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Mr. Evans: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the value was of goods stolen from police stations in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) West Yorkshire, (c) South Yorkshire and (d) the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last three years. 
Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what progress is being made in reducing the amount of paperwork required for applications for surveillance by police and others under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000. 
[holding answer 19 May 2008]: The Home Office concluded an internal review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in 2007. It found that there were instances of unnecessary application of legislation and unnecessarily bureaucratic processes, including where the police service had imposed some bureaucracy on itself. This was mainly caused by uncertainties over what the law required. Since then the Home Office has been working with police and others to raise understanding of what RIPA is for and how it should be used appropriately. Some progress has already been achieved, including improved guidance for practitioners from the new ACPO Covert Investigation Steering Group and from a new statutory code of practice for the acquisition of communications data which came into force on 1 October 2007. Codes on covert surveillance and human intelligence sources are in the process of similar
revision, including whether a set of standard forms on what RIPA requires would reduce misunderstanding and cut paperwork further. The Home Office has estimated that the reduction in form filling so far has freed up, at least, the equivalent of 24 man hours of police time every day of the year.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what discussions she has had with European partners on the allocation of European Commission funding for a study examining the feasibility of the creation of an EU federal police force. 
Jacqui Smith: There has been no discussion on this subject and we understand that the European Commission is not allocating any funding to such a study since it is of the opinion that there is no need for such a police force.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent by (a) individual police forces in England and Wales and (b) her Department on hardware and software for obtaining, recording and managing activity-based costing data in each year since 2004. 
Mr. McNulty: Police forces in England and Wales procure their own hardware and software for obtaining, recording and managing activity-based costing data. This information is not held centrally and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
In July 2006, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Association of Police Authorities and the Home Office jointly published the Information Systems Strategy for the Police Service (ISS4PS). This provides a framework for police forces and their authorities, as well as organisations that deliver national projects and services to the Police Service, to plan information and communications technology services. This includes the development and implementation of systems in accordance with agreed standards, including those for software. The National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), together with its policing partners, is responsible for a number of existing national IT systems and for developing new ones, including the Police National Database being delivered by the IMPACT programme.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how much was spent on the website www.neighbourhoodpolicing.co.uk in each month since its inception; what the budget for the website is for 2008-09; how many staff are employed to maintain the website; and how many unique visitors there were to the website in each month since its inception. 
keep stakeholders, partners and forces up to date on the latest Neighbourhood Policing developments;
act as a means of sharing documents, practice and case studies;
enable Neighbourhood Policing practitioners to access a range of materials to assist their implementation of Neighbourhood Policing; and
provide the public with basic information about Neighbourhood Policing and the ability to contact forces.
The website is currently managed by the Neighbourhood Policing Communications Manager and an assistant. Both members of staff work on the site as part of their other regular duties. In addition to these resource costs, the Neighbourhood Policing Team engage an internet management company on a monthly retainer of £525, to assist with the technical management, development and maintenance of the site.
Mr. Ruffley: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers there were (a) per head of population and (b) per notifiable offence in each year from 1992 to 1999, in each English county and Metropolitan area. 
|Table 1: Police officers (FTE)( 1, 2) per 100,000 population by police force area for 1991-92 to 1998-99( 3)|
|Police force area||1991-92||1992-93||1993-94||1994-95||1995-96||1996-97||1997-98||1998-99|
|(1) Full-time equivalent. All officers less staff on career breaks or maternity/paternity leave (comparable with previously published figures)|
(2 )This and other tables contain full-time equivalent figures that have been rounded to the nearest whole number. Because of rounding, there may be an apparent discrepancy between totals and the sums of the constituent items.
(3 )Police strength data are available by financial year running from 1 April to 31 March. Population data are available by calendar year up to 1996 and thereafter on a financial year basis. Therefore, these figures are not comparable with those for later years.
(4 )Officers per 100,000 population for city of London and Metropolitan police are combined.
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