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Bob Spink: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many accidents there were involving police vehicles on emergency calls in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) Essex in each of the last five years. 
Mr. McNulty [holding answer 26 March 2008]: The available data for the number of road traffic collisions involving police vehicles during immediate/emergency response and police pursuits are collected at the police force level only and the data supplied by Essex are given in the following table.
|Number of road traffic collisions involving police vehicles during immediate/emergency response and police pursuit, from 2002-03 to 2006-07Essex|
Mr. McNulty: The last formal update on the recommendations of the police bureaucracy taskforce report 2002 that were (a) accepted and (b) implemented was undertaken in November 2005. This information is available on the Home Office website via the following link:
Sir Ronnie Flanagan was asked in April 2007 to look at further progress in this area as part of his independent review of policing, the final report of which was published on 7 February 2008. The Secretary of State for the Home Department set out her initial response to this report in her statement to the House of Commons on 7 February 2008. The Home Office, together with the National Policing Improvement Agency and other policing partners, is currently considering Sir Ronnies recommendations more fully and the Home Office will be setting out its response shortly.
Mr. McNulty: After trialling a new promotions process incorporating work-based assessment, the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA) held a consultation in the autumn of 2007 to decide the future of promotion to the rank of sergeant and inspector. It outlined four options: extending the trial; reverting to OSPRE; full rollout of the trialled system; and phased rollout of the trialled system. There were 48 responses, of which a clear majority favoured a phased rollout. All forces involved in the trial wanted to continue using the new promotions process as they said it delivered better quality sergeants and inspectors.
An analysis of this consultation can be found on the NPIA website: www.npia.police.uk and a copy has been placed in the Library.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were killed on duty and (b) received bravery awards in each police force area in England and Wales in each year since 1997. 
(a) The numbers of fatal assaults on police officers have been published each year by Her Majestys Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) in their annual report. HMIC have advised that these assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 would be the last series of data to be published. The available data are given in the following table.
(b) The UK Honours System (including awards for merit, service or bravery) is managed by the Cabinet Office Ceremonial Secretariat and details of awards are published in the London Gazette. The number of police officers receiving such awards is not collected centrally within the police personnel statistics series.
|Fatal assaults( 1) on police officers 1999-2000 to 2004-05( 2,3)|
|(1) Data collated on behalf of and published by HMIC. Serious assaults are those for which the charge would be under sections 18 and 20 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861. Other assaults include those with minor or no injury. Recording practices may vary over time and between forces.|
(2) Financial year runs 1 April to 31 March inclusive.
(3) HMIC did not publish a force breakdown of assaults prior to 1999-2000. HMIC have advised that assaults data will no longer be published in their annual report and that the data for 2004-05 is the last series of these data to be published.
(4) Greater Manchester was not able to provide data in 2003-04.
(5) Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2003-04, however the number of overall assaults was 462 and 1,112 respectively.
(6) Lancashire and West Midlands were not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 2004-05, however the number of overall assaults was 521 and 910 respectively.
(7) Metropolitan Police was unable to provide data in 2000-01 and was unable to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults from 2001-02 to 2003-04.
(8) South Wales was not able to provide breakdowns of numbers for different assaults in 1999-2000.
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