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Alcoholic Drinks: Young People

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have received (a) a fine, (b) an antisocial behaviour order, (c) a community sentence and (d) another penalty after
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being convicted for purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1997. [198230]

Jacqui Smith [holding answer 1 April 2008]: The number of persons fined, issued with a community sentence and given another penalty after being convicted of purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years in each year since 1997 can be viewed in the following table.

The Antisocial Behaviour Order (ASBO) collection held by my Department does not contain information on offences committed which resulted in an ASBO being issued. It is therefore not possible from this collection to provide information on the number of persons issued with an ASBO as a result of purchasing alcohol on behalf of a person aged under 18 years.

N umber of persons fined, issued with a community sentence and given another penalty after conviction at all courts for certain alcohol related offences( 1) , England and Wales for the years 1997 to 2006( 2, 3)
Purchase alcohol for a person aged under 18( 1) :
Fine Community sentence Conditional discharge Otherwise dealt with( 4)

1997

2

1998

1

1999

1

1

2000(5)

1

1

2001

6

4

2002

12

3

1

2003

11

7

2004

22

8

2005

18

6

2006

14

2

10

(1) Data include the following offence descriptions and corresponding statutes: Buying or attempting to buy intoxicating liquor for consumption by a person under 18. Purchasing intoxicating liquor for consumption by person under 18 in bar. Licensing (Occasional Permissions) Act 1983 Schedule (Sec 3) para 4(3). Licensing Act 1964 Sec 169(3). Person who buys or attempts to buy alcohol on behalf of an individual under 18. Licensing Act 2003 S149(3,4,7b). (2) These data are on the principal offence basis. (3) 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, other agencies, 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. (4) Otherwise dealt with includes Sentences of Compensation, Hospital or Guardianship Orders under the Mental Health Act 1983, police cells, recognizance and other disposals not separately shown elsewhere. Also includes sentences passed in pilot studies (except for intermittent custody) and cases where the result of the court proceeding was incorrectly recorded. (5) Staffordshire police force were only able to submit sample data for persons proceeded against and convicted in the magistrates' courts for the year 2000. Although sufficient to estimate higher orders of data, these data are not robust enough at a detailed level and have been excluded from the table. Source: Court proceedings data held by RDS—Office for Criminal Justice Reform—Ministry of Justice.

Foreign Workers

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the number of A8 migrants registered on the Worker Registration Scheme who have returned to their home country. [202899]


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Jacqui Smith [holding answer 1 May 2008]: The purpose of the Worker Registration Scheme is to measure the number of A8 migrants entering the UK labour market and as such A8 migrants are not required to notify the Scheme when they return to their home countries.

However, estimates of net migration by A8 migrants are produced and published by the Office for National Statistics on their website.

Immigration

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on assessing the effects of migration on public services. [202870]

Jacqui Smith: Home Office and UK Border Agency officials across various teams spend part of their time working on the impacts of migration, including on public services. UKBA policies look to balance economic need with the impacts of migration on communities, and public services in particular. We have established the Migration Advisory Committee to look at the economic aspects, and the Migration Impacts Forum to look at the social aspects of this. Communities and Local Government lead on the impacts of migration across Government.

Offensive Weapons: Crime Prevention

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many members of staff in her Department work on the formulation of policies to tackle (a) knife and (b) gun crime. [202869]

Jacqui Smith: The work on policy development on gun and knife crime is interconnected and it is not possible easily to disaggregate these functions. The Public Space Violence Team in the Violent Crime Unit develops policy on gun and knife crime and totals 11 members of staff. In addition, the Children and Young People Team has the remit for cross-cutting policy development relating to young people.

Home Office staff in Government Offices for the Regions also work on local policies relating to gun and knife crime in their local areas.

Duchy of Lancaster

Hospitals: Waiting Lists

Peter Bottomley: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster when the National Statistician and the Statistics Authority will next review the NHS quarterly waiting time statistics. [202769]

Phil Hope: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Michael Scholar, dated 9 May 2008:


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Non-Domestic Rates

Mr. Prisk: To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster pursuant to the Answer of 18 March 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on non-domestic rates, if he will provide the information broken down by turnover band of (a) less than £50,000, (b) £50,000 to £99,999, (c) £100,000 to £499,999, (d) £500,000 to £1,999,999, (e) £2,000,000 to £9,999,999, (f) £10,000,000 to £49,999,999, (g) £50,000,000 to £999,999,999 and (h) £1,000,000,000 or more. [203914]


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Phil Hope: The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Karen Dunnell, dated 12 May 2008:

National non-domestic business rates in England as a percentage of:
Total turnover Total purchases of goods and services Gross value added (GVA)
Turnover sizeband 2005 2004 2003 2005 2004 2003 2005 2004 2003

<£50,000

1.7

1.8

1.7

2.0

2.3

2.3

7.2

6.2

5.7

£50,000 to £99,999

0.9

1.0

1.1

1.9

2.00

2.2

1.6

1.9

2.1

£100,000 to £499,999

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.9

1.8

1.9

2.4

2.5

2.8

£500,000 to £1,999,999

1.1

1.1

1.1

1.7

1.7

1.7

2.7

2.8

3.0

£2,000,000 to £9,999,999

0.9

0.9

1.0

1.3

1.3

1.4

2.4

2.5

2.6

£10,000,000 to £49,999,999

0.8

0.7

0.8

1.1

1.1

1.1

2.3

2.3

2.4

£50,000,000 to £999,999,999

0.5

0.5

0.5

0.7

0.7

0.7

1.7

1.6

1.9

£1,000,000,000 or more

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

0.1

1.1

0.9

0.7



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