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Table 2: violence against the person offences recorded by the police in London boroughs—2002-03 to 2006-07( 1)
Number of offences
London borough 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07

Barking and Dagenham

4,392

4,902

5,224

5,288

5,150

Barnet

5,246

5,817

7,183

6,393

5,512

Bexley

3,555

4,051

4,129

4,373

3,742

Brent

6,297

7,371

9,135

8,253

6,216

Bromley

4,728

5,003

5,762

5,499

5,697

Camden

5,817

6,419

7,656

7,370

6,586

City of Westminster

9,898

9,558

10,454

9,445

8,413

Croydon

7,642

7,944

8,604

7,763

6,741

Ealing

7,143

7,150

8,009

7,878

7,641

Enfield

5,593

5,142

5,190

5,256

5,342

Greenwich

6,892

6,855

7,870

7,713

7,486

Hackney

6,810

7,141

7,288

7,471

7,148

Hammersmith and Fulham

4,323

4,287

4,622

5,041

5,054

Haringey

5,446

5,485

6,325

6,921

5,651

Harrow

2,827

2,858

3,041

3,028

2,870

Havering

3,901

3,922

4,191

4,172

3,639

Heathrow

371

351

504

625

524

Hillingdon

4,983

5,222

5,921

6,261

5,911

Hounslow

7,110

6,946

6,772

6,434

5,502

Islington

6,347

6,607

7,617

7,002

6,289

Kensington and Chelsea

3,471

3,378

3,272

3,325

3,597

Kingston-upon-Thames

2,857

3,447

3,520

3,240

3,003

Lambeth

9,151

9,475

9,813

8,991

8,344

Lewisham

5,709

6,664

7,858

8,463

8,062

Merton

3,460

3,615

3,800

3,664

3,361

Newham

8,096

8,210

7,976

8,421

7,578

Redbridge

4,565

4,682

4,690

3,976

4,323

Richmond-upon-Thames

2,547

2,497

2,570

2,345

2,122

Southwark

8,221

8,912

9,338

9,065

8,435

Sutton

3,065

3,214

3,555

3,161

2,989

Tower Hamlets

7,538

7,724

7,895

7,455

7,727

Waltham Forest

5,427

6,002

6,241

6,831

6,052

Wandsworth

5,354

5,336

5,898

6,139

5,647

Total

178,782

186,187

201,923

197,262

182,354

(1) The figures given in this table take into account the effects of the National Crime Recording Standard are therefore not directly comparable with those for earlier years.

Departmental Disciplinary Proceedings

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many of her Department’s civil servants have been (a) suspended and (b) dismissed for accessing (i) obscene and (ii) other prohibited material on work computers in each of the last five years. [188793]

Mr. Byrne: Information on suspensions and dismissals is not recorded centrally to the level of detail requested or is only available for part of the period requested.

During the period 1 January 2005 to 31 December 2007, six members of staff within Home Office headquarters and the Border and Immigration Agency were dismissed under the broad category of IT abuse. This includes any misuse of IT including of internal e-mail. Detailed information on suspensions is not recorded centrally within Home Office HQ or BIA and could be provided only at a disproportionate cost.

During the period 1 January 2003 to 31 December 2007, fewer than five members of staff within the Identity and Passport Service were suspended or dismissed for IT abuse. There were no reported cases in the Criminal Records Bureau.

As fewer than five people were dismissed within Home Office HQ or its agencies in each year, a further breakdown of the information would breach confidentiality.

Departmental Private Finance Initiative

Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what private finance initiative projects have been approved by her Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date. [190887]

Mr. Byrne: The capital value and start date for every signed PFI project are recorded centrally on the Treasury's website at:

Detention Centres: Health Services

Ms Abbott: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if she will provide for a representative of the Medical Justice Network to have observer status on the Border and Immigration Agency clinical governance committee which oversees the standards of healthcare in detention centres; and if she will make a statement. [191431]

Mr. Byrne: The clinical governance group for immigration removal centres was set up in 2006 to provide an internal forum for Border and Immigration Agency and Department of Health officials to discuss health matters relating to immigration detainees and to manage any resulting work. There are no current plans to widen membership of the group, on an observer basis or otherwise. The appropriate forum for external groups to raise health issues relating to detainees is the Border and Immigration Agency’s Detention User Group, of which the Medical Justice Network is a member.

Drugs: Crime

Mr. Jim Cunningham: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps the Government have taken to inform the public of the harmful effects of illegal drugs. [191895]

Mr. Coaker [holding answer 6 March 2008]: The Home Office is jointly responsible with the Department of Health and Department for Children, Schools and Families for the management of the FRANK drug awareness campaign.

Since May 2003, FRANK used a range of advertising and marketing elements to convey the dangers and risks associated with drugs to young people and their parents and carers. FRANK is there for anyone to call 24 hours a day who has questions or concerns about drugs and the helpline advisers can signpost callers to local services.


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The new Drug Strategy launched on 27 February will continue to send out clear messages about the damaging consequences of drug misuse. Key actions will involve extending the FRANK campaign to provide access to support and interventions, supporting local campaigns and school-based education and targeting key groups, improving support and information to parents and developing better community based communications to build community confidence and engagement on tackling drug misuse.


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