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Mr. Hoban: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many (a) street robberies and (b) sanction detections for street robberies there were in each London borough in each of the last 10 years. 
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 31 March 2008]: The Government have received a business case from ACPO regarding the possible creation of a national electronic crime unit. The Government are considering the possible options for tackling this issue, and will be arranging a meeting with law enforcement agencies in the near future.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 31 March 2008]: The Government have received a business case from ACPO regarding the possible creation of a national electronic crime unit. The proposal is based on funding from central Government, the private sector and the European Union. The Government are considering the possible options for tackling this issue, and will be arranging a meeting with a number of law enforcement agencies in the near future.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what (a) cross checks and ( b) linkages there will be between individual information held on the National Identity Register database and other Government computer systems. 
Meg Hillier: In order to maintain a necessarily high level of security, the National Identity Register will not be directly linked to any other Government computer system. In addition, the Identity Cards Act 2006 strictly limits the data that may be held on the register and the records will be created from information provided by the applicant not simply from existing Government data.
Cross checks will be performed on every application against various other information systems in order to establish an identity is genuine and belongs to the person claiming the identity, however no linkages will be created. Verification checks against the register will provide a secure and reliable means for proving identity and organisations will be able to verify identity information against the register following an accreditation process. However, no third party organisation will have direct access to the information on the National Identity Register and any request for the verification or provision of data will be made to the Identity and Passport Service in line with the provisions of the Identity Cards Act 2006 and the Data Protection Act 1998.
Mr. Redwood: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many pieces of personal information an individual will need to supply to complete a record on the National Identity Register database. 
Meg Hillier: The only information that may be recorded in an individuals entry in the National Identity Register is that set out at section 3 and schedule 1 of the Identity Cards Act 2006. The precise detail of the information that will be needed in an application has yet to be decided but is likely to be very similar to the information required for a passport application and will require approval by Parliament of secondary legislation in the form of regulations under the Identity Cards Act before the scheme is implemented.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many offences were recorded under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 in each year since 2002, broken down by offence; and what percentage of these offences (a) resulted in court proceedings against suspected perpetrators, (b) led to a conviction and (c) resulted in a sanction detection. [Official Report, 13 June 2008, Vol. 477, c. 6MC.]
Table 1 gives the number of offences recorded under the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 since 2002 that are separately identifiable within police recorded crime statistics. It also gives the number of offences detected by means of a sanction detection. Table 2 shows the numbers of defendants proceeded against and found guilty at all courts for the years 2002 to 2006, and is taken from the court proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform.
The figures given in the table on court proceedings relate to persons for whom these offences were the principal offences for which they were dealt with. When
a defendant has been found guilty of two or more offences, the offence selected is the one for which the heaviest penalty is imposed. Where the same disposal is imposed for two or more offences, the offence selected is the offence for which the statutory maximum penalty is the most severe.
Recorded crime and court proceedings statistics are from two different databases and recorded in quite different ways. Recorded crime data are provided on a financial year basis and counts offences whereas court proceedings data are on a calendar year basis and count offenders. Therefore, these two separate data-sets are not directly comparable.
|Table 1: offences recorded under the Sexual Offences Act 2003 and detected by means of a sanction detection|
|Offence||Number of offences||Number of sanction detections||Number of offences||Number of sanction detections||Number of offences||Number of sanction detections|
|(1) The increase in 2005-06 was accounted for by a large number of offences that were dealt with by the Norfolk constabulary.|
|Table 2: number of defendants proceeded against at magistrates courts and found guilty at all courts for abandoning children and concealment of birth, England and Wales 2002-06( 1,2)|
|Offence||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty||Proceeded against||Found guilty|
|(1) These data are on the principal offence basis.|
(2) 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.
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