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Vandalism: Staffordshire

Mr. Jenkins: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were for vandalism in (i) Tamworth constituency and (ii) Staffordshire in each year since 2000. [195443]

Maria Eagle: Data showing the number of defendants proceeded against and found guilty of criminal damage, which includes cases involving vandalism, are given in the following table.

Information is given in the table for Staffordshire police force area. Data are not available at parliamentary constituency level.

Number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts of criminal damage( 1) in Staffordshire police force area( 2) , 2000 to 2006
Proceeded against Found guilty

2000

1,505

891

2001

1,379

839

2002

1,435

876

2003

1,548

954

2004

1,487

916

2005

1,514

966

2006

1,248

926

(1) Includes indictable offences for criminal damage and summary offences of criminal damage, 5,000 or less, and in addition offences under section 19 the Allotments Act 1922.
(2) Staffordshire police force were only able to supply a sample of data for magistrates courts proceedings covering one full week in each quarter for 2000. Estimates based on this sample are included in the figures, as they are considered sufficiently robust at this high level of analysis.
(3) These data are on the principal offence basis.
(4) 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.

Waste Management: Prosecutions

James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice against how many people prosecutions have been brought for having unregistered scrap and salvage yards in each of the last three years. [193838]

Maria Eagle: The number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts for offences in relation to the Scrap Metal Dealers Act 1964, in England and Wales were five in 2004, seven in 2005, and five in 2006. From information held by my Department it is not possible to separately identify prosecutions for separate offences detailed within the Act.

These data are on the principal offence basis.

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.

Court proceedings data for 2007 will be available in the autumn of 2008.


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Defence

Armed Forces: Cadets

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many young people are members of cadet contingents attached to Her Majesty's armed forces in (a) Kent and (b) Ashford. [195141]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The information is provided in the following table:

Kent Ashford

Sea Cadets

593

34

Combined Cadet Force

(1)2,596

Nil

Army Cadets

956

76

Air Cadets

1,105

40

(1) From 17 schools

Armed Forces: Drugs

Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people in each of the armed forces have been (a) randomly tested for controlled substances, (b) tested positive as a result of the test and (c) discharged as a result of a positive random drug test in each of the last three years, broken down by rank. [196336]

Derek Twigg: A complete breakdown by every rank of armed forces personnel randomly tested for controlled substances, those tested positive and those discharged could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The relevant information available is provided in the following tables. Due to the administrative processes involved those who tested positive towards the end of a calendar year might not be discharged until the following year.

Royal Navy
2007 2006 2005

Individuals tested

9,845

11,687

11,617

Number of individuals positive:

39

57

47

Officers/cadets

0

0

1

WO/Senior rates

1

1

0

Junior rates

38

56

46

Total discharged

43

47

39


Army
2007 2006 2005

Individuals tested

54,172

69,195

66,197

Number of individuals positive:

677

770

795

Officers/cadets

3

2

1

WO/SNCOs

1

1

1

JNCO/Privates

673

767

793

Total discharged

610

608

573


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Royal Air Force
2007 2006 2005

Individuals tested

10,505

11,393

11,375

Number of individuals positive:

15

18

21

Officers/cadets

0

0

0

WO/SNCOs

0

0

3

JNCO/Airmen

15

18

18

Total discharged

12

14

20


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Armed Forces: Foreigners

Dr. Murrison: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of non-UK nationals who enter the UK to apply to join the armed forces were accepted in each of the last five years. [194692]

Mr. Bob Ainsworth: The following table shows the number of non-UK nationals who applied to join the UK Regular Forces(1) and the number of non-UK nationals who enlisted(2) in each of the last five years.

Financial Year
Force 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-083

Navy( 4)

Non-UK nationals total applications

260

260

530

480

490

Non-UK nationals enlisted

100

80

100

190

180

Army( 5)

Non-UK nationals total applications

3,310

5,690

5,010

2,850

1,330

Non-UK nationals enlisted

1,550

980

650

800

1,080

RAF( 6)

Non-UK nationals total applications

180

140

100

110

160

Non-UK nationals enlisted

40

30

10

20

20

(1) UK Regular Forces includes nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.
(2) The personnel who enlisted in a given FY did not necessarily apply in that financial year. Applications typically take a number of months to process.
(3) Data for the FY 2007-08 are for the period up to 14 March 2008.
(4) Navy defines a Ranks applicant as someone from whom they have received a completed application form and who has undertaken a RT test. They define an Officer applicant as someone from whom AIB have accepted an application form.
(5) Prior to July 2007 a soldier applicant was an individual who had completed initial eligibility checks and had completed an AFCO form 4. From July 2007 onwards it is someone who has also passed the British Army Recruit Battery (BARB) Test, Interview 1 and 2 and the initial British Army Health Questionnaire (RG8) screening, bringing it in to line with the definition used for Officer applicants
(6) RAF defines an applicant as someone from whom they have received a completed application form.
Note:
Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.
Sources:
Policy Secretariat Fleet HQ, ARTD and RAF Personnel Secretariat.

Armed Forces: Manpower

Dr. Fox: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of personnel in each pinch point trade in the armed forces exceeded harmony guidelines in the latest period for which figures are available. [193887]

Derek Twigg: The information requested is shown in the following tables:

Royal Navy
Operational pinch point trades Percentage of current population breaching harmony

Harrier GR7 Instructors

None

Harrier GR7 Pilots

None

Merlin Pilots

None

Merlin Observers

None

Merlin Aircrew

None

Able Seaman Warfare Specialist (Sensors Submariner)

None

Able Seaman Warfare Specialist (Tactical Submariner)

None

Strategic Weapons Systems Junior Ra

None

Leading Hand Warfare

None

Able Seaman Diver

None

Royal Marines Other Ranks

None

Sea King and Lynx Avionics Supervisor

None

Lead Hand Aircraft Controllers

None

Petty Officer Mine Warfare

None

Nuclear Watchkeepers

None

Note: The figure for separated service reflects the percentage of personnel within that trade that has completed more than 140 days separated service in the last 12 month rolling period. The RN delivers Individual Harmony through a number of micro-managed processes to ensure that the Individual Harmony Guidelines are met.

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