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Repealing Act Offence Statutory reference of offence

Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Act 2006

Wilfully obstructing HM Forces or constable exercising power under this section

Section 87 of Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to stop when required under this section; refusing to answer question; failure to answer to best of knowledge and ability question under this section

Section 89 of Terrorism Act 2000

Interfering with works executed re section 91 or 92; interfering with any apparatus etc. used under those powers

Section 93 of Terrorism Act 2000

Interfering with road closure works etc.; executing certain bypass works; possessing etc. materials for executing bypass works; occupant knowingly permitting above on his land

Section 94 of Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to stop vehicle when required under part VII

Section 95 of Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to comply with regulations made by Secretary of State to preserve peace or maintain order

Section 96 of Terrorism Act 2000

Collecting, recording, publishing, communicating or eliciting information about a person, which is likely to be of use to terrorists; possessing document or record with such information

Section 103 of Terrorism Act 2000

Contravening restraint order

Paragraph 37, schedule 4 to Terrorism Act 2000

Obstructing search under this paragraph

Paragraph 19, schedule 5 to Terrorism Act 2000

Contravening order made under this paragraph

Paragraph 20, schedule 5 to Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to comply with requirement under this schedule; wilfully obstructing search of premises hereunder

Paragraph 10, schedule 10 to Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to stop when required under paragraph 6 of this schedule

Paragraph 11, schedule 10 to Terrorism Act 2000

Obtaining (increased) compensation by deception; knowingly making false or misleading statement; making statement he does not believe to be true; knowingly failing to disclose material fact

Paragraph 12, schedule 12 to Terrorism Act 2000

Providing or offering to provide security services for reward without licence

Paragraph 2, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Publishing or causing to be published an advertisement for the provision of security services by someone who does not hold a licence

Paragraph 3, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Paying money to someone re security services when they do not hold a licence

Paragraph 4, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Making false or misleading statement when applying for a security licence

Paragraph 6, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to comply with paragraph 13 or 14 of this schedule

Paragraph 15, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to comply with requirement to produce records about person employed as security guard

Paragraph 16, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Keeping record of person employed as security guard which is false or misleading

Paragraph 17, schedule 13 to Terrorism Act 2000

Failure to surrender to custody while on bail for a scheduled offence

Paragraph 1, schedule 2 to Justice (NI) Act 2004

Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2004

Failure of person on bail to present himself to court

Section 26(d) of Prison Act (NI) 1953

Northern Ireland Act 1998

Discrimination by public authority on grounds of religion or political opinion

Section 19 of Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973

Public authority requiring person to take oath / make declaration on appointment (etc.)

Section 21 of Northern Ireland Constitution Act 1973

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1998

Escaping or failing to return as required to detention under interim custody order or detention order; rescuing, assisting, harbouring such escaper etc.

Paragraph 13, schedule 3 to Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 1998

Unlawful possession of arms or ammunition; assuming dress or name of constable.

Section 25 of Constabulary (Ireland) Act 1836

Obtaining pension by fraud.

Section 9 of Constabulary and Police (Ireland) Act 1883

Pretending to be member of RUC

Section 20 of Criminal Justice Act (NI) 1953

Assault on, or obstruction of, a constable

Section 7 of Criminal Justice (Misc. Provisions) Act (NI) 1968

Disclosure of information contravening this article

Article 18 of Police (NI) Order 1987

Disclosure of information contravening this paragraph.

Paragraph 15, schedule 1 to Police (NI) Order 1987

Disclosure of information contravening this article

Article 28 of Police (Am)(NI) Order 1995

Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998

Organising a procession (etc.) where requirements not satisfied

Article 3 of Public Order (NI) Order 1987

Knowingly taking part in public procession as member of unregistered (etc.) band

Article 6 of Public Order (NI) Order 1987

Failure to comply with constable's requirement to surrender alcohol/state name and address

Article 6A of Public Order (NI) Order 1987

Endeavouring to break up lawful public procession

Article 7(1) of Public Order (NI) Order 1987


Departmental Sick Leave

Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many day’s sick leave were taken on average by staff in his Department in each of the last five years. [198957]

Mr. Woodward: The following table shows the number of days lost due to sick absence, per staff year in each of the last five years within the Northern Ireland Office. These figures have been taken from information published by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency.

Number of days lost due to sick absence

2002-03

13.7

2003-04

14.0

2004-05

12.6

2005-06

11.2

2006-07

11.8


District Policing Partnerships

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the district policing partnerships. [194760]

Paul Goggins: The Northern Ireland Policing Board has a statutory requirement to assess the effectiveness of district policing partnerships in performing their statutory duties. To fulfil this requirement the Board undertakes an annual performance assessment of each DPP against a performance management framework. The framework requires a number of key performance indicator targets to be met in relation to the DPP statutory duties.

The Policing Board also commissions the Central Survey Unit in the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) to conduct the Policing Board module in its Omnibus Survey twice a year and the biennial District Policing Partnership (DPP) Public Consultation Survey. These surveys meet the Policing Board's statutory obligations under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 to “assess the level of public satisfaction with the performance of the police and district policing partnerships”.

The Policing Board makes its annual assessment of the effectiveness of district policing partnerships (DPPs), using a range of performance indicators and targets.

Information reported to the Board on the performance of DPPs during 2006-07 confirms that overall DPPs are fulfilling their statutory responsibilities:

The targets that assess the effectiveness of DPPs in consulting with the public were taken from the 2006 NISRA DPP Public Consultation Survey and the results were assessed against baseline results from the same survey carried out in 2004. Results were compared for 24 DPPs and the four Belfast sub-group areas. Dungannon and South Tyrone did not establish a DPP until December 2004 and no baseline was available for the 2006-07 assessment.


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It is the Policing Board's view that DPPs have made an important contribution to increased confidence in policing. Through working in partnership with the police to prevent crime DPPs have also contributed to a 15 per cent. reduction in recorded crime in the last five years.

Hillsborough Castle: Official Hospitality

Mr. Dodds: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland what the total cost was of receptions held at Hillsborough Castle in each of the last five years, broken down by event. [194759]

Mr. Woodward: The costs of receptions held at Hillsborough Castle are only available for the last three financial years and are as follows:

£

2005-06

126,073.39

2006-07

237,295.10

2007-08

211,436.95


These figures cover a large number of events and receptions in line with my wish, and that of my predecessors, to make Hillsborough Castle as accessible as possible to a cross section of the community. These include people from the emergency services, voluntary groups, charities and local community groups. The largest of these events is the annual garden party, attended by senior members of the royal family.

Homosexuality

Mr. Hollobone: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prosecutions have been brought under homophobic hatred legislation in Northern Ireland. [196702]

Paul Goggins: The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 allows for enhanced sentencing where a crime is hate motivated.

The following table lists the number of cases considered by the Public Prosecution Service Northern Ireland to have been aggravated by hostility on the basis of sexual orientation.

Number of de fendants
2006 2007

Summary prosecution

42

24

Indictable prosecution

14

13

Total

56

37

Note:
2007 data are provisional and may be subject to change at a later date.

Inquiries

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many documents have been passed by (a) Republican and (b) Loyalist paramilitary organisations to official inquiries into their respective operations in the last 28 years. [197275]


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Paul Goggins: An exercise of this nature, involving a detailed search of records over a 28-year period, would require the allocation of significant and disproportionate resources.

Mrs. Iris Robinson: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many documents have been passed by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) to official inquiries into the operations of (a) the Royal Ulster Constabulary and (b) the PSNI, since the inception of the PSNI. [197277]

Paul Goggins: The Chief Constable has provided the following answer:

Public inquiry Number of documents

Billy Wright

24,361

Rosemary Nelson

9,774

Robert Hamill

606


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