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Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will discuss with the Information Commissioner the prompt acknowledgement of complaints from (a) the general public and (b) hon. Members; and if he will make a statement; [214471]

(2) if he will discuss with the Information Commissioner the prioritisation of complaints to him by hon. Members; and if he will make a statement. [214473]

Mr. Wills: I meet regularly with the Information Commissioner to discuss operational issues.

The Information Commissioner’s Office’s (ICO) current policy is to resolve complaints on first examination whenever possible. No initial acknowledgement is sent in these circumstances. Instead, a case that can be dealt with quickly is resolved on first examination. In all other cases, an acknowledgment letter is sent to the complainant advising what will happen next and the complaint is referred to an appropriate ICO department. The ICO aims to resolve or acknowledge all complaints within 14 calendar days of receipt.

However, mindful of the need to keep its customers as well informed as possible and that delays can arise, the ICO is currently considering ways to automatically acknowledge all complaints as they arrive.

Prioritisation of cases that relate to particular issues or events is considered on a case by case basis. Likewise, if a complaint raised by an hon. Member raises an issue which the ICO feels necessitates its prioritisation over a complaint made by a member of the public it will similarly consider this on a case by case basis.

Magistrates: Resignations

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are expected to leave the magistracy in the financial year 2008-09. [215779]

Mr. Straw: 811 magistrates are due to retire during the financial year 1 April 2008 to 31 March 2009. The number of magistrates leaving for all reasons (including retirement, resignation, death etc.) varies widely but averages approximately 1,500 per annum.


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Magistrates: Wales

Mr. Heald: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many magistrates are employed in courts in Wales; how many of those are expected to leave the magistracy in 2008-09; and how many magistrates his Department expects to recruit to courts in Wales in 2008-09. [215780]

Mr. Straw: At the financial year ending 31 March 2008, there were 1,939 serving magistrates throughout Wales.

During the financial year 2008-09, 55 magistrates are expected to retire, or have already retired. An unknown number of magistrates are expected to leave due to other reasons such as resignation, transfer etc.

During the financial year 2008-09, it is expected that 136 magistrates will be recruited throughout Wales. This is based on predicted business need.

Parking Offences

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) how much income was derived by local authorities and police authorities from parking (a) charges and (b) penalties in each financial year since 1997-98; and what proportion was collected through penalty charge notices in each of these years; [214738]

(2) how many parking enforcement tickets were issued in each police authority in England in each year since 1997. [214739]

Mr. Straw: Available information from 1997 to 2006 (latest available) on police issued fixed penalty notices is provided in the table. The data, available on a calendar year basis, do not distinguish between obstruction, waiting and parking enforcements.

Information on revenue generated from fixed penalties and penalty charge notices is not collected centrally. The fixed penalty information on amount paid in the table does not take into account money generated from action taken as a result of non-payment nor money reimbursed from cases that reached adjudication. No information on amounts paid is collected centrally for penalty charge notices.


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Fixed penalty notices issued( 1) by police force area for obstruction, waiting and parking offences( 2,)( )( 3) , England, 1997 to 2006
Number of offences
Number of tickets
Police force area 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006

Avon and Somerset

58,114

52,920

49,526

34,552

25,831

22,482

17,652

14,211

10,112

11,067

Bedfordshire

35,469

34,592

5,175

3,487

2,991

3,602

2,235

814

579

777

Cambridgeshire

32,501

28,780

30,387

32,676

33,287

32,237

22,460

9,680

3,240

4,645

Cheshire

32,260

30,186

25,925

19,251

17,532

15,777

15,939

14,842

11,203

11,180

Cleveland

21,700

22,866

18,634

15,487

10,635

15,723

8,522

4,598

2,955

862

Cumbria

20,802

23,164

12,954

5,860

5,758

2,387

1,816

558

609

699

Derbyshire

23,873

25,999

22,926

22,259

18,792

16,411

15,781

13,250

8,432

5,855

Devon and Cornwall

80,535

84,879

77,911

77,877

59,410

59,635

57,701

53,325

44,491

41,985

Dorset

40,725

32,790

32,708

31,259

25,500

8,034

635

371

305

494

Durham

15,041

15,914

12,140

16,084

12,522

12,500

5,668

1,925

1,755

4,183

Essex

59,758

58,928

49,235

40,662

29,773

23,535

9,957

8,204

3,127

3,128

Gloucestershire

33,418

31,067

28,468

28,528

26,500

26,411

27,704

21,889

14,503

14,521

Greater Manchester

166,249

141,898

78,849

71,059

43,383

34,823

27,964

21,646

13,303

8,893

Hampshire

70,480

66,256

50,945

31,627

40,024

22,699

18,392

13,792

12,022

7,427

Hertfordshire

52,956

31,222

36,066

32,577

32,712

27,054

9,217

6,496

2,335

1,525

Humberside

29,030

25,993

23,912

26,598

25,704

26,506

25,504

27,068

28,256

15,967

Kent

65,044

58,712

48,758

3,685

1,712

1,090

985

953

783

820

Lancashire

94,883

82,845

71,464

64,935

55,998

47,733

31,779

17,717

1,939

1,717

Leicestershire

53,343

49,080

45,725

37,990

39,888

41,654

31,024

20,357

4,126

20,993

Lincolnshire

29,067

26,650

15,488

15,895

15,725

16,659

18,563

18,201

14,362

11,631

London, City of

666

1,109

728

438

513

741

681

188

238

235

Merseyside

98,235

97,522

86,924

61,249

49,971

35,992

17,602

13,648

17,038

13,946

Metropolitan Police

160,851

205,877

192,110

196,992

141,797

141,968

209,221

162,463

27,739

25,006

Norfolk

36,350

30,755

26,389

25,339

23,880

10,138

9,532

8,109

7,175

n/a

Northamptonshire

29,576

27,854

21,274

12,874

7,988

4,457

3,701

2,197

2,037

3,072

Northumbria

47,599

45,656

40,384

44,696

57,804

48,685

30,439

42,426

19,700

17,543

North Yorkshire

22,132

19,977

20,439

13,531

14,435

9,436

5,670

7,031

5,881

5,099

Nottinghamshire

42,023

37,006

34,871

31,527

24,515

13,387

6,635

7,676

4,490

5,369

South Yorkshire

28,260

30,854

26,705

28,948

30,366

29,362

27,556

18,873

6,067

1,293

Staffordshire

26,456

27,468

21,260

11,941

9,161

7,276

8,411

9,348

9,919

9,666

Suffolk

23,043

21,758

20,575

20,839

18,953

20,440

20,197

20,119

14,388

5,421

Surrey

25,620

25,407

20,550

21,435

22,962

25,044

16,130

9,717

7,449

3,892

Sussex

120,257

111,866

101,976

119,771

71,971

47,516

46,183

48,178

45,199

41,087

Thames Valley

77,977

76,949

66,457

51,921

37,414

34,611

24,785

22,121

20,478

5,787

Warwickshire

15,551

18,022

16,749

13,802

15,355

16,556

14,041

13,037

10,975

8,930

West Mercia

26,225

26,142

28,690

22,737

17,108

17,384

12,454

9,198

6,412

5,804

West Midlands

156,274

148,970

119,890

88,154

64,048

46,446

53,133

46,138

33,695

27,463

West Yorkshire

69,618

63,563

60,342

61,144

55,303

55,982

54,178

55,016

38,017

22,928

Wiltshire

16,030

15,454

12,897

10,211

7,451

8,395

5,618

2,388

2,792

2,206

England

2,037,991

1,956,950

1,656,406

1,449,897

1,194,672

1,030,768

915,665

767,768

458,126

373,116

Dyfed-Powys

14,460

14,176

18,032

17,483

13,863

17,081

13,780

9,482

10,208

10,175

Gwent

20,884

22,116

20,668

19,590

17,765

19,041

19,714

17,316

14,414

17,450

North Wales

21,752

19,181

16,473

16,080

13,127

10,584

12,272

8,729

6,638

4,971

South Wales

104,155

105,654

96,574

92,310

85,622

87,532

81,575

79,205

84,111

84,236

Wales

161,251

161,127

151,747

145,463

130,377

134,238

127,341

114,732

115,371

116,832

England and Wales

2,199,242

2,118,077

1,808,153

1,595,360

1,325,049

1,165,006

1,043,006

882,500

573,497

489,948

n/a = data not available.
(1) Paid i.e. no further action. For 2006. Norfolk police were unable to submit data due to technical reasons.
(2 )Offences under the Road Traffic Act 1988 s.22; Transport Act 2000 ss.173 (5); 173 (6); 173 (7); 174 (3); 175 (2); 175 (3); 175 (4); 190; Highway Act 1835 ss 72 and 78; RTA1888 ss. 19 * 21; Highways Act 1980 s. 137 (1); Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 ss 5 (1), 8, 32-38 and 45-53; Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 Regs. 101 and 103: Transport Act 2000 Part III; Metropolitan Police Act 1839 s. 54 (1).
(3) Does not include Decriminalised Parking Enforcements (DPE).
Note:
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 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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