charge

14-15 days

1

1

18 -19 days

1

1

19-20 days

3

3

27-28 days

6

3

3


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Terrorism: Orders and Regulations

Mr. Amess: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequential to the provisions of counter-terrorism legislation passed since 2001. [167429]

Mr. McNulty: The Department has published 40 statutory instruments regarding the provisions of counter-terrorism legislation since 2001. A list of the statutory instruments follows. Copies can be found on the Office for Public Sector Information website:

13 departmental circulars regarding the provisions of counter-terrorism legislation have been issued since 2001. A list follows. Departmental circulars from 2003 onwards are available on the Home Office website:

Since 2001, the Department has produced numerous documents regarding the provisions of counter-terrorism legislation. There is no central database of the documents and to provide them would incur disproportionate costs. Information on the government’s counter-terrorism legislation can be found on the Home Office website:

We continue to keep our counter terrorism legislation under review and the Counter-Terrorism Bill was introduced to Parliament on 24 January 2008.

Statutory Instruments

Terrorism Act 2000:


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Terrorism Act 2006:

Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001:

Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005:

Home Office Circulars


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