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The number of ASBOs issued in the Devon and Cornwall Criminal Justice System (CJS) area from January 2002 to December 2006 (latest available) is shown in the following table. CJS areas are coterminous with police force areas.
|Number of antisocial behaviour orders issued at all courts in the Devon and Cornwall Criminal Justice System (CJS) area, as reported to the Home Office by the Court Service, 2002-06|
|Devon and Cornwall||Number|
1. Previously issued data have been revised.
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.
|Number of police seizures of cannabis in Suffolk for 2001 - 05( 1)|
|Number of cannabis seizures( 2)|
|(1) Data for 2006-07 are scheduled to be published in October 2008. Future publications will be on a financial year basis.|
(2) 2005 figures are unrounded; previous years rounded.
(3) The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced in April 2002. Figures prior to this date are not directly comparable with those for later years.
(4) Increases in cannabis seizures in 2004 and 2005 are thought to be associated with the introduction of cannabis warnings on 1 April 2004.
Chris Huhne: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what the cost to (a) her Department and (b) the British Retail Consortium of running the Action Against Business Crime partnership in each of the last five years was; and what the projected cost to both is in each of the next five years; 
(2) what the cost to (a) her Department and (b) the British Retail Consortium of setting up the National Staff Dismissal Register is; and what the projected cost to both is in each of the first five years of its operation; 
(3) whether the National Staff Dismissal Register will record details of former employees of companies which subscribe to the Register who have never been charged with or convicted of any offence; and if she will make a statement; 
(4) how much her Department contributed to the cost of the establishment of the National Staff Dismissal Register; and what contribution is proposed in each of the first five years of the register's operation; 
Jacqui Smith: Action Against Business Crime (AABC) group was set up in 2004 in a joint venture between the Home Office and the British Retail Consortium in order to build and support business crime reduction partnerships in towns and cities across England and Wales. The AABC has received £1,139,000 of grants from the Home Office between the financial years 2003-04 to 2006-07 to set up and maintain 100 new business crime reduction partnerships.
Jacqui Smith: The Home Office sought independent expert advice on the feasibility of extending the BCS to include children under 16 years old and this was published on 15 May 2008 (see following link to report).
The advice we received was to obtain a sample of children aged 10-15 within households already selected for the core BCS. Based on this, we expect to interview around 4,000 under 16 year-olds every year.
Sarah Teather: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what her most recent estimate is of the drop-out rate of domestic violence perpetrators from (a) national and (b) local domestic violence projects; 
(2) how much funding has been allocated to projects aimed at supporting (a) perpetrators and (b) victims of domestic violence using (i) psychotherapy and psychoanalysis and (ii) cognitive behavioural therapy in 2008-09; 
There is no evidence available regarding the effectiveness of accredited domestic violence programmes, which are delivered within England and Wales. However we will be reporting the outcome of an implementation study in September 2008 and commissioning an evaluation study based upon the results of this study.
The National Offender Management Service does not provide psychotherapy; psychoanalysis or cognitive behavioural therapy to the perpetrators or victims of domestic violence. It does deliver accredited programmes to men sentenced by the courts. Additionally the victims of domestic violence are supported by independent domestic violence advisers attached to the specialist domestic violence courts and women safety workers assigned to all probation areas/trusts. Both have a wide network of contacts to assist the victims of domestic violence, either directly or as part of the Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARAC) and Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).
In terms of funding £3 million per annum is provided to fond the independent domestic violence advisers (IDVA) who support victims through the court process and can make contacts/referrals for victims. Additionally probation areas fund women safety workers (WSW) from their budgets and NOMS provides a further grant to areas of £750,000. Funding is not made by this department to support psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and cognitive behavioural therapy.
National drop out rates for the accredited domestic programmes delivered by the Probation Service in the year 2007-08 was 37 per cent. This is an improvement from previous years. We do not hold information for local projects.
Jacqui Smith: Data on the number of crimes recorded by Cheshire police in which firearms (excluding air weapons) were reported to have been used, by being fired, used as a blunt instrument or in a threat from 2002-03 up to and including 2006-07 are given in the following table.
|Crimes recorded by Cheshire police in which firearms (excluding air weapons), were reported to have been used( 1) , 2002-03 to 2006-07|
|(1) By weapon being fired, used as a blunt instrument or in a threat|
(2 )The National Crime Recording Standard was introduced on 1 April 2002. Figures for some crime categories may have been inflated by this.
(3 )More explicit guidelines for the classification of weapons introduced on 1 April 2004 may have increased the recording of firearm offences, particularly those committed by imitation weapons.
Mr. Coaker [holding answer 22 May 2008]: Data on trafficking victims are not yet recorded centrally. However, a database of trafficked victims is currently being developed by the United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre (UKHTC) to inform its work on the detection and prevention of human trafficking.
Andrew Mackinlay: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what arrangements there are to re-vet spouses and partners of officials in the security and intelligence services after they are initially vetted; and if she will make a statement. 
In accordance with Government policy staff with access to sensitive Government information are required to be vetted at an appropriate level. In the case of the security and intelligence agencies staff are subject to Developed Vetting. This involves a range of background checks on the subject and their close associates, including spouses and partners. Vetted individuals have an obligation to draw to the attention of their management or security section any relevant change of circumstances as soon as it occurs. Each clearance is subject to regular formal review.
David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the number of organised crime gangs from (a) Poland, (b) Romania and (c) Bulgaria operating in England and Wales and the volume of related criminal activity; and if she will make a statement. 
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers (a) were prosecuted in connection with alleged driving offences that have involved the death of civilians, (b) were convicted of such offences and (c) faced disciplinary actions in connection with such incidents in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: The information is not collected centrally. The best available information is in the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report Police Road Traffic Incidents: A Study of Cases Involving Serious and Fatal Injuries, which covers the period from April 2004 to September 2006. This shows that in that period five officers were prosecuted in connection with alleged offences involving a death and one in connection with an offence that involved the death of an unborn child. Four were convicted. The report sets out the action recommended in respect of other officers involved in collisions involving a fatality or serious injury, including the issuing of advice, formal disciplinary proceedings or other measures. The report is available on the IPCC website at:
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many police officers were convicted of (a) offences of causing death by dangerous driving and (b) related offences in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Coaker: This information is not routinely collected centrally. Research by the Independent Police Complaints Commission looked at police related road traffic incidents that occurred between April 2004 and September 2006 and involved serious or fatal injuries. This found no police officer had been found guilty of causing death by dangerous driving in that period. Five officers were prosecuted in connection with road traffic collisions involving a fatality and one for a collision involving the death of an unborn child. Four were convicted.
Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department on how many occasions compensation was paid to relatives of those killed in road traffic accidents involving police officers, other than compensation paid through the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, in each year since 1997. 
To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many serving members of
police forces in England and Wales were seconded to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) length of secondment and (b) rank of officer. 
The Chief Constable of the Police Service of Northern Ireland has provided the following information. 32 serving members of police forces in England and Wales have been seconded to the PSNI in the last 10 years. The following table shows the breakdown of these officers by length of secondment and rank.
|Length of secondment to PSNI||Rank|
|Year secondment commenced||Years||Months||Days||Chief Superintendent||Superintendent||Chief Inspector||Inspector||Sergeant||Constable|
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